The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • Phoebe: Alright, okay, so we can all go now. That's fun. Hey, you know what? We all haven't been together, the six of us, in such a long time. Monica: What are you talking about? We're all together right now. Rachel: Um, Mon, Chandler's not here. Monica: Oh, dear God!

  • Phoebe: (To Monica) Happy Humping!

  • Ross: Mom just called. She said that she's stuck in the traffic but she'll be here soon. Rachel: Okay, that's the third sign why I shouldn't go. Ross: What were the first two? Rachel: The first is that I don't want to go and the second is I'm not going.

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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.