The One with the Blackout

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (22)

  • Ross: So, um... where did Paolo come from? Rachel: Oh... Italy, I think. Ross: No, I mean tonight, in the building. Suddenly, into our lives.

  • Ross: (About Joey entering with Hanukkah candles) And officiating in tonight's blackout is Rabbi Tribbiani.

  • Chandler: (Thinking) It's okay, all I have to do, is reach over, and put it back in my mouth... (Finds gum and puts it in his mouth) Good save! We're back on track, and I'm... chewing someone else's gum. This is not my gum! Oh my God, oh my God!... And now you're choking.

  • Phoebe: This is so typical. I'm always the last one to know everything. Monica: No, you are not. We tell you stuff. Phoebe: Yuh-huh! I was the last one to know when Chandler got bitten by the peacock at the zoo. I was the last one to know when you had a crush on Joey when he was moving in. (Monica gestures at Phoebe to shut up; Joey looks surprised but pleased) Looks like I was second to last.

  • Phoebe: Eww, look. Ugly Naked Guy lit a bunch of candles. (They all look out the window and then flinch in pain) Rachel: That had to hurt!

  • Joey: It's never gonna happen. Ross: What? Joey: You and Rachel!

  • Paolo: Phoebe, anche tu bellissima. Se siete tutte così belle mi trasferisco proprio qui. Phoebe: You betcha!

  • Monica: (Looking through the fridge) Anybody hungry? We got a Klondike... soup.

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Notes (11)

  • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Bez proudu (Without Electricity)

  • This is the first appearance of Cosimo Fusco as Paolo. Paolo was in 4 episodes of Friends.

  • This is the first appearance of Larry Hankin as Mr. Heckles. Mr. Heckles was in 5 episodes of Friends.

  • In the Italian dubbing of the show, Paolo's character was named Pablo and all his lines were translated in Spanish.

  • Since the scene in the pilot where Phoebe is singing in the subway was cut from syndication, this is the first time that the audience hears Phoebe sing. Prior to this episode, it wasn't even mentioned.

  • Music: "Top of the World" by The Carpenters

  • This is Matthew Perry's favorite episode.

  • This episode runs 24:50 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). One added scene features Jill Goodacre on the phone with her mother talking about her dog, while Chandler's inner voice talks about mothers. There's also a couple more seconds of Ross flailing about with the cat on his neck.

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Trivia (10)

  • Trivia: When Rachel introduces Phoebe at Central Perk, Gunther is visible in the background even though his character has not yet been introduced.

  • Continuity: When Rachel and Phoebe go to Mr. Heckles' door they do not seem to know who he is, yet in "The One with The Flashbacks" he comes to their door and they know exactly who he is.

  • Factual Error: Ross told the gang that the weirdest place he's done it was at Disneyland and then he said he and Carol were asked to never return to the Magic Kingdom. However, The Magic Kingdom is part of Disneyworld in Florida, not Disneyland, which is in California.

  • Factual Error: During the blackout, Joey brings over what he refers to as a Hanukkah menorah. Ross makes a Rabbi joke, and Joey says Chandler's Jewish roommate left it. However, this is a Jewish temple menorah, not a Hanukkah menorah.

  • Factual Error: Joey says that the weirdest place he has ever had sex is the women's room on the second floor of the New York City Public Library. However, the bathrooms there are located only on the third floor.

  • Trivia: When Joey mumbles to Chandler on the phone, he says "See if you can tell what kind of underwear she wears."

  • Phoebe's Song: "No Power" New York City has no power, And the milk is getting sour. But to me it is not scary, 'Cause I stay away from dairy. LA la, la LA la, LA la...

  • Continuity: Ross says he and Carol were banned from Disneyland in 1989. But in "The One with Rachel's Assistant" we find out Ross visited Disneyland his junior year in college, which chronologically would have been later.

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