Season 3 Episode 13

The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 30, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Factual Error: The parts of The Shining that Joey talks about "in code" are from the movie version, not the book.

    • Continuity: Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot", (1994) Ross says he is 26, which would mean he was born in 1967. In this episode (1997) he says he is 29, however, next season in "The One Where They're Going to Party" Ross also says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape", Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983, then whispers to himself, "I was thirteen?", implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.

    • Goof: When Monica and Richard are squishing tomatoes and she starts dabbing his shirt with club soda, Monica's bedroom door goes from open to shut between two shots.

    • Goof: When Monica goes into her room to find Richard waiting for her, you can clearly see the set where the balcony is supposed to be.

  • Quotes

    • Ross: When do you think you're going to get off tonight?
      Rachel: Oh, I dunno honey... it's gonna be really late.
      Ross: Oh, c'mon... not again!
      Rachel: I know, I'm sorry... Look, I'll make a deal with you, alright? ...Okay?
      Ross: Hmm...
      Rachel: For every night that you're asleep before I get home from work...
      Ross: Yeah...?
      Rachel: I will wake you up in a way that's proved very popular in the past.
      Ross: Now, if you need to stay late, I want to be supportive of that.

    • Joey: (seeing Phoebe with a pair of rollerblades) Since when do you rollerblade?
      Phoebe: Oh! Since tomorrow... I met this really cute guy in the park and he like, y'know, jogs, and blades, and swims, and so... y'know, we made a deal... he's gonna teach me how to do all sorts of jock stuff...
      Ross: And what're you gonna do for him?
      Phoebe: I'm gonna let 'im.

    • Monica: (about Richard) We talked for a little while, and then, we went out for an innocent burger.
      Phoebe: Oh, there's no such thing as an innocent burger.

    • Rachel: (about Richard) Monica, what are you doing?
      Chandler: Well, she spent the last six months getting over him, and now she's celebrating that by going on a date with him.

    • (Rachel has come into Joey's apartment to borrow some ice)
      Joey: ...Are you just gettin' home from work? ...It's late.
      Rachel: Yeah, I know--I had the greatest day, though! I got to sit in on a meeting with the reps from Calvin Klein... I told my boss I liked this line of lingerie--she ordered a ton of it! ...How was your day?
      Joey: I discovered I'm able to count all of my teeth using just my tongue.

    • Chandler: (to Robert) Isn't it a little cold for you to be wearing shorts?
      Robert: Well, I'm from California...
      Chandler: Right, right. Sometimes you guys just burst into flame.

    • Chandler: (to Ross about Robert) The man is showing brain!

    • Ross: (on what to do about Robert being exposed) I suppose we just... try to not look directly at it.
      Chandler: Like an eclipse...

    • Richard: (while squishing tomatoes) Oh... This feels... very weird...
      Monica: You touch people's eyeballs every day and this feels weird...?
      Richard: Well, sure, I touch them... but I spent years learning not to squish them.

    • Joey: Amy just burned Jo's manuscript. I don't see how he could ever forgive her!
      Ross: Uh, Jo's a girl, it's short for "Josephine".
      Joey: But, Jo's got a crush on Laurie. Oh... you mean it's like a girl-girl thing? 'Cause that's the one thing missing from The Shining!
      Chandler: No, actually, Laurie's a boy...
      Joey: (totally confused) No wonder Rachel had to read this so many times!

    • (The guys have been laughing about Robert's "revealing" shorts)
      : You guys... what is going on? Do you not like Robert? ...Why are you laughing?
      Ross: Calm down... There's no reason to get testy...

    • Monica: So, we can be friends who sleep together.
      Richard: Absolutely. This'll just be something we do--like racquetball.
      Monica: Sounds smart and healthy to me! Um, just out of curiosity, do you have any other racquetball buddies?
      Richard: Just your dad--although that's actually racquetball.

    • Joey: All blank and no blank makes blank a blank blank. Oh, and the end, when Jack almost kills them all with that blank but in the last second they get away!
      Rachel: Joey! I can't believe you just did that!
      Chandler: I can't believe she cracked your code.

    • Gunther: (to Robert, whose shorts are a little too "revealing") Hey buddy, this is a family place. Put the mouse back in the house.

    • Monica: Y'know what? What if we're friends who don't see other people?
      Richard: You mean like... exclusive friends?
      Monica: Why not? ...I mean, this has been the most amazing week. Would it be so terrible? ...even if we were friends who lived together? ...or, maybe someday friends who stood up in front of their other friends, and vowed to be friends forever?
      Richard: Wow. You know we're back where we were... Honey, I would love to do all that, but nothing's changed...
      Monica: That's not true. You don't have a mustache.

    • (Joey comes into Rachel's apartment carrying the book, "Little Women")
      Joey: (almost in tears) Beth is really, really sick...
      Rachel: (sympathetically) Ohhh... (helps him sit down)
      Joey: Jo's there, but I don't think there's anything she can do...
      Rachel: (hugging him) Joey...?
      Joey: Yuh...
      Rachel: You wanna put the book in the freezer...?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The book Ross is reading in this episode is Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession by Studs Terkel.

    • Rachel: Well, um, I guess I read Little Women more than once, but I mean that's a classic. What's so great about The Shining?
      In this episode Rachel and Joey read each other's favorite books. Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott about four sisters growing up during the American Civil War. The novel has been adapted into numerous films including the 1933 film Little Women starring Katherine Hepburn and the 1994 film Little Women starring Winona Ryder.
      The Shining is a novel by the famous American horror author Stephen King about a writer who gets a job in a haunted hotel. The novel was adapted into the 1980 film The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson.

    • Ross: I think this is an unsolvable problem.
      Chandler: It's a curiette mariah. The unsolvable problem they gave to Captain Kirk as part of his training to be a Star Fleet commander.
      Ross: (correcting him) Kobayashi Maru.
      The Kobayashi Maru was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

    • Ross: Joey's asking if you've just ruined the first book he's ever loved that didn't star Jack Nicholson.
      Jack Nicholson is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven-time Golden Globe winning American actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters.

    • Richard: He'll go up to the counter with Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and Clockwork Orgy.
      Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film.
      Vertigo is a 1958 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
      "Clockwork Orgy" is a word play on  A Clockwork Orange, a 1971 film by Stanley Kubrick adapted from the novel by Anthony Burgess.

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