Season 5 Episode 16

The One with the Cop

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: This episode marks the second time in the series where a reference is made to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. In "The One with the Stoned Guy", Chandler complains that he doesn't have any goals or dreams, to which Ross replies, "Ah, the lesser-known 'I don't have a dream' speech".

    • Magna Doodle: JOEY YOUR AGENT CALLED
      Magna Doodle: A drawing of a target

    • Trivia: In this episode Phoebe implies that she served time in prison.

  • Quotes

    • 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 (to Chandler and Monica): Awww... 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: (struggling to hold up the couch) 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: C'mon, 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! Y'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. (to Monica) I can't tell you how many times I dreamt about a girl that he was seeing... (to Joey) 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 goin' over there--thinkin' of gettin' 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 saying?
      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: Y'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 existing 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: (trying to maneuver the couch up the stairs) Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!
      Chandler: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!

    • Monica: (to Phoebe about her encounter with the cop whose badge she found) Why did you run?
      Phoebe: I had to... Y'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!

    • Monica: (about a girl he just slept with) Joey, I thought you were gonna try to be friends first.
      Joey: (to Monica and Rachel) 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!

    • (The cop whose badge Phoebe used has tracked her down to Monica's)
      (after hearing him knock) Oh, my God, Phoebe... are you gonna 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.

    • Gary: (to Phoebe at Monica's apartment) 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: Alright, I can't wait!
      Gary: Okay--and don't worry, I'm not just gonna take you out for donuts...
      (Chandler bursts out fake-laughing and everyone looks at him.)
      Chandler: (to Rachel) He has a gun!

    • Ross: (back at the furniture store) This couch is cut in half. I would like to exchange it for one that is not cut in half!
      Saleswoman: We can't accept it in this condition...
      Ross: Well, I can't accept it in this condition.
      Saleswoman: You're tellin' 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: (after some consideration) I will take it.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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. Y'know, Jane Pauley is the one woman I would kiss.
      Dateline NBC is a primetime news broadcast on NBC.
      Jane Pauley, an American TV journalist, was an anchor on Dateline for 12 years.

    • Phoebe: Do you know Sipowicz?
      This is a reference to Andy Sipowicz, the best-known character of ABC's long-running police series NYPD Blue, played by Dennis Franz.

    • 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.