Season 10 Episode 4

The One with the Cake

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2003 on NBC
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It's baby Emma's first birthday and Rachel won't let the party start until Emma wakes from her nap. However, everybody has places to be: Monica and Chandler want to leave for a weekend getaway in Vermont, Phoebe has a massage client, and Joey has an audition.

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  • Emma celebrates her first birthday.

    It's Emma's first birhtaday and Racheld wants a gatherng of her closes relatives and friedns so at Joeys apartment Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross, Joey, Jack Judy and her clebrateit, but the thing isx that Monca and Chandler had booked a weekend at a romantic hotel in Vermont, but Racvheld wont' let them leave ecause its a wonderful experience for her andv wnats them withher. But Emma is napping and thwe party wont start untilshe wakes up, so to fill time Joey deos his present: a dramatic lecture of one of Emma's books called I'll love you forever. After he ends Phoebe sings a very funny song aBOUT eMMA,but when everyone htings is to short she reads another bo, but is about women's sex life. Rachel openesthe cake but it isnt a bunny,its a penis and Rachel nd Ross go to the bakery in new jersey to change it. Monica and Chandler want to leave, Phoebe has a massage to make, and JOey hasan audition, so they play races with Emma's toys to see wqho leavesa. Monica and chandler stay. Later evetyone rarturns beofre ross and rachel, who in to car, Ross transformed the penis into a bunn. They sing Emma (who woke up) happy birhtday and that'sx it. Rachel is happy.moreless
  • The gang celebrates Emma's birthday while everyone except Ross and Rachal want to be somewhere else.

    A great episode, very funny.

    Although this episode was originally completely over played while fans wanted it watch other episodes, it had a reason to be! This episode really grows on you, it is funnier the more you watch it. Every character has a chance to shine in this episode, they all get about the same screen time. And each character also makes you laugh, sometimes until it hurts. Plus, the episode has a rare moment when Chandler "imparts wisedom," which is always great. It also subtly shows how much Monica and Chandler want a baby, which makes you even more sad when they have trouble getting one, and then happier when they finally get too. A solid episode, if season ten wasn't so funny then it ight have had a chance at beginning the best in season. It wasn't, but it was great!moreless
  • Classic friends episode

    This episode was hilarious from start to finish. I love how Rachel wanted everything to be perfect for Emma's first birthday. It's not like she will remember it anyway. When things start to go downhill it gets even more funnier. The cake being a wrong cake and then Rachel going to replace it and Ross having to give rachel her license after getting stopped for speeding priceless. The race that Monica, Chandler, Pheobe, and Joey have to see who would go to do what they have to do is hilarious. It sucks that Monica and Chandler can't go to Vermont for their vacation getaway but it is hilarious that they have to stay. I love how Ross can change the cake to look like a bunny. The ending to the episode was priceless.moreless
  • Funny!!

    Great episode!! Very funnny!! It's baby Emma's first birthday and Rachel won't let the party start until Emma wakes from her nap. However, everybody has places to be: Monica and Chandler want to leave for a weekend getaway in Vermont, Phoebe has a massage client, and Joey has an audition.
  • "it looked tastier as a penis

    It's baby Emma's first birthday and Rachel won't let the party start until Emma wakes from her nap and everyone is invited including monica's parents. However, everybody has places to be: Monica and Chandler want to leave for a romantic weekend getaway in Vermont, Phoebe has a massage client waiting for her, and Joey has an audition that he didnt know about. the three have a race and monica and chandler lose leaving them there with emma. also joey has no present and gives a dramatic reading of a book, and pheobe gives her a song. the cake also goes wrong as it was a penis instead of a bunny.moreless
Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Jack Geller

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Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Judy Geller

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June Gable

June Gable

Estelle Leonard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Trivia: Rachel says that the cake she ordered for Emma's birthday contains nuts. Although necessary for the "nuts" joke, you would never put nuts in a one year-old's cake. Their molars, necessary for properly masticating nuts, don't arrive until their second year. Nuts may also present problems as a choking hazard or with possible allergic reactions. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you wait until your child is four before giving them nuts.

    • 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 audition.

    • 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 for the Season 8 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.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • 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...

    • 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 your doing weird sex stuff to my little sister!

    • Rachel: You know Pheebs, when I was little, 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: Oh, I love family traditions like that! When, um, when Ursula and I were kids, on our birthday, our step-dad would sell his blood to buy us food.

    • Rachel: We had this idea to make a birthday video for Emma, and we'll give it to her when she's eighteen.
      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!

    • 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.

    • Ross: (turning his video camera on Joey) Hey! There's uncle Joey. Say something to Emma on her eighteenth birthday.
      Joey: (leering at the camera) Eighteen, huh...?
      Ross: Joey, no!
      Joey: What? It's for her hot friends!

    • Joey: (panicked) We were supposed to bring presents?
      Phoebe: Yeah. ...I wrote Emma a song.
      Joey: Oh, yeah. 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 picture of Elmo on it dressed as a farmer... and he's standing next to this cow... (chuckling) and the cow says, "El-moooo." (laughing and slapping the table) Man, that's a funny cup!

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • Judy: (to Monica) 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.

    • Joey: Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Geller! Let me help you with that.
      (Joey takes the present they brought for Emma)
      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: 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 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?

    • Joey: (to Phoebe) Hey, I think Emma might like it.
      Rachel: (overhearing) 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!

    • 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.

    • Judy: (taping a message to Emma) Hello Emma. Happy eighteenth birthday!
      Jack: Right now that seems so far away--seventeen 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.

    • (Emma's birthday cake turned out to be an erotic cake by mistake, shaped like a penis)
      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.

    • Ross: (to Rachel who's on the phone to the bakery) Ask them if it would be faster if we cut the baby's face off the penis so we could put it on the bunny... (reflecting) That is a weird sentence.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Chandler: (taping their message to Emma) Hi, 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 seventeen 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!

    • 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.

    • Monica: (about who should stay with Emma) Okay, how about this? I've got wind-up 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: Some can sing, some can dance, I apparently can turn phallic cakes into woodland creatures.

    • 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?
      Monica: Game...?

    • 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!

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