Season 9 Episode 12

The One with Phoebe's Rats

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Gavin gives Rachel a very interesting birthday gift while Ross begs Joey to stay away from Emma's hot new nanny. Meanwhile, Mike meets and then accidentally murders Phoebe's unusual pet.

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  • The scarf

    My wife LOVES the scarf Rachel received from Gaven. Can anyone PLEASE tell me what style/kind/fabric that might be? Or a brand? Anything that can help me?

  • Mike Discovers Phoebe Has Rats As Pets, Ross Tries To Stop Joey From Making A Move On Emma's Nanny, And Gavin Gives Rachel A Very Special Birthday Present.

    Mike Discovers Phoebe Has Rats As Pets Living In Her Cupboards And Sets Rat Traps Much To The Dismay Of Phoebe, Gavin And Rachel Bicker A Lot, But By The End Of The Episode, Gavin Gives Rachel A Scarf For Her Birthday And Kisses Her, And Ross Tries To Stop Joey From Making A Move On Emma's New Nanny, 'Molly' But There Really Was No Need Because Molly Was A Lesbian!,Her Girlfriend 'Tabitha' Turned Up At The End Of The Episode.

    This Episode Was Just Great For Laughs, Phoebe Has Given Her Rats Names! 'Bob' And 'Susie' (Bob Was Accidentally Killed By A Rat Trap!)

    I Love This Episode!moreless
  • Rachel continues bickering with Gavin at work, but after Monica invites Gavin to Rachel's birthday party. Chandler revels in his time off from work and Ross spends most of the episode trying to keep Joey away from Emma's nanny.moreless

    This episode is pretty average by Friend's standards. I've always enjoyed Rachel's work storylines and the arguing between Rachel and Gavin is pretty amusing. The ending (when they kiss on the balcony) was pretty predictable.

    Also predictable was the fact that Joey went after Ross and Rachel's "hot nanny." But the reaction when they discovered she was a lesbian was pretty funny. Matthew Perry is always my favorite, but he didn't have much to do in this episode other than watch TV and keep Joey and Molly (the nanny apart.) My least favorite storyline here was Phoebe and Mike with the rats. Obviously, a TV show with 6 characters is always going to have some sort of trivial storyline so that everyone's involved, but I generally find myself the least interested in Phoebe's stories and this one really bored me.moreless
  • Phoebe and her pet rats...

    Good episode! Phoebe had a pet rat- Bob who is actually a girl and has babies. I wasn't freaked out by it but I wouldn't want rats because they crap everywhere and get everything. Gavin and Rachel have more fights. Ross tells Joey to stay away from their new nanny and she is a lesbien!! I thought Ross wanted her from himself but I was wrong. Joey was so shocked! Its Rachel birthday and at the end Gavin and Rachel end up kissing which Ross sees from his apartment. Monica was so funny that her party is cleaning up! Lol.moreless
  • Rat babies...RAT BABIES!

    A shoe box full of rat babies. There are no words for how funny this is. The ending scene is a particularly funny one, that ironicly doesn't have much to do with the box of rat babies...rat babies!!!

    Rachel: Do you see what all the guys see in her?

    Monica: I wouldn't kick her out of bed. No more vodka for me.
Melissa George

Melissa George


Guest Star

Cheryl Kennard

Cheryl Kennard


Guest Star

Carly Thomas

Carly Thomas


Guest Star

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd

Mike Hannigan

Recurring Role

Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney

Gavin Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Mike and Phoebe are talking about getting rid of the baby rats, Phoebe puts the box on the coffee table. When the camera angle changes to Mike, the box is back in her lap.

    • Goof: When Ross and Chandler race to Ross's apartment, they do so to stop Joey from making his move on the nanny. Presumably if Joey had not followed the nanny, they would all still be at Rachel's party. Why then, has the nanny arranged for her girlfriend to turn up, and for her to leave for the night? She didn't know Ross would be there until he arrives a few minutes previously.

    • Goof: In the scene where Monica tells Rachel that somebody got her shoes as a birthday gift, Rachel sits on the sofa next to Monica to open the box. When they see the rats in the box, Monica and Rachel jumps off the sofa. However, right in the next shot Monica is sitting on the sofa quite in the same position she was in before.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Joey: Hey. Where's Mon?
      Chandler: Oh, she's upstairs putting up decorations for Rachel's birthday party.
      Joey: And you're not helping?
      Chandler: I tried. But apparently singing "I Will Survive" in a helium voice is not helping.

    • Joey & Chandler: Hey! (starting to sing) Happy birthday...
      Rachel: Shhh! Don't say that loud! Gunther's gonna want to hug me.

    • Rachel: (about the new nanny) You really think she's hot?
      Chandler: Are you kidding? If I wasn't married she'd be rejecting me right now.
      Rachel: And Joey?
      Joey: How ya think she's doin'?
      Rachel: Am I the only one who doesn't think that she's hot? Ross?
      Ross: Eh, I mean, I mean... she's not unattractive but hot...?
      Rachel: Thank you! (goes to get coffee)
      Chandler: Now that Rachel's gone?
      Ross: So hot I cried myself to sleep last night.

