Season 8 Episode 10

The One with Monica's Boots

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Chandler shows the bill back to Monica after she tells him of the purchase, you can clearly see that the piece of paper is blank, save for a 'MORON' scrawled across the top of the paper which Chandler partially covers with his index finger.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Ross states that Ben is seven years old. Since Ben was born in the spring of 1995, Ben would be six-and-a-half years old.

    • Factual Error: Trudie Styler, Sting's wife, played herself in the episode. In real life Sting and Trudie have four kids, Bridget, Jake, Eliot, and Giacomo, none of whom are named Jack. Giacomo was born in 1995, the same year as the fictional Ben Geller. It's possible, of course, that "Jack" is a nickname for Giacomo, but it's never stated.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of the Statue of Liberty, with FDNY written below.

      This is clearly a tribute to the New York Fire Department in the wake of 9/11.

    • Goof: When Monica is putting on her boots in the hallway to make Chandler believe she had been wearing them, she only pulls one of her pant legs over them, but when she stands up, both pant legs are suddenly pulled down.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: (about the boots) They're a little more than I normally spend on boots... or rent...
      (Monica shows the receipt to Chandler)
      Chandler: Oh, my God!
      Monica: I know!
      Chandler: I'm gonna miss being able to afford food.
      Monica: I'm sorry, they just, they just look so good! ...and the saleswoman was looking at me like, (mockingly) "Oh, these are way too expensive for you."
      Chandler: She had a point...

    • Monica: I mean, have you ever had something that was so beautiful, everyone wants it?
      Chandler: I have you!
      Monica: Nice try. I'm keeping the boots.

    • Phoebe: (about Ross talking to Rachel's stomach) How can you let him talk to your crotch like that?
      Rachel: He's talking to the baby.
      Phoebe: Oh, okay! Okay, 'cause when he said "I can't wait to hear your first words," I thought, "there's a trick!"

    • Joey: Can you do me a favor? I was talkin' to my sister and she knows you work at Ralph Lauren--
      Rachel: No, forget it! No way! I am not sending anymore Ralph Lauren clothes to prison. It is a waste.
      Joey: No-no-no, not her, not her. My youngest sister, Dina, she's really interested in fashion, and she wants to talk to someone successful, y'know, to give her some advice.
      Rachel: I guess I can talk to one of my supervisors...
      Joey: No-no-no! She wants to talk to you.
      Rachel: Really? Oh, my God! I'm successful!

    • Joey: (about his sister Dina) She is the smartest of all the Tribbiani children. You know the S-A-T's?
      Rachel: Yeah.
      Joey: She took 'em!

    • Phoebe: (about Ben going to school with Sting's son) You knew this and you didn't say anything with all the stupid dinosaur stuff you tell us!

    • Phoebe: (reading from New York magazine) "Sting's son, seven years old"... and there's a picture!
      Ross: What are you reading, "The Kidnapper's Guide to Manhattan's Private Schools?"

    • Monica: See, Chandler? I'm getting a lot of use out of them already. They're very practical. See, you can wear them with dresses, with skirts, with pants...
      Chandler: can wear them with shorts on the street corner to earn the money to pay for them...

    • Phoebe: (about Monica's new boots being too tight) Return them and get your money back.
      Monica: I can't do that, either. The soles are already a little scuffed, and the insides are filled with my blood!

    • Ross: Hey, I, uh, just picked up Ben from school...
      Chandler: (looking around and not seeing him) I don't think you did a very thorough job!

    • Ross: Well, it turns out that Ben and Sting's son do not get along.
      Phoebe: How come?!
      Ross: Apparently, Sting's son made fun of the fact that Ben's moms are "lesbinims."

    • Ross: Phoebe, you can't force kids to be friends.
      Phoebe: Sure you can! Just give em some blocks, put 'em in a playpen...
      Ross: Blocks? Phoebe, Ben's seven.
      Phoebe: Your kid's seven? He's really small!

    • Joey: (to Rachel and Dina) I'll let you two fash... -ists get down to business.

    • Monica: (making excuses for not wearing the boots to an office party) I'm afraid your bosses will see them and think that they pay you too much... or that your assistants will see them and want a raise.
      Chandler: Do you think I work at some kind of boot-pricing company?

