Season 2 Episode 3

The One Where Heckles Dies

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After Mr. Heckles dies and leaves all his belongings to Monica and Rachel, Chandler discovers eerie similarities between the late eccentric man and his own life. Ross and Phoebe have a dispute over the progression of evolution.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Danny Dayton

Danny Dayton

Buddy Doyle

Guest Star

Michael Curtis

Michael Curtis

Police Officer


Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Mr. Heckles

Recurring Role

Michael G. Hagerty

Michael G. Hagerty

Mr. Treeger

Recurring Role

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: Chandler dials Janice's number from memory, but since he last saw her she got married. It's unlikely that she would still be reachable at her old single-woman number in her new home.

    • Trivia: The giant magnifying glass that Joey ultimately ends up with was a device sold in the 40's and early 50's to allow cheaper televisions--some with only 3", 5" or 7" screens--to have a more viewable picture area. With the introduction of more affordable large-screen televisions in the mid-50's, they were discontinued.

    • Goof: Mr. Heckles' apartment in this episode definitely doesn't seem to be located directly underneath Monica and Rachel's, and also is not the same apartment as shown in previous episodes.

    • Goof: In the scene when Ross and Phoebe are talking about evolution and Phoebe tells him that he believes in something and she doesn't, she turns and she's asking "Why not?" but her lips are not moving.

    • Goof: In the scene where the gang is at Mr. Heckles' apartment, Ross tries to explain evolution to Phoebe with bird models. At one point he drops the first bird but when the camera angle changes, the model is still there.

    • Factual Error: In the scene where Joey tells the gang that he used to date a girl with a big Adam's apple, they all tell him that "women don't have Adam's apples." Actually, women do have Adam's apples. Everybody does, however, in women, they aren't as large or as apparent, due to less cartilege protruding.

    • Goof: When the gang is in Heckles's apartment and the door is open, you can see there is a door at the end of the hallway. Since Heckles lives beneath Monica and Rachel, the stairs should be there, or at least the hallway should continue. When you see the hallway outside Monica and Rachel's apartment, the stairs are there. Therefore the layout of the building is inconsistent and incorrect. Also in "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away" when Ross knocks on Heckles's door, the stairs are where they should be.

    • Trivia: In "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away" Joey asks Mr. Heckles for the giant magnifying glass. At the end of this episode he ends up with it. Of course, as with many oddball items introduced in an episode, that is the last we see of it.

    • Continuity: Joey talks about how a girl he dated had the biggest Adam's apple. But in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" Joey still thinks the Adam's apple is named after each individual person.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Joey: When I first moved to the city, I went out a couple of times with this girl... really hot, great kisser... but she had the biggest Adam's apple. It made me nuts.
      Chandler: (to Ross) You or me?
      Ross: I got it. Uh, Joey... women don't have Adam's apples.
      (The girls all raise their heads to show Joey their lack of an Adam's apple)
      Joey: You guys are messing with me, right?
      Everyone: (after an awkward moment) Yeah...

    • Phoebe: You name one woman that you broke up with for a real reason.
      Chandler: Maureen Rosilla.
      Ross: Not hating Yanni is not a real reason.

    • Rachel: (about Mr. Heckles passing away) How did this happen?
      Mr. Treeger: He must've been sweeping. They found a broom in his hand.
      Monica: That's terrible.
      Mr. Treeger: I know. I was sweeping yesterday. It could've been me.
      Ross: Sure, sweeping. You never know.

    • Ross: You don't believe in gravity?
      Phoebe: Well, it's not so much that, you know, like, I don't believe in it, you know, it's just... I don't know, lately I get the feeling that I'm not so much being pulled down as I am being pushed!
      (There's a knock at the door)
      Chandler: Oh-oh! It's Isaac Newton, and he's pissed. Quick Pheebs, hop on the ceiling!

    • Attorney: Alright, kids, here's the deal. According to my client's will, he wants to leave all his earthly possessions to the, uh... "noisy girls in the apartment above mine".
      Monica: Well, what about his family?
      Attorney: He didn't have any.
      Rachel: Okay, so let's talk money.
      Attorney: Alright, there was none. Now! Let's talk signing. (pointing to Monica) You be "noisy girl number one"... (pointing to Rachel) you be "noisy girl number two".
      Monica: I can't believe that this whole time we thought he hated us. I mean, isn't it amazing how much you can touch someone's life, without even knowing it?
      (The scene changes to Heckles apartment)
      Monica: (seeing the mess) Would you look at this dump? He hated us! This is his final revenge!

    • Monica: Look at all this crap!
      Chandler: Actually I believe this place sullies the good name of crap.

    • Ross: Pheebs, I have studied evolution my entire adult life. Okay? I can tell you, we have collected fossils from all over the world that actually show the evolution of different species, okay? You can literally see them evolving through time.
      Phoebe: Really? You can actually see it?
      Ross: You bet. In the U.S., China, Africa, all over.
      Phoebe: See, I didn't know that.
      Ross: Well, there you go.
      Phoebe: Huh. So now, the real question is, who put those fossils there, and why.

