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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  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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?!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jak si házeli s míčem (As They Threw the Ball)

    • This is the final appearance of Michael Rapaport as Gary. Gary was in 4 episodes of Friends.

    • In the second scene when Joey and Ross throw the ball to each other, the main credits appear. Some credits appear slowly and disappear slowly, while others appear incredibly fast and disappear slowly. This is due to the editing of the shots.

    • This episode runs 22:31 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

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