Friends

Season 4 Episode 17

The One with the Free Porn

5
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 1998 on NBC
9.1
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Chandler and Joey find an unscrambled porn channel on their TV and refuse to turn it off for fear of losing it. Meanwhile, Phoebe receives some surprising news and Monica helps Ross come to a decision regarding Emily.

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  • Funny episode but subject to unfortunate censorship.

    8.5
    Very funny episode, however the producers may have made a big mistake in not anticipating that it might be censored. Here in the UK this episode always gets cut from the regular run due to it being rated 15 (whereas every other episode is 12 or PG), which would be no more than a minor annoyance if not for the fact that the episode contains crucial plot points to later episodes, namely Phoebe's revelation of having triplets, plus Ross and Emily revealing their feelings for each other. Because of this, it doesn't make sense when, in the next episode, Frank and Alice already know they're having triplets if you're unaware of this ep's existence.moreless
  • "Free Porn! We have Free Porn!"

    9.0
    Chandler and Joey find an unscrambled porn channel on their TV and refuse to turn it off for fear of losing it. Meanwhile, Phoebe receives some surprising news and Monica helps Ross come to a decision regarding Emily. I'm going to push aside the Ross and Emily parts of the episode, and say that this could possibly be one of my Favorite episodes of Season 4. I thought that it was great that we got to see another appearance of the Garbage Guy, I can't remember his name, and the relationship between Chandler, Joey and the TV Being more intense then usually!moreless
  • Chandler & Joey get free porn.

    8.5
    This plot revolves around the whole episode which I love & when they turn it off, they still have it. I like the girls irritation to the porn. An update on the pregnant arc. Phoebe is having triplets! Amazing way to liven up the plot & make Phoebe get a job with the catering van. The Relaxi-Taxi!Anyways Meanwhile The Emily arc continues even though she is on her way to the airport. Ross admits he loves her. And that mean Emily isn't going anywhere. I love how they sort of trade places. Just another great installment to a perfect well thought out arc.moreless
  • Good

    9.0
    The One with the Free Porn is a great Friends episode. It is mostly made to describe the way of how Joey is. It also has the conclusion of what happens when Ross tells Emily that he loves her. It was hilarious when he says "Emily I love you" and then Emily says "Thank you" lol. Poor Ross felt really bad. But the one part I do not like about this episode is that it just doesn't sit right. Throughout a couple episodes in that season Rachel and Monica and Joey and Chandler switch apartments. I did not like this because the different apartments with different people I did not like.moreless
  • Evrey Boy's Dream

    9.0
    Who hasn't wished for it? At least among guys.

    Well, in the Free Porn episode it happens to Chandler and Joey, what makes it a better to tell story than it would be if it happened to someone else.

    Also you've got Ross story with Emily and the appearence of Frank Jr. who's always a plus.
Shirley Jordan

Shirley Jordan

The Doctor

Guest Star

Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale

Emily Waltham

Recurring Role

Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi

Frank Buffay Jr.

Recurring Role

Debra Jo Rupp

Debra Jo Rupp

Alice Knight-Buffay

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Phoebe says that the porn reminds her that she has to see her OBGYN, she looks at her wrist as if she's checking her watch, but there is clearly no watch on her wrist.

    • Goof: When Joey is asking Ross why he told Emily that he loves her, there is a bottle of juice right in front of him. In the next shot of Joey, there's two bottles, and in the next shot it's back to one again.

    • Magna Doodle: Clean bathroom
      Magna Doodle: Knock knock ... Who's there? PORN!

    • Goof: Rachel is making a cup of tea, she pours the water into the cup and then she pulls out the tea bag but the tea bag isn't wet!

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Chandler: (To Ross about Emily) Did you say you love her?
      Joey: Yeah, what you were trying to get her to do?

