Dr. Richard Burke
Continuity: When Ross and Rachel are stargazing in the planetarium, Ross refers to a constellation as being Ursa Major. When Rachel says, "Really?", Ross says, "No idea... could be". Ursa Major, more commonly known as "The Big Dipper", is the most familiar constellation in the night sky. For someone like Ross, who has been interested in every aspect of science since he was a boy and even holds a doctorate, it is highly unlikely that he would have "no idea".
Goof: When Phoebe and Monica first enter Richard's apartment, they walk right into his kitchen and set up there for the catering event. During Richard's party, Richard opens one of the doors in the kitchen (the same one the girls entered through) and it opens to the party, not the hallway.
Note: There are two doors in Richard's kitchen. The knobless door behind Monica and Phoebe leads to the party, the other door is the one that the girls entered through.
Goof: When Chandler is ordering the pizzas, he tells the recipient to send them to Apartment 20 - Geller/Green. He should know that neither Monica nor Rachel is home. At the time, Monica is catering and Rachel is on her date with Ross.
Goof: While Ross is rearranging the exhibit, a mic is briefly visible at the top of the screen.
Continuity: In this episode, Rachel says that she didn't want to wear her glasses on their first date. No one ever mentions Rachel's glasses or even contacts ever again. In The One with Joey's Big Break it is also mentioned that Rachel doesn't like to put things in her eyes.
Trivia: When Ross and Rachel are in the auditorium, the music heard is by Chris Isaak, who appeared in a previous episode.
Joey: All right, no peeking. No peeking, no peeking, no peeking.
Chandler: All right, all right, but you better be wearing clothes when I open my eyes.
Phoebe: I can't believe two cows made the ultimate sacrifice so you guys could watch TV with your feet up.
Chandler: Well, they were chair-shaped cows. They never would have survived in the wild.
Rachel: So, uh, how was your day?
Ross: Oh you know, pretty much the usual, uh, sun shining, birds chirping.
Rachel: Really? Mine too.
Phoebe: (chiming in) Hey cool, mine too.
Richard: Um, I'm sorry, is Monica Geller coming? I was told she was.
Monica: Dr. Burke, it, it's me.
Richard: Monica? My God, you used to be so... I mean you, you, you, you must have lost like... You look great.
Chandler: (on the phone) Uh, two larges, extra cheese on both. But listen, don't ring the buzzer for 19, Ring 20, Geller/Greene. They'll let you in, okay? If you buzz our door, there's no tip for you. Okay, thanks. (hangs up phone) Pizza's on the way. I told you we wouldn't have to get up.
Joey: What if we have to pee?
Chandler: (reaching for phone) I'll cancel the sodas.
Monica: You've got to get back out there, it's your party.
Richard: But they're so dull. They're all ophthalmologists.
Monica: You're an ophthalmologist!
Richard: Only because my parents wanted me to be. I wanted to be a sheriff.
Phoebe: (about Monica's obvious attraction to Richard) You are so smitten!
Monica: (red-faced) I am not!
Phoebe: Oh, you are so much the smitten-kitten.
Phoebe: (about Richard) Okay, so what, you're just never gonna see him again?
Monica: Not never. I mean, I'm gonna see him tomorrow at my eye appointment.
Phoebe: Didn't you, like, just get your eyes checked?
Monica: Well yeah, but, you know, uh, twenty-seven is a dangerous eye age.
Rachel: (kissing Ross while checking to see if Monica's home) Monica!
Ross: It would really help when I'm kissing you if you didn't shout out my sister's name.
Rachel: (starting to laugh) I'm sorry. Oh God, I'm sorry, it's just that when you moved your hands down to my butt, it was like, "Whoa, Ross's hands are on my butt!" Sorry.
Joey: Wow! Look at that! The car is on fire, yet somehow it's expensive paint job is protected by the Miracle Wax.
Chandler: You got a Cheeto on your face, man.
