Friends

Season 8 Episode 15

The One with the Birthing Video

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2002 on NBC
8.9
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Phoebe tries to cheer up a depressed Joey by lending him the world's happiest dog. Monica and Chandler's romantic Valentine's Day plans are derailed when they watch a videotape of Phoebe's friend giving birth. Ross plans on telling Mona that Rachel is living with him.

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  • 815

    8.5
    We've got a cliffhanger this week, and it was a pretty good one, and helped this episode as a whole. A lot of good aspects about this episode such as Mona finally leaving the show. Joey telling Ross that he has feelings for Rachel. The hysterical birthing video. And how it affects everyone on Valentine's Day. A lot of funny lines here. Rachel was hysterical all the way through, with her living with Ross and unaware that Mona doesn't know. Then Rachel watching the birthing video. "Did her ass explode!?" Chandler getting turned off by the birthing video out of all days, he gets turned off on Valentine's Day. All the situations were hysterical.



    Except Joey's, all he did was mope around all day with the dog. The only funny part is when Phoebe walks in and realizes the dog is depressed. A good cliffhanger with Ross finding out, got me excited to see what happens next!moreless
  • Happy Dog becomes a depressed dog.

    8.8
    Good episode but most of this season has been better. I don't know why Chandler kept watching the birthing video. He sure likes porn. Rachel thought that video was how she got pregnant. Ah that was good. Mono breaks up with Ross because Rachel is living with him. I think she had a little right to but not fully.
  • Arrrehg-errhe-HAIHFSSSSARRRG!

    10
    Phoebe lends Joey the happiest dog in the world to cheer him up after his affection for Rachel - but manages to bum him out after only one day with him.



    She also lends Rachel a birthing video for Rachel to watch before she gives birth.



    So, it's Valentines day and Chandler see's the video labelled Candy and Cookie on the table - Porn.



    Infact, not porn, just a rather vivid video of a woman giving birth. Which destroys the valentines evening, for Monica, Rachel and Chandler.



    Mona dumps Ross on Valentines day for neglecting to tell her about Rachel moving in with him.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Continuity: In this episode, Mona comes back from vacation and Ross tells her that the baby started kicking. But in the last episode "The One with the Secret Closet" Mona was in town to experience Ross's baby kicking. She would've known of the baby kicking because Ross abandoned her at the movie theaters to check on Rachel.

    • Goof: When Chandler shows the birthing video to Monica, the actual tape is still on the coffee table.

    • Goof: When Monica, Chandler, and Rachel are watching the birthing video, Rachel turns away and says, "Oh My God, did her ass explode?" Courteney Cox, who is slightly hiding her face, suddenly buries it completely in in her hands, so the audience won't see her break.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a guy on a motorcycle

    • Continuity: Phoebe says that she had never tasted taffy before, but in "The One with the Chicken Pox" she says that when she met Ryan, she was playing guitar and he gave her taffy. Maybe she didn't eat it, but that's unlikely.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Ross: Hey, hey, it's me. Why can't you tell me?
      Joey: Okay, sit down. There's this woman that I like. A lot. But, uh... it can't happen.
      Ross: She's not a Tribbiani?
      Joey: No!

    • Phoebe: (About Rachel) Honey, I wish you would get over her. I hate seeing you like this. Is there anything I can do for you? Do you want to look down my top?
      Joey: Thanks. But maybe later.

    • Chandler: (Mistaking a birthing video for porn) Worst porn ever! Worst porn ever!
      Woman on Video: Oh! Make it stop!
      Chandler: I am trying!

    • Joey: (To the dog, after Rachel leaves) That's Rachel, she used to live here. We love her, but we can't have her. We really miss her. Hey you're a guy, you understand right? (He lifts t he dog's legs and sees he has been neutered) Well you used to be.

