Season 7 Episode 23

The One with Chandler's Dad

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 10, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Monica's Porsche shows up again, and becomes a conflict when Rachel finds out she is the only one who hasn't driven it. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica go off to Vegas to find Chandler's dad and invite him (or her) to the wedding. Back at home, Joey proves his masculinity to Phoebe, while Ross and Rachel hit the freeway in the "bad boy."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Rachel & Ross drive a Porsche.

    I am so glad that they didn't throw away the 'Monica getting a Porsche' plot. Apparently Rachel is a reckless driver. And she hits on cops when they try to give her a ticket. Which is funny. cause you dont see much of the Friends drive around. I guess that is how it is in New York. But the Rachel & Ross situation just made the episode hysterical and great. Even Ross ended up hitting on a cop. Which was sad for him. He got a ticket for going to slow. Another storyline in the wedding. Chandler invites his dad, as Chandler & Monica go to "Viva Las Gaygas" And Joey wearing woman underwear was great. I'm surprised Phoebe is still with Jake. Great episode.moreless
  • Monica convinces Chandler to go down to Las Vegas and get his dad to come to the wedding. Meanwhile, Joey tries out wearing women's underwear and Rachel gets to drive Monica's Porsche.moreless

    This was actually a great episode. The best part had to have been when Chandler asks his father to attend Chandler and Monica's wedding. It was funny and had just the right touch of good-feeling. Kathleen Turner does an excellent job as "Helena Handbasket" or Chandler's father. Joey tries on Woman's underwear for the first time. This is one of the few times that Joey stretches out to his feminine side (the others being when he got the purse and when Janine moved in). It's pretty funny seeing Joey, who always come off as somewhat manly, show a girly side. The Ross and Rachel driving the Porshe part wasn't that exciting, except for when Ross tries to flirt with the officer. That was pretty funny.

    All-in-all, this was a good episode, a Friends classic.moreless
  • a must watch we see chandlers gay dad joey tries on womens underwear and ross and rachael flirt with male police officers

    monica and chandler fly off to meet chandlers dad nora at his gay bar in las vegas called viva las gaygas, rachael ad ross get caught speeding they both inturn flirt with the male police men. joey after seeing pheobes new boyffriend wearing womens underwear confronts pheobe about it and then he goes home and tries on a pair of rachaels underwear. it all ends badly for joey as a girl he hits on sees the underwear and says no, and then chandlers dad a drag queen says yes to going to monica and chandlers wedding so yay for them.moreless
  • Monica and Chandler look for Chandler's dad that dresses like a girl.

    Great episode! I think that Monica can sometimes be to controlling and think she owns it all. Sometimes she is better! Chandler's dad is a freak! Why would he want to be a girl! Everyone is going to be like what the hell at the wedding. Only 2 weeks until Chandler and Monica are married. Finally! Ross could of drove faster! 37 on a free way! That is pretty damn slow! Ross trys to flirt with a man! What a funny dude!moreless
Troy Norton

Troy Norton


Guest Star

Alexis Arquette

Alexis Arquette

The Waiter in Drag

Guest Star

Mark Consuelos

Mark Consuelos

Officer Hanson

Guest Star

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

Helena Handbasket/Charles Bing

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Gunther [DVD only]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: Monica says she doesn't care what Chandler's dad is wearing as long as it's not a white dress and veil. Phoebe then says, "I need to do some shopping", suggesting that a white dress and veil is what she planned to wear to the wedding. The only problem is, Phoebe will be wearing a bridesmaid dress that matches Rachel's; she won't be picking out her own outfit, anyway.

    • Trivia: In this episode Rachel reveals that her driver's license is expired. This was previously mentioned in "The One with the Invitations".

    • Goof: When Chandler and Monica are in Vegas, Chandler turns off the light on their table to hide from his dad. In the next scene, the light is back on even though no time was supposed to have lapsed.

    • Goof: When Chandler and Monica are in Vegas, Monica's wrap keeps moving where it is on her shoulders between shots.

    • Goof: When Ross and Rachel are driving it is dark outside. However the scenes after with Joey in his apartment and Joey and Phoebe talking in the coffee house, it is daylight.

    • Goof: When the Porsche is parked outside of Central Perk the license plate reads "YSO 791". Later when Ross and Rachel are driving, the license plate reads "XL 334".

    • Goof: When Rachel steals the keys and gets into the Porsche, there is a smear across the hood before Ross dives on it. This smear is obviously from the previous takes.

    • Continuity: Rachel's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend", Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5, and this is consistent with the month of birthday parties thrown for her on the show in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", (which aired in May 1995) and in her one-month-early surprise party in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", (which aired in April 1999). Rachel's 30th birthday, however, is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", (which aired on February 8, 2001). Rachel also mentions that her birthday is after Valentine's Day in "The One with the Girl From Poughkeepsie". A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in this episode that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19).

