Season 3 Episode 18

The One with the Hypnosis Tape

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Ross says that if he had a million dollars, he'd invest it and live off the interest. Based on 2016 figures, even with high-quality tax-free bonds earning 4%, Ross would have to live on $40,000 a year, slightly below the U.S. median income--not exactly an opulent lifestyle. Oh, to be a millionaire!

    • 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

    • 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: Y'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) Y'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, c'mon, 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, y'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 Jr: Oh, well just probably the worst one since I've been alive.
      Phoebe: What, um... What happened?
      Frank Jr: Um, Alice, uh, she, uh, called it off.
      Phoebe: Oh, no. Did, um, did she say why?
      Frank Jr: 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: Y'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...

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Rachel: Monica, last Saturday night, what happened on Walker, Texas Ranger?
      Walker, Texas Ranger was an American television western/police dramatic series, created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis.

    • 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.
      "Wipe Out" is an instrumental song by The Surfaris, covered by the The Beach Boys.