Season 8 Episode 6

The One with the Halloween Party

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: This is the second time one of the friends' regular outfits is thought to be a costume. In this episode, Ursula insinuates that Phoebe's outfit is her Halloween costume, and in "The One with the Holiday Armadillo", the salesman at the costume shop asks Ross if he's there to return the pants he's wearing.

    • Trivia: Monica justifies getting a rabbit costume for Chandler by pointing out that The Velveteen Rabbit was his favorite book as a child. It's interesting to note that it was also his one-time girlfriend Kathy's favorite book.

    • Continuity: It's unusual how they all agree Ross could win against Chandler, but in the Season 7 episode, "The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding", when Ross tells Chandler he would "kick his ass", they all laugh it off. In this episode, however, we learn that they are--to quote Joey--"equally weak".

    • Continuity: In this episode, Monica and Chandler are arm wrestling, and seem to be at about the same level of strength. Yet, in other episodes, all the characters admit Monica is "freakishly strong."

    • Goof: When Rachel comes back to the party and talks to Joey, Joey picks up a piece of food and sets it back down. When the camera angle changes, he is suddenly eating something.

    • Goof: Throughout the episode the size of Chandler's carrot keeps changing between shots.

    • Goof: When Phoebe meets Ursula's fiance, he takes a napkin to wipe the sweat out of his right eye. When the shot changes, he's wiping his left eye. When he starts wiping his forehead, the shot changes and suddenly he's wiping his eye again.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: I know it's last minute, but we decided to have a Halloween party.
      Phoebe: Oh good!
      Monica: ...and everybody has to wear costumes.
      (They all grumble at the idea)
      Monica: C'mon! It'll be fun!
      Ross: Well, I'll be there. I mean, I have to wear a costume to all my classes that day anyway so...
      Rachel: Please, tell me you're not gonna dress up like a dinosaur.
      Ross: (scoffs unconvincingly) Not two years in a row...

    • Joey: Halloween is so stupid... Dressing up and pretending to be someone you're not?
      Chandler: You're an actor!

    • Monica: (to Rachel as she arrives for the Halloween party) Wait! You were supposed to wear a costume...
      Rachel: I am! ...I am a woman who spent a lot of money on a dress and she wants to wear it, because soon... she won't be able to fit into it.
      Monica: Oh! (gesturing to her own costume) I'm Catwoman! ...who wants to borrow the dress when you're too big for it.

    • Phoebe: (dramatically) Ah, Catwoman... so we meet again.
      Monica: So we do, Supergirl.
      Phoebe: ...No, it's me, Phoebe!

    • Monica: (about the Halloween costume she got for Chandler) It was either a pink bunny, or no bunny at all.
      Chandler: No bunny at all! Always no bunny at all!

    • Monica: (when Joey comes in wearing a sweater vest and khakis) You didn't dress up either?
      Joey: Yes I did. I'm Chandler. (sees Chandler's bunny costume) Dude, what happened?
      Chandler: (checking out Joey's outfit) How is that me?
      Joey: Okay. I'm Chandler. Whahhh!!
      Phoebe: (laughing, pointing at Chandler) That is so you!
      Chandler: When have I ever done that?
      Joey: (imitating Chandler) When have I ever done that? Whahhh!

    • (Rachel's been giving out candy to the kids at Halloween)
      : Monica... we need more candy.
      Monica: There've only been, like, four kids!
      Rachel: I know, but one of them just said she loved me, so I just gave her everything.
      Phoebe: No wonder you're pregnant.

    • Ross: (arriving at the party) Hey...
      Monica: (confused by his costume) What are you supposed to be?
      Ross: Remember the Russian satellite Sputnik? Well... I'm a potato... or a "spud"... and these are my antennae? So, "Sputnik" becomes...?
      (No one is getting it)
      Ross: ..."Spud-nik". "Spudnik!"
      Chandler: Wow, I don't have the worst costume anymore.

    • Eric: I teach the second grade.
      Phoebe: I love the second grade!
      Eric: Really?
      Phoebe: Yeah, it's so much better than first grade, when you don't know what's goin' on--and definitely better than third grade--y'know, with all the politics and the mind games.

