Friends

The One with the Embryos

Season 4, Ep 12, Aired 1/15/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Joey and Chandler guess all the items that Monica and Rachel had in a bag after coming home from the market. This starts a competition between the boys and the girls, a question-answer game created by Ross. The team that knows the most about the other one wins. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes to the doctor to get the embryos implanted in her uterus.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Giovanni Ribisi

    Frank Buffay Jr.

  • Debra Jo Rupp

    Alice Knight-Buffay

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (31)
  • One of the best episode in the whole series..

    By sayor85, Mar 20, 2008

  • My personal favorite episode that has the guys v the girls

    By gwen13579, Dec 29, 2007

  • A really great episode, one of the best of season 4

    By seriesguy3998, Jul 02, 2009

  • One of the best. Seriously...

    By Canogaparkcindy, Dec 30, 2008

  • "His legs flail about as if independent from his body!"-Chandler Bing.

    By efc1991, Jan 10, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Ross: What is the name of Chandler's father's all male burlesque? Monica: "Viva Las Gay-gas!" Chandler: Unfortunately, that is correct.

    • Ross: Monica and I had a grandmother who died. You both went to her funeral. Name that grandmother. Joey: Nana? Chandler: She has a real name. Joey: Althea! Chandler: Althea? What are you doing?! Joey: I took a shot. Chandler: You're shooting with Althea?! Ross: Althea is correct. Chandler: Nice shooting!

    • Ross: All right, we have a tie. Luckily, I have prepared for such an event. (Pulls out flashcards) The Lightning Round! All: Ohhhh. Ross: Thirty seconds, all the questions you can answer. Monica: You guys are dead, I am so good at lightning rounds. Chandler: I majored in lightning rounds. All right, we're gonna destroy you. Monica: Huh, wanna bet? Chandler: Well, I'm so confused as to what we've been doing so far...

    • Phoebe: (About the Chick and the Duck) You guys should get rid of those animals. They shouldn't be living in an apartment. Rachel: Yeah, especially with all these knives and cookbooks around.

    • Rachel: (Pounding on the door) What is that noise? Chandler: You! Joey: It's the chick. She's going through some changes. Monica: What kind of changes? Chandler: The vet seems to think that she's becoming a rooster. (Rooster crows) We're getting a second opinion.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: S├ízka do loterie (A Shot in the Dark)

    • #5 in "UK's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"

    • This is Courtney Cox Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow's favorite episode.

    • This episode runs 23:16 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (16)

    • Goof: In the scene where Phoebe's waiting to be implanted with the embryos, an ultrasound machine is in the background with a visible ultrasound picture of what appears to be a womb, even though Phoebe isn't hooked up to it.

    • In the lightning round, both teams answer a question incorrectly and Ross moves on to the next question. ("In what part of her body did Monica get a pencil stuck at age 14?" "Chandler was how old when he first touched a girl's breast?") When he gets to the girls' final question, "What is Chandler Bing's job?", Rachel answers it incorrectly but he doesn't move on and because they fail to answer the question correctly, they lose the game. As soon as Rachel answered incorrectly, the girls should have been given another question but they ran out of time. The boys got 4 right (Monica's nickname, Rachel's alleged favorite movie, her actual favorite movie & the # of towel categories Monica had) & the girls only got 3 right (Joey's favorite food, name of his imaginary best friend & his imaginary friend's job).

    • When Ross asks Chandler and Joey the question about his dead Grandmother, he picks up a pink question card even though the category he took it from is purple.

    • Magna Doodle: HAVE YOU SEEN OUR VIEW?!

    • Goof: In the opening scene Chandler's hair is parted on the other side. When the show comes back after the credits, his hair is parted on the side that it is normally parted.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Ross: Joey had an imaginary childhood friend. His name was? Monica: Maurice. Ross: Correct, his profession was? Rachel: Space cowboy! "Maurice" and "space cowboy" allude to lyrical references in the Steve Miller song "The Joker." "Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah. Some call me the gangsta of love. Some people call me Maurice, 'Cause I speak of the pompatus of love."

    • Ross: According to Chandler, what phenomenon scares the bejeezus out of him? Monica: Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance! Michael Flatley is an extremely talented Irish dancer, famous for his performance in Lord of the Dance.

    • Ross: Her actual favourite movie. Joey: Weekend at Bernie's. Weekend at Bernie's was a film made in 1989.

    • Ross: Correct. Rachel claims this is her favorite movie. Chandler: Dangerous Liaisons. Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 film starring Glenn Close.

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