Season 9 Episode 14

The One with the Blind Dates

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: On the extended DVD version of this episode there is a tag scene in which Steve (Jon Lovitz) is sitting in the restaurant talking to himself and says "I have such fat hands!" Then looking down, cries out, "...I hate my d*ck!"

    • Goof: Why would Rachel ask Phoebe to set her up with someone? In the previous episode, Gavin was still very interested.
      Note: In their last meeting, Gavin realized that Rachel still had issues with Ross. His last words to her on the subject were, "Just bad timing...". Clearly, he wasn't interested in pursuing a relationship with her under the circumstances.

    • Goof: The restaurant menus where Rachel has dinner with Steve are the same ones used in "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner", even though it's not the same restaurant.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of three ABC blocks stacked on top of each other

    • Trivia: Ross's waiter (Sam Pancake) was also Rachel and Joey's waiter in "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel".

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe sets up Rachel with Steve for a blind date. Although they act as if they've never met before, they did in "The One with the Stoned Guy" when Rachel served as Monica's waitress ("Hello, Greeter-Girl...").

    • Only on Television: Based on Joey's statement, "Fifth days a charm!", Rachel has been back at Joey's for five days. In the previous episode when she moved back in, Joey had just had his eyebrows waxed ("Your eyebrows look weird"). How did they completely grow back in only five days?

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode, when Rachel and Ross are talking in Central Perk, Rachel keeps switching from wearing a necklace to not wearing a necklace between shots.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: (sees Joey coming from his bedroom and laughs) Heyyy! You remembered to put clothes on this morning!
      Joey: Fifth day's a charm.

    • Joey: (to Ross after Rachel leaves for work) I just want you to know that with Rachel staying here and everything, all my feelings from before are totally over. And even if they weren't, when you accidentally walk in on a woman using a breast pump...
      Ross: Yeah, that'll do it.
      Joey: Wow! ...So, how are you?
      Ross: I'm, I'm okay.
      Joey: Really?
      Ross: Sure, I mean, do I wish me and Rachel living together would have worked out? Of course. Y'know, I'm disappointed, but it's not like it's a divorce.
      Joey: Well, actually it's--
      Ross: No, it's not a divorce--it is not a divorce!!

    • Ross: I think Rachel and I need to get on with our lives... maybe start seeing other people.
      Joey: Wow, really?
      Ross: Yeah, sure... why not? In fact... if you know anyone that would be good for me...
      Joey: Sure, I know lots of girls.
      Ross: Yeah? Any names come to mind?
      Joey: (grimacing) Ooh, names?

    • Phoebe: (to Joey about Ross and Rachel) Y'know what? Maybe once they start dating, and they see what's out there, they'll realize how good they are for each other.
      Joey: Yeah, because it is slim pickin's! I had this date last night? Eee-yuck!! ...but we should probably keep it down, she's still in the bedroom.

    • Rachel: Phoebe set me up on a date.
      Monica: Oh, my God!
      Chandler: Wow!
      Rachel: Why? What's the big deal?
      Monica: Just figured... 'cause you and Ross are...
      Rachel: What? ...slept together a year and a half ago? Yeah, I'm all set.

    • Chandler: (to Rachel) Well, I think it's great that you're going on a date, y'know? I mean, it sounds healthy. I mean, you have needs... Embrace your womanhood!
      Monica: You want a job? Turn off Oprah and send out a résumé!

    • Rachel: (to Monica and Chandler after they agree to babysit Emma) You guys are gonna have so much fun--she's at such a cute age! Oh, a couple of things... Now that she's eating solid food, she poops around the clock... And watch out for your hair because she likes to grab it... She's also in this phase where if you leave the room, she screams bloody murder, but, oh... thanks you guys! Have fun!

    • Phoebe: (to Joey about Rachel's blind date) He's a guy I used to massage, and by "massage", I mean, hold down so he wouldn't roll over and flash me.

    • Joey: (describing Ross's blind date) She's this really boring woman... She's a teacher.
      Phoebe: A teacher?
      Joey: Yeah... She's really into history and foreign movies... Oh, and she loves puzzles. C'mon, who loves puzzles?
      Phoebe: Well, Ross does... You're ruining the plan! Joey, you fixed him up with his perfect woman.
      Joey: (thinking about it) Oh, my God, you're right! ...she even reads for pleasure!
      Phoebe: How do you even know a woman like that?
      Joey: What, I'm not allowed to know smart women?
      Phoebe: Joey...?
      Joey: I met her at the library... I went in to pee.

