Friends

Season 9 Episode 5

The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 2002 on NBC
8.8
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The friends are looking forward to getting together to celebrate Phoebe's birthday as it will be a rare opportunity for them to all be together. Monica plans to sleep with Chandler when he arrives since she's ovulating but the two fight when she learns he was smoking. Rachel is worried about leaving Emma with Ross's mother. When Mrs. Geller is late, Ross accidentally locks himself and Rachel out of the apartment with Emma inside. All this leaves Phoebe and Joey alone with a table for six.moreless

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  • Excellent

    9.5
    This is one of my favorite episodes of Friends. It's Phoebe's birthday at a fancy restaurant, but only her and Joey are their. Monica is ovulating that day, so her and Chandler are having sex to try to have a baby. But even though Chandler was smoking a cigarette (which Monica hates) she faked the sex and was still mad at him. As for Ross and Rachel, Rachel couldn't leave Emma alone, but they somehow get locked out of their apartment so they call Ross's mom for the spare key. They all arrive late to Phoebe's dinner to where which Phoebe leaves to go with Mike. Everyone else decides to leave except Joey and where he eats everyone's meals.moreless
  • THIS IS THE BEST EPISODE OF SEASON 9.

    9.9
    Still The greatest Television Show ever made!



    Phoebe plans a birthday dinner for herself, Joey shows up early 1 hour later Chandler, Monica, Ross and Rachel still haven't arrive to the birthday dinner. The restaurant manager asks phoebe to move to a smaller table because there are other reservations for that table. While Monica is ovulating, Chandler is back from Tulsa and he smelt like smoke, Monica is frustrated that he smoked and tricks him into bed because she was ovulating.

    While Rachel and Ross are stuck outside of their apartment because Ross shut the door and Rachel's bag was inside and so were the keys to open the door. I really think that this episode was the funniest episode in Season 9.moreless
  • Another birthday celebration

    9.6
    The friends are looking forward to getting together to celebrate Phoebe's birthday as it will be a rare opportunity for them to all be together. Monica plans to sleep with Chandler when he arrives since she's ovulating but the two fight when she learns he was smoking. Rachel is worried about leaving Emma with Ross's mother. When Mrs. Geller is late, Ross accidentally locks himself and Rachel out of the apartment with Emma inside. All this leaves Phoebe and Joey alone with a table for six.



    My favourite part is Ross' little scenario about Emma to Rachel and Phoebe's rant about how everyone is late. Another reason why I watch Friends!moreless
  • Phoebe and Joey the only ones there.

    9.0
    Great episode. Its Phoebe's birthday and she is celebrating it on Halloween. Chandler ends up smoking again and Monica gets angry. I like how Monica got so angry and Chandler did what ever the hell he wanted then they had sex. Ross gets locked out with Rachel. Rachel freaks about Emma and ends up having Emma and Judy come with. Phoebe and Joey end up at a table with 6 for over than hour then have to move to a table for 2. Joey then gets mad because he is ordering then everyone comes. Phoebe leaves because of Mike, then Rachel and Ross then Chandler and Monica. Joey is the only one left with all the food then a birthday cake.moreless
  • funny

    10
    The friends are looking forward to getting together to celebrate Phoebe's birthday as it will be a rare opportunity for them to all be together. Monica plans to sleep with Chandler when he arrives since she's ovulating but the two fight when she learns he was smoking. Rachel is worried about leaving Emma with Ross's mother. When Mrs. Geller is late, Ross accidentally locks himself and Rachel out of the apartment with Emma inside with hilarious results. All this leaves Phoebe and Joey alone with a table for six the poor souls. a very good episode and a must reccomend.moreless
Brian Chenoweth

Brian Chenoweth

Ken

Guest Star

Monique Edwards

Monique Edwards

Claudia

Guest Star

Dan Bucatinsky

Dan Bucatinsky

Waiter

Guest Star

Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Judy Geller

Recurring Role

Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson

Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson

Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Rachel: (Looking at the menu after arriving very late to dinner) Oh, everything looks delicious. What should I have? What should I have?
      Joey: (To himself) Never hit a woman... never hit a woman...
      Ross: You know your fonts are incredible!
      Joey: (To himself) Ross bruises like a peach. He bruises like a peach!

    • Chandler: Monica tricked me to get me into bed!
      Joey: Dude-
      Chandler: I know, when did I become such a woman?!

    • Phoebe: Oh, Chandler! You stink of cigarettes!
      Chandler: Do you think Monica is going to be able to smell it?
      Phoebe: Are you kidding? That woman has the nose of a bloodhound! And the breasts of a Greek goddess.
      Chandler: Pheebs?
      Phoebe: I'm gonna go.

