Season 5 Episode 12

The One with Chandler's Work Laugh

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Monica begins to hang out with Chandler during his work functions, since they don't have to keep their relationship a secret among his coworkers. However, she learns that Chandler has a second, more annoying personality when he's around his boss. Meanwhile, Ross learns that Emily is getting remarried and in his grief hooks up with an old nemesis of the gang: Janice.moreless

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  • Ross & Janice!?

    This episode came in total suprise to me. Well first of all, i have to say I love Maggie Wheeler, so I jumped for joy when I realized she was in this episode. I thought it was again going to be her pursuing Chandler again, but I was wrong. With the mixing of Emily getting remarried, depressed Ross falls in to the arms of Janice. Now Janice is breaking up with Ross? For being whiny? Has the world gone completely insane!? Anyways I lovge seeing Monica's competitive side in this episode. It's just so funny & silly seeing her like that. She was also good at defending Chandler.moreless
  • A decent episode with a really funny plot for Chandler, Monica and the return of Chandler's old nemesis (now with Ross).

    This is quite a decent episode with another building up for the Chandler Monica love story. Doug returns, though not as impressive as in TOW THE UFC, and Monica spots Chandler fake laughing at his Boss's Joke. She too tries it with even more hilarious effect. But Monica gets mad after Chandler intentionally makes them lose a game to Doug and his wife, even though they are clearly decimating them. Monica thinks of Chandler as a suck-up weasel and tells him to become the boyfriend who she respects. Chandler does so and refusing to laugh at a Doug Joke, however Monica (the loving person that she is) realized that this might jeopardize Chandler and his Boss's work relation and gets Chandler to fake laugh (or work laugh as he calls it.) Phoebe and Joey having nothing much to do, so they have a competition to settle a 'dispute' between the Chick and the Duck. Ross hooks up with Chandler's ex Janice and three of the friends (minus Chandler to add to the 'authenticity' that Chandler is still in Yemen) are shocked and 'judge' him. Ross finds her great because she is able tolerate his whining about his tragic life in this season (which really is). However Janice tells him that she is tired of his whining and tells him that this might not work. When Ross realizes that his whining has become so annoying that its annoying that the annoying Queen, he uses her infamous quote 'OH MY GOD' and then takes it lightheartedly. Janice however freaks out Joey when she says 2 out of 3 and does her famous laugh. Rachel finds it difficult to keep this quiet and tries to talk about it to Monica. Later she overhears Chandler and Monica talking and realizing how Monica loves her as friend and wants to talk to her about it and tries to leave but knocks the lamp down. Monica tries to make up something and an emotional Rachel pretends to buy it and leaves after hugging her. In the funny last scene, Ross tells Chandler about his involvement with Janice and apologizes to him for breaking the rules. Chandler realizing the rules freaks out and reminds him that he got Ross a shelter and that he gave him 27 dollar after just giving him, basically preparing him before telling the big news later on. Overall it was really nice episode because it was one of the first episodes where Monica and Chandler behaved like a loving couple together at a social event. Ross's frustration over Emily's Wedding was quite funny, so was Phoebe listening to the duck and the chick's complaints.moreless
  • a very funny episode

    Monica begins to hang out with Chandler during his work functions since the friends dont know and since they don't have to keep their relationship a secret among his coworkers. However, she learns that Chandler has a second, more annoying personality when he's around his boss his new work laugh is very horrible and he lets his boss win in racquetball much to monica's dissapointmennt, but then they bith suck up to the boss. Meanwhile, Ross learns that Emily is getting remarried and in his grief hooks up with an old nemesis of the gang: Janice. and she eventually dumps him for being so needy and boring. a very good episode, lol ha ha lol. a must watch.moreless
  • ...

