Season 4 Episode 4

The One with the Ballroom Dancing

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



  • Trivia

    • 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.

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

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

    • Goof: In the tag scene, the name on the awning of the building ("Lara And Jen's Massage") has been digitally superimposed. It moves a little while the shot remains still.

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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: (tearful) Yes! And he said really mean things... that were only partly true.
      Joey: (heading for the door) 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: (about his unused gym membership) 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.

    • Rachel: (as Phoebe's leaving for work) Oh, Pheebs... is that a new ankle bracelet?
      Monica: Wow, and you got a pedicure... (pointing) Your feet are all dressed up!
      Chandler: (realizing) ...Because that's the only part of you he can see when he's on the table!
      Monica: You're gonna do some feet flirtin'!
      Phoebe: I don't know what you're talking about... (scoffs unconvincingly)
      : Then how do you explain the toe ring?
      Phoebe: (becoming incensed) Because it's Arabian princess day at work, okay?! Leave me alone!

    • (Joey confronted Treeger so in return he's threatened to evict the girls)
      : (defending his actions) Well, he made Rachel cry!
      Monica: Rachel always cries!
      Rachel: (bursting into tears) That's not true!

    • Ross: (helping Chandler rehearse for quitting the gym) 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 burst out laughing)

    • 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 of ways to distract herself while giving Rick a massage) Okay, baseball... Rick, playing baseball... Okay, slides into second--maybe even his pants come down a little… Oh, no, wait! No-no! No! Okay, alright, 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

  • Allusions

    • 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 Broadway musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
      "Happy Birthday to You," which is traditionally sung to people on their birthday, is the most popular song in the English language.

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