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Season 10 Episode 16

The One With Rachel's Going Away Party

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • 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?

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (About Rachel) You know, I had a chance to stop her too.
      Ross: Yeah?
      Joey: Who loses fifty seven coin tosses in a row? Head she wins, tails I lose. (Pause) Wait a minute...
      Chandler: Yes, Joe?
      Joey: I forgot to pick up my dry cleaning!

    • 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.

    • 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, you know what? Let's not say anything else. I love you.

    • 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!

    • Rachel: 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, all right, there's your goodbye... (She starts to walk away)
      Ross: Rach!
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: You keep, you keep... You can't...
      Rachel: What? (He walks over to her and kisses her)

    • Monica: (About Chandler and Ross hitting Joey, who bubble-wrapped his head) You call this packing?
      Chandler: We're taking a break.
      Monica: From?
      Chandler: Jumping on the bed.

    • 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. Oh God, it hurts to even joke about it!

    • Chandler: (About Rachel's) At what point did it stop being funny that I took her passport?

    • Chandler: Mon, I think I know who those cuffs were for.
      Monica: How?
      Chandler: Well, I was cleaning out the closet when I found pictures of them being used.
      Monica:Oh, my God, let me see.
      Joey: Who's the dirty old lady?
      Chandler: Monica's grandmother.
      All: Wow!
      Monica: Whoa, Nana liked it rough!

    • 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 it's me, 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)

    • 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 got to get to the hospital.
      Monica: All right, Chandler get the coats. Erica let's go. Phoebe and Joey, keep packing! Oh my God we're gonna have a baby. All right. We're gonna have a baby! Oh may 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.

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

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

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

    • Ross: So it's must be really hard to say goodbye to five people. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goo... it's physically impossible!

    • Ross: (To Joey) Oh, so that thing you said about that thing, it really made me think about that other thing.
      (Chandler starts to talk with Rachel)
      Ross: Oh it's okay. Chandler is talking to her.
      Joey: It really made you think about that thing, huh?

    • Rachel: (To Chandler) I'm sure gonna miss pretending to laugh at your weird jokes that I don't get.

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

    • Phoebe: (Giving Rachel a present) It's a cotton swab with my saliva on it. You see, if they perfect the cloning process in Paris, then you can use this to make your own Pheebs!
      Rachel: Okay. I'm gonna throw this away, but thank you so much for the gesture.

    • 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!

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

    • Monica: Ross, she's giving us our baby. She could eat you if she wants!

  • Notes

    • 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)

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.