Season 3 Episode 8

The One with the Giant Poking Device

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: In this episode, Rachel has baked delicious-looking brownies which everyone seems to enjoy. In episodes prior to and following this episode, however, we are led to believe that her skills in the kitchen are virtually nonexistent. For example, three years later in Season 6's "The One Where Ross Got High", when making her infamous "trifle", she had to ask Monica's advice about melting butter.

    • Goof: When the four of them were poking Ugly Naked Guy with the giant device to make sure whether he was alive or not, he was breathing visibly.

    • Goof: When Chandler is breaking up with Janice and she walks away trying to shake him off, her jumper is untied. When Chandler shouts "you can't go, I have your shoe" the camera goes back to Janice where the jumper has been tied at the bottom.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica are stressing about the bump on Ben's head, Rachel's hair keeps moving from tucked behind her ear to hanging loosely in her face between camera angles.

    • Goof: In the tag scene when Phoebe enters, Chandler has his arms wrapped around the Lionel Richie album with Janice's shoe in his left hand in front of the album. When the shot changes, his left hand is now holding her shoe behind the album.

    • Goof: The giant poking device is supposedly long enough to reach right across to the next building. But after they wake up Ugly Naked Guy, Joey says "retract the device!" and after pulling back about a foot of it the end suddenly pops up at the bottom of the screen.

    • Trivia: This is the first time that Ugly Naked Guy has been shown on camera for the audience to see. He is seen again in Season 5's "The One Where Everybody Finds Out", but in neither case do we see his face.

  • Quotes

    • Ross: (to Phoebe) So, what's the matter? You need a dentist? I've got a good one...
      Phoebe: No thanks, I have a good one, too. It's just... I, I can't see him.
      Chandler: See, that is the problem with invisible dentists... Y'know... it's very unsettling to see all those metal tools, just... flying around...

    • Phoebe: Every time I go to the dentist, somebody dies.
      Chandler: That is so weird, because every time I go to the dentist, I... look down the hygienist's blouse.

    • Rachel: And all these people actually died?
      Phoebe: Yes! While I was in the chair! That's why I take such good care of my teeth now. It's not about oral hygiene... I floss to save lives!

    • Ross: Pheebs, come on, you didn't kill anybody... These people just happened to die when you went to the dentist. It's, it's... just a... coincidence.
      Phoebe: Well tell that to them... Oh! You can't--they're dead!

    • Rachel: Phoebe, you're in pain... Would you just go to the dentist--just go!
      Phoebe: Alright, fine, fine. But if you're my next victim, don't come back as a poltergeist and, like, suck me into the TV set.
      Rachel: I promise.
      Phoebe: Although, don't feel like you can't visit.

    • Monica: Joey just saw Janice kissing her ex-husband.
      Ross: What?! (to Joey) So what are you gonna do? I mean how, how are you gonna tell Chandler?
      Joey: Well, I was thinkin' about that and I, I think the best way would be... to not.
      Rachel: Joey, you can't keep this to yourself, if you know about this, you have to tell him.
      Joey: It'll kill him... I mean, it'll, it'll just kill him!
      Phoebe: Well, you could wait 'til I go to the dentist... maybe I'll kill him.

    • Joey: (looking out the window) Ugly Naked Guy's using his new hammock. It's like a Play-Doh Fat Factory.

    • Ross: Okay, I have a problem. I have to go in to work for a few hours. Some kids messed up the Homo Sapien display.
      Joey: What did they do?
      Ross: Well, they painted over the word "Sapien" for one thing, then they rearranged the figures. Let's just leave it at that.

    • Joey: Hey, Ross... I got a science question... If the homo sapiens were in fact homo sapiens... is that why they're extinct?
      Ross: Joey... homo sapiens are people!
      Joey: Hey, I'm not judging!

    • Rachel: (to Monica about bumping Ben's head) How could you do that to him?! Ross trusted me... What is he gonna say?!
      Monica: He's not gonna say anything because we're not gonna tell him!
      Rachel: We're not?
      Monica: No, we're not!
      Rachel: Alright, I like that.

    • Monica: (about the bump on Ben's head) Well push it in! Push it in!
      Rachel: I cannot push it in!

    • Chandler: (looking in the window of a jewelry store) Do you think these pearls are nice?
      Joey: I'd really prefer a mountain bike.

    • Chandler: Janice's birthday's coming up... I wanna get her something special.
      : You wanna get her something special, get her flowers... get her candy... get her gum! Girls love gum...
      Chandler: That's a good idea, "Dear Janice, have a Hubba Bubba birthday!" ...I would like to get her something serious.
      Joey: Oh, you want to get her something serious? You know what you should do, you should get her one of those, um... barium enemas. Those are dead serious.
      Chandler: Alright, look... I'm gonna go in here, and you don't buy me anything--ever!

    • (Rachel and Monica bang their heads into the wall to show Ben it's no big deal)
      (afterwards) Y'know, if it's not a headboard, it's just not worth it.

    • Monica: Okay, Ben, I won't tell your daddy that you had ice cream for dinner, if you won't tell him about our little bonking incident.
      Rachel: Monica, number one, I don't think Ben understands the concept of bribery, and number two, I...
      (Joey starts laughing)
      Rachel: What?
      Joey: You said "number two".
      Rachel: I also said "number one"...
      Joey: (still laughing) I know!

    • Joey: Ugly Naked Guy looks awfully still.
      Phoebe: Oh my God! I killed him! I killed another one! And this curse is getting stronger, too... to bring down something that big!

    • Joey: (about Ugly Naked Guy) I'm telling you, he hasn't moved since this morning.
      Monica: Alright, we should call somebody.
      Ross: And tell them what? The naked guy we stare at all the time isn't moving?

    • Ross: (referring to Ben) About that bump on his head...
      Rachel: Are you sure it's a new bump? I mean, no offense, but I've always thought of Ben as a fairly bumpy-headed child.

    • Chandler: (to Janice) I think you should go back with Gary. I don't wanna be the guy that breaks up a family. Y'know, when my parents split up, it was because of that guy. Whenever I would see him I would always think, y'know, "You're the reason. You... are why they're not together." And I hated that guy. And it didn't matter how nice he was, or, y'know, how happy he made my dad...

    • Joey: (about the giant poking device) Something this big and long is going to be difficult to maneuver... (grinning) Fortunately, I have a lot of experience in that area.

    • Phoebe: (after Ugly Naked Guy swats away their poking device) He's alive! He's alive!!
      Monica: And yet, we're still poking him.
      Joey: Okay, retract the device, retract the device...
      Ross: He does not look happy.
      Rachel: Hey-hey! Now he's showing us his poking device.
      Joey: Hey, that's never gonna make it all the way over here, buddy!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Joey: You wanna get her something special, get her flowers... get her candy... get her gum! Girls love gum...
      Chandler: That's a good idea, "Dear Janice, have a Hubba Bubba birthday!"
      Chandler is alluding to Wrigley's Hubba Bubba bubble gum, first marketed in 1979.

    • Janice: The way I feel about you?'s like I finally understand what Lionel Richie's been singing about. 
      Lionel Richie is an American pop singer known for his moving love songs. In the tag scene, Chandler and Phoebe attempt to sing "Endless Love", one of his biggest hits.

    • Rachel: Phoebe, you're in pain... Would you just go to the dentist--just go! 
      : Alright, fine, fine. But if you're my next victim, don't come back as a poltergeist and, like, suck me into the TV set.
      Phoebe is referring to the 1982 horror film, Poltergeist.