Season 4 Episode 5

The One with Joey's New Girlfriend

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: It is in this episode that we learn of Ross's alternative to giving someone the finger, namely, bumping the heels of your fists together. We also learn that this action can be trumped by placing your hands behind your neck and flapping your elbows like wings.

    • Continuity: Kathy is watching a commercial on television for a "wonder mop". Chandler quickly grabs his and demonstrates it proudly. In Season 1's "The One with the Fake Monica", however, he calls Monica a "geek" for spending $70 on a similar mop.

    • Continuity: When Phoebe opens Monica's kitchen window and sticks her head out to try to re-catch her cold, the window changes in how open it is.

    • Magna Doodle: Several small cartoon drawings of animals

    • Goof: When Chandler, Joey, and Kathy are at the club, Kathy's right hand keeps changing position from rubbing Joey's back to resting in front of her.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is showing the shoes she makes by placing her foot on the coffee table, a microphone is visible at the top of the screen.

    • Phoebe's Songs:
      "Sticky Shoes" 
       My sticky shoes, my sticky, sticky shoes, 
       Why you stick on me... ba-a-by...

      "Goats are Parading" 
       Parading, goats are parading; 
       Parading down the street. 
       Parading, goats are parading; 
       Leaving little treats.

      "Papier-Mâché Man" (with a French accent) 
       And... I'm... still... waiting for my papier-mâché man.

    • Goof: When Chandler chases Kathy down the street, he shouts her name when he walks into the man with the hot dog, but his lips never move.

    • Goof: When Chandler finally catches Kathy on the street, there is a bike rider coming towards them. But after the camera angle changes, the rider never passes them.

    • Goof: When Chandler is chasing Kathy down the street, there is closeup of him running and a guy's face is on the left side of the screen. However, Chandler runs for a while and then encounters the same guy, the dog-walker, again.

    • Continuity: Rachel's birthday is inconsistent. In this episode, Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5. In "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", her birthday is also in May, and in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", her one-month early surprise birthday party is in April, also suggesting that her birthday is in May. However, her 30th birthday is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty". A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19).

    • 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. 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. In this episode, Ross tells Gunther his birthday is in December.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: (about the crossword puzzle) Joe, I don't think a four-letter word for "ship" can be "ship."
      Joey: (grinning self-consciously) I thought it was a freebie.

    • Gunther: Rachel?
      Rachel: Yeah?
      Gunther: When's your birthday?
      Rachel: May fifth, why?
      Gunther: Oh, I, I'm just making a list of people's birthdays.
      Ross: Oh, mine's December...
      Gunther: Yeah, whatever.

    • Monica: Go ahead and ask her out. What's the worst that could happen?
      Chandler: Well... I could die!

    • Ross: Yeah, it's tough being single. That's why I'm so glad I found Amanda.
      Rachel: Ross, you guys went out once! ...You took your kids to Chuck E. Cheese and you didn't even kiss her...
      (Ross glares at Chandler)
      Chandler: I tell people secrets. It makes them like me.

    • Chandler: Alright, I'm gonna do it! I'm gonna get shot down. Any advice?
      Monica: Just be yourself--but not too much!

    • Chandler: (heading for the girl at the counter) Wish me luck.
      Ross: (loudly) Good luck!
      Chandler: (turning back to Ross) Wish it!

    • Chandler: Hi! Hi, I, I was just sitting over there, and uh... Chandler... My name is Chandler. Did I say that?
      Kathy: No, you didn't. Hi, I'm Kathy.
      Chandler: Uh, Kathy with a "K" or a "C"?
      Kathy: With a "K".
      Chandler: Oh, hey-hey!

    • Phoebe: Before I start, I just wanna say that, um, I have a cold. So if I sneeze in the middle of a song, it's not on purpose... Oh! Except the last verse of "Pepper People".

    • Chandler: So, uh, Joey tells me you two met in acting class.
      Kathy: Yeah, they teamed us up as partners. Joey picked three scenes for us to do--all of them had us making out.
      Chandler: Oh, it's a good thing, actually. Because, uh... he used to make me rehearse with him.

