Season 4 Episode 2

The One with the Cat

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 02, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Phoebe believes that her adoptive mother's spirit resides in a cat that jumped into her guitar case in Central Perk. Monica goes on a date with Rachel's hunky high-school boyfriend, who was cool in high-school, but a failure now. And when Joey and Chandler decide to sell the entertainment center, Joey takes stupidity to a new level.moreless

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  • A step down from the premiere.

    I agree with Ross on this one, the whole thing as Phoebe's mom being reincarnated to a cat was just idiotic & a waste of a plot. That plot dried up a part of the episode. Although Joey & Chandler getting robbed was pretty funny. Joey is so stupid! But I love Joey for making the show a bit interesting. Hope this arc continues with no furniture. Meanwhile Monica goes on a date with Chip from high school. I loved how he was such a failure & the personal hi-jinx between Ross & Rachel. An okay episode. Phoebe's plot sort of ruined it.moreless
  • He was Trying to make a Sale!

    I thought this was a terrific episodes. A lot of people say the plot with Phoebe was corny, but I totally disagree. I believe it was endearing, because the thing with the show is Ross is almost always right, and to see him give up that for Phoebe shows that he is a good person who is there for his friends. But my favorite part was the robbery. It just seems like something that would happen them. That's Just Joey and Chandler's kind of luck. I LOVED the little sketch board by the door saying "Thanks for all your stuff." Although those plot were brilliant I found the plot about Monica and Chip a little annoying, but that's probably just because of what he did to Rachel. I give this episode a B+moreless
  • Funny

    I think that Joey and Phoebe are probably the most funny characters out of the six. Phoebe thought that hers moms spirit was inside a cat and Joey was selling his and Chandlers entertainment unit. I thought it was hilarious when Chandler came in and noticed that all their furniture had gone and that Joey was locked inside the entertainment unit.
  • Quite good episode.

    An average episode by Friends standards, this is funny nonetheless. Monica goes out with a person from high school, who can't get rid of his high school roots and hasn't changed at all. Joey and Chandler agree to sell the entertainment system but their apartment is robbed when Joey voluntarily goes in it and is trapped. Phoebe believes her mother comes back to her as a cat, but the gang have to tell her when they find out it belongs to a little girl. She reluctantly gives the cat away. A humorous episode in all the storylines, this one just doesn't have any defining moments. The best parts of it are probably the little snaps between Ross and Rachel.moreless
  • A terrific comedic episode that demonstrates what the show is capable of when it leans back and just has fun.

    TOW The Cat is a great example of how funny this show can be, even when it largely abandons the soap opera-ish elements. All of the characters share in the fun, and each gets to flex their comedic chops. I particularly enjoyed Monica's date with Rachel's old high school prom date. His inability to leave his high school memories and persona provides some really funny moments. Chandler and Joey getting their apartment fleeced as they attempt to sell their entertainment center is hilarious as well. The scenes with Phoebe and the cat are less effective, but still humorous. There's even some amusing Ross/Rachel sniping that caps off a fun episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Phoebe's Song: "Dumb, Drunken Bitch"
      ...dumb, drunken bitch!

    • Magna Doodle: THANKS FOR ALL YOUR STUFF!

    • Continuity: In "The One With the List", Monica says that she is allergic to cat hair, yet in this episode she is comfortable with a cat right in front of her. She also mentions several other times that she is allergic to cats and in Season 5 when Rachel gets the hairless cat she has an allergic reaction to it.

    • Goof: When Rachel is supposedly on the phone calling Chip, you can clearly see that she does not dial. The camera goes to Ross and then back to Rachel real quick and there's no way she could have dialed the numbers that fast.

    • Factual Error: Aren't animals, besides special-help dogs, banned from any place that serves food like Central Perk?

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (Chandler sidesteps the entertainment unit but rips his jacket)
      Chandler: (to Joey) Wow! That ripped! That ripped real nice!

    • Ross: Chip Matthews? The guy who took Rachel to the prom? Why is he calling you?
      Monica: Because I ran into him at the bank. He is still so cute!
      Ross: (sarcastically) Monica, you are so lucky! He's like the most popular guy in school!
      Monica: (not sarcastically) I know!

    • Ross: I was just leaving.
      Rachel: Good, cause I've got a product report to read. It's like eight pages, I hope I don't fall asleep.
      Ross: Why, did you write it?

