Season 4 Episode 9

The One Where They're Going to Party!

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



  • Trivia

    • 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, however, she simply flips up the paper 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.

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • (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: Whaddaya 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: (about his and Chandler's "fun" friend) Joey, you are going to love this guy! Gandalf is like... the party wizard!
      Joey: Why do you call him "Gandalf"?
      Ross: (stating the obvious) "Gandalf the Wizard"...
      (Joey shakes his head, not getting it)
      : Hello! ...didn't you read Lord of the Rings in high school?
      Joey: (sneering) No... I had sex in high school...

    • Phoebe: (reading Monica's restaurant review from the Chelsea Reporter) "Would I go back to Allesandro's? Sure, but I'd have to order two meals. One for me, and one for the guy pointing the gun to my head." (to Monica) ...Wow, you really laid into this place!
      Monica: (with a degree of pride) They don't pay me a penny a word to make friends...

    • 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: (as to why she sabotaged Rachel's interview for a better job) 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: (to Phoebe) I got offered the head chef job at Allesandro's.
      Phoebe: What?
      Monica: It's okay, 'cause y'know, if you think about it... 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: (looking at a list of suggested uses for the van) Wow, you really wanted me to do something with this van! ...Y'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.

    • Sophie: (cheerfully as she enters the office) Good morning!
      Rachel: (solemnly) Sophie... I guess you didn't hear about Joanna...
      Sophie: (smiling brightly) I sure did!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ross: ...and so what if I like to go home, throw on some Kenny G and take a bath...
      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? 
      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.