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Season 4 Episode 23

The One with Ross's Wedding (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 07, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The gang, minus Phoebe and Rachel, travels to London to prepare for Ross' wedding. While in London, Chandler gets annoyed with Joey's overexcited antics, and Monica tries to give advice to Emily.

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  • Sitcoms have given us some terrific season finale cliffhangers. The stakes might not be as high as, say, THE WIRE but they're still good TV. No more so than "The One with Ross's Wedding".moreless

    "A sitcom?" you gasp. That's right, a sitcom! Sitcoms have given us some terrific season finale cliffhangers. The stakes might not be as high as, say, THE WIRE but they're still good TV. No more so than "The One with Ross's Wedding". All season, Ross had been preparing to marry his British love Emily. Yet, we all knew his heart still belonged to Rachel (and who could blame him? Did you see her haircut?) The whole gang flew out to jolly ol' London to partake in Ross's wedding. Things were going beautifully until Ross totally dropped the ball, saying this at the alter:

    "I, Ross, take thee Rachel"

    Not Rachel, Ross, Emily! You're marrying Emily! Ouch dude, ouch.

    There's something cathartic about the shocked "ooooooooh" that rose through the studio audience. Maybe it was because we were doing the same thing at home. Was it that surprising? Well, not really. We all knew that somehow Ross and Rachel's relationship would stay in the forefront. Still, it was a clever twist. See, sitcoms can be good!moreless
  • The season finale, part one.

    This was a great start of a season finale. It keeps me on the edge of my seat on what is going to happen next. Monica & Chandler sleeping with each other till the very end. That was the most surprising. Then Rachel going to prove her love for Ross. I agree with Phoebe, that is completely unfair for Ross. I like how they interpreted the pre-wedding jitters with the hall being torn down. That is just gravy. I also like when Ross does something sweet & fancies up the hall. I also like when Phoebe was trying to convince Rachel not to go to London. that is just amazing. Can't wait for part 2!moreless
  • Great episode...Just loved it!!

    So they are all in London, except Phoebe and Rachel. Phoebe makes Rachel realize that she is still in love with Ross, and she rushes in London to say that to him. Emily is freaking about her wedding because nothing is going as she planed and Monica suggests that she postpone the wedding. Chandler and Joey are exploring London, Joey is very excited and that is annoying Chandler... One of the funniest moments for me was when Joey got into the map...

    "Joey: It's London, baby! All right, the hotel's here. (Points to the map.) Wait. No, we wanna go… No. I know. (Sets the map down.) I'm gonna have to go into the map. (So Joey literally steps into the map.)

    Chandler: Okay, if you see a little version of me in there? Kill it!

    Joey: I got it! (Picks up the map and starts walking.) Here we go.

    Chandler: Okay. Listen-listen, we're not gonna have to walk this way the entire time are we?

    Joey: Shhh! (Pause) Man, you made me lose it! (He goes into the map again.)"moreless
  • a good episode

    all of the friends except a pregnant pheobe and rachael head off to england for ross's and emily's wedding. joey annoys chandler over his love for going to london, and behaving like aproper tourist. chandler is also embarressed by joey so he leaves him to tour alone and eventually meets fergie who says that joeys hat is really sexy. emily worries about the wedding and ross reassures her after the church had been demolished. and emily tries to pospone the wedding and ross freaks, but advice from monica stops her and they have the wedding there. a good episode. lol.moreless
  • Sooo funny!!!

    This is one of my favorite episodes of the series, not only because I lived in London for a while and it was fun to go to the same places they went, but because this episode cracks me up... joey is at his best performance, pissing Chandler off all the time, and saying the most ultrageously funny thigs!!!

    Monica is great too helping Ross with Emily and all.... But the best part for me is Monica and Chandler in the hotel room, when they see each other naked for the first time!!! It is the funnies scene they did toghether!!!! Great episode!!!moreless
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Richard Branson

Richard Branson

The Vendor

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Pamela Kosh

Pamela Kosh

The Saleslady [DVD only]

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Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale

Emily Waltham

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Trivia: When Phoebe gives Rachel a picture of Ross you can see that it's a picture of him from the episode "The One with Chandler in a Box."

    • Factual Error: In the opening sequence, after Monica comes in to Chandler and Joey's apartment, Chandler says they will be on a six hour trip to London. A flight from New York to London actually takes about eight hours.
      Editor's Note: References to the Concorde's flight times have been removed. They were added to dispute the accuracy of the original post, but don't apply here since no such aircraft were involved. Most sources agree that standard, non-stop commercial flights take between 6-1/2 and 7 hours to fly from New York to London. Return trips take approximately one hour longer due to prevailing winds. Said another way, Chandler's original statement of "six hours" is close enough to the truth for such a casual reference.

    • Continuity: It is odd that Ross's son, Ben, would not be in or at least at his father's wedding. He was in Carol and Susan's wedding in "The One with the Lesbian Wedding."

    • Trivia: The opening sequence contains some pretty significant spoilers. For one thing, it shows Rachel leaving the apartment with suitcases, buying a ticket and showing up in London. The other one, perhaps the biggest spoiler, is a shot of Monica and Chandler in bed together.

    • Goof: In the very beginning of the scene where Phoebe and Rachel get the call from Joey, a crew member can be seen walking out of the shot on the left.

