The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner

Season 3, Ep 14, Aired 2/6/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner, who thinks "Smelly Cat" has hit potential. Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg. And Rachel's new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Steven Eckholdt

    Mark Robinson

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • James Michael Tyler


  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Mark quits.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Jun 02, 2009

  • There's a new singer at central perk and her and Pheobe have a past. Chandler meets a woman in a men's bathroom. Joey recounts a story ofthat woman involving a wooden leg and fire. Rachel and Ross attend a fashion lecture with unfortunate consequences.

    By melodymaestra, Apr 18, 2006

  • A clever and entertaining episode with some good songs.

    By Link609, Sep 20, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Ross: (About Rachel attending a lecture with Mark) Well, I'm sorry, but, ah, look if you're not working with him anymore, why do you have to still do stuff with him? Rachel: Because, he's my friend. Ross: Okay, but do you really need another friend? I mean... Rachel: Okay, well if I stop playing with Joey and Chandler, can I play with Mark? Ross: Is that funny? Am I supposed to be laughing? Ross: I don't know, you thought "See you Saturday" was funny.

    • Joey: It was like four years ago. Okay, Ginger and I had gone out a few times, and then this one weekend, we went up to her Dad's cabin. Just me, her, and her annoying little dog Pepper. Well that night, I cooked this really romantic dinner... Monica: You gave her food poisoning?! Joey: I wish. No. After dinner, me, her, and Pepper all fell asleep in front of the fire. Well I woke up in the middle of the night and I saw that the fire was dying out. So, I picked up a log and threw it on. Or, at least what I thought was a log. Phoebe: Oh, my God! You threw Pepper on the fire! Joey: I wish. See, I guess another thing I probably should have told you about Ginger is that she kinda has a, ah, artificial leg. Monica: Oh, my God! Joey, what did you do after you threw her leg on the fire? Joey: I ran!

    • Monica: (About Leslie) Wow, she must have hurt you pretty bad, huh? Phoebe: Well, yeah. You know, we were best friends, ever since we were little, our Moms worked on the barge together. Monica: Oh, you two must have been so cute running around on a barge. Phoebe: You never run on a barge!

    • Rachel: I've got some bad news. Ross: What? Rachel: I can get a quick bite to eat, but then I have to come back up here. Ross: Come on sweetie! You've had to work late every night for the past two weeks, what is it this time? Mark: Actually, it's kinda my fault. I, I quit today. Ross: (To Rachel) But work comes first!

    • Leslie: Well, I, you know, I was just, um, I was just thinking and hoping, that um, maybe you'd want to get back together? Phoebe: No. But thanks. Leslie: Aw, come on Phoebe, would you just think about it? Phoebe: Okay. (Pretends to think about it) No. But thanks.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Phoebina bývalá parťačka (Phoebe's Ex-Partner)

    • This is the only episode in season 3 that uses Phoebe's name in the title.

    • This episode runs 23:02 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When Ginger is leaving after finding Chandlers third nipple, she's taking her coat and her purse is lying on the counter. When the camera angle changes, her purse is suddenly in her hand.

    • Phoebe's Songs: "Sticky Shoes" My favorite shoes, so good to me, I wear them everyday. Down at the heel, holes in the toes, don't care what people say. My feet's best friends, pals to the end, with them I'm one hot chicky. Though late one night, not much light, I stepped in something icky. Sticky shoes, sticky shoes, always make me smile. Sticky shoes, sticky shoes, next time I'll avoid the pile. "Jingle Bitch" Jingle Bitch screwed me over! Go to hell Jingle Whore! Go to hell, go to hell, go to hell-hell-hell.

    • Trivia: This is the first time we see the restroom area of Central Perk.

    • Goof: When Monica comes in and asks Chandler if she can borrow some milk, Chandler is reading a paper that is flat on the bar. In the next shot he is holding it folded, then he lays it on the counter, and suddenly it is in his hands again.

    • Goof: When Joey is telling his story about Ginger, a large section of Phoebe's hair falls in front of her face. In the next shot it's gone, even though her hands are visible the whole time.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Ross: A hundred million people went to see a movie about what I do. I wonder how many people would go see a movie called Jurassic Parka. Jurassic Park is a 1993 thriller film, adapted from a novel written by Michael Crichton, about genetically engineered dinosaurs.

    • Monica: No, it was Ginger. I remember because when he told me, I said: "The movie star". Monica sings a line from the theme song for Gilligan's Island, an American TV sitcom.

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