Season 1 Episode 21

The One with the Fake Monica

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 1995 on NBC
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When Monica's credit card is stolen, she, along with Phoebe and Rachel, decide to catch the thief. Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. And when Ross finds out that Marcel has reached sexual maturity and needs to be with other monkeys, he tries to get him accepted into the Harvard of zoos.moreless

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  • One of the worst episodes of Friends. Some of the clip episodes are better than this!

    Well, this episode isn't actually 'bad', but it's not very good for Friends's standards, but I guess this was season 1.

    Monica's storyline was the worst. It was a creative and intelligent plot, and gave Monica a bit of character development, but seriously, who would discover that someone has stolen their credit card and decide to take tap-dancing lessons with them? The tap-dancing class was the funniest part of the girls' storyline though.

    Joey's storyline was fairly funny. The names were good, and him not knowing who Stallin was almost like seeing the season 5-10 Joey, which is only a good thing of course.

    Ross's storyline was also funny at one or two parts. His farewell to his monkey was done relatively well and I thought the animal-circus guy was very funny.

    Overall, I think only 60% of the episode is worth watching, so I've given it a '6'.moreless
  • Awesome.

    When Monica's credit card is stolen, she, along with Phoebe and Rachel, decides to catch the thief, but Monica begins a friendship with her. Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. And when Ross finds out that Marcel has reached sexual maturity and needs to be with other monkeys, he tries to get him accepted into the "Harvard of zoos", with an emotional goodbye. I have never really enjoyed this episode mostly because of the person who plays the fake monica, she really annoys me, however I'm still going to give it a nine because no episode from Friends can actually be rated under a nine in my personal opinion. Some funny jokes in this episode which helps it out.moreless
  • OKish

    When Monica's credit card is stolen, she, along with Phoebe and Rachel, decide to catch the thief. Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. And when Ross finds out that Marcel has reached sexual maturity and needs to be with other monkeys, he tries to get him accepted into the Harvard of zoos. A quick slump in quality in season one of the show but this was better than the episode it followed. The stage name joke was funny Chandler was great telling Joey to call himself Stalin. I give it a 7.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Goodbye Marcel.

    Gosh, I think this episode was downright sad. Seeing Marcel leave the show after trying so hard to get him back, it would seem like it was just a whole waste of time in "The One When The Monkey Gets Away" But I guess that is the sad part about it. Seeing Marcel in that cage, that was so sad. The Monica plot line was definitely strange. I like all the tap dancing scenes. Poor Fake Monica had to go to prison. Well now Monana is going to do something with her life. (No that was not a typo) Joey picking a stage name, eh.moreless
  • Monica's Credit Card Is Stolen, She Tries To Find The Thief, Joey Gets The Gang To Think Of A New Stage Name, Ross Has To Give His Monkey Up.

    When Monica Discovers Her Credit Card Is Stolen, She Tries To Track Down The Thief, It Turns Out It Is A Dutch Woman, Who Is The 'Fake Monica'.

    Joey Gets The Gang To Think Of A New Stage Name For Him, He Wants To Be Called Joseph Stalin. Ross Finds Out He Has To Give His Monkey Up Because It Is Reaching Sexual Maturity, He Tries To Get The Monkey Into A Top Zoo.

    The Fake Monica Storyline Was Great, So Funny How Monica Complains That The Other Monica Spent Her Money, And Doesn't Have Her Mother! Ross Giving Marcel Up Was Sad.moreless
Claudia Shear

Claudia Shear

Fake Monica

Guest Star

Karla Tamburrelli

Karla Tamburrelli

The Teacher

Guest Star

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Dr. Baldharar

Guest Star

Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Judy Geller [DVD only]

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Gunther [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Monica is on the phone with the credit card company, the antenna on the phone is only partially extended. However, when she hangs up and goes to put the phone down, the antenna is fully extended.

    • Trivia: The three casting directors at the end of this episode are really Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.

