Season 1 Episode 22

The One with the Ick Factor

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 04, 1995 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: This is the first of two episodes in which Chandler gets one of the other friends a job where he works. The other one is next season's "The One with the Chicken Pox" where Joey pretends to be a data processor named "Joseph". In both episodes, Chandler ends up regretting getting his friend a job.

    • Continuity: In this episode we discover that Monica is 26. However in the next episode, "The One with the Birth", Joey states he is 25. This is an obvious mistake, since it is established that Joey is older than Monica.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: (to Rachel about a dream she had about Chandler) Tell him!
      Chandler: Tell me what?
      Monica: (to Rachel) Look at you... You won't even look at him!
      Chandler: Oh, c'mon, tell me... I could use another reason why women won't look at me.

    • Ross: I can't believe you two had sex in her dream!
      Chandler: I-I'm sorry... it was a one time thing... I was very drunk and it was someone else's subconscious...

    • Phoebe: (looking in the want ads) Can you see me operating a drill press?
      Joey: I dunno... what're you wearin'?

    • Ross: Pheebs... why would you want to operate a drill press?
      Phoebe: Just for some short-term work... y'know... 'til I get back some of my massage clients.
      Chandler: Pirates again?
      Phoebe: No. Nothing like that... I'm just such a dummy. I taught this "Massage Yourself at Home" workshop... and they are.

    • Chandler: My secretary's gonna be out for a couple of weeks... She's having one of her boobs reduced... It's a whole big boob story.
      Phoebe: (enthusiastically) I could be a secretary!
      Chandler: Well, y'know Pheebs, I dunno if it´s your kinda thing, because, uh... it involves a lot of being normal... for a large portion of the day.

    • Joey: What the hell does a paleontologist need a beeper for?
      Monica: Is it, like, for dinosaur emergencies? "Help! Come quick, they're still extinct!"

    • Ross: (about his new beeper) ...It's for when Carol goes into labor. She can get me wherever I am. I mean, all she has to do is to dial 55-JIMBO.
      Chandler: A cool phone number and a possible name for the kid.

    • Monica: Oh, I can't pass for twenty two?
      Phoebe: Well, maybe twenty five, twenty six.
      Monica: I am twenty six!
      Phoebe: There you go!

    • Joey: Hey, hey. How was the first day?
      Phoebe: Oh, excellent. Everyone was so, so nice.
      Chandler: See, it pays to know the man who wears my shoes... Me!
      Phoebe: No, I didn't tell anybody that I knew you.
      Chandler: Why not?
      Phoebe: Oh, because, y'know... they don't like you.
      Chandler: What?!
      Phoebe: I thought you knew that.
      Chandler: Nu-huh... Who doesn't like me?
      Phoebe: Everyone... Except for, uh... no, everyone.

    • Chandler: (about his employees disliking him) I can't believe this.
      Phoebe: Yeah, yeah! They even do you.
      Chandler: They "do" me?
      Phoebe: Y'know like um... okay, "Could that report... be any later?"
      (Joey and Ross start laughing)
      Chandler: I don't sound like that.
      Ross: Oh, c'mon, Chandler...
      Joey: Yeah, you do.
      Ross: (imitating Chandler) The hills are alive with the sound... of music!
      Joey: (imitating Chandler) My scone!
      Phoebe and Ross: (joining in) My scone!
      Chandler: Okay, I don't sound like that. That is so... not true.
      (Ross and Joey start laughing)
      Chandler: That is so not... that is so not... oh, shut up!

    • Monica: You did not!
      Ethan: I am telling you, up until I was like nine, I thought that "gunpoint" was an actual place where crimes happened.
      Monica: How is that possible?
      Ethan: Well think about it... You always hear it on the news, "A man is being held up... at Gunpoint", "Tourists are being terrorized... at Gunpoint". And I just kept thinking... why do people continue to go there?

    • Ethan: Uh, before we get into any staying-over stuff, there is something you should know.
      Monica: Okay, is this like, "I have an early class tomorrow," or, "I'm secretly married to a goat?"

