Season 10 Episode 5

The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Ross took Emma's hat off in the cafe we can hear him saying something, but his lips are not moving.

    • In 'The one where Rachel has a baby" Phoebe and Ross are looking into the nursery as Emma is brought in by one of the nurses. The card in the baby capsule reads "Emma Geller-Greene". Whereas in the cake that Ross brings in says 'Green'.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of an apple with a bullet that's been fired through it

    • Goof: When Monica and Chandler are on the couch at the coffee house and Chandler says that the adoption people loved the idea of having a child write the letter, we can see his hand on Monica's lower arm. When the camera angle changes to Monica, Chandlers hand is close to her shoulder.

    • Continuity: Phoebe says she and Mike had their first date, their first kiss, and had sex for the first time all on the same night. Yet their first date was set up by Joey and turned out to be such a disaster that Phoebe left and didn't see Mike again until the next day when he asked her out again. Which means that Phoebe and Mike couldn't possibly have had sex on the night of their actual first date.

    • Continuity: In this episode Monica says she can't get Chandler to have sex in their bathroom, and he replies that "that's where people go number two." But in "The One After the Super Bowl (2)" Chandler is more than happy to meet Susie Moss, played by Julia Roberts, in a public bathroom when he thinks they're going to have sex.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: (About Joey's handwritten adoption letter) We're screwed, aren't we?
      Chandler: They loved it!
      Monica: What?
      Chandler: Yeah. They thought it was very smart of us to have a child write the recommendation letter.
      Monica: They thought Joey was a child?
      Chandler: She guessed 8 or 9 based on his drawings.

    • (Joey has brought over his letter or recommendation for Monica and Chandler, using the thesaurus Ross showed him on every word.)Monica: Joey, I don't think we can use this.
      Joey: Why?Monica: Well, because you signed it "Baby Kangaroo Tribbiani!"

    • Charlie: You know, I have a little time if you wanted to... you know.Ross: Oh... uh, I'd love to, but I really have to grade these papers.Charlie: Fine, it's fine. I guess I'll just shower by myself.
      Ross: (Grabbing his grading pen quickly and leaning over stack of papers) B, B, B, B, B, B!
      Charlie: Ross, you just gave a B to a Pottery Barn catalogue.
      Ross: Well, it had some good ideas. Take off your shirt!

    • Joey: (About writing an adoption recommendation) All right. Here's how I'm gonna start... "Dear baby adoption decider people..."
      Chandler: So excited about your letter!

    • Rachel: I can't believe this! All I wanted to do was help you try and figure out what to do with your life, and this is how you repay me?!
      Amy: Well I don't need your help, because I already know what I'm going to do with my life.
      Rachel: Oh, yeah? Since when?
      Amy: Since today! I am going to be a baby stylist!
      Rachel: (Stunned) What?
      Ross: That's not a thing!
      Amy: Well, it should be! I'm going to help babies learn how to accessorize, what colors to wear, what clothes are slimming-
      Rachel: Babies don't care if they're slim!
      Amy: Enter, Amy!
      Ross: Amy, I just- I just want to-
      Amy: What? What are you gonna do?
      Ross: No more falafel for you!

    • Mike: Phoebe, I love you. There's no one else in the world I would ask to marry me... three times. But I wanna take care of you, have babies with you, and grow old with you... Phoebe Buffay, will you marry me?
      Phoebe: Yes!

    • Ross: (Answering the door) Hi Amy!
      Amy: You're not Rachel.
      Ross: Still sharp as a tack!

    • Joey: (To Ross, about Amy) She may be the hottest girl I've ever hated.

    • Rachel: What's your news, Amy?
      Amy: Oh! Um... Well... I'm getting married.
      Rachel: What? Oh, my God! To who?
      Amy: This guy! He has a killer apartment.
      Rachel: And?
      Amy: And it's on Fifth. And the elevator opens up right into the living room.
      Rachel: No, what's he like?
      Amy: Oh! He's okay. Do you remember my old boyfriend Mark?
      Rachel: Yeah.
      Amy: It's his dad.

