The One with the Fake Monica

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (33)

  • Rachel: (To Monica, about her new carefree lifestyle) Well, you ladies aren't the only ones living the dream. I get to go pour coffee for people I don't know. Don't wait up.

  • Teacher: Okay people. Now everyone grab a partner. Phoebe: Okay. (Playing the pointing game) "And my dead mother said you are it." I'm with Rachel.

  • Monica: (On the phone) Hi. Yes. This is Monica Geller. Um, I believe I'm taking some classes with you and I was wondering if you could tell me what they were.

  • Phoebe: (Dramatically) It's madness, madness, I tell you! For the love of God, Monica, don't do it! (In her normal voice) Thank you.

  • Monica: I'm going to tap class. Rachel: What, what, so that you can dance with the woman that stole your credit card? Monica: This woman's got my life, I should get to see who she is. Rachel: Go to the post office! I'm sure her picture's up! Okay, Monica, ya know what, honey? You're kinda losing it here! I mean, this is really becoming like a weird obsession thing.

  • Monica: Okay, do you see anybody you think could be me? Teacher: People! Last time there were some empty yogurt containers lying around after class. Let's not have that happen again! Rachel: She could be you.

  • Casting Director: Name? Joey: Holden McGroin.

  • Monica: Um, I'm not actually Amish. Fake Monica: Really? Then why are you like that?

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Notes (4)

  • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Falešná Monica (Fake Monica)

  • Since the first episode was officially released as "The Pilot," this is the first episode with Monica's name in the title of the episode.

  • Music: "You're a Big Boy Now" by The Lovin' Spoonful

  • This episode runs 24:03 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). The most significant addition is a new teaser scene, featuring Monica's credit card being declined while she's at lunch with her mother.

Trivia (6)

  • Goof: When Monica is on the phone with the credit card company, the antenna on the phone is only partially extended. However, when she hangs up and goes to put the phone down, the antenna is fully extended.

  • Trivia: The three casting directors at the end of this episode are really Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.

  • Trivia: In the dance class, when the real Monica meets the fake Monica, Monica says to her she's Dutch. When they're about to dance Fake Monica asks Monica: "Mag ik deze dans van u?", which is Dutch for, "May I have this dance?".

  • Goof: When Monica and Fake Monica are telling Rachel about sneaking into a hotel in one shot Monica separates the bread and starts to spread the mayo on it, it then cuts to Fake Monica, and back to Monica and she separates the bread and spreads mayo on to it again.

  • Trivia: In the scene where Ross has just explained to Joey and Chandler that he has to give up Marcel, there is a commercial break. Immediately after the break, the shot shows the three guys sitting on the sofa in the coffee house. If you look at the positions that their hands are in, they are mimicking "See no evil", "Hear no evil", and "Speak no evil".

  • Continuity: In "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away," Ross tells Rachel that keeping Marcel is illegal and if the officials find out, then he will be taken away. However in this episode Ross takes Marcel to the vets without a moments thought. Surely if the monkey was illegally being kept then he wouldn't take him to a vet's office where he could be exposed.

Allusions (13)

  • Actor: (Dramatically) Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might... touch thy cheek... Casting Director No. 1: That's fine, thank you. Casting Director No. 2: Next. (Joey walks onstage) Joey: Hi, uh, I'll be reading for the role of Mercutio. Casting Director No. 2: Name? Joey: Holden McGroin. In the tag scene Joey is auditioning for the famous play Romeo & Juliet, written by William Shakespeare.

  • Fake Monica: You know what? I used to be just like you. Then one day, I saw a movie that changed my life. Did you ever see Dead Poets Society? Monica: Uh huh! Fake Monica: I thought that movie was so incredibly... boring! I mean, that thing at the end where the kid kills himself because he can't be in the play?! What was that? It's like kid, wait a year year, leave home, do some community theater! I walked out of there and I thought, "That's two hours of my life that I'm never getting back." And that thought scared me more than all the other crap that I was afraid to do. Monica: Wow! Then I would definitely not recommend Mrs. Doubtfire! Dead Poets Society, an Academy Award-winning film starring Robin Williams, is about professor John Keating who inspires his students to love life and poetry. Mrs. Doubtfire, an Academy Award-winning film starring Robin Williams and Sally Field, is about a father posing as a female nanny in order to spend more time with his children.

  • Joey: You know there already is a Joseph Stalin? Joseph Stalin was the leader and dictator of the Communist party during World War II. His actions to become a superpower caused the deaths of millions of his own people.

  • Monica: If it wasn't for you, I would never have gotten to sing "Memories" on the stage at the Winter Garden Theater. Fake Monica: Well actually, you only got to sing "Memo--". "Memory" is a song composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber from the musical Cats. The Winter Garden Theater is a legitimate Broadway theater located in midtown-Manhattan.

  • Monica: Who's gonna take me to the Big Apple Circus? Fake Monica: Monica, I started my day by peeing in front of twenty five other women and you're worried about who's going to take you to the Big Apple Circus? The Big Apple Circus is a circus that is located in New York City. Opened in 1977, it has become a tourist attraction as well.

  • Fake Monica: Well that's just probably because of your Amish background. Monica: What? Fake Monica: You're Pennsylvania Dutch, right? Monica: Right. Till I bought a blow dryer. Then I was shunned. The Amish are an Anabaptist Christian denomination in the United States that are known for their plain dress and limited use of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. The Amish separate themselves from mainstream society for religious reasons. Most speak a German dialect known as Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • Monica: Only to find out that the Boston Celtics had taken over the entire sixth floor. The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their 16 NBA championships are the most for any NBA franchise.

  • Chandler: Bye Bye Birdie starring Joseph Stalin. Joseph Stalin is The Fiddler on the Roof. Bye Bye Birdie is a Broadway musical satire on American society. Fiddler on the Roof is a well-known Broadway musical. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions. Both musicals were successfully adapted into films.

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