Friends

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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  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Although Monica buys an off-the-rack, discount wedding dress, the rest of her and Chandler's 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 earlier this season in "The One with Rachel's Book"? Moreover, why would Monica buy a discount wedding dress when her bridesmaids (Rachel and Phoebe) are obviously wearing beautiful, matching, custom-made gowns?

    • 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.

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

    • 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 role 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.

    • Factual Error: Ross tells Kristen that the street where they're standing (West Village) contained New York's first underground sewer system. In reality, the city's first underground sewer of any kind goes back to Dutch Colonial times, and existed in the financial district of Lower Manhattan. It involved a channel dug down the middle of Broad Street and decked over.

    • Trivia: Kristen's wrinkled-nose, disgusted reaction to Ross's "sewage history lesson" is used twice: once from the front and later from the side.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Goof: After Ross and Joey are making jabs at each other, they turn their heads and notice that Kristen left. Joey asks where Ross thinks they lost her, and Ross says, "Probably around gonorrhea." Although this was meant to be a comedic line, that is not quite true. Look closely at the side of the screen after Ross says, "Were you on a poster for gonorrhea?" Kristen is still visible. Watch the side of the screen when Ross says, "Hey! You leave Marcel out of this!" You can see Kristen throw her hands up and leave. Then the camera switches to Joey and then back to Ross, at which point Kristen is gone. So, frankly, Joey and Ross lost her a couple jabs after "gonorrhea."

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: (to Phoebe) So, did Monica tell you about this great band called The Swing Kings that we're trying to get to play for 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: (admonishing) Chandler...
      Chandler: (sheepishly) 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: (to Megan in the bridal shop) 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.

    • (At Kleinman's discount store in Brooklyn)
      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!

    • (Ross and Kristen are at a restaurant on a date and Joey shows up)
      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, y'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 been married the one time then?
      Ross: Well, um...
      Kristen: You've been married twice?
      Ross: Yes... and... another time after that. (uncomfortable) Boy, I'm getting hungry! (regrouping) 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... (laughs self-consciously) So uh, Ross... why did that first marriage break up, hmm? Was it because the woman was straight or because she was a lesbian?
      Kristen: (confused) Do you two know each other?
      Joey & Ross: No.
      Joey: No... it 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: Where d'you think we lost her?
      Ross: Probably around gonorrhea?

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

  • Notes

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

    • Andrea Bendewald (Megan) is one of Jennifer Aniston's long-time friends. They attended Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts together. She was a bridesmaid when Aniston married Brad Pitt in July of 2000 and Aniston was Bendewald's matron of honor when she married Mitch Rouse in August of 2001.

    • This episode runs 22:01 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). On the DVD, there's an added ending to the Ross and Joey story with a nice improvisation by Matt LeBlanc that would never be shown on broadcast television (included in the Quotes section).

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: (about where he became interested in swing music) 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 band with the name Karcass, Carkass or Karkass.