Season 10 Episode 11

The One Where the Stripper Cries

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 2004 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Phoebe's bachelorette party features a rather unexpected surprise when the stripper shows up. Joey is on Pyramid. Chandler and Ross flash back to 1987 to reflect on a pact they made when they were in college.

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  • God, enough with the flashbacks!

    You expect something special with an episode written by Marta Kauffman and David Crane. However, with The One Where the Stripper Cries, you don't get it.

    The episode sees Rachel and Monica throwing a bachelorette party for Phoebe, while Chandler and Ross attend their college reunion. And Joey (hold your breath) appears on the Pyramid!

    The girls' plot is by far the strongest. Danny DeVito is a funny guest star as the stripper, and the story works.

    The problem of the episode lies with the boys' plots. Here it shows clearly that Friends is getting tired.

    Ross and Chandler's college reunion seems like a bad excuse to bring back the younger Ross/Chandler/Monica/Rachel, who were never funny, in new flashbacks. It was kinda funny the first time (TOW the Prom Video, if memory serves me correctly), but it is way over-used by now. Is this really the best the creators can do when they write an episode? Resort to old plot devices? Also, it has always bothered me how Monica's obesity is something to be laughed at, here in a dancing scene with Rachel. What kind of message is that to send out to the millions of people watching this show? And why does Marta Kauffman, herself quite a big lady, write this stuff?

    The worst part of the episode, however, is Joey. A well-written review said that it is a definite sign of exhaustion in a sitcom when the archetypes are overdone. This is what we see with Joey, who has gone from dim-yet-charming to downright braindead in the past few seasons. His appearance on the Pyramid is not funny in the least, but simply embarrassing. The story has one goal: To show how mindnumbingly dumb he is by having him give idiotic responses on a game show. It's a shame that the writes are ruining the character like this.

    Not the worst episode, but not very memorable. Friends is getting tired.moreless
  • An episode that never fails to cheer me up.

    This is one of my favourite F.r.i.e.n.d.s episodes.

    I love the bit where Joey goes on PYRAMID, and gets

    all those questions wrong.

    I also love Phoebe's hen party with the stripper

    that they say, looks like he's wearing a child's

    halloween costume.

    I own and have watched every episode ever made, and

    I love them all, but this is one of my favourites, by far.

    It never fails to make me laugh.

    It's worth buying the Dvd just for this episode.

    It has some gentle comedy, with a few hidden adult

    jokes, but is definitely a classic episode.

    The best of this series!

    Worth the watch, and no time wasted at all.

  • One of the best episodes. There are great guest stars, flashbacks to the days when Monica was fat and Rachel has a big nose, Joey on a game show, which couldn't not be funny, Phoebe has a bachelorette party and its an extended length episode! Fabulous!moreless

    Rachel and Monica play very big parts in this episode, being major characters in two of the story lines, but thats no worry. It turns out Phoebe wants a stripper for her party, but when the stripper does turn up, the girls, at first, wish he didnt come. Joey on the Pyramid game show is very funny, and he doesnt do very well, at first, but somehow gets to the final round, and almost does well, until it turns out he doesnt know what a supermodel is!?!

    My favorite plot is the Chandler-Ross plot, and the pacts they made with each other about girls when they were younger, and my favorite moment of the episode is the ending, when Ross and Monica discover that an incident that happened many years ago is not exactly how they thought it was.moreless
  • good

    Phoebe's bachelorette party features a rather unexpected surprise when the stripper shows up who turns up to be a short middle aged man (danny de vito). Joey is on "Pyramid." and cannot get any of the answers right untill the final round by accident untill the final answer was suprmodels which he could not get Chandler and Ross flash back to 1987 to reflect on a pact they made when they were in college but it seems that it had already been broken before by both of them on many occasions including chandler kissing rachael after seeing ross with the girl he liked.moreless
  • Hilariously FRIENDS!

