Season 4 Episode 4

The One with the Ballroom Dancing

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Joey attempts ballroom dancing in order to help Monica and Rachel keep their illegal sublet. Phoebe is attracted to one of her massage clients. And Chandler has trouble attempting to quit a gym.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Gay innuendo.

    This episode was pretty funny with all of Joey's gay innuendo. I like how the janitor left Joey in the end after Joey started liking it. Phoebe's plot was okay, sort of a filler on her behalf but was pretty funny. I like how the guy ended up having a wife & Phoebe ends up getting fired after 4 years! Hopefully she doesn't go on the streets again. Anyways, the best plot out of all of them which is so true in any sort of club you go in to was Chandler quitting the gym & Ross ends up joining. A very good episode.moreless
  • Another superb season four episode.

    This episode is okay. Many storylines pushed together but mainly focusing on Joey and his dancing experince with the super. I felt that Rachel and Monica weren't there in this episode but I liked Phoebe standing out for ounce. Phoebe tries to ignore her sexual urges when she massages a very attractive man and Chandler and Ross try to quit the gym and close their bank accounts but fail due to their own sexual urges. It's funny how everything is foucused around sex and how gorgeous people can be so persuasive and in my oponion the characters in friends having no control over themselves in these situations is a very funny thing.

    Another very good episode yet it dosen't really do any good to long term story and by that I mean it dosen't really connect events with each other which we can look forward too in the next episodes.moreless
  • In order to save his friends from eviction Joey takes dancing lessons with the super. Chandler tries to quit the gym. Hillarious.

    I don't really like when writer make up a habit of a character to make a story work. In this case the story line depends of the constant crying of Rachel. But as you can see - she does this very rarely. But this time I can forgive them fully.

    I think it is the first Friends episode written by Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. They didn't try to bring the main story forward, they just made three nice sketches of everyday situations. Well - not really everyday situations , but not as unusal as giving birth to you brother's triplets. Have you ever asked yourself why there is still space left in gyms, while everyone seems to be member of at least one gym? This episodes eyxplains everything - the gyms have their special methods to keep their clients. Ross and Chandler work great together to explain this mystery. Joey srews up and provokes the super. In order to make it up he has to do ballroom dancing classes with the full figured Mr Treeger which culminates in a hillaroius ballroom dancing on the roofs of New York. Phoebe got a story line too, but her part is not as intersting as the adventures of the boys. She is in love with an massage client and gets fired. Nice, but not great.moreless
  • gym and ballroom dancing

    Chandler wants to quit the gym but can't. He ends up getting the support from Ross but Ross ends up joining the gym. After Mr Treeger makes Rachel cry Joey goes down to talk to him and ends up being told that Monica and Rachel have illegally subletted their apartment and he will say something but Joey tells him he will be his dance partner.
  • a funny episode

    rachael upsets the janitor at the apartments so gets joey to sort him out. joey then has to teach ballroom dancing to him so he wont tell the landlord that monica is living there illegally as a sublet. pheobe is attracted to her massage client and gives him a 3 hour massage. they go out for about 1 minute. and finally ross helps chandler try to quit his gym but ends up also joining then they try to close their bank accounts and end up getting ajoint account. so all in all a very good episode. lol ha ha ha.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Joey is in Central Perk telling Monica and Rachel about dancing, Monica's legs are crossed left over right. When the camera angle changes, they are crossed right over left, and in the next shot her legs are crossed left over right again.

    • Factual Error: When Chandler and Ross are trying to quit the bank, there is a state flag behind the banker's desk. The flag displayed is the California state flag, where the show is filmed, not the New York state flag, where the show is set.

    • Goof: In the tag scene, the name on the awning of the building has been superimposed. It moves a little while the shot remains still.

    • Goof: When Monica's talking to Rachel, she has the milk carton in her hand. Then the camera switches to Rachel and suddenly the milk can has become a garbage bag.

    • Trivia: The sciatic nerves run right under the buttocks (the area Rick is concerned about).

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Phoebe: Hey! New wallet, huh?
      Chandler: Yeah, it was time. The old condom ring in the leather just doesn't say cool anymore.

    • Joey: Whoa, whoa, Treeger made you cry?
      Rachel: Yes! And he said really mean things that were only partly true.
      Joey: I'm gonna go down there and teach that guy a lesson.
      Monica: Joey, please don't do that. I think it's best that we just forget about it.
      Rachel: That's easy for you to say, you weren't almost just killed.

