Season 6 Episode 22

The One Where Paul's the Man

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 04, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: At the end of the episode, we learn that Chandler intends to propose to Monica and that he's made arrangements with Hildy to be married at the Morgan Chase Museum. We never hear about the Morgan Chase Museum again and they ultimately get married in an event room at a hotel.

    • Goof: When Paul walks into his bedroom, Ross is hiding behind the door. Paul then closes the door and walks to the other side of the room to a full-length mirror. Ross would have been obviously visible in that mirror before he was able to slip under the bed.

    • Goof: It is mentioned by the person at the museum that there is a two-year waiting list for weddings, yet Hildy calls to say that there has been a cancellation and Monica and Chandler can have their wedding shortly. Surely just one cancellation would still mean that their wedding would be about two years away.

    • Goof: When Phoebe and Joey walk into the dry cleaners for the last time, Phoebe walks in and says "Ooh there it is" but her mouth isn't moving. She doesn't even see Joey's picture yet because it is behind her when she says that. Then she turns around, points to it and says, "Ooh!" again.

    • Goof: When Paul starts to flex, only two buttons are fastened, but when the shot switches to the mirror, three buttons are fastened.

    • Goof: Elizabeth said that Ross would look pretty silly using her pink bike to go get condoms. Wouldn't they have a car that they drove up to the house with?
      Note: Neither Ross nor Elizabeth have a car, so in all likelihood they took a train and then a cab from the station.

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: A massage client gave me three tickets to the Helmet Peltz Exhibit at the Morgan Chase Museum.
      Joey: Now you're thinking you gotta sleep with him.
      Phoebe: No. No, it's just that he gave me three tickets and there are six of us.
      Chandler: I'll give up my ticket.
      Joey: Me too.
      Phoebe: Okay, that's so generous.
      Chandler: And I think Ross is generous too.
      Phoebe: Great! Okay, then it's just us girls.
      Monica: Great.
      Rachel: So what is the exhibit?
      Phoebe: It's mostly just photographs of, um, lesbian love scenes interspersed with video games and free sandwiches.
      Joey: Oh, man!

    • Ross: Well Rachel's going out with Elizabeth's dad, and he's old. So I guess I'm not the only one who's into fossils!
      Rachel: Ross, all that does is remind us that you're into fossils.

    • Ross: Elizabeth and I are going out of town.
      Monica: Oh, that's great! Think about all the money that you're gonna make.
      Ross: Why? What?
      Monica: Well, her father pays you for babysitting, right?
      Ross: That's funny. But maybe it's time to move on. You know, let it go. Stop it!

    • Paul: Ross, just so you know, since Lizzie likes you so much, I decided to accept the fact that you are going out with her.
      Ross: Really? That's great!
      Paul: Yeah. But then I changed my mind. I'm funny like that. So I told Lizzie and now I'm telling you, I don't want you going out with my daughter.
      Ross: Okay, Mr. Stevens, I realize this upsets you...
      Paul: Yes, it does.
      Ross: But Elizabeth and I are both adults, and I don't think there's anything that you can do.
      Paul: I'll call the university and tell them about your relationship and have you fired.
      Ross: Oh, a man with a plan!

    • Elizabeth: (while she and Ross are kissing) What's wrong?
      Ross: I'm sorry, I was just thinking about your father.
      Elizabeth: Okay... well, whatever works for you.

    • Elizabeth: Did you bring protection?
      Ross: (panics) Why? Are there bears?!

    • Ross: No I'm the guy, I should go to the store.
      Elizabeth: Do you know where the store is?
      Ross: No.
      Elizabeth: So do you want to ride about town on my little pink bicycle looking for the store?
      Ross: Kind of.

    • Rachel: Sweetie I need something out of the car, will you go get it for me?
      Paul: What?
      Rachel: Uh... surprise me.

    • Rachel: What are you doing here?
      Ross: What are you doing here?!
      Rachel: I'm here with Paul!
      Ross: Yeah, I recognized the ankles!
      Rachel: Where is Elizabeth?
      Ross: She went to the store.
      Rachel: You made the girl go to the store?
      Ross: Oh, like I know where the store is!

    • Paul: (psyching himself up in the mirror while Ross watches from under the bed) Just relax. Just relax, Paul, you're doing great. She likes you. She... maybe, she likes you. She likes you. You know why? Because you're a... neat guy. You are the man. You are... The Man! I still got it! Nice and sexy. You're just a love machine! (starts singing) ...I'm just a love machine...

    • Ross: All right, fine! Fine, have me fired! But, uh, I want you to know that you and I are... are not all that different. I mean, I, too, am a "neat guy".
      Paul: What?
      Ross: And I, too, am "just a love machine".
      Paul: Ross... let me show you where the guest room is.

    • Phoebe: What are you gonna do?
      Monica: Well I'm never going to listen to you again, that's for sure! (mimicking her) "What harm could it do to put your name down?"
      Phoebe: Rachel said that!
      Monica: Well Rachel's not here!

    • Monica: Hi, honey.
      Chandler: See you later.
      Monica: Wait. I bought groceries. I was gonna make you dinner.
      Chandler: Well, next time, ask! Or at least wait for me to ask!

    • Phoebe: (referring to Chandler telling Monica he's not ready to get married) Did she buy it?
      Chandler: Totally.
      Phoebe: So did Hildy show you the place?
      Chandler: Yeah. It's beautiful.
      Phoebe: I can't believe you're gonna ask Monica to marry you.
      Chandler: I know.

    • Gunther: Do you still work here?
      Joey: No, I quit a long time ago. Didn't I tell you? I'm sorry.
      Gunther: That's cool, I was gonna fire you anyway.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Paul je chlap (Paul Is a Guy)

    • Bruce Willis won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work as Paul Stevens.

    • This episode runs 22:56 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • The dry cleaner in this episode claims to have never seen the movie Air Force One. Ilia Volokh, who plays the dry cleaner, also played the part of Vladimir Krasin, the first terrorist to die at the hands of the president in Air Force One.

  • Allusions

    • Paul: (singing to himself in the mirror) ...I'm just a love machine...
      Love Machine was a 70's hit by The Miracles.

    • Joey: In Air Force One the Russians were terrorists.

      Air Force One is a 1997 action film starring Harrison Ford about Russian terrorists hijacking the presidential plane.