Season 7 Episode 2

The One with Rachel's Book

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Everybody begins planning for the wedding. Phoebe moves in with Ross, and brings her massage parlor with her. Napping in Rachel's bed because the duck threw up in his, Joey discovers that Rachel has been reading a trashy romance novel.

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  • The show still feels disintegrated

    I watch one episode/day (DVDs) so I didn't really wait months for the new season, and didn't forget about this show's mood... I waited only till the next day.... but the 7th season beginning is very very strange... the show in the first two episodes just doesn't work... the story tries too hard to give any entertainment, the dialogs are weird, the actors play is just out of whack, Chandler is still not there... this time all gelled up and sugary... talking like if he's got an aching tooth or something... giving a formal performance... It feels like screenwriters wrote the scripts for the first two episodes while fighting an urge to go to sleep... This is not a good episode at all, just like a previous one. This is the first episode (save for reminiscence ones) which I didn't enjoy watching. I hope the next one will be better.moreless
  • Phoebe moves in with Ross.

    This episode was okay, not as great as the premiere. I think Friends changed a bit after the 6th season. I don't know. Maybe its just me. Not in a bad way though. Rachel's book was the best plot. Joey mentioning it through the whole episode, was kind of annoying as Rachel said. But the whole plot was just naturally funny. Phoebe moving in with Ross was pretty great. Ross having to massage that old man. Chandler having a large amount of money for the wedding was funny, because Monica's parents spent the wedding fund on a beach house! Chandler was so nice in the end. Spending the money. Great installment.moreless
  • "there's nothing wrong with a woman enjoying a little..... erotica"

    this episode is really great.

    joey, who can't sleep in his bedroom or in the couch because the duck got sick, goes in rachel's bedroom, lay down in her bed and finds a book.. after reading a piece of it, he discovers that it's an erotic book.. after reading the whole book, he continues joking because she got well p***...

    then in the end rachel gets sick of it and said she wanted to do it with joey. joey, scared, refuses.. and i really can't believe that it's the first time that joey refuses to do it...

    monica and chandler went to have dinner with monica's parents, and discover that there is no money for their wedding. thinking that it's over, monica is really upset because can't have the perfect wedding,a nd chandler,kindly, says that he has some. but chandler doesn't want to spend ol the money on the wedding. later monica decided that she doesn't want a big fancy wedding but a marriage.. so she really must love chandler!!

    i really think that they are a perfect couple..moreless
  • Everybody begins planning for the wedding. Phoebe moves in with Ross, and brings her massage parlor with her. Napping in Rachel's bed because the duck threw up in his, Joey discovers that Rachel has been reading a trashy romance novel.moreless

    It was good. I can't believe they still have the duck and chick. Longer than Ross had the monkey. Phoebe was so funny with her massage clints in Ross' apartment. Ross only said he did them because of the hot girl but he had to do the old guy. He could of just said that he was doing it weird. Anyone could feel car going down their back. Lol. Its not that bad of a thing doing that. I wouldn't mind. Well not for that long because my hands would hurt. I would love to get a massage for an hour.moreless
Suzanne Lanza

Suzanne Lanza

The Woman

Guest Star

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Jack Geller

Recurring Role

Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Judy Geller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: Jack Geller tells Monica and Chandler that he and Judy started saving again (the Monica wedding fund) when she was dating Richard, but when that "went to hell", they redid the kitchen. He failed to mention that after Monica and Richard stopped dating, they also paid for half of Ross's wedding in London.

    • Continuity: Chandler says he doesn't want to spend all his savings on the wedding--money he's been saving for "six years". Three years earlier, however, in "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line", out of guilt, he emptied his savings account to buy all new furniture for Joey and himself.

    • Trivia: Joey seems surprised that Rachel has pillowcases, so apparently, Joey doesn't have them on his pillows.

    • Goof: When Chandler is having dinner with Monica's parents, he puts his head down to take a drink from his straw. However, when the camera angle changes, his head is suddenly up.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Jack Geller said that he had to marry Judy because she was pregnant. But a few episodes later in "The One Where Rosita Dies" Jack Geller says that Ross was a medical marvel, since the doctor said Judy couldn't get pregnant.

    • Continuity: In this episode Ross states that he came up with the idea for the movie Jurassic Park. But in "The One with the Cat" he is bothered that anyone could ever think the movie could really happen.

    • Trivia: This is the last episode to mention the Chick and the Duck until the series finale.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of two hands holding a heart wearing a crown (also known as a Claddagh Ring)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Rachel: You know Chandler, you're doing so well with this whole getting-married-never-gonna-sleep-with-anyone-for-the-rest-of-your-life thing. I'm telling ya, it's great.

