The One with the Tea Leaves

Season 8, Ep 17, Aired 3/7/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Joey has been hiding from Rachel, so she invents a problem at work ("My boss wants to buy my baby!") to draw him into conversation. Phoebe's tea leaves tell her that she's going to meet the man of her dreams, except that the man she meets is a nightmare. Later on though, she does meet a nice guy. Ross tries to retrieve his favorite shirt from Mona's, interrupted when she returns home with a date.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Mark Lutz

    Mona's Date

  • Bonnie Somerville


  • James LeGros


  • Steve Ireland

    Mr. Zelner

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • 817

    By Canogaparkcindy, Sep 12, 2010

  • Ha Ha Rachel 'my boss wants to buy my baby ' Monica 'you mean your pink shirt'

    By Kadodian, Nov 11, 2007

  • Rachel's boss wants to buy her baby!!

    By Black_Grace, May 10, 2007

  • funny, my boss wants to buy my baby, my geanocologist is trying to kill me.

    By simpfan90210, May 06, 2007

  • the Joey revalation

    By tekinhaz, Jun 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Rachel: (About Ross's favorite shirt) Just ask Mona to give it back!
      Ross: I don't know. I mean I guess I could. It's just that we didn't really end things such good terms. And if I go over there I'd be ignoring the one thing she asked me to do when we broke up.
      Monica: What was that?
      Ross: Jump up my own ass and die.

    • Jim: I write erotic novels... for children.
      Phoebe: What?!
      Jim: They're wildly unpopular.

    • Joey: Man! When you said it was a problem about your boss and the baby I figured it was something about maternity leave. Rachel: Oh, yeah... Yeah, that-that would've been a much simpler problem.

    • Monica: Honey? Why is the Bruce Springsteen CD in the Cat Stevens case? Chandler: Let's just say if I can't find the right CD case I just put them in the nearest one. Monica: Ok, well, where's the Cat Stevens CD? Chandler: In the James Taylor case. Monica: Where's the James Taylor CD? Chandler: Honey, I'll save you some time: two hundred CDs? Not one of them in the right case.

    • Jim: You might be interested to know that I have a Ph.D. Phoebe: Wow, you do? Jim: Yep, a Pretty Huge... Phoebe: All right. (Gets up and walks out)

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui voyait dans les feuilles de thé (The One Who Can See The Future In Tea Leaves)

    • Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Aniston both acted in Along Came Polly, a 2004 romantic comedy film, and the episode "The One with the Cast of 'Night Court'" of the TV show 30 Rock.

    • David Schwimmer and Alec Baldwin were both in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a 2008 animated film, and the episode "Greenzo" of the TV show 30 Rock.

    • This is the final appearance of Bonnie Somerville as Mona. Mona was in 7 episodes of Friends.

    • This episode runs 22:47 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (1)

    • Trivia: The picture on Ross's t-shirt is the American Sign Language gesture for "Friends."

    Allusions (3)

    • Chandler: (About his tea leaves) Mine has a picture of The Village People in it. What does that mean?

      The Village People were a group from the 1970's. The group is often associated with being homosexual, as they were trying to target the young gay club scene when they first came out.

    • Monica: Honey, the Miami Vice Soundtrack? Really? Chandler: They were just giving those away at the store... In exchange for money. Miami Vice was a popular 1980s television series most noted for its use of pop music. Throughout its five season run the series released multiple albums, and the CD that Chandler owns is the first of four soundtracks albums.

    • Chandler: (Singing) The sun'll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow... (The girls laugh and Chandler continues singing in a deep, masculine voice) There'll be sun! Chandler was singing the famous song "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie, which was based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since its premiere in 1977, Annie has become one of the most popular musicals, and has been performed on stages all over the world, as well as a few motion pictures.

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