Friends

The One with Rachel's Big Kiss

Season 7, Ep 21, Aired 4/26/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Rachel's friend, Melissa, from college shows up at the coffee house which brings back memories of their "closer" days. Then when Melissa can't remember that special night in their senior year, Rachel goes to great lengths to prove to Phoebe that there was really a kiss. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross argue for possession of Val Kilmer's tuxedo. Also, Joey drives Monica crazy when he insists that the wedding be arranged around his parents' schedule.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Rachel kisses two girls onscreen.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Jul 27, 2009

  • Rachel's sorority sister Melissa who she shared a kiss with returns. Ross and Chandler compete to see who can get the best celebrity tuxedo for the wedding. Monica invites Joey's parents to the wedding at the last minute.

    By spencemc7, Aug 01, 2008

  • a very funny episode indeed

    By simpfan90210, May 05, 2007

  • More lesbian action!

    By Black_Grace, Apr 21, 2007

  • Kiss and Tell

    By GeorgeJobson, Nov 07, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Rachel: So Joey, I just hooked Ross and Chandler up with some tuxedos for the wedding, do you need one? Joey: No, I'm performing the ceremony. I'm not wearing a tux. Rachel: Well, what are you going to wear? Joey: Multi-colored robes! Oh, and maybe a hat. Rachel: Huh. Does Monica know about this? Joey: I don't think so. Rachel: Can I please be there when you tell her?

    • Monica: (About Rachel and Melissa) They were lovers. Ross: What? Joey: What? Rachel: No we weren't! It was nothing! It was one night, senior year we went to a party, had a lot of sangria and y'know, ended up… kissing for a bit. Ross: So that's two of my wives.

    • Ross: (About their celebrity tuxes) Hey, hey... why don't we put them on? You know, get a picture of Batman and James Bond, together. Chandler: I would, but mine doesn't fit. The pants are a little tight. Monica: Too tight? I can see double-O and seven in those things.

    • Monica: (To Joey) I give up. Whatever you want, you can have it. You want to sing a song? You want to do a dance? You want your mom to stand at the alter and scream racial slurs? I don't care.

    • Joey: (About his mother) Remember, this is a woman who has sent you many lasagnas over the years. Monica: No, she hasn't. Joey: Is it her fault if some of them didn't get to you?

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui fantasmait sur le baiser (The One Who Wanted To Know About The Kiss)

    • Melissa asks Gunther for a pack of Newport Lights by name, and when he brings them to her, she holds the pack so that it is clearly visible. Although cigarette advertising has been illegal in the US since 1971, this may be an example of "back door" product placement.

    • This episode runs 23:03 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (5)

    • Continuity: Although Monica finally convinces Mrs. Tribbiani to come to the wedding, Joey's parents (Robert Costanzo, Brenda Vaccaro) are not there.

    • Trivia: In "The One with Frank Jr.," Ross puts Winona Ryder on his freebie list. However, in this episode when Winona Ryder appeared as Melissa, she wanted Rachel.

    • Goof: In the opening scene when Rachel is talking to Melissa, both of their arms constantly change positions in between every shot.

    • Trivia: Just for the record Pierce Brosnan was James Bond 4 times in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. But since this episode was played in 2001, Chandler wouldn't know about Die Another Day. Val Kilmer was Batman once in Batman Forever.

    • Trivia: Rachel has now officially kissed all five of her friends. She kissed Monica to get the apartment back in "The One with all the Haste". She kissed Ross while they were dating starting in "The One Where Ross Finds Out". She first kisses Joey on New Years in "The One with all the Resolutions". She gets kissed by Chandler while he is covering up his affair with Monica in "The One with all the Kissing". Now, she has kissed Phoebe.

    Allusions (9)

    • Chandler: Holy double-vented comfort, Batman! This is a reference to the 1966 television series Batman. Batman's sidekick Robin was known for saying "Holy (insert), Batman!" whenever they encountered something startling.

    • Chandler: Whose is it? Rachel: Diane Keaton. Diane Keaton is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, and producer. Most famous for her role in Annie Hall, she is known for wearing men's clothing.

    • Chandler: An invitation to the At First Sight premiere? At First Sight is a 1999 film, starring Val Kilmer, about a blind man falling in love with a girl. It was based on the essay To See and Not to See by Oliver Sacks.

    • Chandler: Batman has Robin. The Boy Wonder Robin is Batman's sidekick. Also known as the Dynamic Duo, they are fictional superheroes published by DC Comics and released in 1940.

    • Ross: Batman's tux! Chandler: What? Ross: That's right. Made expressly for Val Kilmer, and worn by him in the hit film... that Batman film he was in. Val Kilmer, an American actor, played Batman in the 1995 film Batman Forever. Batman, the source of many movies, is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics.

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