The One with the Prom Video

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (19)

  • Joey: If you hated the bracelet so much Chandler, you should have just said so. Chandler: Well, doesn't the fact that I wore the bracelet even though I hated it say something about our friendship and how much it means to me? Joey: What about the fact that you insulted the bracelet and you made fun of me? Chandler: Okay, well, that's the part where I'm a wank.

  • Phoebe: (About Ross's chances to date Rachel) Hang in there, it's gonna happen. Ross: Okay, now how do you know that? Phoebe: Because she's your lobster.

  • Ross: Here you go. You can pay me back whenever you like. Monica: You have dinosaur checks? Ross: Yeah, yeah. I mean, you get your money and you learn a little something. What's wrong with that? Monica: Nothing, nothing. Hey you're a cheapasaurus. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Thank you, I'm very grateful.

  • Ross: Hey guys. Judy: Hi, darling. Where's my grandson? You didn't bring him? Ross: No, he's at, uh, Carol's and Susan's today. Jack: A woman in my office is a lesbian. I'm just saying.

  • Ross: (To Phoebe, about Rachel talking to another guy) Would you look at that guy? I mean how long has he been talking to her? It's like, back off buddy, she's a waitress not a geisha.

  • Interviewer: (Looking at Monica's résumé) Well, this all looks good. Monica: Great. Interviewer: And if I want to call for a reference on your last job? Monica: Oh, that's there on the bottom, see the manager, Chandler Bing.

  • Ross: No, no, you're, uh, you're my lobster. See, um, lobsters, uh, in the tank when, when they're old, uh, they get with, uh, they walk around holding the claws. In the tank, ya know, with, with the holding and... Uh, Pheebs you wanna help me out with the, the whole lobster thing?

  • Monica: Hi. Jack: Hi. Judy: Hi darling. Monica: (About them bringing a box filled with her old stuff) So, what's this? Jack: Some of your old stuff. Judy: Well sweetie, we have a surprise for you. We're turning your room into a gym. Monica: Wow, that is a surprise. Just one little question, uh, why not Ross's room? Jack: Gosh, we talked about that but your brother has so many science trophies and plaques and merit badges, well we didn't want to disturb them. Monica: Oh, God forbid.

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Notes (11)

  • That lobsters mate for life is a popular myth--interestingly enough, disseminated by this very episode of Friends. In reality, their mating cycle is from one to two weeks and then they move on (sorry, Phoebe). It is of particular interest that many authorities on the subject refer to this episode of Friends as the source for the commonly held misconception.

  • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Domácí video (Home Video)

  • In a 2004 Entertainment Weekly interview, David Schwimmer said this was his favorite episode because of the comedic and emotional origins of the Ross and Rachel relationship, as well as the exchange between Monica and Chandler as she defends her weight on the video.

  • Elliot Gould ("Jack Geller") is credited as a "Special Appearance."

  • Christina Pickles ("Judy Geller") received the "And" credit.

  • In filming this episode, Monica's prom date, played by Michael Bower, was 20 years old, while Courteney Cox was 31.

  • In an interview it was said that when on the first day Courteney Cox put on the "Fat Monica" costume, and had her make-up on, Matthew Perry ("Chandler") just walked past her without recognizing her.

  • #1 in "NBC's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown" #2 in "UK's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"

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Trivia (7)

  • Goof: When Roy walks out the room and says "I'm gonna kick Chip's ass," a man with a boom mic is briefly visible behind him.

  • Continuity: In this episode, Monica's parents take her belongings to her apartment, so they can turn her bedroom into a gym. However, in "The One Where Rosita Dies", her belongings are stored in her parent's garage.

  • Continuity: Chandler seems incredulous at Ross's statement that he's going to spend the summer "working on his music." Since this is the end of Ross and Chandler's freshman year in college, Ross and Chandler have already started their band and talked about it in "The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks".

  • Goof: When Monica turns off the prom video, the reflection on the TV shows her getting up. But in the next scene she is sitting down.

  • Continuity: Joey was surprised that Monica was fat in high school, but he has already seen fat Monica in her yearbook in "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away".

  • Trivia: The song that Ross played on his keyboard in the prom video, "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeye, is most commonly associated with the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack.

  • Goof: When Phoebe tells Chandler that a girl is "checking him out" she incorrectly says that she is sitting at 11 o' clock. Their perspectives would actually make the girl sitting at 5 o' clock.

Allusions (10)

  • Monica: You know, Roy saw Star Wars 317 times. His name was in the paper. Star Wars is an epic science fiction-fantasy saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s.

  • Jack Gellar: You know, that Steffi Graf has quite a tush. I'm just saying! It's right there. Steffi Graf is a former World No. 1 ranked female tennis player from Germany. She is generally considered to be one of the greatest female tennis players of all time.

  • Chandler: Hey, man. We were just doing some impressions over here. Do your Marcel Marceau. (Joey walks away silently.) That's actually pretty good. Marcel Marceau is one of the most popular mimes world-wide.

  • Phoebe: No, it's fun. It's fun. It's kinda like knowing one of the Gabor sisters. The Gabor sisters are three famous Hungarian actresses named Magda, Zsa Zsa, and Eva. Their claim to fame is that of serial matrimony. They have been married six, eight, and five times respectively.

  • Ross: And how do we spell Casey? Is it like "at the bat" or "and the Sunshine Band"? Casey at the Bat is a poem on the subject of baseball, written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. KC & the Sunshine Band is an American musical group.

  • Joey: Lookin' good Mr. Kotter. This is a reference to the tv show Welcome Back, Kotter.

  • Ross: No no, no no, it's not flashy, not for a Goodfella. Goodfellas is a 1990 Martin Scorsese film.

  • Chandler: Oh, yeah, easy for you to say, you don't have to walk around sporting some reject from the Mr. T collection. Mr. T was a starring character in the hit TV show The A Team.

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