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Season 1 Episode 7

The One with the Blackout

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: When Rachel introduces Phoebe at Central Perk, Gunther is visible in the background even though his character has not yet been introduced.

    • Continuity: When Rachel and Phoebe go to Mr. Heckles' door they do not seem to know who he is, yet in "The One with The Flashbacks" he comes to their door and they know exactly who he is.

    • Factual Error: Ross told the gang that the weirdest place he's done it was at Disneyland and then he said he and Carol were asked to never return to the Magic Kingdom. However, The Magic Kingdom is part of Disneyworld in Florida, not Disneyland, which is in California.

    • Factual Error: During the blackout, Joey brings over what he refers to as a Hanukkah menorah. Ross makes a Rabbi joke, and Joey says Chandler's Jewish roommate left it. However, this is a Jewish temple menorah, not a Hanukkah menorah.

    • Factual Error: Joey says that the weirdest place he has ever had sex is the women's room on the second floor of the New York City Public Library. However, the bathrooms there are located only on the third floor.

    • Trivia: When Joey mumbles to Chandler on the phone, he says "See if you can tell what kind of underwear she wears."

    • Phoebe's Song: "No Power"
      New York City has no power,
      And the milk is getting sour.
      But to me it is not scary,
      'Cause I stay away from dairy.
      LA la, la LA la, LA la...

    • Continuity: Ross says he and Carol were banned from Disneyland in 1989. But in "The One with Rachel's Assistant" we find out Ross visited Disneyland his junior year in college, which chronologically would have been later.

    • Trivia: Here are the translations for Paolo's lines in Italian.

      Paolo is being introduced in Monica's apartment.
      Paolo: Ragazzi, sono appena arrivato e vivo al piano di sotto, quindi ci vedremo molto spesso, penso.
      Translation: Hey guys, I've just arrived and my apartment's on the lower floor, so we'll get across quite often, I think.

      Paolo: Phoebe, anche tu bellissima. Se siete tutte così belle mi trasferisco proprio qui.
      Translation: Phoebe, you're so beautiful too. If you girls are all so gorgeous I'll move right here.

      Paolo and Rachel are looking outside.
      Paolo: Guarda la luna, guarda le stelle... Guarda tutte le cose belle.
      Translation: Look at the moon, look at the stars... Look at every beautiful thing.

    • Trivia: The ATM vestibule which Chandler was stuck in belongs to Emerson Bank, according to the title on the glass door.

  • Quotes

    • Ross: So, um... where did Paolo come from?
      Rachel: Oh... Italy, I think.
      Ross: No, I mean tonight, in the building. Suddenly, into our lives.

    • Ross: (About Joey entering with Hanukkah candles) And officiating in tonight's blackout is Rabbi Tribbiani.

    • Chandler: (Thinking) It's okay, all I have to do, is reach over, and put it back in my mouth... (Finds gum and puts it in his mouth) Good save! We're back on track, and I'm... chewing someone else's gum. This is not my gum! Oh my God, oh my God!... And now you're choking.

    • Phoebe: This is so typical. I'm always the last one to know everything.
      Monica: No, you are not. We tell you stuff.
      Phoebe: Yuh-huh! I was the last one to know when Chandler got bitten by the peacock at the zoo. I was the last one to know when you had a crush on Joey when he was moving in. (Monica gestures at Phoebe to shut up; Joey looks surprised but pleased) Looks like I was second to last.

    • Phoebe: Eww, look. Ugly Naked Guy lit a bunch of candles.
      (They all look out the window and then flinch in pain)
      Rachel: That had to hurt!

    • Joey: It's never gonna happen.
      Ross: What?
      Joey: You and Rachel!

    • Paolo: Phoebe, anche tu bellissima. Se siete tutte così belle mi trasferisco proprio qui.
      Phoebe: You betcha!

    • Monica: (Looking through the fridge) Anybody hungry? We got a Klondike... soup.

    • Joey: You waited too long to make your move, and now you're in the friend zone.
      Ross: No, no, no. I am not in the zone.
      Joey: Ross, you're mayor of the zone.

    • Chandler: (Thinking) I'm trapped in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre. Is it a vestibule? Maybe it's an atrium. Oh, yeah, that's the part you should be focusing on, you idiot.

