Season 5 Episode 21

The One with the Ball

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 06, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Factual Error: When Ross and Joey are playing catch, Ross is boring Joey with palaeontology stories. He says " 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 flying saucer

  • Quotes

    • 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...

    • Joey: Hey, Ross, is, uh... is Staten Island really an island?
      Ross: Uh-huh. That's why they call it Staten Island.
      Joey: Oh, I thought it was like Long Island.
      Ross: (after a brief pause) Also an island.

    • Rachel: (about her hairless Sphynx cat) Check it out!
      Ross: What, what is...?
      Joey: What the hell is that?
      Rachel: It's, it's a cat.
      Joey: That... is not a cat.
      Rachel: Yes, it is!
      Ross: Why is it inside out?!

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

    • 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. (catches the ball) Yes!! Wow, for a second there I thought I was feeling better, but I'm not. Bye.

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

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

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

    • (Rachel's on the sidewalk in front of Central Perk trying to sell her cat)
      Rachel: Okay, that'll be two thousand dollars...
      Woman: What?!
      Rachel: Okay, a thousand...
      : I thought you wanted me to adopt your cat.
      Rachel: Well, I do, but you're just going to have to actually look at this as more of an investment, than a cat.
      Woman: Okay, yeah, I just wanted a cat.
      (The woman starts to leave but Rachel pulls her back) 
      Rachel: Okay, obviously you know how to haggle, so I'm not going to try to take you on, okay? So, $800 and I don't call the cops, which I should because you are robbing me blind!! (covers her eyes) So, take the cat, leave the money, and run away... run away! (uncovers her eyes to see that the woman has left) Damn it!

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

  • 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).

  • Allusions

    • Gary: You check The Post?

      The New York Post is the oldest newspaper published continually as a daily.

    • Rachel: (just getting home, to Ross and Joey) ...Is Monica here?
      : No...
      Rachel: I just bought something... I'm not sure she's gonna like it... and it's gonna seem a little crazy, but this is something I've wanted since I was a little girl...
      Ross: You bought Shaun Cassidy!
      Shaun Cassidy is an American actor and singer known for his role on The Hardy Boys Mysteries.

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