Season 8 Episode 18

The One in Massapequa

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



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In background shots at the party, it is not Jack (Elliott Gould) sitting beside Judy (Christina Pickles) at their table. Instead, there is a gentleman in glasses seated to her right. When they switch to a close-up of their table, Jack is now suddenly sitting on Judy's right side.

    • 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 ringless 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. In "The One with Rachel's Book" it is revealed that the Geller's got married because Jack got Judy pregnant with Ross. This means Ross would have to be about 34 years old. Since this episode aired in 2002, Ross would have been born in 1968. 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 34 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

    • Monica: (about her parents anniversary) 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 wonder why Ross is their favorite?

    • Ross: (looking at a photograph) 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 two hundred pound eleven year-old who rode her!

    • Judy: (to Ross and Rachel at the party) 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: (watching Jack walk away) Yeah... if you're gonna do the ears, you might as well take a pass at the nose-al area.

    • 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! (pokes himself in the temples) Click!
      Chandler: I don't think the flash went off.

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

    • 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?

    • Phoebe: (mad at the gang for 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: (petulant) What was wrong with Mona...?

    • Parker: (with Phoebe at the buffet table) Ah! Oysters! Let me feed you one...
      Phoebe: Oh, that's not necessary...
      Parker: Please!
      Phoebe: No, actually, I don't... I don't eat...
      Parker: (playfully insisting) I won't quit until you try one...
      Phoebe: Okay! Fine... fine... (when Parker turns away briefly, she dumps the oyster on the floor, then pretends she just ate it) Mmmmm! Mm-hmm!
      Parker: What're they like? ...I've never had one...
      Phoebe: (confused) Why don't you just try one?
      Parker: Nah! ...they look too weird...

    • Joey: I'm having the worst time. There was a fifteen-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.

    • Monica: (giving her parent's anniversary speech) 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!

    • 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! Disneyland! ...getting laid!!

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

    • 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: (pausing to remember) It was really fun being married to you tonight.
      Ross: Yeah... and it was the easiest four hundred 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: (thinking about it) Well, that would've been very hard to say no to.
      Ross: (smiling wryly) Well, it's a good thing I didn't do it... because it sounds like it would've been a very expensive wedding.

    • Monica: (to Ross in Central Perk) Okay... that's it... I give up... At Mom and Dad's fortieth anniversary, you're the one giving the speech.
      Ross: (reflecting) Y'know... I don't understand why they didn't cry... It was a beautiful speech...
      Monica: (touched) Oh, come on....
      Ross: Hey! ...All that stuff you said about true love? were right! ...we did learn a lot from Mom and Dad... (smiling, remembering) And that picture of Chi-Chi... with her mischievous grin... And what you said about Nana... (moved) Ohhh... yeah... she really would've wanted to be there...(after thinking about it) ...and y'know what? ...I think she was...
      Monica: (starting to cry) Oh, good God, Ross... How do you do it...?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ross: (telling the story of his fake proposal at the Planetarium) ...then, Fred Astaire singing "The Way You Look Tonight" came on the sound system...
      Fred Astaire is an Oscar-nominated and multiple award-winning American film and Broadway dancer, singer and actor. He sang "The Way You Look Tonight" in the 1936 movie Swing Time. The song went on to win the 1937 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.
      Stevie Wonder is a celebrated blind African-American singer/musician who's won 22 Grammy Awards, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award. One of his most popular albums is the double-album "Songs in the Key of Life" which contains 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: (about the anticipated effects of her "toast") It's not gonna be like, regular crying... it's gonna be like... Terms of Endearment crying!
      Terms of Endearment is a 1983 movie about the relationship between a mother and her daughter over several years as they struggle with love, marriage and cancer. It is a well-known tear-jerker.

    • 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."