Season 4 Episode 18

The One with Rachel's New Dress

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



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: When Rachel mentions that her breast "popped out" in public, she says, "It's alright, I got nice boobs". However, when Chandler refers to them as "nice" in Season 1's, "The One with the Boobies", she's offended, saying, "'Nice?!' I mean, mittens are 'nice!'"

    • Goof: Joshua's mother, thinking that Rachel is a hooker says, "Joshua, that five-hundred 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 where his parents have to provide him with grocery money when they're away.

    • Magna Doodle: WORK (in a prohibitory sign)

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

    • 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?
      Note: Change into what? If she were at home trying on new outfits, that would make sense, but she's on a date! If it turned out she had something to change back into, it would reveal the true nature of her "new dress".

    • 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.

    • 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 her right hand is on her hip.

    • Goof: When Rachel is sitting down on Joshua's couch wearing her "new dress", her legs are crossed and uncrossed between shots.

    • Goof: When Ross is in the kitchen with Phoebe, Chandler and Joey, expressing his concerns about Emily becoming a lesbian with Susan, a white speck appears and disappears from his sweater at the center of his chest between shots. It's not there in the beginning of the scene, then disappears and reappears during the middle, then is there permanently for the remainder of the scene.

  • Quotes

    • 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: (pointedly) 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."

    • (Emily has offered to show Susan around London and Ross is worried that Susan may seduce Emily the way she did Carol)
      : You're crazy! Okay? This is Emily. Emily... is straight!
      Ross: How do you know? We thought Carol was straight before I married her.
      Phoebe: (still thinking of baby names) Yeah, definitely... I don't like the name "Ross".
      Ross: (both hurt and confused) 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

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: I have no name.
      Phoebe: Alright, 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, novels and screenplays.

    • Ross: Actually that's not true... In The Incredible Hulk, uh... number 72... Dr. Bruce Banner found... Y'know, never mind... My girlfriend's a lesbian.
      The Hulk (Dr. Bruce Banner), sometimes referred to as "The Incredible Hulk", is a fictional character appearing in the Marvel Comics Universe. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he has since become one of Marvel Comics' most recognized superheroes, appearing in a popular television show, The Incredible Hulk (as Dr. David Banner), and numerous films, including the blockbuster 2012 film, Marvel's The Avengers.

    • 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.