Season 8 Episode 12

The One Where Joey Dates Rachel

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Monica and Chandler are entering the apartment, Chandler has the grocery bags in his left hand. When the shot changes the bags are suddenly over his shoulder. When the shot changes again he has bags in both hands.

    • Continuity: After this episode, the Ms. Pacman game is never seen again. It was suggested that they put it in the guest bedroom, yet it is never seen in there.

    • Factual Error: NYU does not use bells to start or end classes.

    • Goof: When Joey and Rachel go out on a date and Rachel leaves to go to the bathroom, she turns left by the bathrooms. When Joey is on a date the next night, they are at the same restaurant. When his date leaves to go to the bathroom, she turns right instead of left.

    • Goof: The first time Ross arrives late for his graduate seminar, he throws his jacket at the coat rack but it misses and falls to the floor. When the camera angle changes, his jacket is draped over the coat rack.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of the sun and moon

    • Goof: When Ross enters his first advanced class, a microphone is visible at the top of the screen.

    • Goof: When Chandler shows Monica his "claw" from playing the Ms. Pacman game so much, you will notice during the scene that he doesn't hold his hand in the claw shape the whole time.

    • Continuity: In "The One with Ross's Denial", Chandler and Monica fought over what to do with Rachel's old room. Monica wanted a beautiful guest bedroom and wouldn't even consider Chandler's idea of turning it into a game room and putting in old arcade games like Ms. Pacman. But in this episode Monica is incredibly excited about the present and immediately suggests putting it in the guest bedroom.

    • Factual Error: The Ms. Pacman arcade consoles did not have a "primitive ROM chip", and lost the high score when unplugged.

    • Factual Error: When the Ms. Pacman game is first plugged in, it goes through a lengthy self-test. It does not play the theme song. The theme song only plays when a new game is started.

    • Factual Error: The Ms. Pacman game only kept track of one high score, and did not allow the player to enter initials.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: (on whether or not she likes the Ms. Pacman gift) Are you kidding? I practically spent my entire childhood at the arcade! This is my second favorite game!
      Phoebe: Oh really? What was your first?
      Monica: I... I don't really remember the name of it.
      Chandler: What did it do?
      Monica: You... you put a quarter in... and pull some handles and, like, win a candy bar or something.
      Chandler: A vending machine?
      Monica: Don't feel bad for me... I won every time!

    • Monica: Chandler, Phoebe's hogging the game.
      Chandler: Who cares? It's a stupid game.
      Monica: You only think it's stupid because you suck at it.
      Chandler: I don't suck, it sucks... You suck!

    • Rachel: You were fifty minutes late to the class? What'd you do, crawl there?
      Ross: No, I ran! It's really far! And when did people stop understanding the phrase, "Get the hell out of my way"?

    • Joey: Tell me one of your moves.
      Rachel: Alright. So... where'd you grow up?
      Joey: That's your move? Boy Rach', you're lucky you're hot.

    • Joey: Oh come on! Just pick one! Between Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Ross, if you had to--if you had to--who would you punch?
      Rachel: No one! They are my friends, I wouldn't punch any of them.
      Joey: Chandler?
      Rachel: Yeah, but I don't know why.

    • Chandler: You are not gonna believe what I did today.
      Monica: Well, clearly you didn't shower or shave.
      Chandler: I got good. I played this game all day, and now I rule! They should change the name to Ms. Chandler. (realizing) ...although, I hope they don't.

    • Monica: (about the initials on the Ms. Pacman machine) Hey wait a minute, this one isn't dirty.
      Chandler: (pointing) It is when you put it together with that one.
      Monica: Ah, well if you don't clear this off, you won't be getting one of those from me.

    • Phoebe: (looking at the scores) Chandler sucks, he couldn't have gotten this good.
      Chandler: I did... (looks at his claw-hand) but it came at a price.

    • Chandler: C'mon... by age seven kids have already seen orgies.
      (Monica and Phoebe look at him like he's from Mars)
      Chandler: Was it just me?

    • Rachel: Thank God you're home! I'm watching Cujo!
      Joey: Alone?
      Rachel: Yes! ...what is wrong with this dog?!
      Joey: Hey, did you get to the part where they're trapped in the car and Cujo's throwing himself at the windshield?
      Rachel: No, seriously what's wrong with the dog?! ...Wait a minute, what are you doing home so early? What happened to your date?
      Joey: Oh, it... didn't work out.
      Rachel: Oh... Wanna watch the rest of the movie with me?
      Joey: Oh, uh, okay... (moves a stool next to the chair she's sitting in)
      Rachel: Y'know, I never thought I'd say this about a movie, but I really hope this dog dies. (notices him on the stool) What're you doing over there? Come sit here... you'll protect me.
      Joey : Oh, uh, sure, why not. (sits down in the chair with Rachel and she turns the movie back on)
      Rachel: There he is! There's Cujo!
      Joey: Don't worry, it's gonna be okay.
      Rachel: Oh, my God! What's he gonna do now? I can't watch! (pulls Joey closer to her) Seriously, how can you watch this? Aren't you scared?
      Joey: (about his new feelings for Rachel) ...Terrified.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Joey's Date: And then he turned around and it was Stephen Baldwin.
      Stephen Baldwin is an American actor and one of the acting Baldwin brothers, the best-known being Alec Baldwin, who appears on Friends later this season in "The One with the Tea Leaves" and "The One in Massapequa".

    • Rachel: It's not like it's Citizen Kane
      Citizen Kane is an Oscar-winning 1941 mystery/drama, written and directed by as well as starring Orson Welles.

    • Ross: Who am I, Rockefeller?
      John D. Rockefeller, an industrialist and philanthropist, was the founder of the Standard Oil Company, and America's first billionaire. At the time of his death in 1937, his fortune accounted for 1.5% of the national economy, equivalent to over $250 billion today, making him the richest person in US history.

    • Joey: (acting as Rachel's date, noting things about her "roommate") Oh... subscription to Playboy...
      Playboy is a popular American men's magazine founded in 1953. As well as jokes and the obvious photographs of nude women, it features various articles on fashion, sports, consumer goods, and public figures.

    • Rachel: Remember last night how we were talking about that movie Cujo
      Cujo is a horror movie based on a Stephen King novel about a huge, rabid dog.

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