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Season 2 Episode 20

The One Where Old Yeller Dies

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Phoebe's world view is shattered when she learns how "Old Yeller" really ends. Monica becomes jealous when Richard begins going out with other people, namely Joey and Chandler. And Rachel becomes upset when she learns that Ross has planned their whole life together.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Friends

    Phoebe's world view is shattered when she learns how "Old Yeller" really ends. Monica becomes jealous when Richard begins going out with other people, namely Joey and Chandler. And Rachel becomes upset when she learns that Ross has planned their whole life together. Phoebes reaction to the movie was very very funny and she was great through out the episode. Joey and Chandler copying Richard was hilarous and them comparing them to there fathers was funny. But this wasnt the best episode of the season so I will give it a 8.5 out a possible 10, still it was decent and funnymoreless
  • Ross plans the next 20 years.

    This episode was really great. The title comes from Phoebe missing out on all sad endings in movies cause her mom blocked it out. And she finally sees Old Yeller die! My favorite plot was Ross & Rachel. Ross plans the next 20 years. "I read a book, and found a good baby name, Emily." -Ross "Really, what book was this?" -Rachel "The Big Book of Children Names" - Ross. That was hilarious! And the first "I love you" which was so sweet. I love how R&R make up. Richard is one of the guys! Er.. maybe not. He is a father figure? I love how they incorporate Richard. He's a great character! A really good episode.moreless
  • "Alright, for the bizillionth time, yes I see other women in shower at the gym, and no I don't look."

    Phoebe finds out that her mother did not show her the end to certain movies for it might upset her. However her mother killed herself later in life. Monica gives Phoebe the moive it's a wonderful life. She tells her that you can't go wrong, happyness is written right in the title. But she ends up not watching it all because it was too depressing. Joey and CHandler starting having richard hang out with him becasue they think of him like a dad. When Richard find out it makes him fell old. He thought he was just one of the guys.moreless
  • so much better without eddie

    Phoebe's world view is shattered when she learns how "Old Yeller" really ends and then learns the same thing with many other sad movies and turns out her mum used to turn the tv off before the end wehen they were younger. Monica becomes jealous when Richard begins going out with other people, namely Joey and Chandler and spends more time with them than her. And Rachel becomes upset when she learns that Ross has planned their whole life together.moreless
  • A good friends episode. may contain SPOILERS

    I think this isn't one of the best friends episodes. Yet I cannot pull something lower than 8.8 because it's still pretty great referred to other shows than friends. The comedy is fine, well done. I love Richard's role into the show as the "cool and smart" guy and he is rewarded by having a good storyline with Joey and Chandler that kinda suck him away from Monica before he relizes they think of him as a "dad". Lots of laughing there. Phoebe story is nice too, good action by Lisa Kudrow in this episode. Then we finally see Ross and Rachel's relationship growing deeper since they say, for the first time, "I love you" to each other.moreless
Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Dr. Richard Burke

Recurring Role

Jane Sibbett

Jane Sibbett

Carol Willick-Bunch

Recurring Role

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Susan Willick-Bunch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe watches Sesame Street with Ben. However, in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS," Phoebe says that she hates that program and PBS by association because after her mother committed suicide, she wrote to Sesame Street, hoping they could help her feel better, but all she received in reply was "a lousy key chain".

    • Goof: When Rachel is changing Ben's diaper, the reflection of a camera man is visible in the microwave door.

    • Trivia: In this episode, Ross says that he has planned that he and Rachel will have two kids, a boy and a girl, with the girl hopefully coming first. He says he thinks "Emily" would make a nice name. "Emily" is similar to "Emma," the name of his and Rachel's actual first child. Of additional interest is the fact that at the end of Season 4/beginning of Season 5, Ross marries a woman named "Emily".

    • Continuity: When Rachel is holding Ben in Central Perk, she is obviously uncomfortable while doing so. Furthermore, she states that she is "no good with babies." However, in "The One with the List," Ross uses how great she is with Ben as one of her pros. She is obviously not "great" with Ben.

    • Trivia: Ben's first word was also Ross's first line in the series. Furthermore "Hi" was one of Ross's catchphrases throughout Friends.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Chandler: (about the Knicks game) Ross can't go, so it's between my friend Eric who has breath issues and Dan, the poker. (enthusiastically poking Monica) "Did you see that play?" "Do you want another beer?" "Was that Spike Lee?"
      Monica: Why don't you ask Richard?
      Joey: Good idea. Hey Richard, If you had an extra ticket to the game, and had to choose between a friend who smells and one who bruises you, who would you pick?
      Richard: Well, as a huge Knicks fan myself, I would take someone who is a huge Knicks fan.
      Chandler: That's Eric.

