Season 2 Episode 9

The One with Phoebe's Dad

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 1995 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: In Phoebe's Grandmother's apartment, an "original Buffay" (a work of art involving a woman coming out of a picture frame) can be seen in the background. These paintings are later mentioned in "The One with Ross's Grant" in season 10.

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe says her father left her mother before she was born. However, in "The One with Joey's Bag", Frank Buffay says he used to sing lullabies to Phoebe and Ursula, contradicting what Phoebe said in this episode.

    • Trivia: After her grandma gives Phoebe her cab, she looks at a picture of Albert Einstein and says, "Wish me luck, grandpa."

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: (Handing Chandler a piece of paper) Alright, here, you have to hold this.
      Chandler: Okay. (Reading paper) Brake left, gas right?
      Phoebe: Yeah, that's my cheat sheet.
      Chandler: Where's my seat belt?
      Phoebe: Oh, no, no, that side doesn't have one. The paramedics had to cut through it.
      (Chandler jumps out the car and gets in the backseat)

    • Mr. Treeger: So, uh, is this mistletoe?
      Rachel: Huh-huh, no.. no, uh, that, that is basil.
      Mr. Treeger: Ah, if it was mistletoe, I was gonna kiss you.
      Rachel: Yeah, no, it's still basil.

    • Rachel: (To Ross) Nice seizing... gel boy.

    • Ross: All right, all right, you know how you say I never seize the day? Well, all right, even though he's your super, I'm seizing. Mr. Treeger, here is fifty bucks, merry Christmas.
      Mr. Treeger: Oh wow, I didn't get you anything. Here's five back.
      Ross: No no, no, that, that's your Christmas tip, alright. Oh, hey, do you think there's a chance you could fix that radiator now?
      Mr. Treeger: No can do, like I told the girl, I can't get a new knob until Thursday.
      Monica: Ross.
      Ross: Yeah.
      Monica: Looks like he's playing baseball.
      Ross: You mean hardball?
      Monica: Whatever.

    • Ross: (To Monica, about fixing the knob) Oh, oh that's right, I forgot about your ability to fuse metal.

    • Monica: (To Ross) For the sixteenth time, no... I do not think you're obsessive.

    • Ross: Hey, Rach, you know what? I think I know what will make you feel better. How about you make a list about me.
      Rachel: What? Forget it Ross, no. I am not gonna stand here and make a list of...
      Ross: Come on Rachel.
      Rachel: Okay, you're whiny, you are, you're obsessive, you are insecure, you're, you're gutless, you know? You don't ever, you don't just sort of seize the day, you know? You like me for what, a year, you didn't do anything about it. And, uh, oh, you wear too much of that gel in your hair.

    • Frances: Alright, that is not your father, that's just a picture of a guy in a frame.
      Phoebe: Oh God.
      Frances: It was your mother's idea. Ya know, she didn't want you to know your real father because it hurt her so much when he left, and, I didn't want to go along with it, but, well then she died and, and it was harder to argue with her. Not impossible, but harder.

    • Frances: (Reading the obituaries) Esther Livingston. (Scratching out name) Gone.
      (Phoebe enters)
      Frances: Hi, Phoo.
      Phoebe: Hi Grandma. What are you doing?
      Frances: Oh, just updating the phone book.

    • Ross: I got some, uh, hers and hers towels for Susan and Carol.

    • Joey: Hey, how much did you guys tip the super this year?
      Chandler: Yeah, we were gonna give fifty, but if you guys gave more, we don't wanna look bad.
      Monica: Oh, actually this year we just made him homemade cookies.
      Chandler: And twenty-five it is.
      Joey: You gave him cookies?
      Monica: Money is so impersonal. Cookies says someone really cares... Alright, we're broke, but cookies do say that.

    • Rachel: Did you just break the radiator?
      Ross: No, I was just turning the knob and, uh, here it is.

    • Joey: (While giving out Christmas presents to the group) ...and for Ross, Mr. Sweet Tooth.
      Ross: You got me a cola drink?
      Chandler: And a lemon-lime!
      Ross: Well, this is too much. I feel like I should get you another sweater.

    • Joey: Phoebe here with the cab yet?
      Chandler: Yeah, she, she brought the invisible cab... hop in.

    • Phoebe: Hello Grandma, if that is in fact your real name.

    • Monica: (About a shirt Ross got their Mom for Christmas) Look at these authentic fake medals. I tell ya, mom's gonna be voted best dressed at the make-believe military academy.

    • Joey: I can't believe it's Christmas already. Ya know, I mean, one day your eating turkey, the next thing ya know, your lords are a-leaping and you geese are a-laying.
      Chandler: Which is why geese are so relaxed this time of year.

    • Chandler: Ho, ho, ho, holy crap is it hot in here!

    • Monica: Look if worse comes to worse, it gets a little warm, we'll call it a theme party.
      Ross: Hey, here's a theme. "Come on in, live like bacon."

    • Joey: Rach, these are for you.
      Rachel: Wiper blades. I don't even have a car.
      Joey: No, but with this new car smell, you'll think you do.

    • Chandler: You know, I remember my father... all dressed up in the red suit, with the big black boots and the leather belt. Sneaking around downstairs, he didn't want anybody to see him, but he'd be drunk so he'd stumble, crash into something and wake everybody up.
      Rachel: That doesn't sound like a very merry Christmas.
      Chandler: Who said anything about Christmas?

    • Monica: (About Phoebe) I hope she's okay.
      Joey: Yeah, I know exactly what she's going through.
      Monica: How do you know exactly what she's going through.
      Joey: She told us.

    • Phoebe: Oh, Ugly Naked Guy is decorating his tree. Oh my God! You should see the size of his Christmas balls.

    • Phoebe: A plate of brownies once told me a limerick.
      Chandler: Pheebs, let me ask you something... Were... were these, uh, "funny" brownies?
      Phoebe: Not especially. But you know what, I think they had pot in them!

    • Monica: Hey, it's Funny's cousin, Not Funny!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Phoebin táta (Phoebe's Dad)

    • Music: "The Christmas Song" sung by Nat King Cole

    • This episode marks James Micheal Tyler's first credited appearance as Gunther. His actual first appearance was in "The One With The Sonogram At The End". This is also the first episode in which Gunther speaks, however he only has one line. He was originally an extra, but he was the only one able to work the cappuccino machine, so he became a regular on the show. He is one of the only 4 non-friends to appear in all ten seasons. (The others were Mr. & Mrs. Geller and Janice.)

    • This episode runs 22:43 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Joey: I can't believe it's Christmas already. Ya know, I mean, one day your eating turkey, the next thing ya know, your lords are a-leaping and you geese are a-laying.

      This is a line from the English Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

    • Rachel: How have you never been on Oprah?

      Oprah Winfrey is the Emmy Award winning host of the The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history.

    • Monica: You guys haven't gotten your presents yet? Tomorrow's Christmas Eve, what are you gonna do?
      Chandler: Don't you have to be Claymation to say stuff like that?

      Claymation, one of the many forms of stop motion animation, is when each animated piece is made of plasticine clay. It is famously used in television Christmas specials.

    • Monica: Oh look, and he did my crossword puzzle.
      Ross: Yeah, but not very well. Unless fourteen across "Gershwin musical" actually is "Bite me bite me bite me bite me."

      George Gershwin was an American composer who composed both for Broadway and the classical concert hall.