Friends

Season 1 Episode 4

The One with George Stephanopoulos

10
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1994 on NBC
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This is the one where Ross mourns the anniversary of losing his virginity to Carol while at a hockey game with the guys. Rachel gets her first paycheck, the girls have a slumber party, and George Stephanopoulos's pizza is delivered to Monica by mistake.

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  • This episode has a really good plot that will keep you glued to the tv

    8.5
    In this episode Chandler and Joey take Ross to a hockey match to make him forget about his first time having sex with his girlfreind. While that happens Rachel learns that her life in NYC with Monica aint that fun wich makes her mourn about the life she use to have. Overall i would say that this episode has a great plot and lots of side splitting jokes. The only downside to the episode was the part where Rachel kept talking about her boring life in NYC. But again another great episode by the gang at NYC. Really Funny lol.moreless
  • Awesome.

    9.0
    The girls spy on the sexy politician across the street(George Stephanopoulos), while the boys go to a hockey game. What can I say about this episode? I mean it is awesome, every episode of "Friends" is awesome, but when I have re-watched "Friends" season one, this one isn't one of the best. Still very, very funny. And once again some awesome line and scenes in this episode. I feel sorry for Ross in this episode, god bless him. I thought when the three girl are spying on the guy across the street is funny too. All in all another awesome episode from "Friends".moreless
  • October 20th.

    10
    A day sequence, on the day of October 20th, the girls have a slumber party & the guys go to a hockey game. The episode starts out as when Rachel gets her paycheck & her friends from back home who are successful come to visit & now Rachel feels bad, so Monica & Phoebe throw a slumber party and while they are there (my favorite part) they talk about Ross, Joey & Chandler and then it shows a scene of them doing quite the opposite. While they are spying on George S. I like how Rachel is sobbing the whole time & especially the end when she realizes she is fine where she's at & that's why it is a classic, the subplot at the hockey game, October 20th is actually the day Ross & Carol had their first time & it was his first time too, so Ross is down in the dumps the entire time. And he gets more down in the dumps when the puck hits his mouth & he has to go to the hospital. That lady at the counter was hysterical! Again a series classic!moreless
  • Joey: Man. Can you believe he's only had sex with one woman? Chandler: I think it's great. You know, it's sweet. It's romantic. Joey: Really? Chandler: No, you kidding? The guy is a freak.moreless

    9.0
    The girls spy on the sexy politician across the street(George Stephanopoulos), while the boys go to a hockey game. What can I say about this episode? I mean it is awesome, every episode of "Friends" is awesome, but when I have re-watched "Friends" season one, this one isn't one of the best. Still very, very funny. And once again some awesome line and scenes in this episode. I feel sorry for Ross in this episode, god bless him. I thought when the three girl are spying on the guy across the street is funny too. All in all another awesome episode from "Friends".moreless
  • awesome

    9.3
    The girls spy on the politician across the street. While teh boys go to a New York Rangers match. This episode is one of my favourites but surprisingly alot of Friends fans think its average, the girls where great when the were spying on the man and when the pillow fell to the street was just laugh out load funny, the boys story was just as good, I love the part were Chandler is talking to Dorris and he turns around she is looking at him it was so funny when he jumped out of his skin, all in all this episode is one of my all time favourites of the show.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe tells Monica that she slept with her ex-boyfriend, Jason Hurley, two hours after they broke up and Rachel has no idea about it because it happened before she joined the group. However, in "The One Where Eddie Won't Go," Rachel tells Monica that Phoebe slept with Jason an hour after they broke up and Monica seems surprised and angry with Phoebe.

    • Goof: When Chandler, Joey and Ross went to the emergency room they come into contact with Dora whom is making a call in reference to the quality of a candy bar. She says she is calling to tell them that she is not fully satisfied with "this" candy bar. This cannot be possible if the candy bar has not been open yet.

    • Factual Error: Ross, Chandler, and Joey go to a New York Rangers - Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game. In reality the National Hockey League was experiencing a lockout during the 1994-95 season that lasted until January, meaning that no game could have existed in October of 1994.

    • Trivia: When the girls are out on the balcony discussing what the boys would be like in bed, their discussion foreshadows their future romantic entanglements. Phoebe speaks highly of Joey, Monica of Chandler, and Rachel of Ross. (Although Phoebe and Joey were never technically together, they often acted as a pair.)

