Season 10 Episode 11

The One Where the Stripper Cries

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



  • Trivia

    • 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 the Thanksgiving Flashbacks". The flashback seen in this episode is also from 1987, and Monica is still mad at Chandler for calling her fat.

  • Quotes

    • 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!

    • Ross: 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!

    • Chandler: (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: 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.

    • (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!
      (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!
      (Next word is ketchup)
      Gene: You put this on a hamburger.
      Joey: Ketchup!
      Gene: Yes!
      Joey: Relish!
      Gene: Stop.
      Donny: Oh, time's up.

    • 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?!

    • Rachel: 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.

    • Ross: (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 the more than anybody?
      Ross: What did you do to my mom?!
      Chandler: Not her!

    • Rachel: There's gotta be something else that you can do. I mean, what skills do you have?
      Roy: I don't know... 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: You mean 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?!

  • Notes

    • Danny DeVito (Roy, the stripper) was one of the producers of Jennifer Aniston's movie "Along Came Polly" which premiered in theatres just a few weeks before this episode aired.

    • This is the last episode in the series to feature flashbacks. Flashbacks have also been used in "The One with the Prom Video," "The One with the Flashback," "The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks," "The One Where They All Turn Thirty," and "The One with the Truth About London."

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui trahissait le pacte (The One Who Didn't Respect The Pact)

    • According to the credits, "Officer Goodbody's" real name is "Roy".

    • Courteney Cox-Arquette was pregnant during the filming of this episode. It is visible, especially in her face, that she gained weight from her real-life pregnancy. She also wears larger clothes to try to disguise this. On June 13th, 2004 Courteney and her husband David Arquette welcomed the birth of their daughter Coco Riley Arquette.

    • This episode runs 30:14 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Danny DeVito received an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor for his work in this episode.

    • When Ross is naming former classmates at the reunion, they are really the names of persons associated with Friends or in the show's producers' lives. For example, Michael Schloff, the writer of the series theme tune and Jeffrey Klarik, who is series co-creator David Crane's partner and would later create the CBS sitcom The Class along with David Crane.

    • Most of Joey's appearance on Pyramid is cut in the syndicated rerun.

    • Music:
      "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
      "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real" by Sylvester
      "Der Kommisar" by After the Fire
      "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc.
      "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps

  • Allusions

    • Donny: She'll be playing with star of General Hospital, Leslie Charleson!

      Leslie Charleson is actually the star of General Hospital. General Hospital is the longest running soap opera, as it debuted on April 1, 1963 and continues today.