Season 10 Episode 16

The One With Rachel's Going Away Party

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



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Not really a goof, but yet another example of how broadcast dates don't necessarily coincide with the dates of depicted events. When Monica and Chandler first meet Erica in "The One with the Birth Mother", it is early January and Erica is two months pregnant. It is now the end of April and she is giving birth--four months later. So, either the babies are three months premature, or the events of this episode don't take place in late April. Another possibility is that Monica and Chandler's first meeting with Erica didn't take place in early January, even though that's when the episode aired. The only way to be certain of when events occur is if the day is referred to in the episode--such as Thanksgiving or New-Year's Eve, or in other cases when the date is specifically mentioned for some reason, such as Chandler and Monica's wedding day (May 15th, mentioned in "The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress").

    • Trivia: Phoebe gives Rachel a baggie with a Q-tip in it containing her saliva so that Rachel can clone her own Phoebe when in Paris. This is the second time Phoebe has given someone a present in a baggie. The first time was in "The One with Phoebe's Cookies" wherein she gives Monica and Chandler her one remaining chocolate-chip cookie in a baggie. Both baggie "gifts" received approximately the same less-than-enthusiastic response.

    • 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.

    • Magna Doodle: Joey... Call Reid

    • 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: Monica and Chandler put Erica up in a hotel because they were moving in a few days. Erica never stayed in the guest room.

    • 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.
      Note: Although that is factually correct, there's also a good chance Phoebe made it all up. She has a habit of doing such things, such as saying it's her birthday when it isn't, claiming to have a roommate (Denise) that she obviously never had, claiming to be able to see into the future and recall past lives. She lives a very dramatic life in her own mind (one of the things we love about Phoebe), so the statute of limitations thing may very well be just a fabrication--hence the discrepancies.

    • 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

    • 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: (upset) 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? 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!
      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: (aside 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... (loudly) 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)
      : (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 to come back in and 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: (arriving at Monica's) 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, y'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 gotta 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 gotta sit down, I gotta 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) Ohhh! Are you sure?!
      Monica: Ohhh... Yes, I'm sure. Oh, honey, let's go! Okay, bye everyone.
      Joey: (to Chandler as he's leaving) Wait-wait-wait!
      Chandler: What?!
      Joey: If ya get a second, find out where she got that cheeseburger...

    • 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

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui n'avait pas droit aux adieux (The One Who Didn't Get a Goodbye)
      Unlike the English title, the French title focuses on Ross's participation, specifically, rather than the entire party.

    • Alternate Title: The One Where Rachel Goes To Paris

    • 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.

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

    • 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).

  • Allusions