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Season 3 Episode 10

The One Where Rachel Quits

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rachel makes a rash decision after Gunther tells her she needs to be retrained. Phoebe tries to help Joey when he gets a job selling Christmas trees. And Ross accidentally breaks a girl's leg and tries to make it up to her.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Rachel quits.

    Well the title explains it all. Rachel finally quits the coffeehouse. It's true what6 the gang said. I haven't seen her look for another job since "TOW All The Poker" in season one. So it's about time. I like how she still has to serve coffee towards the end, so it's like she has the same job. So it was sort of a cliffhanger. This was weird for a Christmas episode but still good. Ross selling cookies for a girl. I like how Joey, Chandler & Ross all help the little girl out even though she doesn't get the tree. The Christmas theme was great. All the brown Christmas trees. A great episode!moreless
  • Not the most memorable Christmas episode, but funny anyways.

    This episode has two good storylines and one bad.

    The first good one is Rachel's, where she quits her waitressing job and goes out to get herself a career in fashion. Gunther's reactions to the happenings in the episode were hilarious, Chandler and Joey's comments were very funny too and Rachel's different moods were very entertaining.

    The second good one is Phoebe's, with the Christmas trees. I love how Joey manages to make her believe in the fun of Christmas trees, and then steps up to save the old trees to make Phoebe happy. I also love how it is Monica who helps him and who allows her apartment to be the new home for the trees. That must be quite the nightmare for her to have all those dead trees there, but she does it for Phoebe and that's what I've always loved about Monica. As obsessive as she can be with her quirks she can still set it aside when it means helping out someone she cares for.

    The bad one was Ross' about the girl and the cookies. It's one of the first time when we see Ross regress into childhood and I've never liked that about his character. I liked him better when he was the mature voice of reason.

  • Another great episode of Friends, in which Rachel finally quits her job, Phoebe is fighting for the rights of the Christmas trees, and Ross is trying to make up for breaking a little girl's leg.moreless

    After almost 2 and a half years, Rachel finally quits her job as a waitress at Central Perk, and it's time for her to move on. We get to see more character development, as she is finally ready to move on to some new challenges in her life. Of course, her friends are there to make the story very funny.

    Also, we find out more about Phoebe's fight for the rights of the Christmas trees, and how will Joey act when Phoebe asks him to stop destroying the trees. Another character development.

    Also, Ross accidentally breaks a little girl's leg and he's doing his best to make it up to her. The whole story with the little girl's father is quite good, and Ross's competition with the other little girls is hilarious.

    So, to sum it up, this is yet another great episode of Friends. Definately a classic.moreless
Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Sarah Tuttle

Guest Star

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Troop Leader

Guest Star

Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt

Carla Nichols

Guest Star

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Continuity: Rachel's year of birth is inconsistent. Her 30th birthday in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" (2001) implies that Rachel was born in 1971. However, her 29th birthday in "The One Where Rachel Smokes" (1999) implies that she was born in 1970. Also, Rachel says she is 28 in "The One with the Fake Party" (1998) implying she was born in 1970. But 15 months earlier in "The One Where Rachel Quits" (1996) Chandler says Rachel is 28, implying she was born in 1968.

    • Goof: The gang enters Monica's apartment and it is full of dead Christmas trees. After everybody has entered the apartment, the apartment door is shut. But in the next shot when Rachel answers the phone, the door is open.

    • Goof: At the start of the scene in which Ross breaks the little girl's leg, we can see that the stairs are just separated by railings. Later in that scene, when Ross and Chandler start walking up the stairs, there are walls on both sides of them.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Rachel: Here we go. I'm serving my last cup of coffee. There you go. (hands the cup to Chandler) Enjoy.
      Chandler: (to Ross) Should I tell her I ordered tea?
      Ross: No.

