Season 4 Episode 7

The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chandler must decide between the girl of his dreams and his best friend when he and Kathy share a passionate kiss. Needless to say, Joey is not happy to find out about Kathy and Chandler. And nobody wants to tell Ross how awful his keyboard playing is.moreless

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  • The end of a great friendship.

    Friends is finally serious fro a change since the premiere with an ounce of comedy. Ross' keyboard playing plot was dry & very annoying for my taste. Of course, I think that was the point. Joey is super mad after finding out Chandler & Kathy kissed. I'm glad that Chandler stayed with Kathy but it was sad to see a relationship built on 3 1/2 years go down the drain cause of Kathy. I mean she isn't even that pretty. I like how everyone around them finds out towards the end of the episode & their reactions to it are pretty funny.moreless
  • ok episode.

    chandler shares a passionate kiss with kathy joeys girlfriend, or does he choose his best friend, and then joey is not happy to find out about chandler and kathy. ross digs out his old key board after being told how good he was, but no one wants to tell him how bad it is, chandler is an unhappy chappy after upsetting joey and poor old joey. pheobe loves ross's keyboard playing and thinks he is gifted and soon he has her spot in central perk, in the end to make pheobe feel better he fakes a bad playing, but its not that good an episode.moreless
  • We see that Chandler is in love with a girl that Joey is dating!

    Chandler ends up failing in love with the perfect women. When they share a very powerful, passionate, and romantic kiss, thats when he sees that she's the one for him. But the only problem is that she's dating Joey. SO they try to keep it a secert. BUt Chandler can't decide if he wants Kathy, the perfect women for him, or Joey, his best friend and roomate. Later one Joey finds out about them! He gets mad at both, but he seems to be angerier at Chandler, and refuses to talk to him. Chandler is willing to do anything to get Joey to like him again. Meanwhile, Ross finds in interest in a keybored. Which he is terrible at, but no one wants to tell him that he's horrible at it!moreless
  • Great episode from a wonderful season. Each storyline in this episode is amazing.

    Great episode from a wonderful season. First and foremost, the love affair between Chandler and Kathy is realized. Even though I am happy for Chandler it is hard, and funny, to see him fight with Joey. What makes this such a great episode, however, are the two other plot lines, both of which are fantastic. Ross' music is hilarious, although I rather like it at the beginning. It does clearly get worse. The best story line is about Rachel eating in a restaurant alone. Maybe it's because I do that a lot ... I don't know. Great Episode!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Trivia: In this episode Joey is late for his date with Kathy because he is having car trouble. However, it is never mentioned in any other episode throughout the series that he has a car.
      Note: It's conceivable that the car belongs to Casey, his date (although Joey does own a cardboard-box Porsche for a short time in Season 6).

    • Continuity: Ross said none of the friends has ever heard his music before, however, in "The One Where the Stripper Cries," Ross and Chandler said they had a band in college. In "The One with All the Thanksgivings", Ross and Chandler talk about the songs "Emotional Knapsack" and "She Feels Weird Since I've Been Gone", so at least Chandler had heard some of his music.

    • Goof: When trying to get Joey to date Casey, Chandler says, "...I only saw the back of her head", but when Casey turned to leave, Chandler could see her face.

    • Goof: When Chandler comes in to talk to Joey who is watching Wonder Woman, Joey switches off the TV. He never switches it on again, but when Joey is yelling at Chandler, the TV is suddenly on again.

    • Phoebe's Song: "Tiny Tarzan"
      Little tiny Tarzan,
      swinging on an nose hair,
      swinging with the greatest of ease...

    • Goof: When Cathy and Chandler are sitting in the canoe, the object on the corner of the counter behind Chandler disappears between shots.

    • Goof: When Ross is telling Phoebe and Monica that he found his "sound" in college, Monica spits out her orange juice and puts her glass down twice.

      Magna Doodle: I love you man (with a drawing of a cartoon face)

    • Goof: When Chandler is showing Joey the new stuff in their apartment, the cuff on his right sleeve keeps switching between neatly rolled to part of it hanging down between shots.

