Season 8 Episode 22

The One Where Rachel Is Late

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 09, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: We know for a fact that Emma was conceived one month before Chandler and Monica's wedding which took place on May 15th. A child conceived in mid-April would be born in mid-January. Based on the Memorial Day weekend premiere of Joey's movie, it is the end of May. Said another way, Rachel is more than a week late, she is four months late! Although it is true that broadcast dates don't necessarily coincide with the dates of events depicted on the show, in this instance, we know the exact weeks of both conception and birth.

    • Trivia: When Rachel is trying to seduce Ross into having sex with her and she bends over to pick up a fork she "accidentally dropped", Ross says, "Enough! This is not going to happen!". As he speaks the line, however, although Ross is being serious, David Schwimmer breaks for a moment, laughing at Jennifer Aniston's antics.

    • Continuity: At the red carpet Chandler seems to be very excited about all the photographers. However, in "The One with the Engagement Picture" he is incapable of smiling normally when having his picture taken.

    • Continuity: Joey says that Chandler always supported his career, but in "The One With Joey's Big Break" they have a fight because Chandler was not supporting him.

    • Goof: When Monica and Phoebe are first betting about Rachel's baby, Phoebe unscrews the cap of a water bottle and brings the bottle to her lips. In the next shot she is again seen unscrewing the bottle cap.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (reading the poster for his new movie) I'm coming to a theater near you! I'm in THX! I'm unsuitable for children!

    • Ross: (to a very pregnant Rachel as he gets up out of his chair) Sweetie, maybe you'd be more comfortable here.
      Rachel: (staring daggers at him) You-u-u! Like you haven't done enough!

    • Chandler: (to Rachel, facetiously) Hey, have you had the baby yet?
      Rachel: (not amused) Do you want me to come over there and sit on you? ...because I'll do it!

    • Joey: (to Monica, Chandler and Phoebe) Did you hear that? I only get one extra ticket to my premiere. So I have to pick between you three and Ross.
      Rachel: What-what about me?
      Joey: You said you didn't want to go...
      Rachel: I don't--but I would still like to be acknowledged... What? ...just because I'm pregnant you think I'm invisible?
      Joey: Definitely not invisible.
      Monica: Well, y'know, Ross didn't care enough to be here, so I think he's out. Y'know... you snooze, you lose.
      Chandler: He's not snoozing, he's teaching a class.
      Monica: Well, then somebody's snoozing.

    • Rachel: (at Monica's) I have to pee. If I don't come out in five minutes, it's because I've choked to death on the potpourri stink.

    • Ross: (to Rachel) You know, we should probably ask the doctor if she even knows how to deliver a baby that's half human, half pure evil!!

    • Rachel: Hi, Dr. Long, how are you?
      Ross: (to Rachel) Oh, you're nice to her...
      Rachel: (aside to Ross) She has the drugs!!

    • Joey: (to Chandler, who slept through his movie's premiere) Hey, Sleeping Beauty...
      Chandler: Where have you been? I tried to call you. I want to talk to you. I still feel so bad.
      Joey: Oh, no... Were you upset? Did you lose sleep?

    • Ross: This is insane! I'm not gonna make love to you just so you'll go into labor!
      Rachel: Make love? What are you, a girl?
      Ross: Always a great way to get into a man's pants.

    • Rachel: (to Ross about having sex with her to induce labor) You will be performing a service, okay? Just think of me as like a ketchup bottle... Y'know, ya sometimes have to bang on the end of it just to get something to come out?
      Ross: (facetiously) I love when you talk dirty to me...

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui assistait à la première (The One Who Attended the Premiere)
      The French title, unlike the English title, focusses on Chandler and Joey's storyline, rather than Rachel's.

    • A nice bit of continuity: Joey stated in the 7th season finale that his World War I movie would be released on Memorial Day 2002.

    • This episode runs 23:08 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • When Monica gives Ross his winnings--$2 in quarters--he rattles them in his hand and says with a sneer, "Yeah, baby!". This alludes to Austin Powers' well-known catch phrase. Austin Powers in Goldmember, the third movie in that series, premiered just a couple of months after this episode aired.

    • The title of Joey's WWI epic is "Over There". Over There was the title of a patriotic song written in 1917 by George M. Cohan. The song was meant to promote national spirit during WWI and inspire young Americans to join the armed forces. In 1940, Cohan received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his inspiring, patriotic songs.

    • Joey: (to Chandler, who slept through his movie's premiere) Hey, Sleeping Beauty...
      Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale, first published by Charles Perrault in 1697, which tells of a beautiful princess, who, cursed by an evil witch to eternal sleep, can only be awakened by her true love's kiss. In 1959 Walt Disney produced an animated full-length feature, Sleeping Beauty, based on the story.