Season 1 Episode 23

The One with the Birth

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



  • Trivia

    • 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".

    • Goof: Ross, Susan and Phoebe are locked in a janitor's closet, however, with the exception of prison or jail-cell doors, locked doors only keep people from getting in, not getting out.

    • 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. In "The One with Joe's Fridge", Joey says he went on Spring break in 1981 when he was 13. That would make him 27 in this episode, not 25.

    • Phoebe's Songs:
       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: In the worlds-collide department, the doctor Rachel hits on (Dr. Franzblau) 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

    • 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 Fifties.

    • Ross: (about Carol not having arrived yet at 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?'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: (pouting) I want a baby...
      Chandler: Not tonight, honey. I got an early day tomorrow.
      Monica: Get up. C'mon... 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: Alright. I'll tell you what... when we're forty, if neither of us are married, whaddaya say you and I get together and have one?
      Monica: (taking offence) Why won't I be married when I'm forty?
      Chandler: Oh, no, no. I just meant... hypothetically...
      Monica: Okay, "hypothetically"... why won't I be married when I'm forty?
      Chandler: No... no-no...
      Monica: What is it? Is there something fundamentally unmarriable about me?
      Chandler: Uh, uh...
      Monica: (insisting) Well?!
      Chandler: (grasping at an imaginary backpack) Dear God! This parachute is a knapsack!

    • 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 overhears Ross and Susan arguing, so drags them into a janitor's closet and closes the door)
      Phoebe: 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.

    • Phoebe: (singing, while still locked in the janitor's closet) ...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!!

    • 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, alright... 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, y'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, alright... there's a few too many people in this room... there's about to be one more... so anybody who's 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!

    • 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 baby nephew) I will always have gum.

  • Notes

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

    • James Burrows (II) was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series by the Director's Guild of America for this episode.

    • June Gable, who plays the delivery nurse, in future episodes plays the recurring role of Estelle Leonard, Joey's agent. Although the character of Estelle first appeared prior to this in Episode 6, her scenes were cut, so this was the first time the viewing audience got to see June Gable. There were probably no plans at that time to use Estelle again, which may be why Gable was given the part of the nurse in this episode. Estelle's deleted scenes in Episode 6 can now be seen on the extended DVD version.

    • Jonathan Silverman (Dr. Franzblau) attended Beverly Hills High School with David Schwimmer and fellow classmate Nicolas Cage.

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

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: (gesturing to newborn Ben) ...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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