Season 7 Episode 18

The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Monica regrets telling a woman about a discount bridal shop when they end up fighting over the same dress. Meanwhile, Joey and Ross discover that they're dating the same girl.

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  • Joey & Ross fight over the new girl, Kristen.

    I really like this episode because it's another great installment to the preparation for Chandler & Monica's wedding era. In this episode Monica wants to get a wedding dress but when she is looking for it she tells a nice lady that they have them half off at another store, when she goes to the store, Megan is there & she has the same dress so she fights over it, she gets it but then has to return it to Megan because she booked Chandler's favorite band, so it's the band or the wedding dress, I like how Chandler told everyone why he liked swing so much, that was so sweet. And Monica said "Crap!" That was so awesome. The subplot was really good, Joey & Ross are dating the same girl! So they compete, I like how Joey goes to their restaurant & talks about Ross' failed marriages & they talk about the past, that's my favorite part! An amazing episode.moreless
  • Hilarious and entertaining!

    Friends is one of my all time favorite shows and this is one of the first episodes that I saw. I couldn't stop laughing! From Joey and Ross dating the same girl to Monica fighting that lady for her wedding dress it was nonstop entertainment. The part where Rachel is scared of the people buying wedding dresses so she hides in the clothes rack was priceless. Also, it was funny at the end when Ross and Joey were trying to win over the girl that they had both been dating, so they try to make each other look bad. Great dialouge!moreless
  • Monica regrets telling a woman about a discount bridal shop when they end up fighting over the same dress. Joey and Ross discover that they're dating the same girl.

    Great episode! Ross and Joey date the same woman. I find Monica sometimes annoying but this episode she was great but tackling that woman! The best part was at the end with Ross and that girl at that place then Joey stops by and the pretend that they don't know each which is awesome! Ross asks Joey about him being a woman on a t.v. show. Joey asks about Ross being married and how many times and what happened with the first one! They were so funny because they kept going on about it and I could not stop laughing!!moreless
  • Great episode; shows how much Monica cares about Chandler. Two of the guys fight, but it's not Joey and Chandler or Ross and Chandler like usual.

    This episode was pretty cool, because it was both funny AND touching.

    Monica has found her perfect wedding dress, but she wants to buy it at a store that is having a sale. Unfortunately, she mentions this plan to a woman she meets at the expensive store ("Megan", played by the pretty-but-she-scares-me-for-some-reason Andrea Bendewald) while trying the dress on, and the woman tries to take Monica's dress during the sale. Phoebe and Rachel come to the rescue and Monica gets the dress, but later Monica receives a disturbing phone call: the evil woman who wants her dress has booked the band that Chandler wants for their wedding ... on the day of their wedding! Unless Monica gives her the dress, Chandler won't have his band.

    Now, in plenty of previous episodes, we've seen Monica ... um ... well, frankly, we've seen her behaving selfishly in their relationship; when they moved in together, Chandler had to get rid of whatever he had that she didn't like, and it's a running joke that Chandler doesn't get to win fights now that he's in a relationship with her. Even when Chandler DOES get his way, like with his chair, Monica constantly complains about it. But this time, we see Monica really come through for Chandler, and she doesn't even tell him what's going on; she makes a sacrifice for him, and he never even knows about it. What a sweetheart that Monica is.

    That's one reason I really like this episode. Another is that the story with Ross and Joey dating the same girl ("Kristen," played by the gorgeous Gabrielle Union) is just hilarious. When Chandler figures out that they're dating the same girl, and maneuvers Ross and Joey into saying her name at the same time, it's great. But the best is when Joey shows up on Ross's date and they both start using their knowledge of each other to try and convince Kristin that the other is a creepy freak. Not only is it funny, but it brings up memories of a lot of great past episodes. (And on the DVD, Matt Le Blanc says "Does a bear @#$% in the woods?" at the end of the scene, which marks the first use of that term I've ever hear on Friends, which caused me to burst out laughing when I heard it.) (By the way, I hope everybody reading this understands that, in the quote above where I said @#$%, Matt Le Blanc is actually saying the "s-word," not "at-pound-dollars-percent," but because won't allow me to write that word since it's offensive, I had to use my catch-all "bleeped-out naughty word" symbol.)

