Season 1 Episode 6

The One with the Butt

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Since we're not supposed to ask, I could get in serious trouble for mentioning this, but the vacuum cleaner attachment Rachel describes as, "that little round one with the bristles", is an upholstery brush (for vacuuming the cookie crumbs out of your easy chair).

    • Goof: At the start of the episode we learn that Rachel has never seen Joey in a play before. However, when he says that Freud! was at least better than "...that thing I did with the trolls", she nods agreement along with everyone else.

    • Trivia: This is the first time Chandler says his catchphrase "Could I be more...?"

    • Trivia: Right before Joey films the shower scene, if you look over the shoulder of the director, you can see a box marked with Monica's name.

    • Trivia: The song lyrics that Joey sings during his production of Freud! are:

      "All you want is a dingle.
      What you envy's a schwang.
      A thing through which you can tinkle,
      Or play with, or simply let hang."

    • Goof: When Joey is filming the shower scene, he is supposed to be naked. However you can clearly see from his shadow that he is wearing a bathing suit.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: (after seeing Joey's play) God. I feel violated.
      Monica: Did anybody else feel they just wanted to peel the skin off their body, to have something else to do?

    • Chandler: Ross, ten o'clock.
      Ross: Is it? Feels like two.
      Chandler: No, ten o'clock!
      Ross: What?
      Chandler: (gesturing to explain what he means) There's a beautiful woman at eight, nine, ten o'clock!

    • Chandler: She's amazing! She makes the women I dream about look like short, fat, bald men!
      Monica: Well, go over to her! She's not with anyone.
      Chandler: Oh yeah, right. And what would my opening line be? "Excuse me. Blah ra-rgh la-rgh."
      Rachel: Oh, come on. She's a person, you can do it!
      Chandler: Oh please. Could she be more out of my league? Ross, back me up here.
      Ross: He could never get a woman like that in a million years.
      Chandler: Thank-you, buddy.

    • Phoebe: You know how you sometimes see these really beautiful women with these really nothing guys? You could be one of those guys!

    • All: (about Joey's play) Hey! You're in a play! I didn't know you could dance! You had a beard!
      Joey: What'd you think? 
      All: (after an awkward pause) ...Hey! You're in a play! I didn't know you could dance! You had a beard!

    • Joey: Come on, you guys. It wasn't that bad. It was better than that thing I did with the trolls. At least you got to see my head.

    • Monica: So you guys don't mind going out with someone who's going out with someone else?
      Joey: I couldn't do it.
      Monica: Good for you, Joey.
      Joey: When I'm with a woman, I need to know that I'm going out with more people than she is.

    • Phoebe: One time I went out with a guy who had just gotten divorced, and it was really hard. His kids liked me better than him.

    • Rachel: (when the gang enters, striking a pose) Ta-daaaa!!
      Chandler: Are we greeting each other this way now? ...'cause I like that!

    • Rachel: (pleased with herself) Look! I cleaned! I did the windows, I did the floors... I even used all the attachments on the vacuum--except that little round one with the bristles... I don't know what that's for.
      Ross: Oh yeah, nobody knows... and we're not supposed to ask.

    • Phoebe: (to Rachel about Monica) I can't believe you tried to move the green ottoman.
      Chandler: Thank God you didn't try to fan out the magazines... I mean, she'll scratch your eyes right out!

    • Monica: Okay, so I'm responsible, I'm organized. But hey, I can be a kook!
      Ross: Alright, you madcap gal! Try to imagine this. The phone bill arrives, but you don't pay it right away.
      Monica: Why not?
      Ross: Because you're a kook! Instead, you wait until they send you a notice.
      Monica: I could do that.
      Rachel: Okay, okay, then, uh... you let me go grocery shopping...
      Monica: No problem.
      Rachel: I'm not done yet! ...and I buy laundry detergent, but... it's not the one with the easy-pour spout.
      Monica: Why would someone do that?! (seeing Ross and Rachel look at her smugly) might wonder. But, I would be fine with that.
      Chandler: Someone's left a glass on the coffee table. There's no coaster. It's a cold drink, it's a hot day. Little beads of condensation are inching their way closer and closer to the surface of the wood...
      Monica: (grabs Chandler) Stop it! (realizing) Oh, my God! It's true. Who am I?
      Ross: Monica... you're Mom...
      (Monica gasps and Phoebe mimics the screeching violins from Psycho)