    • Monica: Anyway, I picked up this outfit that I want to wear and the... and the boots don't really go with it.
      Chandler: You said that you paid all that money because those boots go with skirts, dresses, and pants! What were you going to wear? ...a chicken suit?

    • Phoebe: (about Sting's son) Now Ben, sometimes people may seem like jerks on the outside, but they have famous fathers.

    • Monica: (to Chandler about her expensive new boots) Okay, you were right! Alright? ...I never should have bought them! They're killing me! toe at a time!
      Chandler: So I was right... This is what it feels like to be right... It's oddly unsettling.

    • (Joey, still an internet-ordained minister, insists on marrying his sister Dina to Bobby, the father of her baby)
      Joey: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here--
      Rachel: Oh, Joey, this is crazy!
      Joey: Don't interrupt when I'm talking to God!! Now where were we? Oh, right, okay... Do you, Dina, take this man--
      Dina: No!
      Joey: Oh, you'll take him!
      Dina: No I won't!
      Joey: Hey! You don't get a say in this!
      Dina: Yes, I do!
      Joey: I heard "I do"! We're halfway there! (pointing at Bobby) You!
      Rachel: Alright! Joey, that is enough! ...Listen, as beautiful and moving as this ceremony is, this is not legal, okay? They don't have a marriage license, they don't have any witnesses... and the groom only has on one shoe!
      Bobby: Yeah, he took the other one off and hit me with it!

    • Joey: (about Bobby and Dina) What am I supposed to do?
      Rachel: You're supposed to realize that they are adults! And that they can make their own decisions.
      Joey: No, they can't! They were stupid enough to get knocked up!
      Rachel: Hey! Contraceptives are not always effective! (to Bobby and Dina) ...Right?
      Bobby: Yeah... we kinda didn't use any...
      Rachel: Oh, c'mon kids! A little help here!

    • Trudie: (about Ben and Jack) I'm sure there are two sides to this story. But all I've heard so far is that Ben's a bit of a "poo-poo head".

    • (Chandler is carrying Monica piggy-back and she spots some boots in a store window)
      : Get me closer so I can see the price...
      Chandler: I can see the price from here... It's gonna cost you one husband.

    • Monica: Okay, I'm sorry, I think I can walk the rest of the way now. Just give me my boots.
      Chandler: I don't have your boots.
      Monica: Well, I don't have them, either. Where are they?
      Chandler: Well, why don't you check in one of my saddlebags while I chew on a bale of hay?

    • Joey: Dina, if you're having a baby, you should be married! Even if it is to Bobby.
      (Bobby smiles)
      Joey: Dude, that's not a compliment!

    • Joey: (to Dina) What are you gonna do? You're gonna have the baby and raise it by yourself... without a husband? You can't be a single mother alone! You're gonna ruin your life!
      Rachel: Oh, excuse me! Am I ruining my life?
      Joey: No! No! No! It's different for you. You're so strong and together. You're not some dumb kid who doesn't know what she's doing.
      Dina: Excuse me?
      Joey: One pregnant woman at a time, please!

    • Phoebe: (about the concert tickets) Ooh, where are the seats?
      Ross: Uh, middle balcony.
      Phoebe: Okay, now would you say that that's more than fifty yards away from Sting, his wife, or a member of his family?
      Ross: Yeah.
      Phoebe: Then that's not breaking the law... I'm there!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Joey: (to Dina, while at Ralph Lauren's) And if she takes you to the freebie room, I need shirts... but none with that creepy logo with the guy riding the dog, holding the bone.
      Joey is referring to the Ralph Lauren logo, which in reality, is a man riding a horse while swinging a polo mallet.

    • Phoebe: (to Ben at his school) Your friend Doug looks a lot like Billy Joel.
      Billy Joel is a an American singer, pianist, and composer. His songs include such hits as "Piano Man," "Uptown Girl," and "We Didn't Start the Fire."

    • Joey: Ralph Lauren just smiled at her in the elevator.

      Ralph Lauren is a famous American fashion designer and business executive.

    • Phoebe: It's New York Magazine.

      New York Magazine, founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968, features articles on the life, culture, politics, and style of New York City.

    • Phoebe: (to Ross about Ben's school) Sting has a son that goes there too!
      Sting is an English singer and bass player, famous for headlining The Police, a late 1970s and 1980s rock band.

    • Phoebe: (singing) Ross can! Ross can!
      This is a word play on the song Roxanne written by Sting for his band The Police.