Season 10 Episode 3

The One with Ross's Tan

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: There are a number of references to the fact that Rachel couldn't stop laughing when Ross first kissed her, but that isn't true. In "The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know", she said she was laughing because, "Whoa! Ross's hands are on my butt!" The "kissing" had been fine up to that point.

    • Goof: Ross was instructed that after his front was sprayed, he should count to five, pat himself down to avoid drips, then turn. By the time he reached "...three Mississippi", the spray started again. In other words, even if he hadn't counted using "Mississippi", he still wouldn't have had time to pat himself down and turn before the second spray.

    • Trivia: The whole tanning procedure was obviously meant to generate a comic situation. Why wouldn't the instructions be, "After your front is sprayed, turn and pat yourself down and wait for your back to be sprayed." Why bother counting and patting before turning at all? And even if counting to five was necessary to give the tanning solution time to work before patting yourself down, it could still be done after you'd turned.

    • Goof: When Monica was mocking Amanda, Chandler asked her if she was trying to do a British accent. In the next shot we see part of Chandler and his lips are moving, but there's no sound.

    • Trivia: Rachel and Joey keep talking about how Chandler and Monica were able to go from friends to a couple and wondering why it wasn't weird for them. Rachel has done this too, except with Ross and besides her initial laughing when Ross was first kissing her, it wasn't at all weird for her and Ross to go from being friends to something more.

    • Trivia: In this episode Rachel and Joey returned home from dinner both thinking the other had paid. Rachel and Chandler did the same thing in "The One With All the Cheesecakes."

    • Goof: After Rachel talks to Chandler and Monica, Joey comes in. Rachel tells Joey that there's no problem, and they can leave. When they leave, the door stays open. However, when the camera angle turns to Chandler and Monica two seconds later, the door being closed is clearly audible.
      Note: The sound of the closing door comes from Joey's apartment, not Chandler and Monica's.

    • Goof: When Monica said that Rachel couldn't stop laughing the first time she kissed Ross, she was referring to "The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know," however the first time Rachel and Ross kissed romantically was in "The One Where Ross Finds Out."

    • Magna Doodle: The name "Emma" with a drawing of a teddy bear

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: (about Joey's first date with Rachel) So, tonight may be the night! nervous?
      Joey: Nahhh! No, this is the part I'm actually good at.
      Chandler: What must it be like not to be crippled by fear and self-loathing...?
      Joey: (after a moment's thought) ...It's okay!

    • Chandler: How can you be so confident?
      Joey: Well, I know exactly what I'm gonna do.
      Chandler: Really? ...Like, you have a routine?
      Joey: No, no, no, no. See... each woman is different. You have to appreciate their uniqueness.
      Chandler: Really?
      Joey: No. I do six things...

    • Chandler: (to Ross) Stop staring at my wife's legs... No-no... Stop staring at your sister's legs!

    • Ross: (looking at Monica's legs) How'd you get so tan?
      Chandler: She went to one of those spray-on tan places...
      Monica: (to Chandler, upset) That was supposed to be a secret!
      Chandler: Did I say "spray-on tan places?" I meant "surf contest." ...which she won!
      Ross: (incredulous, to Monica) You got a spray-on tan...?
      Monica: Chandler gets pedicures!
      Ross: (to Chandler) What? You do? ...Like with the toe separators?
      Chandler: (to Monica) Why? ...Why?!

    • Phoebe: (coming into Central Perk) Ach! You won't believe who moved back to town...
      Monica: I know, Amanda! She called me, too. She's the worst!
      Chandler: Who's Amanda?
      Monica: She's this girl who used to live in the building before you did. Then she moved to England and picked up this fake British accent. On the machine, this was her message: (putting on a British accent) Monica dah-ling... it's Amanda cah-ling...
      Chandler: Are you trying to do a British accent?
      Monica: (to Phoebe) Chandler gets pedicures!

    • Phoebe: (to Monica) You know what Amanda said when she got me on the phone? (with a cheesy English accent) "Oh, so sorry to catch you on your mobile." ...Well if you didn't want to get me on my "mobile", then don't call me on my "mobile!"

    • Tanning Salon Guy: Alright, Mr. Geller... right this way. So, how dark do you wanna be? We have one, two or three.
      Ross: Well, I like how you look... what are you?
      Tanning Salon Guy: Puerto Rican.
      Ross: Two... I think a two.

