Friends

Season 5 Episode 21

The One with the Ball

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 06, 1999 on NBC
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Rachel buys a psychotic sphynx cat and Phoebe learns that Gary is going to ask her to move in with him. Thinking this is way too fast, she tries to get Chandler to talk him out of this decision. Ross and Joey start throwing a ball while they are bored but it changes from a time-filler to a super-competitive obsession when Monica joins in.moreless

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  • My Personal Favourite Episode

    10
    This episode is so funny. Rachel gets a cat with no fur for $1000 and then trys to sell it again, but ends up selling it to Gunther for $1500.



    Gary tells Monica that he will move in with Phoebe and then Monica tells Phoebe and Chandler. Monica thinks it's great and Phoebe and Chandler think that it's fast. So Chandler talks to Gary and then convinces Chandler that it's a good idea. Phoebe still thinks its fast, but doesn't say 'no' because it makes him so sad, but she ends up moving in.



    Ross and Joey toss a ball around for 2 and a half hours without realising it. Then Monica joins, then Chandler. They end up throwing it for about 10-12 hours.



    Gary shoots a bird and Phoebe ends it with him. Feeling sad for Phoebe, who is sad, Joey throws the ball to Phoebe asking if she wants to play but she puts the ball down, breaking the record.



    What I learned from this episode: Chandler is a Droppermoreless
  • My Personal Favourite Episode

    10
    This episode is so funny. Rachel gets a cat with no fur for $1000 and then trys to sell it again, but ends up selling it to Gunther for $1500.



    Gary tells Monica that he will move in with Phoebe and then Monica tells Phoebe and Chandler. Monica thinks it's great and Phoebe and Chandler think that it's fast. So Chandler talks to Gary and then convinces Chandler that it's a good idea. Phoebe still thinks its fast, but doesn't say 'no' because it makes him so sad, but she ends up moving in.



    Ross and Joey toss a ball around for 2 and a half hours without realising it. Then Monica joins, then Chandler. They end up throwing it for about 10-12 hours.



    Gary shoots a bird and Phoebe ends it with him. Feeling sad for Phoebe, who is sad, Joey throws the ball to Phoebe asking if she wants to play but she puts the ball down, breaking the record.



    What I learned from this episode: Chandler is a Droppermoreless
  • Hilarious!

    10
    I'm a complete fan of this episode. I laugh so hard practically in the whole episode. The storyline about the cat that is totally funny. "It's not a cat" and "Why is it inside out?" LOL... So awesome. And when someone ask Rachel "Baking it didn't help?" because she was wearing an oven glove red oven mitt to protect herself from the "cute" little cat.

    And the whole thing about the ball is very nice, especially the "Don't switch hands, okay?" and the part where Monica freaks out about nothing and Chandler says "Yeah, you almost overreacted to something.".

    There are so many hilarious things about this, you just have to see it to get the real picture.moreless
  • The cat, that isn't quite a cat.

    10
    Well this episode had me laughing through all of the Rachel scenes, the situations she puts herself in to is just a hoot! She buys a 100 dollar sphinx cat. My favorite part is when she is trying to sell the cat and every time she goes near it, she hisses at her. So that made rate of the episode go sky high. Another one of my favorite storyline is seeing Monica being competitive. She can turn something so simple in to a competition for their lives. It was so sad that the writers had to write Gary out of the show. Why did he have to kill a bird? I think Phoebe and him are great together. I love their scenes!moreless
  • Why I love this episode

    10
    What can I say about this episode, its just anazing! I loved it when I was a kid and I still love it now. There is some great lines it this episode. They are so funny. Every character was great in the Episode. "The dropper" a.k.a Chandler was at his best in this episode because he says its hard catching a ball being sarcastic and he nearly drops it, so funny. All in all this episode is one of my favourites in the whole of Friends. It always makes me laugh every time I watch it and its just an awesome episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Factual Error: When Ross and Joey are playing catch, Ross is boring Joey with palaeontology stories. He says "...now when they found the remains of the Mesozoic Mastodon they discovered what appeared to be the remains of a Palaeozoic Amphibian in its jaws! How did it get there?" However, there were no Mastodons in the Mesozoic Era. The Mesozic lasted from 251 million years ago to 65 million years ago. The earliest Mastodons appeared only about 4 million years ago. Ross should have said "Cenozoic Mastodon."

    • Trivia: When Chandler visits Gary at his precinct, the blackboard behind Gary's desk has names written on it in blue chalk. All of the names are references to or characters from Stanley Kubrick films.

    • Goof: When Rachel enters the guys' apartment holding the cat on the cushion with the red oven mitt, her hand is on the cat. In between shots, her hand changes to being on the pillow with no time to do so.

    • Goof: When the gang moves their game of catch to Monica's so they can eat pizza, Joey is holding the ball. When the camera angle changes, Chandler is holding the ball and he throws it to Joey.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is in the interrogation room with Gary, the blinds on the door change from closed to open between shots.

    • Goof: When Ross and Chandler are playing catch while Joey is going to the bathroom, the toilet is clearly on the right. But in "The One with the Kips" a few episodes earlier, Joey is seen sleeping on the toilet which is on the left.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a spaceship

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Joey: So is Staten Island really an island?
      Ross: Hence the name, Staten Island.
      Joey: Oh, I thought it was like Long Island.
      Ross: Also an island!

    • Monica: (Calling in sick to work so she can throw the ball with the guys) I won't be able to come to work today because, um, I'm not feeling very good. (Catching the ball) Yes! Wow for a second there I thought I was feeling better, but I'm not. Bye.

    • Woman #1: I thought you wanted me to adopt your cat.
      Rachel: Well, your going to have to look at this as more of an investment, than a cat.
      Woman #1: Okay, I just wanted a cat.
      Rachel: Okay, obviously you know how to haggle. So $800 and I don't call the cops, which I should 'cause you're robbing me blind! So, take the cat, leave the money, and just run away. (Woman leaves) Run away. Damn it!

    • Monica: Rachel, what is your cat doing in one of my bowls?
      Rachel: It's not. I'm defrosting a chicken.

    • Monica: (During the ball game) Oh my God! The cat's making my eyes water! Don't throw it to me! My vision's been compromised! (Wipes her eyes) Okay. Okay. It's okay. That was close!
      Chandler: Yeah, you almost overreacted to something.

    • Monica: What?! You paid a thousand dollars for a cat when you owe me 300!
      Rachel: Well, I was gonna let you play with it.

    • Monica: (To Gary about asking Phoebe to move in) Okay just do not get her flowers because she cries when they die and then there's the whole funeral...

    • Rachel: (About her cat) Check it out.
      Ross: What... uh?
      Joey: What the hell is that?
      Rachel: It's a cat.
      Joey: That is not a cat.
      Rachel: Yes. It is.
      Ross: Why is it inside out?

    • Rachel: You guys this cat is nothing like my grandmother's cat. It's not sweet. It's not cute. I even dragged that string along the ground and it just flipped out and scratched the hell out of me. And I know this sounds crazy, but I swear every time this cat hisses at me I know it's saying Rachel!

    • Rachel: I'm going to go set up a litter box for Mrs. Whiskerson. (Ross and Joey stare at her) Well what am I gonna call her? Fluffy?!

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