The One with the Cat

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 10/2/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Phoebe believes that her adoptive mother's spirit resides in a cat that jumped into her guitar case in Central Perk. Monica goes on a date with Rachel's hunky high-school boyfriend, who was cool in high-school, but a failure now. And when Joey and Chandler decide to sell the entertainment center, Joey takes stupidity to a new level.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Dan Gauthier


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Ken Weiler


  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • A step down from the premiere.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Dec 30, 2008

  • He was Trying to make a Sale!

    By pretty_sure, Apr 14, 2010

  • Funny

    By prada212vogue, Jul 19, 2007

  • Quite good episode.

    By andylt, Mar 09, 2006

  • A terrific comedic episode that demonstrates what the show is capable of when it leans back and just has fun.

    By prymel, Feb 12, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Ross: Chip Matthews? The guy who took Rachel to the prom? Why is he calling you?
      Monica: Because I ran into him at the bank. He is still so cute!
      Ross: (Sarcastically) Monica, you are so lucky! He's like the most popular guy in school!
      Monica: (Not sarcastically) I know!

    • Phoebe: (To the cat) I want you to know how much you mean to me, and you can come back and visit anytime you like. Chandler: Phoebs, if she could come back as a couch, we would really appreciate it.

    • Rachel: So, how was your date? Monica: Well, you know how I always wanted to go out with Chip Matthews in high school? Rachel: Mmhmm. Monica: Well, tonight, I actually went out with Chip Matthews in high school. Rachel: Oh honey, I'm sorry. Monica: No, it's okay, not only did I get to go out with Chip Matthews, I got to dump Chip Matthews. Rachel: Oh, that's so great! Monica: I know!

    • Rachel: I mean why, of all people would you want to go out with Chip? Monica: Look, you and I went to different high schools... Rachel: Okay, that doesn't help me, because we went to the same high school. Monica: You went to one where you were popular, and you got to ride off Chip's motorcycle, and wear his letterman jacket. I went to one where I wore a band uniform they had to have specially made. Rachel: They had to have that specially made?! Monica: It was a project for one of the Home Ec classes. Rachel: Oh, my God! They told us that was for the mascot!

    • Ross: (Reading the newspaper) Hey, here's a question: where did you guys get the finest oak east of the Mississippi? Chandler: Uh huh, first you tell us where you got the prettiest lace in all the land. Ross: I'm reading your ad. Joey: Looks good, uh? Ross: Yeah. Chandler: (Reading) Stunning entertainment center. Fine... fine Italian craftsmanship. Phoebe: Oh my God, you guys are selling the entertainment center? Rachel: Why? I love that thing. Chandler: You want it? Phoebe & Rachel: Oh, no!

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Př√≠pad zatoulan√© kočky (Case of the Stray Cat)

    • This episode runs 24:03 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Dedicated "To the memory of Dorothy Kauffman."

    Trivia (5)

    • Phoebe's Song: "Dumb, Drunken Bitch" ...dumb, drunken bitch!

    • Magna Doodle: THANKS FOR ALL YOUR STUFF!

    • Continuity: In "The One With the List", Monica says that she is allergic to cat hair, yet in this episode she is comfortable with a cat right in front of her. She also mentions several other times that she is allergic to cats and in season 5 when Rachel gets the hairless cat she has an allergic reaction to it.

    • Goof: When Rachel is supposedly on the phone calling Chip, you can clearly see that she does not dial. The camera goes to Ross and then back to Rachel real quick and there's no way she could have dialed the numbers that fast.

    • Factual Error: Aren't animals, besides special-help dogs, banned from any place that serves food like Central Perk?

    Allusions (3)

    • Chandler: Uh, Gepetto? Five thousand dollars? Are you insane? The Adventures of Pinocchio is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, about a woodcarver named Geppetto and his marionette. It was successfully adapted into the Walt Disney film Pinocchio.

    • Rachel: Jurassic Park could happen! Jurassic Park is a 1993 thriller film, adapted from a novel written by Michael Crichton, about genetically engineered dinosaurs.

    • Rachel: Actually, I do think Kirk was smarter than Spock. Kirk and Spock are both characters from the famous TV series Star Trek.

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