Season 3 Episode 2

The One Where No One's Ready

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 26, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for an important banquet at the museum, but no one is co-operating.

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  • One of the best episodes!

    This is a very funny epsiode that nothing much happened. They are all staying in getting ready to go to a reception where Ross is giving speach. Rachel and Ross are fighting because Rachel is very slow while dressing up. Monica leaves embarassing messages to Richard and talks to his daughter. Phoebe is as funny and weird as ever. Joey and Chandler are fighting for the chair.

    Funniest story: Monica leaving messages to Richard and nervous as ever. She is so hilarious when she is nervous and even messes the things worse than they were.

    Funniest moment: Joey with all Chandler's clothes on.

    Funniest friend: Monicamoreless
  • Classic

    This episode is one of my all time favrouties !

    The lines that they gave these charaters were excellent and the whole dare thing to drink chicken fat was just out of nowhere but funny. I think that poor old Ross was really tring to help out but ending up making things worse by being too nagy. Some of the best quotes came from that episode such as

    Chandler - "What are you going to do show me my clothes?!"

    Joey - "Oposite!"

    Little while later....

    Joey (wearing all of Chandler's clothes) - "Look at me I'm Chandler.. Could I be wearing any more clothes?"

    Classic episode definate 10/10 from me.moreless
  • Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for a banquet, but no one is co-operating.Rachel can't decide what to wear, chandler and joey fight over a chair, Monica's desperate to delete a message she sent to Richard and phoebe has a stain on her dress.moreless

    From this episode you could really tell how caught up Monica was on Richard when she tried to send him a message but when getting into his answering phone she realizes it isn't breezy and tries to delete it.

    My personal guess is that the writers couldn't think of a reason why phoebe would be late so they made the bickering boys, chandler and joey, spill humus on her dress.So she uses a large Christmas bow thing which is expected of her character.

    Also like her character was Rachel not being able to decide what to wear and after Ross shouts at her she puts on her 'sweats' and decides not to go.

    After chandler goes to the toilet, joey steals his chair, causing them to steal parts of the chair, hide each others underwear and wear all their clothes!

    It was a bottle-episode, with only one room, no guest stars and sort of like an episode of 24, with time running out.moreless
  • But you left the chair areaaa

    In my opinion, this is one of the series' all-time best episodes. The action is in the girls' apartment the entire time (except the end, which ties the whole thing together) and it never gets boring. So many things are happening at once...Monica is on the phone and while she starts to leave a message you get a whole story line with Phoebe and the the classic "Joey-being-Chandler" line, "could i BE wearing any more clothes??" The episode is neatly wrapped up at the end when the man at Ross's benefit dinner argues with Chandler over sitting in the chair to which chandler replies, "alright, gimme your underwear."

    Classic. No other words apply.moreless
  • A bottle episode.

    A bottle episode in which they stay in the apartment the whole because of funding. But it worked out amazingly well. Probably like the best of the series. Plus it is a definite classic. Rachel & Ross fighting, Ross was so mean to her. Rachel was just trying to look nice for Ross, and he throws shoes! Phoebe's stain. My favorite plot is Monica's plot. It just keeps getting worst. When a message she doesn't know is new or old, from Richard. And then she sends a very embarrassing message on Richard's phone. The way R&R made up was perfect! Joey going commando! That was hilarious! Over a chair! An amazing bottle episode!moreless
Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis

Sherman Whitfield

Guest Star

Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Dr. Richard Burke [voice] [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Trivia: There is an inside joke in the tag scene. Ross's line about "Cro-Magnum PI," is an obvious reference to Magnum PI starring Tom Selleck as private investigator Thomas Magnum. Selleck had, as of this episode, appeared as Richard Burke in six episodes and would later appear in two more. His voice is used, uncredited, as Burke in this episode. The producers did something similar later in the season involving actress Marlo Thomas and a "That Girl" T-shirt.

    • Goof: Joey accuses Chandler of taking his underwear as payback for him taking Chandler's chair cushions. The problem is, Chandler at no time left Monica's apartment following the cushion incident, so how could he have taken Joey's underwear? It's possible that he took them earlier when he was changing into his tux, but that would have been as payback for Joey hogging the chair, not specifically for taking the cushions.

    • Goof: When Phoebe comes out of the bathroom after trying to get out the hummus stain, the bathroom door is left wide open. However, when Monica is playing her message, the door is suddenly almost shut, though no one had gone near the door.

    • Continuity: In the beginning of the episode there is a message on the machine from Rachel's sister. However the voice is obviously not Reese Witherspoon or Christina Applegate who will later play her sisters. Also, she's asking if Rachel slept with Donnie because he shouted "Two for two!", implying that he's now slept with both Rachel and her sister. However, Rachel has two sisters.

    • Goof: Chandler sits on Joey in an attempt to regain possession of his seat. When he stands up, the shirt sleeve on his left arm becomes unrolled and slides down. The camera cuts to face Ross and Chandler's sleeve is now rolled back up.

    • Trivia: The New Oxford English Dictionary now includes a definition for "go commando" as meaning "Wear no underpants". They actually credit this phrase to Friends.