    • Chandler: Oh yeah, I'm a gym member. I try to go four times a week, but I've missed the last... twelve hundred times.

    • Ross: So why don't you quit?
      Chandler: You don't think I've tried? You think I like having fifty dollars taken out of my bank account every month? No, they make you go all the way down there! Then they use all these phrases and peppiness to try to confuse you. And then they bring out Maria...
      Ross: Who is Maria?
      Chandler: (enchanted) Ah, Maria. You can't say no to her. She's like this Lycra-Spandex-covered gym... treat.

    • Phoebe: (about sleeping with clients) Oh no, it is forbidden! No, no, Mrs. Potter fires people for messing around with clients. And it's against my oath as a masseuse.
      Ross: They make you take an oath?
      Phoebe: No, I made myself take one. Yeah, no fooling around with clients and, um... always be prepared. (seeing everyone looking at her) Yeah, that one's actually from the Boy Scouts, but it just makes good sense.

    • Ross: (about feet flirting) Then how do you explain the toe ring?
      Phoebe: Because it's Arabian princess day at work, okay?! Leave me alone!

    • Joey: (about getting Rachel and Monica evicted) Well he made Rachel cry!
      Monica: Rachel always cries!
      Rachel: (bursting into tears) That's not true!

    • Ross: Don't you want a washboard stomach and rock-hard pecs?
      Chandler: No. I want a flabby gut and saggy man-breasts.

    • Mr. Treeger: You want me to kick you guys out instead?
      Joey: No, you can't do that. Where would the chick and the duck live?
      Mr. Treeger: You have pets?
      Joey: Noooo. No no no. No, those are, uh... nicknames. Yeah. I'm The Chick and Chandler's The Duck.
      Mr. Treeger: Huh. I would've thought it was the other way around.

    • Mr. Treeger: Can you be my dancing partner?
      Joey: That's not, prison lingo, is it?

    • Chandler: We're doomed. Okay, they're gonna take fifty bucks out of our accounts for the rest of our lives. What are we gonna do?
      Monica: Well, you could actually go to the gym...
      (Chandler and Ross laugh)

    • Ross: We could go to the bank, close our accounts and cut them off at the source.
      Chandler: You're a genius!
      Joey: Aw, man, now we won't be bank buddies!
      Chandler: Now, there's two reasons.

    • Phoebe: Oh, you guys, remember that cute client I told you about? I bit him.
      Rachel: Where?
      Phoebe: On the tushy.
      Ross: And that's not against your oath?
      Phoebe: No, I know! I-I'm sorry, but the moment I touch him, I just wanna throw out my old oath and... take a new dirty one.
      Monica: Well, next time you're massaging him, you should try and distract yourself.
      Joey: Yeah! Yeah! Like, like when I'm doing something exciting and I don't wanna get... too excited, I just, uh, y'know... try to think of other things, like... sandwiches, and... baseball, and, uh, Chandler!
      Chandler: Thank you, Joey.
      Joey: No, no, thank you.

    • Joey: (at Treeger's to practice dancing) Alright, I'm here... let's get this over with.
      Mr. Treeger
      : Okay, uh, well... just, uh, follow my lead. (turns on some music)
      Joey: Whoa, whoa... Don't we need to do some kind of preparation first? Like, uh... get really drunk?

    • Monica: (to Joey) How goes the dancin'? Gay yet?

    • Chandler: I wanna quit the bank!

    • Phoebe: (thinking while giving a massage to Rick) Okay, baseball. Rick, playing baseball. Okay, slides into second, maybe even his pants come down a little… Oh, no, wait no, no! No! Okay, all right, sandwiches, sandwiches. Umm, okay, on a plate, maybe Rick's pants come down a little. No! No! Okay, Chandler! Okay, Chandler--ooh, that's working!

    • Monica: So you didn't leave the bank?
      Ross: No! And somehow, we ended up with a joint checking account.
      Rachel: What are you ever gonna use that for?
      Chandler: To pay for the gym.

    • (Chandler answers the door and it's Treeger)
      Mr. Treeger: Hey, Duck. Is Chick here?
      Chandler: (somewhat confused) Yeah, Bunny... Rabbit.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Mr. Treeger: (Imitating Rachel) Daddy, buy me a pizza. Daddy, buy me a candy factory. Daddy, make the cast of Cats sing "Happy Birthday" to me.
      Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot. It was successfully adapted into the 1998 direct-to-video musical film Cats.
      "Happy Birthday to You," which is traditionally sung to people on their birthday, is the most popular song in the English language.