Season 7 Episode 14

The One Where They All Turn Thirty

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: In this episode, Jack's dark-red tuxedo is said to be over 30 years old. In Season 2's, "The One with the Prom Video", however, Ross borrows his father's tuxedo and it's black, and obviously pretty new (of course, it's possible that Jack's dark-red tux has sentimental value and that's why he's wearing it). Of additional interest is the fact that all the men at Monica's 30th birthday party are wearing tuxedos. That's unusual for a birthday party--especially a house party--but perhaps was done so they could squeeze in the jokes about Jack's older-than-Ross tux.

    • Trivia: Ursula's middle name is Pamela.

    • Goof: In this episode, Phoebe says she never knew her middle name. Phoebe's mom killed herself when Phoebe was about fourteen years old. Teenagers usually know their middle names, especially since by that age they've had to fill out a variety of forms for school, etc., using their full name.

    • Continuity: Joey appeals to God to stop their aging, saying things like, "We had a deal!" In "The One Where Nana Dies Twice", however, he had a much more stoical attitude towards aging and death: "When you're dead, you're dead--you're gone--you're worm food!"

    • Trivia: This is the last episode where Tag is Rachel's assistant. After Rachel and Tag break up in this episode, Tag is only seen once more in "The One With The Red Sweater" where it is clear that Tag is no longer working for Rachel. It can be assumed that either Tag quits or is fired after they break up. No assistant for Rachel is ever mentioned again.

    • Continuity: In the flashback in this episode, Monica is shown wearing her engagement ring on the day of her 30th birthday. When she got engaged in "The One with the Proposal (2)" she was already 31.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode Chandler says, "Well, here we are, just a bunch of thirty year-olds." Since we know that Phoebe is really 31, and that Ross and Chandler are a year older than Rachel and Monica, this isn't true. It would have been more appropriate for him to say, "Well, here we are, all in our thirties, now..."

    • Continuity: In this episode Joey doesn't understand that the Adam's apple is not named after each individual man. But in "The One Where Heckles Dies", Joey refers to it as an Adam's apple when describing a "girl" he made out with.

    • Factual Error: When Rachel is complaining about turning 30, she says that at least she's still 29 in Guam. In actuality, Guam is at the beginning of the International Date Line, which means she would have turned 30 in Guam 15 hours earlier.

    • Trivia: This episode proves that Rachel is the youngest of the Friends and that Phoebe is the oldest. Additionally, it is revealed that Joey is older than Chandler.

    • Magna Doodle: Happy Birthday RACH

    • Goof: When the gang is starting to lift Ross's car, we see him struggling to lift it and he says "Lift... and slide...". At the moment he says "slide" a jogger starts to pass him. The shot then changes to a wide angle of the whole gang and the runner has disappeared and there is only a guy walking behind Ross in the opposite direction.

    • Goof: When Monica is at her party and sitting in the Barcalounger next to Chandler, her left hand is in the air. When the camera angle changes, her hand is in her lap with no time to do so.

    • Goof: At the beginning of Monica's speech at her surprise party, her hands are by her sides. When the camera angle changes, her hands are clasped in front of her.

    • Goof: Rachel has stuck the white bow from Tag's present on the front of her T-shirt and it's there when she hugs and thanks him, but a few seconds later, after Chandler and Monica have given her their present, the bow is gone.

    • Continuity: Rachel's year of birth is inconsistent. Her 30th birthday in this episode (2001) implies that Rachel was born in 1971. However, her 29th birthday in "The One Where Rachel Smokes" (1999) implies that she was born in 1970. Also, Rachel says she is 28 in "The One with the Fake Party" (1998) implying she was born in 1970. But 15 months earlier in "The One Where Rachel Quits" (1996) Chandler says Rachel is 28, implying she was born in 1968.

    • Continuity: Rachel's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend", Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5, and this is consistent with the month of birthday parties thrown for her on the show in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", (which aired in May 1995) and in her one-month-early surprise party in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", (which aired in April 1999). Rachel's 30th birthday, however, is celebrated in February in this episode, which aired on February 8, 2001. Rachel also mentions that her birthday is after Valentine's Day in "The One with the Girl From Poughkeepsie". A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19). In this episode, Rachel wears a shirt with 12-4 on it, implying her birthday is December fourth.

