Season 8 Episode 3

The One Where Rachel Tells...

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Phoebe is wearing a red sweater which is almost exactly the same as the one that figured prominently in the previous episode.

    • Goof: When Joey is on the phone with Monica and tells her there's a gas leak, theoretically he's calling from his own apartment, so the sounds of him "breaking down their door" would be distant. Moreover, why did he use a chair when he had the broken door right there to pound on? Then, just tipping it over and letting it fall would have produced the perfect sound for Monica's benefit.

    • Goof: When Rachel runs out of Ross' apartment when he is on the phone with the condom company, she grabs her purse but forgets her magazine.

    • Continuity: Joey and Phoebe complain about the fact that Monica and Chandler took away their keys. However, in the series finale, all six friends give their keys back.

    • Continuity: Ross says he'll be there for everything, including helping out when baby-proofing the apartment. However, in "The One with the Boob Job" Rachel baby-proofs the apartment herself (although she eventually calls a handyman to help, not Ross).
      Note: In all fairness, Ross was talking about baby-proofing his own apartment where he assumed he and Rachel would be living--not Joey's. His next statement is, "...after we get married".

    • Goof: When Joey calls Monica and Chandler on their honeymoon, the water bottle on the table keeps moving between shots. Also, the bowl on the table keeps changing from empty to full.

    • Goof: After Rachel tells Ross she is pregnant and there is no pressure on him, Ross's hand goes from on his chin to in his lap between shots.

    • Goof: When Chandler and Monica are trying to sneak into the first class lounge, Monica has a green bag on her shoulder. When the camera angle changes, it is in her hand and then on her shoulder again.

    • Continuity: In the doctor's office, Ross says that Rachel can't even eat by herself, and Rachel can't think of a time when she has. But in "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line" she did go out to dinner by herself, even though this storyline was cut out when the episode aired. It can be seen in the extended version on the DVD.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of King Kong on the Empire State Building with planes attacking

    • Goof: At the start of the episode when Chandler goes into the bedroom to get his swimsuit, he comes out a few minutes later and you notice that his hair is a lot shorter.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: Monica and Chandler are married, Ross and Rachel are having a baby... maybe you and I should do something.
      Phoebe: All in good time, my love. All in good time.

    • Monica: Quick! Act like we're on our honeymoon!
      Chandler: We are on our honeymoon!

    • Rachel: Okay, y'know what? Can I... can I talk, now?
      Ross: Oh, sure...
      Rachel: (after preparing herself) I'm pregnant...
      (Ross becomes frozen)
      Rachel: Ross...? Ross...? (seeing that he is still frozen) Okay, whenever you're ready. (sits back and opens her magazine) ...and you're the father by the way--but you got that.

    • Rachel: But y'know, condoms only work, like... 97% of the time...
      Ross: What...? What?! They should put that on the box!
      Rachel: ...They do!
      Ross: No, they don't! (goes to his bedroom to get the box and comes back yelling) Well, they should put it in huge, block letters!!
      Rachel: C'mon Ross, let's just forget about the condoms...
      Ross: (indignant) Well, I may as well have!

    • Ross: Rachel's pregnant.
      Phoebe: Holy mother of God!
      Joey: Oh, my God! I can't believe it!
      Ross: ...with my child.
      Phoebe: That is brand new information!!
      Ross: You already know, don't you?
      Phoebe: Little bit.

    • Joey: (to Ross about Rachel being pregnant) What'd you say to her?
      Ross: Nothing... but the complaint department at the condom company got an earful.

    • Ross: But hey, in my defense I just found out condoms are like, only 97% effective.
      Joey: What?!
      Ross: I gotta go find her.
      Joey: Whoa! Hey! Whoa! Hold up! Are you serious?! So like 3% of the time they don't even work?! Huh? They should put that on the box!

