Season 4 Episode 9

The One Where They're Going to Party!

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chandler and Ross's college friend Gandalf is planning to come to town. Gandalf is "the party wizard." Ross and Chandler are very excited until Gandalf cancels. However, they decide to make their own party with Joey's help. Joanna squashes Rachel's chance at a promotion. And when Monica fills in for a friend as food critic for a small newspaper, she must decide between a steady job as head chef of a restaurant she panned or keeping her catering business with her friend Phoebe.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Joanna dies.

    This episode was unexpected. Rachel's boss dies after she gets a humongous promotion which is just ironic. I liked that character, Joanna. She was good. And Rachel didn't end up getting the promotion. The plot with Chandler, Joey & Chandler was a bit boring than I would of expected. They never really part. They just realize they are too old to party which is sort of a downer. Monica gets head chef. It is sad to see the catering business go down the drain but this opens up all new story lines. I like how Monica reviewed badly on that restaurant. Now that she has the job, I smell cliffhanger!moreless
  • The boys go to party

    When Ross's and Chandler's friend Gadolf is stuck in Chicago, they and Joey decide to go party by themselves only to find that partying when you're 29 isn't really fun. Monica takes a head chef job leaving Phoboe with a van and Rachel gets a promotion, but Joann is killed before she's able to get the promotion papers through.
Taylor Negron

Taylor Negron


Guest Star

Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes

Mrs. Lynch

Guest Star

Richard Fancy

Richard Fancy

Mr. Posner

Guest Star

Alison La Placa

Alison La Placa


Recurring Role

Laura Dean

Laura Dean


Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Continuity: Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot", (1994) Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. Also, in "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" (1997) he says he is 29. However in the this episode, Ross also says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in the next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape", Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?", implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is looking at the Chelsea Reporter, Monica says her review is on the back page. When Phoebe goes to read the review, she simply turns the paper over and reads the bottom of the front page.

    • Goof: When Chandler answers the phone and it's Gandalf calling to cancel, Ross is about to open the fridge. When the camera angle changes, Ross is already putting two beers down on the counter.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Phoebe and Monica are leading the other friends, who have their eyes covered, out of the coffee shop)
      Monica: No peeking!
      Chandler: Our eyes are closed, and we're crossing the street. Very good.

    • Joey: What do you mean "we never have fun anymore"? You have fun with me! Remember that time we saw those strippers and you paid me fifty bucks to eat that book?

    • Ross: You didn't read Lord of the Rings in high school?
      Joey: No, I had sex in high school.

    • Allesandro: I want a retraction. Our food is not "inedible swill."
      Monica: I couldn't eat it. I have five friends who couldn't eat it. And one of them eats books.

    • Joanna: If you must know the truth, I didn't want to lose a perfectly good assistant.
      Rachel: What?
      Joanna: That's why I said all those things about your flirting, and your drinking...
      Rachel: My drinking?
      Joanna: Oh, I must have said that after you left.
      Rachel: Said what, exactly?
      Joanna: That you enjoy the occasional drink... -ing binge.

    • Rachel: Hey Mon, little question for ya! How do you think this suit will look on an assistant buyer?
      Monica: (totally self-absorbed) Okay, the owner of Allesandro's came over to yell at me, but instead I made him some sauce, and he offered me the job as head chef!
      Rachel: Oh, my God! You just ruined the thing I was practicing the whole way home, but I'm so happy!
      Monica: Can you believe it? I finally get to run my own kitchen!
      Rachel: Oh, you've waited so long.

    • Monica: I got offered the head chef job at Allesandro's.
      Phoebe: What?
      Monica: It's okay, 'cause you know what? You don't really need me for the business.
      Phoebe: You're the cook! Without you it's just me driving up to people's houses with empty trays and asking for money!

    • Chandler: I'm twenty-nine years old, dammit! ...and I want to sit in a comfortable chair and watch television and go to sleep at a reasonable hour!
      Joey: Yeah, and I like to hang out in a quiet place where I can talk to my friends.
      Chandler: Yeah!
      Ross:Yeah! And so what if I like to go home, throw on some Kenny G and take a bath.
      (Chandler and Joey give Ross a look)
      Joey: We're twenty-nine. We're not women.

    • Phoebe: Wow, you really wanted me to do something with this van. You know what? I want you to take the chef job.
      Monica: Really?
      Phoebe: Yeah. That's what you really want. Yeah, I don't want to be the reason you're unhappy. That would just make me unhappy. And I really don't want to be the reason I'm unhappy.
      Monica: Thank you.
      Phoebe: Besides, it might be kinda fun to form the new A-Team.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Ross: And so what if I like to go home, throw on some Kenny G and take a bath.
      Joey: We're twenty-nine. We're not women.
      Kenny G. is an American soprano saxophonist.

    • Phoebe: Besides, it might be kinda fun to form the new A-Team.

      The A-Team was a popular television show which aired from 1983 to 1987.

    • Joey: Well, why do you call him Gandalf?
      Ross: Gandalf the wizard. Hello?! Didn't you read Lord of the Rings in high school?
      Joey: No, I had sex in high school.
      Ross and Chandler's friend Mike "Gandalf" Ganderson, whom they refer to as "the party wizard", is based on a character from The Lord Of The Rings, Gandalf the wizard, who, among other things, was known to be a hit at parties with his fireworks. He was played by Ian McKellen in the 2001 Academy Award-winning film adaptation Lord of the Rings.