Season 3 Episode 21

The One with a Chick and a Duck

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Monica considers a dream job in Pete's new restaurant, but Phoebe fears there is more to the deal. Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. And Ross misses a panel for the Discovery Channel to help Rachel, who may have a broken rib.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Yasmine, the chick.

    I love how they introduce this plot! We see the duck & the chick for three more years! So it was a definite classic. The Pete arc continues except this time, Monica & Pete actually like each other, and Monica is finally working at a decent job now!I like how Monica is finally out of the diner. It got tiring after a while. Ross & Rachel almost get back together! Ross turns down from being on TV to be with Rachel, to help her out in her time of need. Reminded me of the good old days. Rachel's reaction to him doing that, whoa. I thought she was going to kiss him right on the spot. A great developing episode! I like how they took a break from the Kate arc as well.moreless
  • Joey gets Chandler a duck. Could there be a better gift?

    Ross and Rachel take another step toward being friends, by Ross sacrificially helpful Rachel when she is injured. They have a nice moment, and instead of it leading to a reconciliation, it seems to move them forward in friendship. I believe they broke up Ross and Rachel too soon, most likely bowing to pressure for the networks about big ratings. So this moment was necessary to keep them together as friends and keep the show going.

    Monica finally moves forward with her career and with Pete. I like the actor who plays Pete, but at this point in the season, you nearly forgot he was around. They shouldn't have waited so long to bring him back.

    This was also the beginning of one of the best running story lines of the show - the chick and the duck. Some really hilarious jokes came out of these two animals overs the years. 'What did the **** duck do now?" "He did not each a jar of your face cream..." I also think the last scene over the credits is one of the funniest they've had over the years.moreless
  • This episode is hilarious!

    After seeing a commercial, Joey buys a chick and brings it home to an awestruck Chandler. Meanwhile, Monica is thinking of taking a dream job of hers to work at Pete's restaraunt, but worries that there is more to the deal than that.

    I looooved this episode. It had me laughing non-stop. Chandler attempted to bring back the baby chick, but didn't and instead, brought home a duck! So now Joey and Chandler are parents...

    Anyways, this episode is definitely one of my favorites. Especially since this is the one where they introduced the chick and the duck. A classic! But wait, there's more!

    After Rachel has an aching pain in her stomach, Ross decides to skip his TV debut and stay with her. When she realizes all he has done for her, she ponders on why he decided to stay with her...moreless
  • The best non-comedic moment for Ross, another great episode (what else from season 3)

    This is one of the very first episodes i watched from FRIENDS, since i started watching it by chance on the italian television, but i immediately fall in love with it! I recall this episode, besides from the hilarious comedy so common in the third season of the show (probably the best among the 10 seasons), because of what i think is the best non-comedic moment for Ross. In this episode he does one of the sweetest thing he could have ever done to Rachel, i still don't understand why she didn't forgive him immediately when she realized what he did, but whatever.

    I will talk about the greatness of season 3 in other reviews, but i want you to remember this episode for being the sweetest expressions of Ross's love for Rachel!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Trivia: Beginning with this episode, Chandler is sporting a Van Dyke (beard). He wears it for four consecutive episodes, but it is shaved off for the final episode, "The One at the Beach". Previously, he has only been seen with a Van Dyke in flashback episodes.

    • Continuity: In "The One With Frank Jr." Rachel tells Phoebe that she's not supposed to bring cups out of Central Perk. However, in "The One With The Baby On The Bus," not only does Phoebe drink from a cup outside of Central Perk, but Rachel brings it out for her. Also, in this episode, Gunther (who was actually the person to tell Rachel that the cups weren't supposed to be brought out of the coffee place) brings out a cup of cocoa for Rachel.

    • Goof: In the tag scene, Joey and Chandler put the chick in the bath, but it's still able to chirp even though it is supposed to be under water.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a cartoon face.

    • Goof: When Joey comes in with the shoebox containing the chick, it looks like a normal box. But when Joey takes the lid off, we can see the chick's entire body. The chick must be elevated by something in the box.

    • Goof: When Monica is talking to Pete in the diner, look at the floor at Monica's end of the counter at the very beginning of the scene. You can see the mat that is there to protect her when she falls over later.

    • Goof: Ross is holding two suits, a brown one is in one hand and a blue one in the other. In the next shot, the suits have switched to the other hands.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Joey: (to Chandler) You know, with that goatee, you kind of look like Satan.

    • Ross: I'm gonna be on TV!
      Chandler: No way!
      Ross: Yeah. They're putting together a panel to talk about these fossils they just found in Peru and the Discovery Channel's gonna film it.
      Chandler: Oh, my God! Who's gonna watch that?

    • Monica: Can you believe he just offered me a restaurant?
      Rachel: What a bitch. You want me to kick his ass?

    • Monica: This has been my dream ever since I got my first Easy Bake Oven and opened "Easy Monica's Bakery."

