Season 3 Episode 18

The One with the Hypnosis Tape

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A desperate Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers, who turns out to be very, very well-off. Phoebe's half-brother visits and announces he is getting married to a much, much older woman. And Chandler uses a hypnosis tape to quit smoking, with surprising results.moreless

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  • The title tells it all!

    This episode is my personal favorite of the season. Matthew Perry is just wonderful in this episode, it no doubt was one of his best of the season, possibly one of this best of the series. He is very funny and strangely very believable. Though it does bother me a little that Rachel never realized what was going on with Chandler and the tape, it only takes me a second to realize it was Rachel I was talking about, of course she didn't notice ANYTHING. This is one of the greatest Chandler-based episodes of the series. I am always surprised by how much attention it lacks.moreless
  • The Pete storyline is introduced.

    Finally they give Monica a good boyfriend, well for now, and he is rich! Too bad Monica doesn't really feel anything. He was so nice to give her that large tip. Rachel's reaction was pretty funny. They go to Rome! That is something that doesn't happen every day! I like how Frank came back, I guess he is a recurring character official, he is going to get married to Alice! Which is a great character by the way. Chandler acting like a girl through the whole thing was hilarious! It really fit, the reactions to it was also hilarious. A great episode.moreless
  • a good episode

    in this episode monica dates a restaurant customer who turns ou to be a multi billionaire. rachael tries to get chandler to stop smoking by using an hypnosis tape. but the tape is all about women who try to give up smoling and then chandler becomes more feminine, monica confronts her new boyfriends wealth decides to now become proper bf gf material. and joey who wakes up at the niht hears chandlers hypnosis tape and puts in his own lines like joeys your best friend you will make hima cheese sandwich every day. lol a very good episode. ha ha.moreless
  • Hilarious episode!SPOILERS

    I like this episode a lot. Especially its DVD version that adds some good things about Chandler. Chandler, in fact, has to quit smoking and Rachel gives him an hypnosis tape that (whoops!) repeats "you're a strong, confident WOMAN" so we can see chandler acting like a girl in the whole episode and it's fantastic! Really wonderful: he throws the keys like a girl he uses Chap Stick in a really girly way, and so on... The whole episode is about Phoebe's brother getting married with Alice who is 26 years older than him. This has brought many other good lines. Summarizing it all: a good friends episode, average among third season.moreless
  • Chandler is a strong, powerful woman. Looks like somebody picked up the wrong tape.

    I think the most comical part about the whole episode is when Chandler starts acting more feminine and we finally find out why. Chandler is trying to quit smoking. To do so, he listens to a hypnosis tape at night while he sleeps to hopefully help him quit. When Joey walks in on him while he's asleep and is playing the tape, he realizes that it mentions that he is a strong and powerful woman. Chandler's feminine actions is a result from getting a tape meant for a female. Looks like the hypnosis tape works after all. Joey puts this to the test and starts to repeat "make Joey a sandwich" to Chandler while he sleeps to see if it will sink in. His plan however, is interrupted, and Joey doesn't get his sandwich after all.moreless
Jeffrey David Brooks

Jeffrey David Brooks


Guest Star

Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi

Frank Buffay Jr.

Recurring Role

Debra Jo Rupp

Debra Jo Rupp

Alice Knight

Recurring Role

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

Pete Becker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: In Central Perk, just after Monica asks Frank Jr. and Alice how they met, a microphone drops into view above Ross's head.

    • Goof: When Chandler opens up the magazine to show Monica and Rachel a picture of Pete, he opens it up and we are able to see a fully yellow page. When the camera angle changes the visible page of the magazine is covered in articles.

    • Continuity: Gunther stops Chandler from smoking in Central Perk, but previously he didn't stop him in "The One with the Thumb." (Maybe Central Perk's rules changed.)

    • Goof: When Pete is outside Monica's door and the six friends are inside looking out, production lights are visible above the set over Monica's apartment.

    • Goof: When Frank Jr is sitting in front of the TV while Davey and Goliath is on, his hand is along the edge of the TV set. When Phoebe walks in, his arm is straight out. Then when Mrs. Knight comes in, his head is straight down and the arm is back along the edge.

    • Goof: In the diner scene when Rachel makes the comment about working in fashion, she has a spoon in her left hand. When the camera angle changes her hand is empty, and then she is holding a piece of bread.

