Season 3 Episode 2

The One Where No One's Ready

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



  • Trivia

    • 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, in this episode. The producers did something similar later in the season involving actress Marlo Thomas (recurring character Sandra Green) and a That Girl T-shirt. That Girl, of course, was the very successful 1966 TV series in which she starred.

    • Goof: Joey accuses Chandler of hiding 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 when could he have hidden Joey's underwear? It's possible that he hid them earlier when he was changing into his tux, but that would have been as payback for Joey hogging the chair, not specifically for his 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 the chair. 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 restored in the DVD versions.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (looking in Monica's refrigerator) Alright, they got water, orange juice... and what looks like cider...
      Chandler: Taste it.
      Joey: (takes a sip) 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: (when Phoebe arrives all dressed up) 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: (self-amused) I don't know... You might be the first one.

    • (Joey has been hogging Chandlers chair)
      Joey: Alright! 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?

    • 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) Alright!

    • 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: (to Joey who is leaving with the chair cushions) 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: (about covering the hummus stain on her dress) 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: Duhhh... 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

  • 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(referring to an outfit Ross suggested she wear) Ross... That was a Halloween costume! ...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.

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