    • Trivia: In the dance class, when the real Monica meets the fake Monica, Monica says to her she's Dutch. When they're about to dance Fake Monica asks Monica: "Mag ik deze dans van u?", which is Dutch for, "May I have this dance?".

    • Goof: When Monica and Fake Monica are telling Rachel about sneaking into a hotel in one shot Monica separates the bread and starts to spread the mayo on it, it then cuts to Fake Monica, and back to Monica and she separates the bread and spreads mayo on to it again.

    • Trivia: In the scene where Ross has just explained to Joey and Chandler that he has to give up Marcel, there is a commercial break. Immediately after the break, the shot shows the three guys sitting on the sofa in the coffee house. If you look at the positions that their hands are in, they are mimicking "See no evil", "Hear no evil", and "Speak no evil".

    • Continuity: In "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away," Ross tells Rachel that keeping Marcel is illegal and if the officials find out, then he will be taken away. However in this episode Ross takes Marcel to the vets without a moments thought. Surely if the monkey was illegally being kept then he wouldn't take him to a vet's office where he could be exposed.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Rachel: (To Monica, about her new carefree lifestyle) Well, you ladies aren't the only ones living the dream. I get to go pour coffee for people I don't know. Don't wait up.

    • Teacher: Okay people. Now everyone grab a partner.
      Phoebe: Okay. (Playing the pointing game) "And my dead mother said you are it." I'm with Rachel.

    • Monica: (On the phone) Hi. Yes. This is Monica Geller. Um, I believe I'm taking some classes with you and I was wondering if you could tell me what they were.

    • Phoebe: (Dramatically) It's madness, madness, I tell you! For the love of God, Monica, don't do it! (In her normal voice) Thank you.

    • Monica: I'm going to tap class.
      Rachel: What, what, so that you can dance with the woman that stole your credit card?
      Monica: This woman's got my life, I should get to see who she is.
      Rachel: Go to the post office! I'm sure her picture's up! Okay, Monica, ya know what, honey? You're kinda losing it here! I mean, this is really becoming like a weird obsession thing.

    • Monica: Okay, do you see anybody you think could be me?
      Teacher: People! Last time there were some empty yogurt containers lying around after class. Let's not have that happen again!
      Rachel: She could be you.

    • Casting Director: Name?
      Joey: Holden McGroin.

    • Monica: Um, I'm not actually Amish.
      Fake Monica: Really? Then why are you like that?

    • Joey: Phoebe, what do you think a good stage name for me would be?
      Phoebe: Flame Boy.

    • Ross: Well, we're applying to a lot of them. Naturally our first choice would be one of the bigger state zoos, ya know, like, uh, San Diego... right? But that might just be a pipe dream, because, ya know, he's out of state. Uh, my vet, uh, knows someone at Miami, so that's a possibility.
      Chandler: Yeah, but that's like two blocks away from the beach. I mean, it's a total party zoo.

    • Monica: Did you ever feel like sometimes you are just so unbelievably uncoordinated?
      (Rachel taps into view. She is in perfect sync with the rest of the class)
      Rachel: What? You just click when they click.

    • Monica: What do you think?
      Phoebe: Lots of things.

    • Monica: She's living my life, and she's doing it better than me! Look at this, look. She buys tickets for plays that I wanna see. She, she buys clothes from stores that I'm intimidated by the sales people. She spent three hundred dollars on art supplies.
      Rachel: You're not an artist.
      Monica: Yeah, well I might be if I had the supplies! I mean, I could do all this stuff. Only I don't.

    • Phoebe: Oh, yuck! Ross, he's doing it again!
      Ross: Marcel, stop humping the lamp! Stop humping!

    • Chandler: (Reading the credit card bill) Wow, what a geek. They spent $69.95 on a Wonder Mop.
      Monica: That's me.
      Chandler: You see, when I say geek, I mean... Oh, the hell with it. You bought a $70 mop, you're a geek.

    • Ross: Are you insane? This woman stole from you. She stole. She's a stealer.
      Monica: You know what? After you're with this woman for like ten minutes, you forget all that. I mean, she is this astounding person, with this, with this amazing spirit.
      Ross: Yeah, which she probably stole from some cheerleader.

