Season 5 Episode 23

The One in Vegas (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 20, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Chandler is looking for Monica and finds her playing craps, he makes a sad face. After a brief shot of Monica, the exact same clip of Chandler's sad face is used again.

    • Continuity: Chandler says that if he won $5,000 he would join a gym and build up his upper body. But we already know that he and Ross both have gym memberships, and not only don't work out, but can't even bring themselves to quit.

    • Trivia: When Joey rings Phoebe to find out his ATM pin number, she reminds him it is 5639. When using the letters that correspond to the numbers, it spells "JOEY". Of course, only Joey could forget that he used his own name as his pin number.

    • Trivia: Phoebe implies she walks around her apartment naked.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (on the Phone) Hey Pheebs! Listen, uh, can you do me a favor? I forgot the pin number to my ATM card. Can you get it for me?
      Phoebe: Sure! Where is it?
      Joey: Uh, I scratched it on the ATM machine down on the corner.
      Phoebe: Oh! So you're 5639?
      Joey: That's it! Thanks Pheebs.

    • Monica: Okay... You cannot tell Chandler, okay? ...but I ran into Richard.
      Phoebe: Which Richard?
      Monica: The Richard.
      Phoebe: Richard Simmons? Oh, my God!
      Monica: No, my ex-boyfriend Richard... y'know, the tall guy, mustache...
      Phoebe: Okay, that actually makes more sense.

    • Phoebe: (about Monica and Chandler) Oh, I can't believe you guys have lasted a whole year!
      Monica: I know!
      Phoebe: Wow! I owe Rachel twenty bucks!
      Monica: What?
      Phoebe: ...On a totally different bet.

    • Monica: It's almost our anniversary!
      Chandler: I know. Can you believe it? One year ago today I was just your annoying friend Chandler.
      Phoebe: Awww! Now you're just my annoying friend Chandler.

    • Phoebe: (about Monica and Chandler's trip to Vegas) Okay, I'm gonna go, too.
      Chandler: Y'know, Pheebs, it's kind of our... anniversary.
      Phoebe: Oh, please. You are not gonna ditch me again like you did with London.
      Monica: Ditch you?! Phoebe, you were pregnant with--
      Phoebe: Uh-huh... Great story--I'm going!

    • (Chandler and Monica are flying to Vegas ahead of Rachel)
      : Yeah... y'know, that'll be nice, actually... to have the apartment to myself for a night...
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah... walk around naked...
      Rachel: No... so I can be by myself... y'know? ...have a little alone time...
      Phoebe: Naked alone time...
      Rachel: No! Phoebe... just because I'm alone doesn't mean I wanna walk around naked... (laughs) I mean, you live alone, you don't walk around naked.
      Phoebe: Uh-huh! Why do you think it takes me so long to answer the door?

    • (Phoebe, Monica and Chandler are on a plane to Vegas)
      : (about forgetting Monica's gift) This is the worst thing that could happen on our anniversary... ever.
      Phoebe: (returning from the washroom and overhearing) Oh, good. You decided to tell him about the Richard thing.
      Chandler: What... what Richard thing?
      Phoebe: Oh-no...
      Chandler: What Richard thing?
      Phoebe: (whispers to Monica) Simmons. Go with Simmons.

    • (Rachel has the apartment to herself and on Phoebe's suggestion, drops her robe)
      : Oh, look what happened.... (thinking) Check me out. I'm in my kitchen... naked. I'm picking up an orange... I'm naked. I'm lighting the candles... naked--and carefully!

