Trivia: In the opening scene, Chandler is wearing a loose-fitting, heavy sweater to suggest that he's put on weight. Ironically, Matthew Perry who plays Chandler, would have real weight problems later in the series.
Trivia: When Rachel says that Ross should have said something about his feelings for her and that he had a year in which to do so, she has a point. Despite her brief relationships with "Italian guys and ex-fiancées", Ross and Rachel really did spend a lot of time together, even alone as we learn in the Season 1 finale "The One Where Rachel Finds Out". Rachel mentions that she and Ross were out walking when she pointed out the brooch in the window that he ultimately bought her for her birthday. Alone together, no Paolo, no Barry, no cat--almost on a date. C'mon Ross!
Continuity: Ross wants to pick up Monica's old cat toys. Monica had a cat, but in "The One with the List" she's allergic to cat hair. Also in "The One with the Ball" Monica's allergic to Mrs. Whiskerson, even though this cat doesn't have any hair!
Trivia: This is the first episode that you hear Gunther's name. When Rachel is closing up the coffee house, if you listen very close you can hear her say, "Goodnight, Gunther."
Monica: Chandler. I'm unemployed and in dire need of a project. Wanna work out? I can remake you.
Chandler: Oh, y'know I would, but that might get in the way of my lying around time.
Everyone: C'mon, let her do it!
Chandler: Alright. But if we put on spandex and my boobs are bigger than yours, I'm going home.
Phoebe: Your boobs are fine. Look, I never should have said anything. Come here. Come here. (pretending he's too fat to hug) Oh, can't make... hands... meet...
Monica: (making Chandler do sit-ups) Come on, give me five more. Five more!
Chandler: (weakly) No.
Monica: Five more and I'll flash you.
Chandler: (with difficulty) One... two... two and a half (flops down) Okay, just show me one of them.
Chandler: (about Monica's "workouts") She's insane; the woman is insane. It's before work, it's after work, it's during work. She's got me doing butt clenches at my desk. And now, they won't bring me my mail anymore.
Phoebe: Why won't he give it up?
Joey: Maybe he drives his car on the other side of the road... if you know what I mean.
Phoebe: No... Whaddaya mean? He's not British.
Monica: Yo, Bing! Racquetball in twenty minutes.
Chandler: Joey, be a pal. Lift up my hand and smack her with it.
Phoebe: (about Ross kissing Julie outside the window) Ooh, Rachel, don't look!
Rachel: What? (looks) C'mon you guys, I don't care, I have a date tonight.
Joey: Whoa, you have a date?
Rachel: Yeah, Monica's setting me up.
Joey: But, what about, Ross and uh...?
Rachel: Oh, what? ...My whole insane jealousy thing? Well, y'know, as much fun as that was... I've decided to opt for sanity.
Chandler: So, you're really okay about all this?
Rachel: Oh, yeah, c'mon. I'm movin' on. He can press her up against that window as much as he wants. For all I care, he can throw her through the damn thing!
Ross: Oh, Monica, I figured I'd come by tomorrow morning and pick up Fluffy's old cat toys, okay?
Monica: Only if you say his full name.
Ross: (reluctantly) Can I come over tomorrow and pick up Fluffy Meowington's... cat toys.
Michael: I don't know if Monica told you, but this is the first date I've gone on since my divorce, so... if I seem a little nervous... I am.
Rachel: (distracted) How long do cats live?
Michael: (confused) I'm sorry?
Rachel: Cats... how long do they live--figuring you don't... y'know, throw 'em under a bus or something?
Michael: Um... maybe fifteen, sixteen years...?
Joey: When I first met you, know what I said to Chandler? I said, "Excellent butt, great rack."
Phoebe: Really? That's so sweet. I mean, I'm officially offended, but that's... sweet.
Rachel: (drunk, leaving a message on Ross's answering machine) Ross! Hi, it's Rachel. I'm just calling to say that, um, everything's fine and I'm really happy for you... and your cat... who, by the way, I think you should name Michael (winks at her date, Michael). And, y'know, you see there... I'm thinking of names, so obviously... I am over you. I... am over... you. And that, my friend, is what they call "cuh-losure..." (dumps the cell phone into an ice bucket)
Chandler: (hearing Monica knock at his door) No, no, no, no, no, no. (opens the door) No. Monica, it's Sunday morning. I'm not running on a Sunday.
Monica: Why not?
Chandler: Because it's Sunday! It's God's day.
Monica: Okay, if you say stop, then we stop.
Chandler: Okay... Stop!!
Ross: How'd your date go?
Rachel: (hungover) I think there was a restaurant. I know there was wine.
Ross: (to Rachel after hearing her phone message) What? You're over me? When were you... under me?
Rachel: Wait, so, you're going?
Ross: Well, okay, I, uh, I have to. I can't deal with this right now. I mean, I've, you know, got a cab. I've got a girlfriend. I'm gonna go get a cat.
Phoebe: (coming into his apartment) Hi, Joey!
Joey: Hey, Pheebs.
Phoebe: How come you're watching a rabbi play electric guitar?
Joey: I can't find the remote.
(Phoebe walks over to the TV and pokes the off-button)
Joey: Let me get this straight. He got you to beg to sleep with him, he got you to say he never has to call you again, and he got you thinking this was a great idea?
Joey: This man is my god!
Ross: I was doing great with Julie before I found out about you.
Rachel: Hey, I was doing great before I found out about you. You think it's easy for me to see you with Julie?
Ross: Then you should have said something before I met her.
Rachel: I didn't know then... And how come you never said anything to me?
Ross: There was never a good time!
Rachel: Right, you, you only had a year. We only hung out every night.
Ross: Not, not, not every night. You know, and... and it's not like I didn't try, Rachel, but things got in the way, y'know? Like, like Italian guys or ex-fiances or, or, or Italian guys.
Rachel: Hey, there was one Italian guy, okay? ...and do you even have a point?
Ross: The point is I... I don't need this right now, okay. It, it's too late, I'm with somebody else... I'm happy. This ship has sailed!
Rachel: Yeah, what are you saying? ...you just sort of put away feelings or whatever the hell it was you felt for me?
Ross: Hey, I've been doing it since the ninth grade, I've gotten pretty damn good at it!
International Episode Title:
Czech Republic: Rossovo odhalení (Ross Revelation)
According to an interview on Oprah, that first real kiss between Ross and Rachel is Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer's favorite moment on Friends.
During the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored TV's Most Memorable Moments, determined by an online vote. The kiss between Ross and Rachel was number one.
Arye Gross (Michael, Rachel's date) receives the "and" credit.
The music that is playing when Ross and Rachel kiss was a studio music clip. The producers wanted to use U2's "With or Without You" but didn't have time to arrange for the rights, so they found a studio music clip that sounded "U2-ish". They used the actual U2 song the next episode.
Fritzi Burr, who played the pet shop owner in this episode, also appeared in "The One with the Stoned Guy" where she played Mrs. Tedlock and "The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding" where she played Mrs. Weinberg.
#2 in "NBC's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"
"Macho Man" by the Village People
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (original broadcast only)
"Dance of the Hours" by Amilcare Ponchielli (DVD only). This melody is familiar to most people as Allan Sherman's "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah".
This episode runs 24:50 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There is another scene where Ross and Julie go to the pet store. Ross is confused about getting a cat with Julie, though it is clearly a metaphor for his situation.