    • Monica: What do I smell? I smell smoke. Hon, did you smoke?
      Chandler: Yes, but I just had one. Two. Two tiny cigarettes. Okay, five. A pack. Two packs... a... a carton. Three big fat cartons in two days. But it's over, I made a decision, I'm not gonna smoke anymore.

    • Ken: Is it true the reason you're here in Tulsa is that you fell asleep in a meeting and took the job without realizing what you were saying yes to?
      Chandler: Well, don't believe everything you hear, Ken. But yeah, that's true.

    • Phoebe: Alright, okay, so we can all go now. That's fun. Hey, you know what? We all haven't been together, the six of us, in such a long time.
      Monica: What are you talking about? We're all together right now.
      Rachel: Um, Mon, Chandler's not here.
      Monica: Oh, dear God!

    • Phoebe: (To Monica) Happy Humping!

    • Ross: Mom just called. She said that she's stuck in the traffic but she'll be here soon.
      Rachel: Okay, that's the third sign why I shouldn't go.
      Ross: What were the first two?
      Rachel: The first is that I don't want to go and the second is I'm not going.

    • Phoebe: You're an hour late and you didn't had the courtesy to call! (Phone rings) Well it's too late now!
      Ross: Phoebe, I don't think that's us.
      Phoebe: Oh. Well, this is not over!

    • Phoebe: One needn't worry. They shan't be long.
      Waiter: It's just that we do have some large parties waiting.
      Phoebe: Oh, one really does have a stick up one's ass, doesn't one?

    • Phoebe: (To Ross and Rachel) You guys are over an hour late, what happened to you?
      Rachel: Well, we got locked out of the apartment...
      Joey: That's a great story, can I eat it?

    • Chandler: I'm not going to smoke again.
      Monica: That's right, because I forbid you to smoke again.
      Chandler: You forbid me?
      Monica: Mmmhmm.
      Chandler: You know, I've flown a long way to see my loving wife. Is she here, by the way?

    • Ross: Just go. Go out. Really, the world is your oyster. Kick up your heels. Paint the town red.
      Rachel: You need to learn some new slang.
      Ross: The baby's fine, now scram! Yeah, hit the bricks! Tell your story walking!
      Rachel: I was just going to say that I left my keys.
      Ross: (Trying to close the door) Oh, holy moley, are we in a pickle now!

    • Rachel: You have to do something. Knock that door down.
      Ross: I would, but I bruise like a peach.

    • Rachel: (To Emma) Whoa, God! Oh, thank God you're okay. Oh, I'm so sorry we left you. Mommy will never leave you again. Never, ever, ever again.
      Ross: Great. So let's get going.
      Rachel: Oh, no. I mean it. After what just happened, I'm never leaving her again.
      Judy Geller: I understand. Separation is hard. One time, I was about to leave Ross to go to the beauty parlor, and he got so upset he took off all his clothes, tucked his willie between his legs, and cried, "Mommy, I'm a girl! Take me with you!"
      Ross: Somehow, over time, it got easier to be apart from you.

    • Chandler: I would never lie to get someone into bed.
      Monica: You used to tell girls you were a Kennedy!

    • Chandler: I was in a meeting. Everybody was smoking.
      Monica: So what? Don't you have any will power?
      Chandler: Will power? I've watched home movies of you eating Ding Dongs without taking the tinfoil off!

    • Joey: (To waiters) Gentlemen, you are about to see something very special.

    • Monica: Today is the last day that I'm ovulating and if we don't do it now we'll have to wait till next month.
      Chandler: Fine, but no talking.
      Monica: And no cuddling.
      Chandler: And no kissing your neck.
      Monica: Oh good, I hate it when you do that!
      Chandler: And lots of kissing your neck.

    • Rachel: Did I leave the stove on?
      Ross: You haven't cooked since 1996!

    • Monica: Chandler will have the smoked salmon.
      Chandler: Monica will have the manipulative shrew.

    • Ross: A pigeon, a pigeon. No, no wait, no, no, an eagle flew in! Landed on the stove and caught fire. The baby, seeing this, jumps across the apartment to the mighty bird's aid. The eagle, however, misconstrues this as an act of aggression and grabs the baby in its talons. Meanwhile the faucet fills the apartment with water. Baby and bird still ablaze are locked in a death grip, swirling around in the whirlpool that fills the apartment.
      Rachel: Boy, are you gonna be sorry if that's true.

    • Rachel: What if she jumped out of the bassinet?
      Ross: Can't hold her own head up, but yeah, jumped.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Visible in the restaurant where Phoebe is having her birthday dinner are reproductions of a series of paintings (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. This 16th century Italian painter was famous for creating portrait heads made entirely of depicted objects such as fruit, vegetables and flowers, as is the case with the paintings seen in the restaurant.

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