    • Ross: It sprayed me before I even got to "three-Mississippi!"
      Tanning Salon Guy: "Mississippi?" I said count to five.
      Ross: Mississippi-less-ly?

    • Rachel: Thanks for dinner.
      Joey: I thought you paid! ...I guess we won't be going back there!

    • Monica: (about the phone ringing) No, no, don't get it. Let the machine pick up.
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah. Could be Rachel asking if someone could babysit again.
      Monica: It could be Amanda!
      Phoebe: Oh, you're right! I was just kidding about Rachel. Babysitting's a gas!

    • Amanda: (on the answering machine) Hello, Monica. It's Amanda calling again. I am in the neighborhood hoping I can pop by your flat!
      Monica: (yelling at the phone) You're from Yonkers! Your last name is Buffamonteezi!
      Amanda: (still leaving a message) Let's see... So, should you get this directly, ring me back on my mobile.
      Phoebe: Okay, don't hold thy breath!

    • Phoebe: (after Monica broke down and agreed to meet with Amanda) You would not hold up well under torture.
      Monica: And you would?
      Phoebe: I did...

    • Rachel: (as Joey fumbles with her bra) ...Well, this is romantic.
      Joey: I'm sorry, this has never happened to me before. I'm an expert at taking off bras. I can do it with one hand... I can do it with my eyes closed... One time I just looked at one... and it popped open! I blame your bra!

    • Rachel: Do you think maybe, on some level, you don't want to take off my bra?
      Joey: No, I don't have another level!

    • Chandler: (seeing Ross with an absurdly dark tan) Hold on... there´s something different.
      Ross: I went to that tanning place your wife suggested.
      Chandler: Was that place... the sun?!

    • Monica: How could you mess this up? It's so easy. You go into the booth and you count to five.
      Ross: How do you count to five?
      Monica: One, two, three...
      Ross: Damn it!

    • Rachel: (about Ross's tan) What is up with Miss Hawaiian Tropic?

    • Chandler: How was your date with Joey?
      Rachel: Well, it was okay until we got back to our apartment... and then we were fooling around and he started to put his hand up my leg... and I kept slapping it away!
      Chandler: You didn't like that?

    • Rachel: I do not know what's wrong with us. I mean, we've kissed before and that's been great... (reflecting) ...but this time it was leading somewhere and I was very aware of the fact that it was Joey touching me.
      Monica: Well, you guys have been friends forever... Remember the first time that you kissed Ross? weird that was? You couldn't stop laughing... You got through that.
      Rachel: That's true. That's true... we can do this. You're right, you're right... we can do this! We're just gonna power through!

    • Monica: (Chandler is staring at Monica's bra) Chandler, stop! It's not going to pop open!
      Chandler: You don't know!

    • (Amanda has revealed that Phoebe once tried to cut Monica out of her life)
      : Oh, bugger... Should I not have said that? ...I feel like a perfect arse!
      Phoebe: In America, you're just an ass.

    • Rachel: (lighting candles) Okay, sexy, sexy, very sexy, sexy... Alright, let's do this!

    • Amanda: (to Chandler) That accident must have been horrible! You look positively ghastly!
      Chandler: Well, aren't you a treat!

    • Monica: I can't believe you tried to cut me out. Why, Phoebe? Why?
      Phoebe: It was right after we were living together, and you were driving me crazy, okay? were really controlling and compulsive and shrill.
      Monica: I'm still all those things!

    • Ross: (after his third tanning session) I'm a twelve.

    • Chandler: (about Amanda) That fake British woman is a real bitch, but she sure can dance...

    • Chandler: (knocking on Ross's door) Dude, it's Chandler. Let me in.
      Ross: (hiding out because of his extremely dark spray-on tan) Go away! I don't want to see anybody.
      Chandler: I know, I went to the tanning place and the same thing happened to me. You have to let me in!
      Ross: Really? Did you count "Mississippi-ly?" (opens the door) You... you're not tanned...
      Chandler: No, I just had to get a picture of this. (snaps a picture and grins) I'll see you later!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: (to Ross about his "half-tan") You could do a duet of "Ebony and Ivory" all by yourself!
      "Ebony and Ivory" was a 1982 number-one single by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The song used the ebony and ivory keys on the piano as a metaphor for racial harmony. Chandler was suggesting that Ross's half-tan made him both black and white.

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