    • Goof: The hummus stain on Phoebe's yellow dress changes size throughout the episode.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode, when Rachel comes out of the bathroom, she has on one black sock and one white sock.
      Note: This is true but probably not a goof. Executive Producer Marta Kauffman refers to it as a touch she "loves" in the audio commentary for this episode on the Friends DVD. Remember, the girls are getting dressed for a big event amidst a variety of distractions.

    • Trivia: This episode is completely shot in real time, much like an episode of the TV show 24. At the beginning Ross says they have 27 minutes left in order to get there. The episode ends with that time running out. This is the only episode of Friends that takes place in real time. However, as in many cases, the real time doesn't match up. When Rachel says they have five seconds left, they're already two minutes late. It is possible, though, that the timing was correct in the original airing. Episodes ran 22 minutes on NBC, but on the DVDs some episodes are as long as 26 and DVD commentaries reveal that some scenes deleted from the original airings have been returned in the DVD versions.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Joey: (looking in Monica's refrigerator) All right, they got water, orange juice... and what looks like cider...
      Chandler: Taste it.
      Joey: (takes a drink) Yup... It's fat. I drank fat!!
      Chandler: Yeah I know, I did that two minutes ago.

    • Joey: What's the matter, Ross? You nervous about your speech?
      Ross: (laughs in denial) No... (thinks for a moment) You wanna hear it?
      Joey: Am I in it?
      Ross: Yu-huh! Yeah, right after I thank everyone for giving money to the museum, I sing a song about the wonder that is Joey.

    • Ross: You see this, this is a person who is ready to go. Phoebe, you... Oh, you are my star.
      Phoebe: Oh, well... you're my lucky penny.

    • Chandler: (walking out of the bathroom holding an issue of Cosmo) So I took the quiz, and it turns out I do put career before men.

    • Rachel: (coming out of her bedroom holding up an outfit) You guys, does this look like something the girlfriend of a paleontologist would wear?
      Phoebe: I don't know. You might be the first one.

    • (Joey has been hogging Chandlers chair)
      Joey: All right! You can have the chair.
      Chandler: Really?
      Joey: Oh, my... would you look at that... (holds up crossed fingers)

    • Phoebe: (listening to her own message on Monica's answering machine) "Hi, it's me, I'm coming over now. Hey, what if I'm already there when you're playing this message"? (then live to the guys) Is that too spooky?

    • Ross: (about Monica deciding whether to call Richard) Yeah, see Mon, listen, listen. When Carol and I broke up, I went through the same thing. And you know what I did?
      Monica: Huh?
      Ross: I... got... dressed. Really, really quickly. Okay, okay?

    • Ross: (after Joey gets hummus on Phoebe's dress) Don't rub it! What gets out hummus? What gets out hummus?
      Phoebe: Monica, Monica! You know! What gets out hummus?!
      Monica: (distracted) If it is a new message, what is he calling to say?
      Phoebe: Okay, thanks. Yeah, I'll try that.

    • Chandler: (about sitting on Joey) I am so comfortable...
      Joey: Me too. In fact, I think I might be a little too comfortable...
      Chandler: (jumping up) All right!

    • Chandler: (to Joey) Okay, you will notice that I am fully dressed. I, in turn, have noticed that you are not. So, in the words of A.A. Milne, "Get out of my chair, dillhole!"

    • Chandler: The cushions are the essence of the chair!
      Joey: That's right! I'm taking the essence.

    • Ross: Joey, why can't you just wear the underwear you're wearing now?
      Joey: 'Cause I'm not wearing any underwear now.
      Ross: Um, okay... then, why do you have to wear underwear tonight?
      Joey: Cause it's a rented tux, okay? I'm not gonna go "commando" in another man's fatigues!

    • Phoebe: Rachel didn't have anything I liked but she had this Christmas ribbon and I thought, "Alright, I'll be political."
      Chandler: What are you supporting?
      Phoebe: Duh, Christmas.

    • Chandler: Donald Duck never wears pants. But when he gets out of the shower he ties a towel around his waist. I mean, what is up with that?

    • Joey: You hide my underwear, I'm wearing everything you own.
      Chandler: Oh, my God! That is so not the opposite of stealing somebody's underpants!
      Joey: Look at me, I'm Chandler. Could I be wearing any more clothes? Maybe if I wasn't going "commando"...

    • (Monica has inadvertently changed the outgoing message on Richard's phone)
      Monica: Maybe we could call the phone company. Maybe they could change the message. Maybe they can change his number.
      Phoebe: Yeah, after this, I think he'll be doing that himself.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Ross: So I said, "Who are you, Cro-Magnum P.I.?"
      Magnum, P.I. was an American television show that followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck aka Dr. Burke), a private investigator living in Hawaii.
      The Cro-Magnons were the earliest known European examples of Homo sapiens.

    • Rachel: Unless you would like me to go to this thing as Little Bo Peep...
      Little Bo Peep is a character from a children's nursery rhyme of the same name.

    • Chandler: Okay, you will notice that I am fully dressed. I, in turn, have noticed that you are not. So, in the words of A. A. Milne, "Get out of my chair, dillhole!"
      Alan Alexander Milne, also known as A. A. Milne, was a British author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie the Pooh and for various children's poems. Obviously, this is not actually one of the writer's quotes.

    • Chandler: Donald Duck never wore pants, yet when he came out of the shower he always put a towel around his waist. I mean, what's that about?
      Donald Duck is one of many Walt Disney animated cartoon and comic-book characters.