    • Joey: (About Amy) We're getting rid of her, right? Rach, please tell me we're getting rid of her.
      Rachel: Joey, I can't do that.
      Joey: Oh, come on! Last night I was finishing off a pizza and she said "Oh, oh, oh, a moment on the lips, forever on the hips!" I don't need that kind of talk in my house!
      Rachel: Well Joey, um, look, I know that she's difficult, but I think it's really good that she's here.
      Joey: 'Cause we will appreciate it more when she's gone?

    • Amy: Nana is on the phone.
      Rachel: Oh! That's interesting, since she died seven years ago!
      Amy: She did? Who got her condo in Boca?

    • Rachel: (About Emma) You pierced her ears?
      Amy: Doesn't it make her nose look smaller?

    • Ross: (About Amy babysitting Emma) She can't babysit her.
      Rachel: Why not?
      Ross: Well for one she keeps calling her Ella!
      Rachel: Well, Ella is a nice name.
      Ross: Fine, we'll call the next one Ella!
      Rachel: (Stunned) What? The next one?!

    • Monica: (About Joey's letter) It doesn't make any sense.
      Joey: Of course it does, it's smart. I used a thesaurus.
      Chandler: On every word?
      Joey: Yep.
      Monica: Okay, what was this sentence originally?
      Joey: "They are warm, nice people with big hearts."
      Chandler: And that became, "They are humid prepossessing homo sapiens with full sized aortic pumps?"

    • Phoebe: I just had the worst anniversary ever.
      Chandler: I doubt that! Tell her about us last year.
      Monica: Oh, well, I bought Chandler a five hundred dollar watch and he wrote me a rap song.
      Ross: Seriously?
      Chandler: Word.

    • Rachel: Do you remember Barry?
      Amy: Remember him? He and I used to make out all the time after you went to sleep.
      Rachel: Sometimes just nodding is okay.

    • Chandler: If I were a guy (the gang stare at him)... Did I just say "if I was a guy"?

    • Amy: You know what? Ever since I got here, you have been nothing but negative.
      Rachel: Excuse me?
      Amy: You didn't want me to marry the old guy with the great apartment. Then I tried to help your daughter to deemphasize her flaws. And suddenly I am the bad guy?

    • Amy: Hey you know what? This kid needs me, okay. She needs to have a cool, fun aunt!
      Monica: I'm a cool, fun aunt!
      Amy: Okay!
      Chandler: Hey! Monica can be cool and fun at organized indoor projects.

    • Rachel: (About Emma) You pierced her ears? How could you do this without telling me?
      Amy: Well, if I had told you, then it wouldn't have been surprise, now would it?
      Chandler: I think she looks cute. (Rachel and Monica stare at him angrily) But I am wrong!

    • Monica: Maybe you don't need him to propose to you, maybe you can propose to him!
      Phoebe: Oh, I don't know, I don't know, isn't that a little desperate?
      Monica: I proposed to Chandler! Alright, moving on...

    • Rachel: What are you doing here?
      Amy: I have huge news!
      (Emma cries)
      Rachel: Oh, sorry. Hold on let me just check on the baby.
      Amy: This is important. Can't Ella wait?
      Ross: Her name is Emma.
      Amy: Why did you change it? Ella was so much prettier.

    • Phoebe: Today is Mike and my one year anniversary.
      Rachel: Oh! What is the anniversary of? Your first date? Your first kiss? First time you had sex?
      Phoebe: Yeah!

    • Rachel: You know I'm thinking about letting Emma have her first cookie.
      Joey: Her first cookie? She has cookies all the time!
      Rachel: I've never given her a cookie. Have you?!
      Joey: No! And for the record I've also never given her a frosting from a can.

    • Ross: Did Molly say what she had? Because my throat's been hurting.
      Rachel: Menstrual cramps.
      Ross: I don't think that's what this is.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui écrivait une lettre de recommandation (The One Who Writes A Reference Letter)

    • In this episode when Rachel asks the group to watch Emma you can clearly see a tan line on her wedding ring finger. Rachel played by Jennifer Aniston was married to Brad Pitt at the time

    • Christina Applegate received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in this episode.

    • This episode runs 28:18 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). Added material includes Amy showing up at Ross's apartment and meeting Charlie.

    • Amy makes a comment about Jill getting fat in the ass and face, which is an in-joke, as Reese Witherspoon was pregnant at the time of the episode shooting. Her son Deacon was actually born literally one week after this episode aired.

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