Season 7 Episode 1

The One with Monica's Thunder

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Everybody toasts the engagement. Phoebe wants to be the musician at the wedding. Joey prepares for an audition where he must play a 19-year-old. After Chandler can't get it up for Monica, he worries about the consequences. Ross and Rachel debate a "bonus night." Monica catches them kissing and thinks Rachel is trying to steal her night.moreless

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  • Another one of those bottle episodes.

    This episode was an amazing season opener. And it start up just where it left off. Monica & Chanlder are engaged. And now their going to celebrate! Or not. The flame between Ross & Rachel starts up again. As they kiss. I like how through the whole episode, Ross is trying to have sex with Rachel. And Rachel is stealing Monica's thunder. That was hilarious! "Come on Ross, lets go have sex!" - Angry Rachel to Monica. Chandler can't get it up. And Phoebe wants to be a musician for Monica & Chandler's wedding. No one ended up celebrating but everyone made up!moreless
  • "Whenever I get married, guess who won't get to sing? Somebody named Geller! And somebody else named Bing!" - Phoebe

    It's Monica engagement night aka Monica Night. Rachel feels a little bit lonely so she tries to hook up with Ross saying that they never had a bonus night. Unfortunaly Monica catches then and gets very angry that Rachel is trying to steal her thunder. Joey has to audition for a 19-year-old so he puts an interesting outfit. Phoebe is hoping that she can sing at the wedding so sings a couple of songs. Great songs, I always love Phoebe's music.

    Rachel and Monica fight but they make up when Monica realizes she did the exact same thing with Chandler at Ross' wedding. I thought it was a great season opener.moreless
  • it was ok

    THis epsidoe wasn't one of my favorites. I thought Monica was a little to dramatic with the whole "you stole my thunder" bit. If she hadn't made such a big deal about it then they could had been at the plaza having drinks hours before they went. It was supposed to be about her and Chandler and she goes on and on about it and she ruined her on night not Rachel.

    Joey trying to be 19 was of course funny and took the tension away from Monica's temper tamtrum. I was disapointed in this epsidoe. I think the season got better after this one.moreless
  • a good episode

    Everybody toasts the engagement of monica and chandler. Phoebe wants to be the musician at the wedding but they wont let her. Joey prepares for an audition where he must play a 19-year-old boy and everybody tells him that he looks stupid in his costume and that he cant do it. After Chandler can't get it up for Monica, he worries about the consequences and asks joey who says he has had the same problem. Ross and Rachel debate a "bonus night." and Monica catches them kissing and thinks Rachel is trying to steal her night. but it was that she was upset as she had no one and they don't have sex.moreless
  • There's something about this episode that felt kinda off to me.

    I think it's the bitter tone of the episode, with Monica being mad at Rachel. It was the night of their proposal, it should have been funner. To add to it, the reason that Rachel gave Monica for kissing Ross was kinda weak: because she was sad. There are some funny moments.

    Like the beginning where Monica yelled in the balcony "I'm engaged" and Ross thinks it was a kid shouting "I'm gay"...and then it was explained that the kid moved.

    I liked a lot of Phoebe's scenes trying to get Monica and Chandler to let her sing at the wedding. And Phoebe warns Monica, "Next time you touch my guitar, I'm gonna have to pound on you a litte."

    The Joey having to audition as a 19-year-old was enjoyable, if only for the sight gag of seeing Joey's...I mean Chandler's boxers. The Chandler having problems in the bedroom was kinda okay if only for the line "We've take a nice walk on the Rue de la blakdflasdjf"...which is a joke I stole in one of my stories.

    Speaking of Chadler, Matthew Perry's pain-killer drug problem could be seen again, as he is skinny, almost as anorexic as he was in season 3.

    There's always a reason I look forward to if I see an episode, and that reason was Ross and his hands joke...and also his "hmph" as he walks to Rachel's room hoping he could get sex.

    So overall, it's not that the jokes that was bad, it was just the tone and mood which didn't feel right for the episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Trivia: At the start of the episode, after Ross learns of Chandler and Monica's engagement, he goes to hug Chandler and almost knocks him over. This appears to be an inside joke about Matthew Perry's significant weight loss since the previous season.

    • Goof: Monica says that one of the reasons Rachel might want to "steal her thunder" is that Rachel thought she would get married before Monica. Actually, Rachel did get married before Monica, to Ross in Vegas.

    • Factual Error: When Chandler is playing Crash Team Racing and then fails at the game, the sound that is heard is not used anywhere in the game.

    • Phoebe's Songs:
      Twelve years old and addicted to pork,
      No one thought Monica would marry.
      She knew her way around a knife and a fork...

       First time I met Chandler I thought he was gay, 
       But here I am singing on his wedding day.

      "Whenever I Get Married" 
       Whenever I get married, guess who won't be asked to sing? 
       Somebody named Geller and somebody else named Bing!

      "She Just Stayed and Stayed" 
       We thought Phoebe would leave, but she just stayed and stayed. 
       That's right, I'm here all night, and Chandler will never get...

       Who will perform the ceremony? 
       Who will perform the ceremony?

    • Goof: Monica's hair is much darker than at the end of the previous episode. The two episodes are supposed to take place on the same day.

    • Goof: Rachel's hair is several inches shorter than at the end of the previous episode. The two episodes are supposed to take place on the same day.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a cartoon beetle ready to step on an ant.