    • Monica: (moaning) Oww.
      Chandler: What's the matter, honey?
      Monica: My hand feels weird. I guess it's because... (shows them her left hand) I'm engaged! (polite laughter) How long before that starts getting annoying?
      Phoebe: Starts?

    • Ross: (to Chandler) Take it from me. As the groom, all you have to do is show up and try to say the right name.

    • Monica: (at dinner with her parents and Chandler) Well, I guess pretty soon we'll be making a big withdrawal from the Monica wedding fund. (there's an uncomfortable silence) What?
      Judy: You tell her Jack, I can't do it.
      Monica: What happened? You still have the Monica wedding fund, don't you?
      Jack: (nodding) We have it... Only, now we call it the beach house.

    • Rachel: (seeing that both Monica and Chandler are upset) What happened at dinner?
      Monica: My parents spent the money for our wedding!
      Phoebe: (gasps) My God! What did you order?!

    • Rachel: You don't need to have this custom-made, empire-waisted, duchess, satin gown. (sobbing) ...You can wear off-the-rack.
      Chandler: Look, it really is gonna be okay. The important thing is that we love each other and we're gonna get married.
      Rachel: (snapping at Chandler) Do you even understand what "off-the-rack" means?!

    • Chandler: (about his life savings) You're not suggesting that we spend all the money on the wedding...?
      Monica & Rachel: Uh, yeah!

    • Monica: This is the most special day of our lives.
      Chandler: I realize that, honey, but I'm not gonna spend all the money on one party.
      Monica: Honey, um, I love you, but uh, if you call our wedding a party one more time, you may not get invited!

    • Phoebe: Wow! Money and a firm hand. Finally a Chandler I can get onboard with!

    • Ross: (about Rachel's "erotic novel") So, I guess you bought that book after we broke up, huh...?
      Rachel: Uh-huh, yeah I did, because I wore out my first copy when I was with you. (gets up to leave Central Perk)
      Ross: (following her to the door) Oh, yeah?! Well, uh, when we were goin' out, I read tons of porno magazines!

    • Ross: (to Phoebe about losing a massage client) This is your fault. You're the one who didn't move his appointment...
      : Oh, it's my fault? You didn't have to massage him! You could've sent him away! You could've not rolled Tonka trucks up and down his back!
      Ross: He said he liked that!

    • Rachel: Do you even know what a Vicar is?
      Joey: Like a Goalie, right?

    • Chandler: Look, when I proposed, I told you I would do anything to make you happy. And if having the perfect wedding makes you happy, then that's what we're gonna do.
      Monica: That's so sweet. (kisses him) But wait. What about the future and stuff?
      Chandler: Ah, forget about the future and stuff. So we only have two kids. Y'know, we pick our favorite, and that one will get to go to college.
      Monica: You thought about that? How many kids were we gonna have?
      Chandler: Four. A boy, then twin girls, and another boy.
      Monica: What else did you think about?
      Chandler: Well, stuff like where we'd live, a small place outside the city, where our kids could learn to ride their bikes and stuff. We could have a cat, with a bell on its collar, so we could hear it every time it ran through the little kitty door. Course, we'd have an apartment over the garage where Joey could grow old.
      Monica: You know what? I don't want a big fancy wedding.
      Chandler: Sure you do.
      Monica: No. I want everything that you just said. I want a marriage.
      Chandler: Really? (Monica nods) I love you so much.
      Monica: I love you too. (kisses him) Hey, listen... when you were talking about our future, you said "cat", but you meant "dog", right...?
      Chandler: (laughing) Yeah, totally...

  • NOTES (4)


    • Chandler: I don't know, my mother spent most of her money on her fourth wedding. She's saving the rest for her divorce. And any extra cash my father has he saves for his yearly trips to Dollywood.
      Dollywood is a country theme park in east Tennessee owned by Dolly Parton, a famous country singer, songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman and philanthropist. Dolly Parton is also known to have a huge gay fan-base.

    • Monica: ...the Bay City Rollers for dancing. Wait, that was for my sixth-grade wedding.
      Chandler: Well, you couldn't get them anyway. I mean, Ian doesn't even play anymore and Derek... Well, Derek is a name I shouldn't know.
      Bay City Rollers are a Scottish rock band that were popular in the 1970s. Some of their former members included Ian Mitchell and Derek Longmuir.

    • Ross: And that should conclusively prove that I had the idea for Jurassic Park first.
      Jurassic Park is a 1993 sci-fi thriller, adapted from the novel by Michael Crichton about genetically engineered dinosaurs.