Season 5 Episode 16

The One with the Cop

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 23, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Joey has a dream about Monica. Phoebe finds a police badge under her seat at Central Perk and uses it to go on missions of mercy. Ross buys a sofa but has trouble moving it up the stairs into his new apartment.

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  • Good except for the end.

    Did you know I can't stand Phoebe? She is stupid and annoying. And the end is complete bull poop. The cop could have lost his job. Then he could have been sub-peoned for not arresting Phoebe. She was a criminal, and he didn't arrest her because she's pretty. So unbelievably stupid. All her story-lines are. Her pregnancy, her stupid broken family, her living on the street, when her grandma was in the city. And, obviously, Ursula wasn't living on the street... Why didn't Phoebe go with Ursula?So annoying!! Friends would be the most awesome show if she wasn't in it. I can't stand her!! The rest of the ep was good.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of the season.

    Well I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was so funny. My favorite plot was Ross trying to move the couch upstairs with Rachel, made them look like a couple. Also when Rachel finds out Ross counted how much times they did it, I laugh so hard. I couldn't breathe. I liked Joey's dream about Monica. Gives Monica/Joey shippers a chance. Anyways besides all that the "main plot." The cop catches Phoebe and ends up asking her out? I like how Phoebe was trying to bust guys on the street. Also a funny plot. An amazing hilarious episode overall that is one of the best episodes of the season.moreless
  • Joey Dreams That He Is Dating Monica After He Sees Her & Chandler Together. Afterwards He Starts Hitting On Rachel Because He Wants A Relationship With A Friend. Ross Buys A New Sofa But He Can't Get It Up Into His Apartment.moreless

    One Of My Very Favourite Episodes!!!! It is just really funny throughout the whole episode but i really love the part where phoebe tells the woman to apoligize to the tree, and she actually does it! lol!. And the part at the very end when ross is trying to return his sofa to the store although it is now cut in half & he tries to make out that he recieved it that way but in the end all he gets is four dollars store credit. & the part where phoebe shouts at the police officer but then runs away when she finds out that he is an offcier. Totally Awesome Episode!moreless
  • a good episode

    Joey has a dream about Monica that they are bf and gf after he sees them together and they say that he wants that intimacey. Phoebe finds a police badge under her seat at Central Perk and uses it to go on missions of mercy bossing people around untill the rel cop shows up but then they date instead of arresting her. Ross buys a sofa but has trouble moving it up the stairs into his new apartment and in the end has to cut it in half to finally fit it up the stairs but has to take it back instead.moreless
  • ...

    A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end.moreless
Mark Fite

Mark Fite

The Salesman

Guest Star

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

The Smoking Woman

Guest Star

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

The Saleswoman

Guest Star

Michael Rapaport

Michael Rapaport


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Chandler (doing a crosswrord): Hey, do you know a six-letter word for "red"?
      Joey: "Dark red"!
      Chandler: Yeah, I think that's wrong, but there's a connect-the-dots in here for you later.

    • Joey (about Chandler & Monica): Aw, you guys are so cute.
      Monica: I know!

    • (Ross and Rachel pick up a couch to carry it home)
      : You two are really going to enjoy that couch.
      Ross: Oh, yeah, we're ah, yeah, we're not together.
      Salesman: Oh, okay. Yeah, something didn't quite add up there.
      Ross: What's that supposed to mean?
      Rachel: (impatient) Ross?? 
      Salesman: Well, you, her, I mean she's very... you know, and you're like... you know.
      Ross: Not that it's any of your business but we did go out.
      Salesman: Really? You two?
      Ross: Yeah. Rach'?
      Rachel: Come on, I don't really wanna be doing this right now. I'm carrying a very heavy couch.
      Ross: Then tell him quickly.
      Rachel: Fine, we went out.
      Ross: Not only did we go out, we did it... 298 times!
      Rachel: Ross! Oh, my... Ach! You kept count?! You are such a loser!
      Ross: (smugly) A loser you did it with 298 times!

    • Rachel: Don't you think you should maybe rethink the whole hiring movers thing?
      Ross: No way! They're a rip off. And you know what else? They check out your stuff and come back later and steal it. It's true. I saw it on, uh, Dateline.
      Rachel: Oh, I love Dateline. You know, Jane Pauley is the one woman that I would kiss. I don't know there's just something about--
      Ross: Rach', can we concentrate?
      Rachel: Yeah, fine. I listened to your dumb story.

    • Joey: I kinda had a dream, but I don't want to talk about it.
      Chandler: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! What if Martin Luther King had said that? "I kind of have a dream... I-I don't want to talk about it."

    • Chandler: You had a dream about a girl that I'm seeing? Oh, that is so cool. I can't tell you how many times I dreamt about a girl that he was seeing. Anyway, we're talking about your dream, (to Monica) I love you. (to Joey) Your dream?
      Joey: Look, don't worry... there wasn't any sex in it or anything. I haven't dreamt about her like that since I found out about you two... ish.

    • Chandler (about Joey's dream): No, it could mean anything: Like how you're jealous that I've become the apartment stud.
      Joey: That sounds like your dream, dude.

    • Chandler: Well, Monica and I were friends before we started dating so maybe that's it.
      Joey: Friends first? That's interesting.
      Monica: You become friends after?
      Joey: Nope, never done that either.

