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Season 5 Episode 12

The One with Chandler's Work Laugh

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



  • Trivia

    • 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, correctly using air quotes as he says the two are "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

    • Chandler: 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 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.

    • Joey: Well, Chandler and Monica are over there and it's kind of hard to concentrate.
      Rachel: What? She just called and said she was gonna be working late. She keeps lying to me, you know what, that's it I'm just gonna go over there and I'm confronting them right now.

    • 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 your writing yourself a little play there, Rach. Let me know how that one turns out.
      Rachel: Well, I wouldn't know because I go 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? (starts fake laugh)

    • 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.

    • Chandler: 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 won.
      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?

    • Rachel: Hey, you 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. You know what, Mon, I 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 anything that you want to talk to me about?
      Rachel: No. (walking away) If there was I wouldn't tell you.

    • 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 "making love".
      Rachel: No, I mean this is a huge deal. Come on, I need more details. Like who initiated the first kiss?
      Joey: I don't know.
      Rachel: God, I just cannot imagine Chandler being romantic. Is he romantic with her?
      Joey: I don't know.
      Rachel: Are they in love?
      Joey: 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 jumps up)

    • Ross: (About Janice) Okay, guys, I know what you are going to say.
      Phoebe: You two would have very hairy children.
      Ross: Okay, I didn't know you would 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!

    • Ross: I had a thing with Janice. (Chandler laughs) You're not mad?
      Chandler: Why would I be mad?
      Ross: Because there are rules about this kind of stuff. You don't fool around with your friend's ex-girlfriend, or possible girlfriends, or girl that you're related to.
      Chandler: (Recognizing his own situation) I am mad. You know what I gonna do, I gonna forgive you, because that's what friends do. They forgive their friends when they do everything you just said, everything on the list there. 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 for free.
      Ross: All right.
      Chandler: I want you to remember that I gave you $27. No strings attached! Now, if you can't remember that, we should write it down. Let's write it down!

    • Rachel: That's it! I'm going over there and confronting them right now.
      (Rachel storms out of apartment)
      Joey: Panty raid!

    • 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 Okay?
      Ross: I am now!

    • Janice: (Breaking up with Ross) I think the sun is setting on our ... moment in the sun.

    • 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!

    • Joey: 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 "making love".

    • 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)

    • 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. (She glares at him.) Strip church.

    • 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.

    • Ross: Okay, I know what you guys are gonna say.
      Phoebe: You two would have very hairy children.
      Ross: Okay, I didn't know you were gonna say that.

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

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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 others true identity.