Season 1 Episode 23

The One with the Birth

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 11, 1995 on NBC



  • 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 "The One with the Birth" (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...

      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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • (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?

    • 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: I think there's something sinister going on in this hospital. If you find anyone, or parts of anyone, scream. And scream again.

    • 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.

    • 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: Phoebe, what do you see?
      Phoebe: Well Susan, I see what appears to be a dark vent. Yes, it is in fact a dark vent.

    • Susan: 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: Every day is Lesbian Lover Day.

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

    • 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, ok, 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.

    • 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!

    • Monica: I will always have gum.

    • Phoebe: (About Ross and Susan arguing) There are babies coming into the world in this very building and your negative fighting noises are not the first thing they should hear!
      Ross: Yeah, Susan.
      Phoebe: Don't make me do this again, I do not like my voice like this!

    • 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.)

    • 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.

    • Monica: Is there something fundamentally unmarryable about me?
      Chandler: (Scrambling) Uh...
      Monica: Well?
      Chandler: (Pulling an imaginary ripcord) Dear God, this parachute is a knapsack!

    • Carol: What does he look like?
      Ross: (Studying him) Kind of like my Uncle Ed covered in Jello.

    • 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.

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

    • Rachel: I thought a gynecologist would have no trouble dating women.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Narodil se kluk (A Boy Was Born)

    • This episode was nominated for an award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series by the Director's Guild of America.

    • June Gable, who plays the nurse in this episode, is the same woman who has the recurring role of Estelle Leonard, Joey's agent. As the series aired in 1994-95, the character had not been shown yet; perhaps the writers gave her the part due to Estelle being chopped out of episode 6.

    • Jonathan Silverman attended Beverly Hills High School with David Schwimmer along with fellow classmate Nicolas Cage.

    • This episode runs 23:15 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • 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, ok, 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.