    • Trivia: When Joey comes out dressed as a nineteen year-old, Chandler is playing "CTR: Crash Team Racing" on his PlayStation.

    • Goof: When Chandler tells Rachel that she looks great, Rachel puts her hair behind her ears. The camera then cuts to Chandler, then straight back to Rachel, and her hair is not behind her ears anymore.

    • Goof: When Phoebe and Joey are talking, Joey is holding a sandwich. When the camera angle changes, the sandwich is on the table.

    • Goof: Chandler looks noticeably thinner and more tanned in this episode than in the previous one, even though this episode is supposed to be a continuation of the last one.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Chandler: (to Ross) Monica and I are engaged.
      : Congratulations! Where is she?
      (Chandler nods towards the balcony)
      Monica: (shouting to the neighborhood) I'm engaged! I'm engaged!
      Joey: Yeah, she's been out there for twenty minutes. I'm surprised you didn't hear her on the way over...
      Ross: I thought it was just a kid yelling "I'm gay! I'm gay!"
      Rachel: Yeah... No, that guy moved.

    • Monica: Okay, I just wanna say that I love you guys, so, so much and thank you for being here on my special night. (Chandler clears his throat) Our special night.

    • Monica: I mean, it just wouldn't be my special night... (catching herself) Our, our night... if you weren't all here to celebrate with me--us! Damn it!

    • Phoebe: So, have you decided on a band for the wedding? Cause you know, I'm kind of musical.
      Rachel: Pheebs, she just got engaged a couple hours ago, I doubt she's even had time to think about--
      Phoebe: Well, speaking of chiming in, remember the time you burned down my apartment?
      Rachel: (to Monica and Chandler) Yeah, you're on your own.

    • Joey: I can't stay too long. I have to get up early for a commercial audition tomorrow and I gotta look good. I'm supposed to be playing a nineteen year-old. (Everyone is silent) What?
      Chandler: So when you said, "Get up early," did you mean 1986?
      Joey: You guys don't think I look nineteen? (Everyone is still silent)
      Phoebe: Oh, nineteen! We thought you said ninety!

    • Monica: (admiring her engagement ring) You know what shoes would look great with this ring? Diamond shoes!

    • Joey: I can still play nineteen, right?
      Rachel: Yeah, but Joey, you gotta dress younger. I'm telling you, if you wear the right clothes, you can look any age.
      Joey: Really?
      Rachel: Yeah. I work in fashion and fashion is all about youth.
      Joey: Fashion is about me?
      Rachel: About youth. Youth! Listen up, grandpa!

    • (Chandler comes out of the bedroom looking bewildered)
      : (just behind him) Chandler, it happens to lots of guys... You were probably tired, you had a lot of champagne... don't worry about it...
      Chandler: I'm not worried... I'm, uh... fascinated, y'know? It's like biology... which is funny, because in high school I, uh... failed biology, and tonight... biology failed me!

    • Joey: (emerging from his bedroom dressed like a teenager) So you're playing a little PlayStation, huh? That's whack! PlayStation is whack! 'Sup with the whack PlayStation, 'sup?! Huh? Come on, am I nineteen or what?!
      Chandler: Yes, on a scale from one to ten, ten being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely nineteen.

    • Chandler: Joe?
      Joey: Yeah.
      Chandler: Uh, you've had a lot of sex, right?
      Joey: When? Today? Some... not a lot.

    • Monica: (catching Ross and Rachel kissing in the hallway) I'm sorry, uh, apparently I've opened the door to the past.

    • Monica: (after catching Ross and Rachel kissing) Can I ask you just a little question, huh? Why tonight?
      Rachel: What?
      Monica: See, I've been waiting my whole life to be engaged, and unlike some people I'm only planning on doing this once. So, uh, y'know... maybe this is selfish and I'm sorry about it, but I was kinda hoping tonight could just be about that.

    • Phoebe: Would she...? Would she? That's starting to sound like "wood cheese".
      Joey: Man, I could go for some wood cheese right now.

    • Joey: If you want to sing at their wedding, well you sing at their wedding!
      Phoebe: Yeah, and if you want to look nineteen, then you... You gotta do something about your eyes.
      Joey: What? What's wrong with my eyes?
      Phoebe: They give you away. There's, there's too much wisdom in there... Just put teabags on them for, like... fifteen minutes.
      Joey: And that'll get rid of my wisdom?
      Phoebe: Maybe just ten minutes for you.

    • Rachel: I'm so sorry I ruined your night.
      Monica: I'm sorry I almost made you sleep with Ross!

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui croyait faire jeune (The One Who Thought He Looked Young)

    • This is one of the few bottle episodes in which no extra actors or sets are used.

    • This episode was filmed months after the previous episode, even though they are supposed to take place on the same day. Some mistakes result from this such as Jennifer Aniston's hair length, Matthew Perry's weight, and Courtney Cox-Arquette's hair color.

    • The theme song is now cut down to just the chorus of the song and there are no dancing scenes at the fountain. This is only for the broadcast version, however. The DVD version still contains all of these elements.

    • This episode runs 23:21 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


    • The jersey Joey wears in this episode is a replica of the one Marcus Camby wore when he played for the New York Knicks, Joey's favorite basketball team.

    • Rachel: (to Joey, who is looking in a mirror) So are you the fairest one of all?
      Rachel was referring to the famous line from the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all."