Season 4 Episode 3

The One with the 'Cuffs

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When the encyclopedia salesman is talking about Van Gogh, he points to a page in the encyclopedia saying "He painted that." However, the page he points at clearly only has text.

    • Continuity: When Monica arrives at her parents' house to cater their event, her mother comments disapprovingly on her blue nail polish. Monica says she thought it was cute, and Mrs. Geller replies "it's what your grandmother's hands looked like when we found her." However, neither of Monica's grandmothers were "found" after passing away. Monica's maternal grandmother died at the hospital with the family present in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice", so she was not "found" dead. Monica's paternal grandmother is still alive at this time, because she attends Monica and Chandler's wedding in Season 7 – her attendance at their wedding is referenced in "The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (2)".

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a smiley face

    • Goof: In Joanna's office when Chandler and Rachel are fighting over his pants, Rachel says "What if I clean your bathroom for a month?" and she throws the pants onto a chair. But when Chandler later says "Freedom. I want my freedom. Why won't you hear me?" he opens the door to yell to Sophie and they are both holding the pants again.

    • Goof: In the scenes in which Chandler is handcuffed to the chair, he could easily lift the chair up in order to take the key off of the hook. Why doesn't he?

    • Goof: When Rachel is asking Chandler to dump Joanna, the door to Chandler's bedroom is closed, but when Chandler tells Rachel that he hopes she knows what he's giving up for her, the bedroom door is suddenly open.

    • Goof: In the scene where Joey takes the "V" volume of the encyclopedia from the salesman, he has a $50 bill between his fingers while flipping through the pages. The next shot is of the salesman folding the $50 to put in his shirt pocket, even though Joey never gave him the bill.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (carrying a rusty patio table and its umbrella into the apartment) Hey! We are so in luck! Treeger said we could have all this cool stuff from the basement! Wait right there.
      Chandler: (sitting in their canoe) Oh, no-no-no... I'm paddling away!
      (Joey brings in two matching lawn chairs)
      Chandler: Really? We got all this rusty crap for free?
      Joey: Uh huh! This, and a bunch of bubble wrap... and some of it's not even popped!
      (The duck and the chick wander noisily into the living room)
      Chandler: (looking around at the empty apartment, the rusty lawn furniture, the canoe and the birds) Could we be more white trash?

    • Monica: How desperate am I?
      Rachel: Ach! Good thing Chandler's not here--he always wins at this game.

    • Chandler: Hey, uh, Rach'. Funny story, I bumped into Joanna on the street, yesterday.
      Rachel: My boss Joanna? Well, that must have been awkward.
      Chandler: Well no, actually, she uh, asked me if I wanted to get a drink.
      Rachel: (laughs nervously) You, uh, didn't say yes to that, did you?
      Chandler: (awkwardly) No, uh, no!
      Joanna: (coming out of the bathroom and going into Chandler's bedroom) Hello, Rachel.
      Chandler: (still to Rachel) ...well, not at first!

    • Monica: (while catering a party at her mother's) Why did you hire me?
      Judy: Oh, well Richard raved about the food at his party--of course you were sleeping with him... Then I heard the food at that lesbian wedding was very nice--I assume you weren't sleeping with anyone there... though, at least that would be something. (she leaves the kitchen.)
      Monica: (to Phoebe) Oh, my God! Did you hear that? She hired me because she thinks I'm good.
      Phoebe: Okay, I didn't hear that...
      Monica: Oh yeah. She didn't hire me out of pity... it wasn't so she could pick on me in front of her friends... she actually thinks I'm good!
      Phoebe: Wow! And, hey!'s cool if you're a lesbian!

    • Joanna: (to Chandler who's buttoning his shirt) What're you doing?
      Chandler: Getting dressed...
      Joanna: Why?
      Chandler: Well, when I walk outside naked, people throw garbage at me.

    • Chandler: (to Rachel) Okay, here's the situation. The keys to the cuffs are on the back of the door. Could you be a doll and grab them and scoot on over here and unlock me? ...And on a totally separate subject, that is a lovely pantsuit.

    • Rachel: And the fact that you were jeopardizing my career never entered your mind?
      Chandler: It did enter my mind... but then something happened that made it... shoot right out!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Rachel: You know what, Chandler? You got yourself into those cuffs, you get yourself out of them.
      Chandler: No, no, no-no-no-no... I can't get myself right out of them. You must have me confused with "The Amazing Chandler"!
      At one time, it was traditional for escape artists and illusionists to add "Amazing" to their name, such as "The Amazing Kreskin" or "The Amazing Randi."

    • Salesman: For example, do you know anything about Vulcanized Rubber?
      Joey: Spock's birth control...
      This is a reference to the character Mr. Spock from the TV series Star Trek and subsequent motion pictures. His father, Sarek, was an extraterrestrial of the Vulcan race.

    • Rachel: I can make you this generation's Milton Berle.
      Rumor has it that Milton Berle was one of the most well-endowed men in show-business. He claimed to take innumerable locker room bets, winning every one. When asked to reveal the true dimensions of his prize possession, he played coy: "I'll never tell," he'd say. "I just take out enough to win."

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