    • Continuity: Ross's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One Where Emma Cries" Ross says his birthday is October 18th. Also, in "The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant" (which aired October 19th) Ross is taken to the Hootie and the Blowfish concert on his birthday. However, in "The One with George Stephanopoulos," Joey and Chandler buy Rangers' tickets to celebrate Ross's birthday on October 20th, and Ross says that his birthday was seven months ago, implying his birthday is in March. Furthermore, in "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend" Ross tells Gunther his birthday is in December.

    • Goof: When Rachel is sitting around the coffee house with her old girlfriends, right before the scene changes, it flashes to Rachel and her hair suddenly looks different.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Monica: Pheebs, do you have a plan?
      Phoebe: I don't even have a "pla."

    • Joanne: Well, guess who my dad's making partner in his firm?
      (She points to herself. They scream.)
      Kiki: And while we're on the subject of news...
      (She shows them her engagement ring. They scream.)
      Phoebe: (To Monica) Look, look, I have elbows!
      (She holds up her elbows. They scream.)

    • Rachel: Okay, I'm not just waitressing. I'm... I, um... I write the specials on the specials board, and, uh... and I, uh... I take the, uh, dead flowers out of the vase... Oh, and, um, sometimes Artelle lets me put the little chocolate blobbies on the cookies.
      Leslie: Well. Your mom didn't tell us about the blobbies.

    • Joey: Hey, that woman's got an ass like Carol's! What? Thought we were trying to find stuff.

    • Joey: (Walking into Central Perk) 95, 96, 97. See, I told you! Less than 100 steps from our place to here.
      Chandler: You've got way too much free time.

    • Ross: Uh oh.
      Chandler: What? There was ice there that night with Carol? Plastic seats? Four thousand angry Pittsburgh fans?
      Ross: No, actually, I was just saying it looks like we're not sitting together. But now that you mention it, there was ice that night. It was the first frost.

    • Ross: Peach pit!
      Chandler: Yes, honey?
      Ross: That night we had...
      Chandler: Peaches?
      Ross: No, actually, nectarines.

    • Rachel: Now everything is just...
      Phoebe: Floopy?
      Rachel: Yeah.
      Monica: Well, that's not just you. I mean, half the time we don't know what we're doing. You just have to hope that it will all come together and things will be... unfloopy.
      Phoebe: Yeah, like that's a word.

    • Joey: Man. Can you believe he's only had sex with one woman?
      Chandler: I think it's great. You know, it's sweet. It's romantic.
      Joey: Really?
      Chandler: No, you kidding? The guy is a freak.

    • Ross: I remember the moonlight coming through the window, and her face had the most incredible glow.
      Chandler: Yes, the moon, the glow, the magical feeling, you did this part. Could I get some painkillers over here, please?

    • Chandler: (To Receptionist) Excuse me, look, we've been here for over an hour, and a lot of people less sick than my friend have gone in. I mean that guy with the toe thing. Who's he sleeping with?

    • Ross: Chandler, what about you?
      Chandler: If I were omnipotent for a day, I'd make myself omnipotent forever.
      Rachel: See, there's always one guy. (Mocking Chandler) If I had a wish, I'd wish for three more wishes.

    • Phoebe: Oh and I brought Operation! I lost the tweezers so we can't operate, but we can prep the guy!

    • Ross: I think I'm just gonna go home and think of my ex-wife and her lesbian lover.
      Joey: Hell with the hockey! Let's all do that.

    • Rachel: Everyone I know is either getting married or getting pregnant or getting promoted, and I'm getting coffee! And it's not even for me!

    • Rachel: (About her first paycheck) I earned this. I wiped tables for it, I steamed milk for it, and it was totally... (Looks closely at the check) not worth it! Who is FICA and why is he getting all my money?

    • Monica: That is the unusual activity.Look, they just wanna see if you're okay.
      Rachel: They wanna know if I'm okay. Well, let's see, the FICA guys took all my money, everyone I know is either getting married, or getting promoted, or getting pregnant, and I'm getting coffee! And it's not even for me! So if that sounds like I'm okay, okay, then you can tell them I'm okay, okay?
      Monica: (She pauses) Uh, Rachel has left the building, can you call back?

    • Phoebe: Okay, okay. If I were omnipotent for a day, I would want, um, world peace, no more hunger, good things for the rain-forest. And bigger boobs!

    • Monica: Hey, Joey! What would you do if you were omnipotent?
      Joey: Probably kill myself.
      Monica: Excuse me?
      Joey: Hey, if Little Joey's dead, I got no reason to live.
      Ross: Uh Joey... omnipotent.
      Joey: You are? I'm so sorry. (To Chandler) I didn't know, I thought it was one of those theoretical questions.