    • Joey: (reading from Heckles' "Big Book of Grievances") Hey, there's me! "April 17th. Excessive noise. Italian guy comes homes with a date." Hey Chandler, look, you're in here too.
      Chandler: (reading) "April 18th, excessive noise. Italian guy's gay roommate brings home dry-cleaning."

    • Rachel: You think of it as your apartment, and I'm just somebody who rents a room.
      Monica: Mmmm.
      Rachel: Okay, while you "mmm" on it for awhile, I'm gonna go find a place for my new lamp.

    • Ross: Pheebs, you see how I'm making these little toys move? Opposable thumbs. Without evolution, how do you explain opposable thumbs?
      Phoebe: Maybe the overlords needed them to steer their spacecrafts.

    • Ross: (to Phoebe) One plus one equals two. I can't just stand by and let you think that one plus one might equal three or four or yellow!

    • Chandler: Our trains are on the same track, okay? Yeah, sure, I'm coming up thirty years behind him, but the stops are all the same! Bitter Town! Aloneville! Hermit Junction!

    • Monica: (discussing the seashell lamp) Did you know I'm allergic to shellfish?
      Rachel: Well, then you'll just have to eat the other lamps.

    • (Ross enters Monica's apartment carrying a briefcase)
      Phoebe: Uh-oh. It's Scary Scientist Man.
      Ross: Okay, Phoebe, this is it. In this briefcase, I carry actual scientific facts. A... "briefcase of facts", if you will. (opens briefcase) Some of these fossils are over two hundred... million years old.
      Phoebe: Hey, look. Before you even start, I'm not denying evolution, okay? I'm just saying that it's one of the possibilities.
      Ross: It's the only possibility, Phoebe.
      Phoebe: Okay, Ross, could you just open your mind like this much, okay? Wasn't there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the earth was flat? And up until, like, what, fifty years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this, like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can't admit that there's a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?
      Ross: (reluctantly considering her point) There might be a... teeny... tiny... possibility.
      Phoebe: I can't believe you caved.
      Ross: What?
      Phoebe: You just abandoned your whole belief system. I mean, before, I didn't agree with you, but at least I respected you. How, how, how are you going to go into work tomorrow? How, how are you going to face the other science guys? How, how are you going to face yourself? Oh!
      (Silently, Ross closes his briefcase, takes it and leaves)
      Phoebe: (cheerfully to the other girls) That was fun. So who's hungry?

    • (Chandler enters Monica's apartment in a state)
      : Hey Chandler. Monica just broke my seashell lamp.
      Chandler: Neat... I'm gonna die alone!
      Rachel: (after giving it some thought) Okay, you win.

    • Chandler: Janice was my safety net... and now I have to get a snake.
      Phoebe: Uh-huh... why is that?
      Chandler: If I'm gonna be an old, lonely man, I'm gonna need a thing. Y'know, a hook--like that guy on the subway who eats his own face. So, I figure I'll be crazy man with a snake! Y'know? Crazy Snake Man! And I'll get more snakes, call them my babies, kids won't walk past my place they will run! "Run away from Crazy Snake Man!!" they'll shout!

    • Chandler: I reject anyone who's crazy enough to actually go out with me, and then I bitch about the fact that there aren't any great women out there.
      Rachel: Chandler, you have just described virtually every man that we have ever gone out with.
      Monica: You're not a freak, you're a guy.

    • Phoebe: Chandler, you called Janice! That's how much you wanted to be with someone!

    • Rachel: (to Monica) What you got there? Something else that's not yours that you can break?

    • Chandler: Goodbye, Mr. Heckles. We'll try to keep it down.

    • Alison: Oh, my major was totally useless. I mean, how often do you look in the classifieds and see "Philosopher wanted?"
      Chandler: Sure. (thinking) My God, that's a big head! It didn't look this big in the office. Maybe it's the lighting. My head must look like a golf ball at work. All right, don't get hung up on it. Quick, quick, list five things you like about her... Nice smile, good dresser--big head, big head, big head!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Chandler: Uh oh. It's Isaac Newton and he's pissed.

      Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and alchemist, regarded by many as the greatest figure in the history of science.

    • Phoebe: It's just you know. Monkeys, Darwin, you know it's a nice story. I just think it's a little too easy.

      Charles Darwin is famed as the English naturalist who convinced the scientific community by his writings and a mass of evidence that species develop over time in a process of evolution.

    • Phoebe: You name one woman that you broke up with for a real reason.
      Chandler: Maureen Rosilla.
      Ross: Because she doesn't hate Yanni is not a real reason.
      Yanni is a Greek New Age composer. He is known for making really cheesy synthi compositions and labeling it as "new age." Also, some call Yanni, "yawni" because of how boring his music can be.

    • Phoebe: Go into the light, Mr Heckles. This is a famous quote from the film Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper.

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