The One with Chandler's Dad

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (14)

  • Monica: (Watching Chandler's dad on stage) That can't be your father.
    Chandler: I've been saying that for years. Oh, my God!
    Monica: What?
    Chandler: That's Mr. Girabaldi playing the piano!

  • Monica: Chandler, look. I know your dad embarrassed you, but- Chandler: Oh, no. All kids are embarrassed by their parents. You'd have to come up with a whole new word for what I went through. When I was in high school, he used to come to all my swim meets dressed as a different Hollywood starlet! It's hard enough to be fourteen; you're skinny, you're wearing Speedos that your mom promised you would grow into! Then you look up in the stands and there's your dad, cheering you on dressed as Carmen Miranda. Wearing a headdress with real fruit that he will later hand out to your friends as a healthy snack!

  • Ross: (As they're being pulled over) Relax, you're not in that much trouble, it's gonna be fine. Rachel: Really? Ross: I was talking to myself. You're going down!

  • Chandler: (About his dad) You do not want him there. No one's going to be looking at the bride when the father of the groom is wearing a backless dress. Monica: As long as he's not wearing a white dress and a veil, I don't care! Phoebe: Okay, I need to do some shopping.

  • Chandler: (About his dad) He's coming over! Monica: Relax you'll be fine. Chandler: (Sarcastically) Yeah! (Turns the light off on their table) Monica: (Sarcastically) Oh much better. You're invisible now!

  • (Monica and Chandler, in the crowd at Chandler's dad performance in Vegas) Monica: Can we have our drinks please, tress!

  • Policeman: Do you know how fast you were traveling back there? Ross: Uh, no, I don't. But it could not have been more than 60. Policeman: You're right. It was 37.

  • Ross: Rach, if you want, I can take you around the block. Joey: Yeah, got a few hours?

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Notes (9)

  • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui rencontrait l'auteur de ses jours (The One Who Met His Birth Father)

  • Joe Everett Michaels, who played the Bakersfield Guy in this episode, also appeared in "The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance" where he played Casting Director #2 and "The One in Barbados (2)" where he played the waiter.

  • This is the first appearance of Kathleen Turner as Helena Handbasket aka Charles Bing. Helena was in 3 episodes of Friends.

  • In this episode, the snippy waiter at the drag show is played by Courteney Cox-Arquette's brother-in-law, Alexis Arquette.

  • In this episode, it is said that Rachel is an Aquarius. Jennifer Aniston is born on February 11th, so it really is her astrological sign.

  • This is the only episode with 2 directors.

  • Each storyline in this episode contained at least one portion of homosexual context. Chandler's Dad was gay and headlines an all male burlesque; Joey was experimenting with women's underwear and wanted to take it further; Ross flirted with the male cop.

  • This episode runs 23:55 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

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Trivia (8)

  • Trivia: In this episode Rachel reveals that her driver's license is expired. This was previously mentioned in "The One with the Invitations".

  • Goof: When Chandler and Monica are in Vegas, Chandler turns off the light on their table to hide from his dad. In the next scene, the light is back on even though no time was supposed to have lapsed.

  • Goof: When Chandler and Monica are in Vegas, Monica's wrap keeps moving where it is on her shoulders between shots.

  • Goof: When Ross and Rachel are driving it is dark outside. However the scenes after with Joey in his apartment and Joey and Phoebe talking in the coffee house, it is daylight.

  • Goof: When the Porsche is parked outside of Central Perk the license plate reads "YSO 791". Later when Ross and Rachel are driving, the license plate reads "XL 334".

  • Goof: When Rachel steals the keys and gets into the Porsche, there is a smear across the hood before Ross dives on it. This smear is obviously from the previous takes.

  • Continuity: Rachel’s birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend", Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5, and this is consistent with the month of birthday parties thrown for her on the show in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", (which aired in May 1995) and in her one-month-early surprise party in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", (which aired in April 1999). Rachel's 30th birthday, however, is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", (which aired on February 8, 2001). Rachel also mentions that her birthday is after Valentine's Day in "The One with the Girl From Poughkeepsie". A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19).

  • Goof: In the episode when Monica's Dad gives her the Porshe it is silver, but in this episode the Porshe is black.

Allusions (4)

  • Chandler: There's your dad cheering you on dressed as Carmen Miranda. Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-Brazilian singer, known as "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat."

  • Chandler: It was one of those Marilyn Monroe stamps and I thought: My dad has that dress. Phoebe: Wow. That must be a very different view when he stands over an air vent. Chandler: You should see him singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President." Marilyn Monroe was an award-winning American actress, singer, and pop icon. In The Seven Year Itch there is a famous scene where she walks over an air vent and her dress flies up. In 1962, she sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy on television.

  • Joey: He looked like a real lumberjack in those pink lacies. In a Monty Python sketch/song a lumberjack reveals his cross-dressing tendency.

  • Chandler: I always said I was too busy. It's all very "Cat's in the Cradle." I don't want to get into it. The song "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin, tells the story of a father who is always too busy for his son. Then, when his son grows up, his father wants to spend time with him and then the son is too busy.