Season 3 Episode 23

The One with Ross's Thing

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 01, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Afflicted with a mysterious skin condition on his butt, Ross seeks advice from Phoebe's herbalist. Phoebe can't choose between dating a fireman or a schoolteacher and attempts to date both without the other finding out. Monica can't decide what to do about Pete when she thinks he is going to propose.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • "It's too wrinkly to be a mole.." "I need more pi!e" "If I wanted to see a fireman I would date one!"

    Monica thinks Pete is going to propose and think she might actually say yes. This was the best aspect of the Monica and Pete story line because it let Courtney Cox be really funny.

    Ross and the guru was really funny, and also created some hysterical moments between him, Joey and Chandler. David Schwimmer is great at playing "poor Ross". This was the season where I thought David really grew into his character, especially after Ross and Rachel broke up.

    Phoebe playing the field is also one of her funnier story lines. Kudrow makes great faces and this episode was no exception. She really is so funny here, but I found the actors that played her two men weak. You have to be exceptional to go up against Kudrow. But I found them to just be pretty faces.moreless
  • Phoebe plays the field.

    Yes, this episode got a cliffhanger! Turns out Pete was never going to propose to Monica. Boy, she must of been disappointed when Pete told her this. He will join to become the UFC. That is the great cliffhanger. I like everyone's predictions about the wedding, especially Rachel's! Everyone being in their apartment was funny. Ross's thing on his but was also enjoyable to watch. Everyone not knowing what he has. Phoebe playing the field was great. Seeing that they both have great bodies, and their both sensitive. Then they both find out. Phoebe ends up with no one unfortunately. A great episode with a good cliffhanger.moreless
  • I love Ross in this episode!!!

    This episode is all about Ross and his " skin abnormality":)), I really enjoyed it from the moment he came to Chandler and Joey and showed it to them over the part where all consilium was watching his ass, to the part where that funny doctor removed it accidentally with his watch. Phoebe was also funny trying to decide between 2 great guys. I liked the fireman more. Monica also had to decide if she wants to marry Peter or not even though he didn't ask her:).

    "Ross: At least they knew what yours was, yours had a name.

    Joey: Hey maybe they'll name yours after you, you know they'll call it- THE ROSS- and then people will be like -Ooo he has got Ross:( Ross: Yeah that would be cool":))moreless
  • Under the average friends rating.

    I think this is one of the few examples of under-average episode in the third season of friends. In fact the comedy is good but not that great and the tension between Ross and Rachel, that is the underlying story making the third season so great, is gone. So we have to face with some comedy, mainly from phoebe and ross and then just wait for the endo of this season to get the emotions back to the "FRIENDS standard". Compared to non-friends shows (and to some seasons of friends too) the whole episode can still be re-evaluated... but not compared to the third season :)moreless
Matt Battaglia

Matt Battaglia


Guest Star

Robert Gant

Robert Gant


Guest Star

Richard Gant

Richard Gant

Dr. Rhodes

Guest Star

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

Pete Becker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: Douglas Looper, the actor who plays Vince's fellow fireman, also appears in "The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks", "The One Where Chandler Can't Cry" and "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 1".

    • Factual Error: The second doctor Ross sees invites two other people in to see Ross's "thing." However, a doctor must get a patient's consent to bring in other people, even if it is for a consult. This is a rule in the HIPPA guidelines to protect a patient's privacy.

    • Phoebe's Song: "Crazy Underwear"
      Crazy underwear, creeping up my butt.
      Crazy underwear, always in a rut.
      Crazy underwear....

    • Goof: When Ross goes to see Guru Saj, he has his 'thing' removed. However, it is obvious that Guru is not anywhere near the thing, because you can see that Ross' shirt is still tucked into his pants, and the Guru just rubs his hands along the shirt.

    • Trivia: The poster of the human body seen on the wall in Guru Saj's exam room is also seen in Phoebe's massage room in "The One with Frank Jr."

    • Goof: When Pete and Monica are in the restaurant, Monica's shoulder wrap keeps shifting up and down her back from shot to shot.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Pete: I want to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion! It's the most intense physical competition in the world, it's banned in 49 states!
      Monica: What are you talking about?
      Pete: Okay, my trainer, Ho Chi, is teaching me a combination of Gee Koon Doe and Brazilian street fighting, I've even had my own octagon training ring designed.
      Monica: And I suppose you used a ring designer for that.
      Pete: Yeah. Monica, I want you there in the front row when I win. I want you close enough to smell the blood. What do you think?
      Monica: My parents will be so happy.

    • Monica: Pete's breaking up with me.
      All: What?!
      Monica: I just checked my messages, and he said that when he gets back from Atlanta, we need to talk.
      Rachel: And?
      Monica: Well, that's it. People never say "We need to talk" unless it's something bad.
      Joey: Whoa, that doesn't necessarily mean that he's breaking up with you.
      Monica: Really?
      Joey: Yeah, maybe he just cheated on you.

    • Rachel: What, Pheebs?! Two dates in one day? That's so unlike you.
      Phoebe: I know, I know! I'm like playing the field. Ya know? Like, juggling two guys, I'm sowing my wild oats. Ya know? Ya know, this kind of like, ya know, oat-sowing, field-playing juggler.
      Joey: So Pheebs, do they know about each other?
      Phoebe: Does a dog's lips move when he reads?

    • Phoebe: I'm telling you, if you want to take care of that thing, you should go to my herbal guy.
      Ross: Thank you, but I want to remove it, Pheebs. I don't want to make it savory.
      Monica: You know when girls sleep with guys with weird things on their body, they tell their friends about it.
      Phoebe: Gimme this. (Ross grabs the herbalist's card from Phoebe's hands and leaves.)

    • Monica: I gotta go water Pete's plants. You know what? If he's gonna break up with me, maybe I won't water his plants.
      Chandler: Well, if he's gonna break up with you, maybe Joey and I should water his plants, if you know what I mean.
      Joey: Or... ha, ha! We could go over there and pee on them!

    • Ross: (about his thing) The worst thing is he said, he said, without being able to identify it, he was reluctant to remove it.
      Chandler: Ya know what? You should go to my guy, because when I went in there with my third nipple. He just lopped it right off.

    • Vince: (about being a firefighter) 98 hot saves, highest in the force.
      Chandler: Well, ya know, if Joey and I played with matches we could get you up to an even hundred.

    • Ross: Listen, I need a favor. Um, I was in the shower, and as I was cleansing myself, I, ah, I, well I felt something.
      Chandler: Was it like a sneeze only better?

    • Chandler: (to Monica) This is Pete we're talking about, he's not like other people. On your first date, he took you to Rome! For most guys, that's like a second or third date kind of thing.

    • Phoebe: (in Pete's apartment) That is the nicest kitchen!
      Monica: Yeah, I know.
      Phoebe: No, but it's the nicest kitchen. The refrigerator told me to have a great day.

    • Joey: What happened to playing the field?
      Phoebe: Well, it doesn't feel like playing anymore, it feels like work. It's like I'm working in the field!

    • Joey: Hey, wouldn't it be cool if our duck and our chick had a little baby? We could call it Chuck.
      Chandler: Or Dick.

    • Ross: Monica is right, marriage is a very serious thing, you shouldn't just rush into it!
      Rachel: Oh what do you know, you married a lesbian!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Chandler: (sitting down on the couch) I-KEA! This is comfortable.
      IKEA is a low-cost home products retailer that sells utilitarian design furniture, much of which is assembled by the consumer.