The One with the Thumb

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (19)

  • All: (About Chandler smoking) Hey, come on, put it out. Rachel: It's worse than the thumb. Chandler: Hey, this is so unfair. Monica: Why is it unfair? Chandler: So I have a flaw! Big deal! Like Joey's constant knuckle cracking isn't annoying? And Ross with his over pronouncing every single word, and Monica with that snort when she laughs... I mean what the hell is that thing? I accept all those flaws why can't you accept me for this? (Pause) Joey: Does the knuckle cracking bother everybody or just him? Rachel: Well, I would live without it. Joey: Is it like, a little annoying or is it like when Phoebe chews her hair? (Phoebe takes her hair out of her mouth.) Ross: Don't listen to them Pheebs, I think it's endearing. Joey: Oh you do, do you? (Monica snorts loudly.) Ross: There's nothing wrong with speaking correctly. Rachel: Indeed there isn't. (Ross looks at Rachel) I should really be getting back to work. Phoebe: Yeah, otherwise someone might get what they actually ordered. Rachel: Oh, the hair comes out and the gloves come off. (They all start shouting at each other, while Chandler walks away smoking happily.)

  • Ross: Hey. Oh, oh, how'd it go? Phoebe: Um, not so good. He walked me to the subway and said "We should do this again!" All: Oh. Ouch. Rachel: What? He said "We should do it again," that's good, right? Monica: Uh, no. Loosely translated "We should do this again" means "You will never see me naked." Rachel: Since when? Joey: Since always. It's like dating language. Ya know, like, "It's not you" means "It is you." Chandler: Or "You're such a nice guy" means "I'm gonna be dating leather-wearing alcoholics and complaining about them to you." Phoebe: Or, or, ya know, um, "I think we should see other people" means "Ha, ha, I already am."

  • Phoebe: (Reading a letter) "Dear Ms. Buffay, Thank you for calling attention to our error. We have credited your account with five hundred dollars. We're sorry for the inconvenience, and hope you'll accept this football phone as our free gift." Do you believe this?! Now I have a thousand dollars, and a football phone! Rachel: What bank is this?

  • Monica: I'm gonna go. I have a date. Rachel: With Alan again? How's it going? Monica: It's going pretty good. It's nice and we're having fun. Joey: When do we get to meet the guy? Monica: Let's see, today's Monday... Never.

  • Phoebe: If I bought boots, whenever I walked I would hear, "Not mine, not mine, not mine." And even if I was happy and I was skipping, I would hear, "not-not mine, not-not mine, not-not mine."

  • Joey: Don't you have any respect for your body? Ross: Don't you realize what you're doing to yourself? Chandler: I've had it with you guys and your cancer, your emphysema and your heart disease. The bottom line is, smoking is cool, and you know it.

  • Joey: (Monica drags in Joey) What's going on? Monica: Nothing. I just think it's nice when we're all here together. Joey: Even nicer when everyone gets to wear their underwear.

  • Monica: I'll meet someone else. There'll be other Alans. All: Oh, yeah! Right! Monica: Are you guys going to be okay? Ross: Hey, we'll be fine. We're just going to need a little time.

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Notes (4)

  • This episode introduces Chandler's addiction to smoking. It resurfaces during a number of episodes of Friends over the years including "The One with the Hypnosis Tape", "The One Where Rachel Smokes", "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding", "The One with All the Candy" and "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner". This makes Chandler the only Friends character to have an addiction. What's interesting is that it was also true in real life: Matthew Perry was the only cast member to have serious addictions. For a period of three years while making Friends he was addicted to both alcohol and painkillers. According to Perry, he has little memory of working on the show during that entire period.

  • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Složité vztahy (Complicated Relationships)

  • Jenifer Lewis received the "And" credit.

  • This episode runs 23:48 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

Trivia (7)

  • Goof: When Monica introduces Alan to the others, before he is saying his first line, he turns his head to Monica. When the camera angle changes, he turns his head again.

  • Trivia: The first time we see Chandler and Joey's apartment.

  • Trivia: When Chandler is smoking in his office, there is a "No Smoking" sign behind him.

  • Continuity: Gunther doesn't stop Chandler from smoking in Central Perk, but he does later in "The One with the Hypnosis Tape." (Maybe Central Perk's rules changed.)

  • Continuity: Joey, Monica, Ross, and Phoebe mention how difficult it was for Chandler to quit smoking three years ago. However, in "The One with the Flashback" we see that Joey and Chandler have only been roommates, and thus known one another, for about a year.

  • Continuity: In "The Last One (2)" Joey didn't know that when Chandler took Duck and Chick to a farm that they had died. But in the episode he knows that when you take a pet to farm, it means they are dead.

  • Continuity: Monica's snort, Joey's knuckle cracking, and Phoebe's hair chewing are never seen in any other episode.

Allusions (3)

  • Chandler: Ew, Lamb Chop. How old is that sock? If I had a sock on my hand for thirty years, it'd be talking too. Lamb Chop is a fictional character, who is a sock puppet sheep created by comedian and ventriloquist Shari Lewis on The Shari Lewis Show.

  • Joey: Know what was great? The way his smile was kinda crooked. Phoebe: Yes! Like that man in the shoe! Ross: What shoe? Phoebe: From the nursery rhyme. There was a crooked man, who had a crooked smile, who lived in a shoe... for a while. Phoebe is mixing two common nursery rhymes. "There was a Crooked Man" There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile, He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse. And they all lived together in a little crooked house "There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn't know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread, Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

  • Ross: He was unbelievable. He was like that, that, that Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs is playing all the positions. This is a reference to an episode of Bugs Bunny from The Looney Tunes Show which was called "Baseball Bugs."