Season 10 Episode 13

The One Where Joey Speaks French

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: We discover in this episode that Rachel's father is still living in her childhood home. In Season 2's "The One with the Two Parties", however, when Rachel is sharing her concerns about her parents divorce to Chandler, she says, "She gets the house, he's in some condo my sister's going to decorate with wicker...".

    • Trivia: Monica has determined after talking with Erica that "Shovely Joe" could not have been the father of their baby. She explains to Chandler, "..the thing she did with that prison guy? It'd be pretty hard to make a baby that way". This is the third time that joke has been used in the series. The first time was in "The One with Joey's Bag": Phoebe's grandmother has died and as she's telling the others, Monica rushes into Central Perk and announces that a couple is doing it in a car across the street. Phoebe says, "One life ends, another begins", to which Monica responds, "Not the way they're doing it". It was then used in "The One with the Birthing Video". Rachel is watching what she believes to be the birthing video when it is in fact a porno tape. She wonders if maybe it's showing how the woman got pregnant in the first place, but after watching for a bit says, "No, no... can't get pregnant that way".

    • Trivia: At one point in talking to Chandler about naming her baby, Erica says, "...if the baby is a boy...". Most women, so close to giving birth, already know the sex of their baby. But, of course, she couldn't know the sex of her baby since that would mean she'd had a sonogram, and if she'd had a sonogram, she'd be well aware of the fact that she was about to give birth to twins. These things only happen on television.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of an old-fashioned deep sea diver trying to retrieve a sunken treasure that is being guarded by a giant squid

    • Continuity: When Joey first asked Phoebe to help him speak French, Rachel said she didn't know Phoebe spoke French. But in "The One with the Rumor," Phoebe told Rachel that she and some other people would meet behind a dumpster to learn French.

    • Goof: When Chandler and Monica are in bed they are not lying on their usual sides of the bed.

    • Goof: Joey says he can drink a gallon of milk in 10 seconds. When he tries, it takes him 28 seconds and he spills a lot down his front, yet Phoebe says, "You did it!" It's possible that Phoebe did this on purpose to humor him again.

    • Trivia: The posters that hang in Rachel's bedroom include Into The Gap by the Thompson Twins, Arena by Duran Duran and Under Wraps by Shaun Cassidy.

    • Trivia: Here are the translations for Phoebe's lines in French.
      Phoebe: (To Rachel) Oui, bien sur je parle Français! Qu'est-ce que tu penses alors?
      Translation: Yes, of course I speak French! What did you think?
      Phoebe: (To Joey) Tout le plaisir est pour moi, mon ami.
      Translation: The pleasure is all mine, my friend.
      Phoebe: Ecoutez, je vais vous dire la vérité. C'est mon petit frère. Il est un peu retard alors si vous pouviez jouer le jeu avec lui. Merci, au revoir.
      Translation: Listen, I'll tell you the truth. He's my little brother. He's a little retarded. Would you please just humor him? Thank you, goodbye.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: I'm glad you're back, I really need your help.
      Phoebe: Oh, why? What's up?
      Joey: I have an audition for this play and for some of it I have to speak French... which, according to my résumé, I'm fluent in.
      Ross: (admonishing) Joey, you shouldn't lie on your résumé...
      Monica: Yeah, you really shouldn't. (turning to Ross) By the way, how was that year-long dig in Cairo?

    • Ross: (to Rachel, upset) Oh, hi, hi. Thanks for showing up thirty minutes late.
      Rachel: Ross...
      Ross: No, no, no, I'm sure you have a great excuse. What was it, a hair appointment? A mani-pedi? Was there a sale at Barney's?
      Rachel: My father had a heart attack! (starts crying) ...while I was at Barney's.

    • Monica: Phoebe, this is Erica... and this (points at Erica's stomach) is the baby! Joey, Erica, baby! Everyone, Erica, baby!
      Chandler: Monica... calm... self!

    • Joey: (to Erica) Welcome to New York City, or should I say ke-de-floef New York City.
      Chandler: Why would you say that?

    • Ross: (to the nurse) I'm Dr. Ross Geller.
      Rachel: Ross, please, this is a hospital, okay? That actually means something here. (turning to the nurse) So can we please go in?
      Nurse: Absolutely.
      Ross: Rach', I think I'm gonna wait out here, because my throat is gettin' a little scratchy... I don't wanna infect him.
      Rachel: Ross, please, don't be so scared of him!
      Ross: I am not scared of him, I'm really sick!
      Nurse: He's under sedation, so he's pretty much out.
      Ross: I'm feeling better.

    • Nurse: Miss Green? Your father's doctor is on the phone if you'd like to speak to him.
      Rachel: Oh great. (to Ross) Uh, are you gonna be okay?
      Ross: He's unconscious! ...I think we'll be just fine.

    • (Ross starts to watch a movie on television and Dr. Green wakes up)
      : Did the TV wake you?
      Dr. Green: No, when you put your feet up in my bed, you tugged on my catheter.
      Ross: (being cute) Ouchy.
      Dr. Green: What are you doing here, Geller?
      Ross: Well, I came with Rachel, who should be back any second. So what's new?
      Dr. Green: Oh, I had a little heart attack
      Ross: Right... Is it painful?
      Dr. Green: What, the heart attack or sitting here talking to you?

    • Dr. Green: So what's new with you, Geller? Knocked up any more of my daughters lately?
      Ross: Nope, just the one... (calling out desperately) Rachel!!