    • Continuity: In the episode "The One Where Rosita Dies", the Porsche that Monica's Dad gives her is a silver 911 convertible, but in this episode it is a black 911 Targa with the partial hard-top.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Monica: (planning her wedding reception menu) ...Though, y'know, I think I'm gonna go with the chicken piccata instead of the Cornish game hen...
      : Oh, but now, is there gonna be a vegetarian option... y'know, for me?
      Monica: Yes, definitely!
      Phoebe: Oh, great! What is it?
      Monica: Dancing.

    • Ross: It's a car, Monica, not a rocket ship!
      Monica: Whatever, Ross. Just replace the bulbs in the brake lights after you're done.

    • Ross: Look, Rach', if you wanna go for a ride in the Porsche, I'll be glad to take you for a quick spin around the block...
      Joey: Yeah, ya got a couple hours?

    • Ross: You're fast and irresponsible. That adds up to a bad driver.
      Rachel: Well in high school, that added up to head cheerleader.

    • Chandler: (about his dad) Trust me, you don't want him there, either. Nobody's gonna be staring at the bride when the father of the groom is wearing a backless dress.
      Monica: So what? As long as he's not wearing a white dress and a veil, I don't care!
      Phoebe: (getting up to leave) Okay... I think I need to do some shopping.

    • Chandler: Are you serious, I mean like eloping? No more stupid wedding stuff? No more "these flowers or these flowers or these flowers." Think of the money we'll save! (Monica glares at him) We're not eloping! I love the flowers! Can our wedding be bigger, please?!

    • Monica: Chandler, look. I know your dad embarrassed you, I know--
      Chandler: No, no, no. All kids are embarrassed by their parents. You'd have to come up with a whole new word for what I went through. When I was in high school, he used to come to all my swim meets dressed as a different Hollywood starlet! It's hard enough to be fourteen; you're skinny, you're wearing Speedos that your mom promised you would grow into! Then you look up in the stands and there's your dad, cheering you on dressed as Carmen Miranda. Wearing a headdress with real fruit that he will later hand out to your friends as a healthy snack!

    • Chandler: (about his dad) He had sex with Mr. Garibaldi!
      Monica: Who's Mr. Garibaldi?
      Chandler: Does it matter?!

    • Ross: (as they're being pulled over) Okay, stay calm... Nothing's gonna happen to you... You are not in that much trouble.
      Rachel: Really? You think so?
      Ross: I was talkin' to myself. You're goin' down!

    • Monica: (watching Chandler's dad on stage) That can't be your father.
      Chandler: I've been saying that for years. Oh, my God!
      Monica: What?
      Chandler: That's Mr. Garibaldi playing the piano!

    • (Monica and Chandler are in Vegas watching his father's show)
      : He's coming into the audience! He's coming into the audience!
      Monica: Relax, you'll be fine.
      Chandler: Shhh! (turns off their table lamp)
      Monica: (sarcastically) Oh much better. You're invisible now!

    • (Monica and Chandler are at his dad's gay nightclub in Vegas)
      Monica: Can we have our drinks please, waiter.. er... tress!

    • Joey: (about men wearing women's underwear) Yeah! And you have so many more choices than you do with men's underwear!
      Phoebe: Uh-huh.
      Joey: Bikini, French cut, thong! And... and the fabrics! You've got cotton, silk, lace! And you know what I've always wondered about?
      Phoebe: Hm?
      Joey: Pantyhose! You know? The way they start at your toe and go all the way up to... (realizes what he's been saying) I should go take these off, shouldn't I?
      Phoebe: I think it's important that you do.

    • Policeman: Do you know how fast you were traveling back there?
      Ross: Uh, no, I don't. But it could not have been more than 60.
      Policeman: You're right. It was 37.

  • NOTES (9)


    • Chandler: There's your dad cheering you on dressed as Carmen Miranda.
      Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-Brazilian singer, known as "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat."

    • Chandler: It was one of those Marilyn Monroe stamps and I thought, "My dad has that dress".
      Phoebe: Wow. That must be a very different view when he stands over an air vent.
      Chandler: You should see him singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President."
      Marilyn Monroe was an award-winning American actress, singer, and pop icon. In The Seven Year Itch there is a famous scene where she stands over an air vent and her dress is blown up. In 1962, she sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy on television.

    • Joey: He looked like a real lumberjack in those pink lacies.

      In a Monty Python sketch/song a lumberjack reveals his cross-dressing tendency.

    • Chandler: I always said I was too busy. It's all very "Cat's in the Cradle." I don't want to get into it.
      The song "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin, tells the story of a father who is always too busy for his son. Then, when his son grows up, his father wants to spend time with him and then the son is too busy.