Season 9 Episode 2

The One Where Emma Cries

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2002 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chandler, having trouble getting enough sleep at home, falls asleep in a meeting and accidentally agrees to run his company's Tulsa office. Emma won't stop crying after Rachel interrupts her nap; Monica and Phoebe try to help get her back to sleep. Ross is still mad at Joey, and breaks his finger trying to punch him.moreless

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  • Ross, Joey and the punching...!Great!

    "Rachel: Oo Ross could you stop at the coffee house and get me a muffin?

    Ross: Sure, what kind?

    Rachel: Amm let me think... What do I want... What do I want...

    Ross: Please take your time, it's an important decision, not like say hmm I don't know deciding to marry someone this is about A MUFFIN" This is an excellent episode where we can see relationship between Ross and Joey after everything that happen in the hospital. The part where Joey is filling out Ross's medical carton is great.

    " Joey: Occupation? Dinosaurs..

    Ross: Actually, I am an palae... dinosaurs is fine... the drawing is not"

    Simply fantastic!moreless
  • Wow! This is marvelous!

    This episode is fantastic. Chandler having to move to Tulsa is an extremely creative storyline by the writers in my opinion, and allows for some very interesting episodes to follow. I actually found it hard to believe that he was actually going to Tulsa though, especially since he has a valid excuse (and it's not his fault that Rachle spent so long in labor). I liked the scene where Chandler tried to negotiate with his boss, but ended up getting her name wrong and getting the gender of her child wrong. Joey punching Ross is extremely funny too. How he manages to punch Ross so many times beggars belief and is truly hilarious. I also like it how Joey can't use air quotes. Another great scene was where Joey was filling out the form for Ross. It's ashame we didn't get to see as many things like this in the earlier seasons.

    My favorite storyline of all was Rachel's one though. Phoebe was extremely funny too. I love it how she tries to get out of staying with Rachel and Monica, but time and time again she fails (because misery loves company) and goes and screams into a pillow. The 'It's not a boy!' sign was funny too. Another funny moment was when Rachel was panicking and she says 'I don't think dressing prevocitavely will help me here', and every suggestion to stop Emma crying causes something funny to happen, or be said, which was great.

    One thing that I am pleased about is that the proposal mix-up got resolved early on. I think the writers learnt from the negative feedback about how long Ross and Rachel's marriage dragged on for in season 6.

    The whole idea of Monica having to live in Rachel's kitchen to be able to stop Emma crying 24/7 is very funny, so when it actually happens, well, you know. One thing to note is that people living in Tulsa may not find all the jokes in this episode to their liking, but if they see the humour in it, then it's okay.moreless
  • This is another fine example of why I love this show.

    My favorite storyline of this episode would have to be the Ross and Joey one it is classic. I love how Joey tells Ross to punch him but then when Ross punches Joey he ducks. Its hilarious. I love the part in the hospital too, when Joey isn't sure about things and thinks Ross' name is short for something. The storyline about Emma crying is funny but not as funny as the other one. If I were in that situation I would get totally annoyed. The Chandler storyline is really boring it seems out of place, like they couldn't think of anything else to put in that spot.moreless
  • Ross is a punching toy.

    Chandler, having trouble getting enough sleep at home, falls asleep in a meeting and accidentally agrees to run his company's Tulsa office. Emma won't stop crying after Rachel interrupts her nap; Monica and Phoebe try to help get her back to sleep. Ross is still mad at Joey, and breaks his finger trying to punch him.
  • This was one of my favorite episodes of the season!

    This was the episode that really marked the change in the lives of some of the Friends. It deals with the aftermath of Joey "proposing" to Rachel and Rachel dealing with the role of being a new mother. The confrontation of Joey and Ross at Central Perk was histerical. Joey misusing the air quotes, saying he was "sorry" and Joey telling Ross to hit him. As Ross goes to hit Joey, Joey ducks and he hits a pole (which ultimately lands him in the emergency room). Then Joey, saying it was a reflex to duck when a fist is coming at you, tries to demonstrate this to Ross by throwing a fist his way...although Ross doesn't duck. This scene really demonstrated the acting talent of Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Continuity: We never see the giant stuffed gorilla in a tutu again. It's probably stored in the same place as Chandler and Joey's gaudy friendship bracelets, Monica's dollhouse, Phoebe's pink bicycle with the training wheels, Joey's drum set and Chandler and Monica's Ms. Pac-man arcade game. In fact, the only oddball item introduced in an episode that still remained was the giant dog that Ross bought back from the repo men for Joey and Joey re-gifted to Chandler. Of course, it was relegated to the balcony, which is pretty close to simply disappearing. We don't want to even talk about the chick and the duck.

    • Goof: When Rachel unsuccessfully tries swinging Emma from side to side to stop the crying, Rachel says Emma has been crying for hours. The baby started crying after Ross ran out to buy more diapers. Yet Ross still hasn't returned.

    • Goof: Before Rachel wakes up Emma, she is asleep wearing a pink hat. However when the camera angle changes, Emma is wearing a white hat.

    • Trivia: In this episode, the only one who can stop Emma from crying is her Aunt Monica. Ironically in "The One with the Baby on the Bus," Monica is the only person near whom her nephew Ben always cries.

    • Goof: Rachel's hair is several inches longer than at the end of the previous episode although it is supposed to be a direct continuation.

    • Continuity: Ross's birthday is inconsistent. In this episode, Ross says his birthday is October 18th. Also, in "The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant" (which aired October 19th) Ross is taken to the Hootie and the Blowfish concert on his birthday. However, in "The One with George Stephanopoulos", Joey and Chandler buy Rangers' tickets to celebrate Ross's birthday on October 20th, and Ross says that his birthday was seven months ago, implying his birthday is in March. Furthermore, in "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend" Ross tells Gunther his birthday is in December.

