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.
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 this episode (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).
Goof: When Joey is talking to Ross at the party, the flavoring on Joey's snow cone keeps changing between shots.
Continuity: In this episode Joey says that he had to teach Ross his bummed out bit, but Ross has been doing this bit since "The One with the Thumb".
Magna Doodle: Joey, Carole wants you to call her!!
Goof: When Joey is talking to Ben about acting, the color of the blocks Ben is playing with change during the scene.
Goof: When the director says who she wants to stay, she says Joey is with Raymond and Ben with Kyle. Later on we find out that Joey didn't get the part, but neither did Ben even though they were the only two pairs left.
Phoebe: Okay, let's discuss Rachel's birthday. I say we throw her a surprise party this weekend.
Joey: Whoa, but her birthday's not for, like, another month.
Phoebe: Okay, but if we throw her a party on her birthday then it's not a surprise.
Monica: Yeah, we could have a dinner party and just invite her close friends.
Joey: (shouting) Ross! We're having a surprise party for Rachel!
Ross: (from the bathroom) Okay!
Rachel: Okay, got to go. Wish me luck.
Chandler: Hey, Rach, now that you're working at Ralph Lauren can you bring me back some of those Polo shirts?
Rachel: Uh, well, you know what? I don't know if I'd feel comfortable stealing on my very first day.
Chandler: Unwilling to steal from work... interesting.
Monica: Besides, if anybody's going to get free stuff it's going to be me.
Rachel: Okay, guys, way to wish me luck.
Chandler: Hey, Ross, if Ben gets this commercial do you think he can get me some free soup?
Ross: Chandler, a can of soup is, like, 60 cents.
Chandler: Yeah, okay, but I have been supporting a 29 year-old Italian for five years.
Joey: (about auditioning against Ben) Oh, man. This is going to be kind of weird, huh?
Ross: Yeah, it is.
Kyle: (the other "Dad" actor) Yeah, it's going to be weird.
Ross: No, we're, we're like, best friends. That's, that's why it's weird.
Kyle: Oh, oh. I thought we were just talking.
Phoebe: (about her trash bags) Hey, is it okay if I leave this stuff here till Rachel's birthday party?
Chandler: What's in them?
Phoebe: Um, cups.
Chandler: Oh, good, because we got Rachel 800 gallons of water.
Joey: I mean, who better than to play Ben's father than his godfather?
Ross: You're not his godfather.
Joey: What?! Are you kidding?!
Ross: Of couse I am. Okay, let's go, godfather.
Joanna: (as she's going out for a smoke, to Rachel) You smoke?
Rachel: Oh, no. My dad's a doctor and he would always tell me, just horror stories... (Joanna gives her a look) ...about, uh ghosts and goblins... who... totally supported the princess's right to smoke.
Monica: I bet it's going to be weird seeing some other actor pretending to be Ben's dad.
Chandler: Weirder than seeing his two moms make out?
Chandler: Oh, my God. You smoked.
Rachel: I did not.
Chandler: Yes you did. You look happy and sick! You smoked!
Rachel: All right, fine, but I had to. I had to do it for my career.
Chandler: I wish I had to smoke for my career.
Joey: Hi, Ben. So you want to be an actor, huh? Well, I got to tell you, it's no picnic. There's ton of rejection. No stability. I mean, one day you're Dr. Drake Ramoray. The next day you're eating ketchup right out of the bottle. It's a tough life. I mean, sure, okay you can get up whenever you want, watch TV all day, meet tons of women in acting class... Who am I kidding? I can't talk you out of this--it's a great life!
Casting Director: Is there a problem?
Joey: Well, this is noodle soup and I've been working with tomato. So... but that's okay. No problem, no problem. Mmm, noodle soup. Yeah.
Casting Director: You know, that, that's fine, but the line is, "Mmm, soup."
Joey: Oh. What did I say?
Casting Director: "Mmm, noodle soup."
Joey: How's that different? Oh! I see... yeah.
Joey: Mmm, soup. I mean noodle soup--I mean soup!
Raymond: (irritated after Joey messed up his line again) Come on!
Phoebe: Hey, check it out. Um, cup hat, cup banner, cup chandelier and the thing that started it all--the cup!
Chandler: Great job with the cups, Pheebs.
Monica: Why don't you just go out with her?
Rachel: (about her surprise party) What?! My birthday is not for another month.
Monica: That's the surprise!
Rachel: Oh, my God! You guys, this is so great! It's so unexpected. I mean, Chandler's birthday's even before mine.
Rachel: Wow! This is so great. Look at all these... cups. This is so weird.
Phoebe: I was in charge of cups.
Rachel: Oh, okay. Not so weird.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Rachel kouří (Rachel Smokes)
This is the final appearance of Charlie and Jack Allen as Ben Geller-Willick-Bunch. Although Ben appeared in 12 episodes of Friends, Charlie and Jack only played him in 5 episodes.
Ironically, Jennifer Aniston is a smoker who says she wants to quit.
When the casting director asks most of the actors to leave, you can see Harry Van Gorkum playing one of the fathers taking his son out of the room. Harry Van Gorkum plays Don, Monica's "soulmate" in "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel".
This episode runs 25:23 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There are two extra scenes at the audition, one with Carol, and an extra scene at the party where Chandler is trying to steal a pack of cigarettes.
Rachel: Also Vogue called.
Vogue is a fashion magazine, that is now published in several different countries.
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