Season 7 Episode 21

The One with Rachel's Big Kiss

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: In this episode we learn once again that the "Friends" aren't very good at apologizing. Phoebe has been mocking Rachel and suggesting that she was lying about making out with Melissa, yet when she ultimately learns that Rachel was telling the truth, she doesn't bother to apologize for ridiculing her. A similar situation occurs in Season 3's "The One with the Screamer": Ross has been trying to convince the others that Rachel's date Tommy screams at people and they all make fun of him, suggesting that he's merely jealous. When they find out in the end that Ross was telling the truth, nothing is said by way of apology or even acknowledgment.

    • 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 seven". 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

    • 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.

    • 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!?

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

    • 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?

    • 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.

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

    • 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: (scoffing) To Ross...

    • Chandler: Don't take away my cool thing. Please! Pretty please?!
      Ross: "Pretty please?" Not very Double-0-Seven.
      Chandler: Look it's my Wedding Day. Okay? If you were getting married, I'd never do anything to upset you.
      Ross: When I got married you slept with my sister.
      ChandlerThat was pretty Double-0-Seven.

    • Joey: (about his mother) Let's not forget, 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 make it to you?!

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

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

    • Chandler: Batman is so much cooler than James Bond.
      Monica: What are you talking about? Double-0-Seven has all those gadgets.
      Chandler: Batman has a utility belt!
      Monica: Double-0-Seven has a fancy car.
      Chandler: Batman has the Batmobile!
      Monica: Double-0-Seven gets all the ladies.
      Chandler: Batman has Robin! (after an embarrassed silence) We get ESPN, right?

    • Joey: In Joey Tribbiani, you get a minister... and you get an entertainer. I'm a "ministainer" (rapping) There's no one bettah, there's no one greatah!

    • 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: A little 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 altar and scream racial slurs? I don't care.

  • Notes

    • 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 briefly so that it is clearly visible. This event contributes nothing in terms of plot or character development; in fact, we never see or hear of Melissa smoking for the rest of the episode. Although cigarette advertising has been illegal in the US since 1971, this is in all likelihood, product placement, and with a show as popular as Friends was in it's seventh season, likely a very costly one.

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

  • Allusions

    • 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.