Season 5 Episode 12

The One with Chandler's Work Laugh

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



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Magna Doodle: Joey - call Kim (with a smiley face)
      Magna Doodle: Joey - Kim called again!!

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: (pleading) C'mon, Joey!
      Joey: Rach'... I told you everything I knew last night! Look, it's not that big a deal... So Monica and Chandler are doin' it...
      Rachel: I cannot believe you would say that!
      Joey: Sorry... Monica and Chandler are... (air-quotes) "making love".
      Rachel: No, I mean this is a huge deal... C'mon, I need more details. Like who initiated the first kiss?
      Joey: (thinks briefly) I don't know.
      Rachel: Ach! ...I just cannot imagine Chandler being romantic...
      Joey: Huhn...
      Rachel: 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! don't know anything!
      Joey: Ooh, I do know one thing... (pointing to where Rachel is sitting) They did it right there on the couch.
      (Rachel quickly jumps up)

    • 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 meets Monica at Central Perk to try to get her 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... (mostly 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: (about his "work laugh") Okay, I don't sound like some crazed, drunken pirate.
      Monica: I know you don't, but Work Chandler does!

    • Monica: I gotta tell ya, I don't like Work Chandler... okay? The guy's a suck-up!
      Chandler: Okay, y'know what? Because you said that, I'm not puttin' 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, y'know... out.
      Rachel: Oh, "out"? Oh, God... I don't know why we didn't think to check there...

    • (It has just been revealed that Ross hooked up with Janice)
      : (to the gang) 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) Hey, look... I know what you guys 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: Dammit, Phoebe!!

    • Rachel: Okay, I have to tell you something that I have never admitted throughout our entire friendship, but when we were in high school, I made out with James Farrow even though I knew that 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: Ach... Monica... I know about you and Chandler...
      Monica: What?
      Rachel: I overheard you guys on the phone the other day... and you said, "I'll just tell Rachel that 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'... Wow... 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've 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... there's nothing going on between you and Chandler.
      Monica: Me and Chandler...? (laughs her own exaggerated work-laugh)

    • 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! Y'know what? I'm just gonna go over there... and I'm confronting them right now!
      (Rachel storms out of the apartment)
      Joey: (heading 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, y'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

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: (to Monica) 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, whom Martina Hingis is named after.

    • Joey: (about the movie he's going to) 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 business rivals who hate each other in person, but meet and fall in love in an online chatroom, unaware of the other's true identity.