    • Ross: (entering the apartment wearing a white suit with a little red bow tie) Hey, you guys! Guess what?
      Rachel: Got a job on a river boat?
      Ross: You know what? I didn't wear this suit for a year because you hated it. Well, guess what? You're not my girlfriend anymore, so...
      Rachel: Oh, I see... so this suit is making a point.
      Ross: Right.
      Rachel: Now that you're on you're own, you're free to look as stupid as you like.

    • Chandler: So, um, after you put the suggestion in the box, how long did it take for the roller-skating thing to happen?
      Phoebe: Um, about three months.
      Chandler: Okay... so I guess that's about two weeks before the topless thing kicks in.

    • Phoebe: Do you guys know anything about chicks?
      Chandler: Fowl? No. Women? (thinks) No.

    • Monica: Okay, here's the thing.
      Pete: The thing! Oh no, I hate the thing. What's the thing?

    • Rachel: You can either go or help me.
      Ross: Okay, I'll go.
      Rachel: Okay, but before you go, can you help me?

    • Chandler: (to Ross and Rachel) Do you guys know how to get a chick out of a VCR?!

    • Phoebe: I have to tell you something?
      Monica: What?
      Phoebe: I can't tell you.
      Monica: Well, wouldn't it be easier if you could tell me?
      Phoebe: Yeah, in a perfect world.

    • Ross: (Ross has finished doing Rachel's makeup) Okay, there you go.
      Rachel: (looks in the mirror) Sure. Sure, I'll just sit next to the transsexual from purchasing.

    • Ross: Rach', you know, I can see you naked anytime I want.
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: All I have to do is close my eyes. See? (Ross closes his eyes) Woo-hoo!
      Rachel: Ross, stop that!
      Ross: I'm sorry.
      Rachel: Come on! I don't want you thinking of me like that anymore.
      Ross: Uh, sorry. Nothing you can do about it. It's one of my, uh, rights as the ex-boyfriend. (Ross closes his eyes again) Oh yeah!
      Rachel: Stop it! Cut it out! Cut it out!
      Ross: Okay, okay. I'm sorry. It will never happen... (closes eyes again) Uh-oh! Wait a minute! Wait, wait. Now there are a hundred of you, and I'm the king!

    • Monica: (to Phoebe) Does it involve clogs?
      Phoebe: Wait, clogs or claws?
      Monica: Clogs.
      Phoebe: No.
      Monica: Claws?
      Phoebe: No.

    • Chandler: (to the chick) That's Yasmine Bleeth. She's a different kind of chick.

    • Rachel: Okay, you'd tell me the truth, right?
      Ross: Rach', you can't look fat in an X-ray.

    • Chandler: Now you stay out here and you think about what you did!
      Ross: That's a duck.
      Chandler: That's a bad duck!

    • Chandler: (to Ross) How'd the thing go tonight, Ross?
      Ross: Oh, it was, nah, well...
      Rachel: What thing? What is this thing?
      Ross: I was kinda supposed to be on TV tonight for The Discovery Channel.
      Rachel: Oh, my God!
      Ross: Yeah.
      Rachel: Ross, why didn't you tell me that?
      Ross: Eh, 'cause I knew that if I told you, you'd make me go, and I knew you needed someone to be with you tonight. (ushering her into her apartment) C'mon, c'mon.
      Rachel: I cannot believe you.
      Ross: What?
      Rachel: That is the sweetest thing, I just... (they stare at each other)
      Ross: (breaking the silence) You should get some sleep.
      Rachel: Okay.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Chandler: That's Yasmine Bleeth. She's a completely different kind of chick. I love you both, but in very different ways.
      Yasmine Bleeth is an American actress, famous for her role on Baywatch.

    • The song Chandler sings to the chick is "Old McDonald Had a Farm," a children's song by Frank C. Brown.

    • (Ross is wearing a white suit)
      Ross: (to Monica) You like it, right?
      Monica: Oh, absolutely. I like it even more on you than I did on Colonel Sanders. Ross, Ross! I'm kidding!
      Rachel: Yeah, come here!
      Monica: What was it you were gonna tell us?
      Rachel: Yeah. Oh, was it how you invented the cotton gin?
      Colonel Sanders was the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food chain. He was famous for wearing an all white suit in his TV commercials.
      Eli Whitney was the inventor of the cotton gin, and although he is never pictured wearing white, this is likely a joke about the "cottony" look of Ross's suit.

    • Chandler: Anything is better than sitting around here crying all day about Kate.
      Joey: Hey, I was crying because nobody believed Quincy's theory.

      Quincy, M.E. was a United States television series on NBC about Dr. Quincy, a strong-willed Medical Examiner.

    • Chandler: (about Joey cuddling the chick in his hands) Easy. Lenny.
      This is a allusion to the book Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck in which Lenny was slow and would be overly affectionate to animals and end up killing them by accident. It was adapted into the 1939 film Of Mice And Men and the 1992 film Of Mice And Men.