Season 3 Episode 20

The One with the Dollhouse

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 10, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rachel regrets making a date for Chandler and her boss, Joanna. Joey's interest in Kate intensifies after they sleep together. And Monica's aunt dies, leaving her an antique dollhouse, which Monica doesn't want Phoebe to play with.

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  • A Chandler/Rachel plot.

    This episode was great! I love Chandler/Rachel plots! It is so great. Joanna & Chandler gets set up by Rachel. But Chandler has a problem, he has a problem with saying he would call the girl back. I like how even though he turned Joanna down, he still said that he would call her back. I love Rachel's reaction to everything! A lot of development with the dollhouse, first Monica gets one, then Phoebe gets one and then it burns down. I like how they took a break from the Pete arc. Joey & Kate have sex. Kate is a total jerk in my opinion.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    This Episode is Great.In this Episode Rachel sets up a date for Chandler with her boss but after the date Chandler Says he will call her but Doesn't Cause he doesn't like her so Rachel's boss keeps asking Rachel why Chandler Hasn't call yet so Chandler has to goes on another date with Rachel's boss or Rachel will be Fired. Joey Starts dating one of he's biggest fans but breaks-up with her cause he thinks he is dating Kate his co-star in a movie but he finds out isn't. Monica's Aunt dies and leaves Monica her dollhouse And Monica does not want Phoebe playing with the dollhouse so Phoebe makes her own dollhouse and later Ross finds Phoebe's dollhouse on fire.moreless
  • An almost pure-comedy episode. So great! SPOILERS inside

    I always thought of this as a "minor" episode of the third series since the major ones are the one about Ross and Rachel. But seeing this episode again made me change my mind. This episode is so great, wonderfully funny! The main romantic story is Joey's and even that one provides us with good laughs; but the character I like the most in this episode is Joanna, Rachel's boss that is crazy about Chandler (well, actually just crazy!) man that plot was good! I mean almost every Joanna's line is funny and even Rachel's! The remaining scenes are about the dollhouses and we got some very fun moments, mainly from Phoebe, there too!

    What else to say? Another wonderful 3rd season episode!moreless
Reg Rogers

Reg Rogers

The Director

Guest Star

Jennifer Milmore

Jennifer Milmore


Guest Star

Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer

Kate Miller

Recurring Role

Alison La Placa

Alison La Placa


Recurring Role

Laura Dean

Laura Dean


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: Monica rejects Phoebe's big dog, ghost and dinosaur as being inappropriate for her dollhouse. Ironically, Phoebe's "imaginative" dollhouse includes none of these things. Perhaps she took Monica's admonishments to heart (although the furnishings of the new dollhouse still would be unacceptable to Monica).

    • Continuity: We never see or hear of Monica's dollhouse again after this episode.

    • Goof: When Ross carries Phoebe's dollhouse into the bathroom, only the very top is burning, and that fire would have been extinguished moments later in the shower. When Phoebe is shown the dollhouse, it is completely burned.

    • Trivia: The giant ceramic dog that Phoebe brings to use in Monica's dollhouse, was on the shelf by the kitchen counter in Joey and Chandler's apartment during Seasons 1 and 2.

    • Continuity: Chandler asks Joey if Kate is the only woman he's ever wanted who didn't want him back, and he says yes. However, in "The One with the Flashback" it was shown that Monica rejected Joey when he made a pass at her naked.

    • Goof: When Monica gets jealous about Phoebe's dollhouse, she reaches in and pulls out a china cabinet to show everyone from in front of the bedroom door. Given Monica's need for "realism" with her dollhouse it seems unlikely she would keep a china cabinet in front of the bedroom door.

    • Goof: When Joey is talking to the understudy, he is holding a cup. It disappears right when she invites him for a drink.

    • Goof: When Monica and Phoebe are looking at the dollhouse, Monica says "I don't want a ghost." When she says this, Phoebe's right hand is up in the air. When the camera angle changes, her hand is in her lap.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Chandler: Wait a minute. You're telling me this actress person is the only woman you ever wanted who didn't want you back?
      Joey: Yeah. Oh, my God. Is this what it's like to be you?

    • Ross: Monica, Dad called this morning and, uh, Aunt Sylvia passed away.
      Monica: (after it sinks in) Yes! Yes! Yeah, yeah, yeah!
      Ross: We were all pretty shaken up about it.

    • Phoebe: A house for dolls. That is so cool! When I was a kid I had a barrel.
      Joey: Uh, Pheebs, you had a barrel for a dollhouse?
      Phoebe: No, just a barrel.

    • Monica: When I was younger, all I wanted was to play with this dollhouse. But, no! It was to be looked at, but never played with.
      Chandler: My grandmother used to say that exact same thing to me... (noticing people's confusion) It was more of a bathtub-type situation.

    • Ross: Wait a minute. The house is built on radioactive waste and an ancient Indian burial ground? That would never happen.
      Phoebe: Okay, you obviously don't know anything about the U.S. government.

    • Chandler: Liked what she saw, huh? Dug my action, did she? Checking out the Chan-Chan man!

    • Ross: Uh, Pheebs, while we're hovering around the subject. I just have to say, dinosaurs... they, they don't go "ruff!"
      Phoebe: The little ones do.

    • Chandler: (seeing Phoebe's dollhouse blow bubbles) Hey, my father's house does that.

    • Kate: (about her director boyfriend) He happens to be brilliant... which is more than I can say for that sweater you're dating.
      Joey: Hey, I'm not interested in her sweater. It's what's underneath the sweater that counts.

    • Chandler: I'm telling ya, Joanna's got it all wrong. Okay? All I said was, "This was fun. Let's do it again sometime. I'll give you a call."
      Rachel: Oh, gee. I wonder why she thinks you're going to call her?
      Chandler: That's what you say at the end of a date.
      Rachel: You can't just say, "Nice to meet you. Good night"?
      Chandler: To her face?!

    • Monica: Come on Rach'. When a guy says he's going to call, it doesn't mean he's going to call. This never happened to you?
      Rachel: Well, they always call.
      Monica: Hmm. Bite me.

  • NOTES (4)