    • Monica: Did you do what I said? Did you tell her?
      Ross: I did.
      Monica: And, what did she say?
      Ross: "Thank you."
      Monica: You're totally welcome. What did she say?
      Ross: She said "Thank you." I said "I love you." And she said "Thank you."
      Monica: That's not right.

    • Phoebe: Okay. You know how people need transportation, but they also need massages to help them relax? So I just figured we could combine the two, okay. I give the massages and Frank drives! I can fix up the van, bolt the table in the back, and you know what I've got?
      Chandler: A place where no one will ever get out alive?

    • Mr. Treeger: (In the bathroom) Oh, man!
      Joey: What is that?
      Chandler: Treeger's snaking the shower drain.
      Mr. Treeger: (In the bathroom) What in the name of hell?
      Joey: Maybe he found your flip-flop.

    • Rachel: (About Phoebe's case) What you got there?
      Phoebe: Oh this? I'm glad you asked.
      (Pulls out a knife from the case and an empty pop can) Now, don't you hate it when you have to cut a tin can with an ordinary steak knife? (Cuts can in half) Now I know what you're thinking.
      Chandler: Pregnant woman slays four?

    • Phoebe: So in a few months I'm going to have three full grown babies just walking around inside me? Oh oh, and it's going to be like one of those log rides when they just come shooting out.

    • Chandler: We don't know what could make this go away.
      Joey: So no one touches the remote, and no one touches the TV.
      Chandler: And no one touches the air around the TV.
      Joey: Imagine a protective porn bubble, if you will.

    • Monica: When Rachel was with Paolo, what did you do?
      Ross: I made fun of his accent.

    • Joey: (To Ross about Emily) Play hard to get.
      Ross: She already lives in London!
      Joey: So you go to Tokyo!

    • Phoebe: Your going to have three babies.
      Alice: Oh my God, we're going to have three babies!
      Frank Jr.: I'm finally going to get my band!

    • Mr. Treeger: It was like finding money.
      Chandler: Like finding money with naked people on it!

    • Monica: Do you love her?
      Ross: We said it was only gonna be two weeks, you know?
      Monica: You love her!
      Ross: What is love, really?
      Monica: Ohhh, I knew you loved her!

    • Chandler: The weirdest thing happened to me today. I was just at the bank and there was this really hot teller, and she didn't ask me to go do it with her in the vault!
      Joey: Same kind of thing happened to me! Woman pizza-delivery guy comes over, gives me the pizza, takes the money, and leaves!
      Chandler: What? No, "Nice apartment, I bet the bedrooms are huge?"
      Joey: No! Nothing!
      Chandler: You know what? We have to turn off the porn.

    • Monica: Then you need to go to the airport and tell her. You're probably just gonna catch her just as she's about to go to the gate. You're gonna call out her name and say, "I love you!" And she's gonna say, "I love you, too!" And you guys are going to have the most amazing kiss, everyone at the gate will applaud.
      Ross: I am a good kisser.
      Monica: Then you two can, can sneak into the cockpit, and things will start to heat up, and then a stewardess comes in... (Ross looks at her.) I've been watching too much porn.

    • Chandler: Hey!
      Joey: Whoa, is this porn? What did I do, I must've hit something on the remote!
      Chandler: Do we pay for this?
      Joey: No, we didn't pay our cable bill. Maybe this is how they punish us.
      Chandler: Maybe we shouldn't pay our phone bill. Free phone sex.
      Joey: Maybe we shouldn't pay our gas bill!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Chandler: We spent the last two hours watching In and Out and In Again.

      In and Out is a 1997 comedy starring Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Tom Selleck, Debbie Reynolds, Bob Newhart, and Wilford Brimley. It was one of major Hollywood's few attempts at a comedic gay movie".

    • Chandler: It's the theme from Good Will Humping.

      Good Will Hunting is a 1997 movie directed by Gus Van Sant about a troubled prodigy who works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, despite the fact that his knowledge of and facility with higher mathematics far outstrips that of anyone in the university.

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