Season 2 Episode 21

The One with the Bullies

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Monica says in this episode that she was a sous-chef at Café des Artistes. This is the only time we hear about it. The only job she's had during the series so far was at Iridium.

    • Goof: When Ross and Chandler go to the coffee house to "stand their ground," they take one sip of their coffees and run out of the coffee house without paying.

    • Goof: When Ross mentions his father, Phoebe says that that is the third sign today that she should go see her father. Then, she goes on to list that the first one was the Buffet (his last name), the second one was was that they were serving Franks (his first name), and the third one was chicken (because she chickened out the last time). So when Ross mentions his father, it would be the fourth hint.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is returning the dog, a woman in the background wearing a blue shirt walks into her house twice.

    • Factual Error: At the diner where Monica gets a job, she and other employees dance "YMCA" by the Village People. However, the diner theme is the 1950s, while that song is from the 1970s.

    • Goof: When the dog jumps into the cab window, you can see the head of the person holding him.

    • Trivia: This episode has the only mention of Monica's middle name which begins with "E". The actual name is never revealed throughout the series' ten years.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: Hey Monica, why are we watching the business channel?
      Monica: 'Cause I was going by it the other day and I saw that there was a stock with my initials M-E-G on it and, well, sometimes I have to watch for two or three hours before it comes up again... but when it does, it's pretty exciting.
      Rachel: Okay, honey... you really need a job.

    • Joey: I tell ya, Rach', I've gone dad-hunting with Phoebe before. This is a very scary thing for her, she gets vulnerable. That's why we're there, to be supportive and crap.
      Rachel: Okay, well, you just let me know when to do which.

    • Joey: Monica. Relax. Go get a beer.
      Monica: I don't want a beer!
      Joey: Who said it was for you?

    • Ross & Chandler: (depressed) Hi.
      Rachel: What's the matter with you?
      Chandler: The mean guys at the coffee house took my hat.

    • Rachel: But Monica, you don't know the first thing about the stock market.
      Monica: What's to know? Buy low, sell high, bears, bulls! (picks up the phone) Yes, Manhattan. Telephone number for the stock... selling store.

    • Rachel: Okay, the dog will lick himself, but he won't eat your sandwich. What does that tell you, Joey?

    • Chandler: Hey.
      Ross: What?
      Chandler: Do you have to be a Century 21 real-estate agent to get to wear those really cool jackets?
      Ross: Do you say this stuff to girls?

    • Monica: (on the phone) Time is money, my friend! Whoo!
      Rachel: "Time is money, my friend?"
      Joey: Yeah, you missed, "Takes money to make money," and, "Don't make me come down there and kick your Wall Street butt."
      Monica: Hey, I made $17 before breakfast. What have you done?
      Joey: Well, I had breakfast here, so technically I just saved $3.50.

    • Rachel: What happened to, uh, M-E-G?
      Monica: M-E-G was good for me, but I dumped her... Y'know, my motto is, "get out before they go down."
      Joey: That is so not my motto!

    • Joey: (on the phone using a tough-guy voice) Uh, hello Mrs. Buffay...? I know where your dog is. I want you to know he'll be returned to you... almost as good as new, within... within twenty-four hours... Uh, g'bye.

    • Joey: Haven't you ever gotten beat up before?
      Ross: Yeah.
      Joey: I mean, by someone besides Monica.
      Ross: No.

    • Ross: Maybe getting beat up is just something every guy has to go through once in his life, like a rite of passage or something.
      Chandler: Well, couldn't we just lose our virginities again? Because, actually... I think mine's growing back.

    • Chandler: (about the fight) Yeah, I wouldn't know, having missed everything.
      Bully: Don't do that to yourself. Any one of us could have tripped over that little girl's jump-rope.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Arthur: Us...? What about you guys? Man you really--bing!--gave it to old Mr. Clean back there. He was a big guy!
      Mr. Clean is a well-known all-purpose household cleaner. It is represented by the character "Mr. Clean", a large, muscular man with a shaved head who's dressed in white and wears an earring.

    • Ross: I say you and I go back down there and stand up to those guys.
      Chandler: Alright, hang on a second, Custer.
      George Armstrong Custer was a United States Army cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars, known for his aggressive charges against the enemy.

    • Monica: Well, C-H-P because I used to have a crush on Erik Estrada.
      Erik Estrada is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent, known for his role in the US television series CHiPs (CHP: California Highway Patrol).

    • Monica: How could I take a job where I have to make something called Laverne-and-Curly Fries?
      Clearly, the menu item Monica refers to is named after Laverne & Shirley, a popular American TV sitcom which ran on ABC. Given that the series ran in the 70's and 80's, however, it would an inappropriate reference in a 50's-themed diner.

    • Phoebe: (pointing out the association between her father and "Hamburgers") Hamburgers...? McDonald's...? Old McDonald had a farm? My dad is a pharm-a-cist?
      "McDonald's" refers to the world-wide fast-food chain, specializing in hamburgers. 
      "Old McDonald Had a Farm" is a popular children's song.