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 (7)

    • Trivia: After all the fuss over tuxedos and all the trouble Rachel went to, the Batman, James Bond, or for that matter, Diane Keaton tuxedos are not in evidence at the wedding, nor even anything similar. Ross and Chandler end up wearing matching, modern-style soft-shoulder tuxedos with conventional white shirts and long black ties (as opposed to the traditional ruffled, studded, high collar shirts and bowties). Chandler is also wearing a gold vest and both Ross and Chandler have matching gold pocket handkerchiefs. Are these, perhaps, the pre-approved outfits that Monica had picked out in the first place?

    • Goof: Monica says to Chandler that when he wears the tuxedo pants she can see both "double-O and 7". This suggests that Chandler is heavier than Pierce Brosnan and therefore the pants are too tight. However, when we see Chandler wearing the pants, they are extremely baggy and the pant legs only go down to mid-calf, suggesting that the tuxedo was tailored for a very short, fat person.

    • 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.

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    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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