    • Monica: Joey, you read comic books, right?
      Joey: Exclusively.

    • Monica: What would you say if I told you that, y'know, I thought Ross or Chandler could beat you up?
      Joey: I would say, "Woman, please!"

    • Chandler: (greeting Mona at the door and noting her costume) Oh, hi! Joey's gonna be thrilled... He was hoping you'd come by as a slutty nurse.
      Mona: Um, actually... I'm just a nurse.
      Chandler: Huh, you'd think that'd embarrass me, but you see (gestures to his own pink bunny costume) ...I'm maxed out!

    • Mona: (seeing Ross's costume) Wait, wait... You're, um... you're a potato...
      Ross: Well, I'm a... spu-u-ud...
      Mona: ...and the antennae? (gasps) Oh, my God! You're "Spudnik!"
      Ross: (delighted) Yes-s-s!
      Chandler: (overhearing) Marry her.

    • Joey: Who do you think would win in a fight between Ross and Chandler?
      Monica: I can't answer that! ...Chandler's my husband!
      Joey: So, Ross...?
      Monica: Yeah.

    • Chandler: Prove it!
      Ross: Oh, I'll prove it! I'll prove it like a theorem!

    • Chandler: You're going down.
      Ross: Oh yeah? You're going further down! Downtown!
      Joey: Seriously guys, the trash talk is embarrassing.

    • Phoebe: (to Ursula about Eric) The only reason he's marrying you is because he thinks all the things you were saying about yourself are true.
      Ursula: Well, they could be true...
      Phoebe: But they're not!
      Ursula: Yeah... It's a fine line, huh?

    • Mona: (about Ross and Chandler arm-wrestling) Wow. They're both really strong.
      Joey: ...Or equally weak.

    • Phoebe: (to Eric about him planning to marry Ursula) Okay, I can't let you do this! She's lying to you.
      Eric: What?
      Phoebe: She is lying! And I bet I can prove it. Excuse me. (she grabs Ursula's purse, goes through it, and finds some papers.) Okay. Okay. Yeah, not a prayer chain, but what looks like a detailed drawing of a bank floor plan.

    • Eric: I am so stupid! Of course she's lying. She's not a teacher... There's no such thing as the "Top Secret Elementary School for the Children of Spies."

    • Rachel: Oh, I am just awful with children.
      Joey: C'mon, you're good with kids. They're just crazy on Halloween... Y'know, they're all greedy and... hopped-up on sugar!
      Rachel: Really? You think that's all it is?
      Joey: Absolutely. Halloween is the worst... except for Christmas... and their birthdays. They kinda get a little crazy during the summer, too... and anytime they're hungry or sleepy. Yeah, kids are tough... Good luck with that.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui perturbait Halloween (The One Who Disrupted Halloween)

    • When playing both Phoebe and Ursula, Lisa Kudrow's older sister Helene Marla Kudrow doubles for the shoulder shots.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series (Kenny Tintorri).

      This episode was nominated for a Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for Best Contemporary Makeup in Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime).

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Ursula, played by Lisa Kudrow.

    • This episode runs 22:18 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Gunther comes to the party dressed as Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown is the lead character in the Peanuts comics created by Charles M. Schulz.

    • Chandler: Howdy, doodie.
      This is a reference to the 50's children's television show Howdy Doody.

    • Rachel: I don't suppose you saw the cover of British Vogue?
      Vogue is a fashion magazine that is published in several countries, including Great Britain and the United States.

    • Phoebe: Catwoman. So we meet again.
      Monica: So we do, Supergirl.
      Catwoman is a fictional character from the Batman series, published by DC Comics.
      Supergirl is a fictional character from the Superman series, published by DC Comics.

    • Ross: Remember the Russian satellite, Sputnik?

      The Russian satellite Sputnik was launched on October 4, 1957. It was the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.

    • Joey: (to Ross, suggesting Halloween costumes for Mona) Oh! Oh! ...Leatherface from Texas Chain Saw Massacre! No, wait... slutty Leatherface! 
      Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a horror movie from 1974 and remade in 2003. The murderous character Leatherface is rumored to have been based on real-life serial killer Ed Gein. Gein was also the inspiration for the character Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960).