The One with the Birth Mother

Season 10, Ep 9, Aired 1/8/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Monica and Chandler travel to Ohio to meet a potential mother for their child, but they're put in an uncomfortable situation when the mom-to-be thinks they're a reverend and doctor. Joey's date picks food off his plate. Rachel picks out an outfit for Ross to wear on a date, but accidentally gives him the bag with her purchases instead.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Jim O'Heir

    Adoption Agency Worker

  • Anna Faris


  • Annie Parisse


  • Cali Sheldon

    Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • The episode that introduces Erica as the birth mother of Chandler and Monica's future children and shows Joey in a pretty poor light.

    By stylecutter, Aug 18, 2007

  • This is probably one of the best episodes in the series entire 10 year run solely due to continued depth Matthew Perry brings to the role of Chandler Bing

    By jr196301, Jul 29, 2006

  • So sweet...

    By singme_tosleep, Jun 14, 2009

  • funny

    By simpfan90210, May 07, 2007

  • Hilarious, emotional, full of laughs

    By super_friend21, Apr 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Chandler: We are not signing those papers! Monica: Why not? Chandler: It's wrong. They made a mistake. They think we're somebody else. Monica: God works in mysterious ways. Chandler: You have gotta stop! Monica: But she liked us. Chandler: She likes Doctor Chandler and Reverend Monica. Monica: Well, if you think about it, I am kind of like a Reverend. I mean, as a chef, I serve God, by feeding the hungry and the poor. Chandler: Your veal chop is $34.95!

    • Rachel: Ross, look, I know that some of this stuff is out there, but I mean, come on, look at this, look at this sweater! (She picks up a blue sweater). I mean, this is just beautiful! Ross: (Touching the fabric) Wow, this is really soft. (He looks the price tag). Three hundred and fifty dollars? Rachel: Yeah, down from seven hundred, you are saving like two hundred bucks! Ross: Both logic and math are taking a serious hit today.

    • Monica: (Before the interview) Well, this is it. Are you okay? Chandler: Yeah. Just weird, you know. It's like: "Hi, I'm Chandler. May I have the human growing inside you?" Monica: We're gonna be great. Chandler: You're gonna be great. Monica: Well... obviously!

    • Joey: I can't believe it. When you guys come back, you're gonna have a baby! That is so weird! Chandler: And so incorrect! Monica: She's only a couple of months pregnant. She liked our application but who knows if she's gonna like us. Ross: Come on, she's gonna love you guys. Chandler: Hum, thank you, but we're really trying not to get our hopes up. Monica: And a lot could still get in our way. Chandler: Yeah. I mean, this girl could decide against adoption or she could like another couple better. Phoebe: What are you gonna name the baby? Chandler: I can develop a condition in which I talk and talk and no one hears a word.

    • Joey: (About eating his date's food) I'm not even sorry.

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    Notes (6)

    • This is the only episode from season 10 directed by David Schwimmer.

    • International Episode Title: France: Ceux qui rencontraient la mère biologique (The Ones Who Met The Birth Mother)

    • This is the first appearance of Anna Faris as Erica. Erica was in 4 episodes of Friends.

    • In the season 10 DVD box set, the summary for this episode mistakenly says that Monica and Chandler travel to Texas, not Ohio, to meet the birth mother.

    • This episode runs 25:57 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

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    Trivia (6)

    • Trivia: The cap with the Kangaroo logo donned by Ross at the beginning of this episodeis a Kangol, popularized by actor Samuel L. Jackson.

    • Goof: When Chandler tells Erica that Monica is always right, that's not entirely true. Monica was the one who didn't want to tell Erica who they really were, and Chandler had to convince her to be honest to Erica.

    • Continuity: Joey has issues with his date eating off his plate, because "Joey doesn't share food." However in "The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work" Phoebe asks Joey if she can have a bite of his muffin and some coffee and Joey agrees.

    • Goof: Ross's jacket was open as he was walking in with his date. She could have seen that they were wearing the same shirt already.

    • Continuity: Joey eats and drinks everything, so it's hard to believe that he wouldn't eat his cheesecake because of the "red crap" on top.

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