Season 8 Episode 18

The One in Massapequa

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 28, 2002 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Everybody prepares to go out to Long Island for the elder Gellers' 35th wedding anniversary party, and Monica tries to write a toast to make everybody cry like Ross's toasts do. Phoebe invites her new boyfriend, Parker, who has an extreme zest for life. Ross and Rachel discover that his parents have told people they're married.moreless

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  • 818

    I'm surprised how quickly Friends bounced back after the last dreadful episode. Thank god this episode wasn't focused on Joey & Rachel for once! Ross and Rachel pretend to be a married couple at Jack & Judy's 35th anniversary party. Which was enjoyable to watch, and it was major development for Ross & Rachel regarding their relationship, but they managed to do it in a subtle comical way, something that they failed to do with Joey & Rachel.

    I absolutely LOVE Gellar storylines, so this was a perfect plot for this episode. Monica wanting to make her family cry was okay. They managed to point out the obvious instead of using subtle humor, something that the show was known for in the past. Here's an example. Monica starts saying how much she wants to make her parents cry. "I might have some unresolved anger from my childhood." She clearly pointed out the obvious when we already understood.

    Alec Baldwin did an amazing job here, who knew a guest star could pick this episode up when it was down? Phoebe & Alec Baldwin's character had great interactions. I loved when they brought up Mona, and someone finally realized how awful she was.

    "What was wrong with Mona?" -Ross. I can tell you 100s of things that were wrong with her, Ross. Great episode.moreless
  • massapequa!

    It's the Gellar's 35th wedding aniversary and all the friends are invited.

    After reading the tea leaves in the previos episode, Phoebe is expectant of meeting the man of her dreams very soon, so she brings along a guy she met at the laundrettes.

    However he turns out to love life to the fullest - and more and becomes extremely annoying.

    Meanwhile Ross and Rachel get so much pressure from the pregnancy, they pretend to be getting married and in doing so get some bonuses for themselves.

    It's difficult to write so many Friends reviews, because there's nothing bad about any of the episodes!moreless
  • 35th anniversary, wow I want to take a mental picture of it:))!

    They are all going to Geller's 35th anniversary. Phoebe is bringing her date ( Alec Baldwin- who played excellent his role ) this extremely enthusiastic guy who is overly ecstatic with everything. Monica is trying to make moving speach and make everyone cry just like Ross does every year, but that turns out to be harder than it seems, even when you mention all the dead ones in the family.

    "Nana, my beloved grandmother who would so want to be here, but she can't because she's dead. As is our dog Chi-Chi. I mean look how cute she is.Do me a favor and pass this to my parents. Remember she's dead. Okay, her and Nana, gone."moreless
  • Jack and Judy's 35th wedding annivarsary.

    Good episode. Its Jack and Judy's 35th wedding annivarsary. Long time! Monica sure makes weird toasts. Phoebe's boyfriend is a freaky and not to mention bad looking! Yuk! A bad choice for Phoebe to pick. She has had way better guys. Rachel and Ross have to pretend they are married. Good fake wedding they made up.
  • funny

    Everybody prepares to go out to Long Island for the elder Gellers' 35th wedding anniversary party. Monica wants to write a toast to make everybody cry like Ross's toasts do but completely sucks at it getting ross to take centre stage and give a toast. Ross and Rachel discover that his parents have told people they're married. Ross describes how he would propose to Rachel, and she seems intrigued and rachael plans the perfect fake wedding that the two of them haad including a dove actually putting the ring on her fingr. Phoebe invites her new boyfriend, Parker, who is extremely enthusiastic.moreless
Ellen Gerstein

Ellen Gerstein

Aunt Lisa

Guest Star

John C. Moskoff

John C. Moskoff

Uncle Dan

Guest Star

Tim Silva

Tim Silva

The Male Guest

Guest Star

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Jack Geller

Recurring Role

Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Judy Geller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: Since the Gellers told the people at the party that Ross and Rachel were married, they should have brought Rachel a wedding ring of some sort--or at least loaned her Judy's. It's so obvious Rachel has no ring on her finger--especially when describing how Ross proposed, and she makes a fist with her left hand and says, "...and the engagement ring was the size of my fist!".

