Friends

Season 9 Episode 7

The One with Ross's Inappropriate Song

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2002 on NBC
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Ross makes Emma laugh by singing Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." Joey and Chandler, viewing Richard's old apartment, discover what they think is a tape of Richard having sex with Monica. Phoebe goes to dinner with Mike and his parents, where they encourage him to date somebody else. He tells them he loves Phoebe though.moreless

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  • Ross and Rachel resort to offensive rap to get Emma to laugh...

    9.4
    I often re enact this for my nieces to get them to laugh. It is hilarious when Rachel says to Ross, "You sang to our baby daughter a song about a guy who likes to have sex with women with giant asses." At one point, he replies, "Please don't take her away from me." The beginning is also funny because he tells Emma that no matter what Rachel says, that they really were on a break. The ending is hilarious also because Ross and Rachel are having fun singing the song together and dancing; it's one of my favorite parts of any episode ever. This is the part I do for my nieces. I can't even comment on any of the other characters of this episode because I am so caught up on the "Baby Got Back" part!moreless
  • Phoebe meets Mike's parents and she and Mike realize that they love each other. Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel get Emma to laugh by singing an inappropriate song and Joey and Chandler find a sex tape with Monica's name on it.moreless

    8.6
    This is really Phoebe's episode. She's in her first serious relationship and meets a guys parent's for the first time which is a big deal. The events that take place during the dinner are classic Phoebe. It's kind of ridiculous (where did that voice come from? And she certainly could have come up with some better things to share about her childhood than the fact that a pimp spit in her mouth.) But overall, it's a funny episode and really shows the a new side of Phoebe as she starts to settle down in a more normal relationship. Mike and Phoebe are great together and we can really see that Paul Rudd is a great addition to the cast.

    The other storylines were just filler. Ross makes Emma laugh by singing Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back." Inititally, Rachel doesn't approve, but eventually joins in. It's nice seeing Ross and Rachel interact with Emma as a family, but overall, it's pretty silly. But the chemistry between Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer is great as always and I love seeing them in action together.

    Joey decides that he'd like to buy an apartment so Monica mentions that Richard's apartment is for sale. Chandler and Joey go to check it out and find a sex tape with Monica's name on it. Again, this is just filler. Joey never even brings up buying an apartment after this. And when they watch the tape, wouldn't Chandler recognize that it wasn't his wife? A bit unrealistic, but a fun storyline! When looking at the big picture of the show, what stands out to me is that we really see Phoebe growing up.moreless
  • Emma laughs.

    9.4
    Great episode. Ross makes Emma sing by the singing I like big butts song. Ah that is a great song! Phoebe goes to meet Mike's parents which doesn't go well. I can't believe what she wore!! She so should of picked a dress! What the hell were Rachel and Monica thinking. Phoebe does make it more interesting because everyone was boring except her and Mike. I loved how Mike said he loved Phoebe and Phoebe loved Mike. The end was the best!! Ross and Rachel doing that song and the rest of the gang walks in. Rachel kept doing it when Ross stopped.moreless
  • funny

    10
    Ross makes Emma laugh by singing Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." and rachael is against the idea untill she realises it does actully work. Joey and Chandler, viewing Richard's old apartment, discover what they think is a tape of Richard having sex with Monica but will they or wont they watch it. Phoebe goes to dinner with Mike and his very posh and rich parents parents, where they encourage him to date somebody else. He tells them he loves Phoebe though and the two reconcile their love and leave the house together. in the end ross and rachael sing the song to emma but then the friends walk in.moreless
  • Unbelievably funny

    10
    Ross makes Emma laugh by singing Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" which soon catches on when Rachel's futile attempts to make Emma laugh by 'rapping' fall flat. Joey and Chandler, viewing Richard's old apartment, discover what they think is a tape of Richard having sex with Monica so Chandler wonders whether he should watch it only for Monica to walk in. But the best storyline of this episode is Phoebe going to dinner with Mike and his parents, where she speaks in a posh accent because they're from Up-State so Mike encourages her to be herself...only she becomes to much herself so they encourage him to date somebody else. He tells them he loves Phoebe and she says she loves him and they leave - after insulting his parents' guests, Tom and Sue, who by the way are incredibly boring.moreless
Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Theodore Hannigan

Guest Star

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Bitsy Hannigan

Guest Star

Robin Krieger

Robin Krieger

The Realtor

Guest Star

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd

Mike Hannigan

Recurring Role

Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson

Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson

Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Ross and Rachel are talking at the beginning, she stands up and puts her hands on her hips. When the camera angle changes to Ross, her arms hang loose.