    • Phoebe: So, I need to write some depressing stuff to go with my new "bluesy" voice, but nothing that sad has ever really happened to me...
      Monica: Well, how 'bout your mom dying? ...or having to live on the streets when you were fourteen...?
      Phoebe: Uh-huh... (suddenly inspired) Oh, yeah! I could write about the time my hair did that woo-hoo thing...

    • (Rachel has just introduced her new, very young boyfriend)
      Phoebe: Wow, cute one!
      Monica: Very!
      Rachel: I know, isn't he great? It's so nice to finally be in a fun relationship, y'know? There's nothing boring about him, and uh... I bet he's never even set foot in a museum.
      Ross: Well, maybe he'll get to go soon... y'know, like on a class trip or something.

    • Chandler: Okay, you were right. I'm in love with Joey's girlfriend.
      Phoebe: What?
      Ross: Are you serious...?
      Phoebe: How is that possible? You barely know her.
      Chandler: I don't know, I just can't get her out of my head, y'know? I'm a very bad person. I'm a very, very bad... I'm a horrible person. (when no one responds) "No you're not, Chandler!" "We still love you, Chandler!"

    • (Phoebe is over her cold but misses the bluesy sound it gives her singing voice)
      : (sneezes) Oh, gosh, Phoebe, I think I caught your cold!
      Phoebe: You mean you stole it! (when Monica sneezes again) Don't cover your mouth when you do that!!

    • Joey: Listen, uh... You wanna get some dinner with me and Kathy tonight?
      Chandler: Oh, um... You know what? I already ate.
      Joey: It's four-thirty.
      Chandler: Y'know, I had that big meal on Monday... y'know... So, that's just gonna get me... straight through the week!

    • (At the restaurant, Kathy has just pointed out a girl in fishnet stockings)
      : Whenever I see a girl in fishnet stockings, it reminds me of my father... in fishnet stockings.

    • (Joey is upset with Chandler because he's being distant with Kathie, not realizing it's because he's falling for her)
      : (at the restaurant, away from Kathy) I want you to like her! ...but if that's too damned difficult for you, then the least you could do is pretend...!
      Chandler: I am pretending...
      Joey: Well... then do it better!
      Chandler: Okay, whaddaya say I, uh, go over there and tell her how much I like her?
      (Joey gives him a thumbs up, then turns to return to their table)
      Chandler: (stopping him) No, no... it'll be good--I can tell her how much I've been thinkin' about her--that I haven't stopped thinking about her since the moment we met! ...that I'm so fantastically, over-the-top, wanna-slit-my-own-throat in love with her... (starting to shout) that for every minute of every hour of every day I can't believe my own damn bad luck that you met her first!!
      Joey: Yah, well, that's pretty good... but you might wanna tone it down a little...

    • Ross: (to Rachel) See, Amanda and I have a--
      Monica: You have nothing! You're not even going out! You're her babysitter! have a twelve-year-old girl's job!
      Rachel: (laughing) That is so sad...
      Monica: And what are you laughing at, Miss My-keg-sucking-boyfriend-is-stealing-from-me?
      (Ross chortles)
      Rachel: (walks over to Monica and shows her the bracelet she has on) So he stole a couple bucks from me--big deal! least he bought me something with it! 
      Monica: (pointing at the bracelet) That's mine!! ...Now, would you both please start acting like adults? ...and give me my cough drops?!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Kathy: See, that's what I like about Joey. Any other guy would have been: "Yeah, The English Patient is my favorite movie, too." But Joey goes, "No way. Let's get Die Hard.
      The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje.
      Die Hard is a Hollywood action film, released in 1988, starring Bruce Willis. It has been mentioned in several episodes that Die Hard is the boys' favorite movie.

    • Chandler: Did your dad also make you watch the Mr. Universe contest?

      Mr. Universe is a televised male bodybuilding contest first held in 1959.

    • Kathy: Sorry, there's just this Ernie Kovacs thing on in a few minutes I wanted to watch.
      Ernie Kovacs was a creative and innovative entertainer in the early days of television.