Season 4 Episode 8

The One with Chandler in a Box

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Monica opens the door for Tim, Richard's son, she leaves the door open and never closes it.

    • Goof: When Rachel is showing Ross the box of things from their date time, she pick up a bone that is light color in the end and dark in the base. When the camera angle changes from behind to the front of Rachel, she is holding the bone from different sides - light and dark points.

    • Continuity: Tim is Richard's son and even talks about seeing Monica as a kid. Wouldn't that mean he already knows Rachel and Ross from when they were kids too?

    • Continuity: Monica says that Richard is her optometrist, however in "The One Where Ross And Rachel...You Know", we learn he is an opthamologist. These are two different careers.

    • Trivia: Vaffannapoli is Italian for "get lost."

    • Goof: When Ross accidentally covers Chandler's air hole with his hand, you can see Ross's hand feeling the top of the box for the air hole.

    • Magna Doodle: I'm Sorry (written over and over)

    • Goof: Ross and Phoebe are talking in the kitchen when Chandler joins them, with the parade still running on the TV. When the camera angle changes, the TV is turned off and in the next shot it is turned on again.

    • Goof: While Ross is trying to convince Joey to talk to Chandler, Joey is seen packing up all of the new stuff that Chandler had bought for the apartment. One of the things he packs up is a new microwave. However, the old microwave can clearly be seen suspended from the cupboard above the sink. Why would Chandler have bought a new one, if they still had the old one? Later when Joey and Chandler are in the apartment, both the microwaves are gone.

  • Quotes

    • Ross: (About Chandler) Joey, the guy's your best friend.
      Joey: No, was my best friend. Anyway, I don't know why you're pushing for him so hard. With him out of the way as my best friend, there's a spot open.
      Ross: Oh, who? Me?
      Joey: Yeah!
      Ross: Wow! I'm honored! And you know what I'm gonna do as my first act as your best friend?
      Joey: What?
      Ross: I'm gonna get you to talk to Chandler.
      Joey: All right. But if you weren't my best friend.

    • Ross: So listen, I picked Monica for secret Santa, but I'm already getting her something for Chanukah, I was wondering if you wanna switch.
      Chandler: Oh you know what, I was already trying to trade for ah, well, you.
      Ross: Really? Wow! That's, that's so nice, what are you gonna get me?
      Chandler: I don't know R.G., I was thinking something girlie for your office.
      Ross: Yeah, well, maybe Phoebe will switch with me.
      Chandler: Oh, no, no, no, you don't want to do that, then you're gonna get stuck with Rachel and she exchanges every gift she ever gets.
      Ross: Oh, that's not true! I've got her lots of stuff she never took back.
      Chandler: Like?
      Ross: Like uh, that gold necklace I got her last year.
      Chandler: When was the last time you saw her wear it?
      Ross: Well, she wore it all Christmas day, and then uh...
      Chandler: Big dog?

    • Chandler: Hey, what time is it? The big game is about to start!
      Phoebe: You don't have to do that, Ross and Joey aren't here, you can watch the parade if you want.
      Chandler: Thanks.

    • Chandler: (From inside the box) You guys can't tell, but I'm trying to break the tension by mooning you guys.

    • Ross: Hey, Mon, if everything works out between you and Richard's son, you will be able to tell your kids that you slept with their grandfather.

    • Rachel: Honey, maybe we should take you to a doctor.
      Monica: No, my eye doctor is Richard! I can't go to him when I don't have a boyfriend!
      Chandler: He's really picky about his patients.

    • Rachel: Oh, I'm gonna take a nap. Turkey makes me sleepy.
      Monica: We haven't eaten yet.
      Rachel: I know, but all that work you're doing to get it ready and...
      (Goes into her room.)

    • Chandler: Hey, by any chance did either of you pick Rachel for your Secret Santa because I want to trade for her.
      Phoebe: I picked her. Oh, thank God, you want her!
      Chandler: Wow, why do you want to get rid of her so badly?
      Phoebe: Because she exchanges every gift she ever gets. It's like impossible to get her something she likes. Come on, let's trade!
      Chandler: Well that's not true, that's not true. I got her that backpack and she loved it. I remember how much she was crying that day that big dog ran off with-- (Gets a look from Phoebe) Well, there was no big dog.

    • Phoebe: Sorry, honey. I think it's twisted.
      Joey: What's twisted?
      Monica:Me going out with Richard's son.
      Joey: Eww. Eww, eww, eww!
      Chandler: (From inside the box) Sounds like a really bad idea to me.

    • Joey: Gunther, have you seen Chandler?
      Gunther: I thought you were Chandler. Well, one of you is over there.

    • Phoebe: (About Monica's eye) Open it up, let me see.
      Monica: Oh I can't. It really kills.
      Chandler: Maybe you should put some ice on it.

    • Chandler: Ugh turkey! Ugh giving thanks. Ugh!
      Phoebe: Look everyone, it's the spirit of Thanksgiving!

    • Phoebe: Hi, this is Phoebe Buffay, I'm calling on behalf of Monica Gellar's eye.

    • Ross: (To Monica) He's coming here for Thanksgiving?
      Rachel: I know, it's sick.
      Monica: Why is it sick?
      Rachel: Because it's Richard's son!! It's like inviting a Greek tragedy over for dinner!
      Monica: Come on, Phoebe, you understand, don't you?
      Phoebe: Yeah, I can see where I'd be your best shot, but no.

    • Chandler: (From inside the box) The meaning of the box is threefold. One, it gives me the time to think about what I did, two, it proves how much I care about my friendship with Joey, and three... it hurts!

    • Phoebe: (To Monica) Yeah, but do you really want to be in a relationship where you can actually use the phrase, "That's not how your dad used to do it?"

    • Rachel: So are things between you and Joey getting any better?
      Chandler: It couldn't get any worse. Last night, I spent eight hours calling him, trying to get him to talk to me.
      Rachel: Oh wow. Eight hours. So you could probably really use one of those plug-in telephone headsets, huh?
      Ross: Should we all expect Christmas gifts that can be stolen from your office?
      Rachel: You shouldn't.

    • Monica: How cute is the on-call doctor?
      Rachel: So cute I'm thinking about jamming this pen in my eye!

    • Monica: Fine! Judge all you want to, but... (Points to Ross) Married a lesbian. (Points to Rachel) Left a man at the altar. (Points to Phoebe) Fell in love with a gay ice dancer. (Points to Joey) Threw a girl's wooden leg in a fire. (Points to the box Chandler's in) Lives in a box!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Chandler v bedně (Chandler in a Box)

    • For this episode, as well as other Thanksgiving episodes, an abundance of food is prepared. Each time they film a scene over, each actor is given a new plate of food. After the episode, the leftovers are donated to a homeless shelter.

    • During the filming of this episode, Matthew Perry actually was in the box the whole time.

    • The gang is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is directed by Gary Halvorson, one of the main directors of Friends.

    • David Schwimmer and Michael Vartan both were in The Pallbearer, a 1996 comedy/drama.

    • This episode runs 25:16 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Rachel: (About Monica inviting Richard's son over) It's sick!
      Monica: Why is it sick?
      Rachel: Because it's Richard's son. It's like inviting a Greek tragedy over for dinner.
      Monica: If it were Greek I'd be blind in both eyes.

      Monica is alluding to the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles.

    • Rachel: (To Ross) What are you laughing at? You're the one who said Die Hard was your idea.

      Die Hard is a Hollywood action film, released in 1988, starring Bruce Willis. It has been mentioned in several episodes that Die Hard is the boys' favorite movie.