Continuity: When Estelle tells Joey he needs a monologue for his audition, he says he doesn't have a monologue. But in "The One in Barbados (1)" Joey says that he memorized a monologue from Star Wars for auditions.
Goof: At Emma's first birthday, her half-brother Ben and her maternal grandparents and aunts are not in attendance. If the party was for people that were close to Emma and her family, why wasn't anyone from Rachel's family there?
Continuity: Emma was born in May during season 8's finale, However, in this episode her birthday is celebrated in October.
Continuity: Judy says that both her parents died very young. However, we saw her mother's death in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" and she was quite old. Also, in "The One with Phoebe's Cookies", Jack tells Chandler that his in-laws are alive.
Goof: When Joey asked Jack and Judy Geller if their gift to Emma could be from all three of them, Jack asked Joey "Which one are you?" However, there are only three men in the Friends "group." Ross is Jack's son, and Chandler is his son-in-law (and Jack has known Chandler for years since he was Ross's college roommate). So with whom was Jack confusing Joey?
Phoebe's Song: "Emma"
Emma, your name poses a dilemma,
'Cause not much else rhymes with Emma.
Maybe the actor Richard Crenna,
he played the commanding officer in Rambo.
Happy Birthday Emma!
Magna Doodle: Happy, happy 1
Goof: Phoebe is the only one who is not asked to record a message to Emma for her 18th birthday video.
Continuity: How is Ross's tan from the previous episode gone? It doesn't go away that quickly.
Chandler: Emma, how old are you? How old are you today? (He holds up his index finger, and she holds up her finger too.)
Rachel: Oh! Emma, that's right! You're that many!
Ross: Oh my, God! Our daughter's a genius! Rach, this means--
Rachel: No! No science camp!
Ross: Is Emma awake yet?
Rachel: Oh no, it's still nap time. But she'll be up soon.
Ross: Ah, and where is Joey?
Rachel: I said it's still nap time.
Monica: (About who should stay with Emma) Okay, how about this? I've got windup toys for Emma for her birthday. We can make them race and whoever comes in last stays.
Phoebe: Yeah! Let's do that!
Chandler: That sounds more fun than the thing we were going to do in Vermont.
Monica: Okay, everybody pick your toys!
Phoebe: Okay. I want the dolphin!
Chandler: That's a bear.
Phoebe: I'm too excited!
Ross: Hey, Mon, it was really nice of you to loan Rachel your car so she could go get the cake.
Monica: It was so nice of her to pull my hair till I dropped the key.
Judy: (Taping a message to Emma) Hello Emma. Happy 18th birthday.
Jack: Right now that seems so far away, 17 years.
Judy: Yes, you'll be all grown up by then and we'll be... Well, your grandfather and I might not be here.
Jack: That's true. This message could be coming to you from beyond the grave, Emma.
Judy: After all, my parents died very young.
Jack: And my cholesterol's off the charts.
Judy: Remember, Emma, heart disease kills women, too.
Ross: Okay, cut! Great. Great. That was, that was just... yeah.
Rachel: Joey and Phoebe are going to perform a little something for us.
Ross: Oh, great.
Phoebe: (To Joey) Aren't you going to be embarrassed going up there having nothing prepared?
Joey: Hey, I do it every week with three cameras pointed at me and a whole crew waiting.
Joey: Hey, I think Emma might like it.
Rachel: Oh, Emma might like what?
Joey:Um... my present.
Rachel: What did you get her?
Joey: Actually, we prepared performances.
Phoebe: Well, separate performances.
Joey: But equally real.
Monica: I can't believe Emma's still asleep.
Chandler: I know. What are we going to do?
Monica: I've got a plan, I've got a plan. I'm going to ram this platter really hard into your ribs, okay? You're going to scream out, and that will wake her up!
Chandler: I'm not going to Vermont with this Monica.
Joey: Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Geller! Let me help you with that.
(Joey takes the present)
Jack: Thank you.
Joey: Oh man, this is great, huh? The three of us together again. You know what would be more fun? If we gave this present to Emma from all of us.
Jack: Which one are you?
Monica: Now, let's wake up Emma and get the fun times started.
Rachel: No, really, she didn't sleep well last night, so we can't wake her up.
Monica: Are you friggin' kidding me, Green?
Chandler: Hey, where's the birthday girl?
Rachel: Oh, she's still napping.
Chandler: Oh, sure, she was probably up all night excited about the party she knows is happening.
Judy: (About Monica's birthday) I remember your first birthday. Ross was getting jealous of all the attention you were getting. So he pulled on his testicles so hard, we had to bring him to the emergency room.
Rachel: We had this idea to make a birthday video for Emma, and we'll give it to her when she's 18.