    • Chandler: Oh, c'mon. You told me about the last dream.
      Rachel: No, forget it!
      Chandler: Oh, why not? ...Was I doing anything particularly... saucy?
      Rachel: Alright, fine. Um, you were not the only one there... Joey was there, too.
      Joey: Alright!
      Ross: Was there... uh, huh, huh, huh... anybody, anybody else there?
      Rachel: No.
      Ross: You're sure...? Nobody, uh... handing out mints or anything?

    • Ross: (about Ethan) What, you're not seeing him anymore?
      Monica: No. Sometimes things just don't work out.
      Chandler: And this has nothing to do with the fact he needs a note to get out of gym?
      Rachel: I didn't say anything, I swear! He stopped by.
      Joey: Hey, the next time you talk to him, can you ask him which one the strongest Power Ranger is?
      (Everyone laughs)
      Monica: Ha, ha, ha, my life is just so amusing. Could we drop it now?
      Chandler: Sure.
      Joey: Sorry.
      (The guys start crossing their forearms like Power Rangers)
      Ross: It's morphing time!
      Joey : Stegosaurus!
      Chandler: Tyrannosaurus!

    • (At Central Perk, Ethan needs to speak privately to Monica)
      : Hey, did you guys check out those new hand dryers in the bathroom?
      Ross: I thought that was just a rumor.
      Rachel: True story!

    • (Returning, the gang sees that Ethan and Monica are still talking)
      : Are your hands still wet?
      Joey: They're moist...
      Rachel: Let's dry them again.

    • (Ross was just beeped, Carol has gone into labor)
      Ross: Monica, let's go! C'mon now, people! Woman in labor!
      Chandler: (doing a little dance) Hey Ross, look what I got going here...
      Ross: Yeah, save it for the cab, okay? (to Rachel) What are you doing? What are you doing? We're going to a hospital!
      Rachel: (putting on makeup) What? So I can't look nice? There might be doctors there.
      Ross: Joey, get out of the fridge!
      Joey: Alright, alright! (comes out of his apartment with a huge sandwich)
      Ross: What is that?
      Joey: For the ride.
      Chandler: (to Joey) Oh, yeah, like in a cab--
      Ross: Save it!
      Chandler: Okay, hating this!
      Ross: Monica, c'mon now! Let's go! Baby coming!
      Monica: (in tears) I can't believe that I'm gonna be an aunt! I'm gonna have, like... a nephew.
      Ross: That's nice. Get out!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Sny o milencích (Dreams about Lovers)
      Unlike the English title, the Czech title refers to Rachel's storyline rather than Monica's.

    • One of Chandler's subordinates, the guy with red hair and glasses who does an impression of him, is played by Brian Buckner, a writer on Friends.

    • Monica: Oh, I can't pass for twenty two?
      Phoebe: Well, maybe twenty five, twenty six.
      Monica: I am twenty-six!
      Courteney Cox turned thirty-one a month after this episode aired.

    • This episode runs 23:53 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: I think last night was great. You know, the karaoke thing? Tracy and I doing "Ebony and Ivory."
      "Ebony and Ivory" was a number-one single in 1982 by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
      Karaoke is a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing popular songs along with pre-recorded background music.

    • Ross: This may take some time for him to get over it, but then at four, Muppet Babies is on.
      Jim Henson's Muppet Babies is an American animated television series.

    • Monica: (upon finding out she slept with a teenager) I'm Joan Collins.
      Ethan: Who?
      Joan Collins is an English actress most widely known for her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in the 1980's soap opera Dynasty. She is generally considered to be the original "Cougar" (an older woman who has purely physical relationships with younger men).

    • Monica: Oh God! I just had sex with someone who wasn't alive during the bicentennial!
      The United States Bicentennial was celebrated in 1976 on the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

    • Ross: (imitating Chandler) The hills are alive with the sound... of music.
      These are title song lyrics from the Broadway musical and 1965 Oscar-winning movie, The Sound of Music.

    • Joey: Listen... Next time you talk to 'im? ...could you ask him which one the strongest Power Ranger is?
      Ross: It's morphin' time!
      Joey: ...Stegosaurus!
      Chandler: ...Tyrannosaurus!
      This is a reference to the long-running, children's TV series Power Rangers. Although Joey and Ross were only joking, "Stegosaurus" is not one of the Ranger's zords.