Season 2 Episode 23

The One with the Chicken Pox

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 09, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In the teaser scene when Monica grabs the mug from the coffee table and licks it before telling Chandler "There you go, enjoy your coffee," the mug is clearly empty.

    • Trivia: This is the first of three episodes in which Joey gets a job at a friend's place of employment. In "The One with Phoebe's Uterus", Ross gets Joey a job as a tour guide at the museum. In "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie", Monica hires Joey as a waiter at Allesandro's for the express purpose of firing him.

    • Trivia: This is the second of two episodes in which Chandler gets one of the other friends a job where he works. The other episode is "The One with the Ick Factor" where Phoebe becomes Chandler's assistant and finds out that none of his subordinates like him. In both episodes, Chandler comes to regret getting his friend the job.

    • Continuity: When Richard and Monica are in bed she says that she has to sleep on the left (window) side of the bed, however, later when Monica and Chandler get together, Monica is always sleeping on the right (door) side of the bed.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: Honey, you made the bed again. I told you, you don't have to do that. This isn't camp.
      Richard: Then I guess the panty raid last night was completely out of line.

    • Monica: (to Phoebe) Ryan's been underwater. He's just going to be glad you don't have barnacles on your butt.

    • Phoebe: You have to stay back, 'cause, I have the pox.
      Ryan: Chicken or small?
      Phoebe: Chicken. Which is so ironic, considering that I'm a vegetarian.

    • Phoebe: You don't want to see a face that's covered with pox.
      Ryan: Your face could be covered with lox, I wouldn't care!

    • Chandler: (to Joey about the job he got him) Hey, how's the first day going?
      Joey: Pretty good. It's like you said, it's mostly just putting numbers from one column into another column.
      Chandler: Well, there you go.
      Joey: Hey, and everbody is so nice... I just had a good talk with that lady with the red hair, Jeannie.
      Chandler: Jeannie, the-head-of-east-coast-operations Jeannie?
      Joey: Yeah! Turns out our kids go to the same school... Small world, huh?
      Chandler: Weird world! Your kids?
      Joey: I figure my character has kids.
      Chandler: Y'know, there isn't a part of that sentence I don't need explained.
      Joey: Well, see... when you're acting, you need to think about stuff like that. My character--Joseph the processor guy--has two little girls, Ashley and Brittany. (laughs to himself, thinking) Ashley copies everything Brittany does.
      Chandler: Well, invisible kids can be that way sometimes.
      Joey: Yeah. Joseph and his wife, Karen, are thinking of having a third kid... Y'know what? Just did!
      Chandler: Wow, that's some pretty strong imaginary sperm you've got there!

    • Monica: My boyfriend doesn't have a thing!
      Richard: See, if anyone overheard that, I didn't come off well.

    • Chandler: Okay, so I can't fire Joseph, but, uh... I can sleep with his wife...
      Joey: Karen?
      Chandler: Yeah! I'm thinking about having an affair with her... Y'know what? I just did!
      Joey: What are you trying to do to me, man?
      Chandler: Oh, it wasn't me! It was my character, "Chandy"! ...the rogue processor who seduces his co-workers' wives for sport, then laughs about it the next day at the water cooler! In fact, I have her panties in my desk drawer, right now!
      Joey: (looking hurt) Really?!
      Chandler: No, freak show! She's fictional!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • At the end of the episode, Ross enters Central Perk dressed in a Navy uniform and literally sweeps Rachel off her feet. This is a direct reference to the end of the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman, starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger.

    • Richard: Is Leroy Brown the baddest man in the whole damn town or the fattest man in the whole damn town?
      That is a line Richard confuses from Jim Croce's hit song "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." In the song, Leroy is a gambler who is known for being tough and mean, but he learns a hard lesson after flirting with someone else's wife.

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