Season 4 Episode 7

The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line

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



  • Trivia

    • 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).

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

    • 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.
      Note: Although the above is true, Ross didn't say no one had ever heard his "music" before--he even mentions having played a bit in high school. He was referring to his "sound"--something he had worked on alone in his parents' soundproof basement.

    • 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.

      Magna Doodle: I Love you man! (with a drawing of a smiling cartoon face)

    • Trivia: Based on the Magna Doodle message, apparently Treeger has found out since "The One with the Ballroom Dancing" several episodes earlier, that "Chick" and "Duck" are not nicknames for Joey and Chandler, but pets. In any case, he seems to be alright with it--except for the duck feathers in the hallway. Of additional interest, on the Magna Doodle, his name is spelled "TREAGER", while in every other instance on Friends, it's spelled "TREEGER".

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

    • 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.

    • Goof: When Kathy and Chandler are sitting in the canoe, the remote control that Chandler left beside the phone on the counter disappears 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.

    • 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.

    • Trivia: With all the new furniture, Joey and Chandler's canoe is now gone. No one asks about it or ever mentions it again.

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: Alright, look. I just think it's time for you to settle down, y'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? Whaddaya 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) Y'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

    • 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 dining in restaurants alone.

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe: Come on! Play that funky music, white boy.
      This is an allusion to the 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 The Beatles' 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.

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