Season 10 Episode 9

The One with the Birth Mother

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The cap with the kangaroo logo donned by Ross at the beginning of this episode is a Kangol, popularized by actor Samuel L. Jackson.

    • Goof: When Chandler tells Erica that Monica is always right, that's not entirely true. Monica was the one who didn't want to tell Erica who they really were; Chandler had to convince her that they should be honest about themselves.

    • Continuity: Joey has issues with his date eating off his plate, because "Joey doesn't share food!" However, in "The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work" Phoebe asks Joey if she can have a bite of his muffin and some coffee and Joey agrees.

    • Goof: Ross's jacket was open as he was walking in with his date. She could have seen that they were wearing the same shirt already.

    • Continuity: Joey eats and drinks everything, so it's hard to believe that he wouldn't eat his cheesecake because of the "red crap" on top.

    • Goof: When Rachel accidentally switches her shopping bag with Ross's and he ends up with her pink sweater, wouldn't you think that her sweater would barely be able to fit Ross, since he is much larger than she is?

  • Quotes

    • Joey: I can't believe it. When you guys come back, you're gonna have a baby! That is so weird!
      Chandler: And so incorrect!
      Monica: She's only a couple of months pregnant. She liked our application but who knows if she's gonna like us.
      Ross: Oh, c'mon, she's gonna love you guys!
      Chandler: Ah, thank you, but we're really trying not to get our hopes up.
      Monica: And a lot could still get in our way.
      Chandler: Yeah. I mean, this girl could decide against adoption or she could like another couple better...
      Phoebe: What are you gonna name the baby?
      Chandler: ...I could develop a condition in which I talk and talk and no one hears a word...

    • Phoebe: (naming a friend Joey slept with and didn't call back) Mandy!
      Joey: Mandy, huh? Uh... really hot blond, big boobs?
      Phoebe: No.
      Joey: (aside to Rachel) That's prob'ly why I don't remember her, huh?
      Rachel: Do you think I'm someone else?
      Joey: (to Phoebe) Okay, I may not have treated your friends well in the past, but I have grown up a lot, really. Honest. (turning to Rachel for support) ...Rach'?
      Rachel: Yeah... Believe it or not, it's true. When Joey and I were together, he was wonderful. He was thoughtful and mature. And for the one week that we went out, he didn't sleep with anybody else.
      Joey: (pointing at himself) Growth!

    • Monica: (before the interview) Well, this is it. Are you okay?
      Chandler: Yeah. Just weird, y'know? It's like, "Hi, I'm Chandler... may I have the human growing inside you?"
      Monica: Hoo! (patting Chandler's leg) You're gonna be great.
      Chandler: You're gonna be great.
      Monica: Well... obviously!


    • Rachel: (helping Ross shop for clothes) Ross, look... I know that some of this stuff is out there, but I mean, c'mon... look at this... look at this sweater! (she picks up a blue sweater). I mean, this is just beautiful!
      Ross: (touching the fabric) Wow, this is really soft. (he checks the price tag). Three hundred and fifty dollars?!
      Rachel: Yeah, down from seven hundred... You are saving, like... two hundred bucks!
      Ross: Both logic and math are taking a serious hit today.

    • Ross: (to Rachel) So you're saying, if I wear these pants I might be getting into hers?
      Rachel: (to Phoebe) Why do men keep talking to me like this?

    • Erica: (to Monica, whom she believes to be a minister) Reverend, does the Bible say anything about adoption?
      Monica: It says "Do it!"

    • Phoebe: I'm not sure about some of the bras I got.
      Rachel: Oh, really? Do you want to try some of them on for me?
      Phoebe: Oh, okay! (reflecting) Wait... are we in Joey's imagination?

    • Chandler: (about their adoption application mix-up) We are not signing those papers...
      Monica: Why not?
      Chandler: It's wrong. They made a mistake. They think we're somebody else!
      Monica: God works in mysterious ways.
      Chandler: You have got to stop!
      Monica: But, she liked us!
      Chandler: She likes "Doctor Chandler" and "Reverend Monica".
      Monica: Well, if you think about it, I am kind of like a Reverend... I mean, as a chef, I serve God by feeding... the hungry and poor.
      Chandler: Your veal chop is $34.95!

    • Joey: (to the waiter) Excuse me, sir. There seems to be some sort of red crap on my cheesecake.

    • Joey: (after eating his date's dessert) I'm not even sorry...

    • Chandler: The agency must have made some mistake. My wife is not a reverend and I'm not a doctor.
      Erica: What?
      Adoption Agency Worker: That's impossible.
      Chandler: I could perform an operation on you and prove it, if you'd like.

    • Chandler: (to Erica) I love my wife more than anything in this world... and it, it kills me that I can't give her a baby. I really want a kid... and when that day finally comes, I'll learn how to be a good dad, but my wife... she's already there. She's a mother without a baby.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ross: (about Joan, his date) ...she's in fashion, she works for Hugo Boss...
      Hugo Boss AG (BOSS), is a German luxury fashion house founded in 1924 by Hugo Boss and headquartered in Metzingen, Germany. Since its inception, it has evolved into a global fashion chain with more than 1,100 company-owned retail stores worldwide. Of additional interest, prior to and during WWII, Hugo Boss designed and manufactured the uniforms for the Nazi Party.