    This show had so many great lines, and a great guest performance by the amazing DeVito. I wouldn't be surprised if this guest appearance maybe interested him in series television; so much so that he joined (with amazing results) It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in its second seaon. The line that Joey says a few times: "Paper! Snow! A ghost!" STILL makes me laugh. His delivery of it was, is, and always will be classic.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Monica collapses onto the beanbag chair at the very end of the episode, we can see the bottom of her fat suit below the hem of her skirt.

    • Continuity: This episode confirms the fact that Chandler and Rachel met in 1987 at the Geller's house for Thanksgiving, as seen in "The One with All the Thanksgivings". The flashback seen in this episode is also from 1987, and Monica is still mad at Chandler for calling her fat.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Ross: So weird to see all these people again... Oh my God, look, there's Geoffrey Cleric.
      Chandler: Who?
      Ross: He was roommates with John Rosoff. He went out with Andrea Tamburino. She dumped him for Michael Skloff.
      Chandler: Did I go to this school?

    • Ross: Hey, that's Missy Goldberg, you gotta remember her.
      Chandler: Sure... nice.
      Ross: Dude, you're married to my sister.
      Chandler: You're right, by saying "nice", I'm virtually licking her!

    • (Flashback)
      : Hey. Hey, check out the flyers for the band. I made 'em on a Macintosh in the computer room!
      Chandler: Awesome! The name really stands out.
      Ross: Thanks to a little something called, "Helvetica Bold 24-point!"
      Chandler: Man, we're gonna rock that Asian student union!

    • (Flashback)
      : (to Missy) You know, our band is playing on Friday.
      Ross: Yeah, yeah. You should come check us out. We're called, "Way! No Way!"
      Missy: No way!
      Chandler & Ross: Way!

    • Ross: Hey, remember how scary it used to be going up to girls in college?
      Chandler: Your hands are shaking.
      Ross: I know, and I can't stop sweating.

    • Joey: (playing Pyramid) In High School, I once had sex in the middle of the...
      Gene: Cafeteria.
      Joey: Yeah! But that's not what they're looking for.

    • Rachel: (to Phoebe) Lemme just go talk to Monica and get an ETA on the pee-pees...

    • (Playing Pyramid, the word is "cream")
      Gene: You put this in your coffee.
      Joey: A spoon! Your hands! Your face!
      Gene: It's white.
      Joey: Paper! Snow! A ghost!
      Gene: It's heavier than milk.
      Joey: A rock! A dog! The earth!
      Gene: Pass!
      (The next word is "mayonnaise")
      Gene: You put this on a sandwich.
      Joey: Salami! Anchovies! Jam!
      Gene: It's white.
      Joey: Paper! Snow! A ghost!
      Gene: It's made from eggs.
      Joey: Chickens!?
      Gene: Pass!
      (The next word is "ketchup")
      Gene: You put this on a hamburger.
      Joey: Ketchup!
      Gene: Yes!
      Joey: Relish!
      Gene: Stop.
      Donny: Ohhh, time's up... Joey... You were, uh... almost on a roll, there.

    • Joey: You know, some of those are pretty hard! Like, why would there be a ghost in my fridge?

    • Ross: Do you remember my roommate, Chandler Bing?
      Missy: Sure, he was in your (makes air-quotes) "band." 
      Ross: It's been sixteen years, but the air-quotes still hurt.

    • Missy: Well, Chandler and I used to make out. A lot.
      Ross: You did?
      Missy: Yeah. We'd go to the science lab after hours.
      Ross: (angrily) And on my turf?!

    • Phoebe: (about Roy, the aging stripper they hired) Um... are you kidding?
      Rachel: Alright, look... we did not know you wanted a stripper, so we went to the phone book and got the first name we could find.
      Phoebe: How old's your phone book!?

    • Phoebe: I don't want to see a middle-aged guy dance around in what I can only assume is a children's halloween costume.
      Stripper: I may have borrowed this costume from my nephew, but what's underneath is all man!
      Phoebe: I'm sorry, did you say "all man", or "old man"?

    • Ross: (charging up to Chandler who's talking to two guys) You made out with Missy Goldberg?!! How could you do that after you promised me?!
      Chandler: (to the guys) Excuse me... (to Ross) That didn't make us sound gay at all.

