The One with the 'Cuffs

Season 4, Ep 3, Aired 10/9/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Monica caters a party for her mother, who still doesn't quite know how to talk to her daughter. Chandler's encounter with Rachel's boss leads to an embarrassing situation. And an encyclopedia salesman takes advantage of Joey.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Christina Pickles

    Judy Geller

  • Alison La Placa


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Laura Dean


  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Chandler half-naked in a chair.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Dec 30, 2008

  • hilarious

    By prada212vogue, Jul 19, 2007

  • Not the best but still great.

    By andylt, Mar 09, 2006

  • The cuffs offer great fun!

    By GoAvs16, Jul 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Monica: Why did you hire me? Mrs. Geller: Oh, well Richard raved about the food at his party, of course you were sleeping with him. Then I heard the food at that lesbian wedding was very nice, I assume you weren't sleeping with anybody there. Though, at least that would be something. (She leaves the kitchen.) Monica: (To Phoebe) Oh, my God! Did you hear that? She hired me because she thinks I'm good. Phoebe: Okay, I didn't hear that. Monica: Oh yeah. She didn't hire me out of pity, it wasn't so she could pick on me in front of her friends, she actually thinks I'm good. Phoebe: Wow! And hey, it's cool if you're a lesbian!

    • Rachel: And the fact that you were jeopardizing my career never entered your mind? Chandler: It did enter my mind. But then something happened that made it shoot right out.

    • Chandler: (To Rachel) Okay, here's the situation. The keys to the cuffs are on the back of the door. Could you be a doll and grab them and scoot on over here and unlock me? And on a totally separate subject, that is a lovely pantsuit.

    • Joey: (Carrying a table and patio umbrella) Hey, we're in luck! Treeger said we could have all this cool stuff left in the basement! Wait right there.
      Chandler: (Sitting in a canoe) Oh no, I'm paddling away! (Joey brings in two lawn chairs) Really? We got all this rusty crap for free?
      Joey: Uh huh! All this, and a bunch of bubble wrap. And some of it's not even popped. (The duck and the chick wander into the room)
      Chandler: Could we be more white trash?

    • Chandler: I bumped into Joanna yesterday. Rachel: My boss Joanna? That must have been awkward. Chandler: Well no, she actually asked me if I wanted to get a drink. Rachel: You didn't say yes to this, did you? Chandler: No, no! Joanna: (Coming out from the bathroom) Good morning, Rachel. Chandler: Well, not at first!

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Upoutaný Chandler (Captured Chandler)

    • This episode runs 22:33 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When the encyclopedia salesman is talking about Van Gogh, he points to a page in the encyclopedia saying "He painted that." However, the page he points at clearly only has text.

    • Continuity: When Monica arrives at her parents' house to cater their event, her mother comments disapprovingly on her blue nail polish. Monica says she thought it was cute, and Mrs. Geller replies "it's what your grandmother's hands looked like when we found her." However, neither of Monica's grandmothers were "found" after passing away. Monica's maternal grandmother died at the hospital with the family present in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice," so she was not "found" dead. Monica's paternal grandmother is still alive at this time, because she attends Monica and Chandler's wedding in Season 7 – her attendance at their wedding is referenced in "The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding 2."

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a smiley face

    • Goof: In Joanna's office when Chandler and Rachel are pulling on his pants, Rachel says "What if I clean your bathroom for a month?" and she throws the pants onto a chair. But when Chandler later says "Freedom. I want my freedom. Why won't you hear me?" he opens the door to yell to Sophie and they are both holding the pants again.

    • Goof: In the scenes in which Chandler is handcuffed to the chair, he could easily lift the chair up in order to take the key off of the hook. Why doesn't he?

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    Allusions (3)

    • Rachel: You know what, Chandler? You got yourself into those cuffs, you get yourself out of them. Chandler: No, no, nonononono ... I can't get myself right out of them. You must have me confused with the "Amazing Chandler"! The Amazing Randi is a magician who had his own show on a New York radio station in the mid 1960s.

    • Salesman: For example, do you know anything about Vulcanized Rubber? Joey: Spock's birth control ... This is a reference to the character Spock from Star Trek, who was an alien of the Vulcan race.

    • Rachel: I can make you this generation's Milton Berle. Rumor has it that Milton Berle was one of the most well-endowed men in show-business. He claimed to take innumerable locker room bets, winning every one. When asked to reveal the true dimensions of his prize possession, he played coy: "I'll never tell," he'd say. "I just take out enough to win."

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