    • Chandler: (At the camera in the ATM vestibule, after the blackout) Hi. Um, I'm account number 7143457. And uh, I don't know if you got any of that, but I would really like a copy of the tape.

    • Rachel: Come on, someone go.
      Monica: Okay, I'll go. Senior year of college on a pool table.
      Ross: That's my sister.
      Joey: Okay, my weirdest place would have to be ... the woman's room on the second floor of the New York City Public Library.
      Monica: Oh my God. What were you doing in a library?
      Ross: Pheebs, what about you?
      Phoebe: Oh ... Milwaukee. Well, it's really a weird place.
      Rachel: Um ... Ross?
      Ross: Disneyland, 1989. It's a Small World After All. The ride broke down. So, Carol and I went behind a couple of those mechanical Dutch children ... then they fixed the ride and we were asked never to return to the Magic Kingdom.
      Phoebe: Oh, Rachel.
      Rachel: Oh come one, I already went.
      Monica: You did not go.
      Rachel: All right ... oh, the foot of the bed.
      Ross: Step back ...
      Joey: We have a winner.

    • Chandler: You know, on second thought, gum would be perfection. (Thinking) Gum would be perfection? Gum would be perfection. Could have said, gum would be nice, or, I'll have a stick, but no no no no. For me, gum is perfection. I loathe myself.

    • Phoebe: Can I use the phone? I need to call my apartment and check on my grandma. Wait, what's my number? (Monica looks at her weird) What, I never call me.

    • Phoebe: I am going to sing a song about that moment when you suddenly realize what life is about. (Plays a note, lights go out) Okay, thank you very much.

    • Ross: Listen. Um, listen. Something you should ... know ... um, Rachel and I ... we're kind of a thing.
      Paolo: Thing?
      Ross: Thing, yes. Thing.
      Paolo: Ah, you ... have the sex?
      Ross: No, no, no. Technically the ... sex is not ... being had, but that's ... see, that's not the point.

    • Chandler: (Thinking to himself) Mental note: If Jill Goodacre offers you gum, you take it. If she offers you mangled animal carcass, you take it.

    • Rachel: Barry wouldn't even kiss me on a miniature golf course.
      Ross: Come on.
      Rachel: No, he said we were holding up the people behind us.
      Ross: (Sarcastically) And you didn't marry him because...?

    • Rachel: (About lacking passion in her life) I just never had a relationship with that kind of passion, you know, where you have to have somebody right there, in the middle of a theme park.
      Ross: Well, it was the only thing to do there that didn't have a line.

    • Jill: Would you like to call somebody?
      Chandler: (Thinking to himself) Yeah, about 300 guys I went to high school with.

    • Ross: So you do know a little English?
      Paolo: Poco... a leetle.
      Ross: Do you know the word crapweasel?
      Paolo: No.
      Ross: That's funny, because you know, you are a huge crapweasel!

    • Monica: Who am I going to meet in a blackout? Power company guys? Eligible looters?

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Bez proudu (Without Electricity)

    • This is the first appearance of Cosimo Fusco as Paolo. Paolo was in 4 episodes of Friends.

    • This is the first appearance of Larry Hankin as Mr. Heckles. Mr. Heckles was in 5 episodes of Friends.

    • In the Italian dubbing of the show, Paolo's character was named Pablo and all his lines were translated in Spanish.

    • Since the scene in the pilot where Phoebe is singing in the subway was cut from syndication, this is the first time that the audience hears Phoebe sing. Prior to this episode, it wasn't even mentioned.

    • Music: "Top of the World" by The Carpenters

    • This is Matthew Perry's favorite episode.

    • This episode runs 24:50 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). One added scene features Jill Goodacre on the phone with her mother talking about her dog, while Chandler's inner voice talks about mothers. There's also a couple more seconds of Ross flailing about with the cat on his neck.

    • Jill Goodacre plays herself, yet is credited as Jill Connick, her married name.

    • This episode was part of NBC's "Blackout Thursday." Three of four must-see Thursday comedies centered around a blackout in New York City. On Mad About You, Paul and Jamie Buchman's attempt to get free cable created a blackout. After Friends and Seinfeld (on which there was no blackout story), most of the main characters were trapped in a tunnel on Madman of the People.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Comedy Series (James Burrows).

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