Friends

Season 5 Episode 19

The One Where Ross Can't Flirt

5
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 1999 on NBC

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  • Trivia

    • Goof: After Joey goes into the hall in his fake Law & Order video, the recording ends and we see a previous recording of Chandler singing "Space Oddity". You have to wonder who stopped the video camera since everyone other than Joey was in Monica's apartment.

    • Goof: When Joey and his grandmother enter the apartment they come from the left yet the staircase is to the right.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Phoebe can speak fluent Italian. However, in "The One with the Blackout" she can't understand what Paolo is saying.

    • Factual Error: Ross says that methane smells. However, methane is odorless. An artificial smell is sometimes added for safety purposes by adding either methanethiol or ethanethiol to the methane.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Joey can speak some conversational Italian, however, in "The One with Chandler in a Box", Chandler says Joey only knows the bad Italian words.

    • Trivia: Here are the translations for the Italian lines.

      Joey: Sono il numero uno? Vero nonna?
      Translation: I'm number one, right Grandma?

      Phoebe: Vuole qualcosa da bere signora?
      Translation: Would you like something to drink?

    • Continuity: In this episode Monica and Chandler are celebrating their ten month anniversary. But two months prior in "The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey" Chandler says to Monica: "We had a good run. What was it, four, five months?" This means they have only been together for six or seven months.

    • Trivia: The Law & Order scenes that are shown throughout this episode are taken from "Agony", Season 9 of Law & Order.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of New York at night

    • Goof: When there is a closeup of Law & Order on the television, the living room is clearly reflected in the screen. Although the group is sitting on the couch watching the show, the reflection on the TV shows that the room is empty.

    • Trivia: We learn in this episode that Phoebe is trilingual. She can speak English, French, and Italian.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: Ross! We broke up two years ago... you've been married since then... I think it's okay that we see other people.

    • Monica: So when I was in the shower I was thinking about our first night in London.
      Chandler: Oh, Joey's grandmother is right there.
      Monica: Is that the one who speaks English or the one that doesn't?
      Chandler: The one who doesn't.
      Monica: That was some hot love you gave me.

    • Phoebe: (about the earrings Rachel borrowed from her) Wait, Rach', where's the other one?
      Rachel: What you want both of them? A little greedy, don't ya think?
      Phoebe: Rachel Karen Greene, where's the other earring?!
      Rachel: Okay, okay, look, just don't freak out. I kind of lost it. I know it's in the apartment but I definitely lost it.
      Phoebe: What am I gonna tell Monica? She wants to wear them tonight.
      Rachel: Well, tell her to wear her own earrings.
      Phoebe: These are her earrings.
      Rachel: Noooo, noooo! You lent me Monica's earrings? I'm not allowed to borrow her stuff.
      Phoebe: Why not?
      Rachel: Because I lose her stuff!

    • Ross: Hey, how's my hair look?
      Monica: Ross, it hasn't moved since 1996.

    • Chandler: So, you, you flirt with guys all the time?
      Monica: Sure, it doesn't mean anything. Just like I know it doesn't mean anything with you.
      Chandler: Yeah, but there's a big difference. You are a lot hotter than I am.
      Joey: True story.

    • Chandler: Rachel, when you were going out with Ross, did it bother you when he flirted with other women?
      Rachel: Uh, no, no. It bothered me when he slept with other women.

    • Rachel: But you know, I never really had anything to worry about. Ross was never very good at the flirting thing.
      Ross: What? What are you talking about? It, it worked with you.
      Rachel: Oh! You know what? You're right! We met, you flirted and then bam! Nine years later, you had me!

    • Monica: Phoebe, I have to have those earrings. We're gonna leave as soon as the show's over.
      Phoebe: I already gave them back to you.
      Monica: No you didn't.
      Phoebe: Alright. I already didn't gave them back to you. That's what I said.

    • Chandler: When you flirt with a guy, you think, "I'm just flirting, no big deal," but the guy is thinking, "Finally! Somebody who wants to sleep with me!"
      Monica: No way!
      Chandler: It's true.
      Monica: Well that's pathetic.
      Chandler: Again, true.
      Monica: This goes for all guys?
      Chandler: All guys that are awake. Then we go to sleep. And all guys from the other end of the world wake up and behave the exact same way.

    • Phoebe: Did you find it?
      Rachel: The earring? No. But, look, I found my sunglasses under the couch. I've been looking for these since like, last summer.
      Phoebe: Okay, those are my sunglasses, you borrowed them from me.
      Rachel: Okay, calm down. Here they are.

    • (Rachel has lost Monica's earring, but Phoebe is taking the blame)
      Phoebe: Mon, can I talk to you for a sec? Um, I lost one of your earrings. I am sorry. I am so, so sorry.
      Monica: Wow. Alright, well, I mean... what can you do? If you lost it, you lost it.
      Phoebe: I'll replace it. I promise. I feel so terrible.
      Monica: Alright, sweety. That's fine--you didn't do it on purpose!
      Phoebe: No.
      Monica: Aw, look at you. Come here. (they hug) Feel better?
      Phoebe: Yeah, you're the best.
      Rachel: (jealous of the bonding between Phoebe and Monica) Okay, wait a minute. Wait, I, I can't do this. Honey, it's not Phoebe's fault. She leant me the earrings, I lost it, I'm so sorry. Honey, I feel terrible, too. (goes to hug Monica)
      Monica: (angry) That is exactly why I do not lend you stuff! I mean, first it's my jewelry and if it's not my jewelry it's, it's my blue sweater, and if it's not my blue sweater it's my sunglasses!
      Rachel: Your sunglasses?
      Monica: Yes! 
      Phoebe: Oh, right. (hands the sunglasses Rachel borrowed from her to Monica)

    • Rachel: (catching up to Caitlin in the street) Hey, I'm Rachel... from upstairs--the people with all the pizza?
      Caitlin: Oh, was there a problem...?
      Rachel: No, everything was fine--great pizza! But it's actually... my friend Ross. He, uh, he just gets really nervous when he's flirting.
      Caitlin: Oh my, God, that was flirting?
      Rachel: Yeah. I know, I know. But, I'm telling you... once you get past that part where it feels like you wanna die, um, he's, he's a really good person.

    • Rachel(about Ross's flirting) I think he really likes you.
      Caitlin: Really?
      Rachel: Well, you know, we have seven people and, like, ten pizzas. What do you think?
      Caitlin: I just... I thought Joey was there.

    • Caitlin (about Ross): Well, if he's so great, why don't you go out with him?
      Rachel: Hmm. Well, you know, at some point you and I may need to have a longer conversation.

    • Chandler: You look amazing. I'm the luckiest guy in the world.
      Monica: Oh, you're about to get a little luckier.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: (in response to Ross's inept flirting) Oh, the humanity!
      This famous quote is from Herbert Morrison's live radio broadcast of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster.

    • Chandler: (singing) Ground control to Major Tom. Commencing countdown, engines on.
      Chandler was singing "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.

    • Grandma Tribbiani: No, Sam Waterston... Crime Misdemeanor, Capricorn One...
      Sam Waterston is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated American actor, probably best-known for his portrayal of Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC television series Law & Order. He also starred in Crimes and Misdemeanors, a 1989 drama written and directed by Woody Allen, and Capricorn One, a 1978 action/thriller.

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