Season 3 Episode 25

The One at the Beach

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 15, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: After Phoebe arrives in her grandmother's taxi to pick everybody up, you can see that as the gang walks toward the car, the action is sped up considerably. This may have been done to trim a few seconds, or perhaps because such an incidental scene just took too long to play out.

    • Trivia: This episode shows us an exception to a Friends' rule: Rachel is wearing a wide-brimmed hat that was a gift from one of the friends (Ross) that she didn't exchange.

    • Goof: When the gang first open the doors to the beach house and Phoebe turns on the light, there are huge damp patches in the sand. In the very next shot as they enter, however, the sand is virtually dry.

    • Goof: Rachel is painting Monica's nails when they are all bored. However, later in the scene when Monica touches the picture that Phoebe stole, her nails are not painted.
      Note: If you look closely, you can see that Rachel is applying clear fingernail polish to Monica's nails, not colored. Moments later, when Rachel is tussling with Ross, he swipes the nail brush against her forehead and you can see there is no color on the brush.

    • Goof: When Phoebe goes to the other Phoebe's house, it's raining. But when Phoebe walks into the house her hair and clothes are dry.

    • Goof: When Phoebe goes to the other Phoebe's house right before she takes the photo off the fridge, the cookie jar has its lid off. The camera angle changes and the lid is on. Then after she has taken the photo off the fridge, the lid has come off the cookie jar.

    • Goof: When Bonnie first arrives at the beach house, the boom mic is seen at the top of the screen.

    • Goof: When Joey wakes up covered in sand, his "right boob" has a big crack. However when the camera angle changes, the crack is gone.

    • Goof: Near the end, when Joey is asking Ross if Bonnie's free tonight, he is pointing his hands at Ross. In the very next shot they are in his pockets.

    • Trivia: At the end of the episode, there is a slow piano version of the chorus of the Friends theme, "I'll Be There For You."

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: (about Bonnie) Is that woman capable of talking about anything else but sex?
      Joey: Yeah... Sure... Well, y'know, earlier, she was talking about geography.
      Monica: Joey, she was listing the countries she's done it in.
      Joey: Well, I think we all learned somethin'.

    • Chandler: Joey'll be right down, he's just lookin' for his mask.
      Monica: Oh, his swim mask?
      Chandler: No, his gorilla mask... He, uh... wears it in the ocean to scare off the fish.

    • Chandler: If worse comes to worse, I'll be your boyfriend.
      Monica: (laughing) Yeah, right.

    • Phoebe: Oh, I am having the best karma this week. First, I find this woman who knew my parents, and then my client with the fuzzy back gives me his beach house.
      Ross: Yeah? What about, uh, that bike messenger you hit?
      Phoebe: Oh, I wasn't talking about his karma.

    • Chandler: (about Rachel's wide-brimmed sun hat) Wait a minute, I know that hat... I was taken aboard that hat... They did experiments on me! I can't have children!!

    • Rachel: Well, excuse me, my fashion-impaired friends. I am here to tell you that hats are back.
      Phoebe: ...and this time they've ganged up to form one giant super-hat!

    • Joey: But you'd go out with me, right?
      Monica: No! It is the same as with Chandler. We're friends.
      Joey: Well, let's say we're the last two guys on the face of the planet... and you had a gun to your head. Which one would you pick?
      Monica: Which one of you has the gun to my head?

    • Monica: So what's Phoebe like?
      Phoebe: I'm kind, caring, and sweet. What's Monica like?
      Monica: Ah, no... The other Phoebe... the one you went to go see.

    • Joey: (to Bonnie who's just arrived) We're playing strip Happy Days game!
      Bonnie: Cool! I'll catch up! (pulls off her sweater)

    • Rachel: (about Bonnie's baldness) See, she doesn't look that bad.
      Ross: You can see the moonlight bouncing off her head!

    • Ross: Rach', you balded my girlfriend!

    • Rachel: Ross? Do you think it's easy for me to see you with somebody else?
      Ross: Y'know what... Hey! You're the one who ended it! ...Remember?
      Rachel: Yeah, because I was mad at you, not because I stopped loving you!

    • Ross: You still love me?
      Rachel: (unconvincingly) No...
      Ross: You still love me...
      Rachel: Well... yeah... so... you love me!
      Ross: No, nnnnn... What does this mean? What do you... I mean... do you wanna... get back together?
      Rachel: No... Maybe!  I... I don't know... (collects herself) Ross... I still can't forgive you for what you did--I can't... I just... but, sometimes when I'm with you I just, I feel so...
      Ross: What?!
      Rachel: I just, I feel, I just...
      Ross: What?
      Rachel: I feel...
      (Ross kisses her)

    • Joey: (to Ross) So, lemme get this straight. If you go with Bonnie tonight, you're doin' the smart, healthy thing and movin' on... Right? And if you go with Rachel... Bonnie's free tonight?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • (Monica answers the door to find Chandler kneeling in his sneakers)
      Chandler: Hi! I'm Dorf... your date for the evening.
      (Monica turns and walks away)
      Chandler: (calling after her) Oh, c'mon! Dorf on Dating? That's good stuff!
      "Dorf" is a character created by comedian Tim Conway. Conway used a number of techniques to create the illusion that his legs were extremely short. He appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as Dorf and made a number of videos, including Dorf on Golf and Dorf Goes Fishing.

    • Monica: Strip Happy Days Game?
      Happy Days was an American television sitcom that presented an idealized version of American life in late 1950s and early 1960s America.

    • Phoebe Sr: Alright, the man in the picture is Chuck Mangione.
      Chuck Mangione is a famed jazz flugelhornist whose music was popular in the '70s, including his best-known track "Feels So Good" from 1977.