Friends

Season 10 Episode 16

The One With Rachel's Going Away Party

10
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2004 on NBC
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With Rachel leaving tomorrow, the gang throws her a small going away party. She says goodbye to each of her friends individually, except for Ross. He gets mad and the two of them end up in a passionate kiss after she explains that she was putting it off because of how hard saying goodbye to him would be. Meanwhile, Erica is in town until the baby arrives and she ends up going into labor at the party.moreless

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  • Gfffddd gggg gig hajj

    9.5
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  • I'm glad they got this taken care of.

    9.0
    I'm glad they dealt with all the "goodbyes" from all the friends, which by the way, made me tear up a bit, in this episode, so it wouldn't of had to cut in to the finale. This episode, is a cliffhanger because Ross & Rachel kiss at the end of the episode, and everything is left up in the air, also Erica goes in labor! It was hilarious when she just said it was stomach pains, and Chandler offered the antacids. That was the bright part of the episode, after all the heartfelt goodbyes. Rachel's speech to Ross at the end was so sad. Great episode.moreless
  • Rachels Gonna Leave :(

    10
    I love this episode. We see one of the much loved characters we know preparing to leave her friends and it really for me was a tearjerker. If i could make an improvement, I wouldnt put comedy in the Rachel/Chandler goodbye, because we rarely get to see them bond. For me, although comic, the saddest part of this episode was Rachel say goodbye to Monica. I think Courtney and Jennifers friendship really comes out here, becausethey have really great on screen chemistry. I like the fact that this was a bottle episode, because it was an important episode. I love how they really brought out Ross' hurt over not being said goodbye to, because it really emphasizes the strong connection and relationship R&R had.moreless
  • Very moving... *sniff*

    8.7
    With Rachel leaving very, very soon, the gang throw her a small going away party. She says a very painful goodbye to each of her friends individually, except for Ross. He gets very angry and wonders why. Ross confronts Rachel, accusing her of him not meaning as much to her then everyone else. The two of them end up in a passionate kiss after she explains that she was putting it off because of how hard saying goodbye to him would be. Meanwhile, Erica is in town until the baby arrives and she ends up going into labor at the party.moreless
  • were having a baby

    10
    With Rachel leaving tomorrow, the gang throws her a small going away party. She says goodbye to each of her friends individually, except for Ross. He gets mad and the two of them end up in a passionate kiss after she explains that she was putting it off because of how hard saying goodbye to him would be and she doesnt think it would be goodbya as they will still be together. Meanwhile, Erica is in town until the baby arrives and she ends up going into labor at the party making a happy monica and chndler. gunther tells rachael his true feelingsmoreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Erica is supposedly over eight months pregnant with twins, and considering the twins size when they were born, she would be much bigger than she is in this episode.

    • Goof: Erica told Monica and Ross that she was going to finish packing. However, seconds later Joey and Chandler were packing in the guest room, since Monica and Chandler were moving out. However, the guest room belonged to Erica during her stay in the apartment.
      Note: Ross asks Monica why Erica isn't staying with them and Monica says she put Erica up in a hotel because they're moving in a few days. In other words, Erica isn't in the guest room at this point.

    • Continuity: Phoebe says, "In six months the statute of limitations runs out and I can travel internationally again." Since we haven't seen her commit any crimes that would bar her from international travel, it must have happened a long time ago. There are two problems with this. A couple of seasons ago she was disappointed that being pregnant meant she couldn't go to London for Ross and Emily's wedding. Earlier this season she was in Barbados. The statute would have still been in effect for those two events.

    • Goof: When Ross fears that Rachel is going to talk with him, the volume and the color of his beer changes between shots.

