The One with the Jellyfish

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 9/25/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Ross chooses between Rachel and his bald-headed girlfriend Bonnie. Phoebe struggles to deal with the revelation that her mother's friend is actually her mother. Monica gets stung by a jellyfish, forcing Chandler and Joey to step up to the plate in order to relieve her pain.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe & Ursula Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • "Does it?"

    By Canogaparkcindy, Dec 30, 2008

  • Ross chooses between Rachel and his bald-headed girlfriend Bonnie.

    By ParkPlace2623, Jun 03, 2008

  • "Ewwww!! You peed on yourself?!" - Ross

    By FriendsSvuLost8, Jan 07, 2007

  • "That's right, I stepped up! She's my friend and she needed help. If I had to, I'd pee on anyone of you."-Joey

    By efc1991, Jan 15, 2008

  • friends

    By prada212vogue, Jul 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Joey: (To the gang, about Monica) That's right, I stepped up! She's my friend and she needed help. If I had to, I'd pee on anyone of you.

    • Joey: (Explaining why he couldn't get Monica back to the house) I was tired from digging the huge hole!

    • Monica: All right! All right. I got stung. Stung bad. I couldn't stand. I couldn't walk. Chandler: We were two miles from the house. Scared and alone. We didn't think we could make it. Monica: I was in too much pain. Joey: And I was tired from digging the huge hole! Chandler: And then Joey remembered something. Joey: I'd seen this thing on The Discovery Channel... Ross: Wait a minute! I saw that! On The Discovery Channel, yeah! About jellyfish and how if you... Ewwww! You peed on yourself?! Phoebe and Rachel: Ewwww! Monica: You can't say that! You don't know! I mean I thought I was gonna pass out from the pain! Anyway I, I tried, but I, I couldn't... bend that way.

    • Ross: What the hell happened on that beach? Joey: That's between us and the sea, Ross!

    • Bonnie: Thanks a million. Rachel: You're welcome a million. Bonnie: (To Ross) Come on, smell it. Ross: (Smells her head) Mmmm, minty.

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    Notes (6)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Příběh medúzy (Story of Jellyfish)

    • Beginning this season, Monica has a different refrigerator. For the first three seasons it was a vintage Westinghouse, now she has a used International Harvester. No explanation is given for the switch.

    • This is the final appearance of Christine Taylor as Bonnie. Bonnie was in 3 episodes of Friends.

    • When playing both Phoebe and Ursula, Lisa Kudrow's sister doubles for the shoulder shots.

    • There is a new opening sequence during the theme song. Clips are added in from different episodes.

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    Trivia (13)

    • Goof: In the opening shot of Chandler and Monica lying side by side on the beach, the camera pans up from the water and there are only footprints in the sand around them, but when Joey appears, his hole is right at their feet.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Phoebe Sr. tells Phoebe that she was 18 years old when she gave birth to her. In the previous episode, Phoebe and the friends had decided to travel to the beach after Phoebe found a picture of her parents labeled "me, Frank and Phoebe, graduation 1965." Phoebe says that she is 29 years old in this episode which takes place in 1997, making her birth year 1968. It is virtually impossible for her birth mother to have graduated high school in 1965 and to have been 18 in 1968.

    • Trivia: In this episode Monica tells Chandler that she would never go out with him. However Monica and Chandler end up together a year later at the end of season 4, and they eventually marry in season 7.

    • Goof: When Ross storms out of Rachel's room during the breakup, several stage lights are visible at the top of the screen when the camera angle switches to the long shot.

    • Goof: The scene at the beginning of the episode shows Rachel putting some kind of lotion on Bonnie's bald head because it "got all sunburned." But the only time Bonnie had been outside since shaving her head was for a midnight dip in the ocean, meaning her head could not have been sunburned.

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