Season 1 Episode 21

The One with the Fake Monica

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 1995 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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, the creators/executive producers of Friends.

    • 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 in the kitchen telling Rachel about sneaking into a hotel, Monica separates and starts buttering a baguette twice.

    • 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 the "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil" monkeys.

    • 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 vet's without a moment's thought. Surely if the monkey was being kept illegally, he wouldn't take him to a vet's office where that fact would be made public.

  • Quotes

    • 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: (reading Monica's 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.

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

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

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

    • 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.

    • Rachel: Oh, Monica, c'mon... you do cool things!
      Monica: Oh, really? Okay, let's compare, shall we?
      Rachel: Oh, it's so late for "shall we." (sleepily sits down) 
      Monica: (reading Fake Monica's purchases from her credit card bill) Do I go horseback riding in the park? Do I take classes at the New School?
      Rachel: (yawning) No...
      Monica: Y'know... it's so unfair! She's got everything I want, and... she doesn't have my mother! 

    • (Joey's trying to come up with a better stage name)
      : How about Joey Paponi?
      Joey: No, still too ethnic. My agent thinks I should have a name that's more neutral.
      Chandler: Joey... "Switzerland?"

    • Chandler(still trying out new stage names for Joey) Joe... Joe... Joe... (self-amused) Stalin?
      Joey: Stalin... Stalin... Do I know that name? That sounds familiar.
      Chandler: Well, it does not ring a bell with me... but, uh... you're more plugged into that whole show business thing. 
      Joey: (writing it down) Joe... Stalin. You know, that's pretty good!
      Chandler: Ya might wanna try "Joseph"...
      Joey: (enthusiastically changing the written name) Joseph Stalin! I think you'd remember that!

    • Monica: (on the phone to The New School) Hi. Yes. This is Monica Geller. Um, I believe I'm taking some classes with you and I was wondering what they were.

    • Monica: (just off the phone with The New School) I'm going to tap class.
      Rachel: What? you can dance with the woman that stole your credit card?
      Monica: I want to see what she looks like!
      Rachel: Well, then, just go to the post office! I'm sure they got her picture up!
      Monica: This woman's got my life... I should get to see who she is!
      Rachel: Okay, Monica, y'know what, honey? You're kinda losing it here! I mean, this is really becoming like a weird obsession thing.

    • Phoebe: (dramatically) It's madness, madness, I tell you! (shaking Monica by the shoulders) For the love of God, Monica, don't do it! (then, as if taking a bow for her performance) ...Thank-you.

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

    • Monica: Okay, do you see anybody you think could be me?
      Dance Instructor: 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.

    • Monica: (dancing awkwardly) Did you ever feel like sometimes you are just so unbelievably uncoordinated?
      (Rachel tap-dances into view, and finishes in perfect sync with the rest of the class)
      Rachel: (seeing Monica's reaction) What? You just click when they click.

    • Dance Instructor: Okay people. Now everyone grab a partner.
      Phoebe: Okay, (choosing back and forth) ...and-my-dead-mother-said-you-are-it! I'm with Rachel!

    • Dance Instructor: 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?

    • 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?

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

    • 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.

    • Ross: Well, we're applying to a lot of them... Naturally, our first choice would be one of the bigger state zoos, y'know--like, uh... San Diego? ...right? But that might just be a pipe dream, because, y'know... he's out-of-state. Uh... my vet 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.

    • Phoebe: (about the girl who stole Monica's credit card) We found her! We found the girl!
      Joey: Did you call the cops?
      Rachel: Nope... We took her to lunch.
      Chandler: Ahh... your own brand of vigilante justice.

    • Ross: Are you insane? This woman stole from you. She stole! She's a stealer!
      Monica: Y'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.

    • Chandler: (suddenly remembering) Take off their hats!
      Phoebe: (pointing to Chandler) Popes in a Volkswagen!
      Chandler: Mm-hmm!
      Phoebe: I love that joke!

    • Rachel: (to Monica and Fake Monica as she's leaving for work) Well, you ladies aren't the only ones living the dream. I get to go pour coffee for people I don't know... (coyly) Don't wait up.

    • Joey: Y'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: Y'know, you'd think I would have.

    • Joey: Phoebe, what do you think a good stage name for me would be?
      Phoebe: (suddenly inspired) Flame Boy!

    • Monica: (to Fake Monica who is in jail) I don't know what I'm gonna do without you! Who's gonna crash the embassy parties with me? 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 gonna take you to the Big Apple Circus?!
      Monica: Well... not worried... just wondering...

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

    • Phoebe: (to Marcel at the airport) Goodbye little monkey guy. I wrote you this poem, okay? ...but don't eat it until you get on the plane.
      Ross: (speaking for Marcel) Aww... Thank you, Aunt Phoebe.
      Phoebe: (touched) 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, y'know... something to, um... do on the plane.
      Ross: If you guys don't mind, I'd like to take a moment just me and him...
      Everyone: Absolutely... Oh sure... Go ahead...
      Ross: Marcel, c'mere... c'mere... 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?! Marcel... (to the animal handler) Okay, just take him away... Just take him.

    • Casting Director: Name?
      Joey: Holden McGroin...?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Joey: Hi, uh, I'll be reading for the role of Mercutio.
      Joey is auditioning for Romeo & Juliet, a tragic love story by William Shakespeare. The character Mercutio, is a close friend of Romeo's.

    • Fake Monica: Did you ever see Dead Poets Society?
      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.

      Monica: Wow! Then I would definitely not recommend Mrs. Doubtfire
      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.
      "Memory" is a song composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber for 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?
      The Big Apple Circus is a circus located in Brooklyn, New York, and a popular tourist attraction. First opened in 1977, it has since became a non-profit organization.

    • Fake Monica: Well that's just probably because of your Amish background.
      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: ..the Boston Celtics had taken over the entire sixth floor!
      The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their 17 NBA championships (as of 2016) 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 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.

    • 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.