The One with the Race Car Bed

Season 3, Ep 7, Aired 11/7/96
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  • Episode Description
  • When Monica buys a new bed from Janice's soon-to-be-ex-husband, "The Mattress King," the wrong one is delivered. Rachel's attempts to have her father and Ross bond fail, until she stops trying. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Maggie Wheeler


  • Ron Leibman

    Dr. Leonard Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Simon Harvey


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Janice cheats on Chandler.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 31, 2009

  • a good episode.

    By simpfan90210, Apr 25, 2007

  • A another good one, with a cliffhanger...

    By dmarex, Apr 19, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Dr. Green: Nice hair. What'd ya do? Swim here? Ross: (To Rachel) Okay, that's it, I can't take it anymore. Rachel: What? What? He's interested in you. He, he likes your hair, he just wants to know how you got here.

    • Ross: I think your Dad must have added wrong. He only tipped like four percent. Rachel: Yeah. That's Daddy. Ross: That's Daddy?! But doesn't it bother you? You're a waitress. Rachel: Yes, it bothers me Ross, but ya know if he was a regular at the coffee house, I'd be serving him sneezers. Ross: So? Rachel: So. Ross, I've bugged him about this a million times, he's not gonna change. Ross: You really serve people sneezers?

    • Joey: Hey, Monica bought a bed from the Mattress King? Phoebe: Yeah, so please, please, please, don't say anything to Chandler. Joey: (Sounding offended) You want me to lie to Chandler? Phoebe: Is that a problem? Joey: No.

    • Rachel: We are having dinner with my dad tomorrow night, I hope that's okay. Ross: Oh shoot, tomorrow's not so good. I'm supposed to, um, fall off the Empire State building and land on a bicycle with no seat. Sorry. Rachel: Ross, my father doesn't hate you. Ross: Please, he refers to me as "wet-head." Rachel: But honey he calls everybody by a nickname! Okay, look, I know, all right, just one dinner, please, just one night for me, please. I just want him to love you like I do. (Ross looks at her) All right, well not exactly like I do, but, but, if you do come to dinner, I'll love you like I do in that black thing that you like. Chandler: I'll go.

    • Ross: So I told Carl nobody, no matter how famous their parents are, nobody's allowed to climb on the dinosaur. Of course, this went right in... Rachel: (Thinking) I love how he cares so much about stuff. If I squint I can pretend he's Alan Alda. Monica: (Thinking) Oh good, another dinosaur story. When are those going to become extinct? Chandler: (Thinking) If I was a superhero that could fly and be invisible, that would be the best. Gunther: (Thinking about Ross) What does Rachel see in this guy? I love Rachel, I wish she was my wife. Joey: (Singing "The Baby Elephant Walk" in his head) Da dadada da da da da da duh. Da dadada da da da da da duh. Phoebe: (Thinking) Who's singing?

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Učitel herectvĂ­ (Acting Teacher)

    • This episode runs 23:28 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: This is the first episode where we learn of Gunther's crush on Rachel.

    • Trivia: Throughout the ten seasons we learn the full name of five of the Friends. Monica's middle name is the only one that is never revealed.

    • Goof: In the scene where Joey is teaching soap opera for actors, he writes his name on the blackboard. His name changes from the 'a' being on the line to being above it. Also the line itself reaches the far right of the board in some shots, and is short of it in others.

    Allusions (5)

    • Joey: And now, he's got a two-year contract opposite Susan Lucci the first lady of daytime television. Susan Lucci is a Daytime Emmy Award winning actress. Famous for her role as Erica Kane on All My Children for over 30 years, Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide.

    • Monica: Joey, the last time an actor did something this bad, a president died. Chandler: (Explaining to Joey) Lincoln. Booth. Joey: Something happened at the tunnel? John Wilkes Booth was an American actor from Maryland, who fatally shot U.S. President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

    • Ross: Hey, When you guys were kids and you played Happy Days, who were you? I was always Richie. Monica: I was always Joanie. Joey: Question. Was, "Egg the Gellers!" the war cry of your neighborhood? Happy Days was a popular American television sitcom that presented an idealized version of American life in late 1950s and early 1960s. Richie Cunningham was a main character played by actor Ron Howard.

    • In the opening scene, Joey was singing in his head "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini.

    • Rachel: (Thinking) If I squint, I can pretend he's Alan Alda. Alan Alda is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated American actor.

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