Season 2 Episode 20

The One Where Old Yeller Dies

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



  • Trivia

    • 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. Phoebe wrote to "Sesame Street," hoping they would help, and received an impersonal reply and a key chain.

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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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 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. (Pause) 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. (Pause) Chicken and potatoes. (Pause) 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

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Věrný Rek (Loyal Rek)

    • 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 on the season one outtakes (on the season ten DVD).

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

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe: Hey. What'cha guys doing?
      Richard: Monica's making us watch Old Yeller.
      Phoebe: Why are you guys so upset? It's Old Yeller. It's a happy movie.
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: What are you talking about?
      Phoebe: Come on. Happy family gets a dog; frontier fun.
      Ross: Yeah, but Pheebs, what about the end?
      Phoebe: What, when Yeller saves saves the family from the wolf and everyone's happy?
      Rachel: That's not the end.
      Phoebe: Uh huh. That's when my mother would shut off the TV and say "The end."
      Monica: What about the part where he has rabies?
      Phoebe: He doesn't have rabies, he has babies. That's what my mom said.
      Richard: Uh, Phoebe, I don't think your mom would want you to see what's about to happen.
      Phoebe: What, what's about to happen? (Watching the TV) I've never seen this part before. Hey, Travis, what'cha doing with that gun? Oh no. No, no Travis, put down the gun. No, no, no, no, he, he's your buddy, he's your Yeller. No, no, no, the end! The end! Okay, what kind of sick doggy snuff film is this?!

      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.

    • Phoebe: (Sarcastic) Hey. Oh, thanks for the great movie tip.
      Monica: Did you like it?
      Phoebe: (Sarcastic) Oh, yeah. You know, I don't know if I was happier when, um, George Bailey destroyed the family business, or, um, Donna Reid cried, or when the mean pharmacist made his ear bleed.
      Monica: All right, I'll give you the ear thing, but don't you think the ending was pretty wonderful?
      Phoebe: I didn't watch the ending, I was too depressed. It just kept getting worse and worse. It should have been called, "It's a sucky life and just when you think it can't suck any more it does."

      The movie Monica recommended was It's a Wonderful Life, a 1946 film based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern.

    • Phoebe: Okay, Ben, this is the part where Ernie buries Bert in the sand and can't find him. Now, I've looked ahead on the tape and he does find him again. But, okay, before that happens, there's some pretty rough going for a while, but I think we can handle it. And, there's just the alphabet but we know that ends well so. Okay, here we go.

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

    • 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. What you got there?
      Phoebe: Love Story, Brian's Song, and Terms of Endearment.
      Monica: Wow. All you need now is The Killing Fields and guacamole, and you've got yourself a party!

      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.