    A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end.moreless
  • Moinca begins to hang out with Chandler and work and to find out that he has a second more annoying personality. Ross learns that Emily is getting remarried and he hooks up with Janice!moreless

    Good episode. I don't know why Chandler has to have a work laugh he could just use his normal laugh but I think it is because he has to fake the jokes are funny. Why would Rachel want to know more about Chandler and Monica if she already knows that they are going out. The only thing Joey knows is that they had sex where Rachel was sitting. That was funny. I am surprised Rachel didn't tell Ross or Phoebe yet seem she is such a gossip. Monica and Chandler keep beating his boss in tennis and Monica doesn't want them to win one...I wouldn't either.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Janice is dumping Ross in the coffeehouse and Ross says "I annoy you, Janice?," he is holding a coffee cup with his left hand and gesturing towards Janice with his right hand. When the camera angle changes, he is gesturing with his left hand, and holding the cup with his right hand.

    • Magna Doodle: Joey - call Kim

    • Continuity: In this episode, Joey apologizes to Rachel for his crassness when describing Monica and Chandler's relationship and corrects himself, using air quotes correctly when he says, "making love". However, a few years later, in "The One Where Emma Cries", he tells Ross that he's never known what people mean when they use air quotes, and proceeds with a running joke in which he uses them incorrectly.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Rachel: Come on, Joey.
      Joey: Rach', I told you everything I knew last night. Look, it's not that big a deal, so Monica and Chandler are doing it.
      Rachel: I cannot believe you would say that!
      Joey: Sorry. Monica and Chandler are (makes air-quotes) "making love".
      Rachel: No, I mean this is a huge deal. Come on, I need more details. Like who initiated the first kiss?
      Joey: (thinks briefly) I don't know.
      Rachel: God, I just cannot imagine Chandler being romantic. Is he romantic with her?
      Joey: (thinks briefly) I don't know.
      Rachel: Are they in love?
      Joey: (thinks briefly) I don't know.
      Rachel: Ugh, you don't know anything!
      Joey: Ooh, I do know one thing. They did it right there on the couch.
      (Rachel quickly jumps up from the couch)

    • Chandler: (to Monica) Doug wants us to play tennis with them. He's never even talked to me outside of work... Except for that time when we bumped into each other at that strip club.
      (Monica gives him a look)
      Chandler: Strip... church.

    • (Rachel is trying to get Monica to open up about Chandler)
      Rachel: Hey, y'know what? Let's talk about relationships...
      Monica: Okay, so what's going on with you?
      Rachel: Nothing... You go!
      Monica: Well, there was this guy at the bank I thought was cute... but I don't anymore.
      Rachel: Wow. That's uh, juicy. Y'know what, though, Mon... I actually do have a lot of work to do, so are you sure there's not anything... else?
      Monica: Yes, I'm sure... Rachel, is there something that you wanna talk to me about...?
      Rachel: No... (almost to herself as she gets up to leave) If there was I wouldn't tell you!

    • Chandler: (playing tennis with his boss and his boss's wife) I think we should let them win the next game.
      Monica: I'm sorry, I don't understand what you just said.
      Chandler: Let them win one.
      Monica: Are you crazy? We own those two. I mean, look at him, he can't even breathe and she's poppin' pills.
      Chandler: You're not even giving them a chance.
      Monica: They have racquets, don't they?!

    • Chandler: Okay, I don't sound like some crazed, drunken pirate.
      Monica: I know you don't, but Work Chandler does!

    • Monica: I've gotta tell you, I don't like Work Chandler! Okay? The guy's a suck-up!
      Chandler: Okay you know what? Because you said that, I'm not putting out tonight!

    • Monica: I'm telling you, something's wrong. My brother does not stay out all night.
      Joey: Maybe we should check the trash chute.
      Rachel: Ross couldn't fit down the trash chute!
      Joey: That's right, he almost could... Which is exactly how I got stuck there.

    • Monica: Where the hell have you been?
      Ross: Just you know, out.
      Rachel: Oh, out. Oh, God, I don't know why we didn't think to check there.

    • Janice: I'm asking you please, take a moment before you judge me.
      Phoebe: Oh, nobody's judging you...
      (They all turn and look at Ross)

    • Ross: (about his dating Janice) Okay, guys, I know what you're going to say...
      Phoebe: You two would have very hairy children.
      Ross: Okay, I didn't know you'd say that.