    Anyway. Great episode.moreless
  • This is one of my all-time favorite "Friends" episodes.

    This is one of my favorite episodes and it goes largely unnoticed.

    I think the plotline of Joey and Ross trying to date the same girl without knowing it was hilarious. The whole back and forth action at the restaurant where they pretend not to know one another was hilarious. "Didn't you marry a lesbian?" "Don't you have VD?" Classic. Ross and Joey moments are so great!

    My favorite part wasMonica giving up the perfect wedding dress so that Chandler can have the Swing Kings at the ceremony. A nice sacrifice between the two of them that shows their true love.

    A great episode, and the first to feature an African American love interest in Gabrielle Union. A milestone episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Continuity: Although Monica buys an off-the-rack, discount wedding dress, the rest of their wedding is a lavish, catered affair with a huge guest list, hotel ballroom and a live band (not to mention 6 appetizers). What happened to the inexpensive wedding she and Chandler ultimately decided on? Moreover, why would Monica buy a discount wedding dress when her bridesmaids (Rachel and Phoebe) are obviously wearing beautiful, custom-made gowns?

    • Trivia: When first meeting Kristen, Ross is explaining how "this street" was the first street in New York to have an underground sewer system. When he says that, Kristen nods with interest, but then the shot changes to show her from the front and she wrinkles her nose in disgust. Moments later when Ross is talking about sewage just flowing down the street, and says "sometimes ankle deep", you can see the exact same disgusted reaction on Kristen's face, but from the side. The editors must have thought it was an interesting reaction shot and so used it twice, once from the front and then again in its original context (where it was actually more appropriate).

    • Continuity: When Ross and Joey establish a date spending limit of $100 (Joey had suggested $6), Joey asks Ross if he can borrow $94. This would have made sense in past episodes when Joey was constantly out of work, but he now has a featured roll on a major soap opera and earns more money than any of the 'friends'. Ross even mentions his playing a woman on a soap opera when he and Joey are exchanging put-downs in front of Kristen.

    • Continuity: Monica gives up her "perfect" wedding gown in order to book The Swing Kings for Chandler's sake, but in "The One After 'I Do'", the band playing at their reception is Dane Anthony and JUNGLE SWING.

    • Trivia: When Monica first meets Megan in the store, Megan says her wedding date is July 25th. That happens to be Matt LeBlanc's birthday in real life.

    • Goof: It is less than two months before Monica and Chandler's wedding and she has yet to book a band or buy a wedding dress. In actuality these items must be booked and bought months in advance to allow for dress alterations and contract negotiation with the band. Plus it seems a bit of a stretch that super-organized Monica, who started planning her wedding the day after she got engaged, would leave these details until just two months before the wedding.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Rachel is sitting in Chandler's Barcalounger, the one that was broken a couple of episodes ago. This episode was supposed to air before "The One Where Rosita Dies".

    • Goof: When Monica is wearing her dress at the end and tells Chandler she can't keep it because Megan has blackmailed her, she also tells him she's booked the Swing Kings. If she's already booked the band, why doesn't she just keep the dress anyway? It's not like Megan would be able to do anything about it after she'd already booked the band.

    • Goof: In the scene where Monica and Megan are fighting over the dress, the dress they are holding looks nothing like the one Monica wants. It has a completely different neckline and bodice.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Chandler: So did Monica tell you about this great band called the Swing Kings that we're trying to get to play at the wedding?
      Phoebe: Since when are you into swing music?
      Chandler: Oh since forever! I used to go all over town listening to bands!
      Monica: Chandler.
      Chandler: Gap commercial. (to Monica) So did you book them? Did you call?
      Monica: I will.
      Chandler: Do you want me to call?
      Monica: No, I'll do it. You just stick to your job.
      Phoebe: What is your job?
      Chandler: Staying out of the way.

