Season 1 Episode 4

The One with George Stephanopoulos

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: This is the first episode in which we get a good look at Monica's balcony, complete with fire escape and enough room for the girls' slumber party. You have to wonder, however, who would design an apartment in which there was a finished balcony, but the only way to get to it was by climbing awkwardly through a window--especially when the window is virtually useless for any other purpose? Why wouldn't there be a door there, instead?

    • Trivia: In the tag scene, the guy who returns the pillow that Rachel knocked off the balcony resembles George Stephanopoulos. Perhaps it is meant to be taken as him. After answering the door, Chandler even acts like he recognized him.

    • 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 who 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. That can't be possible since the candy bar has not been opened 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 this episode, 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

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • Monica: Hey, Joey! What would you do if you were omnipotent?
      Joey: Prob'ly kill myself.
      Monica: Excuse me?
      Joey: Hey, if Little Joey's dead, then I got no reason to live.
      Ross: Joey, uh... om-nipotent.
      Joey: You are? Ross! (to Chandler) I had no idea! I thought it was like a theoretical question.

    • Joey: (walking into Central Perk) ...five, ninety-six, ninety-seven! See, I told ya! Less than a hundred steps from our place to here.
      Chandler: You got way too much free time, man.

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

    • 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's FICA? Why's he gettin' all my money?

    • (Several of Rachel's old girlfriends have come to visit her at Central Perk)
      : (to Rachel) Well, guess who my dad's making partner in his firm? (she points to herself and they all scream)
      Kiki: And while we're on the subject of news... (she shows them her engagement ring and they all scream)
      Phoebe: (to Monica) Look, look, I have elbows! (she holds up her elbows and they both scream)

    • (The guys are walking to the Ranger's game and Ross is reminiscing about the night he and Carol consummated their relationship)
      : (glancing down at the sidewalk) Peach pit...!
      Chandler: Yes, bunny?
      Ross: Peach pit. That night we had...
      Chandler: Peaches?
      Ross: Actually, nectarines, but basically...

    • (Ross has been noting all the things on the street that remind him of Carol)
      Joey: Hey, that woman's got an ass like Carol's!
      (Ross and Chandler look at him blankly)
      Joey: What? I thought we were trying to find stuff.

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

    • Phoebe: (at the girls' slumber party) Oh and I brought Operation! I lost the tweezers so we can't operate, but we can prep the guy!

    • (Monica is on the phone with Rachel's credit card people)
      Monica: (to Rachel) They say there's been some unusual activity on your account.
      Rachel: But, I haven't used my card in weeks!
      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 pregnant, or getting promoted... 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: (pauses) Uh, Rachel has left the building... can you call back?

    • 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.

    • Rachel: (about marrying Barry) But, see, it was a plan, y'know? It was clear! Everything was figured out! ...And now everything's just kinda, like...
      Phoebe: Floopy?
      Rachel: Yeah.
      Monica: Well, you're not the only one... (gesturing to Phoebe) I mean, half the time we don't know where we're going... I mean, you just gotta figure at some point it's all gonna come together and it's just gonna be... un-floopy.
      Phoebe: Yeah, like that's a word.

    • Chandler: (to the receptionist at the hospital) It's kind of an emergency! ...I guess you know that, or we'd be in the "predicament" room.

    • Monica: Phoebe?
      Phoebe: What?
      Monica: Do you have a plan?
      Phoebe: I don't even have a "pla..."

    • 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: 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! (to just about any staff within earshot) Could I get some painkillers over here, please?!

    • Joey: (to Chandler about Ross) Man! ...can you believe he's only had sex with one woman?
      Chandler: I think it's great, y'know?'s sweet, it's romantic...
      Joey: Really?
      Chandler: Nah, are you kidding? The guy's a freak!

    • Rachel: (smiling contentedly, seeing all her friends and new circumstances) I've got magic beans...

  • Notes

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

    • 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

    • Phoebe: You are just like Jack.
      Rachel: ... Jack from downstairs?
      Phoebe: No, Jack and the Beanstalk.
      Monica: Ah, the other Jack.
      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?"
      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 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: (on the phone) Rachel has left the building.
      This paraphrases "Elvis has left the building", an announcement made when Elvis Presley would leave a performance venue. It's main purpose was to clear out fans who might be expecting an encore.

    • 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.
      "The Garden" refers to Madison Square Garden, a multi-purpose indoor arena and home to both the New York Rangers hockey team as well as the New York Knicks basketball team.

    • Chandler: (to Ross who is wearing a nose guard) Oh, I thought you were great in Silence of the Lambs
      The protective nose guard worn by Ross is reminiscent of the mask worn by Anthony Hopkins in the psychological thriller, The Silence of the Lambs.

    • Rachel: Uh, Pheebs? Who's George Snuffleupagus?
      Phoebe: Big Bird's friend.
      Mr. Snuffleupagus was Big Bird's best friend on the popular PBS children's television program Sesame Street.

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