    • Ross: Come on. Seriously Joey, what's the part?
      Joey: I'm his... (mumbles)
      Rachel: You're, you're "mah-mah-mah", what?
      Joey: I'm his butt double--okay?! I play Al Pacino's butt, alright? He goes into the shower, and then... I'm his butt.

    • Chandler: (about Joey being Al Pacino's "butt double") After all your years of struggling, you've finally been able to crack your way into show business...
      (The gang explodes with laughter)
      Joey: Okay, fine... make jokes--I don't care... this is a big break for me!
      Ross: You're right. It is... So, are you going to invite us all to the big opening?

    • Director: And... cut! (to Joey) Hey, Butt Guy! What the hell are you doing?
      Joey: Well, I'm showering.
      Director: No... that was clenching.
      Joey: Oh, well... the way I see it, the guy's upset here, y'know? I mean, his wife's dead, his brother's missing--I think his butt would be angry here.

    • Ross: (to Chandler about him breaking it off with Aurora) Look at it this way. You dumped her, right? I mean this woman was unbelievably sexy and beautiful, intelligent, unattainable... (after reflecting) Tell me why you did this again...?

    • Joey: (after being fired as Al Pacino's butt-double for "over-acting") I told everybody about this! Now everybody's gonna go to the theatre, expecting to see me, and...
      Rachel: Oh, Joey, y'know what? No one's gonna be able to tell.
      Joey: (correcting her) My mom will.
      Chandler: There's something so sweet and... disturbing about that.

    • Joey: (dejected) I've done nothing but crappy plays for six years! ...and I finally get my shot... and I blow it!!
      Monica: Maybe this wasn't your shot...
      Ross: Yeah, I, uh... I think when it's your shot... you know it's your shot! ...did it feel like your shot...?
      Joey: It's hard to tell... I was naked...
      Phoebe: I don't think this was your shot... I don't even think you just get one shot... (becoming very personal) I really believe big things are gonna happen for you... I do! ...and... you gotta just keep thinking about the day that some kid is gonna run up to his friends and go, "I got the part! I got the part! ...I'm gonna be Joey Tribbiani's ass!"

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Životní šance (Life Chance)
      Unlike the English title, the Czech title takes a less comedic approach to Joey's career opportunity.

    • Although this is the first appearance of June Gable as Estelle Leonard, her scene was cut for the original airing (although it is included in the extended DVD version). She wasn't introduced to the television audience until "The One with Russ". Estelle was in 11 episodes of Friends.

    • This episode runs 24:37 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). A scene is added with Joey visiting his new agent, Estelle Leonard. The tag scene is the group singing the song from Freud! that Joey sang earlier in the show.

  • Allusions

    • Estelle: (to Joey) Did you ever see the movie Sleepless In Seattle?
      Sleepless In Seattle is a 1993 romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

    • The ode to penis envy that Joey sings in Freud! borrows from the melody of I'm Just Wild About Harry by Eubie Blake, an American jazz composer and pianist.

    • Ross: (about monogamy) Alright. There's a theory, put forth by Richard Leakey... 
      Richard Leakey is a Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist and politician. His parents, Louis and Mary Leakey were archaeologists.

    • Joey: I'm out of order? You're out of order! This whole courtroom's out of order!
      A famous quote from Al Pacino's character in the film ...And Justice for All.

      Joey: Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!
      A famous quote from Al Pacino's character in the film The Godfather: Part III.

    • Phoebe: (about Monica being excessively organized) ...Yeah, you are, Monica... Remember when I lived with you? You were like, a little, y'know... (making stabbing motions) Ree! Ree! Ree! Ree!
      Phoebe evokes the screeching violins from the shower scene in the film Psycho.