    • Monica: So, when are you getting married?
      Megan: Oh, I'm not. (referring to the wedding dresses) I just like to try these on.
      Rachel: I do the same thing.
      Megan: I'm just kidding. I'm getting married July 25th.
      Rachel: I'm just kidding too... I'm getting married in December.

    • Kristen: Ross, this is Joey. Joey, Ross.
      Joey: Hi!
      Ross: Hi, it's nice to meet you. Yeah, I used to have a friend named Joey. I don't anymore.

    • Ross: So Joey, um, you look familiar. Are uh, are you on TV or something?
      Kristen: Well, Joey doesn't like to talk about it but, he's one of the stars of Days of Our Lives.
      Ross: That's right! That's right, don't you play a woman?
      Joey: A woman in a man's body.
      Ross: Much better.
      Joey: So ya know Ross, it's funny 'cause, you look familiar to me too. Have you ever been married?
      Ross: Well yes. Yes, I have. In fact um, just the other day, Kristen and I were talking about how I've been married and how I have a son.
      Kristen: Yeah, little Eric.
      Ross: That's right! Wait. No, Ben.
      Joey: So you've just married the one time then?
      Ross: Well, um...
      Kristen: You've been married twice?
      Ross: Yes... and another time after that. Boy, I'm getting hungry! Hey Joey, have you ever been so hungry on a date that when the girl goes to the bathroom, you eat some of her food?
      Kristen: You said the waiter ate my crab cake.
      Joey: Yeah. So uh, Ross, well now why did that first marriage break up, hmm? Was it because the woman was straight or because she was a lesbian?
      Kristen: Do you two know each other?
      Joey & Ross: No.
      Joey: No. It just seems like Ross is the kind of a guy that would marry a woman on the verge of being a lesbian and then push her over the edge.
      Ross: Wait a minute! Were you on a poster for gonorrhea?
      Joey: Have you ever slept in the same bed as a monkey?!
      Ross: Hey, you leave Marcel out of this!
      Joey: Fine! Have you ever got stuck in a pair of your own leather pants?!
      Ross: Hey have you ever locked yourself in a TV cabinet, VD boy?!
      Joey: Monkey lover!
      (They both notice that Kristen had left)
      Joey: When do you think we lost her?
      Ross: Probably around gonorrhea.

    • Monica: Megan!
      Megan: Monica!
      Monica: You came!
      Megan: Yes!
      Monica: This is my dress!
      Megan: No!
      Monica: Yes it is, you saw me wearing it.
      Megan: And now you'll see me buying it.
      Monica: You freak!

    • Waiter: Geller, party of two.
      Ross: (to Joey) You hungry?
      Joey: Does a bear sh*t in the woods?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui voyait la robe de la mariée (The One Who Saw The Wedding Dress)

    • This episode runs 22:01 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There's an added ending to the Ross and Joey story with a nice improvisation by Matt LeBlanc.

    • Andrea Bendewald (Megan) is one of Jennifer Aniston's real-life best friends, and was a bridesmaid at her wedding.


    • Chandler: So did Monica tell you about this great band called the Swing Kings that we're trying to get to play at the wedding?
      Phoebe: Since when are you into swing music?
      Chandler: Oh since forever! I used to go all over town listening to bands!
      Monica: Chandler.
      Chandler: Gap commercial.

      Chandler is referring to Gap's 1998 television commercial featuring khaki-clad dancers swing-dancing to "Jump, Jive, and Wail" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

    • Megan: My fiance wants the heavy metal band Carcass.
      Phoebe: Uh, is that spelled with a "C" or a "K?" Oh, my God, it doesn't matter. They're both great!
      Carcass is a British death metal band, active from 1985 to 1995 (and reunited 2008). Although it is unclear if the writers actually knew of them or just made up a name suitable for a heavy metal-group, not knowing that such a band existed. There is no known bands with the name Karcass, Carkass or Karkass.

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