Season 3 Episode 6

The One with the Flashback

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: In all the Season 1 episodes, you see a shelf system in between the fridge and the wall in the guys' apartment. This is missing in this episode which takes place before the first season.

    • Trivia: Rachel's friend Kiki, played by Michele Maika, also appeared in "The One With George Stephanopoulos".

    • Continuity: In "The One with the Blackout" Phoebe mentions that she was the last one to know when Monica had a crush on Joey when he was moving in and Joey looks surprised. But it's pretty obvious in the flashback that Monica is attracted to Joey, even if she does only invite him in for lemonade.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Joey says that he's "okay with the whole gay thing" when he meets Chandler. However, in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice", Joey says he didn't think Chandler was gay when they first met.

    • Continuity: In "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent" Rachel says that she can't even send back soup. But in this episode, she has no problem sending back two drinks (although, this may be because of the personality change she's undergone since moving in with Monica).

    • Goof: When Ross and Phoebe are on the pool table, Phoebe lies down and the 9 ball is next to her left shoulder. When the shot cuts closer, it changes to the 13 ball. Then the shot cuts back and it's the 9 ball again.

    • Goof: When Ross is talking to Phoebe in the bar, he puts shot glasses on the bar in groups. When the camera switches angles they're in a straight line, and then they're in groups again.

    • Continuity: We find out in this episode that Carol told Ross she was a lesbian one year before the Season 1 pilot episode. Yet at the end of Season 1, almost two years later, their son Ben is born. Ross and Carol must have had sex a year after they separated and while Carol was with Susan.
      Note: Regardless of when it was that Carol first realized she was a lesbian, we know that she and Ross didn't actually separate until the start of Season 1, so she wasn't "with Susan" at the time Ben was conceived. Carol discovers she is pregnant soon after she and Ross separate. In Season 9's "The One with the Boob Job" when Ross is describing his and Carol's marriage to Phoebe, he says that they had some good times before Carol became a lesbian and "once afterwards". This "once afterwards" likely refers to the time Ben was conceived.

    • Goof: When Joey strips in Monica's apartment, from behind you can see for just one quick second that he is wearing grayish briefs.

    • Continuity: The writers of the show have commented on how Chandler and Rachel met for the first time on three separate occasions. They meet in this episode which occurs a year before the pilot episode, then again in "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (a.k.a. Pilot)", and then we learn in "The One with All the Thanksgivings" that they met while Chandler was still in college.

  • Quotes

    • Janice: Who of the six of you has slept with who of the six of you?
      Phoebe: Wow, it's like a dirty math problem.

    • Janice: I'm sorry, I find it hard to believe that a group of people who spends as much time together as you guys do, has never bumped uglies.


    • Phoebe: (looking out Monica's window) Wow, Cute Naked Guy's really starting to put on weight.

    • Chandler: I'm never gonna find a roommate, ever.
      Phoebe: Why, nobody good?
      Chandler: Well let's see, there was the guy with the ferrets. That's plural. The spitter. Oh, and the guy who enjoyed my name so much he felt the need to make a little noise every time he said it. "Nice to meet you Chandler Bing, BING!" "Great apartment Chandler Bing, BING!"
      Ross: So how many more do you have tomorrow?
      Chandler: Two. This photographer--who seemed really dull--and this actor guy... who I'm not sure about, because when he called and I answered the phone "Chandler Bing," he said "Whoa... short message."

    • Monica: Ross, foot on the floor, or come over no more.

    • Joey: Don't worry, I'm totally okay with the gay thing.
      Chandler: What gay thing?
      Joey: Uh, just... you know, the whole people being gay... thing... totally cool with it.

    • Monica: Get ready for me to whip your butt!
      Chandler: Okay, but after that, we're shootin' some pool!

    • Rachel: (to the waitress) Excuse me. Hello. My friend ordered an onion, not an olive, and I ordered a rum and Diet Coke... which I don't think this is.
      Waitress: I am so sorry.
      Rachel: That's alright... (after the waitress leaves, to her friends) I mean, how hard is it to get a couple of drinks right, huh?

    • Phoebe: (answers the door to find Heckles looking disturbed) No, no! Mr. Heckles, no one is making any noise up here!
      Mr. Heckles: You're disturbing my oboe practice.
      Phoebe: You don't play the oboe.
      Mr. Heckles: I could play the oboe...
      Phoebe: Well, then I'm going to have to ask you to keep it down. (shuts the door)

    • Phoebe: Do you know that I couldn't sleep for, like, a month because I got a dot of ink on one of the sofa cushions?
      Monica: Well, you could have just turned the cushion over.
      Phoebe: I would have, except I had a big spaghetti stain on the other side.
      Monica: What?!
      Phoebe: See, this is what I'm talking about. I need to live in a land where people can spill!
      Monica: You can spill... in the sink.

    • Ross: My marriage... I think my marriage is, um... kind of over.
      Phoebe: Oh, no... Why?
      Ross: Because Carol's a lesbian... and I'm not one... And apparently it's not a mix-and-match situation.

    • Ross: (about Carol) Maybe this wouldn't have happened if I'd been more nurturing... or I'd paid more attention... or I had a uterus...

    • Ross: (his foot gets caught in the pool table's pocket while making out with Phoebe) I can't get it out.
      Phoebe: That's not something a girl wants to hear.
      Ross: Sorry... Ow!
      Phoebe: What?
      Ross: Stupid balls are in the way...

    • Ross: (morose) My wife's a lesbian.
      Joey: Cool!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Rachel: Don't say anything. I don't wanna speak. I don't wanna think. I just want you to take me and kiss me and make love to me right here... right now... (Rachel pounds the jukebox and the music starts playing).
      This alludes to Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) on the TV show Happy Days, who could make the jukebox play just by thumping it in exactly the right spot.

    • Chandler: So, uh, what are you watching?
      Joey: Baywatch.
      Chandler: What's it about?
      Joey: Lifeguards.
      Chandler: Well, it sounds kind of stu... Who's she?
      Joey: Nicole Eggert. We like her.
      Baywatch was a popular American television series about the lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of California. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Baywatch is the most watched TV show in the world of all time.
      Nicole Eggert is an American actress who jumped to fame with her role as Summer Quinn on Baywatch.

    • Monica: (referring to Rachel's wedding ring) You can't even see where the Titanic hit it!
      The Titanic was supposed to be an unsinkable liner but struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Its fate has been turned into an Academy Award-winning film Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

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