Season 5 Episode 9

The One with Ross's Sandwich

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Although necessary for the comedy, you have to wonder why Monica would admit to such a humiliating lie about herself rather than reveal a loving relationship with Chandler.

    • Goof: When Phoebe's talking about the time she stabbed a cop and says "He stabbed me first!" the camera angle changes to show everyone on the sofa and Phoebe say 'first' again but her voice is inaudible.

    • Continuity: Joey offers his chicken to the gang after Monica tells them she's a sex addict. However in "The One with the Birth Mother," he states his new catch phrase of "Joey doesn't share food."

    • Goof: In Central Perk when Phoebe writes the note for Ross and mentions that she stabbed a cop, she has a green mug in her hand. When the shot changes, the mug is gone and she's holding the pen again. Then she is holding the mug.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of Saturn and stars

    • Goof: When Joey is about to walk in on Chandler and Monica in the living room, Monica kicks over the pillows when she runs into Chandler's room. But when Joey and his date walk in, the pillows are arranged neatly.

  • Quotes

    • (Phoebe has found Chandler's underwear in the couch)
      : Alright, whose are they? Whose are they?
      Ross: Not mine.
      Chandler: (rattled) Well, they're Joey's... They gotta be Joey's!
      Joey: Yeah, they're mine.
      Chandler: See? They're Joe-J-Joey's...
      Ross: Why are they here?
      Joey: Well, I don't know, I, uh...
      (Both Monica and Chandler give Joey a pleading look)
      Joey: I'm Joey... I'm disgusting... I take my underwear off in other people's homes...

    • Joey: That's it. I'm tired of covering for you two, this has gotta stop. Tighty whiteys? What are you, eight?
      Monica (walks in): Oh, thank you, Joey. Thank you so much.
      Joey: No, you're not welcome. Look, I hate this! You guys keep embarrassing me. Yesterday, Rachel found your razor in our bathroom, I didn't know what to say so I said it was mine and that I was playing a woman in a play. And one thing led to another, and... (lifts up his pant leg to show his shaved leg)
      Monica: Wow, and around the ankles... Y'know, that is a tough spot!

    • Chandler: (about hiding his relationship with Monica) All this lying has been hard on us, too.
      Joey: Oh, oh, yeah, yeah! I bet all the sex makes it easier!
      Chandler: Well, yeah, actually.

    • Phoebe: (explains why she's taking a class) Well, I really liked that Lamaze class I took. So this time I decided to do something a little more intellectual, with, y'know... a less painful final exam.

    • Ross: (to everyone) Someone at work ate my sandwich!
      Chandler: (facetiously) Well, what'd the police say?!

    • Monica: Phoebe, you are a badass!
      Phoebe: Yeah, sometime I'll tell you the story about the time I stabbed a cop.
      Rachel: Phoebe!
      Phoebe: Well, he stabbed me first!

    • Ross: A guy at work called me "Mental". "Mental Geller". I've always wanted a cool nickname like that.
      Monica: Yeah, the best you got in high school was "Wet Pants Geller".
      Ross: (incensed) It was the water fountain, okay?!

    • Ross: I'm telling you. You get tough with people, you can get anything you want.
      (Joey walks over drinking coffee)
      Ross: Hey Tribbiani! Give me that coffee... now!
      (Without looking up, Joey pushes Ross over the back of the couch)

    • Cynthia: I can't believe you thought you were gonna videotape us having sex on the first date!
      Rachel (overhearing): Joey, is what she just said um... (looks in Joey's apartment and sees the videotape set up) Oh my God! You were actually gonna...
      Chandler (walks out of bedroom): What is going on here?
      Rachel: And with Chandler in the next room? What are you, sick?
      Joey: I'm Joey... I'm disgusting... I make low-budget adult films...

