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

  • Quotes

    • 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, shomseness. There were three of us for cryin' out loud!

    • Monica: Why did you run?
      Phoebe: I had to. You know, impersonating a cop is like a class E felony, that's 2 - 4 years minimum and I am not going back to that hell hole.

    • 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.

    • Joey: I was just over there talking 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: You know, honey, as flattered as I am that you saw me first, uh, I- I just don't think we should be cranking anything up.

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

    • 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.

    • 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: 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.

    • 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 seen it on 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.

    • Salesman: You two are really going to enjoy that couch.
      Ross: Oh, we're not together.
      Salesman: Okay, yeah, something quite didn't add up there.
      Ross: What's that supposed to mean?
      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?
      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, but we did 298 times!
      Rachel: Ross! Oh, my-- You kept count?! You are such a loser!
      Ross: A loser that you did it with 298 times!

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

    • 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.

    • Ross: Not only did we go out, but we did 298 times!
      Rachel: You kept count?! You are such a loser!
      Ross: A loser that you did it with 298 times!

    • Gary: Okay, so it's a date.
      Phoebe: Yeah! I gotta ask you though. How did you know where to find me?
      Gary: Well you're 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 laughing and everyone just looks at him.)
      Chandler: (To Rachel) He has a gun!

    • 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 I'm a cop.
      Gary: (Slams flashing-light on the hood of his car) So am I.
      Phoebe: Oh no.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

  • 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: Woah, woah, woah, woah, woah. 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 most famous character of ABC's long-running police series NYPD Blue.

    • Monica: Are you saying I smell bad?
      Joey: No, you smell like a meadow. (Sees the others' reactions) I'm sorry. (Leaves quickly)
      Rachel: What's with him?
      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 at the meadow.