Season 4 Episode 10

The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 18, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross must decide whether to continue dating a girl he must travel two-and-a-half hours to see. Chandler sets Rachel up with a coworker who misunderstands her intentions. Monica is being treated poorly by her new coworkers so she hires Joey just so she can fire him and show who's the boss. And Phoebe tries to write the perfect holiday song.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Pretty funny.

    This episode was just okay. The episode I liked the most was Monica's plot because I love how everyone is so mean to her. I'm not trying to be mean, but it is quite funny. I loved what they wrote on her hat. Joey was nice enough to back her. "With A Little Help From My Friends" as the song says. Ross' plot was also just okay, I like how at the end, he ended up with a girl from Montreal, Canada. That reminded me of "Seinfeld" somewhat. Phoebe's Christmas song was perfect well except at the end. Perfect plot that tied the rest together.moreless
  • Not the best Friends episode, but still very good.

    Not much happens in this episode that affects anything else, but it has its moments. Monica hires Joey to be a waiter at her restaurant just so she can fire him to show that she can't be messed with. Joey initially goes with the idea, but after realising how much money he can make, he doesn't want to get fired. Eventually though, he agrees. Ross has to decide whether he should continue to date a girl from Poughkeepsie or date one who lives locally. He doesnt find the local one fun so breaks up with her, and intends to break up with the one from Poughkeepsie because he is too exhausted from dating her, but falls asleep on the train and ends up in an even worse predicament. My favourite part of the episode, though, is Phoebe, who tries to write a holiday song for everyone, which ends up being hilarious. Overall, slightly disappointing for Friends standards but still a great episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Chandler is trying to set Rachel up with someone from work, a guy asks, "Is this hot Rachel that you took to the Christmas party?" Chandler has been going with Kathy since Thanksgiving, so why would he take Rachel to a company Christmas party?

    • Factual Error: Ross could never have slept all the way to Montreal. At the Canadian border he would have been awakened and asked to identify himself and state his reason for entering Canada.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Ross is seen sleeping in Central Perk and on the train. However, in "The One with George Stephanopolous" Ross sees Phoebe sleeping in Central Perk and states "I cannot sleep in a public place."

    • Continuity: Rachel's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend," Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5, and this is consistent with the month of birthday parties thrown for her on the show in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out," (which aired in May 1995) and in her one-month-early surprise party in "The One Where Rachel Smokes," (which aired in April 1999). Rachel's 30th birthday, however, is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty," (which aired on February 8, 2001). A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19). Rachel also mentions that her birthday is after Valentine's Day, but before Christmas in this episode.

    • Phoebe's Songs: "Holiday Song" (First Rendition)
      Happy Hanukkah, Monica.
      May your Christmas be snowy, Joey.
      Happy New Year, Chandler and Ross.
      Spin the dreidel, Rachel!

      "Holiday Song" (Second Rendition)
      Happy happy Hanukkah,
      Chandler and Monica.
      Very merry...

      "Holiday Song" (Final Rendition)
      Went to the store, sat on Santa's lap.
      Asked him to bring my friends all kinds of crap.
      He said, "all you need is to write them a song."
      Now you haven't heard it yet, so don't try to sing along.
      So don't sing along.
      Monica, Monica, have a happy Hanukkah.
      Saw Santa Claus, he said hello to Ross.
      And please tell Joey Christmas will be snowy.
      And Rachel and Chandler, (Mumbles some nonsense that rhymes with "Chandler").
      Happy holidays everybody!

    • Goof: In the scene on the train when the conductor announces Montreal, Ross's head goes from laying on his shoulder to an upright position when the camera angle changes.

    • Trivia: This is the second of three episodes in which Joey is given a job by one of his friends. In "The One with the Chicken Pox", Chandler gets Joey a processing job at his office. In "The One with Phoebe's Uterus", Ross gets Joey a job as a tour guide at the museum.

    • Factual Error: At the end of the episode, when Ross arrives in Montreal and meets the blond woman, she says that it's a two-hour ferry ride to Nova Scotia. In reality, it is nearly 400 miles from Montreal to Nova Scotia. They would first have to travel over 300 miles across land to get to the "two-hour ferry ride", about the same distance as from Montreal back to New York City.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Phoebe: Where were you?
      Ross: Oh, on a date. Yeah, I met this girl on the train going to a museum upstate.
      Chandler: Oh, yeah! How did you meet her?
      Phoebe: (at the same time as Chandler) Oh, which museum? (then reflecting) No, answer his.