    • Goof: When Phoebe tells Ross that she wants to hear his "sound", she has her guitar in her lap. The shot changes and her guitar is missing. In the next shot her guitar is back on her lap again.

    • Trivia: There actually is a name to the genre of music that Ross plays. It is called "musique concrète."

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Chandler: Alright, look. I just think it's time for you to settle down, you know. Make a choice! Pick a lane!
      Joey: Who's Elaine?

    • Chandler: Although, I must say that I totally judge any woman I see eating alone.
      Rachel: Why?
      Monica: Excuse me, what is wrong with a woman eating alone?
      Chandler: Well, obviously something... she's eating alone!

    • Monica: (Ross has just performed his "sound") Oh, God bless my dad for sound-proofing the basement!
      Rachel: Oh, I can't believe I ever let him touch me with those fingers...
      Phoebe: What are you guys talking about? I loved it! It was so moving. Oh, plus... it's just, it's so different from the stuff you usually hear.
      Chandler: You mean... music?

    • Kathy: Oh God, is that Baywatch?
      Chandler: Yes, but I only watch it for the articles.

    • Kathy: You have really great hair.
      Chandler: Well, thanks. I grow it myself.

    • Phoebe: I can't follow Ross! It'd be like those bicycle-riding chimps that followed The Beatles. No.
      Monica: Phoebe, Ross sucks!
      Rachel: Phoebe, the place has emptied because of him.
      Phoebe: Oh my God, he's not even appreciated in his own time. I would give anything to not be appreciated in my own time!
      Monica: Okay. um, Phoebe... you suck too.
      Rachel: Yeah, Phoebe you're... awful!
      Phoebe: (touched) Oh, you guys... you suck too! (hugs them)

    • Joey: Y'know what I think? I think somebody's got a little crush on Casey. How 'bout I fix you two up? What do you think?
      Chandler: ...That all the pieces of my life are falling right into place!

    • Ross: So the new furniture, very nice.
      Monica: Yeah, Joey has the best boyfriend ever!

    • Joey: Did you sleep with her?
      Chandler: No, I just kissed her!
      Joey: That's even worse!
      Chandler: How is that worse?!
      Joey: I don't know, but it's the same!

    • Chandler: (about kissing Kathy) I have no excuses... I was totally over the line!
      Joey: Over the line?! You're... you're so far past the line... that you can't even see the line! ...The line is a dot to you!

    • Ross: (about the set he just played) Yeah, I lost it. (to Phoebe) You know what, I'm not gonna play anymore. Would you... Can you finish my set?
      Phoebe: After that? Yeah! (less insensitively) No, I mean, if I can help...
      Ross: (after Phoebe leaves, to Monica and Rachel) Yeah. Like I could "lose" it.
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: I played bad on purpose, guys... 
      (Monica and Rachel both laugh)
      Monica: Okay, so you were trying to play bad this whole time?
      Ross: Yeah... no! Just that last song.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Chandler překročil čáru (Chandler Crossed the Line)

    • This episode marks the official replacement of the barcaloungers, entertainment center, and foosball table in Joey and Chandler's apartment. The barcaloungers and foosball table are in different colours, while the entertainment centre is a much smaller version of Joey's old one with a "TV as if it appears from nowhere".

    • This episode runs 24:58 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There is an entire subplot added about Rachel enjoying spending time by herself.


    • Phoebe: Come on! Play that funky music, white boy.

      This is an allusion to the famous song "Play That Funky Music" by the band Wild Cherry.

    • Phoebe: I can't follow Ross. It would be like those poor bicycle-riding chimps who had to follow the Beatles.
      The Beatles, an English rock band, is the most commercially-successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music.
      The "bicycle-riding chimps" line refers to their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, an hour-long CBS variety show (1948-1971).

    • Kathy: Oh God, is that Baywatch?
      Chandler: Yes, but I only watch it for the articles. 
      Baywatch was a popular American television series about Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of California. The show, famous for its actresses running in slow motion while wearing skimpy red swimsuits, did not do well in its NBC network debut, but following a reboot, proved hugely successful in first-run syndication.