    • Goof: At the party Rachel says to Ross "I'm not you. This may be the only wedding I'll ever have." Even if it wasn't her dream wedding, she did already have one when she married Ross a few years prior in "The One in Vegas (2)."

    • Goof: When the group is leaving for the party Monica says she has the keys and they are driving. Monica drives a Porsche, which fits only two people, maybe three max. Originally all of the friends and Parker were planning on riding together. There is no way that seven of them would have fit it Monica's Porsche. Even with Ross and Rachel taking a cab, the other five could not have fit.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Phoebe's apartment is number 16, but in "The One With Joey's New Brain" she said that she lived at 5 Morton Street Apt. 14.

    • Continuity: In this episode they are celebrating the Geller's 35th wedding anniversary. Also, in "The One with Rachel's Book" it is revealed that the Geller's got married because Jack got Judy pregnant with Ross. This mean Ross would have to be about 35 years old. Since this episode aired in 2002, Ross would have been born in 1967.

      However, Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot" (1994) Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. Also, in "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" (1997) he says he is 29. However in the next season in "The One Where They're Going to Party" Ross also says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in the next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape," Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?" implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.

      Now another continuity issue appears. In "The One Where Rosita Dies" Jack Geller says that Ross was a medical marvel, since the doctor said Judy couldn't get pregnant, implying that they were already married. So would Ross really be 35 at the time of this episode?

    • Continuity: When Ross describes the fake proposal, he says that the planetarium was where he and Rachel had their first date. That's not true. They went to the planetarium on their second date. For their first date they went to the movies, as seen in "The One Where Ross and Rachel...You Know".

    • Goof: When Ross was talking about Chi-Chi, their childhood dog, he said Monica rode "her". When Parker was looking at the picture, Monica said "he" passed away years ago.

    • Goof: The large photo at the reception shows Jack and Judy in Monica's kitchen wearing the same outfits they have on there. They did not visit the apartment before the reception, or have enough time to get the photo printed. Nor does it seem likely that they happened to be at a party there with a professional photographer in exactly the same outfits.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Judy: While we think it's absolutely marvelous that you're having this baby out of wedlock, some of our friends are less open-minded. Which is why we've told them all that you're married.
      Ross & Rachel: What?
      Judy: Thanks for going along with this.
      Ross: Dad, so what, we have to pretend that we're married?
      Jack: Son, I had to shave my ears for tonight. You can do this.
      Ross: (Turning to Rachel) Can you believe that?
      Rachel: Yeah, if you're going to do the ears, you might as well take a pass at the nosal area.

    • Ross: Chi-Chi! Oh, I loved this dog! Y'know Monica couldn't get braces because Chi-Chi needed knee surgery.
      Monica: What?
      Ross: You were the 200-pound 11-year-old who rode her!

    • Chandler: (About Parker) Somewhere there is someone with a tranquilizer gun and a huge butterfly net looking for that man.

    • Monica: (Giving her parent's anniversary speech) No, no it's going to be great. Really! Mom, Dad, when I got married, one of the things that made me sure I could do it was the amazing example the two of you set for me. For that and so many other things I want to say thank you. I know I probably don't say it enough, but I love you. (Pretends to cry) When I look around this room, I'm saddened by the thought of those who could not be here with us. Nana, my beloved grandmother who would so want to be here, but she can't because she's dead. As is our dog Chi-Chi. I mean look how cute she is. (Holds up picture, pretending to cry) Was. (To an old man) Do me a favor and pass this to my parents. Remember she's dead. Okay, her and Nana, gone. Wow! Hey does anybody remember when Debra Winger had to say goodbye to her children in Terms of Endearment? Didn't see that? No movie fans?! You want to hear something sad? The other day I was watching 60 Minutes these orphans in Romania, who have been so neglected, they were incapable of love. (No one cries) You people are made of stone! Here's to mom and dad! Whatever!