    • Phoebe: (referring to Janice) So, are you actually going to see her again?
      Joey: Phoebe, don't put ideas in his head!
      Ross: I am going to see her again.
      Joey: Damn it, Phoebe!

    • Rachel: Okay, I have to tell you something that I have never admitted in our entire friendship, but when we were in high school I made out with James Farrow even though I knew you liked him. Wow. That felt so good to get that off my chest. Okay, you go.
      Monica: My turn, what are you talking about?
      Rachel: Oh, Monica, I know about you and Chandler.
      Monica: What?
      Rachel: I overheard you guys on the phone the other day and you said, "Well, I'll just tell Rachel I'm doing laundry for a couple of hours", and he said, "Laundry, is that my new nickname?" and you said "No, you know what your nickname is, Mr. Big."
      Monica: Well, sounds like you're writing yourself a little play there, Rach'. Let me know how that one turns out.
      Rachel: Well, I wouldn't know because I got so freaked out I hung up the phone.
      Monica: Well, if you had kept listening, you would have heard me call him "Mr. Big... It".
      Rachel: What?
      Monica: "Mr. Bigot". He tells the most racist jokes.
      Rachel: Alright, so that's it. You're telling me that there's nothing going on between you and Chandler.
      Monica: Me and Chandler? (excessively fake-laughs)

    • Joey: Well, Chandler and Monica are over there and it's kinda hard to concentrate.
      Rachel: What?! She just called and said she was gonna be working late. Okay, she keeps lying to me. That's it! You know what? I'm just gonna go over there, and I'm confronting them right now!
      (Rachel storms out of the apartment)
      Joey: (heads for Rachel's bedroom) Panty raid!

    • (Rachel overhears Monica and Chandler talking in his bedroom)
      : So, you're telling me I have to tell racist jokes now?
      Monica: Sorry, I'm not very good at this. I'm a terrible liar and I hate having to lie to Rachel.
      Chandler: But, we're not ready to tell yet.
      Monica: I know. But ever since high school, Rachel was the one person that I told everything to, y'know? I miss that so much now. She's my best friend.

    • Janice: (breaking up with Ross) I believe, that... the sun has set... on our... day in the sun.

    • Ross: Let me make sure I'm hearing this right... You're ending this with me, because... I'm too whiny?
      Janice: Mmmm.
      Ross: So, you're saying, I've become so whiny that I... annoy you... Janice.
      Janice: Well, yeah!
      Ross: Oh... my... God!
      Janice: Are you gonna be okay...?
      Ross: I am now!

    • Ross: I had a thing with Janice.
      (Chandler bursts out laughing)
      Ross: Well, y-you're not mad?
      Chandler: Why would I be mad?
      Ross: Y'know, because there are certain rules about this kind of stuff. You don't, uh, you don't fool around with your friend's ex-girlfriends, or uh, possible girlfriends, or girls they're related to...
      Chandler: (recognizing his own situation with Ross's sister) I am mad. But, you know what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna forgive you... because that's what friends do! They forgive their friends when they do everything you just said--all the things on the list there.
      Ross: Thank-you.
      Chandler: Well, but I want you to remember... that I forgave you.
      Ross: Okay...
      Chandler: And I also want you to remember that I let you live here, rent free!
      Ross: Alright...
      Chandler: And... (pulls cash out of his pocket and starts counting it) And I want you to remember that I gave you... twenty... seven dollars--no strings attached! Now, if you can't remember that, I think we should write it down--let's write it down!

  • NOTES (5)


    • Chandler: Okay, easy Martina.

      This refers to Martina Hingis, a former World No. 1 woman tennis player from Switzerland, who won five Grand Slam singles titles, three Australian Open, one Wimbledon, and one US Open. She held the World No. 1 singles ranking for a total of 209 weeks. He could have also been referring to former tennis champion Martina Navratilova, who Martina Hingis is named after.

    • Joey: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, they get mail and stuff.
      This is a reference to the movie You've Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as competing business rivals who hate each other in the office but fall in love on the internet, unaware of the other's true identity.