    • Continuity: Phoebe's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Frank Jr." Phoebe tells her half-brother that her birthday is February 16th. Also, in "The One with Two Parts (2)" Phoebe has a birthday party in February. However, in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" Rachel talks about Phoebe's last birthday party. Since Rachel first met Phoebe earlier that season, this implies that Phoebe's birthday must have occurred since September, when Rachel first joined the group. Also, in "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner", Phoebe's birthday is close to Halloween, consistent with Rachel's statement. Furthermore, in this episode, the flashbacks of Phoebe's 30th (really 31st) birthday imply her birthday is in the summer.

  • Quotes

    • Tag: (addressing the gang from just outside Rachel's bedroom door) Miss Green would like to establish some ground rules before she comes out. She would appreciate it if you didn't use the word "old" or "downhill" or "they still look pretty damn good."
      (Joey grins and everybody stares at him)
      Joey: They do!

    • Ross: We've got presents!
      Rachel: Good ones?
      Monica: They all came from the list you handed out to us two weeks ago.

    • (Flashback)
      : (at his 30th birthday party) Why, God, why?! We had a deal! Let the others grow old, not me!

    • Rachel: Y'know... I'm still twenty-nine in Guam...
      Ross: Hey, thirty is not that old! ...Do you know how old the Earth is?
      Rachel: (after giving it some thought) Late thirties?

    • (Flashback)
      : (to God on Chandler's 30th) And now Chandler... We're all getting so old! Why are you doing this to us?! (turns to the wall and starts crying)

    • Monica: Rach', you're in a great place in your life. I mean, you got an amazing job, good friends...
      Joey: Yeah... your roommate's a soap opera star...
      Rachel: Your character's in a coma...
      Joey: (fighting back tears) I promised myself I wasn't gonna cry at this one.

    • Rachel: Look... I know my life's going pretty well, but I look around and I just see so many people who've accomplished so many of their goals by the time they're thirty.
      Phoebe: Yeah, but you shouldn't compare yourself to me.

    • (Flashback)
      : (sitting in his brand new MG convertible) I'm a sports car enthusiast... I've always been into cars.
      Joey: Hey, what's the horsepower on this thing?
      Ross: I don't know... but look how shiny!

    • Rachel: Y'know what? I am gonna do something today. I'm not just gonna sit around like some old lady... I'm gonna get somethin' pierced. Like my, uh... like my nose or my tongue or something.
      Phoebe: Really? 'Cause, you know, that hurts.
      Rachel: So what? Y'know what, the way I see it--
      (Phoebe pinches her)
      Rachel: Ow!! Son of a bitch!

    • Tag: Look, Rachel? I know what you're going through. I'm totally freaked out about turning twenty-five.
      Rachel: (pointing to the door) Get out... Get out of my apartment.

    • (Flashback)
      : (to Joey who is removing his bowtie) Would you put that back on? Monica's gonna be here any minute!
      Joey: (massaging his throat) But it hurts my Joey's apple!
      Chandler: For the last time, it's not named for each individual man.

    • (Flashback)
      Judy Geller
      : You've done a wonderful job with this party, Chandler. Everything looks so lovely.
      Chandler: Oh, well, not as lovely as you. I mean, I can't believe that you would have a thirty year-old daughter. (to Jack) ...And you, I can't believe that you would have a tux that's thirty years old.
      Jack Geller: It's older than that! Ross was actually conceived right near this tuxedo.
      Chandler: (removing his hand carefully from Jack's arm) Ohhh...

    • (Flashback)
      : (drunkenly, to Chandler) See, I was a little nervous about turning... (whispers) thirty... so the busboys took me out for some drinks. (after a moment) I'm gonna puke on you later!

    • (Flashback)
      : Monica's a little drunk.
      Phoebe: Yay! Oh, I love drunk Monica! She's so much more fun than regular Monica!
      Chandler: She doesn't want her parents to know she's drunk.
      Phoebe: Alright! Alright! Here's what we do... I'll get twice as drunk as she is, and no one will even notice her!
      Chandler: Drunk Phoebe's mean.
      Phoebe: (snapping) Okay, you watch your tone with me!

    • (Flashback)
      : What's going on?
      Chandler: Monica's wasted.
      Ross: Maybe that'll liven up this party.

    • (Flashback)
      : (to Rachel about drunken Monica) Will you just go help her get changed, please?
      Rachel: Okay, but taking care of a drunk, naked woman seems like a job for Joey.

    • Tag: (handing Rachel a present) This one's from me...
      Rachel: Ahhh!
      Tag: It wasn't on your list, but hopefully you'll think it's really fun.
      Rachel: (opens the present and pretends to be excited) A scooter!
      Ross: (aside to Tag) Stick to the list... Always stick to the list.