    • Rachel: Hey, do you guys have a tape measure?
      Chandler: Yeah, it's in my bedroom.
      Monica: Oh, that's right!

    • Phoebe: I don't think it's very nice of you to park here. You know you're blocking the entrance.
      Gary: Don't worry about it. It's not a problem.
      Phoebe: Well, it's a problem for me, which means it's a problem for you, 'cause (flashes badge) I'm a cop.
      Gary: (slaps a flashing-light onto the roof of his car) So am I.
      Phoebe: Oh no.

    • Joey: I was just over there talkin' to Monica and Chandler... Boy, they are really tight.
      Rachel: I know.
      Joey: That's not a bad situation they got going over there. I'm thinkin' of getting me one of those.
      Rachel: What's up, Joe?
      Joey: Well, the reason I think Monica and Chandler are so great... is because they were friends first, y'know? So I ask myself, who are my friends? You and Phoebe. And I saw you first, so...
      Rachel: What are you sayin'?
      Joey: I'm sayin' that maybe you and I crank it up a notch.
      Rachel: Y'know, honey, um... as flattered as I am that you saw me first... uh, I- I just don't think we should be crankin' anything up...

    • Rachel: You know, honey, listen I think it's a great idea to become friends with someone before you date them. But I think the way you do it is, you meet someone, become their friend, build a foundation then ask them out on a date. Don't hit on your exisiting friends.
      Joey: But won't that take longer?
      Rachel: Yeah, yeah. But once you find it, it's so worth the wait.
      Joey: Yeah. I understand, I understand. Man, I wish I saw Phoebe first.

    • Rachel: (about helping Ross move a couch upstairs) I brought reinforcements!
      Ross: You brought Joey?
      Rachel: Well, I brought the next best thing. (Chandler walks in)
      Ross: Chandler? You brought Chandler? The next best thing would be Monica!
      Chandler: Normally, I'd be offended, but she is freakishly strong.

    • Ross: Look, I drew a sketch about how we're gonna do it. Okay, Rach, that's you. That's the couch.
      Rachel: Whoa, what's... what's that?
      Ross: Oh, that's me.
      Rachel: Wow! You certainly think a lot of yourself.
      Ross: No! That's... that's my arm.
      Chandler: Oh, I see. I thought you just really, really liked your new couch.

    • Ross: Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!
      Chandler: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!

    • Monica: Why did you run?
      Phoebe: I had to. You know, impersonating a cop is like a class E felony, that's two to four years minimum... and I am not going back to that hell hole!

    • Rachel: Oh my God, Phoebe are you going to go to jail?
      Phoebe: Well, if I go, you're all going down with me. Harboring a fugitive? That's one to three years minimum. Good luck, Chandler.

    • Monica: Joey, I thought you were gonna try to be friends first.
      Joey: Hey, it's all your fault.
      Rachel: What? Why?
      Joey: Because you didn't give me advice, no... you gave me a pick-up line! As soon as I told her that I wanted to be friends... y'know, build a foundation first, I suddenly--through no fault of my own--became irresistible to her... and her roommate.
      Monica: What about the closeness?
      Joey: Closeness, shmoseness. There were three of us for cryin' out loud!

    • Gary: Okay, so it's a date.
      Phoebe: Yeah! I gotta ask you though. How did you know where to find me?
      Gary: Well, your fingerprints were all over my badge, so I just ran it through the computer and this was listed as your last known address... so, I just checked it out.
      Phoebe: Oh, impressive.
      Gary: Not as impressive as you. I gotta tell you, I looked at your record and you've done some pretty weird stuff.
      Phoebe: ...Yeah, we'll talk at dinner.
      Gary: Okay. So I'll come by in a couple hours and pick you up?
      Phoebe: All right, I can't wait!
      Gary: Okay. And don't worry, I'm not just gonna take you out for donuts.
      (Chandler busts out fake laughing and everyone looks at him.)
      Chandler: (to Rachel) He has a gun!

    • Ross: This couch is cut in half. I would like to exchange it for one that isn't cut in half.
      Saleswoman: You're telling me this couch was delivered to you like this?
      Ross: Look, I'm a reasonable man. I will accept store credit.
      Saleswoman: I'll give you store credit in the amount of four dollars.
      Ross: I will take it.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Gary: I heard that kid from Silver Spoons is really good.
      Silver Spoons was a American TV show about rich kids, starring Rick Schroder. Gary was referring to when Schroder replaced Sipowicz's partner on NYPD Blue.

    • Joey: I kind of had a dream. But I don't wanna talk about it.
      Chandler: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! What if Martin Luther King had said that?
      This is a reference to Martin Luther King, an African American civil rights activist who is perhaps most famous for his "I Have a Dream" speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    • Ross: I saw it on Dateline.
      Rachel: Oh, I love Dateline. Ya know, Jane Pauley is the one woman I would kiss.
      Dateline NBC is a primetime news broadcast on NBC.
      Jane Pauley, an American journalist, was an anchor on Dateline for 12 years.

    • Phoebe: Do you know Sipowicz?
      This is an allusion to Andy Sipowicz, the best-known character of ABC's long-running police series NYPD Blue.

    • Chandler: The last time Joey went to a meadow his mother was shot by a hunter.
      This is a reference to the Disney classic Bambi, in which Bambi's mother is shot and killed in a meadow.