Season 4 Episode 16

The One with the Fake Party

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 19, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

With two days left until Emily's departure back to England, Rachel throws a fake party for her, just so that she can see Joshua outside of work. And a pregnant (vegetarian) Phoebe craves meat.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Rachel still pursuing Joshua.

    This episode was so funny & the plot 3was a big step up from the last episode. Finally the Rachel pursuing Joshua arc has ended. Now they will start dating which will start a whole new beginning. No. Phoebe breaks her vegetarian vow which sucks for her. She's starting to have a belly. Rachel was sort of messed up to Ross. Ross last night with Emily & Rachel ruins it for Joshua. Well she gets what she deserves when she busts her tooth & looks like an idiot with Joshua. My favorite part is when Rachel takes away the note from Joshua's coat & when they play spin the bottle.moreless
  • a good episode

    with 2 days before emily has to leave to get back home to england rachael throws a fake party for her just so that joshua will come and see her outside of work. she tries all types of things to impress him including dressing up as a cheerleader, and in spin the bottle she is about to kiss him when the babies start to kick inside pheobe. and pheobe is now craving meat so joey says he will give up meat untill she gives birth. and also ross and emily hjave a talk about their relationship, a must watch, h.moreless
  • Rachel does a cheer. Monica fills in Emily about everything Ross related. Pheobe eats meat & Joey decides to stop eating meat!

    A classic Friends where an improtu "fake" party is thrown for Emily who is traveling back to England. This episode features a very funny Rachel & Pheobe and displays Ross's strong feelings for Emily. A great episode, highly entertaining! Rachel desperately tries to get Joshua's attention by playing spin the bottle (which fails when Pheobe's babies start kicking) then putting on a cheer--among other things. Phoebe also eats meat for the only time during the series, because the baby craves it, and Joey makes it deal not to eat meat to keep her happy! Ross decides that he loves Emily and wants to be with her--which is friends encourage.moreless
Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale

Emily Waltham

Recurring Role

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Joshua Burgin

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Continuity: When Ross is writing on the Magna Doodle and Rachel bursts into the apartment, we see that he was writing "Joey enjoys the...", but was interrupted. After Emily arrives, the interrupted writing reads, "Joey eats little V...".

    • Trivia: This is the second time Rachel has attended a party at Monica's with a fat lip. The first time was in Season 1's "The One with the Monkey" where she got one in a tussle with a woman at the airport over a taxi ("I think that bitch cracked my tooth").

    • Goof: After Rachel chokes while trying to seduce Joshua with a cherry, Joshua goes to pat her with his right hand, in which you can clearly see he is holding a bottle. However when the angle changes, he is holding a cup in his right hand and now picks up the bottle from the table with his left hand.

    • Goof: When Rachel is sitting in the hall convincing Ross to go back inside, she has her left leg crossed behind her right leg. When the camera angle changes, her upper body is still twisted, indicating that she hasn't move, but her legs aren't crossed anymore.

    • Continuity: Phoebe tells Joey that her "cool, pregnant lady glow" is from throwing up all morning. However, two episodes earlier in "The One with Joey's Dirty Day," Phoebe clearly states that she gets her morning sickness in the evening.

    • Continuity: Rachel's year of birth is inconsistent. Her 30th birthday in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" (2001) implies that Rachel was born in 1971, however, her 29th birthday in "The One Where Rachel Smokes" (1999) implies that she was born in 1970. In this episode (1998) Rachel says she is 28 implying she was born in 1970, but 15 months earlier in "The One Where Rachel Quits" (1996) Chandler says Rachel is 28, implying she was born in 1968.

    • Magna Doodle: Joey enjoys the (Ross was interrupted while writing)
      Magna Doodle: Joey eats little V (Second version of Ross interrupted while writing)
      Magna Doodle: EMILY... BON VOY (with "BON VOY" crossed out) SEE YA!

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Phoebe: (looking for something to eat) God! Ooh! What is that smell? It's coming from the bathroom. Ooh!
      Chandler: Wow! Pregnancy does give you some weird cravings.

    • Monica: (to Chandler who's been speaking with an English accent) Hey, Ringo...? Every time Emily's around you talk like her... Would you please cut it out!
      Chandler: Huh-ho! I think you like it... I think you can't resist me when I do it... (very British) You want to eat me up like a cream "pumpy!"
      Monica: (incredulous) Wh-what?!
      Chandler: Alright, look... I don't know all the words...

    • Ross: Yeah, she's got to go back to London. But you know what? I've been prepared for this from the start. We both knew we had two weeks together, and then that's it. Y'know?
      Joey: Hey, that's what all my relationships are like.
      Chandler: Yes, but in Ross's case, they both know in two weeks that's it.

    • Joey: Hey, but at least you have that cool, pregnant lady glow!
      Phoebe: No, that's sweat! You throw up all morning and you'll have that glow too.

    • Emily: (to Ross who wants to leave) But Ross, I'm having such a great time! Your sister has just been telling me that you used to dress up like little old ladies and host make-believe tea parties...
      Ross: (not amused) Monica said that... did she? (gives Monica's knee a firm shake) Oh, oh! Did she tell you that when she was little, she was partially responsible for new legislation regulating the strength of swing sets?

    • Joey: There was this scene in Footloose--
      Chandler: Flashdance.
      Joey: Yeah, yeah. With that plumber girl--
      Chandler: She was a welder.
      Joey: What were you, like, in the movie?!

    • Monica: Or if you want to kiss him, umm, you could use mistletoe.
      Rachel: But it's not Christmas!
      Monica: Or Spin the Bottle...?
      Rachel: ...And he's not eleven!

    • Chandler: There's a Phoebe on my sandwich!

    • Joey: Alright look, y-y'know when you're datin' someone and you don't wanna cheat on 'em unless it's with someone really hot...?
      Phoebe: Yeah, totally!

    • Ross: (to Chandler) Whaddaya doin' to me? I mean... I'm tryin' to get Emily outta here and you keep talkin' to her... being all interesting and makin' her laugh! From now on, I don't want you to be funny anymore...
      Chandler: Y'know what? Rachel wants me to be funny... you don't want me to be funny... From now on, I'm gonna be funny sometimes... and not funny others!

    • (Rachel has told Ross that Monica's been showing Emily photos of him)
      Ross: What photo album was it?
      Rachel: I don't know... you and a bunch of albino kids...?
      Ross: (realizing) Oh, my God! Those weren't albino kids... that was computer camp!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Monica: (to Chandler who is talking in an English accent) Hey, Ringo.
      Monica was referring to Ringo Starr, an English musician, singer, and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles.

    • Joey: There was this scene in Footloose--
      Chandler: Flashdance
      Footloose is a 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer about dancing being banned in a Midwestern town and the arrival of a rebellious teenager who is determined to shake things up. 
      Flashdance is a 1983 film about a female welder who works as an exotic dancer by night.