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: Rachel's year of birth is inconsistent. Her 30th birthday in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" (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: 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.
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 "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", the flashbacks of Phoebe's 30th birthday imply her birthday is in the summer.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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 Rachel opens up Tag's present she has a white bow attached to the front of her shirt. When Chandler and Monica give her a present a few seconds later the bow is gone.
Goof: When the group is about to lift Ross' car and slide it out, Ross says "Lift" and you can see someone running behind him but in the next shot when Ross says "Slide" there is no one in the background, when the runner should still be in the shot.
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 "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", (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).
Chandler: How're you doing?
Monica: (Drunk) You are so handsome! I wanna make love to you right here, right now! Rar! (Starts kissing him)
Ross: I really wish that you wouldn't!
Ross: 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: All right. Come on, dawgs, let's lift the sucker. Oh, unless you're scared. Little weaklings scared?
Chandler: Good teamwork.
Joey: (To waiter) Hey. Are those crab cakes? Did I not tell you to come straight to me when more crab cakes were ready?
Chandler: (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?
Phoebe: You see, everybody's looking at me. The plan's working. I didn't even have to take off my top yet.
Chandler: (To Rachel) Okay, open ours next. Open ours next.
Joey: Now that you're a couple, we don't get two presents from you guys?
Chandler: For my last birthday, you gave me a hug.
Ross: (To Monica) You're drunk. (Both giggle) Mom and Dad are gonna be mad. Maybe I'm a little drunk now.
Ross:Hey, look who's back. It's the birthday girl. How's the birthday girl feeling?
Rachel: Well, I feel fine, but I think that you're bumming out the rest of the kids.
Rachel: What's going on?
Chandler: Monica's wasted.
Ross: Maybe that'll liven up this party.
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 30 year-old daughter. And you, I can't believe that you would have a tux that's 30 years old.
Jack Geller: It's older than that. Ross was actually conceived right near this tuxedo.
Joey: (To God, about birthdays) And now Chandler. We're all getting so old. Why are you doing this to us? (Starts crying)
Tag: 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 smiles and everybody stares at him)
Joey: They do!
Rachel: You know what? I am going to do something today. I'm not just going to sit around like some old lady. I'm going to get something pierced. Like my, uh... like my nose or my tongue or something.
Phoebe: Really? 'Cause, you know, that hurts.
Rachel: So what? You know what, the way I see it... (Phoebe pinches her) Ow! Son of a bitch!
Tag: Look, Rachel, I know what you're going through. I'm totally freaked out about turning 25.
Rachel: Get out. Get out of my apartment.
Tag: (About his present) This one's from me. It wasn't on your list, but hopefully you'll think it's really fun.
Rachel: (Opens the present) A scooter!
Ross: (To Tag) Stick to the list. Always stick to the list.
Rachel: I know my life is 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 30.
Phoebe: Yeah, but you shouldn't compare yourself to me.
Monica: Rach, you're in a great place in your life. I mean, you got an amazing job, good friends...
Joey: Your roomate's a soap opera star...
Rachel: Your character's in a coma.
Joey: (Teary) I promised myself I wasn't gonna cry at this one.
Ross: We've got presents!
Rachel: Good ones?
Monica: They all came from the list you handed out to us two weeks ago.
Monica: See, I was a little nervous about turning (Whispers) thirty, so the bus boys took me out for some drinks.
I'm goona puke on you later!
Monica: That's right mom and dad, your little harmomnica is hammered!
Chandler: (To Rachel) Can you help Monica get changed.
Rachel: Okay, but handling a drunk, naked woman sounds like a job for Joey.
Ross: I'm a sports car enthusiast, I've always been into cars.
Joey: Hey, what's the horse power on this thing?
Ross: I don't know, but look how shiny!
Chandler: 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: All right! All right! 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: OK, you watch your tone with me!
Rachel: You know? I'm still 29 in Guam.
Ross: Hey, 30 is not that old! Do you know how old the Earth is?
Rachel: Late 30's?
Chandler: Would you put that back on? Monica's gonna be here any minute!
Joey: But it hurts my Joey's apple!
Chandler: For the last time, it's not named for each individual man.
Joey: (About being another year older) Why, God, why?! We had a deal, let the others go, but not me!
International Episode Title:
France: Ceux qui avaient trente ans (The Ones Who All Turn Thirty)
Elliot Gould was credited as a "Special Appearance."
Christina Pickles received the "And" credit.
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 sister 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, 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, all acts were designed specifically for this super-size show.
Throughout this episode, Lisa Kudrow's voice is hoarse. It seems that she put a lot of strain on her voice just so she could be heard.
This episode marks the first appearance of Lisa Kudrow's other character, Ursula since the cancellation of Mad About You the previous year.
Music: "Big Time Operator" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
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.
When originally aired on NBC, this episode was 40 minutes long, as counter-programming to Survivor.
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 the baby deer in the Disney film, Bambi.
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