    • Rachel: I'm training to be better at a job that I hate. My life officially sucks.
      Joey: Look Rach, wasn't this supposed to a temporary thing? I thought you wanted to do fashion stuff?
      Rachel: Well, yeah! I'm still pursuing that.
      Chandler: How... exactly are you pursuing that? Ya know, other than sending out resumes like, what, two years ago?
      Rachel: Well, I'm also sending out... good thoughts.
      Joey: If you ask me, as long as you got this job, you've got nothing pushing you to get another one. You need the fear.
      Rachel: The fear?
      Chandler: He's right, if you quit this job, you then have motivation to go after a job you really want.
      Rachel: Well then how come you're still at a job that you hate, I mean why don't you quit and get "the fear?"
      (Chandler and Joey both start laughing)
      Chandler: Because, I'm too afraid.

    • Gunther: (to Rachel) And when you have a second later, I wanna show you why we don't just trap spiders under coffee mugs and leave them there.

    • Phoebe: I am against innocent trees being cut down in their prime, and their, their corpses grotesquely dressed in like tinsel and twinkly lights. Hey, how do you sleep at night?
      Joey: Well, I'm pretty tired from lugging the trees around all day. Hey, Phoebe listen, you got this all wrong. Those trees were born to be Christmas trees, their fulfilling their life purpose, by, by making people happy.
      Phoebe: Really?
      Chandler: Yes. Yes, and ah, ah, the trees are happy too, because for most of them, it's their only chance to see New York.

    • Gunther: Do you remember when you first came here, how you spent two weeks getting trained by another waitress?
      Rachel: Oh, sure! Do you need me to train somebody new?
      Gunther: (laughs) Good one. Actually, ah, Terry wants you to take the training again... whenever.
      Rachel: (to Chandler) Eh, do you believe that?
      Chandler: (he stops to think) Yeah?

    • Chandler: (about Rachel quitting her job) Does this mean we're gonna have to start paying for coffee?

    • (Gunther is explaining to Rachel where she should stack the trays)
      : Well, ya know that's actually a really good idea, because that way they'll be closer to the mugs. Y'know what, you should have the other waitresses do that too.
      Gunther: They already do. That's why they call it the "tray spot."
      Rachel: Geez, I always heard them talk about that, I sorta just thought it was like a club they went to.

    • Ross: Just admit it Chandler, you have no backhand.
      Chandler: Excuse me, little one, I have a very solid backhand.
      Ross: Shielding your face and shrieking like a girl... is not a backhand.
      Chandler: I was shrieking... like a Marine.

    • Monica: You broke a little girl's leg?
      Ross: I know, I feel horrible, okay.
      Chandler: Says here a Muppet got whacked on Sesame Street last night. Where exactly were you around tenish?

    • Rachel: Ah that's funny! You're a funny guy Chandler! And you know what else is really funny?
      Chandler: (hesitantly) Something else I might have said?

    • (Monica and Rachel's apartment is filled with scraggly Christmas trees that didn't sell)
      Phoebe: You saved them! You guys! Oh God, you're the best!
      Chandler: It's like "Night of the Living Dead Christmas Trees."

    • Little Girl: You're a scrud.
      Ross: What's a scrud?
      Little Girl: Why don't you look in the mirror, scrud?
      Ross: I don't have to; I can just look at you.

    • Gunther: Rachel, remind me to review with you which pot is regular and which pot is decaf.
      Rachel: Can't I just look at the handles?
      Gunther: You would think.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Phoebe: God bless us, everyone.

      This is the famous line from A Christmas Carol, a story by Charles Dickens. It has been adapted into several movies including Edwin L Marin's A Christmas Carol and Brian Desmond Hurst's A Christmas Carol.

    • Chandler: It's like Night of the Living Dead Christmas Trees.

      Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 black-and-white independent horror film.

    • Ross: Okay, the other night I was leaving the museum just as Laser Floyd was letting out of the planetarium. Without even trying, I sold fifty boxes. That's when it occurred to me. The key to my success: the munchies.

      Laser Floyd is a laser light show accompanied by the music of Pink Floyd, an English rock band.

    • Chandler: Says here that a Muppet got whacked on Sesame Street last night. Where exactly were you around ten-ish?

      Sesame Street is an American educational television series for preschoolers. It is well known for its Muppet characters, created by the puppeteer Jim Henson.

    • Chandler: (reading the comics) As old as he is in dog years, should Snoopy still be allowed to fly that thing?
      Snoopy is the famous beagle from Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy likes to pretend he is a World War I fighter pilot pursuing the Red Baron.