Season 5 Episode 4

The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Susan and Ben come in, they knock. Why would Susan knock at her own apartment?

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode when Rachel is going into Monica's room, she is wearing closed-toe heels. However, when Rachel bursts out after seeing Monica waiting for Chandler, she is wearing open-toe heels.

    • Continuity: Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot", (1994) Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. Also, in "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" (1997) he says he is 29. However in the next season in "The One Where They're Going to Party" Ross also says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in the next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape", Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?", implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.

    • Goof: In the scene where Phoebe complains that she can't find a single selfless good deed, the boom mic is briefly visible at the top of the screen just before the camera zooms in on her.

    • Goof: When Monica walks into Chandler's apartment to get her pan back, the Magna Doodle pen is hanging down. When she goes to leave and Chandler stops her, the pen is attached to the board. When the camera angle changes, the pen is hanging down again.

    • Continuity: Phoebe claims to hate PBS and Sesame Street. But in "The One Where Old Yeller Dies" she watches Sesame Street with Ben.

    • Magna Doodle: Evil Joe (with a drawing of fire)

  • Quotes

    • (Rachel knocks on Monica's door)
      Monica: (provocatively, thinking it's Chandler) Come in... I've been waiting for you...
      Rachel: (enters) Hi, I've just... (screams and walks quickly out of Monica's room) Oh, my God! Monica!
      Monica: (following Rachel, doing up her robe) I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I was, um, I was taking a nap.
      Rachel: Since when do you take naps in that position?!

    • Chandler: (entering with a bottle of champagne for a secret date with Monica) I'm so glad you guys are all here! My office finally got wrinkle free fax paper!

    • Chandler (to the chick & duck): How many times have I told you guys to never watch the cooking channel?

    • Rachel: So, Chandler have you heard about Monica's secret boyfriend?
      Chandler: Uh, yeah, she might have... might have mentioned him.
      Rachel: So, Mon, when are we gonna meet this new, secret waiter man?
      Monica: Oh, he's really shy. I don't think he's going to be meeting anyone.
      Chandler: Yeah, I don't think he's up to meeting anyone.
      Rachel: I don't care. I want to meet this guy who's the best sex she ever had.
      Chandler (perking up): Really? That's what you heard? (to Monica) You said that?
      Monica: I might've said that.
      (Chandler starts cackling gleefully)
      Monica: Why is that funny?
      Chandler: Because... I'm very happy for him. And you! You lucky dog...

    • Chandler: Hey, Monica, can I ask you a cooking question?
      Monica: Sure.
      Chandler: If you're cooking on the stove, does that mean that your new secret boyfriend is better in bed than Richard?
      Rachel: (scolding) Chandler! (then suddenly interested) Is he?
      Monica: You know, I think I'm going to respect the privacy of my new secret boyfriend.
      Chandler: Why? I mean, if this guy was me... and it was me who had learned that it was me who was the best you'd ever had, I'd be going like this... (jumps up onto the coffee table and starts dancing)

    • Phoebe: Ooh, PBS...
      Joey: What´s wrong with PBS?
      Phoebe: Oh, what´s right with them?

    • Joey: Look, there is no unselfish good deed. Sorry.
      Phoebe: Yes there are! There are totally good deeds that are self-less.
      Joey: Well, may I ask for one example?
      Phoebe: Yeah, its... you know there's... No, you may not!

    • Joey: That's because all people are selfish.
      Phoebe: Are you calling me selfish?
      Joey: Are you calling you... people?

    • Phoebe: Joey, when you said the deal with Santa Claus, you meant?
      Joey: That he doesn't exist.
      Phoebe: Oh, right.

    • Phoebe: I will find a selfless good deed, because I just gave birth to three children, and I will not let them be raised in a world where Joey is right!

    • Ross: Okay then. Here we go. Magic 8 Ball, should I never see Rachel again? (reading 8 Ball) "Ask Again Later." Later is not good enough! (shakes 8 Ball violently and reads) "Ask Again Later." What the hell?! This is broken! It... it is broken!
      Monica: Alright, let me see. Will Chandler have sex tonight? (turns over 8 Ball and reads answer) "Don't Count On It." Seems like it works to me.

    • Chandler: Hey, Joey's gonna be at the telethon the rest of the day and we have the whole place to ourselves.
      Monica: Yeah, so?
      Chandler: Well, I thought maybe you'd want to book some time with the best you've ever had.
      Monica: You know what, champ, I think I'll pass.
      Chandler: Why?
      Monica: Why? (starts dancing like Chandler)
      Chandler: What's your point?
      Monica: With all that stupid gloating, would you wanna sleep with you?
      Chandler: Well, I think I'd be a little out of my league, but I'd give it a shot.

    • Phoebe: I just found a selfless good deed; I went to the park and let a bee sting me.
      Joey: How is that a good deed?
      Phoebe: Because now the bee gets to look tough in front of his bee friends. The bee is happy and I am not.
      Joey: Now you know the bee probably died when he stung you?
      Phoebe: Dammit!

    • Ross: (on the phone) I, I, I don't care if I said some other girl's name you prissy, old twit!
      Joey: Ross! Way to suck up to the family.

    • Phoebe: (about donating $200 to PBS) By supporting them, I'm doing a good thing. But, I'm not happy about it. So, there! A selfless good deed.
      Joey: All right. You don't feel a little good about donating the money?
      Phoebe: No, it sucks. I was saving up to buy a hamster.
      Joey: A hamster? But those things are like ten bucks.
      Phoebe: Yeah, not the one I had my eye on.

    • Chandler: Look, maybe I got carried away before but there's something you gotta know. If I'm the best, it's only because you made me the best.
      Monica: Keep talking.
      Chandler: I mean, I was nothin' before you. Call the other girls and ask, which wouldn't take long. But when I'm with you, and we're together... Oh, my God!

    • Chandler: (to Monica) Now, I understand if you never want to sleep with me again. But that would be wrong. We're too good. We owe it... to sex!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Monica: I'm seeing a guy from work!
      Rachel: That cute waiter guy from your restaurant? The one that looks like a nonthreatening Ray Liotta?

      Ray Liotta is an Emmy Award-winning actor known for his roles in Goodfellas and Something Wild, and for portraying psychotic characters.

    • Ross: (asking 8 Ball) Does Rachel get to pick the movie that we're all going to see tonight?
      Rachel: Excellent. What's the answer? (reads the 8 Ball) Whoo! Looks like Stella's gonna get her groove back tonight.
      Rachel was referring to How Stella Got Her Groove Back, a 1998 romance/comedy/drama starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

    • Telethon Host: Now, if you've been enjoying the performance of Cirque du Soleil and you'd like to see more of the same type of programming, it's very simple.

      Cirque du Soleil ("Circus of the Sun") is a famous circus production where the performers are people acting to music.

    • Ross: It'll be just like Three's Company only there's a kid and my wife... and you're the gay ones.

      Three's Company is a an American TV show about a guy and two girls living together and their misunderstandings.

    • Phoebe: ...After my mom killed herself, I was just in this really bad place, y'know, personally. So, I just thought that it'd make me feel better if I wrote to Sesame Street, 'cause they were so nice when I was a little kid!

      Sesame Street is a popular children's television show.