Continuity: Monica tells Phoebe that she only has a pencil sharpener globe, yet in
"The One with the Secret Closet" a full globe can be seen in the closet. During the first few episodes of Season 1, a noticeably large globe can be seen placed against her balcony window.
Goof: In this episode's title sequence, there is a clip of Monica and Phoebe waxing their legs and screaming. However, this scene does not take place until the second part of this episode. The title sequences are supposed to show past episode events.
Trivia: The song Ross and Chloe dance to is the same song he dedicated to Rachel on the radio in "The One with the List".
Goof: When Monica and Phoebe are eating with the diplomat and his translator, the translator's chocolate cake keeps changing size and position.
Goof: When Phoebe is trying to convince Monica to go on a date with the translator and says, "Don't call him that. His name is Spackleback Larry", she's pointing at Monica, but when the shot changes, her arm is resting on the table.
Factual Error: At the end of the episode Phoebe and her date are singing in Russian. At one point he says, "Ti ponemyu!" That is incorrect. Russian has 6 different present tense endings for their verbs. The word "ti" means "you" and "ponemyu" means "to understand," but that is the wrong ending for the word when used with the word "you." One would only say "Ya ponemyu" which means "I understand." To be correct, he should have said, "Ti ponemyish," which means "You understand!"
Trivia: This is the first time we see Chloe, the "hot girl from the copy place", however, she was mentioned in a previous episode.
Phoebe: (barging into the apartment) I need an atlas! I need an atlas!
Monica: Why, do you have a report due?
Monica: So what country is he from?
Phoebe: Ich-nek... Tewianistan... There's a "G" in there.
Monica: Where is that?
Phoebe: In your atlas!
Ross: Is Rach' in her room?
Monica: Oh, no. She's still at work... but she told me to tell you to call her.
Ross: What? Is she gonna cancel on me again? How could she do this? Doesn't she know it's our anniversary?
Monica: Alright, uh, Ross? This is the extent of my knowledge on the subject... (holds up the message pad) "Call Rachel."
Chandler: Hey, you know what? Maybe we should get going. I mean what time did Chloe say we should be there?
Joey: Uh, ten-thirty.
Chandler: What time is it now?
Chandler: Yeah, alright... so we'll hang out.
Rachel: (on the phone at work) I have the invoice right in front of me and it clearly states that we ordered the Riviera bikini in a variety of sizes and colors. (listens) What? What difference does it make what I'm wearing?!
Rachel: (exasperated) Maybe we should take a break!
Ross: Okay, okay, fine... you're right. Let's take a break, let's cool off, okay? Let's get some frozen yogurt or something.
Rachel: No. (takes a breath) A break from us.
Chandler: I thought tonight was your big anniversary dinner?
Ross: Yeah, there's been a little change of plans. We're breaking up instead.
Joey: So, what are you gonna do?
Ross: What can I do? One person wants to break up, you break up.
Chandler: Hey, no way! C'mon, this is you guys. Call her and work it out.
Ross: Oh, c'mon! We just had this huge fight, alright? Don't I have to wait awhile?
Chandler: Hey, this isn't like swimming after you eat, pick up the phone!!
(Ross leaves to go call Rachel)
Chandler: (to Joey) Y'know, that whole swimming thing is a myth.
Joey: Yeah, tell that to my Uncle Lenny.
Chandler: Why, what happened to him?
Joey: Nothing... He just really believes in that.
Monica: Can I have a tissue?
Phoebe: Oh, yeah, sure. I just hope you don't accidentally suck it up through your nose and choke on it.
International Episode Title:
Czech Republic: Jak se Ross a Rachel rozcházeli (As Ross and Rachel Were Breaking Up)
This episode, "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break (1)," has the longest title of any Friends episode.
This is the first appearance of Laura Dean as Sophie. Sophie was in 4 episodes of Friends.
This is one of the few two-part episodes. These episodes were originally aired in their entirety, but written to be aired separately in syndication. These episodes include:
"The One with Two Parts (1)"
"The One with Two Parts (2)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (1)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (2)"
"The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break (1)"
"The One with the Morning After (2)"
"The One with Ross's Wedding (1)"
"The One with Ross's Wedding (2)"
"The One In Vegas (1)"
"The One In Vegas (2)"
"The One with Rachel's Sister (1)"
"The One Where Chandler Can't Cry (2)"
"The One That Could Have Been (1)"
"The One That Could Have Been (2)"
"The One with the Proposal (1)"
"The One with the Proposal (2)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (1)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (2)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (1)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (2)"
"The One in Barbados (1)"
"The One in Barbados (2)"
"The Last One (1)"
"The Last One (2)"
This episode runs 23:01 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
Monica: Oh, and I can also speak a little French. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? (Mischa laughs) Why? What did I say?
Mischa: Well, you just asked if I wanted to go to bed with you tonight.
Monica: Oh, my God! No wonder I get such great service at Cafe Maurice.
"Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?" is a line from the song "Lady Marmalade" by the group LaBelle. It means exactly what Mischa said it means.
Sergei: (singing) Touchet, touchet, Miss American pie.
In the tag scene Phoebe and Sergei were singing "American Pie" by singer-songwriter Don McLean.
Phoebe: Could you please tell Sergei that I was fascinated by what Boutros Boutros-Ghali said in the New York Times.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali is an Egyptian diplomat who was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The New York Times is a daily newspaper, continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851. It has won 117 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization.
Rachel: Excuse me, I'm sorry. I'm gonna have to call you back. I've got Shemp in my office.
"Shemp" was one of the original Three Stooges, an American vaudeville comedy team that went on to great success in the movies. Shemp Howard (Horwitz) was Moe Howard's older brother. He was replaced by their younger brother, Curly Howard, in 1932. Larry Fine, the third Stooge, was the only one not related to the others.
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