Season 1 Episode 5

The One with the East German Laundry Detergent

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Since there was a month of time between the first and second episode, it can be assumed that Rachel has been living in the city for a month and a half, if not longer. Therefore, it is odd that she would not have done any laundry nor received a paycheck.

    • Goof: A sign in the laundromat reads "lost cloths" not "lost clothes," though a surprising number of laundromats have the same spelling error.

    • Continuity: Rachel tells Ross that she can't even send back soup. But Rachel sends back a drink in "The One with the Flashback". Chronologically that would have been a year earlier.

    • Trivia: The name of Ross's detergent, Überweiss, is German for "Super White."

    • Continuity: In this episode, Monica says she sees Ugly Naked Guy laying kitchen tile. It is impossible for Monica to see into his kitchen. As we see in Season 5 when Ross gets that apartment, the kitchen is in the upper right of the screen with a door. And when Phoebe finds out about Chandler and Monica at a straight on shot of the window in that apartment you can't see the kitchen.
      Note: In many shots of Ross's apartment as seen from Monica's window, the kitchen door is visible, such as in "The One with Rachel's Sister". When tiling the kitchen floor, the kitchen door would likely be open, which means Monica would be able to see into the kitchen.

    • Continuity: In this episode Monica and Rachel must go to the laundromat because they do not have a laundry room in their building. However, in other episodes Monica and Rachel do have a laundry room, as they often come home with their laundry and are wearing pajamas.

    • Goof: When Janice comes into the coffee shop to talk to Chandler, she brings a shopping bag which she sets by the couch. But when she gets back from the restroom and Phoebe breaks up with her for Chandler, she leaves the coffee shop without getting her bag from in front of the couch.

    • Continuity: Rachel told her friends in the previous episode that she even does her own laundry, whereas this week she confesses to being a "laundry virgin." This is due to the two episodes airing out of production order.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: C'mon! You guys can pee standing up!
      Chandler: We can? ...Alright, I'm trying that.

    • Joey: You know what blows my mind? Women can see breasts any time they want. You just look down and there they are. How you get any work done is beyond me.

    • Chandler: So, Saturday night! The big night! Date night! Saturday night! Sat-ur-day night!
      Joey: No plans, huh?
      Chandler: Not a one.

    • Monica: Chandler, nobody likes breaking up with someone. You just gotta do it.
      Chandler: I know. But it's just so hard, y'know? I mean, you're sitting there with her, she has no idea what's happening, then, you finally get up the courage to do it. There's that awkward moment when you've handed her the note. You try to run out of the restaurant before she's actually finished the note...
      Joey: Why do you have to break up with her? Be a man. Just stop calling.

    • Monica: You're breaking up with Tony?
      Phoebe: Yeah, he's sweet, but I don't know, it's just not fun anymore. I don't know if it's me, or his hunger strike, or...

    • Monica: What's the matter? Why so scrunchie?
      Rachel: Ooh, my father. He wants to give me a Mercedes convertible.
      Ross: That guy, he burns me up.
      Rachel: Yeah, well, it's a Mercedes... if I move back home. Ach! It was horrible. He called me "young lady".
      Chandler: Ooh, I hate when my father calls me that.

    • Joey: You look good.
      Angela: That's because I'm wearing a dress that accents my boobs.
      Joey: (grinning) You don't say...

    • Rachel: Don't you have a laundry room in your building?
      Ross: Yes, I do have a laundry room in my building, um, but there's a... rat problem. Apparently they're attracted to the dryer sheets and they're going in fine, but they're coming out all... fluffy.

    • Joey: Monica, I'm tellin' you, this guy is perfect for you.
      Monica: Forget it. Not after your cousin who could belch the alphabet.

    • Monica: (looking out the window) Oh, God help us.
      Joey: What?
      Monica: Ugly Naked Guy's laying kitchen tile. Eww!

    • Chandler: (to Ross) Well, you, uh.. You may want to rethink the dirty underwear.
      (Ross checks his laundry basket, confused)
      Chandler: Well, this is basically the first time she's going to see your underwear... Do you want it to be dirty?

    • Monica: So what does this Bob guy look like? Is he tall, short...?
      Joey: Yep.

    • Phoebe: (to Chandler, about breaking up with Tony and Janice) This is nice. We never do things just the two of us.
      Chandler: (sarcastically) Yeah, this is great. Maybe tomorrow we can rent a car, run over some puppies.
      Phoebe: Ew! I don't want to do that!

    • Rachel: (about Ross's detergent) What's that?
      Ross: Überweiss! ...It's new, it's German, it's extra tough!

    • Rachel: Am I being like a total laundry spaz? Am I supposed to use, like, one machine for shirts and another machine for pants?
      Ross: Have you never done this before?
      Rachel: Well, no, not personally, but I know other people who have... (suddenly feeling stupid) Okay, you caught me. I'm a laundry virgin...
      Ross: Don't worry, I'll use the gentle cycle.

    • Joey: (pretending their dates are siblings) Come on, they're close.
      Monica: Close? She's got her tongue in his ear.

    • Chandler: Here's the thing, Janice. You know, I mean, it's like we're different. (gesturing wildly with his hands) I'm like the bing, bing, bing. You're like the boom, boom, boom... (smacks her in the eye)

    • Phoebe: (to Chandler) Wait here. Breathe.
      (Phoebe goes over to speak to Janice. She talks to her for a few seconds, and then Janice immediately smiles, hugs her, waves to Chandler, and leaves)
      Chandler: How do you do that?
      Phoebe: It's like a gift.
      Chandler: We should always, always break up together.
      Phoebe: Oh, I'd like that.

    • Rachel: Excuse me, we had this cart!
      Lady: Yeah, well, I had a twenty-four-inch waist. You lose things.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ross: Oh-oh, the laundry's done, oh-oh, oh-oh!
      Ross's song is a variation on the 1950's Jimmie Rodgers hit, "Oh-oh, I'm falling in love again (oh-oh, oh-oh!)."

    • Monica: I just couldn't stop laughing over your Norman Mailer story.
      Norman Mailer is an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. He is considered an innovator of a genre sometimes called New Journalism. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once.

    •  Monica: Something went wrong with Underdog, and they couldn't get his head to inflate.
      Underdog is the title character in a cartoon series made in the 1960's. A huge, inflated version of him appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    • Janice: Well, I knew you had the Rockys, and so I figured, you know, you can wear Bullwinkle and Bullwinkle, or you can wear Rocky and Rocky,or, you can mix and match, moose and squirrel. Whatever you want.
      This is a reference to the famous cartoon characters in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.