Season 3 Episode 20

The One with the Dollhouse

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: This is the third time we hear about Aunt Sylvia. The first time was in the Season 1 episode "The One with the Dozen Lasagnas" where she rejected the lasagnas she asked Monica to make because they weren't vegetarian. The second time was in Season 2's "The One Where Old Yeller Dies" when Monica mentions to Ross that Chandler with a mustache reminds her of Aunt Sylvia.

    • 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; small flames that would have been extinguished moments later in the shower. When Phoebe is shown the dollhouse afterwards, however, it is completely burned.

    • 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 from in front of the bedroom door to show everyone. 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

    • 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, triumphantly) Yes! Yes! Yeah, yeah, yeah!
      Ross: (solemnly to the others) 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, nooo! 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: (to Rachel when she tells him her boss Joanna was interested) Liked what she saw, huh? Dug my action, did she? ...Checkin' 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!'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.

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