Season 8 Episode 21

The One with the Cooking Class

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 02, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: A microphone is visible above Rachel right after she says to Ross, "Hey, you're back from your date!"

    • Trivia: This episode mirrors "The One with Joey's Interview", two episodes earlier. Both episodes involve an interview in which it is feared that the one being interviewed (Joey/Chandler) will screw up simply by being himself. In both cases, although they manage to get through the interviews successfully, immediately afterward, they screw up anyway.

    • Goof: When Monica and Joey enter the cooking class, the teacher walks by them. When the camera angle changes, the teacher walks by them again.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: (about Monica's bad review) You know what they say, there's no such thing as bad press.
      Monica: You don't think "The chef's mahi mahi is awful awful" is bad press?

    • Monica: Hey, Joey... come taste this.
      Joey: What is it?
      Monica: Remember that guy who gave me a bad review? Well... (she offers him a spoonful of soup to try) I'm getting my revenge.
      Joey: (suddenly nervous) You cooked him?!

    • Phoebe: How did baby shopping go?
      Rachel: Oh, it was great. We got everything that we needed... Oh, and Ross almost got something that wasn't on the list... A whore.

    • Rachel: We were paying for the stuff, and the salesgirl just started hitting on him! Can you believe that?
      Phoebe: Well, did she know you two aren't married?
      Rachel: Yeah.
      Phoebe: Oh, my God! The idea of a woman flirting with an unmarried man? We must alert the church elders!

    • Rachel: Here I am about to pop and he's out picking up some shop girl at Sluts-R-Us!
      Phoebe: Is that a real place? Are they hiring?

    • Chandler: Did you like me when we first met?
      Rachel: Chandler, I'm not going to lie to you... but I am going to run away from you.

    • Monica: (confronting her critic at the New School) I think the things you said about me were really unfair and I would like you to try my bouillabaisse again... (removes the lid from a container)
      Food Critic: I don't see any reason why I would do that to myself again.
      Joey: Either eat it, or be in it!
      Monica: (smiles and hands him a spoon) Spoon...?
      (The critic grudgingly takes it and tastes Monica's bouillabaisse)
      Monica: So, whaddaya think?
      Food Critic: I'm torn... between my integrity... and my desire to avoid a beating.

    • Rachel: (surrounded by all the things they bought for the baby) All this stuff takes up a lot of room. Hey... how, uh... how serious are you about keeping Ben in your life?
      Ross: My son? Pretty serious.

    • Rachel: (about Katie hitting on Ross) Horny bitch!
      (Ross and Katie look at her)
      Rachel: (pretending a fight between two stuffed dinosaurs she's holding) No, you're a horny bitch! ...No, you're a horny bitch!

    • Chandler: I can't even believe this! I really come off that badly?
      Phoebe: It's okay, you calm down after awhile and then people can see how really sweet and wonderful you really are.
      Chandler: Oh, good... Good, because I'm sure this interview is gonna last a couple of weeks.
      Phoebe: Alright, don't freak out, okay? I-I will help you... How long before you have to leave?
      Chandler: An hour.
      Phoebe: I can't help you.

    • Phoebe: (practicing for Chandler's interview) Ah, "Bing"... what an unusual name...
      Chandler: Well, you should meet my uncle... "Ba-da!"

    • Sarah: (cooking instructor to Joey) Your Fettuccine Alfredo looks a little dry. Did you use all your cheese?
      Joey: When you said "use", did you mean "eat as a precooking snack"?
      Sarah: ...and the cream?
      Joey: Cheese makes me thirsty.

    • Sarah: If you're a professional chef, what are you doing taking "Introduction to Cooking"?
      Monica: I'm sorry... it's just that I cook at this restaurant--Allesandro's, and I just got a really bad review...
      Sarah: Oh, Allesandro's... I love that place!
      Monica: You do?
      Sarah: Oh yes, you're an excellent chef. As a person you're a little...
      Monica: Oh, totally crazy... but you like the food?

    • Rachel: (about Katie) I don't want you to date her!
      Ross: Why? What... are you jealous?
      Rachel: Yes! ...and not because I want you to go out with me... because I don't want you to go out with anybody! Okay? I know it's a terrible thing to even think this, and it's completely inappropriate, but I want you to be at my constant beck and call... 24 hours a day... I'm very sorry, but that is just the way that I feel.
      Ross: (after thinking for a moment about what she just said) Okay...
      Rachel: What?
      Ross: I won't date. I'll uh... I'll be here, with you... all the time.
      Rachel: Really...?
      (Ross nods) 
      Rachel: ...but I'm being so unreasonable...
      Ross: True, but you're allowed to be unreasonable... you're havin' our baby...

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Katie: (to Ross) A paleontologist who works out... You're like Indiana Jones.
      Indiana Jones is a fictional adventurer, professor of archaeology, and the main protagonist of the Indiana Jones franchise created by George Lucas. Four rather successful movies have been released so far, all starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and directed by Steven Spielberg.

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