The One with Phoebe's Rats

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (21)

  • Rachel: Thanks for the party, honey. Should I help you clean up? Monica: No way! You had your party, now I have mine!

  • Chandler: (To Ross) You know as well as I do once Joey sets his mind on something, more often than not, he's going to have sex with it.

  • Phoebe: (Trying to find the rat) Bob? Bob? Robert!

  • Gavin: Why do you even care if I was looking at her? Are you jealous? Rachel: Oh yeah, I'm jealous. "Oh Gavin, please, please look at my ass." (Gavin starts looking) Stop looking at my ass!

  • Phoebe: Hey Mike, what's the capital of Peru? Mike: Lima. Phoebe: No. It starts with a "v" and ends with an "x." Helpfully with a "to" in the middle. Mike: You know, kinda think of it, the capital of Peru is "Vtox."

  • Joey & Chandler: (Singing) Hey! Happy birthday... Rachel: Shhh don't say that loud, Gunther's gonna want to hug me.

  • Ross: Hey, where the hell are Joey and Molly? I asked you to watch them. Chandler: (In a helium voice, holding a balloon) I'm sorry. I got a little preoccupied. Ross: Look, we have to stop them before something happens. Chandler: (Still in a helium voice) Right behind you big guy.

  • Rachel: (To Gavin) I'm sorry. Obviously, Heather's ass has something more important to say, so I'll just wait 'til it's finished.

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Notes (6)

  • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui défendait sa nounou (The One Who Stood Up For His Nanny)

  • Music: "What Reason" by Deckard

  • Dermot Mulroney (as a "Special Guest Star") received the "And" credit.

  • Monica, played by Courteney Cox-Arquette, has no story line in this episode.

  • Jennifer Aniston and Melissa George will later co-star in Derailed, a 2005 thriller. However, they share no scenes together.

  • This episode runs 24:15 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

Trivia (3)

  • Goof: When Mike and Phoebe are talking about getting rid of the baby rats, Phoebe puts the box on the coffee table. When the camera angle changes to Mike, the box is back in her lap.

  • Goof: When Ross and Chandler race to Ross's apartment, they do so to stop Joey from making his move on the nanny. Presumably if Joey had not followed the nanny, they would all still be at Rachel's party. Why then, has the nanny arranged for her girlfriend to turn up, and for her to leave for the night? She didn't know Ross would be there until he arrives a few minutes previously.

  • Goof: In the scene where Monica tells Rachel that somebody got her shoes as a birthday gift, Rachel sits on the sofa next to Monica to open the box. When they see the rats in the box, Monica and Rachel jumps off the sofa. However, right in the next shot Monica is sitting on the sofa quite in the same position she was in before.

Allusions (3)

  • Chandler: That's it? It's over? Who shot J.R.? Who shot J.R.?! "Who Shot J.R.?" is a reference to the TV show Dallas, where the character J.R. Ewing gets shot in the last scene of the last episode in season two. During the wait for season three, "Who Shot J.R.?" became one of the most famous cliffhangers ever.

  • Chandler: I tried, but apparently singing "I will survive" in a helium voice... not helping. "I Will Survive" is a song made famous by Gloria Gaynor.

  • Phoebe: Mate? They're all brothers and sisters. Mike: Yeah, not such a problem with rats. No, they're more of a "love the one you're with" kind of animal. This is a reference to the song "Love The One You're With" by Stephen Stills.