Friends

Season 1 Episode 23

The One with the Birth

8
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 11, 1995 on NBC
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As Monica's biological clock ticks away like a time bomb, Carol goes into labor. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts.moreless

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  • Awesome.

    10
    Carol goes into labor, prompting Monica to begin thinking about having a baby of her own. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differencesâ€"but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol is about to give birth to the baby. Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts due to seeing them every day at work. The sight of lots of new-born babies makes Monica worry that she may never have one. The babye is born, bringing smile and adoration from everyone. I love the scenes with Ross and Susan and then Phoebe too - I love her song in the sloset - so funny! I also love the ending!moreless
  • Great episode last scene was awesome.

    9.0
    As Monica's biological clock ticks away like a time bomb, Carol goes into labor. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts. Loved the last scene in this episode with the gang. The whole episode was quality comedy a great episoe that I will rate with a 9 out of 10moreless
  • Carol gives birth.

    10
    Leah Remini guest stars, in this riveting episode. Leah did a very good job, I personally thought that Joey & Lydia should of hooked up. They looked perfect for each other. Lydia's last line. "Eh, there not so bad" (talking about Joey's basketball team) To bad her loser boyfriend showed up. Rachel is in a pickle when her OB/GYN hate woman's private parts. Sort of awkward. I like how she tried to impress him throughout the episode though. Susan and Ross fighting ending up in a closet with Phoebe. Like Phoebe's song when in the closet. "And they found their bodies the following day, lalalalala" I laughed so hard. I also like the ending when it's that babies point of you. The gang is all there looking at the baby, talking. Great ending! Perfect flawless episode.moreless
  • Great

    9.5
    This is a really great episode and we see some character development from both Susan and Ross. Susan and Ross both learn to cope with each other and get along, Ross also is happy to be a father. Everyone rushes to the hospital when Carol goes into labour. Phoebe sings a song called babies, which only annoys Ross. Rachel hits on a cute doctor. Joey helps a cute girl through labour, but runs when the father comes along. Phoebe locks Susan and Ross in a cupboard to resolve their issues and they narrowly get out in time for Carol's birth of Ben.moreless
  • Terrific!!

    9.2
    This is my favorite show!! Carol finally goes into labor much to the exciment of Ross and Susan.But When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more and of course the babys name, Phoebe drags both of them into a cleaning closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OBG who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts. Thank fully Ross and Susan make in in time for the arrival of their son and decide and agree on a babys name.moreless
Leah Remini

Leah Remini

Lydia

Guest Star

Carlo Imperato

Carlo Imperato

Roy

Guest Star

June Gable

June Gable

The Nurse

Guest Star

Jane Sibbett

Jane Sibbett

Carol Willick

Recurring Role

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Susan Bunch

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: In the hospital, Monica sees a mother go by with twins and says, "No fair! I don't even have one. How come they get two?".  Chandler then suggests that if neither of them is married by the time they're forty, why don't they get together and have a baby. What's interesting is that in that simple little exchange their actual future nine years later is defined. They do ultimately end up together and like the woman who just went by, get to have twins.

    • Trivia: Susan says that Carol's contractions are 55 seconds apart, and Ross says 59 seconds, suggesting that his timing is more accurate because his watch is "Quartz--ha!". Susan trumps him by saying that her watch is "Swiss quartz--ha, ha!". In truth, a four-second difference in their watches in the course of a minute suggests that one of their watches needs repair, regardless of it's advertised accuracy.

    • Trivia: When Rachel comes back to the hospital and is all dressed up you can see that the shoes she is wearing are identical to the ones Paolo gives her in the episode The One Where Nana Dies Twice.

    • Goof: On the sign outside Carol's hospital room, "NURSERY" is spelled "NUSERY".

    • Continuity: Joey's age is not consistent. In this episode (1995) Joey says he is 25. In "The One Where Joey Moves Out" (1996) Joey says he is 28. In "The One with the Red Sweater" (2001) Chandler says Joey is 32.

    • Phoebe's Songs: "Babies"
      They're tiny and chubby and so sweet to touch,
      and soon they'll grow up and resent you so much.
      Now they're yelling at you and you don't know why,
      and you cry and you cry and you cry.
      And you cry and you cry and you cry and you cry...

      "Bodies"
      And they found their bodies the very next day,
      they found their bodies the very next day,
      La la la, la la la, la la la...

    • Trivia: The doctor Rachel is hitting on is played by Jonathan Silverman, who starred in Weekend at Bernie's. We find out in "The One with the Embryos" that Weekend at Bernie's is Rachel's favorite movie.

    • Continuity: In this episode Joey says he is 25, and in the previous episode, "The One with the Ick Factor", Monica said she was 26. However, as the series goes on it is shown that Joey is actually older than Monica and many of the other friends. In "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" we learn that Joey turned 30 before Chandler, and since Chandler is the same age as Ross, Monica's older brother, we can deduce that Joey is also older than Monica in later episodes.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Monica: Joey, what are you gonna do when you have a baby?
      Joey: I'm gonna be in the waiting room, handing out cigars!
      Chandler: Yes, Joey's made arrangements to have his baby in a movie from the '50s.