    • Phoebe: Hey Mike, what's the capital of Peru?
      Mike: Lima.
      Phoebe: No. It starts with a "V" and ends with an "X"... hopefully with a "T-O" in the middle.
      Mike: You know, come to think of it, the capital of Peru is "Vtox."

    • Mike: You can't keep a rat in your apartment. They're extremely unsanitary. They transmit leptospirosis and hantavirus...
      Phoebe: What are those?
      Mike: I don't know, but they don't sound like spa treatments!

    • Rachel: (to Gavin) I'm sorry. Obviously, Heather's ass has something more important to say, so I'll just wait 'til it's finished.

    • Gavin: Why do you even care if I was looking at her? Are you jealous?
      Rachel: Oh yeah, I'm jealous. "Oh Gavin, please, please look at my ass..."
      (Gavin starts looking)
      Rachel: Stop looking at my ass!

    • Rachel: (about Gavin staring at Heather) I mean, I just think you are totally inappropriate, okay? This is a work environment; she's your subordinate.
      Gavin: ...But it was okay when you slept with your old assistant, Tag?
      Rachel: That is totally different for two reasons. One, I didn't know that you knew that. And two, I wasn't some creep staring at his ass. We had a, we had a deep, meaningful relationship.
      Gavin: Huh. What was Tag's last name?
      Rachel: It was... (trying to remember) Oh, my God! (recovering) He didn't, he didn't have a last name! It was just "Tag." You know, like "Cher", or... you know, "Moses".
      Gavin: But it was a deep, meaningful relationship.
      Rachel: Oh, you know what, my first impression of you was absolutely right! You are arrogant, you are pompous--Morgan! Morgan! Tag's last name was Morgan! Ha!
      Gavin: It was Jones.
      Rachel: Ohhh, what are you, his boyfriend?

    • Joey: I wish I had a nanny like you.
      Molly: You mean when you were a baby?
      Joey: Uh, sure.

    • Phoebe: What are you doing?
      Mike: Setting rat traps.
      Phoebe: To kill Bob?
      Mike: No, no. To test his neck strength.

    • Phoebe: (trying to find her "visitor" rat) Bob? Bob? Robert!

    • Phoebe: (after hearing the rat-trap snap) Oh my God, we killed Bob?!
      Mike: Well, maybe it wasn't Bob... Maybe it was a mouse.
      Phoebe: Susie?!

    • Ross: Wazzup!
      Chandler: Seriously, three years ago.

    • Chandler: (about Joey) You don't trust him?
      Ross: No! Today some woman who sounded a lot like Joey called and asked to speak to "her daughter, the hot nanny."

    • Chandler: (to Ross) You know as well as I do once Joey sets his mind on something, more often than not, he's going to have sex with it.

    • Joey: (to Chandler, who's trying to stop him from hitting on the hot nanny) Why are you doing this, huh? Did Ross tell you not to let me go over there?
      Chandler: Yes, as a matter of fact he did... so I can't let you go.
      Joey: Huh. Interesting. Now there are obstacles. Hot nanny and me against the world. This is the kind of stuff great novels are made of.
      Chandler: Great novels?
      Joey: Fine. Mediocre porn.

    • Rachel: (about inviting Gavin to her party) Why did you invite him? I can't stand that guy!
      Monica: But you were just being so nice to him.
      Rachel: I was faking it! Can't you tell when I'm being fake? (to a coworker) Oh, hey Mr. Phillips, nice suit!
      Monica: Right there, that was so fake!
      Rachel: Shhh!

    • Rachel: (about Molly) Do you see what all the guys see in her?
      Monica: I wouldn't kick her out of bed. (catching herself) No more vodka for me.

    • Rachel: Are you comparing my daughter to a rat?
      Phoebe: No. Seven Rats. (to Mike) I think we should take them home. We need to feed them.
      Rachel: You're gonna leave my party to take care of a box of rats?
      Phoebe: Well, I'm sorry Rachel, I'm not like you. Not everyone can afford help.

    • Ross: Hey, where the hell are Joey and Molly? I asked you to watch them.
      Chandler: (in a helium voice, holding a balloon) I'm sorry. I got a little preoccupied.
      Ross: Look, we have to stop them before something happens.
      Chandler: (still in a helium voice) Right behind you, big guy.

    • Mike: (to Phoebe) When did we become one of those couples whose lives revolve around their rats?

    • Rachel: Thanks for the party, honey. Should I help you clean up?
      Monica: No way! You had your party, now I have mine!

  • NOTES (6)


    • Chandler: That's it? It's over? Who shot J.R.? Who shot J.R.?!
      "Who Shot J.R.?" is a reference to the TV show Dallas, where the character J.R. Ewing gets shot in the last scene of the last episode in Season 2. During the wait for Season 3, "Who Shot J.R.?" became one of the most famous TV series cliffhangers ever.

    • Chandler: I tried, but apparently singing "I will survive" in a helium voice... not helping.
      "I Will Survive" is a song made famous by Gloria Gaynor.

    • Phoebe: (about her baby rats mating) Mate? They're all brothers and sisters!
      Mike: Yeah, not such a problem with rats. No, they're more of a "love the one you're with" kind of animal.
      This is a reference to the song "Love The One You're With" by Stephen Stills.