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Season 4 Episode 6

The One with the Dirty Girl

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross's new girlfriend seems nearly perfect until he visits her house and discovers that her apartment is incredibly dirty. Chandler helps Joey pick out a thoughtful present for Kathy's birthday. Rachel attempts to finish a crossword puzzle by herself. And Phoebe helps Monica cater a funeral.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Hysterical!

    Well another episode in the arc, and tension is just building & building between Chandler & Kathy especially when she buys her an amazing gift. And even though Joey gave it to her, she knew it was Chandler. I sort of fell that she is trying to drive a wedge between Joey & Chandler. Rachel's simple ongoing plot about the crossword puzzle was quite intriguing. I liked the end when Gunther comes running for her. Ross realizing his girlfriend's apartment was hysterical! Phoebe is still fired & Monica wants catering & they decide to work together. I love the continuity of this plot. I like how Phoebe yelled at the widow. Hilarious!moreless
  • Ross dates a beautiful paleontologist who has a sanitation problem; Monica and Phoebe become part-time caterers; Chandler deals with his secret love for Joey's girlfriend Kathy; Rachel attempts to complete a crossword puzzle all by herself.moreless

    This is an extremely funny episode.

    Ross meets a woman named Cheryl who Chandler describes as "the most beautiful woman in the world," played by the luscious Rebecca Romijn. And she's a paleontological doctoral candidate who works at the museum, too! Unfortunately, Ross grew up with the Geller standard of cleanliness, and he's completely unprepared for what he finds in her apartment: mountains and mountains of trash as far as the eye can see. A he looks around, Cheryl scatters food randomly on the floor to try and attract her missing hamster. Ross, of course, wants to go back to his place, but unfortunately Cheryl doesn't like his apartment because "it has a weird smell." Joey's pep talk to Ross is one of the more hilarious moments in Friends history.

    Rachel, meanwhile, shows a bit of jealousy at first about Ross's gorgeous new girlfriend, but quickly becomes absorbed in completing an entire crossword puzzle by herself, with no help. Of course, her definition of "no help" is ... creative.

    Monica has to turn down a catering job because she has no money to buy food or equipment, and in response Phoebe loans her $500 so she can really pursue her catering dream. When it turns out that Monica isn't the best at collecting the money she's owed, Phoebe steps up to the plate, and Monica and Phoebe decide to become catering partners.

    Chandler, of course, is still dealing with his secret love for Joey's girlfriend Kathy (Paget Brewster). He buys her an extremely expensive birthday present, an early edition of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT; meanwhile, Joey doesn't plan to get her anything. Worried that this will reveal his feelings for her, Chandler tries to convince Joey to buy her a better present than his, but when Joey ends up getting her a cheap clock-pen from OfficeMax, Chandler struggles to find a better present than his. When he can't, he decides to let Joey give her the book because he still wants her to have it. Joey, of course, is as oblivious as ever, and Kathy sees right through the ruse. It almost appears as though she might know that Chandler is in love with her as well ... but maybe not quite. We'll see how that goes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Trivia: Cheryl tells Ross that his apartment has a "weird smell". The line was meant to be ironic given the filthy nature of her own place, but it has been said before that Ross's apartment still smells from the time he had Marcel. In Season 2's "The One with Phoebe's Husband", Monica says when walking out of Ross's bedroom, "You know it still smells like monkey in there?", which prompts Julie to aside to Ross, "Well, that saves us a conversation".

    • Goof: When Joey is showing the pen he got for Kathy's birthday, Rachel's hair is behind her right ear. When the camera angle changes, her hair is down, and then it's behind her ear again.

    • Continuity: Chandler says that Joey was with a girl for three years. However in the first episode Chandler talks about how they have never had a relationship that lasted "longer than a mento."

    • Goof: After Phoebe finally gets the widow to pay her and Monica is alone with the guests, the boom mic is clearly visible at the top of the screen.

    • Goof: In the opening scene when the gang is spying on Ross through the window, Phoebe is leaning forward next to the pole. When the camera angle changes, she is standing up straight behind Joey and Chandler.