    • Chandler: (to Emma, who's crying following his "going downstairs" behind the couch gag) No, no, no, no! No, no, no, no! It's okay, it's okay. I didn't go. Don't cry, it's just a bit! I'm your uncle Chandler. Funny is all I have!

    • Monica: Where are all my ovulation sticks? There's only one here.
      Chandler: I might've checked to see if I was ovulating a couple times.
      Monica: Chandler!
      Chandler: I'm not working! There's not much to do around here!

    • Monica: Canoodling?
      Chandler: Well I can't say "hump" or "screw" in front of the B-A-B-Y.

    • Monica: I don't know, I mean, I guess having sex in front of a baby isn't so--
      Chandler: Horrifying? Scarring? Something people go to jail for?
      Monica: (thinking about it) I guess you're right.
      Chandler: You guess I'm right?! When we stayed at that bed-and-breakfast, you wouldn't have sex with me because you thought a deer was staring through the window.
      Monica: Well, what kind of a sick bastard wants to do it in front of a deer?!

    • Rachel: (at a restaurant on a date with Steve) Phoebe told me that you owned your own restaurant... That's impressive.
      Steve: I lost it... to drugs. I silk-screen T-shirts, now.
      Rachel: Really? Whats that like?
      Steve: (depressed) It's really fulfilling doing something you hate, for no money... That's right, I have no money, I'm not funny, I live in a studio apartment... with two other guys... and I'm pretty sure... I'm in-fertile.

    • Rachel: Now, c'mon, Steve... there must be something that you like about yourself.
      Steve: (with a little smile) I do like my hair...
      Rachel: (checking it) Really...?

    • Monica: (about the pacifier in Chandler's mouth) What are you doing?
      Chandler: Emma was doing it!

    • (Joey has just realized that Monica and Chandler are in their bedroom having sex)
      : (quickly carrying Emma out of the apartment) You can't have S-E-X when you're taking care of a B-A-B-I-E!

    • Monica: (to Chandler when Emma is missing) You better hope I'm pregnant, because one way or another, we're giving a baby back to Rachel!

    • Monica: (to Joey about "kidnapping" Emma) Why the hell did you take her?
      Joey: Because you two were having sex!
      Monica: No, we weren't!
      Joey: Don't you lie to me! I can tell by Chandler's hair... You are so lazy, can't you get on top for once?

    • Ross: (to Rachel in Central Perk) Monica told me you had a blind date.
      Rachel: Yeah.
      Ross: I did, too.
      Rachel: Oh?
      Ross: ...but is it technically a date if the other person doesn't show up?
      Rachel: Oh... Oh, no. Do you think she walked in, saw you, and left?
      Ross: Why does everyone keep saying that?!

    • Phoebe: (about Monica and Chandler) They're going to name their first child "Joey?" Well, how do I get them to name one after me?
      Joey: Oh, it's easy... You just walk in on them having sex.
      Phoebe: Wow! So they owe me, like, three "Phoebes!"

    • Joey: (looking in the window at Central Perk at Ross and Rachel) We're geniuses! Look at 'em... Look at 'em! They're really bonding!
      : Oh, yeah... They're falling in love all over again!
      (Ross and Rachel turn and see Joey and Phoebe watching them)
      Phoebe: Oh, they see us... Oh, they look mad... Oh, they figured it out... They're coming this way... Run!
      Joey: (as they take off down the street) ...Where?!
      Phoebe: Mexico!!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui se faisait poser un lapin (The One Who Got Stood Up)
      Unlike the English title, the French title only refers to Ross's blind date.

    • This is the first appearance of Alexandra and Athina Conley as Emma Geller-Green. Although Emma appeared in 19 episodes of Friends, Alexandra and Athina only played her in 3 episodes.

    • This episode runs 24:21 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe: Then we'll head off to sunny Mexico. Oh wait, that was the end of another plan.
      Probably referring to the movie Bandits where their plan was to rob banks until they had enough money to disappear in Mexico and open a nightclub.