Season 10 Episode 15

The One Where Estelle Dies

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Phoebe pretends to be Estelle, she uses both Estelle's accent and her catch phrase "Joey, it's Estelle!" As Phoebe has never met Estelle, how does she know these details?
      Note: Although that is technically true, a certain suspension of disbelief applies here. Estelle has been Joey's agent for almost ten years, so it's conceivable that Phoebe has met her on a number of occasions not covered on the show.

    • Magna Doodle: A smiling, waving banana walking along carrying an umbrella

    • Goof: When Phoebe calls Joey on her cell phone and pretends to be Estelle, shouldn't Joey recognize her name or number on his phone?

    • Trivia: In this episode Janice's full name is revealed: Janice Litman-Goralnik née Hosenstein.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode, after Rachel climbs off Joey, you can briefly see the top of her black thong above her skirt in the back.

  • Quotes

    • Ross: (to Rachel) So if you take this job, you'll be moving to Paris?
      Chandler: ...or facing a bitch of a commute.

    • Joey: (to Rachel) My hugs are reserved for people staying in America!

    • Phoebe: Are you okay with this?
      Chandler: Well, it makes me feel sad, but...
      Phoebe: Talking to Ross.
      Chandler: I see.
      Ross: Well, Rachel moving to another country? Not being able to see her every day. How can I be okay with this?
      Monica: I know, but what are we gonna do? She really needs this job.
      Ross: Do you think if the Ralph Lauren people offered her her old job back, she would take it?
      Monica: How is that gonna happen?
      Chandler: Is this the best way to use one of your three magic wishes?
      Ross: I dunno--I could talk to her boss... (remembering) Yeah! I met him at that Christmas party... We really hit it off!
      Monica: You mean the guy who kept calling you "Ron"?
      Ross: I didn't say we were brothers!!

    • Chandler: What do you think, Pheebs?
      Phoebe: I think that shirt makes you look like you should work at a Baskin-Robbins.

    • Phoebe: (reading the obituaries) Hey, isn't Joey's agent Estelle Leonard?
      Chandler: Yeah.
      Phoebe: She died.
      Chandler: You're kidding!
      Monica: That's terrible...
      Phoebe: Yeah, last Saturday. Wow! She was the first black man to fly solo across the Atlantic.
      (Chandler and Monica look puzzled)
      Phoebe: Oh, wait a minute, I read the wrong one.

    • Ross: I'm here to see if you'll give Rachel her job back.
      Mr. Zelner: (smugly) Ah, did she ask you to come here and do this?
      Ross: Oh, no. First I have to get you to agree, then we'll see if she wants to come back.
      Mr. Zelner: (facetiously) Wow, that is tempting.
      Ross: Look, she loved her job here. And let's face it: you're not gonna find anyone who did it as well as she did. Isn't that true?
      Mr. Zelner: She is good...
      Ross: (surprised) Huh. I took a shot there.

    • Ross: (about Zelner's son) Does little Ross like dinosaurs, by any chance?
      Mr. Zelner: Yeah, they're all he talks about. Why?
      Ross: How would he... like to come with me... to The Museum of Natural History--after everyone else has left! Just the two of us... and he can touch anything he wants.

    • (Joey, not knowing Estelle has died, is going to call and fire her)
      Phoebe: Just promise me that you'll wait a minute before you call her.
      Joey: Okay... why?
      Phoebe: Because... a promise between friends means never having to give a reason.

    • Ross: (to Rachel) Emma left her stuffed T-Rex at my house. You know she can't sleep without it.
      Rachel: Huh, well... She's asleep now... Stop forcing that thing on her.

    • Joey: (about Estelle) I was like her only client... except for this guy who eats paper--and I'm guessin' he eats more money than he makes.

    • Monica: (to Janice) Actually, we're buying the house next door.
      Chandler: (to Monica in total disbelief) Why?!
      Monica: ...I don't know why.

    • Chandler: (after learning that Janice and her husband might buy the house next door to theirs) This cannot be happening.
      Monica: Okay, the realtor said another couple made an offer. Maybe the Janices won't get it... maybe the other couple will.
      Chandler: The only way that that is going to happen is if the other couple are the Hitlers!

    • Monica: What if we get both houses? We can turn this house into a guest house.
      Chandler: That's a great idea. And by the way, I don't want to sound distasteful, but when did you start crapping money?

    • Ross: Look, I, uh... I know Rachel turned you down, but, I think there's a way you might be able to get her to come back.
      Mr. Zelner: This may surprise you, but... re-hiring fired employees is not my main job.

    • Janice: (kisses Chandler for the last time, and then says her last line in the series) Goodbye Chandler Bing.

    • Rachel: You are never going to believe what happened to me today.
      Ross: What?
      Rachel: Ralph Lauren called--again--and they offered me more money!
      Ross: They did?!
      Rachel: Yes! ...It was the weirdest thing! Zelner called me and he said we will do anything we can to get you back... and that I should thank some "Ron"? ...I don't even know what department that guy's in.

    • Rachel: Was I looking forward to going to Paris? Sure. Was I excited about working in "the fashion capital of the world"? Oh, absolutely... Yeah, but y'know, this is... it's fine. I'm fine going back to a job where I've pretty much gotten everything out of that I possibly can...
      Ross: I had no idea you were so excited about Paris. I mean, um, you said you were scared.
      Rachel: Well yeah, but I mean, it was "good" scared though, y'know? Like "when I moved to New York" scared. Or, uh, "when I found out I was gonna have Emma" scared... But this is... fine. This is gonna be good.
      Ross: (after giving it some serious thought) You should go.
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: It's what you want. You should go.
      Rachel: You really think so?
      Ross: I really do.

    • Joey: (at Estelle's memorial) Thank you all for coming. We're here today to pay our respects to a wonderful agent, and a beautiful woman... (looks at her photograph) ...inside.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui faisait tout pour retenir Rachel (The One Who Didn't Want to Let Rachel Go)

    • This is the final appearance of Maggie Wheeler as Janice. She was one of the only 4 non-Friends to appear in all ten seasons. (The others were Mr. & Mrs. Gellar and Gunther.) Janice was in 19 episodes of Friends.

    • This is the final appearance of Steve Ireland as Mr. Zelner. Mr. Zelner was in 6 episodes of Friends.

    • E.J. Callahan, who played Al Zebooker in this episode (the guy who eats paper), also appeared in "The One With The Ballroom Dancing" where he played Mr. Simon, a massage client of Phoebe's who wanted the special attention she was giving to a "preferred" customer ("I'd definitely pay more for that!").

    • This is the final appearance of Cali and Noelle Sheldon as Emma Geller-Green. Although Emma appeared in 19 episodes of Friends, Cali and Noelle only played her in 10 episodes.

    • This episode was originally titled "The One Where Jetlag Wins". One of the stories was about Ross and Rachel going to Paris and having a romantic time. The story was scrapped, and replaced with the one where Ross tries to get Rachel her old job back.

    • Courteney Cox-Arquette was pregnant during the filming of this episode. It is visible, especially in her face, that she gained weight from her real-life pregnancy. She also wears larger clothes to try to disguise this. On June 13th, 2004 Courteney and her husband David Arquette welcomed the birth of their daughter Coco Riley Arquette.

    • This episode runs 23:44 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

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