Helena Handbasket/Charles Bing
Continuity: Chandler is freaking out because he's afraid that like his parents, his marriage will be a disaster. Ross asks him, "Chandler, have you ever put on a black cocktail dress and invited me up to your hotel room? ...then you are neither of your parents". Apparently Chandler's little talk with his mother in Season 1's, "The One with Mrs. Bing" didn't take. If his mother merely kissing Ross offended him, how would he react to them having sex?
Continuity: When Phoebe finds the positive pregnancy test in the garbage, she suggests that it may be the reason Chandler took off. Rachel says, "No. She must have just taken that test, because I took out the trash last night". This seems highly unlikely for two reasons: first of all, Rachel is living at Joey's and would have nothing to do with taking out Monica's trash, and second of all, Rachel is not the type to take out trash, anyway, as we learn in Season 4's "The One with the Ballroom Dancing" where she puts an empty milk carton back in the fridge because the trash is full. Of course, it's possible that she's changed, but not to the extent that she would take out someone else's trash for them.
Continuity: Monica begins her wedding vows with "Chandler, for so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. " However, next season in "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel" Monica says that she doesn't believe in soul mates.
Continuity: When Ross finds Chandler in his office he says, "So this is your office." But he's already been in Chandler's office in "The One with the Worst Best Man Ever".
Goof: During the ceremony when Monica moves to take the ring from Rachel, we notice that she is wearing heavy brown (comfortable?) shoes under her wedding dress.
Goof: When Chandler and Monica walk up to the altar, they are holding hands. When the shot changes Monica is holding her bouquet with both hands.
Continuity: When they show the inside of Monica's bathroom, the toilet is right next to the sink. However, in "The One with Frank Jr." when Joey is tiling her floor, the toilet is in the middle of the bathroom.
Goof: When Phoebe and Ross find Chandler and Ross says "Then you are neither of your parents", Chandler shrugs then deshrugs, and seconds later he deshrugs again.
Ross: I talked to Joey on the set, he hasn't heard from him. I... I talked to Chandler's parents again.
Phoebe: You told them he was missing?
Ross: No, I made it seem like I was just calling to chat. I'm pretty sure they both think I'm interested in them.
(Rachel is trying to stall Monica while the others look for Chandler)
Monica: I thought we'd start with my make up and then do my hair.
Rachel: Okay, uh, but before you do that. I, I, I need you to talk to me.
Monica: About what?
Rachel: Um... (pretending to fall apart) I'm never gonna get married!
Monica: Yeah, you will! The right guy is just around the corner! Okay, are we done with that?
Rachel: No Monica! I'm serious! Ach, maybe I should just forget about it. Become a lesbian or something.
Monica: Any woman would be lucky to have ya.
Rachel: Well maybe it would make me feel better if I slept with Joey.
Monica: (suddenly concerned) Rachel! You okay?
Chandler: If I go home, we're gonna become the Bings! I can't be the Bings!
Ross: What's wrong with being the Bings?
Chandler: The Bings have horrible marriages. They yell, they fight, and they use the pool boy as a pawn in their sexual games!
Ross: Chandler, have you ever put on a black cocktail dress and asked me up to your hotel room?
Ross: Then you are neither of your parents!
Ross: (to Chandler) We're just gonna go home and take a shower. Now, that's not scary right?
Chandler: Depends on what you mean by "we."
Judy: (about Chandler) Well, he better not come by here, he can't see the bride in the wedding dress...
Nora: As I recall, when we got married, (her eyes go to Charles) I saw the groom in the wedding dress.
Charles: But that was after the wedding. It's not bad luck then.
Nora: Honey, it isn't good luck.
Phoebe: What's going on?
Ross: Chandler's gone again!
Phoebe: Oh, my God! Why would you play hide and seek with someone you know is a flight risk?
Richard: (drunk, cutting a steak with his sword) You wouldn't happen to have a very big fork?
Joey: So I just talked to the director. That's it. We're done for the day.
Richard: We finished the scene?
Joey: Yeah. You were wonderful.
Richard: As were you.
Joey: So I got your car. It's right outside.
Richard: Why? Are we done for the day?
Joey: That's what you told me.
Richard: Thank you, you're welcome. (starts to lie down on the couch)
Joey: No, we gotta go. Come on. (lifts Richard over his shoulder) Here we go...
Richard: Is that my ass?
Priest: Are you Chandler?
Chandler: Are you... Joey?
Ross: Huh, this is nice.
Ross: I've never walked down the aisle knowing it can't end in divorce.
Judy: (walking Monica down the aisle) I wish your grandmother had lived to see this.
Monica: Mom, she's right there.
Judy: Not that old crone. My mother.
Monica: (to Chandler) Who is this?
Priest: I'm Father Karabasos.
Chandler: (in Monica's ear) He's Greek Orthodox.
Rachel: (leaning in) As are you...
Monica: Chandler, for so long I... I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. Then three years ago, at another wedding I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I'd ever been looking for my whole life. And now…here we are…with our future before us…and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend. Unless you don't want to. You go!
Joey: Chandler? (Ross leans in to give Chandler his vows)
Chandler: (to Ross) No, that's okay. (Ross nods and retreats.) Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle I realized how simple it was. I love you. Any surprises that come our way, it's okay, because I will always love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. You wanna know if I'm sure? (he leans in and kisses her.)
International Episode Title:
France: Celui qui a épousé Monica - 2ème partie (The One Who Marries Monica - Part 2)
According to the DVD commentary for this two part episode, the show was filmed over two weeks, with all of the scenes featuring Gary Oldman being filmed in the first week. The wedding was filmed in the second week, with the final shot of Rachel filmed after the studio audience had left.
Elliot Gould was credited as a "Special Appearance."
Kathleen Turner was credited as a "Special Guest Star".
Christina Pickles was credited as "Guest Star" and received the "and" credit.
This is the final appearance of Kathleen Turner as Helena Handbasket aka Charles Bing. Helena was in 3 episodes of Friends.
This is one of the few two-part episodes. These episodes were originally aired in their entirety, but written to be aired separately in syndication. These episodes are:
"The One with Two Parts (1)"
"The One with Two Parts (2)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (1)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (2)"
"The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break (1)"
"The One with the Morning After (2)"
"The One with Ross's Wedding (1)"
"The One with Ross's Wedding (2)"
"The One In Vegas (1)"
"The One In Vegas (2)"
"The One with Rachel's Sister (1)"
"The One Where Chandler Can't Cry (2)"
"The One That Could Have Been (1)"
"The One That Could Have Been (2)"
"The One with the Proposal (1)"
"The One with the Proposal (2)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (1)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (2)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (1)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (2)"
"The One in Barbados (1)"
"The One in Barbados (2)"
"The Last One (1)"
"The Last One (2)"
Gary Oldman received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in this episode.
This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series (John Shaffner, Joe Stewart, Greg J. Grande).
Originally the writers were going to make Monica, not Rachel, pregnant. Yet they thought this was too conventional and wanted a more dramatic cliffhanger.
In this episode when Rachel tries to find another minister, she goes to a Greek Orthodox wedding. One of the last names listed on the sign is Anastassakis, which is her original family name. Her paternal grandfather, Antonios Anastassakis, changed their name to Aniston when the family moved from Greece to the United States. Her father was two at the time.
This episode runs 25:00 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
Chandler: The only person that can make marriage work is Paul Newman.
Paul Newman, an American actor and film director, is a Golden Globe, Emmy Award, Cannes Award, and Academy Award-winner. His marriage to actress Joanne Woodward lasted for over 50 years until his death in 2008.
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