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
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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 (8)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • 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. Girabaldi playing the piano!

    • Monica: Chandler, look. I know your dad embarrassed you, but-
      Chandler: Oh, 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!

    • Ross: (As they're being pulled over) Relax, you're not in that much trouble, it's gonna be fine.
      Rachel: Really?
      Ross: I was talking to myself. You're going down!

    • Chandler: (About his dad) You do not want him there. No one's going to be looking at the bride when the father of the groom is wearing a backless dress.
      Monica: As long as he's not wearing a white dress and a veil, I don't care!
      Phoebe: Okay, I need to do some shopping.

    • Chandler: (About his dad) He's coming over!
      Monica: Relax you'll be fine.
      Chandler: (Sarcastically) Yeah!
      (Turns the light off on their table)
      Monica: (Sarcastically) Oh much better. You're invisible now!

    • (Monica and Chandler, in the crowd at Chandler's dad performance in Vegas)
      Monica: Can we have our drinks please, tress!

    • 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.

    • Ross: Rach, if you want, I can take you around the block.
      Joey: Yeah, got a few hours?

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

    • Joey: 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? They way they start at your toe and go all the way up to... I should go take these off, shouldn't I?
      Phoebe: I think it's important that you do.

    • Phoebe: Is there gonna be a vegetarian option for those of us---?
      Monica: Of course!
      Phoebe: What is it?
      Monica: Dancing!

    • 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?!

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

    • 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!

  • 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 walks over an air vent and her dress flies 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.