    • Ross: (reading the newspaper) Say, here's a question. Where did you guys get "...the finest oak east of the Mississippi"?
      Chandler: Nuh-uh... First you tell us where you got the prettiest lace in all the land.
      Ross: I'm reading your ad...
      Joey: Looks good, huh?
      Ross: Yeah...
      Chandler: (reading) "Stunning entertainment center. Fine... fine Italian craftsmanship..."
      Phoebe: Oh, my God! You guys are selling the entertainment center?
      Rachel: Why? I love that thing.
      Chandler: You want it?
      Phoebe & Rachel: Oh, no!

    • Chandler: (reading Joey's ad) Uh, Geppetto? Five thousand dollars? Are you insane!
      Joey: The ad alone cost three hundred bucks!
      Chandler: All right, look. I'm changing it to "fifty dollars or your best offer."
      Joey: What kind of profit is that? And you call yourself an accountant?
      Chandler: (realizing Joey doesn't know what he does for a living) No...

    • Phoebe: I just, I just have this really strong feeling that this cat is my mother.
      Rachel: You mean the mom you met in Montauk? She was a cat?
      Chandler: Well, that makes the fact that she owns beach front property all the more impressive.

    • Joey: (pointing to the cat Phoebe believes is her reincarnated mother) Dude! Phoebe's mom's got a huge pair of--
      Chandler: Let it go...!

    • Rachel: I mean, why, of all people, do you have to go out with Chip?
      Monica: Look, you and I went to different high schools...
      Rachel: That doesn't help me, because we went to the same high school.
      Monica: You went to one where you were popular, and you got to ride off on Chip's motorcycle, and wear his letterman jacket. I went to one where I wore a band uniform they had to have specially made.
      Rachel: They had to have that specially made?!
      Monica: It was a project for one of the Home Ec' classes.
      Rachel: Oh, my God! They told us that was for the mascot!

    • (Ross has said they should return Phoebe's "Mom" to its rightful owner)
      Rachel: I hate it when Ross is right!
      Monica: He is right, isn't he?
      Chandler: You know what? This might be one of the times when he's wrong...
      All: You think...?
      Chandler: Oh, no... He's right.

    • Chandler: (comes home to find all their stuff gone and Joey locked in the entertainment center) Are you all right?
      Joey: Yeah... 
      Chandler: (letting Joey out) What happened?
      Joey: (looking around) Awww, man! He promised he wouldn't take the chairs!
      Chandler(in a rage) What the hell happened? How were you locked in there? Where the hell's all of our stuff?!
      Joey: Well, this guy came by to look at the unit and he said he didn't think it was big enough to fit a grown man...
      Chandler: So you got in voluntarily?
      Joey: I was tryin' to make a sale! Oh man, if I ever run into that guy again, you know what I'm gonna do...?
      Chandler: Bend over?!

    • Rachel: Wow, they really got you guys... Your TV, the chairs...
      Phoebe: Yeah... Your microwave, the stereo...
      Joey: (looking through a deck of cards) Oh, man... he took the five of spades! Oh, no, no... Here it is.

    • Monica: What happened here?
      Chandler: Well, Joey was born. And twenty-eight years later, I was robbed!

    • Rachel: So, how was your date?
      Monica: Well, you know how I always wanted to go out with Chip Matthews in high school?
      Rachel: Mm-hmm...
      Monica: Well, tonight, I actually went out with Chip Matthews in high school.
      Rachel: Oh, honey, I'm sorry.
      Monica: No, it's okay. Not only did I get to go out with Chip Matthews, I got to dump Chip Matthews.
      Rachel: Oh, that's so great!
      Monica: I know!

    • Ross: Hey! So, uh, what did the insurance company say?
      Chandler: Oh, they said, uh, "You don't have insurance here, so stop calling us."

    • Phoebe: Ross, how many parents have you ever lost?
      Ross: None.
      Phoebe: Then you don't know what it feels like when one of them comes back.

    • Phoebe: (to the cat) I want you to know how much you mean to me, and you can come back and visit anytime you like.
      Chandler: Pheebs, if she could come back as a couch, we would really appreciate it.

    • Ross: Oh! You know, I've got an extra futon.
      Joey: Dude, you don't have to brag! We got nothing here!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Chandler: Uh, Geppetto? Five thousand dollars? Are you insane?
      The Adventures of Pinocchio is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, about a woodcarver named Geppetto and his marionette. It was successfully adapted into the Walt Disney film Pinocchio.

    • Rachel: Jurassic Park could happen!

      Jurassic Park is a 1993 thriller film, adapted from a novel written by Michael Crichton, about genetically engineered dinosaurs.

    • Rachel: Actually, I do think Kirk was smarter than Spock.
      Kirk and Spock are both characters from the famous TV series Star Trek. It is widely accepted by Star Trek fans that Spock is of superior intelligence to Captain Kirk.