    • Monica: With that moustache doesn't Chandler remind you of Aunt Sylvia?
      Ross: (sounding relieved) Thank you!

    • Rachel: (excited about Ben's first word) Ben just said "hi!"
      Ross: What, the word "hi?"
      Rachel: Yea, no, my Uncle Hi.

    • Ross: Okay, and then you take the poopie diaper and you put it in the poopie diaper pail.
      Rachel: Okay Ross, just so you know, calling it a poopie diaper doesn't make this process any cuter.

    • Monica: So are you okay?
      Richard: Yeah, just, I feel like I'm about a hundred. I thought I was just one of the guys.
      Monica: Come here. I'll make you feel like one of the guys. You know for a really cool guy, you suck at foosball!

    • Chandler: (playing foosball) Kick save and... denied.
      Richard: But... he gets it back, pass to the middle, lines it up and... Bam! Yes! Could that shot be any prettier?
      Joey: Man you are incredible.
      Richard: Well, we had a table in college.
      Chandler: Oh, really? I didn't know they had foosball in the 1800's.

    • Ross: Okay, what the hell happened back there?
      Rachel: (freaking out, because Ross planned their future) I don't know, you tell me. One minute I'm holding Ben like a football, the next thing I know, I've got two kids, I'm living in Scarsdale complaining about the taxes.
      Ross: Well I'm sorry, I think about stuff. Ya know, I mean, you're at work, you're assembling bones, your mind wanders.
      Rachel: Ross, you have planned out the next 20 years of our lives, we've been dating for six weeks.
      Ross: C'mon, what, you never think about our future?
      Rachel: Yes, but I, I think about whose apartment we're gonna sleep at tomorrow night and, and where we're gonna have dinner next Saturday night. I do not think about what our childrens' names are gonna be. (realizing) You know what our childrens names are gonna be.
      Ross: No, no, I mean, ya know, I, I read a book and there was a girl named Emily and I thought, I thought that might be good.
      Rachel: What was the book?
      Ross: The Big Book of Childrens' Names.

    • Monica: I've got a question: Richard made plans again with the guys.
      Rachel: (upset) Yeah, well, Ross just made plans for the whole century.

    • Ross: What are you doing?
      Rachel: Uh, I'm holding Ben.
      Ross: Yeah, well, he's a baby, not a bomb.

    • Ross: I don't believe this. I miss, I miss the first time of everything. I missed, what, the first time he rolled over, the first time he crawled. What else did I miss? Has he spoken yet, is he driving, does he have a favorite liquor?
      Carol: Actually, he is getting closer on the talking thing. He can't quite say mama yet, but once he said Yemen.

    • Monica: Why don't you take Richard to the game? What?
      Joey: I don't know.
      Monica: Come on. Keeps his fingers to himself and he's always minty fresh.
      Chandler: I don't know, Richard's really nice and everything, uh, it's just that we don't know him really well, you know, and plus he's, you know, old (Monica gives him a glare) --er than some people, but, uh, younger than some buildings.

    • Joey: Oh, hey, Monica, we've got a question.
      Monica: All right, for the bizillionth time, yes I see other women in shower at the gym, and no I don't look.
      Joey: No, not that one.

    • Richard: Well, your other dad and I are gonna go have a romantic evening.

    • Monica: (on the phone) Hey, have you guys eaten? Because, uh, Richard and I just finished and we've got leftovers. (listening) Chicken and potatoes. (listening) What am I wearing?... Actually, nothing but rubber gloves.
      (Chandler and Joey come sprinting in)
      Joey: You know, one of these times you're gonna really be naked and we're not going to come over.
      Monica: Oohh that would teach me! All right, I've got a leg, three breasts and a wing.
      Chandler: Well, how do you find clothes that fit?