    • Trivia: The hat salesman is played by Sir Richard Branson, the man who created the Virgin Group ltd. (Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, etc). If you look over Joey's shoulder when they are at the hat stand, there is a red baseball cap displaying the Virgin logo.

    • Trivia: The book that Phoebe asks Chandler to bring her, is the same book that Joey reads in the beginning of "The One with the Rumor."

    • Goof: When Phoebe is talking on the phone with Emily's mother and making a sandwich, she puts mayo on her sandwich. But at the end of the conversation there is no mayo on her sandwich.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Phoebe are discussing if she loves Ross, Phoebe's necklace switches sides constantly between shots.

    • Goof: When Ross, Emily, and Monica are going to see the church, Monica questions the food. After she claps her hands, the camera angle changes and her hands are down with no time to do so. Then Monica claps again.

    • Continuity: During his best man speech at the rehearsal dinner, Joey says, "I first met Ross in this coffee house back home..." But technically we learned in "The One with the Flashback" that Joey actually met Ross in the bar that eventually became the coffee shop, but was still a bar at the time.

    • Goof: When Rachel is telling Phoebe she's going to London, she comes out of her room with a sweater over her shoulders. It shows Phoebe and two seconds later it shows Rachel again, but the sweater is gone. Then she goes to the wall and grabs a jacket. It goes back and forth between Rachel having the sweater and not having it.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jack: (to Emily's father) I just wanna say I'm not paying for your wine cellar, you thieving, would-be-speaking-German-if-it-weren't-for-us, cheap little man!

    • Monica: Guys, hurry up. The flight leaves in four hours. It could take time to get a taxi. There could be traffic. The plane could leave early. When we get to London, there could be a line at customs. Come on!!
      Chandler: Six-hour trip to London. That's a lot of Monica.

    • Judy: Oh sorry we're late, my fault I insisted on riding the tube.
      Jack: Judy, the kids.
      Judy: Jack, that's what they call the subway.
      Jack: Oh! I though that...
      Ross & Monica: Dad, Dad we got it!

    • Phoebe: Let's try some aversion therapy, Okay?
      Rachel: Alright!
      Phoebe: So, look at the picture.
      Rachel: Okay. (looks at the picture of Ross)
      Phoebe: And ... (pulls the photo away and slaps Rachel on the head)
      Rachel: Ow!
      Phoebe: Okay, how do you feel now?
      Rachel: Well, I like you less!

    • Rachel: Oh, honey! Don't get up! What do you need?
      Phoebe: Oh, no... Oh, nothing.
      Rachel: Come on! I am here to take care of you! What do you need? Anything.
      Phoebe: Okay, I have a wedgie.
      Rachel: Okay, that is all you.

    • Phoebe: Eh, don't be so hard on yourself. If someone I was still in love with was getting married...
      Rachel: Still in love with?
      Phoebe: Yeah.
      Rachel: I'm not in love with Ross!
      Phoebe: Oh. No, no. Good! Yeah, me neither.
      Rachel: Phoebe, I'm not going to Ross's wedding because he is my ex-boyfriend and that would be really uncomfortable. Not because I'm still in love with him! I mean, hey, ya know, I like Ross as much as the next guy. You know, clearly I have feelings for him, but feelings don't mean love! You know, I mean, I still have loving feelings for Ross, yeah! But, I have... I have, you know, continuing feelings of love, but that doesn't mean that... that I'm still in love with him. You know? I have... I have sexual feelings for him, but I do love him... Oh! Oh, my God! Oh my... why didn't you tell me?
      Phoebe: We thought you knew!
      Rachel: We?!
      Phoebe: Yeah, we all know! We talk about it all the time!
      Rachel: You all know? Does Ross know?
      Phoebe: Oh no, Ross doesn't know anything.
      Rachel: Oh, I can not believe you didn't tell me!
      Phoebe: Well, because we thought you knew!! It's so obvious! God, that would be like telling Monica, "Hey, you like things clean." Or, ya know, "Hey, Joey, you're gay."

    • Joey: London baby!
      Chandler: Okay, 'cause that's not gonna get annoying.
      Joey: London baby!!
      Chandler: Uh, you know what? I was wrong.

    • Chandler: (about Westminster Abbey) They're thinking of changing the name...
      Joey: Really? To what?
      Chandler: To put-the-camera-away!!
      Joey: Dude, you are Westminster Crabby!

    • Joey: You ordered pizza without me?
      Phoebe: Yeah, but we were thinking about you, you know. We ordered the Joey Special.
      Joey: Two pizzas?!

  • NOTES (13)


    • Chandler: Because he's crazy. He came up to me earlier and thanked me for my very moving performance in Titanic.

      Titanic is an Academy Award-winning 1997 romantic disaster film directed and written James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Titanic currently holds the record for the most Academy Awards.

    • Chandler: I mean to think, my friend getting married in Monty Hall. Oh come on! Monty Hall. Let's Make a Deal. Come on, you people!

      Monty Hall was the host of the television game show Let's Make a Deal.

    • After Joey talks to Phoebe on the phone, he watches Cheers on the TV.

    • Ross: That pillowcase thing? I thought you guys were just doing the Flying Nun.
      The Flying Nun was a popular 1960s TV show starring Sally Field in the title role. The basic premise was that the wing-like bonnets worn by the Puerto-Rican nuns gave the petite Sister Bertrille (Field) the ability to fly.