Season 3 Episode 2

The One Where No One's Ready

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The joke Ross is telling when the episode's tail starts is also an inside joke on the show. The punch-line, "Cro-Magnum PI," is an obvious reference to Magnum PI starring Tom Selleck as PI Thomas Magnum. Selleck had, as of this episode, appeared as Richard Burke in six episodes; he would later appear in two more AND his voice is used, uncredited, as Burke in this very episode. The producers will do something similar later in the same season involving actress Marlo Thomas and a T-shirt.

    • Goof: When Joey comes back into Monica's apartment and says that Chandler took his underwear, Chandler says it is because Joey took his "essence" aka his cushions. However, Chandler never left the apartment after Joey took his "essence" so he would not have been able to go back to his apartment and take Joey's underwear. He must have taken it beforehand...

    • Goof: When Phoebe comes out of the bathroom after trying to get out the humus 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 "2 for 2", implying that he's now slept with both sisters. 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 "going commando." 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.

      This is true but probably not a goof. Executive Producer Marta Kauffman refers to it as a touch she "loves" in the audio commentary to 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

    • (Joey won't get off Chandlers chair)
      Joey: All right! You can have the chair.
      Chandler: Really!
      Joey: Oh my, would you look at that! (Holds up crossed fingers)

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Rachel: You guys, do this look like something the girlfriend of a paleontologist would wear?
      Phoebe: I don't know. You might be the first one.

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

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

    • Joey: What's the matter, Ross? You nervous about your speech?
      Ross: Nope. (Pause) You wanna hear it?
      Joey: Am I in it?
      Ross: Ya huh. Yeah, right after I thank everyone for giving money to the museum, I sing a song about the wonder that is Joey.

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

    • Chandler: Ok, 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: 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?

    • 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!

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

    • Phoebe: (On answering machine) Hi it's me, I'm coming over now. Hey, what if I'm already there when you're playing this message? (To the guys) Is that too spooky?

    • 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...

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

    • 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.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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: Ross, that was a Halloween costume. Unless you would like me to go to this thing as Little Bo Peep.
      Ross: Look, I didn't recognize it without that inflatable sheep.
      Rachel: Yeah, which, by the way, Chandler, I would like back one of these days.

      Little Bo Peep is a character from a nursery rhyme.

    • Chandler: Ok, 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 a Disney cartoon character.