    • Continuity: In the coffee house, when Ross and Joey are having a fight about Joey's proposal to Rachel, Ross does the "quote gesture" with his hands and Joey says he doesn't what this means. But in "The One with the Secret Closet" Joey used it himself when talking to Chandler, in the scene where Chandler asks him to bring a bobby pin to pick the closet's lock. Joey also understood what it means in "The One with Rachel Date" when Ross talks about Rachel's date with an "actor".

    • Continuity: In the previous episode, outside of Rachel's hospital room you could see the waiting room. In this episode however, all you see is a wall.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Ross: You said you'd marry Joey?
      Rachel: Okay, you have to realize, I was exhausted, I was emotional. I would have said yes to anybody. Like that time you and I got married! (thinking better of it) ...I'm not helping.
      Ross: So you said yes to him, and you just had our baby?
      Rachel: That is right, and traditionally the daddy is supposed to give the mommy a present but I am prepared to let that go.
      Ross: So when I came in here to see if you wanted to maybe start things up again, you were engaged to my best friend.
      Rachel: Well... Really? I thought Chandler was your best friend.
      Ross: Well, Chandler's my oldest friend, but Joey's my--No! Ah! (points accusingly at her)

    • Joey: Why are you so tired?
      Chandler: I couldn't sleep last night. And then I started worrying about this big divisional meeting I have later today. The more I worried about it, the more I couldn't sleep. I was like, "If I fall asleep now, I'll get six hours of sleep... But if I fall asleep now, I'll get five hours of sleep..." No matter what I did I couldn't fall asleep.
      Joey: You know what you should have done? You should have told yourself that little story.

    • Joey: Where's Ross?
      Rachel: He's downstairs getting the rest of the stuff out of the cab.
      Joey: Is he still mad at us?
      Rachel: Well, you more than me, but he can't stay too mad at me. I mean, I just had his baby.
      Joey: That's not fair! I can't do that.

    • Ross: Okay I put most of the stuff away.
      Rachel: Oh great, the pacifiers?
      Ross: In the, uh, cupboard.
      Rachel: The burping cloths?
      Ross: Linen closet.
      Rachel: The diapers?
      Ross: (realizing he'd forgotten them) ...In the hospital.
      Phoebe: Wow you guys got a hospital? Fancy!

    • Monica: (about Ross's attitude towards Joey's proposal) Wow, he's really not letting this go, is he?
      Rachel: God! How long do you think that's gonna last?
      Phoebe: I dunno... Well, he got over the "We were on a break" thing really quickly.

    • Phoebe: (about Emma's crying) Well, alright, we already tried feeding her, changing her, burping her... Oh, try this one! Go back in time and listen to Phoebe!

    • Rachel: (about Emma) It's been hours and it won't stop crying!
      Monica: "She", Rach', not "it".
      Rachel: Oh, I'm not so sure.
      Monica: Oh, my God, I am losing my mind!
      Phoebe: Yeah, no kidding! This just proves no good can come from having sex with Ross!

    • Gunther: (to Ross) Diapers, huh? So I guess Rachel had your baby.
      Ross: Yeah, can you believe it?
      Gunther: No. I still can't believe she slept with you in the first place.
      Ross: Huh? Oh, you mean like... huh?

    • Chandler: You know how people say that Tulsa is the Paris of Oklahoma?
      Monica: What? Who says that?
      Chandler: People who've never ever been to Paris.

    • Chandler: (to his boss) Here's the thing. I went home and told my wife about Tulsa and she won't go. See, me... I love Tulsa. Tulsa is heaven. Tulsa is Italy. Please don't make me go there!

    • Joey: (about filling out hospital papers) You want me to help you with that?
      Ross: Why, does it look like I'm having trouble with my misshapen claw?

    • Joey: (filling out Ross's hospital form) Name?
      (Ross looks at him)
      Joey: I know, "Ross", but what's it short for? You know like, like "Rossell" or "Rosstopher"?
      Ross: Just "Ross"!
      Joey: (facetiously) Pretty... Okay, date of birth?
      Ross: You know my birthday.
      Joey: Sure, May... tember?
      Ross: October 18th.
      Joey: Occupation? ..."Dinosaurs".
      Ross: Actually I'm a paleon... "Dinosaurs" is fine. The drawing is not.
      Joey: All right, who do you want as your emergency contact?
      Ross: Ah, Rachel I guess.
      Joey: Okay, "Relationship"? ...Boy, this could take a while.

    • Joey: (about Rachel saying she'd marry him) C'mon, Ross, that didn't mean anything! She just had the baby, she was all freaked out about doing it alone, she would have said yes to anybody.
      Ross: Yeah, that's what she said.
      Joey: So?
      Ross: So I don't wanna be just anybody.

    • Rachel: Oh, my God! How long has she been crying?
      Monica: About a week and a half.
      Phoebe: Well alright, looks like you guys have got it under control so I'm just gonna go. (Rachel and Monica give her a look) No? Really? Misery really does love company.

    • Phoebe: (about Emma finally not crying) I can hear traffic and birds! I can hear the voices in my head again!

    • Rachel: You have got to get over this Joey thing, okay? I never really wanted to marry Joey, okay?
      Ross: Okay.
      Rachel: You know what I really, really want?
      Ross: What, Rach'?
      Rachel: I wanna sleep... I wanna eat... I wanna take a shower... I mean, before she wakes up and we gotta do this all over again.
      Ross: Right.
      Rachel: I mean, I got news for you mister... Emma? Not easy.
      Ross: Well, that's what I'm here for.

  • NOTES (3)