The One with the Birth

Season 1, Ep 23, Aired 5/11/95
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  • Episode Description
  • As Monica's biological clock ticks away like a time bomb, Carol goes into labor. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jane Sibbett

    Carol Willick

  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Leah Remini


  • Jessica Hecht

    Susan Bunch

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Jul 28, 2009

  • Great episode last scene was awesome.

    By efc91, Jul 31, 2009

  • Carol gives birth.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 17, 2009

  • Great

    By chocoholic411, Mar 01, 2008

  • Terrific!!

    By sofiebigeyes, Jun 24, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Phoebe: This is so great.
      Ross: You wanna explain that?
      Phoebe: I mean, well, cause when I was growing up, you know my dad left and my mother died and my stepfather went to jail, so I barely had enough pieces of parents to make one whole one. And here's this little baby who has like three whole parents who care about it so much that they're fighting over who gets to love it the most. And it's not even born yet. It's just, it's just the luckiest baby in the whole world. I'm sorry, you were fighting.

    • Nurse: Alright, there's a few too many people in this room. There's about to be one more. So anybody whose not an ex-husband or a lesbian life partner, out you go. Chandler: Let me ask you, do you have to be Carol's lesbian life partner? Nurse: Out.

    • (Susan has a contraction and grabs onto Chandlers shirt) Chandler: Somebody wanna help me? Trying to rip out my heart. (Carol lets go and Chandler looks at his chest) Uh, that's great. Anybody seen a nipple?

    • Monica: (About looking for Ross and Susan) Did you find them? Chandler: I checked the gift shop. I checked the cafeteria. Monica: (Looks around the waiting room) Where are Phoebe and Joey? Chandler: I think there's something sinister going on in this hospital. If you find anyone, or parts of anyone, scream. And scream again.

    • Ross: (About beating Susan to the hospital) I don't believe this! I mean, she could be giving birth in the cab. Rachel: Oh Ross, relax. It's probably only like two dollars for the first contraction and then fifty cents for each... (Starts to laugh) additional contraction. (After realizing that no one else is laughing) What, it's okay when Chandler does it? Chandler: You have to pick your moments.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Narodil se kluk (A Boy Was Born)

    • This episode was nominated for an award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series by the Director's Guild of America.

    • June Gable, who plays the nurse in this episode, is the same woman who has the recurring role of Estelle Leonard, Joey's agent. As the series aired in 1994-95, the character had not been shown yet; perhaps the writers gave her the part due to Estelle being chopped out of episode 6.

    • Jonathan Silverman attended Beverly Hills High School with David Schwimmer along with fellow classmate Nicolas Cage.

    • This episode runs 23:15 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (8)

    • Trivia: In the hospital, Monica sees a mother go by with twins and says, "No fair! I don't even have one. How come they get two?".¬† Chandler then suggests that if neither of them is married by the time they're forty, why don't they get together and have a baby. What's interesting is that in that simple little exchange their actual future nine years later is defined. They do ultimately end up together and like the woman who just went by, get to have twins.

    • Susan says that Carol's contractions are 55 seconds apart, and Ross says 59 seconds, suggesting that his timing is more accurate because his watch is "Quartz--ha!". Susan trumps him by saying that her watch is "Swiss quartz--ha, ha!". In truth, a four-second difference in their watches in the¬†course of a minute suggests that one of their watches needs repair, regardless of it's advertised accuracy.

    • When Rachel comes back to the hospital and is all dressed up you can see that the shoes she is wearing are identical to the ones Paolo gives her in the episode The One Where Nana Dies Twice.

    • Goof: On the sign outside Carol's hospital room, "NURSERY" is spelled "NUSERY."

    • Continuity: Joey's age is not consistent. In "The One with the Birth" (1995) Joey says he is 25. In "The One Where Joey Moves Out" (1996) Joey says he is 28. In "The One with the Red Sweater" (2001) Chandler says Joey is 32.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Chandler: And sometimes, I'll want you to steal third and I'll go like this. Chandler was referring to baseball. During a baseball game, a coach will give players signals that tell them how to proceed. Chandler wanted the runner to steal third base.

    • Chandler: Where have you been? Joey: I just had a baby. Chandler: Mazal tov. Mazal tov is Hebrew for good fortune or congratulations.

    • Ross: Susan wanted a Chunky. We're having a baby, ok, a baby... you don't stop for Chunkys. Chandler: I used to have that bumper sticker. A Chunky is a candy bar consisting of milk chocolate, California raisins and roasted peanuts. It is produced by Nestle and is known for its trapezoidal shape.

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