    • Ross: (about beating Susan to the hospital) I don't believe this! I mean, she could be giving birth in the cab.
      Rachel: Oh Ross, relax. It's probably only like two dollars for the first contraction and then fifty cents for each... (starts to laugh) additional contraction. (after realizing that no one else is laughing) What, it's okay when Chandler does it?
      Chandler: You have to pick your moments.

    • Carol: (about her contractions) I love them! Each one's like a little party in my uterus!

    • Monica: I want a baby.
      Chandler: Not tonight, honey. I got an early day tomorrow.
      Monica: Get up. Come on. Let's get some coffee.
      Chandler: Oh, okay, because we never do that.

    • Phoebe: (singing) They're tiny and chubby and so sweet to touch, but soon they'll grow up and resent you so much; now they're yelling at you and you don't know why, you cry and you cry and you cry... and you cry and you-- (Ross gives her some money) Oh, thank you Ross.
      Ross: Yeah, I'm paying you to stop.

    • Monica: (seeing a woman with newborn twins) No fair! I don't even have one! How come they get two?
      Chandler: You'll get one.
      Monica: Oh yeah? When?
      Chandler: All right. I'll tell you what. When we're 40, if neither one of us are married, what do you say you and I get together and have one?
      Monica: Why won't I be married when I'm 40?
      Chandler: Oh, no, no. I just meant... hypothetically...
      Monica: Okay, hypothetically, why won't I be married when I'm 40?
      Chandler: No, no, no.
      Monica: What is it? Is there something fundamentally unmarriable about me?
      Chandler: Uh, uh.
      Monica: Well?
      Chandler: Dear God! This parachute is a knapsack! (Chandler throws himself over the back of the chair he was sitting in, pretending he can't open his parachute.)

    • Ross: Look, Carol never threw me out of a room before you came along.
      Susan: Yeah? Well, there's a lot of things Carol never did before I came along.

    • Phoebe: (about Ross and Susan arguing) God, you guys... I don't believe you! There are children coming into the world in this very building and your negative fighting noises are not the first thing they should be hearing! (shouting) So just stop all the yelling, just stop it! 
      Ross: Yeah, Susan.
      Phoebe: Don't make me do this again! I don't like my voice like this!

    • Monica: (about looking for Ross and Susan) Did you find them?
      Chandler: I checked the gift shop. I checked the cafeteria.
      Monica: (looks around the waiting room) Where are Phoebe and Joey?
      Chandler: (speaking dramatically as in a horror movie trailer) I think there's something sinister going on in this hospital... If you find anyone, or parts of anyone, scream... and scream again.

    • Dr. Franzblau: I try not to let my work affect my personal life, but it's hard, when you... do what I do. It's like uh...Well, for instance, what do you do?
      Rachel: I'm a waitress
      Dr. Franzblau: Okay, all right, well aren't there times when you come home at the end of the day, and you're just like, "If I see one more cup of coffee..."

    • Susan: (appealing) You get to be the baby's father! Everyone knows who you are. Who am I? There's Mother's Day, there's Father's Day... there's no "Lesbian Lover Day".
      Ross: (exasperated) Every day is "Lesbian Lover Day"!

    • Phoebe: This is so great.
      Ross: You wanna explain that?
      Phoebe: I mean, well, cause when I was growing up, you know my dad left and my mother died and my stepfather went to jail, so I barely had enough pieces of parents to make one whole one. And here's this little baby who has like three whole parents who care about it so much that they're fighting over who gets to love it the most. And it's not even born yet. It's just, it's just the luckiest baby in the whole world. I'm sorry, you were fighting.

    • (Susan has a contraction and grabs onto Chandlers shirt)
      Chandler: Somebody wanna help me? Trying to rip out my heart. (Carol lets go and Chandler looks at his chest) Uh, that's great. Anybody seen a nipple?

    • Susan: (to Phoebe who is trying to crawl out a ceiling vent) Whaddaya see?
      Phoebe: Well Susan, I see what appears to be a dark vent. Yes, it is in fact... a dark vent.

    • Nurse: Alright, there's a few too many people in this room. There's about to be one more. So anybody whose not an ex-husband or a lesbian life partner, out you go.
      Chandler: Let me ask you, do you have to be Carol's lesbian life partner?
      Nurse: Out.

    • Phoebe: (singing) And they found their bodies the very next day. They found their bodies the very next day...
      Ross & Susan: (banging on the door) Help! Help!

    • Carol: What does he look like?
      Ross: (studying him) Kind of like my Uncle Ed covered in Jell-o.

    • Phoebe: Susan, he looks just like you!
      Susan: (beaming) Thanks.
      Rachel: Oh God, I can't believe one of us actually has one of these!
      Chandler: I know. I still am one of these.

    • Monica: (to her new nephew) I will always have gum.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Chandler: And sometimes, I'll want you to steal third and I'll go like this.

      Chandler was referring to baseball. During a baseball game, a coach will give players signals that tell them how to proceed. Chandler wanted the runner to steal third base.

    • Chandler: Where have you been?
      Joey: I just had a baby.
      Chandler: Mazal tov.

      Mazal tov is Hebrew for good fortune or congratulations.

    • Ross: Susan wanted a Chunky? We're having a baby, okay? A baby... you don't stop for Chunkys.
      Chandler: I used to have that bumper sticker.
      A Chunky is a candy bar consisting of milk chocolate, California raisins and roasted peanuts. It is produced by Nestle and is known for its trapezoidal shape.

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