Season 10 Episode 3

The One with Ross's Tan

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



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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: Emma (with a drawing of a teddy bear)

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: Hold on, there´s something different.
      Ross: I went to that tanning place your wife suggested.
      Chandler: Was that place the sun?

    • Rachel: I do not know what's wrong with us. I mean, we have kissed before and that's been great. 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? How 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: (The phone is 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 is a gas!

    • Chandler: (Seeing Ross's spray on tan for the first time) Hold on... there's something different.

    • Ross: (About his tanning level) I'm a twelve?!

    • Chandler: Dude, it's Chandler. Let me in.
      Ross: 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 Mississippily? (Opens the door) Dude, you're not tanned.
      Chandler: No, I just had to get a picture of this. (Holds up a camera and takes a picture) I see you later!

    • 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. Each woman is different. You have to appreciate their uniqueness.
      Chandler: Really?
      Joey: No. I do six things...

    • Phoebe: (To Monica) You know what Amanda said when she got me on the phone? "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!

    • Phoebe: Hi. Ugh, 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: (In a terrible British accent) Monica darling, it's Amanda calling.
      Chandler: Are you trying to do a British accent?
      Monica: Chandler gets pedicures!

    • Rachel: (Lighting candles) Okay, sexy, sexy, very sexy, sexy. All right, let's do this!

    • 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?

    • 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!

    • Phoebe: You would not hold up well under torture.
      Monica: And you would?
      Phoebe: I did.

    • 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, you were really controlling and compulsive and shrill.
      Monica: I'm still all those things!

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

    • Amanda: Oh, bugger. Should I not have said that? I feel like a perfect arse.
      Phoebe: In America, you're just an ass.

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

    • Chandler: What must it be like not to be crippled by fear and self loathing?
      Joey: It's okay.

    • Ross: I went to that tanning place your wife suggested.
      Chandler: Was that place ... the sun?

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

    • Ross: (To Monica) How do you get so tan?
      Chandler: She goes to one of those spray-on tan places ...
      Ross: (To Monica) You got a spray on tan?
      Monica: Chandler gets pedicures!
      Ross: You do?! Like with the toe separators?
      Chandler: (To Monica) Why? Why?

    • Amanda: (On answering machine) Hello Monica. It's Amanda calling again. I am in the neighborhood hoping I can pop by your flat!
      Monica: You're from Yonkers! Your last name is Buffomartizi!
      Amanda: Let's see. To assure you get this directly, ring me back on my mobile.
      Phoebe: Okay, don't hold thy breath!

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

    • Tanning Salon Guy: All right 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 3 Mississippi.
      Tanning Salon Employee: Mississippi? I said count to 5.
      Ross: Mississippilessly?

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

    • 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!

    • Rachel: 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!

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

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui avait décidé de bronzer (The One Who Wanted To Get Tanned)

    • Lisa Kudrow also worked with Luis Antonio Ramos, who played the tanning salon guy,in the episode "Paul Is Dead" of the television series Mad About You, where Lisa plays Phoebe's identical twin sister, Ursula Buffay.

    • This episode runs 25:42 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Guest star Jennifer Coolidge would later appear on Joey as Bobbie, Joey's agent.

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: (To Ross about his 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 performed with Stevie Wonder. The song used the ebony and ivory keys on the piano as a metaphor for racial harmony. Chandler was insinuating that Ross's Tan made him both black and white.