    • Continuity: In this episode Chandler finds furry black handcuffs, and everybody says that they have never seen them before. How is that possible considering all the people that have moved in and out of that room? How come nobody noticed them when the room and closet were painted green after being pink? What's more, with Monica's obsessive cleaning, they should have been discovered years ago--not to mention the photographs of Nana using them that Chandler finds.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Monica: Shouldn't you be packing?
      Rachel: I'm all finished.
      Monica: Oh, sure. And after I took a shower this morning, I just threw my towel on the floor. (reflecting) ...Oh God, it hurts to even joke about it!

    • Chandler: (about Rachel searching frantically) At what point did it stop being funny that I took her passport?

    • Erica: Hotels are fun! My room has this little fridge full of free snacks!
      Ross: Erica, those things aren't free... In fact they have one of the highest markups of any consumer product.
      Monica: Ross, she's giving us her baby. She can eat you if she wants!

    • Monica: (about Chandler and Ross hitting Joey's bubble-wrapped head) Are you kidding? This is packing?
      Chandler: We're taking a break.
      Monica: From...?
      Chandler: Jumping on the bed.

    • Joey: (about Rachel going to Paris) Y'know, I had a chance to stop her, too.
      Ross: Yeah?
      Joey: (frustrated, remembering) Who loses fifty-seven coin tosses in a row? ...Heads she wins, tails I lose! (starts to think) Wait a minute...
      Chandler: Yes, Joe...?
      Joey: ...I forgot to pick up my dry cleaning!

    • Phoebe: (to Rachel) I know we weren't supposed to get you going-away presents, but I do have something for you... (hands her a baggie)
      Rachel: Oh... (confused) Oh, what is it?
      Phoebe: It's a cotton swab with a bit of my saliva on it? ...so that, if they perfect the cloning process while you're over there, you can use the DNA to create your own Pheebs!
      Rachel: (both touched and disgusted) ...I'm gonna throw this away, but thank you so much for the gesture.

    • Chandler: Rachel... with handcuffs... interesting.
      Monica: Joey's bare ass!
      (Silence) 
      Chandler: Well played.

    • Rachel: None of the amazing things that have happened to me in the last ten years, would have happened if it wasn't for you. No one has been more like a sister to me...
      Monica: I know what you mean. You're like a sister to me, too.

    • Ross: (talking about how Rachel made Monica cry) Oh no, she took down Monica, and I'm the crier in the family.

    • Ross: (to Joey, trying to avoid a tearful goodbye from Rachel) Maybe she won't talk to me if it looks like we're deep in conversation... Oh, so that thing you said about that thing, it really made me think about that other thing... 
      (Chandler starts talking to Rachel) 
      Ross: Oh, it's okay. Chandler's talking to her.
      Joey: (pleased with himself) I really made you think about that thing, huh?

    • Chandler: Uh, Rach'? I think I have something that belongs to you. (hands her the fur-covered handcuffs that he found in the closet)
      Rachel
      : (laughing and shaking her head) I'm sure gonna miss pretending to laugh at your weird jokes that I don't get.

    • Chandler: You don't really handcuff guys to water pipes, do you?
      Phoebe: (grinning) Where do you think Mike really is?

    • Chandler: Let me just say something... because once we get into this, I'm gonna get all uncomfortable and probably make some stupid joke... I just want to say that I... I love you... and I'm gonna miss you... and I'm so sad that you're leaving.
      Rachel: Oh, y'know what? Let's not say anything else... I love you.

    • Chandler: I haven't cried like that in years.
      Monica: You cried yesterday at the six o'clock news...
      Chandler: (almost in tears) That old woman was being scammed by her mechanic!

    • Monica: Well, Joey seems to be handling it pretty well.
      (Rachel and Joey hug on the balcony, Rachel turns around, Joey climbs onto the ledge ready to jump)
      Everyone: No!

    • Ross: I don't get a goodbye?!
      Joey: Lucky bastard.

    • Ross: Unbelievable. She says goodbye to everyone but me.
      Monica: Well, maybe she thought that with all of your history it could be, you know, implicit.
      Ross: Well, it needs to be plicit!