    • (Another honeymoon couple has been upgraded to the bridal suite, no charge)
      Monica: (to the couple) No!! have been screwing us, all day!
      Husband: Who are you...?
      Chandler: We're you! ...just ten seconds later!!
      Monica: You already got the first class tickets, you got the lounge... I mean, we should get free stuff, too! I mean, you're not the only ones on your honeymoon!
      Wife: You can have the suite if you want--we don't care about where we stay... we're here to celebrate our love for each other, not to get "free stuff". We just want to be together.
      Chandler(after being only briefly moved) We need the stuff!!

    • Ross: (to Rachel at the gynecologist's office) I want you to know that I'm gonna be there through this whole thing, okay? The doctor's appointments... the Lamaze classes... baby-proofing the apartment--although we can probably worry about that after we get married...
      : What? ...married?
      Ross: Well, yeah... I think we should get married...
      Rachel: What? ...because that's your answer to everything?

    • Ross: If you can't eat by yourself, how do you expect to have a baby by yourself?
      Rachel: I can, too, eat by myself!
      Ross: When have you ever?
      Rachel: When certain people leave the table and I am not finished!
      Ross: Well, certain other people take two hours to eat a bowl of soup!
      Rachel: Oh please, you inhale your food!
      Ross: I grew up with Monica... If you didn't eat fast, you didn't eat!

    • Dr. Long: Am I interrupting?
      Rachel: Oh, no... Dr. Long, please come in. This is Ross... he is the father.
      Ross: But not the husband, because, evidently, she can do this alone.

    • (Scene deleted following 9/11)
      Chandler: (in the airport security holding room) Look, this is ridiculous--I was just making a joke... I mean, I know the sign says "No jokes about bombs", but shouldn't the sign really say "No bombs?!" I mean, isn't that the guy we really have to worry about here--the guy with the bombs? ...not the guy who jokes about his bombs--not that I have bombs, but if I did... I probably wouldn't joke about them... I'd probably want to keep that rather quiet! ...I'm sorry, you had some questions for me?
      Security Guard: Miss, what is your association with this man?
      Monica: Uh, he's my husband.
      Security Guard: I see.
      Monica: Oh, but, but, but only for a few days... I mean, I don't know what he does when he's outside the house...
      Chandler: Thank-you darling... (to the guards) You see, this is the first time we're traveling my way, so it's very important that we make this flight... See, it's one of those her-plan-versus-my-plan kinds of thing.
      Security Guard: What do you mean by "plan"?
      Chandler: You really should just ask me yes-or-no questions...

    • (Scene deleted following 9/11)
      Chandler: Compromise works...
      Monica: My name is Mrs. "Bing!" ...haven't I compromised enough?

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui découvrait sa paternité (The One Who Discovers His Paternity)

    • This is the first appearance of Amanda Carlin as Dr. Long, Rachel's gynecologist. Dr. Long was in 5 episodes of Friends.

    • This is the final appearance of Michael G. Hagerty as Mr. Treeger. Mr. Treeger was in 5 episodes of Friends.

    • This episode was cited in a 2003 study about teenage condom use by the RAND Corporation. According to the study, 65% of teenagers who saw this episode recalled that a condom failure can cause pregnancy. Those who watched the episode with an adult were twice as likely to recall that condoms were more than 95% effective.

    • Monica and Chandler's subplot, as originally scripted and filmed, featured the couple unable to board the airplane after Chandler mentioned the word "bomb" in the airport. This was rewritten and re-shot in the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. The only scene remaining from the original version is the teaser, where Monica and Chandler prepare to leave. Click here to watch this long-lost scene (opens in separate window).

    • This episode runs 22:18 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Mr. Treeger: Namaste.
      Ross: Namaste.

      "Namaste" is a personal greeting that originated in the Indian and Nepali cultures, which is now commonly used by those who practice yoga or spiritual meditation. This greeting between Ross and Mr. Treeger alludes to the yoga class they take together.

    • Chandler: (singing) Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama...
      Chandler was singing "Kokomo" by the The Beach Boys (Kokomo is a Caribbean beach resort on Curacao island, off the coast of Venezuela near Aruba).

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