Season 3 Episode 10

The One Where Rachel Quits

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



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Chandler says that he's "too afraid" to quit his job, but in Season 1's, "The One with the Stoned Guy", he quits simply because he's given a promotion in a job that was only meant to be temporary.

    • Continuity: Phoebe says, "I am against innocent trees being cut down in their prime and their corpses grotesquely dressed in tinsel and twinkly lights", however, in Season 6's "The One with the Routine", she happily joins in with the gang in decorating Monica's Christmas tree.

    • Trivia: Chandler's comment that they would now have to start paying for coffee with Rachel quitting, was clearly a joke. Had she been giving her friends free coffee, it would have been noticed and stopped long ago, if not gotten her fired.

    • Trivia: Chandler advises Rachel to quit her job at Central Perk and therefore have "the fear" necessary to pursue her dream career in fashion. Ironically, in spite of the fact that Chandler says he's "too afraid" to follow his own advice, he finally takes it six years later when he quits his job in Tulsa to pursue a career he might actually love.

    • 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. In this episode (1996) Chandler says Rachel is 28, implying she was born in 1968, but 15 months later in "The One with the Fake Party" (1998) Rachel says she is 28, implying she was born in 1970.

    • 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.
      Note: If you examine the stairs closely, you realize that the railing only goes up several feet and then a wall begins.

  • Quotes

    • 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, uh... Terry wants you to take the training again--whenever...
      Rachel: (to Chandler) Ugh! Do you believe that?
      Chandler: (at first scoffs but after thinking about it) ...Yah?

    • 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: (pretending to read the paper) Says here a Muppet got whacked on Sesame Street last night. (to Ross) Where exactly were you around ten-ish?

    • 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. They're fulfilling their life purpose, by, by making people happy.
      Phoebe: Really?
      Chandler: (with prompting from Joey) Yes! Yes, and uh, uh, the trees are happy too, because for most of them, it's their only... chance to see New York.

    • (Gunther has pointed out to Rachel where she should stack the serving trays)
      : Well, y'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...

    • Monica: I started gaining weight after I joined the Brown Birds. (to Ross) Remember? Dad bought every one of my boxes and I ate them all.
      Ross: No, Mon. Dad had to buy every one of your boxes... because you ate them all.

    • 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.

    • 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? ...y'know, other than sending out résumés 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: (dramatically) Because I'm too afraid.

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

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

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

    • Little Girl: (to Ross at a Brown Bird meeting) You're a scrud.
      Ross: What's a "scrud"?
      Little Girl: (disdainfully) Why don't you look in the mirror, scrud?
      Ross: I don't have to... I can just look at you.

    • (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."

    • 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.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe: God bless us, everyone.
      This is the famous line spoken by the character "Tiny Tim" from A Christmas Carol, a story by Charles Dickens. It has been adapted into several movies, the most popular being the 1951 production of A Christmas Carol (aka Scrooge) starring Alastair Sim and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst.

    • Chandler: It's like Night of the Living Dead Christmas Trees.
      Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 cult classic black-and-white independent horror film directed by George A. Romero.

    • Ross: Okay, the other night I was leaving the museum just as Laser Floyd was letting out of the planetarium...?
      Laser Floyd is a laser light show accompanied by the music of Pink Floyd, an English rock band.

    • Chandler: (pretending to read the paper) Says here that a Muppet got whacked on Sesame Street last night. (to Ross) 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 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 Charlie Brown's beagle-sidekick from the Peanuts comic strips, created by Charles M. Schulz. Snoopy likes to pretend his doghouse is a World War I fighter and he is a flying ace in pursuit of the Red Baron.

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