    • Ross: And then, we could've gone from the ceremony to the reception with you in the sidecar!
      Rachel: Ross, it just wouldn't have been feasible.
      Ross: But having a dove place the ring on your finger would've been no problem?
      Rachel: It was really fun being married to you tonight.
      Ross: Yeah. And, it was the easiest 400 bucks I've ever made.
      Rachel: Okay, Ross can I ask you something?
      Ross: Yeah.
      Rachel: That proposal at the planetarium...
      Ross: I know, I know it was stupid.
      Rachel: Are you kidding?! With the, with the lilies, and the song, and the stars! It was really wonderful! Did you just make that up?
      Ross: No, actually I thought about it when, when we were going out. It's how I imagined I uh, I would ask you to marry me.
      Rachel: Well, that would've been very hard to say no too.
      Ross: It's a good thing I didn't do it, because it sounds like it would've been a very expensive wedding.

    • Phoebe: (Mad at the gang after she overheard them making fun of Parker) Do I make fun of the people that you've dated? Tag, Janice, Mona? No, because friends don't do that. But do you want my opinion? You want it? Because in my opinion, your collective dating record reads like a who's who of human crap! (She walks off)
      Monica: I feel terrible.
      Joey: I know
      Ross: What was wrong with Mona?

    • Monica: Yes! Every year Ross makes the toast, and it's always really moving, and always makes them cry. Well this year, I'm gonna make them cry.
      Chandler: And you, you wonder why Ross is their favorite?

    • Phoebe: (To Parker) So long! Don't let the best door in the world hit you in the ass on the way out!

    • Parker: Is something wrong?
      Phoebe: Wrong? Really, you know the word wrong? Everything isn't perfect? Everything isn't magical and aglow with the light of a million fairies? They were just brake lights, Parker!
      Parker: Well, excuse me for trying to put a positive spin on a traffic jam!

    • Parker: I'm a positive person!
      Phoebe: No, I'm a positive person. You are like Santa Claus. On Prozac. At Disney Land. Getting laid!

    • Ross: (Imitating Parker) This room! This night! That waiter! His shoes! I must take a mental picture! (He backs into someone) Oh sorry... (He looks behind him and sees Phoebe)
      Phoebe: Were you guys making fun of Parker?
      Ross: That depends, how much did you hear?

    • Parker: What a beautiful place. What a great night! I have to tell you, being here with all of you in Event Room C... I feel so lucky. I think of all the good times that have happened here. The birthdays, the proms, the mitzvahs both bar and bat, but none of them will compare with tonight! My God, I don't want to forget this moment! It's like I want to take a mental picture of you all! Click! (He takes a mental picture of them)
      Chandler: I don't think the flash went off.

    • Joey: I know I'm having the worst time. There was a 15-minute line for the buffet, and when I finally got up to the plates, I slipped on a giant booger!
      Phoebe: Are you sure it wasn't an oyster?
      Joey: I guess it could've been, I didn't really look at it. Y'know, I just wiped it on Chandler's coat and got the hell out of there.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Ross: (Telling the story of his fake proposal) Then, Fred Astaire singing "The Way You Look Tonight" came on the sound system, and the lights came down. And I got down on one knee and written across the dome in the stars were the words "Will you marry me?"

      Fred Astaire is an Award-winning American film and Broadway actor and singer. "The Way You Look Tonight" was from his 1936 movie Swing Time, and won the Oscar For Best Original Song.

    • Rachel: (About her and Ross's fake wedding) On a cliff, in Barbados, at sunset, and Stevie Wonder sang "Isn't She Lovely" as I walked down the aisle.
      Woman: Really?
      Rachel: Yeah, Stevie's an old family friend.

      Stevie Wonder is a famous blind, African American musician who won 22 Grammy Awards, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award. Stevie Wonder is best known for his double album "Songs in the Key of Life" which contained the song "Isn't She Lovely" written for his newborn daughter.

    • Rachel: You wouldn't think that Annie Leibovitz would forget to put film in the camera.

      Annie Leibovitz is a Jewish photographer famous for her portraits of celebrities.

    • Monica: It's not going to be like regular crying. It's going to be like Terms of Endearment crying.

      Terms of Endearment is a 1983 movie about the up-and-down relationship of a mother and her daughter over the course of several very trying years, as they struggle with marriage, love, and cancer. It's well-known as a real tear jerker of a movie.

    • Phoebe: Let's play the game of who can stay quiet the longest.
      Parker: Or... Jenga.

      Jenga is a game in which players remove blocks from a wood tower and put them back on the top. The player who causes the tower to collapse loses. The word jenga is derived from "kujenga," the Swahili word for "build."