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Season 1 Episode 11

The One with Mrs. Bing

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 1995 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: In this episode Joey claims that it is okay for guys to kiss their friend's sister. However "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister" Joey clearly does not think sisters are okay.

    • Trivia: It is revealed in this episode that Rachel's middle name is Karen.

    • Phoebe's Song: "My Man"
      You don't have to be awake to be my man.
      As long as you have brainwaves
      I'll be there to hold your hand.
      Though we just met the other day,
      there's something I have got to say...

    • Trivia: In the opening scene where Monica and Phoebe are walking to the newsstand, you can see one of Joey's VD posters from "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" in the alley.

    • Goof: At the restaurant Paolo eats something out of Rachel's hand, but in the next shot it's in her hand again

    • Continuity: Joey says that it wasn't easy for his mom to give birth to seven children, but she had eight children including him.

    • Trivia: Chandler tries to get his friends to watch Weekend at Bernie's instead of watching his mother on The Tonight Show. It is revealed in "The One with the Embryos" that Weekend at Bernie's is actually Rachel's favorite movie.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (About Chandler and his mom) He told her off! And not just about the kiss, about everything!
      Ross: You're kidding! What's going on now?
      Joey: Well, he said "When are you gonna grow up and act like a mom?" And she came back with "When are you gonna grow up and realize that I have a bomb?"
      Ross: Is it possible she said "When you are you gonna grow up and realize I am your mom?"
      Joey: Yeah, that makes more sense.

    • Phoebe: Going to the hospital tonight?
      Monica: No, you?
      Phoebe: No, you?
      Monica: You just asked me.
      Phoebe: Okay, maybe it was a trick question.

    • Rachel: What're you guys doing out here?
      Ross: Well, not playing raquetball!
      Joey: He forgot to leave his grip size!
      Ross: He didn't get the goggles!
      Rachel: Well,sounds like you two have issues.

    • Rachel: Mrs. Bing, I have to tell you, I've read everything you've ever written. No, I mean it! I mean, when I read Euphoria at Midnight, all I wanted to do was become a writer.
      Nora: Oh, please, honey, listen, if I can do it, anybody can. You just start with half a dozen European cities, throw in thirty euphemisms for male genitalia, and bam! You have got yourself a book.
      Chandler: My mother, ladies and gentlemen!

    • Joey: You broke the code!
      Ross: What code?
      Joey: You don't kiss your friend's mom! Sisters are okay, maybe a hot-looking aunt, but not a mom. Never a mom!

    • Joey: You don't think my mom's sexy?
      Ross: Well, not in the same way...
      Joey: I'll have you know that Gloria Tribbiani was a handsome woman in her day, alright? You think it's easy giving birth to seven children?
      Ross: Okay, I think we're getting into a weird area here...

    • Joey: (Sees Ross and Mrs. Bing kissing) Uh... I'll just pee in the street.

    • Mrs. Bing: He's not a hero. You know who our hero is?
      Ross: The guy on the cover with his nipples showing?

    • Mrs. Bing: I am famished. What do I want...
      Chandler: Please God don't let it be Kung Pow Chicken.

    • Phoebe: (About Coma Guy's name) What about Glen? He could be a Glen.
      Monica: Nah, not special enough.
      Phoebe: Ooh! How about Agamemnon?
      Monica: Way too special.

    • Mrs. Bing: (On TV) ...This is kind of embarrassing, but occasionally after I've been intimate with a man...
      Chandler: Now why would she say that's embarrassing?
      All: Shhh.
      Mrs. Bing: (On TV) ...I just get this craving for Kung Pow Chicken.
      Chandler: That's too much information!

    • Paolo: Buona sera.
      Rachel: Oh, hi sweetie. (They kiss)
      Ross: When did Rigatoni get back from Rome?

    • Joey: I can't believe you said woowoo. I don't even say woowoo.

    • Chandler: (To Phoebe and Monica) Are there no conscious men in the city for you two?

    • Phoebe: Do you think they have yesterday's daily news?
      Monica: Why?
      Phoebe: Just wanna check my horoscope, see if it was right.

    • Chandler: So I told her.
      Ross: Yeah? How'd it go?
      Chandler: Awful. Awful. Couldn't have gone worse.
      Ross: Well, how do ya feel?
      Chandler: Pretty good! I told her.
      Ross: Well, see? So, maybe it wasn't such a bad idea, ya know, me kissing your mom, huh. But we don't have to go down that road.

    • Rachel: Okay. Now this is just the first chapter, and I want your absolute honest opinion. Oh, oh, and on page two, he's not "reaching for her heaving beasts."
      Monica: What's a "niffle"?
      Joey: You usually find them on the "heaving beasts."
      Rachel: Alright, alright, so I'm not a great typist.
      Ross: Wait, did you get to the part about his "huge throbbing pens"? Tell ya, you don't wanna be around when he starts writing with those!
      Rachel: Alright, that's it. Give them back.
      Phoebe: Oh, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, no. I just got to the part about her "public hair."

    • Chandler: (To his Mom) You kissed my best Ross! Or something to that effect.

    • Monica: What are you guys doing here?
      Joey: Uhhhh.... he's not even wearing a jockstrap!
      Monica: (Pause) What did I ask?

    • Phoebe: (To Coma Guy) Get up, you Girl Scout! Up, up, up!
      Monica: What are you doing?
      Phoebe: Maybe nobody's tried this.

    • Chandler: Hey, you kissed my Mom.
      Ross: We're rehearsing a Greek play.
      Chandler: That's very funny. Are we done?

    • Ross: I was really upset about Rachel and Paulo, and I think I had too much tequila, and Nora, um, Mrs. Mom, your Bing, was just being nice!

    • Rachel: Chandler, I gotta tell you, I love your mom's books! I love her books! I cannot get on a plane without one! I mean, this is so cool!
      Chandler: Yeah, well, you wouldn't think it was cool if you're eleven years old and all your friends are passing around page 79 of Mistress Bitch.

    • Chandler: You knew about this?
      Joey: Uh... ya know, knowledge is a tricky thing.

    • Mrs. Bing: Ross, listen to me. I have sold a hundred million copies of my books, and ya know why?
      Ross: The girl on the cover with her nipples showing?

    • Joey: You don't kiss your friend's mom. Sisters are okay, maybe a hot-lookin' aunt, but not a mom.

    • Mrs. Bing: (On TV) I bought my son his first condoms.
      Chandler: And then he burst into flames.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ross: I mean, it was just a kiss, right? One kiss? No big deal? Right?
      Joey: Right. No big deal.
      Ross: Okay.
      Joey: In Bizarro World!

      Bizarro, a property of DC Comics, is one of Superman's arch enemies. Bizarro is the inverse of Superman, and everything he does is opposite; hence Joey's allusion.

    • Phoebe: I hate that they're calling him John Doe. It's so sad. It's like he's a deer, a female deer.
      Monica: Phoebe.
      Phoebe: Oh, I was gonna stop.

      This is an allusion to the lyrics from The Sound of Music song "Do-Re-Mi".

    • (Suggesting possible names for the guy in a coma)
      Phoebe: How about Agamemnon?

      In Greek mythology, Agamemnon was the commander-in-chief of the Greek army during the Trojan War. He was eventually murdered by his unfaithful wife Clytemnestra.

    • Chandler: Y'know, we don't have to watch this. Weekend at Bernie's is on Showtime, HBO, and Cinemax.

      Weekend at Bernie's is a comedy film released in 1989.