    • Joey: You guys promised you'd be more careful. I mean, c'mon... the good Joey name is being dragged through the mud here!
      Monica: We're so sorry.
      Joey: Well, I'm tellin' everyone about ya. That's the only way to explain the underwear and the video camera that doesn't make me look like a pig.
      Chandler: No, no... there's gotta be a better explanation. You could tell them you had to make an adult film for your... adult film class!
      Joey: Yeah, I like that... But, no! How does that explain how Rachel found my underwear at your place?
      Chandler: Well... I don't know.

    • Joey: (to Chandler) Get ready to come out of the non-gay closet!

    • Rachel: (about Joey) Ew, he takes naked pictures of us, then he eats chicken and looks at them!

    • Phoebe: Wait, wait! Everybody just calm down, okay? Let's give our friend Joey a chance to explain why he's such a big pervert!!
      Joey: No! I am not a pervert, okay? It's just... I just kinda...
      Chandler: Look... look, I think I can explain this...
      Joey: Thank-you!
      Chandler: Joey's a sex addict.
      Joey: What?! No, I'm not!
      Monica: It's okay... It's good... It's a disease...
      Joey: No! No, I am not a sex addict!
      Monica: Yes, you are! It's the only way to explain all this stuff!

    • Joey: I slept with Monica.
      Chandler: Well let's... let's see what everybody thinks of that.
      Ross: You slept with my sister?
      Joey: Ah, yes. But we just did it once... in London.
      Ross: This is not good for my rage. (takes another tranquilizer) 
      Rachel: Monica... Is this true?
      Joey: Of course it's true! How else would you explain all the weird stuff that's been goin' on?
      Monica: (realizing she's cornered) Yes, it's true.
      Rachel: Okay, but if it only happened that one time, how come we found your underwear in our apartment the other day?
      Joey: Uhhh... Oh, hey! That was the underwear I was wearin' that night in London... Right, Monica?
      Monica: I guess I wanted to keep it... as a souvenir.
      Ross: My God, Monica!
      Chandler: Are you sure, Joe? Are you sure you're not just a sex addict?
      Joey: No! If anyone's a sex addict here... it's Monica! Yeah... She has been trying to get me back in the sack ever since London!
      Phoebe: So that's why she gave you a naked picture of herself...
      Joey: That makes sense!
      Rachel: And the video camera?
      Joey: Uhhh... Monica?
      Monica: I guess I set up the video camera to try and entice Joey.
      Joey: But sadly, I could not be enticed.
      Ross: Unbelievable. I mean, you really kept Joey's underwear? Why? Why would you do that?
      Monica: I'm Monica... I'm disgusting... I stalk guys and keep their underpants...

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • In the tag scene which takes place in the classroom, the names on the blackboard are a breakdown of characters from the novel Middlemarch by George Eliot (the pen name of writer Mary Ann Evans).

    • Rachel: So tell me about this Jane Eyre woman.
      Jane Eyre is a classic romance novel by Charlotte Brontë. It has been adapted into several films including the 1944 classic Jane Eyre starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine.

    • Phoebe: It was just so funny when you started comparing Jane Eyre to RoboCop
      RoboCop is a 1987 sci-fi action movie about a seriously injured cop who is transformed into a law-enforcement cyborg.

    • Teacher: The Brontë sisters were really remarkable women for their time.
      The Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, were from a famous literary family. Emily Brontë wrote Wuthering Heights, one of the books the class is reading. This book has been adapted into several films including the 1939 classic Wuthering Heights starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon and David Niven.

    • Chandler: Say Ross, when you picture Phoebe living on the street is she surrounded by the entire cast of Annie?
      Annie is a Broadway musical about an orphan living in New York. It was adapted from a comic strip called Little Orphan Annie. The musical was made into two theatrical films as well as a TV movie.

    • Phoebe: What am I sitting on?
      Chandler: Top of the world? Dock of the bay?
      "Top of the World" is a hit song by The Carpenters.
      "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" is an Otis Redding song about heartbreak.