The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie

Season 4, Ep 10, Aired 12/18/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Ross must decide whether to continue dating a girl he must travel two-and-a-half hours to see. Chandler sets Rachel up with a coworker who misunderstands her intentions. Monica is being treated poorly by her new coworkers so she hires Joey just so she can fire him and show who's the boss. And Phoebe tries to write the perfect holiday song.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Micheal DiMaggio


  • Jamie Kaler


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Pretty funny.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Dec 30, 2008

  • Not the best Friends episode, but still very good.

    By andylt, Mar 08, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Ross: I should get going. I, I got a date tonight. Chandler: Oh, yeah? With who? Ross: You know that girl I told you about who lives up in Poughkeepsie? Chandler: Yeah. Ross: Not her. Yeah, this is someone else I meet, and I, I can't decide between the two of them.

    • Phoebe: Where were you? Ross: Oh, on a date. Yeah, I met this girl on the train going to a museum upstate. (simultaneously) Chandler: Oh, yeah! How did you meet her? Phoebe: Oh, which museum? Phoebe: No, answer his.

    • Joey: Well I guess I should've thought about my wife and kids before I talked back to chef Geller! Yep! Looks like it's gonna be a lean Christmas at the Dragon house this year! Monica: Enough! Joey: (Leaving) Lean, lean, lean!

    • Monica: I need more swordfish. Can you get me some more swordfish? Kitchen Worker: I don't speak English. Monica: You did a minute ago! Kitchen Worker: Well, I don't know what to tell ya!

    • Chandler: Hey, ya know what? I've got two tickets to tonight's Rangers game. You wanna come with me? Rachel: Cute guys in little shorts? Sure. Chandler: Well, actually it's a hockey team, so it's angry Canadians with no teeth. Rachel: Well that sounds fun too.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Když se dva hledají (When Two Are Looking for Each Other)

    • This episode runs 22:35 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (7)

    • Factual Error: Ross could never have slept all the way to Montreal. At the Canadian border he would have been awakened and asked to identify himself and state his reason for entering Canada.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Ross is seen sleeping in Central Perk and on the train. However, in "The One with George Stephanopolous" Ross sees Phoebe sleeping in Central Perk and states "I cannot sleep in a public place."

    • Continuity: Rachel's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend," Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5, and this is consistent with the month of birthday parties thrown for her on the show in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out," (which aired in May 1995) and in her one-month-early surprise party in "The One Where Rachel Smokes," (which aired in April 1999). Rachel's 30th birthday, however, is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty," (which aired on February 8, 2001). A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19). Rachel also mentions that her birthday is after Valentine's Day, but before Christmas in "The One with the Girl From Poughkeepsie."

    • Phoebe's Songs: "Holiday Song" (First Rendition) Happy Hanukkah, Monica. May your Christmas be snowy, Joey. Happy New Year, Chandler and Ross. Spin the dreidel, Rachel! "Holiday Song" (Second Rendition) Happy happy Hanukkah, Chandler and Monica. Very merry... "Holiday Song" (Final Rendition) Went to the store, sat on Santa's lap. Asked him to bring my friends all kinds of crap. He said, "all you need is to write them a song." Now you haven't heard it yet, so don't try to sing along. So don't sing along. Monica, Monica, have a happy Hanukkah. Saw Santa Claus, he said hello to Ross. And please tell Joey Christmas will be snowy. And Rachel and Chandler, (Mumbles some nonsense that rhymes with "Chandler"). Happy holidays everybody!

    • Goof: In the scene on the train when the conductor announces Montreal, Ross's head goes from laying on his shoulder to an upright position when the camera angle changes.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Phoebe: (To Rachel) Do you maybe have a nickname have like a nickname that’s easier to rhyme? Monica: Didn’t your dad used to call you Pumpkin? Rachel: Oh yeah! Phoebe: Pumpkin? Yeah. But did he ever call you like, Budolph? Budolph is easy to rhyme with Rudolph, the main character in the famous Christmas story-song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," created by Robert L. May in 1939.

    • Chandler: I remember reading about this director, I think it was Orson Welles, who at the beginning of a movie, would hire somebody just so he could fire them in front of everybody. George Orson Welles was an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor.

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