    • Phoebe: We found her. We found the girl.
      Joey: Did you call the cops?
      Rachel: Nope. We took her to lunch.
      Chandler: Oh, your own brand of vigilante justice?

    • Chandler: How about Joey Paponi?
      Joey: No, still too ethnic. My agent thinks I should have a name that's more neutral.
      Chandler: Joey Switzerland?

    • Rachel: Oh, Monica, come on. You do cool things.
      Monica: Oh, really? Okay. Let's compare, shall we?
      Rachel: Oh, it's so late for "shall we."
      Monica: Do I go horseback riding in the park? Do I take classes at the New School?
      Rachel: (Yawning) No...

    • Ross: (About Marcel's humping) You'd think you guys would be just a little more understanding, you know?
      Phoebe: I know. But we're not.

    • Rachel: Monica, would you calm down? The credit card people said you only had to pay for the stuff that you bought.
      Monica: Still, it's just such reckless spending.
      Ross: I think when somebody steals your credit card they've kind of already thrown caution to the wind.

    • Chandler: (About Marcel) How can he be an adult already?
      Ross: I know. One day he's this little thing. Then he's this little thing that I can't get off my leg.

    • Joey: How can you get a monkey into a zoo?
      Chandler: I know that one! No, wait. That's Popes into a Volkswagen.

    • Chandler: Take off their hats!
      Phoebe: Popes into a Volkswagen! (Chandler nods) Oh, I love that joke!

    • Monica: I don't know what I'm going to do without you! Who's going to crash with me the embassy parties? Who is going take me to the Big Apple Circus?
      Fake Monica: Monica, I started my day by peeing in front of twenty five women, and you're worried who is going to take you to the Big Apple Circus?!
      Monica: Not worried, just wondering.

    • Monica: This is so unfair. She's got everything I want, and she doesn't have my mother.

    • Ross: She says Marcel's humping thing's not a phase. Apparently, he's reached sexual maturity.
      Joey: (To Chandler) Hey! He beat ya!

    • Phoebe: (To Marcel) Goodbye little monkey guy. I wrote you this poem, okay, but don't eat it until you get on the plane.
      Ross: Aw. Thank you, Aunt Phoebe.
      Phoebe: Oh!
      Chandler: Okay, bye, champ. Now, I know there's gonna be a lot of babes in San Diego, but remember, there's also a lot to learn.
      Joey: I don't know what to say, Ross. It's a monkey.
      Ross: Well, just say what you feel, Joey.
      Joey: Marcel, I'm hungry.
      Ross: That was good.
      Rachel: (Holding a teddy bear) Marcel, this is for you. It's uh, just, you know, something to, um, do on the plane.
      Ross: If you guys don't mind, I would like to take a moment just with just me and him.
      Everyone: Of course. Absolutely.
      Ross: Marcel, come here. Well buddy, this is it. Just a couple of things that I wanted to say. Well, I'm really gonna miss you. I'm never gonna forget about you. You've been more than just a pet to me. You've been more like a-- Marcel, would you just leave my leg alone? Would you just stop humping me for two seconds?! Would just take him away? Just take him.

    • Ross: I just got back from the vet.
      Chandler: She's not going to make you wear one of those big plastic cones, is she?

    • Teacher: You can come up to the front and dance with me.
      Monica: Why don't I just take off my clothes, and have a nightmare?

    • Monica: You have got to do something about the humping!
      Ross: What? It's just a phase.
      Chandler: Well, that's what we said about Joey.

    • Chandler: Joe... Joe... Joe... Stalin?
      Joey: Stalin! Stalin. Do I know that name? It sounds familiar.
      Chandler: Well, it does not ring a bell with me!
      Joey: Joe Stalin. You know, that's pretty good!
      Chandler: Hey, you know, you might wanna try Joseph.
      Joey: Joseph Stalin. I think you'd remember that!

