Friends

The One with All the Poker

Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 3/2/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Tired of being referred to by customers as "Excuse me," Rachel interviews for a job as an assistant buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. She also sees another side of the usually docile Ross when the girls face the boys during a not-so-friendly game of poker.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • This is a great episode!

    By DonnaBrockway, Jul 04, 2014

  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Jul 27, 2009

  • great

    By efc91, Jul 31, 2009

  • Poker Face.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 17, 2009

  • One of the best in the season

    By chocoholic411, Mar 01, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Rachel: Oh, I beg to differ. The Pictionary incident? Monica: That was not an incident! I was gesturing, and the plate slipped out of my hand.

    • Joey: You know what, you guys? It's their first time, why don't we just forget about the money, alright? Monica: Hell no, we'll pay! Phoebe: Okay, Monica? I had another answer all ready.

    • Phoebe: (To Joey) Oh I see, so then, you were lying. Joey: About what? Phoebe: About how good your cards were. Joey: I was bluffing. Phoebe: Aha! And what is bluffing? Is it not another word for lying?

    • Phoebe: (Reading Rachel's mail) Wow! Rachel: What? Phoebe: Your Visa bill is huge!

    • Rachel: Hey, look, you guys, I'm going for anything here, okay? I cannot be a waitress anymore, I mean it. I'm sick of the lousy tips, I'm sick of being called "Excuse me..."

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Hráči pokeru (Poker Players)

    • According to an interview on Oprah, this is David Schwimmer's favorite episode.

    • This episode runs 25:02 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). Extras include guys dancing as Marcel plays "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," another scene with Aunt Iris, and a bunch of lines here and there.

    • Music: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens

    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: When Rachel raised the bet after she found out that she wasn't hired, the reflection of the moving camera and camera operator are visible on the window behind Monica.

    • Trivia: When Rachel impressively shuffles the cards she is using a trick deck.

    • Continuity: Rachel seems surprised by her lack of typing ability, however in "The One with Mrs. Bing" we learned that when everybody was reading her manuscript.

    • Goof: When Marcel is dancing, you can clearly see the reflection of someone directing him by moving their hand up and down.

    • Trivia: Marcel was not actually dancing in this episode. The clip was just looped.

    Allusions (11)

    • While the gang is playing Pictionary in the tag scene, two movies are depicted. Bye Bye Birdie is a Broadway musical satire on American society. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a novel written by Milan Kundera in 1982 and made into an American movie in 1988.

    • Rachel: Guys, guess what, guess what, guess what, guess what! Chandler: The fifth dentist caved, now they're all recommending Trident? Trident Gum is famous for their slogan, "Four out of five dentists agree."

    • Aunt Iris: Is Tony Randall dead? Monica: I don't think so. Aunt Iris: Well he may be now, because I think I hit him with my car. Tony Randall was an American comic actor who passed away in 2004 (from pneumonia, not Aunt Iris's car).

    • Phoebe: Hello kettle? This is Monica. You're black. Phoebe was referring to the commonly used phrase, "the pot calling the kettle black". It means to say something about someone else which is actually true of you yourself.

    • Chandler: Come on. What was with that whole Black Bart speech? When I play poker, I'm not a nice guy. Bart Roberts was the most successful pirate of the golden age of piracy. He is estimated to have captured over 470 vessels. He is also known as Black Bart, but this name was never used in his lifetime.

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