Goof: Rachel says that Ross mentioned asking Rachel out on a date on her first night in the city. However, it's actually her second night in the city.
Trivia: This is the first episode to mention Rachel's habit of exchanging gifts. This habit becomes a running joke throughout the series.
Goof: When Rachel is on the balcony with her date Carl, a set worker dressed in black is visible on the left side of the screen.
Continuity: Rachel's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend", Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5, and this is consistent with the month of birthday parties thrown for her on the show in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", (which aired in May 1995) and in her one-month-early surprise party in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", (which aired in April 1999).
Rachel's 30th birthday, however, is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", (which aired on February 8, 2001). Rachel also mentions that her birthday is after Valentine's Day in "The One with the Girl From Poughkeepsie". A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19).
Monica: (About Joey's new girlfriend) What does she think of your little science project?
Joey: You think I'm gonna tell a girl I like that I'm also seeing a cup?
Monica: Man's got a point.
Joey: Well, the tough thing is, she really wants to have sex with me.
Chandler: Crazy bitch.
Monica: (About Ross's feelings for Rachel) Did you have any idea?
Rachel: No! None! I mean, my first night in the city, he mentioned something about asking me out, but nothing ever happened, so I just... (To Joey) Well, what else did he say? I mean, does he, like, want to go out with me?
Joey: Well, given that he's desperately in love with you, he probably wouldn't mind getting a cup of coffee or something.
Monica: Hey, great skirt! Birthday present?
Monica: Oh, from who?
Rachel: From you. I exchanged the blouse you got me.
Joey: Oh, it was amazing. You know how you always think you're great in bed?
Chandler: The fact that you'd even ask that question shows how little you know me.
Chandler: (About Ross) He's in China!
Joey: The country.
Monica: No, no, wait. (Checking Ross's itinerary) His flight doesn't leave for another forty five more minutes.
Chandler: What about the time difference?
Monica: From here to the airport?
Phoebe: (About Rachel finding out that Ross loves her) This is really, really huge.
Chandler: No it's not. It's small. It's tiny. It's petite. It's wee.
Phoebe: Nuh-uh. I don't think any of our lives are ever gonna be the same ever again.
Chandler: Okay, is there a mute button on this woman?
Joey: Well, I'm helping out down at the NYU Med School with some... research.
Ross: What kind of research?
Joey: Oh, just, ya know... science.
Ross: Science. Yeah, I think I've heard of that.
Joey: (Sighing) It's a fertility study.
Monica: Oh, Joey, please tell me you're only donating your time.
Joey: Hey, Chan, can you help me out here? I promise I'll pay you back.
Chandler: Oh, yeah, right, Okay... including the waffles last week, you now owe me... 17 jillion dollars.
Ross: (Looking at baby pictures) And here's little Ben nodding off...
Monica: Aw, look at Aunt Monica's little boy!
Phoebe: Oh, look, he's got Ross's haircut!
Joey: What? You think I'm gonna tell a girl I like that, I'm also seeing a cup?
Joey: Move on. Go to China. Eat Chinese food.
Chandler: Of course there, they just call it food.
Joey: (To Ross) We want you to be happy. And I may only have a couple beers in me, but... I love you, man.
Chandler: I'm still on my first. I... I just think you're nice.
Ross: Hey, is Rachel here? Um, I wanted to wish her a happy birthday before I left
Monica: Oh, no, she's out having drinks with Carl
Ross: Oh. Hey, who's Carl?
Monica: You know, that guy she met at the coffeehouse.
Phoebe: Oh, well, see, there's this guy she met at the...
Ross: At the coffeehouse, right.
Phoebe: So you do know who he is!
Joey: Man, oh, man. It was like a ticker-tape parade.
Chandler: I know. As it happens, my room is extremely close to the parade route.
Chandler: Men are here!
Joey: We make fire! Cook meat!
Chandler: Then put out fire by peeing, no get invited back!
Monica: (To Rachel) Then why the hell are you dumping my brother?
Chandler: Rachel! I love you! Deal with me first!
Joey: If I wanna get the money, I'm not allowed to conduct any personal experiments, if you know what I mean.
Monica: Joey, we always know what you mean.
Phoebe: (About Ross bringing luggage) How long did you think this barbecue was gonna last?
Ross: I'm going to China.
Phoebe: Jeez, you say one thing, and...
Monica: You're going to China?
Ross: (Not wanting to get into it) It's for the museum. Someone found a bone. We want the bone. They don't want us to have the bone. I'm going to try to persuade them to give us the bone. It's a whole big bone thing.
Monica: (About Ross's gift) I can't believe he did this.
Chandler: Come on, Ross? Remember back in college, when he fell in love with Carol and bought her that ridiculously expensive crystal duck?
Rachel: What did you just say?
Chandler: (Panicked) Ahem... um... Crystal duck.
Rachel: No, no, no... the, um, the... "love" part?
Chandler: (Stuttering incoherently) F-hah... flennin...
Rachel: Oh... my God.
Chandler: (Rubbing his temples) Oh, no-no-no-no-no...
Joey: That's good, just keep rubbing your head. That'll turn back time.
Joey: (About participating in a fertility study) Alright, come on you guys, it's not that big a deal. Really... I mean, I just go down there every other day and... make my contribution to the project. Hey, hey, but at the end of two weeks, I get seven hundred dollars.
Phoebe: Wow, you're gonna be making money hand over fist.
Melanie: (Talking about Joey) There is a little child inside this man.
Chandler: Yes, the doctor said if they remove it, he'll die.
Ross: I'm going to China.
Joey: The country?
Ross: No, the big pile of dishes in my mom's breakroom.
Joey: It's like I'm able to appreciate it on another level!
Chandler: I didn't know you had another level.
International Episode Title:
Czech Republic: Rossovy námluvy (Ross Courtship)
This is the first appearance of Lauren Tom as Julie. Julie was in 7 episodes of Friends.
This is the first episode with Rachel's name in the title of the episode.
This episode runs 25:55 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There's more at the beginning of the teaser (the guys are bored silly with baby pictures, while the girls are overly excited). Chandler makes an O.J. joke a little later. And also, as Rachel leaves her date on the balcony to go to the airport, she offers him to Monica.
This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series (John Shaffner, Greg J. Grande).
Music: "Take a Bow" by Madonna
Carl: I'm just saying if I see one more picture of Ed Begley Jr. in that stupid electric car, I'm gonna shoot myself.
Chandler: Hey, is something going on with O.J.?
Chandler was referring to the O.J. Simpson trial which took place during this season. O.J. Simpson, a famous football player, was accused of murdering two people. It is often characterized as being "the Trial of the Century."
Ross: Do you know who this Carl is?
Chandler: Um, let's see. Alvin, Simon, Theodore. No.
Ross: Well, Rachel's having drinks with him tonight.
Joey: Oh no! How can she do that when she's never shown any interest in you?
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are the main characters of the popular children's show Alvin & the Chipmunks.
Melanie: Anyway, that's when me and my friends started this whole fruit basket business. We call ourselves "The Three Basketeers."
Joey: Like the three musketeers, only with fruit.
This is an allusion to the book and film The Three Musketeers.
Rachel: This one's from Joey... feels like a book. Thinks it's a book... feels like a book. And... it's a book!
Phoebe: Oh, it's Dr. Seuss!
Joey: That book got me through some tough times.
Joey buys Rachel Dr. Seuss' book Oh the Places You'll Go. Dr Seuss is a famous children's author who also wrote Cat in the Hat and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Oh the Places You'll Go has gained notoriety for its usage as a gift to graduates.
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