    • Goof: Just after Chandler has used the chapstick, a tissue magically appears in his hand.

    • Goof: When Chandler asks for chapstick, his hands are in his coat pockets. When the camera angle changes, his hands are clasped in front of him.

    • Goof: After Mrs. Knight sits down with Phoebe's brother in Central Perk, keep an eye on the strap of her handbag. It changes position at least half a dozen times.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Gunther: (takes a drag off of Chandler's cigarette) Oh, Dark Mother... once again I suckle at your smoky teat.

    • Ross: It's just that hypnosis is beyond crap.
      Rachel: Ross, I watched you get hypnotized in Atlantic City.
      Ross: Hey, that guy did not hypnotize me, okay?
      Rachel: Oh right, 'cause you always pull your pants down at the count of three and play "Wipe Out" on your butt cheeks.

    • Phoebe: What, he's eighteen!
      Ross: Exactly, it'll be illegal for him to drink at his own bachelor party.
      Joey: Yeah, or to get a hooker.
      Chandler: Always illegal, Joe.

    • Alice: (meeting Phoebe for the first time) Frank told me so much about you, but you're not how I pictured you at all.
      Phoebe: Yeah. I'm a big surprise.

    • Alice: You know, I mean, really... we do realize that there's an age difference between us?
      Phoebe: Oh good! Okay. 'Cause you were acting like you didn't.

    • Monica: The only reason you want to go out with me is because of the blond wig, and the big boobs, and the fact that I serve you food.
      Pete: Well, if that were true I'd be dating my Aunt Ruth. And the two times we went out, it was just plain awkward.

    • Rachel: (about Pete asking Monica out) Well, I mean, are you sure you wanna go out with her? I mean, that ain't a pretty picture in the morning. That wig all in disarray, and boobs flung over the nightstand.
      Monica: I mean, really, think about it.
      Pete: Oh, I will.

    • Joey: (to Ross) So, we're walking down the street, and I turn to you and say: "Hey, let's go hang out at Totally Nude Nudes," remember? And then you turn to me and say, "Nah, let's just hang out at your place." Well, that was a nice move, dumb-ass.

    • Chandler: (about his briefcase) You know, I forgot the combination to this a year ago? I just carry it around.

    • Rachel: (about Pete's tip) Oh, my God. I can't believe this is a real $20,000 check. Oh, this is just so exciting.
      Monica: Or incredibly offensive.
      Rachel: Oh yeah, sure, that too.

    • Ross: (to Frank Jr.) All we're saying is, don't rush into anything.
      Joey: Yeah, come on, think about it. You're eighteen. Okay, she's forty-four. When you're thirty-six, she's gonna be eighty-eight.
      Frank Jr.: What? You don't think I know that?

    • Phoebe: (to Joey) You're Frank's best man?!
      Joey: I couldn't help it. Their love is so pure.
      Phoebe: Well then, (to Ross) what about you?! Huh?!
      Ross: I'm the ring bearer.

    • Monica: (about the $20,000 tip Pete left her) Seriously, what is this supposed to mean?
      Pete: Well, you know, I never know how much to tip.
      Monica: You're supposed to double the tax. Not double the tax of Romania.

    • Phoebe: So, how was your day?
      Frank: Oh, well just probably the worst one since I've been alive.
      Phoebe: What, um... What happened?
      Frank: Um, Alice, uh, she, uh, called it off.
      Phoebe: Oh, no. Did, um, did she say why?
      Frank: Uh, no, not really... Just that I was too young, y'know? But I don't see how I could all-of-a-sudden be too young, 'cause... I'm older than I was when we first got together.

    • Frank Jr.: You know, I would storm out of here right now, if I had some money, or a place to go...

    • Joey: So, Ross. If you had a million dollars, what's the first thing you'd buy?
      Ross: I'd probably get some municipal bonds, and then put the rest of the money in the bank and live off the interest.
      Joey: Well, we've heard from Dr. Fun.

    • Woman's voice on Tape: (hypnotic) You are a strong, confident woman who does not need to smoke... (original recording terminates abruptly)
      Joey: (overdubbed on tape, similarly hypnotic) Joey is your best friend... You want to make him a cheese sandwich every day... And you also want to buy him hundreds of dollars' worth of pants...

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