    • Trivia: The katana, a type of Japanese sword, which was beside Ross's apartment door in the previous episode has been replaced by masks.

    • Continuity: When Monica is saying that Chandler is jealous of Richard, she asks: "Is this because you can't grow a mustache?" But in Chandler has been seen with a mustache in "The One Where Old Yeller Dies" and "The One with the Flashback".

    • Trivia: Joey says if a girl says yes to being taped, she doesn't say no to much else. But we know Monica has no objections to being taped. She mentioned once that she and Pete were going to watch a movie of themselves. Also back when she and Chandler were dating secretly, they had a video camera set up in the living room before they had to run and hide.

    • Trivia: The guy friend of Mike's parents also played an extra in the hospital when Rachel was having Emma. If you look real close, you can see him walk past when Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey are in the waiting room.

    • Goof: When Joey pulls Monica to the floor, you can see that she is wearing knee pads.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Ross: (to Emma) And that's why, no matter what mommy says, we really were on a break. Yes we were! Yes we were!

    • Ross: (holding Emma) Oh, look at you! You are the cutest little baby ever! You're just a little bitty baby, you know that? But you've got, you've got big, beautiful eyes. Yes, you do. And a big, round belly, and a big baby butt! (thinking about it) I like big butts. (starts rapping) "I like big butts and I cannot lie. You other brothers can't deny, when a girl walks in with an itty-bitty waist and a round thing in your face, you get..." (Emma starts laughing) Oh my God, Emma, you're laughing! Oh my God, you've never done that before, have you? You've never done that before! Daddy made you laugh, huh? (checking himself) ...Well, Daddy and Sir Mix-a-Lot. What? What? You wanna hear some more? Um... "My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun!" (Emma starts laughing again but it suddenly occurs to Ross) I am a terrible father!

    • Joey: (to Monica and Chandler) Hey, hey listen... What do you guys know about investments?
      Chandler: How come?
      Joey: Well, I'm starting to make good money on the show and I'm thinkin'... I should probably do something with it.
      Monica: What do you do with your money now?
      Joey: Well, it's taped to the back of my toilet tank. (realizes Central Perk customers might have heard) I didn't say that! It's, it's in a bank guarded by robots!

    • Monica: (to Joey) You know who's selling a great apartment? Richard!
      Chandler: Oh, and you know whose knowledge of her ex-boyfriend is shocking? Monica!
      Monica: My dad told me... They play golf together.
      Chandler: Oh! Well, maybe I'll join them sometime. I just hope the club doesn't slip out of my hand and beat the mustache off his face!

    • Phoebe: Listen! You have to help me pick a dress 'cause I'm meeting Mike's parents tonight!
      Monica: Wow, the boyfriend's parents! That's a big step.
      Phoebe: (sarcastically) Really? That hadn't occurred to me.
      Monica: They're just gonna love you--just be yourself.
      Phoebe: They live on the upper east-side on Park Avenue.
      Rachel: Oh yeah, she can't be herself.

    • Monica: You went out with Wallace Pincer?
      Rachel: Uh, he took the S-A-T's for me.
      Monica: I knew you didn't get a 1400!
      Rachel: Yeah, well, duh!

    • Rachel: Take it from me. Moms love me. Ross's mom one time actually said I am like the daughter that she never had.
      Monica: She said what?!
      Phoebe: (louder, to Monica) That she's like the daughter she never had. Listen!

