The One with Phoebe's Uterus

Season 4, Ep 11, Aired 1/8/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Phoebe considers her options when her brother visits with his new wife and asks her to carry their child. Joey works as a tour guide at Ross's museum and tries to tear down the walls between tour guides and scientists. And Chandler seeks advice from Monica and Rachel after he fears that he will not live up to Kathy's sexual expectations--especially since the last guy she slept with before him was Joey.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Giovanni Ribisi

    Frank Buffay Jr.

  • Sherri Shepherd


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Miles Marsico

    The Smart Kid

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Phoebe is going to hold her brother's baby.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Dec 30, 2008

  • A very sweet episode, with Phoebe doing the ultimate self-less deed.

    By stylecutter, Jul 01, 2007

  • a good episode.

    By simpfan90210, Apr 26, 2007

  • Decent, but not one of the best.

    By blue4t, Sep 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Monica: Now, everyone knows the basic erogonist zones. (drawing them on paper) You have one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. Chandler: There are seven? Rachel: Let me see that. (looks at drawing) Oh, yeah. Chandler (points): That's one? Monica: Kind of an important one. Chandler: Oh, you know what? I- I was looking at it upside down. Rachel: Ah, well, you know, sometimes that helps. Monica: Okay, now most guys will hit one, two and three and then go to seven and set up camp. Chandler: Th- That's bad? Rachel: Well, if you go to Disneyland, you don't spend the whole day on the Matterhorn. Chandler: Well, you might if it were anything like seven.

    • Chandler: Look, you have to help me. I know what to do with a woman, I know where everything goes. It's always nice. But I need to know what makes it go from nice to 'my god, somebody's killing her in there.

    • Monica: So, did you do it? Chandler: Yes, yes. We had the sex. Monica: Uh oh. It was bad? Chandler: It was fine, y'know. But she didn't agree with me as strongly as she agreed with Joey. She was more like, 'well, I see your point, I'm alright with it.' Monica: Well, it was the first time. There's not always a lot of agreement the first time. Rachel: Yeah, not for girls anyway. Guys agree (snaps fingers) like that.

    • Phoebe: Frank Jr. and Alice got married!
      Rachel: That's great!
      Phoebe: And they're gonna have a baby! And they want me to grow it for them in my uterus!
      Ross: Oh my God.
      Monica: Are you serious?
      Phoebe: Yeah!
      Joey: You're really thinking of having sex with your brother?

    • Ross: I'm really, really sorry about what happened in the cafeteria today. Joey: It's no big deal. Hey, y'know, you do what you gotta do. Right? Ross: But hey, it's not just me, I mean the scientists and the tour guides never sit together. Joey: Whatever. Ross: It's like that everywhere, Joey! Okay, Mon, back me up here. Where you work the uh, waiters eat with the waiters, right? And the chefs eat with the other chefs, right? Monica: I eat by myself in the alley because everybody hates me.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Náhradní matka (Surrogate Mother)

    • The writers came up with the idea of Phoebe carrying her brother's baby to go along with Lisa Kudrow's real-life pregnancy.

    • In this episode, Matthew Perry messes up a line by saying "blue blazer black" instead of "blue blazer back". The rest of the cast's responses were so funny that they left it in the episode.

    • This is the final appearance of Teri Garr as Phoebe Abbott Sr. Phoebe was in 3 episodes of Friends.

    • This episode runs 24:17 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: When Phoebe is on the couch in the coffee house talking to Monica and Rachel, the way Phoebe is holding the puppy changes between shots.

    • Goof: When Monica is drawing the erogenous zones and Rachel says "Let me see that!", Rachel has one leg on the couch. When the camera angle changes, she has both legs on the table.

    • Continuity: Chandler states in a later episode that he is afraid of dogs. Why is he so calm when being in the same room as Phoebe's puppy?

    • Trivia: This is the third episode in which Joey gets a job at one of his friend's work. In "The One with the Chicken Pox", Chandler gets Joey a processing job at his office. In "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie", Monica hires, and fires, Joey as a waiter at Allesandro's.

    Allusions (2)

    • Rachel: Oh I can't watch this. It's like Sophie's Choice. Sophie's Choice is a 1982 film starring Meryl Streep, about a woman who was forced by Nazis to choose life for one child, and death for the other.

    • Chandler: (About Phoebe's puppy) Why is Phoebe singing to Karl Malden? Karl Malden is an Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated American actor.

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