The One with the Soap Opera Party

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (10)

  • Rachel: How is it going with Charlie? Ross: (Sarcastically) Oh, great! After I finish my wine I'm going to blow my... average-sized brains out. Phoebe: Oh, what's the matter? Ross: She only dates geniuses and Nobel Prize winners. Oh, my God, at the Chinese restaurant earlier today, I put chopsticks in my mouth and pretended to be a woolly mammoth. Rachel: I always loved that! Ross: Of course you would, your brains are smaller than mine!

  • Rachel: I'm not feeling really well. I think I can't get out for the play. Ross: Really? What's wrong? Rachel: I don't know. I think it's kind of serious. Oh, you know... I was watching this thing on TV this morning about... Newcastle disease... and I think I might have it. Charlie: Newcastle disease is a secretion borne virus that only affects chickens and... other poultry. Rachel: Okay, who is this?

  • Rachel: Joey, why wouldn't you invite us to your parties? Joey: You're fine, okay? But everyone else acts like an idiot around famous people. Rachel: Well, then so you just invite me. Joey: Please, I was trying to be nice. You're the worst one!

  • Monica: (To Chandler, about Ross and Charlie) Twenty bucks says they're married within the month.

  • Monica: Who do you know that are friends that just fool around? Rachel: Okay, off the top of my head... Don and Janet. Monica: Who, who are they? Rachel: I know them from work. Monica: Both of them? Rachel: No, one of them... Monica: Which one? Rachel: I don't know, what were the names I just said? Monica: Rachel, things can get incredibly complicated. Rachel: All right, all right, you're right. I won't do anything with Joey, I just thought that we-- (She sees Joey coming out of Monica's apartment) Okay, so that would be two cups of tarragon, one pound of baking soda, and one red onion? (Joey enters his apartment) Monica: What the hell are you cooking?!

  • Monica: You're not sick! Rachel: What? Yes I am. Monica: (Opening Rachel's robe) Okay, then why are you all dressed up?! Rachel: When you're sick, you do whatever you can to make yourself feel better!

  • Rachel: I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna kiss Joey. Monica: No! You can't. Friends hooking up is a bad idea. Rachel: What about you and Chandler? Monica: That's different, I was drunk and stupid. Rachel: Well, hello!

  • Monica: Hey, Joey said no autographs! But if she's getting one, I want one to. To Monica. And none of this "best wishes" crap. I want "Love." Rachel: Okay, actually, uh, Mon, Matthew was giving me his phone number. Monica: Oh, man! If I had known I was coming to this party, I would have never got married!

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Notes (6)

  • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui allait à une soirée privée (The One Who Was Going To A Private Party)

  • Courteney Cox-Arquette and Aisha Tyler also worked together in the 2008 movie Bedtime Stories.

  • This is the first appearance of Aisha Tyler as Charlie Wheeler. Charlie was in 9 episodes of Friends.

  • Matthew Ashwood and Kyle Lowder, the guest stars in this episode, are from the longtime drama series Days of our Lives. Jennifer Aniston's father is their co-star.

  • This episode runs 24:31 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Music: "Thrown Down" by Fleetwood Mac

Trivia (4)

  • Trivia: The woman in the one-woman play is actor Alex Borstein, who plays the voice of Lois Griffin on the animated TV show Family Guy.

  • Goof: When Chandler is on his own in the theater, he is unhappy and wants to leave. But as he is leaving, the show starts and he seems too scared to leave now. But at the end of the episode when he gets his revenge on Monica and Pheobe by taking them to the theater, Chandler is more than happy to run out after the show started.

  • Magna Doodle: A drawing of Hello Kitty

  • Goof: When, Ross, Phoebe, and Rachel are together, and Ross is pouring the wine, the wine is tilted. One second later Ross is no longer holding it, and there was no sign of him putting it down.

Allusions (2)

  • Charlie: No... but he did just win the MacArthur Genius Grant. The MacArthur Fellows Program, also called the Genius Grant informally, is a real grant for promising individuals. It entails a stipend of $500,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

  • Joey: And this guy is in a cult. It'll cost you five thousand dollars to get to Level Three, and I don't feel any different! This is most likely a reference to Scientology, a controversial religion which charges members large sums of money to advance through various levels of spiritual training.