    • Rachel: I just finished getting Phoebe all dressed to meet Mike's parents. She's so nervous. It's so sweet!
      Ross: Guess what? I made Emma laugh today!
      Rachel: You what? And I missed it?! Because I was giving a makeover to that stupid hippie?!
      Ross: Yeah, and it was... it was like a real little person laugh too. It was... it was like... (Ross tries to imitate Emma's laugh) Only... only not creepy.
      Rachel: Well... well, what did you do to make her laugh?
      Ross: Well, I sang... well actually I rapped... "Baby Got Back"...
      Rachel: You what? You sang... to our baby daughter... a song about a guy who likes to have sex with women with giant asses?
      Ross: But you know what, if you think about it, it actually promotes a healthy... body image... because... even big butts or... "juicy doubles"...
      Rachel: Ew!
      Ross: Please don't take her away from me!

    • Realtor: (showing Joey and Chandler Richard's apartment) I think you guys would be very happy here.
      Joey & Chandler: No, no, no, no...
      Chandler: No!! We're not together. We're not a couple, we're definitely not a couple.
      Realtor: Oh, okay. Sorry.
      Joey: Wow, you seem pretty insulted by that. What, I'm not good enough for you?
      Chandler: We are not gonna have this conversation again!

    • Joey: Ooh, a tape with a girl's name on it--probably a sex tape! (looking at the cassette) Wait a minute... this says "Monica"... (looking around) ...and this is Richard's apartment...
      Chandler: (exasperated) Get there faster!!

    • Mike: Did you just hit my dad?
      Phoebe: Yes... I'm sorry, I've never met a boyfriend's parents before.
      Mike: But, I mean, you have met... humans before, right?

    • Rachel: (about Emma laughing at "Baby Got Back") Oh, Emma, you're laughing! Oh, you are, you really do like big butts, don't you? You beautiful little weirdo!

    • Ross: You sang "Baby Got Back," didn't you?
      Rachel: Nothing else works, this girl is all about the ass!

    • Mike: (to his parents) Phoebe writes lots of great songs. What was that song you sung the other night that everybody loved?
      Phoebe: Oh, "Pervert Parade"?
      Mike: No.
      Phoebe: "Ode To A Pubic Hair"?
      Mike: Stop.

    • Monica: Why in the world would you take this tape? And, and why would you watch it?
      Chandler: Because that's who I am! Okay? I'm sure a mature man like Richard could see a tape like that and it wouldn't bother him... it would be just another saucy anecdote for him to share at his men's club over brandy and mustaches!
      Monica: Is all this about you not being able to grow a mustache?
      Chandler: This is about you and Richard. He's clearly not over you--he keeps a tape so he can look at it whenever he wants!
      Monica: Isn't that sad? I mean, can't you see how pathetic that is? You shouldn't be jealous, you should feel bad for him!
      Chandler: Oh, yeah, well... poor Richard, he, uh.... (reflecting) I can grow a mustache!

    • Chandler: (about the video) I just keep picturing you rolling around with him with your cowboy boots in the air.
      Monica: Cowboy boots? I have never worn cowboy boots in my whole life. (turns the tape back on)
      Chandler: Oh, good, good. Play more, 'cause I want to see how it ends!
      Monica: (looking closely at the video) That's not me!
      Chandler: What? (looking at the video) That's not you! Life is good again! Ride 'em, cowgirl!
      Monica: (incensed) That bastard taped over me!
      Chandler: (puzzled) Is that a problem?
      Monica: Well, it's just so insulting. Spring for a new blank tape, doctor!

    • Mike: (to his parents) I mean, if you can't even be civil to the woman I love...
      Bitsy: The woman you what?
      Phoebe: (coming into the dining room) Yeah, the woman you what?

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Joey sits on the sofa with his left hand down his pants, pretending to hold a can of beer. This pose is most commonly associated with Al Bundy from the popular TV series Married With Children. It's interesting to note that Matt LaBlanc, who plays Joey here, played recurring character Vinnie Verducci in that series.

    • Some of Richard's movie videos star Tom Selleck, the actor who plays Richard.

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