Season 4 Episode 8

The One with Chandler in a Box

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Chandler tells Ross that Rachel has exchanged every gift she's ever gotten and asks Ross to remember one that she'd kept. As an audience, we know of two. In Season 1's "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", Ross gave her an antique brooch for her birthday that she absolutely loved. We can be pretty certain that she wouldn't have exchanged that one, especially since, as we learn in this very episode, she's kept things from him that have sentimental value. And in "The One at the Beach", Season 3, she's wearing an excessively-wide-brimmed hat that Ross bought for her that she obviously didn't exchange.

    • Trivia: In this episode it is pointed out that Ross and Rachel have the same initials, "RG".

    • Goof: When Monica opens the door for Tim, Richard's son, she leaves the door open and never closes it.
      Note: As the camera pans away from the door it is still slowly moving, and once out of sight, we hear it close (it's possible the sound of the door closing was added in post production, of course).

    • Continuity: When Rachel is showing Ross her keepsakes from the time they were dating, she takes out a prehistoric tooth of some kind. She's holding it from the pointed end, but when the camera angle changes, she is holding it from the base.

    • 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 ophthalmologist. These are two different professions.

    • Trivia: "Vaffanapoli" is basically Italian for "get lost." In old Sicily, it was insulting to say "va fa Napoli," roughly meaning "go to Naples," since Sicilians considered Neapolitans to be vulgar peasants.

    • 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

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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. C'mon, 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... (seeing Phoebe give him a look) Well... there was no big dog.

    • Chandler: (enthusiastically) 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.

    • (While chipping ice in her freezer, a piece has struck Monica in the eye)
      Phoebe: Open it up... let me see.
      Monica: Oh I can't. It really kills.
      Chandler: Well, maybe you should put some ice on it.

    • 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.

    • Phoebe: (on the phone to Richard Burke's office) Hi! Yeah, I'm calling on behalf of Monica Geller's eye.

    • (Chandler got Rachel a briefcase for Christmas with her initials "RG")
      : So listen, I picked Monica for Secret Santa, but I'm already getting her something for Hanukkah. I was wondering if you wanna switch.
      Chandler: Oh, y'know what? I was already trying to trade for uh, 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, you don't wanna 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?

    • Ross: (about Chandler) Joey, the guy's your best friend.
      Joey: No... was my best friend... Anyway, I don't know why you're pushin' 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 y'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: Alright... (playfully threatening) ...but if you weren't my best friend...!

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

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

    • Ross: (to Monica about Timothy Burke) He's coming here for Thanksgiving?
      Rachel: I know, it's sick!
      Monica: Why is it sick?
      Rachel: 'Cause 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... C'mon, I like him because he's handsome, and he's nice, and smart... and handsome. C'mon, Phoebe, you understand, don't you?
      Phoebe: Yeah, I can see where I'd be your best shot, but no.

    • Phoebe: (to Monica) Sorry, honey. I think it's twisted.
      Joey: (coming from the bathroom) What's twisted?
      Monica: Me going out with Richard's son.
      Joey: Eeu-u-uw! (pointing emphatically) Eew! Eew! Eew!
      Chandler: (from inside the box) Sounds like a really bad idea to me.

    • Ross: Hey, y'know Mon... If things work out between you and Richard's son, you'll be able to tell your kids that you slept with their grandfather.

    • 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 Chandler) lives in a box!

    • 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?"

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

  • Notes

  • 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, wherein Oedipus, having slept with his mother, ultimately gouges out both his eyes.

    • 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 guys' favorite movie.