    • Joey: You know there already is a Joseph Stalin?!
      Chandler: You're kidding!
      Joey: Apparently he was this Russian dictator who slaughtered all these people. You'd think you would've known that!
      Chandler: Ya know, you'd think I would have.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Actor: (Dramatically) Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might... touch thy cheek...
      Casting Director No. 1: That's fine, thank you.
      Casting Director No. 2: Next. (Joey walks onstage)
      Joey: Hi, uh, I'll be reading for the role of Mercutio.
      Casting Director No. 2: Name?
      Joey: Holden McGroin.

      In the tag scene Joey is auditioning for the famous play Romeo & Juliet, written by William Shakespeare.

    • Fake Monica: You know what? I used to be just like you. Then one day, I saw a movie that changed my life. Did you ever see Dead Poets Society?
      Monica: Uh huh!
      Fake Monica: I thought that movie was so incredibly... boring! I mean, that thing at the end where the kid kills himself because he can't be in the play?! What was that? It's like kid, wait a year year, leave home, do some community theater! I walked out of there and I thought, "That's two hours of my life that I'm never getting back." And that thought scared me more than all the other crap that I was afraid to do.
      Monica: Wow! Then I would definitely not recommend Mrs. Doubtfire!

      Dead Poets Society, an Academy Award-winning film starring Robin Williams, is about professor John Keating who inspires his students to love life and poetry.

      Mrs. Doubtfire, an Academy Award-winning film starring Robin Williams and Sally Field, is about a father posing as a female nanny in order to spend more time with his children.

    • Joey: You know there already is a Joseph Stalin?

      Joseph Stalin was the leader and dictator of the Communist party during World War II. His actions to become a superpower caused the deaths of millions of his own people.

    • Monica: If it wasn't for you, I would never have gotten to sing "Memories" on the stage at the Winter Garden Theater.
      Fake Monica: Well actually, you only got to sing "Memo--".

      "Memory" is a song composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber from the musical Cats. The Winter Garden Theater is a legitimate Broadway theater located in midtown-Manhattan.

    • Monica: Who's gonna take me to the Big Apple Circus?
      Fake Monica: Monica, I started my day by peeing in front of twenty five other women and you're worried about who's going to take you to the Big Apple Circus?

      The Big Apple Circus is a circus that is located in New York City. Opened in 1977, it has become a tourist attraction as well.

    • Fake Monica: Well that's just probably because of your Amish background.
      Monica: What?
      Fake Monica: You're Pennsylvania Dutch, right?
      Monica: Right. Till I bought a blow dryer. Then I was shunned.

      The Amish are an Anabaptist Christian denomination in the United States that are known for their plain dress and limited use of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. The Amish separate themselves from mainstream society for religious reasons. Most speak a German dialect known as Pennsylvania Dutch.

    • Monica: Only to find out that the Boston Celtics had taken over the entire sixth floor.

      The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their 16 NBA championships are the most for any NBA franchise.

    • Chandler: Bye Bye Birdie starring Joseph Stalin. Joseph Stalin is The Fiddler on the Roof.

      Bye Bye Birdie is a Broadway musical satire on American society. Fiddler on the Roof is a well-known Broadway musical. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions. Both musicals were successfully adapted into films.

    • Chandler: Hey, how about Joey Heatherton?
      Joey: Come on, seriously I told you I don't wanna go back to Joey.

      Joey Heatherton is an American actress, dancer and singer who reached the peak of her popularity in the 1960s.

    • Joey: No, still too ethnic. My agent thinks I should have a name that's more neutral. Chandler: Joey Switzerland? Switzerland is a country in western Europe that maintains a long and strong tradition of political and military neutrality.

    • Monica: Do I take classes at The New School?

      The New School is a university in New York City located near Greenwich Village.

    • In the closing scene, Joey is auditioning for the Shakespearean play Romeo & Juliet.

    • Rachel: Let's just say my Curious George doll is no longer curious.

      Curious George is the main character in a series of children's stories by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey.

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