    • Rachel: (Entering) I'm just going to grab the phone.
      Mona: Oh, Rachel! Wait! Hey, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but, but, um... what are you doing?
      Rachel: Oh, I'm sorry! Do you need the phone?
      Mona: No, no. Listen, Ross is too nice to say anything, but this is his apartment, and, and, we gotta have some boundaries. So why don't you go back to your place and give us some privacy?
      Rachel: (As Ross enters with a present) But, but, Mona, I live here.
      Ross: (Handing Mona the present) Happy Valentine's Day! ...Or something to remember me by.

    • Rachel: (About the birthing video) Why is that baby torturing that woman?
      Chandler: Why have I seen this thing three times?
      Monica: It's still beautiful.
      Rachel: It's horrible!
      Monica: I know! I know, I'm so sorry for you!
      Rachel: Oh, my God!
      (Monica and Rachel cover their eyes)
      Rachel: What do I do? I don't want to do this! How do I get out of it?
      Chandler: You guys, you guys, look!
      Rachel: What? Did her ass explode?!

    • Ross: Mona just dumped me.
      Joey: Oh, man, I'm sorry. Why?
      Ross: Well, with everything that's been going on lately, I haven't exactly been the perfect boyfriend. You know, I mean, I didn't tell her I got Rachel pregnant. Then I, uh, then I gave her a key to my apartment and then I had the locks changed. And then I lied to her about Rachel moving in with me. In a way, I actually judge her for not breaking up with me sooner, you know?

    • Joey: (To Gunther) You know what I want? I want a lot of things. I want to be with the woman I love on Valentine's Day and I want her to love me back! And I want just one moment of relief from the gut-wrenching pain of knowing that's never gonna happen!

    • Joey: Hey, so, uh, how's it going, living over at Ross's?
      Rachel: It's good, except he makes us watch the Discovery Channel all day long. Did you know that something really boring happened to someone really ugly in the Middle Ages?

    • Rachel: I had to get away from all the yelling. Mona is dumping Ross.
      Monica: Poor Ross. (Monica and Chandler run over to the window to spy on Ross)
      Chandler: Great. We have to watch him doing yoga in his underwear, but for this he closes the drapes.

    • Rachel: (To the dog, in a baby voice) You are just so cute. I wish I could stay here and play with you all day but I have to go to work. I hope I stop talking like this before my big marketing meeting, yes I do.

    • Monica: Rach, you know that birthing tape you wanted to see? It's here.
      Chandler: Oh, and we should warn you, before you watch it: don't watch it.
      Rachel: Why? You saw it? Is it scary?
      Chandler: Well, let's just say it's ironic how footage of someone being born can make you want to kill yourself.

    • Chandler: (About the tape) You know, haunts me? Up till now, the worst thing I ever saw, was my father doing tequila shots off the naked houseboy. After this, I would gladly make that my screen-saver!

    • Chandler: (Picking up a video from the table) Candy and Cookie. Candy and Cookie? Monica got me porn? Girl-on-girl porn?! She really must love me!

    • Phoebe: Look, I know you've been really depressed lately, so I brought someone over to cheer you up. Right outside this door is a real, live, furry playmate.
      Joey: No, I'm not sleeping with your friend Jane again.

    • Monica: All right, big brother. (Holds up two revealing articles of clothing) Which of these do you think would make your little sister look hotter, so your best friend would want to do her?
      Ross: (Quietly) The red one.

    • Ross: (Reading video label) Candy and Cookie?
      Phoebe: Yeah. Candy's the mother, Cookie's the daughter. The father's also Cookie. Why am I friends with these people?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Rachel: Nick-at-Nite, once in a while.

      Nick-at-Nite is the evening programming on Nickelodeon for adult audiences with a lineup of classic television.

    • Rachel: It's good, except he makes us watch the Discovery Channel all day long.

      The Discovery Channel is a cable TV channel that provides non-fiction programming that focuses on popular science, history, and knowledge about the world, which are usually showcased as documentaries.

    • Chandler: You know when you first saw Jaws? How long it took you to get back into the water?

      Jaws, of course, is the 1975 Spielberg movie about a vicious killer shark. It made many people think twice about swimming in the ocean.

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