Phoebe: Oh, cool! Wow, it's like a time capsule. Oh, just think, she's gonna be watching that video on a TV that hasn't been invented yet. With friends who right now are just babies. And they'll be living in a floating city that the humans built to escape the ant people!
Chandler: (Taping his message to Emma) Hey Emma! It's the year 2020 are you still enjoying your nap?
Monica: We're aunt Monica and uncle Chandler by the way. You may not recognize us because we haven't spoken to your parents in 17 years.
Chandler: We used to be married but then we missed a weekend away together and things kind of unraveled. Because of you! Happy birthday.
Joey: We are supposed to bring presents?
Phoebe: Yeah. I wrote Emma a song.
Joey: How was I supposed to know?
Phoebe: Joey it's a birthday party.
Joey: Yeah but for a one year old! What's the point? The other day she laughed for like an hour at a cup. Just a cup with a pictured of Elmo on it dressed as a farmer, and he's standing next to this cow and the cow says "Elmoo." (Joey starts laughing) Man, that's a funny cup!
Ross: (Taping the video) Hey! There's uncle Joey. Say something to Emma on her 18th birthday.
Joey: 18 huh...?
Ross: Joey, no!
Joey: What? It's for her hot friends!
Rachel: You know Pheebs, on my birthday, my daddy would hide a present in every room of the house and then he would draw me a treasure map to help me find them all!
Phoebe: I love family traditions like that! When Ursula and I were kids, on our birthday, our step-dad would sell his blood to buy us food.
Monica: I'm sorry but Chandler and I could really use a weekend away to reconnect, emotionally.
Chandler: There's this thing I really want us to do. I read about it in Maxim.
Rachel: Well can't you just go to Vermont the next day?
Ross: Yeah, we really want everyone to be there. As much as I hate to delay you doing weird sex stuff to my little sister!
Rachel: (To Chandler and Monica) You can't go away this weekend it's Emma's birthday, we're having a party.
Monica: Okay, can't you just have the party when we get back?
Rachel: No... Then it won't be her real birthday!
Chandler: Gee... If only she were one and didn't know what the hell a birthday was...
Ross: Joey, you're in charge. You make sure nobody leaves.
Joey: Got it!
(Chandler walks across the room)
Joey: Hey, hey, hey, where do you think you're going?
Chandler: To the bathroom!
Joey: All right. Well, the rest of you get comfortable, because we're going to be here for... Wait a minute, there's a window in there!
Phoebe: Oh, no, he's not getting away that easy!
(Both of them charge into the bathroom)
Chandler: What are you doing? Get the hell out of here!
Joey: Well, that one did not have Emma's face on it.
Ross: Some can sing, some can dance, I apparently can turn phallic cakes into woodland creatures.
Joey: Hey Pheebs, you know what? I was thinking, since you wrote a song, maybe I could do something for Emma using my talents!
Phoebe: So you're gonna hit on her?
Ross: (To Rachel) Ask him if it would be faster if we cut the baby's face off the penis so we could put it on the bunny. That's a weird sentence.
Monica: (To Emma) Now, another way to organize your stuffed animals is by size.
Chandler: I'm sorry, is this a game for Emma, or for Monica?
Rachel: Yes, yes, I still want my daughter's picture, but on a bunny cake. Yellow cake, chocolate frosting, with nuts.
Chandler: To be fair, this one does have nuts.
Rachel: If I wanted this cake to be a disaster, I would have baked it myself!
Joey: Uh, is it okay that I still think it looks delicious?
Judy: Jack, look at this.
Jack: I know what you're thinking Judy. The resemblance is uncanny.
International Episode Title:
France: Celui qui transformait le gâteau d'anniversaire (The One Who Altered The Birthday Cake)
Elliot Gould is credited as a "Special Appearance."
Christina Pickles received the "And" credit.
This is the final appearance of June Gable as Estelle Leonard. Later in this season she dies. Estelle was in 11 episodes of Friends.
This episode runs 23:23 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
This is the final appearance of Christina Pickles and Elliot Gould as Ross & Monica's parents, Jack & Judy Geller. They are 2 of the 4 non-Friends that appeared in all ten seasons. (Gunther and Janice are the others.) Jack Geller was in 20 episodes of Friends and Judy Geller was in 19 episodes.
Rare episode in which no scenes take place in Monica's apartment.
Chandler: There's this thing I really want us to do. I read about it in Maxim.
Maxim is a popular men's magazine known for its revealing pictures of female celebrities.
Phoebe: (Singing) Maybe the actor Richard Crenna, he played the commanding officer in Rambo.
Joey: Love you forever. (Reading) Love you forever. By Robert Munsch. Published by Firefly books. Printed in Mexico. A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and while she held him she sang "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be." (Time lapse) And while he rocked her, he sang "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."
Joey read the children's book Love You Forever by the Canadian author Robert Munsch. Munsch wrote the book after he had two babies still-born, and it has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
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