    • Chandler: It's kind of an emergency! I guess you know that, or we'd be in the predicament room.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Náplast na smutek (Patch for Sadness)

    • The opening credits for this episode were slightly different with a few different shots used than the normal opening credits at the time.

    • Rachel mentions to her old friends that she does her own laundry, but that doesn't happen until the following episode. This is due to the fact that "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent" was produced before this one. This might also explain why this episode aired on October 13, but it takes place on October 20, the air date of "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent."

    • This episode runs 25:20 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). Among the added material, a scene features the girls talking about the guys, while contrasting examples to what they discuss are shown.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Phoebe: You are just like Jack.
      Rachel: ... Jack from downstairs?
      Phoebe: No, Jack and the Beanstalk.
      Monica: Ah, the other Jack.
      Phoebe: Yeah, right! See, he gave up something, but then he got those magic beans. And then he woke up, and there was this, this big plant outside his window, full of possibilities and stuff... And he lived in a village, and you live in the Village...
      Rachel: Okay, but Pheebs, Pheebs, Jack gave up a cow, I gave up an orthodontist. Okay, I, I, I know, I know I didn't love him.
      Phoebe: Oh, see, Jack did love the cow.

      Jack and the Beanstalk is a popular English fairy tale which first appeared in a printed form in 1807. Over the years, this tale has been adapted into several books, plays, movies, and television episodes.

    • Chandler: (Kicking a can) ...Poulet passes it up to Leetch!
      Joey: Leetch spots Messier in the crease. There's the pass!...
      Chandler: We'll be taking a brief time out while Messier stops to look at some women's shoes.

      Brian Leetch was a defensemen for the New York Rangers from 1988 to 2004. He was team captain from 1997 to 2000. Leetch's number 2 was retired on January 24th, 2008.

      Mark Messier was the center for the New York Rangers from 1991 to 1997 and 2000 to 2004. He was team captain from 1991 to 1997 and when he returned to the team he captained from 2000 to 2004. Between the Rangers and his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, Messier has won six Stanley cups. A Hall of Fame inductee, he is second on the all-time career lists for regular season points, playoff points, and regular season games played. He also is the only professional athlete to captain two different teams to championships. Messier's number 11 was retired on January 12th, 2006.

      The Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, the year this episode aired, for their performance in the 1993-94 season.

    • Pizza Guy: Wait, you're not "G. Stephanopoulos?" Man, my dad's gonna kill me!
      Monica: Wait! Did you say "G. Stephanopoulos?"
      Pizza Guy: Yeah. This one goes across the street. I must have given him yours. Oh, bonehead, bonehead!
      Monica: Wait, was this a small Mediterranean guy with curiously intelligent good looks?
      Pizza Guy: Yeah, that sounds about right.
      Monica: Was he wearing a stunning blue suit?
      Phoebe: And a power tie?
      Pizza Guy: No, pretty much just a towel.
      Monica: Oh God.
      Pizza Guy: So you guys want me to take this back?
      Monica: Are you nuts?! We got George Stephanopoulos's pizza!

      George Stephanopoulos is an American broadcaster and political adviser who currently works for ABC. He has been a correspondent for many shows including This Week and World News Tonight. At the time when this episode was produced, he was President Bill Clinton's senior political adviser.

    • Monica: I swear I've seen birds do this on Wild Kingdom.

      Mutual Of Omaha's Wild Kingdom is an American television show that features wildlife and nature.

    • Monica: (Into phone) Rachel has left the building.

      This famous phrase was said when Elvis Presley walked out of an arena where he was performing. Elvis drew such a crowd that announcers would say this in hopes of getting his fans to leave.

    • Joey: Ross, check it out: hockey tickets, Rangers-Penguins, tonight at the Garden, and we're taking you.

      The New York Rangers are a National Hockey League team based in New York City, New York. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a National Hockey League team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    • Chandler: Oh, I thought you were great in Silence of the Lambs.

      Silence of the Lambs is a novel by Thomas Harris, featuring sociopath psychiatrist and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In the novel and the film based on it, Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, is sent to question an imprisoned sociopath/psychiatrist to get information on one of his former clients, a serial killer given the name Buffalo Bill, who is abducting women and skinning them.

    • Rachel: Uh, Pheebs? Who's George Snuffleupagus?
      Phoebe: Big Bird's friend.

      Mr. Snuffleupagus was Big Bird's best friend on Sesame Street.

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