    • Ross: (about a girl he just met) So, I'm getting back now because she lives in Poughkeepsie. She seems really great, but she's like, two-and-a-half hours away...
      Chandler: How can she be great if she's from Poughkeepsie? (when no one laughs) Hey, that joke would have killed in Albany.

    • Chandler: Really? I didn't think girls ever just wanted a fling.
      Rachel: Huh. Let me tell you something. It's been a long time since I've been flung.
      Joey: Well, I know what I'm giving you for Christmas.

    • Rachel: No accountants. Oh, and no one from, like, "legal." I don't like guys with boring jobs.
      Chandler: Oh, and Ross was like what, a lion tamer?

    • Monica: I haven't been picked on this much since I was in kindergarten and they had to bring in somebody from junior high to do the see-saw with me.

    • Phoebe: (finishing a holiday song she wrote) ...spin the dreidel Rachel!
      Rachel: Hey, Pheebs, that's great!
      Phoebe: Oh, yayyy!
      Rachel: ...But y'know, uh... Rachel doesn't rhyme with dreidel...
      Phoebe: I know, but it's so hard. Nothing rhymes with your stupid name!

    • Phoebe: Don't you have a nickname or something that's easier to rhyme with?
      Monica: Didn't your dad use to call you "Pumpkin?"
      Rachel: Yeah, he did.
      Phoebe: Okay, but did he ever call you like, "Budolph?"

    • Ross: I should get going. I, I got a date tonight.
      Chandler: Oh, yeah? With who?
      Ross: You know that girl I told you about who lives up in Poughkeepsie?
      Chandler: Yeah.
      Ross: Not her. Yeah, this is someone else I meet, and I, I can't decide between the two of them.

    • Joey: Oh, what happened to your fancy chef jacket?
      Monica: They baked it!

    • Rachel: Chandler! You have the best taste in men!
      Chandler: Well, like father, like son.

    • Monica: Okay, could the waiters gather around to hear tonight's specials? Okay, first, there's, uh, Chilean Sea Bass, prepared with a mango relish, on a bed... why is nobody writing these down?
      Waiter: Because we can remember them.
      Monica: And because you're all going to make up fake specials, and make me cook them like you did the other night?
      Waiter: Well, sure, that too.

    • Phoebe: (singing) Happy happy Hanukkah, Chandler and Monica. Merry merry...
      Chandler: Uh, Pheebs, I'm not Jewish, so...
      Phoebe: And Ross doesn't really decorate his tree with floss, but you don't hear him complaining, do you? God!

    • Phoebe: I had the same problem when I lived in Prague.
      Chandler: Prague?
      Phoebe: So much you don't know.

    • Rachel: Chandler. Did you tell Rick that I was looking for a serious relationship?
      Chandler: I did! I absolutely did!
      Rachel: You idiot!
      Chandler: I'm sure you're right, but why?

    • Chandler: Hey, ya know what? I've got two tickets to tonight's Rangers game. You wanna come with me?
      Rachel: Cute guys in little shorts? Sure.
      Chandler: Well, actually it's a hockey team, so it's angry Canadians with no teeth.
      Rachel: Well that sounds fun too.

    • Chandler: (after a touching moment) Have you ever been with a woman?
      Rachel: What?! Chandler, what is the matter with you?!
      Chandler: So there is no good time to ask that question.

    • Monica: I need more swordfish. Can you get me some more swordfish?
      Kitchen Worker: I don't speak English.
      Monica: You did a minute ago!
      Kitchen Worker: Well, I don't know what to tell ya!

    • Joey: (loudly so the entire kitchen will hear) Well I guess I should've thought about my wife and kids before I talked back to chef Geller! Yep! Looks like it's gonna be a lean Christmas at the Dragon house this year!
      Monica: (aside to Joey) Enough!
      Joey(loudly as he's leaving) Lean, lean, lean!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Phoebe: (to Rachel) Do you maybe have a nickname have like a nickname that's easier to rhyme?
      Monica: Didn't your dad used to call you Pumpkin?
      Rachel: Oh yeah!
      Phoebe: Pumpkin? Yeah. But did he ever call you like, Budolph?
      Budolph is easy to rhyme with Rudolph, the main character in the famous Christmas story-song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," created by Robert L. May in 1939.

    • Chandler: I remember reading about this director, I think it was Orson Welles, who at the beginning of a movie, would hire somebody just so he could fire them in front of everybody.

      George Orson Welles was an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor.