Season 2 Episode 12

The One After the Super Bowl (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 28, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross goes to visit Marcel while on a trip to California, and finds that the monkey is working in commercials. Joey gets his first fan letter and ends up dating the woman, who turns out to be a stalker who thinks that the happenings on Days of Our Lives are real. Phoebe is asked to sing for the children at the library, but their parents are horrified by her lyrics.moreless

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  • Awseome epi

    Ross goes to visit Marcel while on a trip to California, and finds that the monkey is working in commercials. Joey gets his first fan letter and ends up dating the woman, who turns out to be a stalker who thinks that the happenings on Days of Our Lives are real. Phoebe is asked to sing for the children at the library, but their parents are horrified by her lyrics. Homer Simpson on Friends wow! and what a funny scene he appeared in one of my favourites in season 2. The sings at the end was really funny. and the water part lolmoreless
  • Brooke Shields guest stars.

    Brooke Shields guest stars as a stalker in this riveting episode! Brooke played a great part. I love when she finds out the "truth" about Joey. He was Hans, Drake's evil twin. She was crazy. I also like how everyone threw the water in Joey's face. That was hysterical! This was one of my favorite plots of Friends. Meanwhile Ross goes to look for Marcel, an okay plot. Phoebe's plot was great! Her songs were great too! She plays adult songs for kids! I love everyone's reaction to it as well. Too bad she gets fired. Anyways an amazing episode, and I can't wait till part two.moreless
  • That's what I call a stalker!

    Friends was always good with guest stars, but Brooke Shields really is one of my favorite! She plays Joey's very first stalker Erica and thinks that he is actually Dr Drake Ramory, which is hilarious. When she laughs you think she is going to kill someone soon. It sounds really crazy. And, at the end of the episode, when she is really mad at "Drake" for making out with someone else Ross comes up with the best explanation ever: Joey is not Drake, but his evil twin Hans Ramory. I had to laugh so hard, my stomach hurt.

    But that's not the only hilarious thing about this episode. Phoebe's songs are great, too. And when she laughs about Chris Isaak's singing, I think that's one of the best moments ever. He really sounds strange when he sings with that high-pitched voice.

    And those were only the guest stars. Ross's search for Marcel in the San Diego Zoo is great too, especially the Zoo employee, who wants bribe money after he gave away the information. Simply just great. And that was only the first part. Don't get me started on the Julia Roberts story in the second part of this episode!moreless
  • I loved Ross in the ZOO and Phoebie's songs were great!!

    Dialog between Ross and the Zoo administrator was so funny, not to mention the conversation between him and the Zoo cleaner: "... The Zoo! Do you believe everything the Zoo tels you? Ross: That's the only thing the Zoo has ever told me..." Phoebie's songs about grandmother and the farm animals were holarius."...Then the farmer hits him on the head and grinds him up, and that's how we get hamburgers. Now, chickens!". The part with the Joey's fan was also great: " ... I'm not even a doctor, I'm an actor, I just pretend to be a doctor Erica: Ohh my God do the people in the hospital know about this?" Well I don't have to say more...Excellent episode!moreless
  • "Oh Drake, you are so talented, let me see those hands. Oh these hands, these beautiful hands, oh I could just eat them. . . but I won't."

    Phoebe gets a job at the library singing to kids but their parents aren't so happy with her lyrics to the songs.


    Now, Grandma's a person who everyone likes,

    She bought you a train and a bright, shiny bike.

    But lately she hasn't been coming to dinner,

    And last time you saw her she looked so much thinner.

    Now, your mom and your dad said she moved to Peru,

    But the truth is she died and some day you will too.

    Lalala LAlalala LAlalala LAlalala La La La La

    Lalala LAlalala LAlalala LAlalala La La La La Ross finds marcel fliming a movie in New York and Joey dates a stalker.

    Brook shildes is too funny in this episode because she thinks that what she sees on the tv of DOOL is real.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

The Zookeeper

Guest Star

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

Mr. Lipson

Guest Star

Sean Masterson

Sean Masterson

"Monkeyshine" Guy

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Continuity: When Chandler suggests that he and Joey stay in and cook dinner for themselves, they both laugh hysterically, implying that neither of them can cook. However, in "The One with the Boobies" and "The One with Russ", we see Joey cooking Italian as if he's quite comfortable in the kitchen, and in "The One Where Eddie Moves In", Chandler and Joey fight over whose eggs are better, Eddie's or Joey's. In "The One with Ross's Library Book", we learn that Chandler knows how to make pancakes. Anyone who can make pancakes, would probably have other basic cooking skills, as well.

    • Goof: You have to wonder how Erika could have tracked Joey down to his apartment in New York when she believed him to be Dr. Drake Ramoray, a surgeon in Salem, Massachusetts.

    • Phoebe's Songs: "Grandma"
      Now, Grandma's a person who everyone likes,
      She bought you a train and a bright, shiny bike.
      But lately she hasn't been coming to dinner,
      And last time you saw her she looked so much thinner.
      Now, your mom and your dad said she moved to Peru,
      But the truth is she died and some day you will too.
      Lalala LAlalala LAlalala LAlalala La La La La
      Lalala LAlalala LAlalala LAlalala La La La La

      "Another Thing You Don't Wanna Do"
      There'll be times when you get older
      When you'll want to sleep with people
      Just to make them like you
      But don't.
      'Cause that's another thing
      That you don't wanna do
      That's another thing
      That you don't wanna do.

      "The Cow in the Meadow"
      Oh, the cow in the meadow goes moo,
      Oh, the cow in the meadow goes moo.
      Then the farmer hits him on the head and grinds him up,
      And that's how we get hamburgers.
      Now, chickens!

      Sometimes men love women
      Sometimes men love men,
      And then there are bisexuals
      Though some just say they're kidding themselves.
      La lalala lalalalala la
      La la lalala lala la la

    • Trivia: The jacket Joey wears to his date with the stalker is the same one he wore to Carol and Susan's wedding.

    • Goof: When Joey is trying to explain to Erika that he's on a television show and the other friends are around, you can see Rachel stifle her laugh just before she turns on Joey's TV.

    • Goof: When Joey is out to dinner with his stalker, her hair keeps changing. In the first two camera angles you see her with 2 bangs hanging down, then in the third shot she only has 1 bang, and then there are 2 again.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Ross: (after watching the Monkeyshine beer commercial) That commercial always makes me so sad.
      Joey: Yeah, but then the guy opens his beer and those girls run at him, so... Everything seems to work out okay!
      Ross: I meant because the monkey in it reminds me of Marcel.
      Phoebe: I can see that... They both have those big brown eyes... y'know, the little pouty chin...
      Monica: And the fact that they're both monkeys...?

    • Ross: (about Marcel) Remember when sometimes he'd borrow your hat, and, and when you got it back there'd be little monkey raisins in it? God, he loved that joke. 
      Chandler: Yeah, well sure, when he did it, it was funny. When I did it to my boss's hat? All of a sudden I had this big (makes air quotes) ...attitude problem.

    • Joey: (excited) Oh, my God. I got my very own stalker!
      Chandler: You are so lucky. I have to share mine with a bunch of guys down at work.
      Rachel: Joey, remember when we talked about good thing/bad thing? This is a bad thing.

    • Ross: I'm gonna go visit Marcel at the zoo and surprise him.
      Chandler: You know what? I think he will be surprised... until he realizes he's a monkey and, you know, not capable of that emotion.

    • Joey: Hey, what do you want to do for dinner?
      Chandler: Well we could just stay in and cook for ourselves.
      (Both laugh hysterically)

    • (Joey's stalker is coming up to his apartment, so he grabs a frying pan)
      Chandler: Yes. Hitting her with a frying pan is a good idea. We might wanna have a backup plan though, just in case she isn't a cartoon.

    • Joey: (about avoiding Erika, his stalker) We'll just leave... and when we pass her on the stairs she won't know it's me because we never met!
      Chandler: That's how radio stars escape stalkers!

    • Mr. Lipson: Hi, Dean Lipson, zoo administrator. I was told you had a question.
      Ross: Well, I, uh, I can't seem to find the monkey I donated last year. He's a capuchin, answers to the name Marcel.
      Mr. Lipson: Ah, I'm afraid I have some bad news. Marcel has passed on.
      Ross: Oh, my God, what happened?
      Mr. Lipson: Well he got sick, and then he got sicker, and then he got a little better, but then he died.
      Ross: I can't believe this.
      Mr. Lipson: I'm sorry, Mr. Geller. But you know, there's an old saying, "Sometimes monkeys die". It's not a great saying, but it certainly is fitting today.

    • Rob: (to Phoebe about singing for the kids) You okay?
      Phoebe: No. Uh-uh. I'm just... I'm nervous. Y'know, maybe if I just picture them all in their underwear...
      Rob: That's not a good idea. That's kinda the reason the last guy got fired.

    • Erika: Oh, Drake, isn't it amazing?
      Joey: Yeah it is... what?
      Erika: Well, here we sit, devil may care, just a little while ago you were reattaching someone's spinal cord.
      Joey: Yeah, that was a tricky one. In reality, that operation takes like, over ten hours, but they only showed it for two minutes.
      Erika: Who's they?
      Joey: (smiles, realizing who he's talking to) No one.

    • Zoo Custodian: Meet me in the nocturnal house in fifteen minutes.
      Ross: Hey, look. I don't really enjoy being with other men that way.

    • Monica: (about Phoebe's sex-oriented children's song) Excellent!
      Chandler: Very informative!
      Rachel: Not at all inappropriate!

    • Ross: The zoo told me that my monkey was dead.
      Zoo Custodian: The zoo! You believe everything the zoo tells you?
      Ross: That's the only thing the zoo's ever told me.

    • (The gang is watching Days of Our Lives on TV)
      Dr. Horton: (on TV) You're the only one who can save her Drake!
      Dr. Ramoray: (on TV) Dammit, I'm a doctor! I'm not God!
      Ross: Well, there goes my whole belief system.

    • Joey: Oh my God, quick turn off the TV.
      Rachel: No, no, no, wait, I want to see what happens.
      Joey: Uh, I get Leslie out of the coma and then we make out.
      Rachel: Well how can that be? You were just kissing Sabrina.
      Monica: Rachel, it's a world where Joey is a neurosurgeon.

    • Joey: I'm an actor. I just pretend to be a doctor.
      Erika: Oh, my God. Do the people at the hospital know about this?

    • Joey: (to Erika) I'm not Drake.
      Ross: (melodramatically) That's right, he's not Drake. He's Hans Ramoray, Drake's evil twin.
      Erika: Is this true?
      Rachel: Yes, yes it is true. And I know this because, because he pretended to be Drake to, to sleep with me. (throws water in Joey's face)
      Monica: And then he told me he would run away with me, and he didn't. (throws water in Joey's face)
      Chandler: And you left the toilet seat up, you bastard! (throws water in Joey's face)

    • Joey: You deserve much better than me, Erika. You deserve to be with the real Drake. He's the one you fell in love with. Go to Salem, find him. He's the guy for you.

    • Joey: This is amazing.
      Ross: I know.
      Joey: I finally get a part on TV and the monkey's making movies.

    • Ross: This is so exciting. I haven't seen my monkey in almost a year.
      Chandler: What? You never look down in the shower?

  • NOTES (9)


    • Phoebe: What do you want me to be? Like some stupid, big, like, purple dinosaur?
      Rob: I'm not saying you have to be Barney.
      Phoebe: Who's Barney?

      Barney is a purple Tyrannosaurus Rex who stars on Barney and Friends, a popular children's television show produced in the United States, mainly aimed at preschoolers.

    • Ross: You're never gonna believe this.
      Chandler: Let me guess.
      Ross: What? What? Some Weebles actually do fall down? Huh? A stitch in time now only saves seven? What do you got?
      Chandler: Well...never mind.

      Weebles are a line of children's toys from Playskool. Shaped like eggs with a weight at the bottom, they wobble when pushed, but never fall completely over, hence the name.

      "The switch in time that saved nine" was the name given by the press to the apparent sudden shift by Justice Owen J. Roberts from the conservative wing of the Supreme Court to the liberal wing in the case West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish. It is a common phrase used today meaning if you do something small today, it will stop the problem from getting bigger and causing you more work later.

    • Chandler: He thinks he can. He thinks he can. Oh, what the hell... (flips to the last page) He can.
      Chandler was reading The Little Engine That Could.

    • Ross: Sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing. You know, giving him away.
      Rachel: Oh, Ross, you had to. I mean he was humping everything in sight. I mean I have a Malibu Barbie that will no longer be wearing white to her wedding.
      Malibu Barbie is one of several Barbie Doll personas produced by Mattel.

    • Joey: Hey, hey, check it out! Guess what I got!
      Chandler: Rhythm?
      This is a reference to the song "I've Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin, one of Gene Kelly's musical numbers in the 1951 movie An American In Paris.

    • Chandler: You know Kathy Bates in Misery? Well, she looks the exact opposite of that.

      Misery, starring the American actress Kathy Bates, was originally a novel written by Stephen King, and later adapted into a film, directed by Rob Reiner.