    • (Ross has seen Rachel walking around naked from his apartment window and assumed it was a show for his benefit)
      Ross: (at Rachel's door) Hey... May I come in?
      Rachel: (somewhat confused) Uhhh... yeah, if you want to....
      Ross: (being very cool) Do... you want me to...?
      Rachel: Yeah... sure...?
      Ross: So do I... (strolls into the apartment nonchalantly) Okay, Rach'... before anything happens... I just wanna lay down a couple of ground rules... This is just about tonight... I don't want to go through with this, if it's gonna raise the question of (air-quotes) "us"... Okay... I just want this to be... (kicks off one of his shoes) about... what it is... (kicks off his other shoe)
      Rachel: And, um... what is that... Ross...?
      Ross: (with a seductive expression) ...the physical act of love...
      Rachel: (laughing) What?! Are you crazy?!
      Ross: Oh, so you weren't trying to entice me just now... (pointing to the window) with your nakedness?
      Rachel: (gasps) Ohhh... God! You saw me?! Ohhh!
      Ross: (starting to backpedal) You weren't trying to entice me... with your nakedness...?
      Rachel: Noooo! No! (incredulous) You thought... you actually thought that I wanted to have sex with you?! ...Oh, my God!
      Ross: (awkwardly) Noooo... No... No... (picking up his shoes and heading for the door) No-no-no-no-no...
      Rachel: (flabbergasted) Oh, wow... I'm sorry... but, Ross... you kicked off your shoes!
      Ross: (humiliated) Can we just forget... this ever happened...?
      Rachel: Absolutely... you're right--I'm sorry.
      Ross: Thank-you... I guess I'm... gonna go and pack...
      Rachel: (teasing) Uh, wait... one more thing... Do we still need to, uh, settle the question of... "us"?

    • Phoebe: (at Caesar's Palace in Vegas) This place is so much better than London! ...okay? This lady dressed like Cleopatra gave me a coupon... ninety-nine cent steak and lobster dinner. Huh!
      Monica: Phoebe, you don't eat animals.
      Phoebe: For ninety-nine cents, I'd eat you!

    • Chandler: (to Joey dressed as a Roman centurion) Love your condoms, my man!

    • Monica: (about her lunch with Richard) It meant nothing... I mean, after all this time how can you not trust me?
      Chandler: When you go lunching with hunky mustache men and don't tell me about it!

    • Monica: (about seeing Richard) I promise you, next time I absolutely will tell you.
      Chandler: Next time?
      Joey: Oooh! So close.
      Chandler: There's not gonna be a next time... you cannot see him ever again!
      Monica: I cannot see him?! I mean... you can't tell me what to do!
      Chandler: That's so funny, because I think I just did!

    • Rachel: (on the plane to Vegas) Okay, Ross, I'm a little warm so I'm going to be taking off my sweater... Now, um... I'm just letting you know this is not an invitation to the... "physical act of love".
      Ross: Yep, that's hilarious.
      Rachel: I'm sorry... I'm done--I'm done...
      Ross: Y'know... last night was embarrassing for you, too.
      Rachel: No, not really. You've seen me naked hundreds of times!
      Ross: Uh-huh... but it was a first for the rest of my building...

    • Chandler: (to Joey) Y'know, if I won $5,000 I'd join a gym, y'know... build up my upper body... hit Richard from behind with a stick! (makes stabbing motions)

    • Phoebe: Y'know Monica... you had a minor set back in your relationship with Chandler... Big deal! It's only Chandler. (seeing Monica's glare) I am so sorry...

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • In the scene where Joey is explaining the many uses of the Roman helmet to Chandler, we can see that Chandler is wearing blue suede shoes, alluding to the song "Blue Suede Shoes", one of Elvis Presley's earliest hits, penned by Carl Perkins. Elvis, of course, was probably the biggest star to ever play Vegas.

    • Ross: You know that teacher that had a baby with her student?
      This is alluding to Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who had an affair with one of her 6th grade students and had his baby while in prison. They are now married.

    • Chandler: (on the phone to Joey in Vegas) What was that?
      Joey: Ahhh, Entertainment Tonight.
      Entertainment Tonight is a tabloid news show syndicated by CBS. It is the longest-running entertainment news program on television, having made its premiere telecast on September 14, 1981.

    • Phoebe: Monica had lunch with Richard.
      Joey: Dawson?
      Richard Dawson was an American actor and game show host known primarily for hosting The Family Feud.

    • Chandler: (to Joey dressed as a Roman centurion) Love your condoms, my man.
      Chandler is referring to the logo for Trojan condoms, namely, the head of a Trojan warrior wearing a helmet similar to the one Joey's wearing.

    • Phoebe: This lady dressed like Cleopatra gave me this coupon.
      Cleopatra was the last ruler of ancient Egypt before it became part of the Roman Empire. She has been the subject of numerous books and films.

    • Phoebe: Richard Simmons? Oh, my God!
      Richard Simmons is a fitness expert who has a line of workout videos and is known for his humor and flamboyant personality.