Chandler & Joey: Hey.
Joey: What are you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be out with Rachel?
Ross: That was fourteen hours ago.
Richard: I'm going to look into your eyes now.
Richard: Yeah, that's my job. All right, look up... look down, now open your eyes, now look down. That's right, look into the light. Now look at me... Okay. Your eyes look good. Those are good eyes.
Phoebe: You know you should go outside and be with the three-dimensional people.
Joey: No, inside good, outside bad.
Ross: Well we just wanted to stop by and, uh, say goodnight.
Chandler, Joey, & Phoebe: (glued to the TV) Goodnight.
Ross: Look at that, they won't even turn their heads.
Rachel: All right you guys, I'm taking off my shirt.
Joey: (uses a dentist's mouth mirror to look behind him) Nah, she's lying.
Monica: (about her date) It's Richard Burke.
Ross: Who's Richard Burke? Doc, Doctor Burke? You have a date with Doctor Burke? Why, why, why should that bother me? I, I love that man. He's like a uh, brother to dad.
Rachel: You know, Dr. Burke kissed me once.
Rachel: When I was, um, seven. I crashed my bike right out in front of his house, and to stop me from crying he kissed me... (points to the tip of her nose) right here.
Phoebe: Oh, you are so lucky.
Rachel: I know.
Ross: (on the phone to the Museum) Whoa, whoa, whoa! Australopithecus isn't supposed to be in that display! No. No. No, no, Homo habilis was erect, Australopithecus was never fully erect.
Chandler: Well, maybe he was nervous.
Monica: Oh, you're a grandpa.
Richard: Yeah. Are we nuts here?
Monica: I don't know, maybe. I mean I'm dating a man whose pool I once peed in.
Richard: I didn't need to know that.
Rachel: Ah, so what are we looking at?
Ross: Well, uh, you see that, that little cluster of stars next to the big one? That is Ursa Major.
Ross: I've no idea. Could be.
Ross: Listen, I'm sorry I had to work tonight.
Rachel: Oh, that's okay. You were worth the wait. And I don't just mean tonight.
(Ross and Rachel kiss)
Ross: You're not laughing.
Rachel: This time it's not so funny.
Joey: (in their Barcaloungers watching Beavis and Butthead) Is that the fire alarm?
Chandler: Yeah. (feels the floor) Oh, it's not warm yet. We still have time.
International Episode Title:
Czech Republic: První rande (First Date)
This is the first appearance of Tom Selleck as Dr. Richard Burke. Richard was in 10 episodes of Friends.
The priest is actually Greg Malins, the writer of this episode.
The six friends would huddle together before each episode to wish each other luck. Tom Selleck reported feeling left out.
During filming, when Tom Selleck would show up on stage, he would receive such long standing ovations that it forced a change in the Friends filming style. When a laugh was too long, or too short, the live audience's laugh was removed, and prerecorded laugh tracks were used instead.
This episode runs 23:25 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
Music: "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak
Phoebe: Oh, oh Xanadu!
Phoebe: (about Richard) It's James Bond.
James Bond 007 is a fictional British agent created in 1952 by writer Ian Fleming. Bond is featured in twelve novels and is arguably the most famous & most recognizable fictional character ever due to the unparalleled success of his 21 films (1962-2006).
Ross: This screen in amazing. I mean Dick Van Dyke is practically life-size.
Monica: Rose Marie really belongs on a smaller screen.
The gang is watching the Dick Van Dyke Show which stars Dick Van Dyke, an Emmy-Award winning American actor, and Rose Marie, an actress who had a career as a child star under the name Baby Rose Marie.
Ross: Listen, have you ever been, uh, you know, foolin' around with a girl and, uh, she started laughin'?
Chandler: Yeah, but, uh, it was 1982 and my Flock of Seagulls haircut was tickling her chin.
A Flock of Seagulls are a synthpop group, known for the lead singer Mike Score's distinctive haircut.
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