    • (Flashback)
      : (about them kissing) Listen Adrienne, you can't tell Chandler about this.
      Adrienne: Oh believe me, Ross, I won't be telling anybody about this.

    • Ross: So, I made out with Adrienne and you made out with Missy. Well, I guess we're even.
      Chandler: Mm-hm...
      Ross: We are even, right?
      Chandler: Just one more thing. I was so pissed at you that night that I wanted to get back at you. So I thought, who does Ross like more than anybody?
      Ross: What did you do to my mom?!
      Chandler: Not her!

    • Rachel: (to Roy the stripper after his failed performance) There's gotta be something else that you can do. I mean, what skills do you have?
      Roy: I don't know... (thinking about it) I can make my pecs dance... I can pick up a dollar bill with my butt cheeks... I can go to that special place inside me where I feel no shame...
      Rachel: So, maybe something in an office.

    • Joey: (to Gene, his co-contestant on Pyramid) Hey, I know this won't put your kid through college, but would you like a Days of Our Lives mug?

    • (The category is Types of Trees)
      Gene: Oak, maple, elm, birch...
      Joey: Uh, I dunno. Types of trees?
      (The category is Spanish Words)
      Gene: Uh, buenos dias, enchilada, por favor...
      Joey: Oh, I'm sorry, I don't know any Spanish words.
      (The category is Things that Burn)
      Gene: Wow. A match. A candle.
      Joey: Things that go "tssst" when you put them out!
      Gene: A torch. A bonfire. Uh, your pee!
      Joey: Things that burn!
      (The category is What a Dog Might Say)
      Gene: "I'd like to go for a walk." "Scratch my belly."
      Joey: Dude, I think you're losing it.
      Gene: "I have fur." "I like to bark."
      Joey: Oh, oh, oh, what a dog says!
      (The category is Pizza Toppings)
      Gene: Pepperoni...
      Joey: Pizza toppings! Next!
      (The category is Supermodels)
      Gene: Cindy Crawford. Uh, Christie Brinkley. Heidi Klum. Claudia Schiffer.
      Joey: Oh, uh, uh...
      Gene: Christie Turlington. Uh, Kate Moss.
      Joey: Girls Chandler could never get!
      (The time runs out)
      Gene: (irritated) Supermodels!
      Joey: Where?

    • Ross: Did you know Chandler kissed Rachel?
      Monica: What? Wh-when was this?
      Chandler: Last week. We had some wine, and... (seeing Monica's reaction) You don't know I'm kidding! 
      Ross: 1987. The weekend you guys visited me at school.
      Monica: Oh my God! That's wild!
      Chandler: Yeah, but it was like a million years ago, so it doesn't matter.
      Ross: Well, it matters to me!
      Chandler: Why?
      Ross: Because... the night you kissed Rachel was the night I kissed Rachel for the very first time!
      Chandler: You kissed her that night, too?
      Monica: Two guys in one night? Wow! I thought she became a slut after she got her nose fixed.

    • Ross: (about his first kiss with Rachel in college) She was lying on my bed, all buried in people's coats. I leaned in to kiss her forehead, but I accidentally got her lips. I started to pull away, but then I felt her start to kiss me back. It was only for a second, but it was amazing. And now, now I find out that you kissed her first!
      Chandler: Wait, what bed did you say she was on?
      Ross: Mine.
      Chandler: I'm pretty sure I put her on my bed.
      Ross: No, she was definitely on mine.
      Chandler: Why would I kiss a girl and then put her on your bed?

    • Ross: Well, then... who was on my bed?
      Monica: (realizing) Oh! Oh! Oh!
      Ross: (going into shock) No! No! No!
      Monica: (squealing) Yessss!
      Ross: (incredulous) You were under the pile of coats?
      Monica: I was the pile of coats!

    • Monica: You were my mystery midnight kisser?!
      Ross: You were my first kiss with Rachel?!
      Monica: You were my first kiss ever?!
      Chandler: What did I marry into?!

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