    • Rachel: Okay, Ross, listen. What we have is amazing.
      Ross: Yeah.
      Rachel: But I do not want everything decided for me! I spent my whole life like that. It's what I had with Barry. It was one of the reasons why I left. I like not knowing right now. And I'm sorry if that scares you, but if you wanna be with me you're gonna have to deal with that!
      Ross: Okay, fine!
      Rachel: Thank you! (Turns around to leave)
      Ross: We're not done!
      Rachel: I didn't know that.
      Ross: Then you're gonna have to understand that you're with a guy who's not gonna stop planning his future with you because he knows we're gonna end up together and if that scares you, tough! 'Cause you're gonna have to deal with that.
      Rachel: Fine, I will!
      Ross: Good, cause I love you!
      Rachel: Oh yeah?
      Ross: Yeah!
      Rachel: Well, I love you, too!
      Ross: Well, that's the first time we've said that!
      Rachel: Yes, it is!
      Ross: Well, I'm gonna kiss you!
      Rachel: Well, you better!

    • Monica: Look. (They look at Joey in the kitchen with a cigar in his mouth, looking at his reflection in a spatula.) Joey, do you know we can see you from here?
      Joey: How come Richard looks so much cooler with one of these than me?
      Ross: Well for starters, you may want to light it and lose the spatula.
      Monica: You know what? I think it's cute, you trying to be more like Richard.
      Joey: Not like him, per se. Just not unlike him.

    • Monica: Where is he? Where's Richard? Did you ditch him?
      Joey: Yeah, right after we stole his lunch money and gave him a wedgie.

    • Phoebe: Okay, what kind of a sick doggy snuff film is this?

    • Phoebe: Yeah, I talked to my grandma about the Old Yeller incident, and she told me that my mom used to not show us the ends of sad movies to shield us from the pain and sadness. You know, before she killed herself.

    • Richard: Don't worry, I like hanging out with those guys. It's fun for me. They're different than my other friends. They don't start sentences with, "You know who just died shoveling snow?"

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Richard: Monica's making us watch Old Yeller.
      Old Yeller was a 1957 Disney film based on the award-winning book written by Fred Gipson. In the film, while saving Travis and his family from a wolf, Yeller contracts rabies. In the end, Travis shoots and kills Old Yeller in order to protect his family.

    • Monica: Wanna feel better? Here... (hands Phoebe a video tape) ...watch this.
      Phoebe: (reading tape title) "It's a Wonderful Life." Yes, I've heard of this.
      It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 film starring James Stewart. Based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern, it has become a Christmas favorite.

    • In the tag scene, Phoebe and Ben are watching Sesame Street, an American educational children's television series on PBS.

    • Monica: You know what? I think I'm gonna go to my room and read Cosmo.

      Cosmopolitan is a magazine for women, sometimes referred to as Cosmo, which has been published for more than a century.

    • Phoebe: Please, I almost fell for that with, uh, Pride of the Yankees. I thought I was gonna see a film about Yankee pride, and then, boom! The guy gets Lou Gehrig's disease.
      Richard: Uh, the guy was Lou Gehrig. Didn't you kinda see it coming?

      The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 biographical film about the New York Yankees' star baseball player, first baseman Lou Gehrig, who had his Hall-of-Fame career tragically cut short at 36 years of age when he was stricken with the fatal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease").

    • Phoebe: What is happening to the world? I mean, because E.T. leaves, and ... and Rocky loses. Charlotte dies.
      Richard: Charlotte who?
      Phoebe: With the web. The spider. She dies. She does. She has babies and dies. It's like "Hey, welcome home from the hospital." Thud!

      E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 Academy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy film directed by Steven Spielberg.
      Rocky is a 1976 film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone.
      Charlotte's Web, a children's book by E. B. White, was adapted into an animated musical film.

    • Ross: Look. It's the artist formerly known as Chandler.

      The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Prince, TAFKAP, or simply The Artist, is an iconic Grammy Award winning American musician.

    • Rachel: Hey Pheebs. Whatcha got there?
      Phoebe: Love Story, Brian's Song, and Terms of Endearment.
      Monica: Wow! All you need now is The Killing Fields and some guacamole, and you got yourself a par-tay!
      Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film about a wife who dies of cancer.
      Brian's Song is a 1971 made-for-TV movie, recalling the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a football player stricken with terminal cancer.
      Terms of Endearment is a 1983 American drama film about a mother and her cancer-stricken daughter.
      The Killing Fields is an award-winning British film drama about an American citizen trapped in Cambodia during "Year Zero", an ethnic cleansing campaign which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

    • Joey: We're trying to figure out who to bring to the Knicks game tonight.

      The New York Knickerbockers, known almost exclusively as the Knicks, are a professional basketball team based in New York City.

    • Monica: Not to sound too Florence Henderson, but dinner's on the table.

      Florence Henderson plays Carol Brady, the "perfect" mom, in The Brady Bunch.