Season 4 Episode 18

The One with Rachel's New Dress

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A very pregnant Phoebe is asked to name one of the triplets. Emily offers to show Susan around London. Rachel tries to prepare the perfect evening for herself and Joshua.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Rachel's plot.

    I loved this episode because of Rachel's plot mostly.I wonder when Mark is finally going to leave the show, he started to annoy me after this episode. Afraid of farm animals. he seems to be more & more like such a wuss. I like how the parents caught her with Rachel with her nightie. That must of been embarrassing. I like the continuity of Ross jealousy since 1994. I like how he thought Emily was gay that plot was hilarious. i liked how Carol fit in to the plot. Phoebe is going to name her kid Chandler! That is so awesome. I can't wait to see how this season will turn out.moreless
  • This episode didn\'t really interest me that much

    This episode was really boring in some storylines. The Ross and Emily storyline was really boring I mean I don\'t like Emily and this was just really boring because i could have cared less that Ross thought that Susan might turn Emily into a lesbian i mean she can do what she wants she is allowed to have friends. The Rachel/Joshua storyline was hilarious though with the whole being afraid of farm animals to his parents coming home early it just made the episode a little bit more interesting and it made me want to watch the rest of it. But the main reason I watched it is to figure out what Pheobe will name the third baby. I love the way Chandler got Pheobe to choose his name over Joey\'s. Other than the boring storyline this episode is quite funny when you aren\'t being bored. It does make you laugh though when you least expect it which I find happens with most friends episodes which is why it is so great.moreless
John Bennett Perry

John Bennett Perry

Mr. Burgin

Guest Star

Pat Crowley

Pat Crowley

Mrs. Burgin

Guest Star

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Joshua Burgin

Recurring Role

Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale

Emily Waltham

Recurring Role

Jane Sibbett

Jane Sibbett

Carol Willick-Bunch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: Joshua's mother, thinking that Rachel is a hooker says, "Joshua, that $500 dollars was for groceries". This doesn't ring true at all. Joshua is a grown man who is obviously well off (he bought a complete wardrobe from Bloomingdale's and was an investor in a nightclub). He is only staying at his parent's while his own apartment is being renovated, not a dependant still living at home.

    • Goof: When Rachel shoos the birds into the hall, the chicken turns around and heads away from the guys' door. When Joey opens the door, the chicken is right outside the door.

    • Magna Doodle: WORK (in a prohibitory sign)

    • Goof: When Monica tells Rachel what she is cooking, and Rachel says "I really get crabby when I cook" she crosses her arms and in a flash they are on the counter again.

    • Goof: Rachel pretended that she was trying out the dress for Bloomingdale's and then she "wrote" in her notepad "America not ready." Why wouldn't she have used that as an excuse to go and change before going to dinner?

    • Goof: When Rachel is sat down in Joshua's couch, wearing her "new dress", she has her legs crossed and not crossed, during shots.

    • Factual Error: At one point during the episode, Ross mentions Incredible Hulk #72, a comic book which wasn't published until 2004 (as of this episode it didn't exist).

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Chandler: (about Phoebe carrying a drum) Hey! Wow, it is true what they say. Pregnant bellies look like a drum.

    • Alice: (to Phoebe) Since there are three babies, and, um, we both got to put our names in... we would be truly honored if you would name the other boy baby.
      Phoebe: Ooh, ooh, wow! That's so great! (thinks for a moment) Oh! Oh! ...Cougar!
      Alice: You think about it...

    • Joey: (about what to name Phoebe's baby) Ooh, ooh, Pheebs! You want a strong name? How about, "The Hulk"?
      Phoebe: No, I'm not sure about "Hulk", but I like the idea of a name starting with "The."

    • Ross: We thought Carol was straight when I married her.
      Phoebe: Yeah, I definitely don't want to name my kid Ross.
      Ross: Hey, what a weird way to kick me when I'm down.

    • Joey: (to Chandler) Yours is the stupidest name I've heard in my life. It's not even a name. It's barely even a word. It's kinda like chandelier, but it's not!

    • Chandler: (about his name) No, no, you're right... it is a ridiculous name!
      Joey: It's not that bad...
      Chandler: Yes it is! From now on I have no first name!
      Joey: So... you're just "Bing"?
      Chandler: (thinks about it briefly) I have no name!

    • Joey: What's up with Gene?

    • Monica: You wore your nightie to dinner?
      Rachel: Oh, yeah! And, uh, the best part though, was when the, uh, waiter spilled water down my back, I jumped up... and my boob popped out!
      Monica: Oh, no!
      Rachel: Yeah... it's alright, I got nice boobs...

    • Chandler: Okay, okay, help! Am I a "Mark" or a "John"?
      Joey: Well, you're not tall enough to be a "Mark"... but you might make a good "Barney".

  • NOTES (4)


    • Chandler: I have no name.
      Phoebe: All right, so, what are we supposed to call you?
      Chandler: Okay, uh, for now, temporarily, you can call me, Clint.
      This is a reference to Clint Eastwood and his early spaghetti westerns in which he was known as "The man with no name".

    • Chandler: There are no famous Joeys. Except for Joey Buttafuoco.
      Joey: Yeah, that guy really hurt us.

      Joey Buttafuoco made headlines in 1992 for his affair with a then-underage Amy Fisher, who subsequently shot Joey's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.

    • Joey: Name one famous person named Chandler.
      Chandler: Raymond Chandler.
      Joey: Someone you didn't make up.

      Raymond Chandler was an author of crime stories and novels.

    • Ross: Actually that's not true. In The Incredible Hulk, uh, number 72, Dr. Bruce Banner found ... You know, never mind. My girlfriend's a lesbian.

      The Hulk (Dr. Robert Bruce Banner), sometimes referred to as The Incredible Hulk, is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in the Marvel Comics Universe. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he has since become one of Marvel Comics' most recognized superhero characters.

    • Ross: Didn't you see Personal Best?
      Personal Best is a 1982 movie centered on a group of women who are trying to qualify for the Olympic Games track-and-field team.