    • Phoebe: (to Joey who's been impossible to teach French to) I have to go before I put your head through a wall!
      Joey: No, don't go! I need you! (calling after her as she leaves) My audition is tomorrow! Ja blu bla! Me la pee! Oom Bla... Poo.

    • (Ross and Rachel are alone in her childhood home on Long Island)
      Ross: (about having sex) I'm sorry, I just don't think this is a good idea.
      Rachel: Well, we won't know that until we do it, will we?
      Ross: No, uh, look. You are upset about your father and you're feeling vulnerable and I, I just don't feel it would be right. I'd feel like I'd be, you know... taking advantage of you.
      Rachel: Taking advantage? I'm giving you the advantage! Enjoy!
      Ross: Look, I'm sure it would be great, but I, I think one of us has to be thinking clearly. So, I'm gonna go.
      Rachel: (upset) Wow, okay.
      Ross: I'll see you in the morning. (to himself after leaving Rachel's room) I haven't had sex in four months. I should get a medal for that!

    • Monica: (worried about who the father of Erica's baby is) Are you awake?
      Chandler: Of course I'm awake. Assume from now on that I'm always awake!
      Monica: Alright, we don't know that it's him. I mean, it could be the football guy.
      Chandler: Honey, it's us. Of course it's the shovel-killer.

    • Ross: (to Rachel at the hospital the next morning) You sure you're alright?
      Rachel: Yep.
      Ross: (unconvinced) Okay. Well, um... I'm gonna go grab us some breakfast.
      Rachel: F... Y... I...
      Ross: There it is!
      Rachel: In the future, when a girl asks for some ill-advised sympathy sex? ...just do it!
      Ross: Wait. You're mad at me about last night? I was just trying to do the right thing.
      Rachel: Really? Well, it seems to me if you had done the right thing, I would not have woken up today feeling stupid and embarrassed, I would have woken up comforted and satisfied.
      Ross: (reflecting on his love-making prowess) Well...
      Rachel: Oh, stop that!
      Ross: I can't believe this, what... I was just being a good guy. I treated you with respect and understanding.
      Rachel: Oh, that is so hot!
      Ross: Hey, I was looking out for you!
      Rachel: Oh really? Well Ross, y'know what? I am a big girl. I don't need someone telling me what is best for me.
      Ross: (laughing at the irony) I gotta say, I've not had sex a lot of times before? ...This is the worst... ever!
      Rachel: Oh, really? Really?! Well, it wasn't very good for me either.
      Ross: Oh, okay. Hey, hey, y'know what? To avoid this little thing in the future let's just say you and me... never having sex again!
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: That's right, sex is off the table!

    • Erica: (to Chandler) It would really mean a lot to me, if the baby was a boy, if you'd name him after my father... Jiminy Billy Bob.
      Chandler: (flustered) Oh... really?
      Erica: (laughing) No!! (to Monica) You were right... that was fun!

    • Monica: Well, it turns out that Erica didn't pay much attention in sex ed class, because the thing she did with that prison guy?'d be pretty hard to make a baby that way.
      Chandler: Oh, God! What was it? The thing that we hardly ever do or the thing we never do?
      Monica: The thing we never do.
      Chandler: (with a modicum of respect) Shovely Joe!

    • Rachel: (about sex with Ross) Hey, um, do you remember that one really great time...?
      Ross: Oh, yeah!
      Rachel: You know it was you're, um... birthday...
      Ross(as Rachel says "birthday") Valentine's day... 
      Both: (remembering what the other mentioned) Oh, yeah!
      Rachel: Well, I guess that's all in the past, now.
      Ross: Mm-hm.
      Rachel: Not even one more time?
      Ross: Not even once.
      Rachel: No matter how much we want it.
      Ross: Even if we want it really bad.
      Rachel: That's what we decided...
      Ross: Huh, right!
      Rachel: It's kinda hard though!
      Ross: Yeah.
      Rachel: Y'know, when two people have a connection, you know, that... just seems like such a... waste.
      Ross: (looking into Rachel's eyes) I hate waste.
      Rachel: Ross.
      Ross: Yeah?
      Rachel: Just so you know. With us... it's never off the table.
      Ross: (after Rachel has left) Damn it, it's never off the table!

    • Phoebe: (reviewing Joey's résumé) Okay, can you really tap-dance?
      Joey: No.
      Phoebe: It's off the résumé. Archery?
      Joey: No.
      Phoebe: Horseback riding?
      Joey: Would fall off a lot.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui baragouinait (The One Who Was Jabbering)

    • In the U.S. airing of this episode on the Nickelodeon channel, the line where Phoebe tells the plays's director that Joey is retarded is cut out, yet the character reactions and audience laughter to the line remains. Viewers are supposed to believe that the director humors Joey simply because he is Phoebe's brother.

    • This is the final appearance of Ron Leibman as Dr. Leonard Green. Dr. Green was in 4 episodes of Friends. Leibman received the "and" credit.

    • The Long Island hospital exterior shown is actually the south face of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

    • In the Australian Channel Ten network's broadcast of this episode, the subtitles for Phoebe's conversation in French with the director use "retarted" rather than "retarded."

    • This is the last episode with Joey's name in the title.

    • Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc, as well as Matthew Perry, speak French fluently.

    • 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 25:03 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe: My town of Estée Lauder.
      Estée Lauder and her husband co-founded Estée Lauder Companies, a Manhattan-based pioneering cosmetics company.

    • The movie Ross tunes into at the hospital is 1969's "The Valley of Gwangi", which features cowboys tracking down dinosaurs in Mexico, with stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen.

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