    • Ross: I don't get a goodbye?
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: Everyone gets a goodbye but me? What have I got to do to get a goodbye, huh? Be best friends with you? Uh, go out with you? Have a baby with you? Oh wait a minute, wait a minute, I did all those things.
      Rachel: Ross...
      Ross: Oh no, maybe I'm just not giving you enough credit. Uh, I mean it is difficult to say goodbye to five people. Uh, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, good... (he makes choking noises) It's physically impossible! You know what? After all we've been through, I can't believe this is how you want to leave things between us. Have a, have a good time in Paris. (he leaves)

    • Chandler: (coming from the guest room) Hey, Mon. I think I figured out whose handcuffs they are.
      Monica: You did? How?
      Chandler: Well, I was cleaning out the closet and I found pictures of them... being used.
      Monica: Oh, my God, let me see!
      Joey: (looking at the pictures) Who's that dirty old lady?
      Chandler: Monica's grandmother.
      (Everyone gasps)
      Monica: Oh, my God! Nana liked it rough!

    • Erica: Oh, it was okay. I went to a movie with my cousin and then out for dinner. We went to this place that had... Ooh... (she holds her belly in pain) Hoo... ooh... Anyway, they had these really amazing cheeseburgers...
      Monica: Erica, are you okay?
      Erica: Yeah, you know, maybe I ate too much. I keep getting these stomach aches. They come and go, like, every few minutes.
      Monica: Oh, my God!
      Chandler: Relax! We just get her some antacids.
      Monica: She doesn't have a stomach ache, she's in labor!
      Chandler: Oh, my God!
      Phoebe: Yeah, you've got to get to the hospital.
      Monica: Alright, Chandler, get the coats. Erica, let's go. Phoebe and Joey, keep packing! Oh, my God! We're gonna have a baby! Alright. We're gonna have a baby! Oh, my God! We're gonna have a baby! Oh, God. Oh, God. I got to sit down. I got to sit down. Ooh! (she's hyperventilating)
      Chandler: Honey, it's gonna be okay.
      Erica: You can do this... just breathe...
      Monica: Okay, okay. Okay, I feel a little better.
      Erica: (in pain) Ooh! Are you sure?
      Monica: Oh. Yes, I'm sure. Oh, honey, let's go. Okay, bye everyone.

    • Rachel: (appealing to Ross) You really think I didn't say goodbye to you because I don't care?
      Ross: That's what it seemed like.
      Rachel: I cannot believe that after ten years, you do not know one thing about me.
      Ross: Fine, then why didn't you say something?
      Rachel: Because it is too damn hard, Ross! I can't even begin to explain to you how much I'm gonna miss you. When I think about not seeing you every day, it makes me not want to go... Okay, so if you think that I didn't say goodbye to you because you don't mean as much to me as everybody else, you're wrong. It's because you mean more to me. So there, alright? There's your goodbye... (she starts to walk away)
      Ross: Rach'!
      Rachel: What...?
      Ross: You keep, you keep... You can't...
      Rachel: What...?
      (Ross kisses her. They part for a moment, and then she kisses him)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Alternate Title: The One Where Rachel Goes To Paris

      International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui n'avait pas droit aux adieux (The One Who Didn't Get A Goodbye)

    • This is the last episode with Rachel's name in the title.

    • This episode runs 23:44 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Chandler says in the episode, "It's like when Melrose Place got canceled." Actually, before Matthew Perry was cast as Chandler, he auditioned for the role of Billy Cambell on Melrose Place.

    • Courteney Cox-Arquette was pregnant during the filming of this episode. It is visible, especially in her face, that she gained weight from her real-life pregnancy. She also wears larger clothes to try to disguise this. On June 13th, 2004 Courteney and her husband David Arquette welcomed the birth of their daughter Coco Riley Arquette.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Chandler: Its like when Melrose Place got canceled!
      Melrose Place is a hit show created by Darren Star. It follows the lives and loves of a small group of people living in a California apartment complex.

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