Season 8 Episode 5

The One with Rachel's Date

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 25, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In the scene in the coffee house where Monica is telling Phoebe that she wants to fire Tim but Phoebe is trying to convince her not to, look closely during Monica's profile shots: there is a moment when a different woman is sitting in Monica's place (this is only really obvious in the widescreen version of the scene. In the full-screen version, you can barely see the woman's nose and eyebrow).

    • Continuity: When Joey says he gets enough reading from books, Ross calls him on it and Joey says, "Alright, car magazines, cereal boxes...". However, we know from Season 3's "The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends", that Joey has read The Shining numerous times and readily agrees to read Rachel's book Little Women. This doesn't sound like someone who only reads magazines and cereal boxes.

    • Trivia: Ross mentions wanting to see a Ukrainian film at the "Angelika". The Angelika was also mentioned in "The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel" (Phoebe puts Rachel in a cab to get rid of her and slaps the roof, "The Angelika!"). These references are to The Angelika Film Center, located at the corner of W Houston and Mercer, about a dozen blocks from the Friends' neighborhood in the West Village.

    • Goof: The Mac that Chandler is on when Ross comes into his office is not a real Apple computer because the apple is upside-down. On a real Mac when the computer is open, the apple is right side up.
      Note: The original Mac laptops had the logo upside-down for the first couple years. It was only later that the logo appeared right side up when opened.

    • Goof: When Ross says goodnight to Rachel on the street, she is holding the brown bag down by her side. When the shot zooms in on her, the bag is suddenly in front of her chest.

    • Goof: When Rachel enters Central Perk and discovers Ross with Mona, the brown paper bag she's holding has the top rolled toward her. When the camera angle changes, it is rolled away from her.

    • Goof: When Monica and Phoebe blurt out their bad news at the same time, Tim uncrosses his arms. When the camera angle zooms in on Phoebe, you can see that his arms are still crossed.

    • Trivia: We find out that Chandler's middle name is Muriel.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a hookah-smoking caterpillar on a mushroom (a scene from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland)

    • Continuity: Since Phoebe in at least two episodes claims that she knows how to speak French, and in the Season 10 episode, "The One Where Joey Speaks French", proves that she is quite fluent in it, she should know what the word "sous" means.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: Tim, this is Phoebe. Phoebe, this is Tim, my new sous-chef.
      Phoebe: Oh, so you're Monica's boss?
      Tim: No, actually, she's my boss. "Sous" is French for "under".
      Phoebe: Oh! ...I sous-stand.

    • Ross: (having discovered Chandler's full name) "Chandler... Muriel... Bing". Boy, your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?

    • Rachel: (after seeing Joey shoot a scene on Days of Our Lives) Wait... what happened to Jessica's body?
      Joey: I'm not telling... You'll have to see it on TV.
      Rachel: You don't know, do you?
      Joey: No... Couldn't care less.

    • Phoebe: I had the best time with Tim last night. He is so sweet! Oh, I can't wait to get sous-neath him.
      Monica: ...I have to fire him.
      Phoebe: But why?
      Monica: Because he's terrible! Okay, he's slow, he burns things--last night he lit my pastry chef on fire!
      Phoebe: Well, maybe he was just nervous--y'know you can be very intimidating. And besides, I've met your pastry chef and she can stand to be taken down a peg or two.
      Monica: Well, now she has no eyebrows... Mission accomplished.

    • Joey: Oh, y'know, uh, Kash really liked you the other day. He said he thought you were "charming".
      Rachel: Ha! I thought I was a complete idiot.
      Joey: Hey, I'm with you. He even asked me if I thought you'd go out with him.
      Rachel: (suddenly excited) Oh! Oh, I think I'm gonna throw up a little bit... What did you say?
      Joey: I said no.
      Rachel: What?!
      Joey: What? I just figured since you're pregnant, you're not gonna be seeing people.
      Rachel: Okay, Joey? First of all, Kash Ford? ...not "people". Second of all, what did he say when you told him I was pregnant?
      Joey: I didn't tell him. I didn't know if you were tellin' people--this is back when I thought Kash was still "people".

    • Monica: (to Phoebe) Tim is totally incompetent. I called the chef who recommended him to me, he said, "Ha-ha... gotcha!"

    • Monica: (about Tim) So now I'm not allowed to fire him?
      Phoebe: You can't fire a man and dump him in the same day, he'll kill himself.
      Monica: Okay, well, then... I'll fire him today and you go out with him for another week.
      Phoebe: Are you kidding? Another week with that simp, I'll kill myself!

    • Ross: (to Joey) So, what do you want to do tonight? There's a Ukrainian film at the Angelika that's supposed to be very powerful. Interested?
      Joey: No. No. But I'll go see a normal person movie with you.

    • Ross: A ferry? My baby's going on a ferry? Do you have any idea how dangerous those are?
      Joey: Aren't we talkin' about those big boats that carry cars... they go like five miles an hour...?

    • Joey: So what movie do you want to see--and not another one I have to read, okay? I get enough of that from books.
      Ross: Books?
      Joey: Alright... car magazines, cereal boxes... but it's like--enough!

    • Joey: (to Ross about Rachel dating a fellow actor) They go on one date and you're worried about them getting married? He's not you!

    • Ross: (to Rachel after her disappointing date) Hey, ya want a little cheering up?
      Rachel: Yes...
      Ross: Guess whose middle name is "Muriel?"
      Rachel: (thinks about it and then gasps when she realizes) Chandler "M" Bing!

    • Ross: I'm sorry about your date.
      Rachel: (waving it off) Oh, that's alright. I guess I'm just done with the whole dating thing. It's one more thing in my life that's suddenly completely different. (realizing) This is hard.
      Ross: Yeah, I know. On the other hand, in about seven months you're gonna have something that you're gonna love more than any guy you've ever gone out with. Just wait. Wait until, uh... wait until the first time your baby grabs your finger. You have no idea.
      Rachel: (touched) Thanks, sweetie.

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