Season 7 Episode 21

The One with Rachel's Big Kiss

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rachel's friend, Melissa, from college shows up at the coffee house which brings back memories of their "closer" days. Then when Melissa can't remember that special night in their senior year, Rachel goes to great lengths to prove to Phoebe that there was really a kiss. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross argue for possession of Val Kilmer's tuxedo. Also, Joey drives Monica crazy when he insists that the wedding be arranged around his parents' schedule.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Rachel kisses two girls onscreen.

    This episode was pretty great. I like how Rachel made a big deal about that one crazy night with her sorority sister, Melissa. And she turned out to be a whacko lesbian in the end. I'm glad the writers, made it look like Melissa was crazy. Because Melissa was sort of rude about not remmebering the night. Chandler & Ross fighting over the tux had its moments, and Joey trying to get his parents to go, was just okay. Then to prove it, Rachel kisses Melissa onscreen. And then Phoebe kisses Rachel onscreen, and argues it was just to see what the fuss was about. It was funny to see them in that situation. So it was good.moreless
  • Rachel's sorority sister Melissa who she shared a kiss with returns. Ross and Chandler compete to see who can get the best celebrity tuxedo for the wedding. Monica invites Joey's parents to the wedding at the last minute.moreless

    This is one of my favorite episodes of Friends! It is definitely one of the best from the 7th season. Winona Ryder is funny and Lisa Kudrow's sarcastic attitude towards Rachel's kiss is one of her best performances. All 3 of the plot lines for this episode kept me interested. Monica's call to Joey's parents inviting them at the last minute to the wedding was laugh out loud funny. "Darn post office! What are they Irish?" And Chandler and Ross dealing with the celebrity tuxedos is funny but definitly the least interesting plot. In the end, when Phoebe finds out that Rachel and Melissa really did share a kiss, she kisses Rachel to see what all the rage is about. This was the perfect ending to a great episode. Although the episode was strongly driven by the guest star, it was still hilarious.moreless
  • a very funny episode indeed

    Rachel's friend, Melissa, from college fraternity shows up at the coffee house which brings back memories of their "closer" days when they got drunk and kissed. Then when Melissa can't remember that special night in their senior year, Rachel goes to great lengths to prove to Phoebe that there was really a kiss. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross argue for possession of Val Kilmer's tuxedo after chandler got 007's tux. and in the end it wasnt val kimler as batman but in some soppy movie instead.. Also, Joey drives Monica crazy when he insists that the wedding has his parents there and they do get an invitation after monica blames the post service and the irish, omg i love that bit.moreless
  • More lesbian action!

    Great episode! Joey picturing Rachel and Melissa kissing! Oh my god Melissa meant it at the end when Rachel kissed her! She liked her! And she had a boyfriend. The Phoebe kisses Rachel to see! Lesbien action in this episode! Joey has a sick but cool mind! Joey would be the coolest person to make two guys married! I would so want Joey for the job. Monica sure has a perfect seating for their wedding! It seems like they are doing all this planning later in the season because it takes them like a year from their engagement to their marriage!moreless
  • Kiss and Tell

    I l.ove the kissing scene between Jennifer aniston and Winoma ryder, but the set up to that kiss, that I don't like. In the beginning when Ryder enter the shop to buy cigraetttes, I wish the show would taking a stand on smoking. the show has alwayds been flip-flop bwtween a pro smoking stance and an anti-smoking stance. to make matter, all the cast members of "Friends' smoke, except for one cast member. That show doesn't promte good health. Now back to the episode, Well not only Jennifer Aniston kiss Winoma Ryder, But also kiss Lisa Krukow. I only wish that scene became more sexual. That episode of "Friends" had miss an opportunity of taking a stance on gay rights.moreless
Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder


Special Guest Star

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Gunther [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Trivia: After all the fuss over tuxedos and all the trouble Rachel went to, the Batman, James Bond, or for that matter, Diane Keaton tuxedos are not in evidence at the wedding, nor even anything similar. Ross and Chandler end up wearing matching, modern-style soft-shoulder tuxedos with conventional white shirts and long black ties (as opposed to the traditional ruffled, studded, high collar shirts and bowties). Chandler is also wearing a gold vest and both Ross and Chandler have matching gold pocket handkerchiefs. Are these, perhaps, the pre-approved outfits that Monica had picked out in the first place?

    • Goof: Monica says to Chandler that when he wears the tuxedo pants she can see both "double-O and 7". This suggests that Chandler is heavier than Pierce Brosnan and therefore the pants are too tight. However, when we see Chandler wearing the pants, they are extremely baggy and the pant legs only go down to mid-calf, suggesting that the tuxedo was tailored for a very short, fat person.

    • Continuity: Although Monica finally convinces Mrs. Tribbiani to come to the wedding, Joey's parents (Robert Costanzo, Brenda Vaccaro) are not there.

    • Trivia: In "The One with Frank Jr.," Ross puts Winona Ryder on his freebie list. However, in this episode when Winona Ryder appeared as Melissa, she wanted Rachel.

    • Goof: In the opening scene when Rachel is talking to Melissa, both of their arms constantly change positions in between every shot.

    • Trivia: Just for the record Pierce Brosnan was James Bond 4 times in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. But since this episode was played in 2001, Chandler wouldn't know about Die Another Day. Val Kilmer was Batman once in Batman Forever.

