The One with the Birth Mother

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • Joey: Mandy, huh? Uh... really hot blond, big boobs? Phoebe: No. Joey: (To Rachel) I know why I don't remember her, huh? Rachel: Do you think I'm someone else? Joey: (To Phoebe) Ok, I may not have treated your friends well in the past, but I have grown up a lot, really. Honest, Rach? Rachel: Well, believe it or not, it's true. When Joey and I were together, he was wonderful. He was thoughtful and mature. And for the one week that we went out, he didn't sleep with anybody else. Joey: (Pointing at himself) Growth!

  • Ross: So you're saying, if I wear these pants I might be getting into hers? Rachel: (To Phoebe) Why do men keep talking to me like this?

  • Joey: (To the waiter) Excuse me, sir. There seems to be some sort of red crap on my cheesecake.

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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).

  • Anna Faris was recommended for the role of Erica by Matthew Perry, who was a fan of her work in Lost in Translation.

Trivia (7)

  • Goof: After Phoebe relents and agrees to give Joey her friend's phone number, he writes it on his hand without her actually telling it to him.

  • 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.

  • Goof: When Rachel accidentally switches her shopping bag with Ross's and he ends up with her pink sweater, wouldn't you think that her sweater would barely be able to fit Ross, since he and Rachel most likely are not the same size?