Season 1 Episode 8

The One Where Nana Dies Twice

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Rachel says she thought Chandler might be gay when she first met him, but later dismissed the thought since he spent Phoebe's birthday looking at her breasts. Rachel met Chandler for the first time when she was still in high school and they actually made out at a party, as seen in "The One Where the Stripper Cries." So it's highly unlikely she didn't realize he was straight before Phoebe's birthday many years later.

    • Continuity: Joey says he didn't think Chandler was gay when they first met. In "The One with the Flashback", where they meet for the first time, Joey does think Chandler is gay.

    • Trivia: Although Phoebe's job as a masseuse still hasn't been mentioned, we see her checking out Ross's back spasms after he falls. In the pilot episode, she also offers to massage Monica's feet, but you wouldn't necessarily have to be a masseuse for that.

    • Trivia: This episode is the first one to joke about Chandler's gay mannerisms or "quality". This became a running joke throughout the series. The role of Chandler was originally going to be gay, but the idea was scrapped after Matthew Perry was cast.

    • Goof: When Ross falls in the open grave, there is a lot of mud visible on his knees when he rolls over onto his back. When the camera angle changes to the reactions of his friends and then back to him in the grave, there is no mud at all on his knees.

    • Continuity: Phoebe's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Frank Jr." Phoebe tells her half-brother that her birthday is February 16th. Also, in "The One with Two Parts (2)" Phoebe has a birthday party in February. However, in this episode, Rachel talks about Phoebe's last birthday party. Since Rachel first met Phoebe earlier that season, this implies that Phoebe's birthday must have occurred since September, when Rachel first joined the group. Also, in "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner", Phoebe's birthday is close to Halloween, consistent with Rachel's statement. Furthermore, in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", the flashbacks of Phoebe's 30th (really 31st) birthday imply her birthday is in the summer.

  • Quotes

    • Shelley: (to Chandler in the office cafeteria) Hey gorgeous, how's it going?
      Chandler: Dehydrated Japanese noodles under fluorescent lights. Does it... get better than this?

    • Shelley: Do you want a date Saturday...?
      Chandler: Yes, please...
      Shelley: Okay. He is cute, he's funny, he's...
      Chandler: He's a he?!
      Shelley: Well, yeah... Oh, God! I just, I thought... Good, Shelley. Okay, I'm just gonna go flush myself down the toilet now. Okay, bye-bye...

    • Rachel: (to Chandler about appearing gay) When I first met you... I thought maybe, possibly, you might be... but then you spent Phoebe's entire birthday party talking to my breasts, so then I figured, maybe not.

    • Ross: (about thinking Chandler was gay) No no, me neither. Although, uh, y'know, back in college, Susan Sallidor did.
      Chandler: You're kidding! Did you tell her I wasn't?
      Ross: No. No, it's just 'cause, uh, I kinda wanted to go out with her too, so I told her, actually, you were seeing Bernie Spellman... who also liked her, so...

    • Ross: (about Rachel getting a phone call from Paolo) So, he's calling from Rome. I can do that... Just gotta go to Rome!

    • (At the hospital, Judy greets Monica and immediately criticizes her hair)
      Monica: (afterwards, to Ross) She is unbelievable, her mother's--
      Ross: Okay! Relax, relax... okay? We're gonna be here for awhile, it looks like... and we still have boyfriends and your career to cover.
      Monica: Oh, God!

    • Chandler: (about people thinking he's gay) I just have to know, okay? Is it my hair?
      Rachel: (exasperated) Yes, Chandler, that's exactly what it is. It's your hair.
      Phoebe: Yes, you have homosexual hair.

    • (Monica and her father are looking at brochures, choosing Nana's coffin)
      Jack: This is why your mother buys all my clothes. I hate to shop. I hate it!
      Monica: Dad, don't you think this might be more about the fact that once you make the decision it's like acknowledging Nana's actually gone?
      Jack: (after considering for a moment) No, I really hate to shop.

    • Jack: I was just thinking. When my time comes...
      Monica: Dad!
      Jack: Listen to me! When my time comes, I wanna be buried at sea.
      Monica: You what?
      Jack: I wanna be buried at sea--it looks like fun!
      Monica: Define "fun".

    • (Jack has told Monica that he'd like to be buried at sea)
      Jack: Everyone thinks they know me... Everyone says "Jack Geller, so predictable". Maybe after I'm gone, they'll say, "Buried at sea? ...Huh".
      Monica: That's probably what they'll say.
      Jack: (turns and looks wistfully out the window) I'd like that...

    • Monica: (to Ross) So Mom already called this morning to remind me not to wear my hair up. Did you know my ears were not my best feature?
      Ross: Some days it's all I can think about.

    • Chandler: You're watching a football game at a funeral?
      Joey: No, it's the pre-game. I'm gonna watch it at the reception.
      Chandler: You are a frightening, frightening man.

    • Phoebe: (walking in the cemetery) God, what a great day... (seeing everyone looking at her) What...? Weather-wise!

    • Ross: (high on pain medication) Rachel. Rachel, Rachel. I do love you.
      Rachel: (humoring him) Oh, Ross. I love you, too.
      Ross: Oh, no. I rea-lly love you.
      Rachel: And I really love you!
      Ross: (moaning) Oh... you don't get it! (passes out across her lap)

    • Joey: (looking at an old Geller family photo) Ooh, look-look-look-look-look! I got Monica naked!
      Ross: (looking) No no, that would be me again. I'm, uh, just trying something.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Loučení s babičkou (Saying Goodbye to Grandma)

    • Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in this episode.

    • Elliott Gould (Jack Geller) is credited as a "Special Appearance."

    • When everyone is looking at the snapshot of Nana and her friends, the notation on the photograph refers to "Java Joe's". This is an inside joke, because in early drafts of FriendsCentral Perk was going to be called "Java Joe's".

    • This episode is the first to feature location shooting (i.e. scenes that are not on a set or the WB backlot), with the scenes in the cemetery.

    • "The Rachel" makes its debut in this episode. It was an often imitated hairstyle for the next couple of years. Jennifer Aniston said her hairdo was created by accident when her friend cut her hair with a razor.

    • This episode runs 23:58 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). One added scene features Monica and her dad looking at coffins, before he says he wants to be buried at sea.

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