    • Trivia: Rachel has now officially kissed all five of her friends. She kissed Monica to get the apartment back in "The One with all the Haste". She kissed Ross while they were dating starting in "The One Where Ross Finds Out". She first kisses Joey on New Years in "The One with all the Resolutions". She gets kissed by Chandler while he is covering up his affair with Monica in "The One with all the Kissing". Now, she has kissed Phoebe.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Rachel: So Joey, I just hooked Ross and Chandler up with some tuxedos for the wedding, do you need one?
      Joey: No, I'm performing the ceremony. I'm not wearing a tux.
      Rachel: Well, what are you going to wear?
      Joey: Multi-colored robes! Oh, and maybe a hat.
      Rachel: Huh. Does Monica know about this?
      Joey: I don't think so.
      Rachel: Can I please be there when you tell her?

    • Monica: (About Rachel and Melissa) They were lovers.
      Ross: What?
      Joey: What?
      Rachel: No we weren't! It was nothing! It was one night, senior year we went to a party, had a lot of sangria and y'know, ended up… kissing for a bit.
      Ross: So that's two of my wives.

    • Ross: (About their celebrity tuxes) Hey, hey... why don't we put them on? You know, get a picture of Batman and James Bond, together.
      Chandler: I would, but mine doesn't fit. The pants are a little tight.
      Monica: Too tight? I can see double-O and seven in those things.

    • Monica: (To Joey) I give up. Whatever you want, you can have it. You want to sing a song? You want to do a dance? You want your mom to stand at the alter and scream racial slurs? I don't care.

    • Joey: (About his mother) Remember, this is a woman who has sent you many lasagnas over the years.
      Monica: No, she hasn't.
      Joey: Is it her fault if some of them didn't get to you?

    • Rachel: (About kissing Melissa) Do you want to hear what really happened, or Joey's lewd version?
      Phoebe: Joey's!

    • Chandler: Batman is so much cooler than James Bond.
      Monica: What are you talking about? 007 has all those gadgets.
      Chandler: Batman has a utility belt.
      Monica: 007 has a fancy car.
      Chandler: Batman has the Batmobile.
      Monica: 007 gets all the ladies.
      Chandler: Batman has Robin. (Silence) We get ESPN, right?

    • Chandler: Ross is Batman.
      Monica: Well, he did manage to keep his identity secret for along time.

    • Rachel: (Pulling out a tuxedo) This one is, uh, Paul Oneal.
      Chandler: Who's that?
      Rachel: He plays for the Yankees...? Seriously, ESPN. Just once in a while. Have it on in the background.

    • Chandler: You mean these tuxes have been down the red carpet with people yelling, "Who are you wearing? You look fabulous!"
      Rachel: Might I suggest watching a little more ESPN and a little less E!?

    • Joey: In Joey Tribbiani, you get a minister and an entertainer. I'm a "ministainer." All right? There's no one better. There's no one greater.

    • Melissa: Phoebe, were you ever in a sorority?
      Phoebe: Of course. Yes. I was a Thigh Mega Tampon.

    • Phoebe: Oh, Rach, wait! Do you want to go to a movie tonight?
      Rachel: Oh, y'know what? I can't. I have to have dinner with that Melissa girl.
      Joey: Can I come?! I won't even talk! You'll just hear the noise from my video camera.

    • Chandler: Don't take away my cool thing. Pretty please?
      Ross: "Pretty please?" Not very 007.
      Chandler: Look it's my Wedding Day. If you were getting married, I'd never do anything to upset you.
      Ross: When I got married you slept with my sister.
      Chandler: That was pretty 007.

    • Rachel: I am not vanilla! I've done some pretty wild and crazy things in my day!
      Phoebe: Like what?
      Rachel: Well, I got drunk and married in Vegas!
      Phoebe: To Ross!

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui fantasmait sur le baiser (The One Who Wanted To Know About The Kiss)

    • Melissa asks Gunther for a pack of Newport Lights by name, and when he brings them to her, she holds the pack so that it is clearly visible. Although cigarette advertising has been illegal in the US since 1971, this may be an example of "back door" product placement.

    • This episode runs 23:03 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


    • Chandler: Holy double-vented comfort, Batman!

      This is a reference to the 1966 television series Batman. Batman's sidekick Robin was known for saying "Holy (insert), Batman!" whenever they encountered something startling.

    • Chandler: Whose is it?
      Rachel: Diane Keaton.

      Diane Keaton is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, and producer. Most famous for her role in Annie Hall, she is known for wearing men's clothing.

    • Chandler: An invitation to the At First Sight premiere?

      At First Sight is a 1999 film, starring Val Kilmer, about a blind man falling in love with a girl. It was based on the essay To See and Not to See by Oliver Sacks.

    • Chandler: Batman has Robin.

      The Boy Wonder Robin is Batman's sidekick. Also known as the Dynamic Duo, they are fictional superheroes published by DC Comics and released in 1940.

    • Ross: Batman's tux!
      Chandler: What?
      Ross: That's right. Made expressly for Val Kilmer, and worn by him in the hit film... that Batman film he was in.

      Val Kilmer, an American actor, played Batman in the 1995 film Batman Forever. Batman, the source of many movies, is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics.

    • Rachel: This one was Pierce Brosnan.
      Chandler: Pierce Brosnan? Are you serious? 007? This is James Bond's tux?

      Pierce Brosnan is an Irish actor known for his portrayal of James Band, also known as 007, a fictional secret agent created by writer Ian Flemming.

    • Rachel: This one's Paul O'Neill.

      Paul O'Neill, a former right fielder in Major League Baseball, won five World Series while playing for the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees.

    • Rachel: This one's Tom Brokaw.

      Tom Brokaw, an American television journalist, was the anchorman for NBC Nightly News.

    • Rachel: Might I suggest watching a little more ESPN and a little less E!?

      ESPN is a sports network that has been on the air since 1979.
      E! is an entertainment network that has been on the air since 1987.