Friends

The One with the Two Parties

Season 2, Ep 22, Aired 5/2/96
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  • Episode Description
  • The gang plans a surprise party for Rachel, but the real surprise is when both of her parents, who recently separated, show up for the party. The gang thinks fast and throws two separate parties, but complications inevitably ensue.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Ron Leibman

    Dr. Leonard Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Marlo Thomas

    Sandra Green

  • James Michael Tyler

    Gunther

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Friends

    By efc91, Aug 10, 2009

  • Aftermath of the divorce.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 29, 2009

  • Absolute favorite episode

    By cra2ywolf, Apr 07, 2009

  • Rachel's birthday parties.

    By FriendsSvuLost8, Jul 11, 2008

  • The Friends homage to Three's Company.

    By louisthunter, Jun 19, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Joey: (About Rachel's birthday party) Why can't we just get some pizzas and some beers and have fun?
      Phoebe: Yeah, I agree. Fancy parties are only fun if you're fancy on the inside, and I'm just not sure we are.

    • Monica: So I've got candles and my mom's tablecloth, and since it's Rachel's birthday, and we want it to be special, I thought I'd poach a salmon. (Everyone groans) What?
      Ross: Question. Why do we always have to have parties where you poach things?
      Monica: Do you want to be in charge of the food committee?
      Ross: Question two. Why do we always have to have parties with committees?

    • Ross: You know what? This is your birthday, this your party. I say we put 'em together, and if they can't deal, who cares?
      Rachel: I do!
      Ross: That's who!

    • Rachel: (Realizing her two fighting parents are both attending her birthday party) Both of them are here, both of them, both of them are here? Chandler: Well, we could count again.

    • Rachel: I could look at the bright side, I get two birthday parties and two birthday cakes. Chandler: Well, actually just one birthday flan. Rachel: What? Chandler: It's a traditional Mexican custard dessert... Look talk to Monica, she's on the food committee.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Dva več√≠rky (Two Parties)

    • This is the first appearance of Ron Leibman as Dr. Leonard Green. Dr. Green was in 4 episodes of Friends.

    • This episode runs 22:45 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Music: "Shoe Box" by Barenaked Ladies "Sexuality" by K.D. Lang "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell "It's a Free World Baby" by R.E.M. "Good Intentions" by Toad the Wet Sprocket "Stain Yer Blood" by Paul Westerberg

    Trivia (5)

    • Continuity: Joey kissed Rachel's mom to help distract her. But in "The One with Mrs. Bing" he explicitly says that you can never kiss a friend's mom.

    • Trivia: When Chandler hugged Rachel in the hallway, there was a slow instrumental version of the chorus of the Friends theme, "I'll be there for you" playing.

    • Trivia: In this episode, we hear Rachel's mom's name, Sandra, for the first time.

    • Continuity: When Rachel mentions her family on what they did on the Fourth of July, she didn't mention Amy, played be Christina Applegate, who is shown in the seasons nine and ten.

    • Goof: When Chandler is herding all the male guests into Monica and Rachel's apartment and all the women into his and Joey's apartment, Monica complains that he's hoarding all the women. However, when you look at the guests in both apartments, there is a fairly even split.

    Allusions (4)

    • Sandra Green: Do you know my husband has glasses just like that? Rachel: Well, those are very popular frames. Ross: Neil Sedaka wears them. Neil Sedaka is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter.

    • Dr. Green: Did you know your mother spent twelve hundred dollars on bonsai trees? I felt like Gulliver around that place! Gulliver is the title character of the Jonathan Swift book Gulliver's Travels. One of Gulliver's journeys takes him to Lilliput, a miniature kingdom where everyone is six inches tall, which feels very strange for him as a regular-sized person.

    • Rachel: (About her parents fighting during the commencement speech) Bishop Tutu actually had to stop and shush them! Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African religious leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He fought against apartheid and later served on the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    • Chandler: Think! What would Jack and Chrissy do? This is a reference to the television show Three's Company in which the main characters always find themselves having to think fast.

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