The One with the Fertility Test

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (15)

  • Ross: (About Charlie) You should take her to the MET. Joey: The Metsss! Ross: Oh, no! The MET! The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joey: (realizing) Oh, that's what she meant! You know, if they're gonna shorten it, they should call it the MUSE. You know, short for museum, and avoid all the confusion. Ross: Yeah, most of the time it's a place packed with confused angry baseball fans.

  • Monica: Hey, what's this? Rachel: Oh, it's a gift certificate to this new SPA in Soho. Monica: Oh, you can't show Phoebe this. She hates those corporate massage chains. Rachel: Ah, why, now I can't get a massage? There are so many things that she disapproves of. I can't eat veal, I can't wear fur, I can't go hunting... Monica: Do you wanna go hunting? Rachel: Well, I would like to have the option!

  • Monica: (At the fertility office) Don't worry. There's nobody here that knows you. Janice: Oh... my... God! Chandler: Oh, come on!

  • Janice: Well, somebody's a little cranky today because they have to do it in a cup. Oh look, they gave you the kiddie size! Chandler: What!? (Janice laughs annoyingly) Monica: This has been fun, but I have an invasive vaginal exam to get to!

  • Ross: When you go into the museum, you turn right. That's the Antiquities Wing. Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, right up to the Byzantine Empire. Joey: Whoa. Okay, so I go in the door and make a right?

  • Monica: That's so weird. How did Joey end up kissing Charlie last night? I thought you'd end up kissing Charlie. Ross: Hey, I thought I'd end up kissing Charlie too, okay? But surprise! Chandler: I missed most of the party. Charlie is a girl, right? Ross: Yes, she is this new professor in my department that I did not kiss. Rachel: I don't know why Joey had to kiss her! I mean, of all the girls at the party, God! Ross: Why do you care so much? Monica: Yes Rachel, why do you care so much? Rachel: (worried) Because Ross is the father of my child! You know... and I... want him to hook up with lots of women! I just... All I'm saying is... I don't think that Joey and Charlie have anything in common. Ross: Oh, I don't know, they seem to have a shared interest in each other's tonsils. Phoebe: Wow, Joey and a professor! Can you imagine if they had kids and if the kids got her intelligence and Joey's raw sexual magnetism... Oh, those nerds will get laid!

  • Chandler: (About the fertility test) How do I know that they're not gonna secretly videotape me and then put it all over the internet? Monica: Because, honey, I mean this in the sweetest way possible, nobody is gonna wanna watch that.

  • Chandler: But I don't wanna do it in a cup. Monica: What is the big deal? Chandler: It's weird! In a doctor's office? Monica: It's not okay to do it in a doctor's office, but it is okay to do it in a parked car behind a Taco Bell?

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Notes (3)

  • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui faisait le teste de fertilit√© (The One Who Took The Fertility Test)

  • Maggie Wheeler received the "And" credit.

  • This episode runs 27:13 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

Trivia (6)

  • Trivia: The words Joey had memorized for Days of Our Lives, fronto-temporal-zygomatic craniotomy, actually refers to a craniotomy where a simple and safe procedure is performed without any instrumentation or plating techniques in which the dissection distance is shortened and there is a wider, shallower operating field. Joey believes it means someone gets attacked by a bear.

  • Goof: Phoebe rips Rachel's gift certificate into four parts. However, the taped-up certificate Rachel hands the receptionist was torn into eight pieces.

  • Continuity: In this episode its shown that Charlie has not been to New York before. However in "The One with Ross's Grant" she talks to Benjamin about them being at a restaurant in New York a few years ago.

  • Magna Doodle: "Happy Birthday Gizzy 5-1-91" with a drawing of a lion.

  • Continuity: At the start of this episode the gang is talking about what happened at the soap opera roof party the previous night. However, the previous episode did not end with the party, but with Chandler, Monica and Phoebe attending a performance of the one woman show, presumably the night after the soap opera party. The plot seems to have jumped forward and backwards in time.

  • Continuity: Monica says to Chandler that they have been trying to have a baby for over a year. But they only decided to try for a baby at the hospital when Emma is being born and Emma's first birthday isn't until season ten.

Allusions (5)

  • Spa Receptionist: (To Rachel, pretentiously) Have a seat through the glass doors. Rachel: (imitating her) Through the glass doors? Spa Receptionist: Through the glass doors. Rachel (With a fake smile) Alrighty then. "Alrighty then" was the catch phrase of Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The film also starred Courteney Cox.

  • Phoebe: It's a normal Swedish name... IKEA. IKEA is a Swedish manufacturing company that mass produces furniture and other items that can be bought cheaply and self assembled by the purchaser.

  • Joey: Caravaggio uses chiaroscuro here to highlight the anguish of the central figure. Joey is alluding to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, an Italian artist. "Chiaroscuro" is a painting technique that creates volume by depicting light and shade through bold contrasts.

  • Phoebe: (Showing a pair of shoes) They belonged to the late Shania Twain. Shania Twain is a country singer (and as Rachel corrects Phoebe) who is still alive.

  • Joey: Monet painted quickly and often outdoors as his elusive subject was light itself. Claude Monet is credited with beginning the art movement known as Impressionism. He was interested in how the colors of his subjects changed depending on the weather and time of day.