Season 9 Episode 10

The One with Christmas in Tulsa

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: In the boardroom scene from "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner", everyone  present was an avid smoker. In this episode's boardroom scene, even though most of the same people are present, no one is smoking and there is only one ashtray briefly visible on the table.

    • Goof: It seems highly unlikely that Ross and Rachel would not have their daughter, Emma, on Christmas.

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: I'll see you New Year's Day.
      Monica: You're not gonna be here New Year's Eve?!
      Chandler: Did I not mention that?
      Monica: No.
      Chandler: (realizing he screwed up) And to all a good night! (hurries out of the apartment)

    • Monica: So is it horrible? Is everybody working really hard?
      Chandler: Ah, well no, it's just, uh, me and Wendy.
      Monica: Wendy? That sounds like a girl's name.
      Chandler: It is. Did I... not tell you about her?
      Monica: Um, um, about the time you told me about New Year's Eve.

    • Monica: (on speaker phone about Wendy) Is she pretty?
      Chandler: Uh... uh...
      Ross: Answer faster, answer faster.
      Chandler: I don't know...
      Ross: Answer better, answer better.

    • Joey: (on speaker phone) Ah, wait, is Wendy the runner-up Miss Oklahoma?
      Monica: What?
      Chandler: Well, she, she didn't win...
      Monica: Alright, well, maybe I should let you and the second prettiest girl in Oklahoma get back to work.
      Chandler: Well, second prettiest that year. I mean, of all the girls in Oklahoma, she's probably...
      Rachel: Oh Chandler, stop talking!

    • Chandler: She's regional vice president, she's just below me.
      Monica: She did what?
      Chandler: Be-low me.

    • Chandler: Whoa-ho, back off, Missy!
      Wendy: (laughs) Missy?
      Chandler: I don't know, I'm not used to girls making passes at me! Wait a minute... am I sexy in Oklahoma?

    • Chandler: Look, I'm married!
      Wendy: So? I'm married.
      Chandler: I'm happily married.
      Wendy: Oh, what's that like?

    • Chandler: My wife is amazing, she's beautiful and smart. If she was here right now, she'd kick your ass.

    • Chandler: Look, you're a really nice person... ham stealing and adultery
      aside. But what I have with my wife is pretty great, so nothing is ever gonna happen between us.
      Wendy: Okay, let me ask you something: if what you and your wife have is so great, then why are you spending Christmas with me?

    • Rachel: (about Ross's gift) Oh, I love it!
      Ross: Really? You're not gonna return it?
      Rachel: Well, not this second!

    • Chandler: Turns out they can't fire me. Because I quit.
      Ross: What, you really quit your job?
      Chandler: Yeah, it was a stupid job. (to Monica) And I could not stand leaving you. And why should I be the only one who doesn't get to do what he really wants?
      Rachel: So, what do you really want to do?
      Chandler: (after a moment of reflection) I have not thought this through!

    • Phoebe: Chandler, your being here is the best Christmas present I could have ever imagined.
      Chandler: (flattered) Aw.
      Phoebe: Now give me my real gift.

    • Chandler: Hey, you know what I just realized? You... are the sole wage earner. You... are the head of the household. I... don't do anything. I am a kept man.
      Monica: You are! (handing him a twenty) Hey, here's twenty bucks. Why don't you buy yourself something pretty while I'm at work tomorrow.

  • Notes

    • The clips used in this episode are from:

      "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie"
      "The One with the Routine"
      "The One with Phoebe's Dad"
      "The One with the Holiday Armadillo"
      "The One with the Truth about London"
      "The One Hundredth"
      "The One in Vegas (2)"
      "The One with Rachel's Book"

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui passait Noël à Tulsa (The One Who Spent Christmas In Tulsa)

    • Chandler, played by Matthew Perry, was the only friend with a story line in this episode.

    • This episode runs 23:09 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Clip Show #5.

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe: He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
      And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle.
      But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight:
      "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
      Phoebe is reciting the end of "A Visit From St. Nicholas", more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas". The poem, published anonymously in 1823, was later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore who acknowledged authorship in 1837.