Friends

The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner

Season 9, Ep 5, Aired 10/31/02
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  • Episode Description
  • The friends are looking forward to getting together to celebrate Phoebe's birthday as it will be a rare opportunity for them to all be together. Monica plans to sleep with Chandler when he arrives since she's ovulating but the two fight when she learns he was smoking. Rachel is worried about leaving Emma with Ross's mother. When Mrs. Geller is late, Ross accidentally locks himself and Rachel out of the apartment with Emma inside. All this leaves Phoebe and Joey alone with a table for six.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Christina Pickles

    Judy Geller

  • Brian Chenoweth

    Ken

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson

    Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Excellent

    By dillonpickle, Nov 29, 2008

  • THIS IS THE BEST EPISODE OF SEASON 9.

    By abdullah2220, Mar 31, 2008

  • Another birthday celebration

    By super_friend21, Mar 11, 2007

  • Phoebe and Joey the only ones there.

    By Black_Grace, May 21, 2007

  • funny

    By simpfan90210, May 06, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Rachel: (Looking at the menu after arriving very late to dinner) Oh, everything looks delicious. What should I have? What should I have?
      Joey: (To himself) Never hit a woman... never hit a woman...
      Ross: You know your fonts are incredible!
      Joey: (To himself) Ross bruises like a peach. He bruises like a peach!

    • Chandler: Monica tricked me to get me into bed!
      Joey: Dude-
      Chandler: I know, when did I become such a woman?!

    • Phoebe: Oh, Chandler! You stink of cigarettes! Chandler: Do you think Monica is going to be able to smell it? Phoebe: Are you kidding? That woman has the nose of a bloodhound! And the breasts of a Greek goddess. Chandler: Pheebs? Phoebe: I'm gonna go.

    • Monica: What do I smell? I smell smoke. Hon, did you smoke? Chandler: Yes, but I just had one. Two. Two tiny cigarettes. Okay, five. A pack. Two packs... a... a carton. Three big fat cartons in two days. But it's over, I made a decision, I'm not gonna smoke anymore.

    • Ken: Is it true the reason you're here in Tulsa is that you fell asleep in a meeting and took the job without realizing what you were saying yes to? Chandler: Well, don't believe everything you hear, Ken. But yeah, that's true.

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    Notes (4)

    • Lisa Kudrow and guest star Dan Bucatinsky created the web series Web Therapy and subsequent Showtime series Web Therapy together.

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui avait fumé (The One Who Had Smoked)

    • Christina Pickles receives the "And" credit.

    • This episode runs 25:22 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (3)

    • Continuity: After Phoebe learned Mike was available, she ditched the gang for him. However, in "The One with All the Cheesecakes," Phoebe said it's wrong to ditch friends for dates.

    • Continuity: Ross tells Rachel that she hasn’t cooked since 1996, but in 1999 in "The One Where Ross Got High" Rachel actually cooked the infamous English trifle with beef for Thanksgiving.

    • Continuity: Phoebe’s birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Frank Jr." Phoebe tells her half-brother that her birthday is February 16th. Also, in "The One with Two Parts (2)" Phoebe has a birthday party in February. However, in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" Rachel talks about Phoebe’s last birthday party. Since Rachel first met Phoebe earlier that season, this implies that Phoebe’s birthday must have occurred since September, when Rachel first joined the group. Also, in "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner", Phoebe's birthday is close to Halloween, consistent with Rachel's statement. Furthermore, in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", the flashbacks of Phoebe’s 30th birthday imply her birthday is in the summer.

    Allusions (1)

    • Visible in the restaurant where Phoebe is having her birthday dinner are reproductions of a series of paintings (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. This 16th century Italian painter was famous for creating portrait heads made entirely of depicted objects such as fruit, vegetables and flowers, as is the case with the paintings seen in the restaurant.

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