    • Chandler: (to Rachel) Okay, open ours next! ours next!
      Joey: (to Monica and Chandler) Now that you're a couple, we don't get two presents from you guys?
      Chandler: (dryly) For my last birthday, you gave me a hug...

    • Ross: (being overly cheerful) Hey, look who's back! It's the birthday girl! How's the birthday girl feelin'?
      Rachel: Well, I feel fine, but I think that you're bummin' out the rest of the kids.

    • (Flashback)
      : (teasing Monica at her 30th birthday party) You're drunk... (both giggle) Mom and Dad are gonna be maa-aad... (thinking about it) Maybe I'm a little drunk.

    • (Flashback)
      : (to the waiter at Monica's 30th birthday party) Hey! Are those crab cakes? Did I not tell you to come straight to me when more crab cakes were ready?

    • (Flashback)
      : (to Monica at her 30th birthday party) How're you doing?
      Monica: (drunkenly to Chandler) You are so handsome! I wanna make love to you right here, right now! (growls playfully and then starts to kiss him)
      Ross: I really wish that you wouldn't...

    • (Flashback)
      : (to Monica) Now, all you have to do is just get through a little bit more, okay? Then we can put you in bed, okay? Just smile and don't talk to anyone.
      Phoebe: Speech! Speech! Let's hear from the birthday girl, huh?
      Chandler: (incredulous) Pheebs!
      Phoebe: You see, everybody's looking at me. The plan's working. I didn't even have to take off my top yet.

    • (Flashback)
      : That's right, Mom and Dad... your little har-momica is hammered!

    • (Flashback)
      (Ross's new MGB convertible is wedged between two other cars)

      : Okay, is everybody clear? We're gonna pick it up... and move it. All we need is teamwork, okay? We're gonna lift the car... and slide it out. Lift... and slide...
      Rachel: Ross, I really don't think--
      Ross: Lift! ...and slide...
      Monica: Alright. Come on, dawgs, let's lift this sucker! Oh, unless you're scared... Little weaklings scared...?
      Chandler: Good teamwork.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Ceux qui avaient trente ans (The Ones Who All Turn Thirty)

    • Elliott Gould (Jack Geller) was credited as a "special appearance."

    • Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) received the "and" credit.

    • Three days after this episode aired, Jennifer Aniston turned 32 (February 11, 2001). There is a subtle irony here, in that Ross suggests removing two candles from Rachel's cake. In effect, the show did exactly that.

    • When this episode originally aired, a scene where a drunk Monica walks through the party crowd and greets the guests very loudly was seen immediately after Phoebe and Ursula discuss middle names. This scene does not appear on the DVD.

    • When playing both Phoebe and Ursula, Lisa Kudrow's older sister, Helene Marla Kudrow, doubles for the shoulder shots.

    • In the scene where Lisa Kudrow is bouncing on the Hippity Hop ball, Jennifer Aniston's hair is half way down her back as it was earlier in the season. There is no mention as to whether this was because this was shot prior to her getting her hair cut or that they gave her extensions to show a different period of time.

    • This was the first episode to be created in the super-size format (longer than the traditional half-hour episodes), although at least two super-size episodes aired first. According to the show's producers, they had already filmed the other shows as 30 minute episodes and then expanded them with the extra footage they had. In this episode, every scene was written and filmed specifically for this super-size show.

    • In some scenes in this episode, Lisa Kudrow appears to be a bit hoarse, and has to force herself to speak distinctly.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Lisa Kudrow's other character, Phoebe's twin sister Ursula, since the cancellation of Mad About You on which Ursula was a recurring character.

    • Music: "Big Time Operator" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    • When originally aired on NBC, this episode was 40 minutes long, as counter-programming to Survivor.

    • This episode runs 23:40 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). It appears that a couple of minutes have been shaved off, due to the short running time (unless they showed 16 minutes of commercials on first airing), and a guest actress (Vanessa White) disappearing from the end credits.

  • Allusions

    • During the tag scene, with Joey by his side, Ross finally gets to drive his sports car. The music playing in the background, appropriately, is the theme from the 60's television series Route 66, a show about two buddies who travel around in a sports car.

    • Rachel: I'm telling you, it's like watching Bambi learn how to walk.
      Monica is really drunk, so she's trying not to stumble as she walks around the living room. Her awkward walk reminds Rachel of Bambi as a fawn, just learning to walk in the Disney film, Bambi.