Season 2 Episode 20

The One Where Old Yeller Dies

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: In this episode we learn that Monica goes to a gym, but it is the only reference to it in the entire series.

    • 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".

    • 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, "Hi!", was also Ross's first line in the series. Furthermore "Hi" was one of Ross's catchphrases throughout Friends.

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

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: (after seeing the end of "Old Yeller") Okay, what kind of a sick, doggy snuff-film is this?!

    • 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 bursting into her apartment)
      Joey: Y'know, one of these times you're gonna really be naked and we're not gonna come over.
      Monica: Ooh! That would teach me! (checking her leftovers) ...Alright, I've got a leg, three breasts and a wing...
      Chandler: Well, how do you find clothes that fit?

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

    • Joey: (to Monica) We're trying to figure out who to bring to the Knicks game, tonight... We have an extra ticket.
      Chandler: Yeah, Ross can't go, so it's between my friend Eric who has breath issues... and Dan with the poking... (poking Monica repeatedly) "Did you see that play?" "Do you want some more beer?" "Is that Spike Lee?"
      Monica: Okay! (seeing Richard come in from the balcony) Why don't you ask Richard?
      Joey: Okay, uh, Richard... If you had an extra ticket to the Knicks game, and had to choose between a friend who smells and one who... bruises you... who would you pick?
      Richard: Wow... Well, being a huge Knicks fan myself, I think you should take someone who's a... huge Knicks fan.
      Chandler: Okay... (to Joey) That's Eric.

    • Monica: Why don't you take Richard to the game?
      Chandler & Joey: (not crazy about the idea) Enh...
      Monica: What?
      Joey: I dunno...
      Monica: C'mon.... keeps his fingers to himself and he's... always minty fresh.
      Chandler: I dunno, Richard's really nice and everything, uh... it's just that we don't know him really well, y'know? ...and plus he's, y'know... old (seeing Monica's glare) --er than some people, but, uh... younger than some buildings.

    • Ross: (to Carol and Susan about Ben) 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 liqueur?
      Carol: Actually, he is getting closer on the talking thing. He can't quite say "Mama" yet, but once he said "Yemen".

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Monica: Ross, look...
      (Joey is in Monica's kitchen with a cigar in his mouth, looking at his reflection in a spatula.)
      Monica: 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: Y'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: With that mustache, doesn't Chandler remind you of Aunt Sylvia?
      Ross: (finally making the connection) Thank you!

    • Ross: (to Rachel who's holding Ben at arm's length) What are you doing?
      Rachel: Uh, I'm holding Ben.
      Ross: Yeah, well, he's a baby, not a bomb.

    • Richard: (to Monica about Joey and Chandler) ...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...?"

    • Monica: Richard made plans again with the guys...
      Rachel: (upset) Yeah, well, Ross just made plans for the whole century.

    • Ross: Okay, what the hell happened back there?
      Rachel: (freaking out because Ross has planned their entire future) I don't know, you tell me! 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, y'know? I mean, you're at work, you're assembling bones... your mind wanders.
      Rachel: Ross, you have planned out the next twenty years of our lives... we've been dating for six weeks!
      Ross: C'mon, what? 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, y'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: (sheepishly) ..."The Big Book of Children's Names".

    • 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 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!

    • 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.

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

    • 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: C'mere... I'll make you feel like "one of the guys". (reflecting) You know for a really cool guy, you suck at foosball!

    • 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.

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

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Věrný Rek (Faithful Hero)
      It's possible that "Faithful Hero" was the name given to the movie "Old Yeller" in Czechoslovakia, since the English title would have little meaning for a Czech audience.

    • The scene in Central Perk where Ross tried to get Ben to say "Dada" actually took several takes. The child playing Ben kept saying "Dada" every time he was asked! This can be seen in the Season 2 Gag Reel on the Season 10 Special Features DVD.

    • This episode runs 22:35 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Richard: Monica's making us watch Old Yeller.
      Old Yeller is 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 must shoot and kill Old Yeller in order to protect his family.

    • Monica: Wanna feel better? Here... (hands Phoebe a video tape) this.
      Phoebe: (reading the 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" 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: Y'know what? ...I think I'm gonna go to my room and read Cosmo.
      Cosmopolitan, commonly referred to as "Cosmo", is a magazine first published in 1886 as "The Cosmopolitan". It was originally a family magazine, then later became a literary magazine. Since 1965 it has been an international fashion magazine for women.

    • Phoebe(after watching 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 Academy Award-winning film, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone.
      Charlotte's Web is a children's book by E. B. White. In 1973 it was adapted into the animated musical, Charlotte's Web.

    • Ross: Look. It's the artist formerly known as Chandler.
      This references The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Prince, TAFKAP, or simply The Artist, was 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 popular television series, The Brady Bunch.