    • Goof: When Ross is making out with the dirty girl in her apartment, he gets chocolate syrup all over his fingers. Shortly after, the chocolate syrup completely disappears.

    • Trivia: The widow sang "You're a Grand Old Flag" a patriotic song of the United States written by George M. Cohan. Then she sang "Jeepers Creepers" written by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer in 1938.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Chandler: What did you get for Angela Delveccio for her birthday?
      Joey: She didn't have a birthday while we were going out.
      Chandler: For three years?

    • Chandler: Hi. You guys have any wrapping paper?
      Phoebe: Oh! Is it for my birthday present?
      Chandler: Pheebs, it was your birthday, like, months ago.
      Phoebe: Yeah, but remember you said you ordered something special, and it just hasn't come yet?
      Chandler: Well, I have a call in about that.
      Phoebe: 'Kay.

    • Monica: I just had to turn down a job catering a funeral for sixty people.
      Rachel: Oh, my God! What happened?
      Monica: Sixty guests.

    • Rachel: (about Ross's new girlfriend) Well maybe she and her friends are just having a contest to see who can bring home the biggest geek.
      Ross: Fine by me, hope she wins!

    • Phoebe: (to Monica) Wow, what is with all the negativity? You sound like "Moni-can't," not "Moni-can"! (realizes it doesn't fit) Moni-ca.

    • Phoebe: Yeah... And what a great way to say "I secretly love you, roommate's girlfriend!!"
      Chandler: It doesn't say that. Does it?
      Ross: How do you think it's gonna look when you get her something incredibly meaningful and expensive and her boyfriend Joey gives her an orange?

    • Kathy: The Velveteen Rabbit? I kinda have the feeling you had something to do with it.
      Chandler: What do you mean?
      Kathy: Well, when Joey gave it to me, he said, "This is 'cause I know you like rabbits and I know you like cheese."

    • Chandler: (about the book) Okay, but don't touch it because your fingers have destructive oils.
      Rachel: Oh. Well you'd better keep it away from Ross's hair.

    • Joey: So, you just left? Her place was really that bad?
      Ross: You know how you throw your jacket on a chair at the end of the day? Well, like that, except instead of a chair, it's a pile of garbage. And instead of a jacket, its a pile of garbage. And instead of the end of the day, it's the end of time, and garbage is all that has survived!

    • Monica: I can cook and you can take care of the money.
      Phoebe: Yeah. Oh! It'll be like I have a wife in the fifties!

    • Phoebe: Yeah. I'm a hard ass.
      Monica: And I'm a wuss. And we should be partners.
      Phoebe: Yeah. Hard Ass and Wuss. We could fight crime!

    • Joey: All right, so... next time, you take her to your place.
      Ross: I tried that. She says it has a weird smell.
      Joey: What kind of smell?
      Ross: I don't know. Soap?

    • Rachel: Yes, you have to get her something, and it should be something really nice.
      Joey: Oh, I know...
      Rachel: And not one of your coupons for an hour of "Joey Love."

    • Monica: Probably the only time I'll ever say this, but did you see the ass on her?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Joey tells Kathy that he bought her The Velveteen Rabbit because he knows she likes rabbits and he knows she likes cheese. He was mistaking the title as referring to Velveeta, a Kraft processed cheese product.

    • Rachel: Oh, The Velveteen Rabbit! Oh my God, when the boy's love makes the rabbit real!

      The book that Chandler buys Joey's girlfriend, The Velveteen Rabbit, is a classic children's book written by Margery Williams. It's about a stuffed rabbit and how a child's love can make a toy real.

    • Rachel: (doing a crossword puzzle) The 1996 Tony Award Winner. I mean, that one's gotta be good. Do you happen to know the name of that one?
      Chandler: I don't know. Grease?
      Rachel: (checking her puzzle) No.
      Chandler: Rent?
      Rachel: Yes! Rent!
      Grease is a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey about high school romance in 1959.
      Rent is an American Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. It's about living in New York City and struggling with life, love, and AIDS.