Season 4 Episode 1

The One with the Jellyfish

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In the opening shot of Chandler and Monica lying side by side on the beach, the camera pans up from the water and there are only footprints in the sand around them, but when Joey appears, his hole is right at their feet.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Phoebe Sr. tells Phoebe that she was 18 years old when she gave birth to her. In the previous episode, Phoebe and the friends had decided to travel to the beach after Phoebe found a picture of her parents labeled "me, Frank and Phoebe, graduation 1965." Phoebe says that she is 29 years old in this episode which takes place in 1997, making her birth year 1968. It is virtually impossible for her birth mother to have graduated high school in 1965 and to have been 18 in 1968.

    • Trivia: In this episode Monica tells Chandler that she would never go out with him. However Monica and Chandler end up together a year later at the end of season 4, and they eventually marry in season 7.

    • Goof: When Ross storms out of Rachel's room during the breakup, several stage lights are visible at the top of the screen when the camera angle switches to the long shot.

    • Goof: The scene at the beginning of the episode shows Rachel putting some kind of lotion on Bonnie's bald head because it "got all sunburned." But the only time Bonnie had been outside since shaving her head was for a midnight dip in the ocean, meaning her head could not have been sunburned.

    • Goof: While on the beach, Joey is sitting in his hole when it's filled with water. But when Monica gets stung by the jellyfish, Joey rushes out of his hole and his swim trunks are completely dry.

    • Goof: Ross's hair is longer than in the season 3 finale.

    • Phoebe's Song: "Colors"
      ...and fuchsia and mauve.
      Those are the 66 colors of my bedroom.

    • Goof: When Chandler, Joey, and Monica tell the jellyfish story, Chandler says sometimes at night he still hears Joey's voice screaming "Do it! Do it!". Joey says he yells it through the wall at night to freak Chandler out, but no nights have passed. They tell the story the same day the jellyfish bite occurred. Notice Rachel, Ross and Phoebe are wearing the same clothes they had before they left the beach house.

    • Goof: When Monica, Chandler and Joey are re-telling the jellyfish incident, just after Chandler says "and then Joey remembered something," you can see Rachel laughing momentarily before becoming suddenly serious again.

    • Goof: In "The One At the Beach," the season 3 finale, when Ross is deciding which door to enter, he enters Rachel's room, says "Hi" then closes the door. However at the start of this episode, Ross enters, says "Hi" and before the door is closed, Bonnie leaves through it. The two scenes are supposed to be the exact same moment.

    • Goof: Even though the first scene between Phoebe and her birth mother is supposed to be a continuation of "The One At the Beach," the season 3 finale, Phoebe Sr.'s, played by Teri Garr, hair is significantly different than the end of season 3.

    • Trivia: The idea of peeing on a jellyfish sting to remove the pain is an urban myth and does not affect the pain.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (To the gang, about Monica) That's right, I stepped up! She's my friend and she needed help. If I had to, I'd pee on anyone of you.

    • Joey: (Explaining why he couldn't get Monica back to the house) I was tired from digging the huge hole!

    • Monica: All right! All right. I got stung. Stung bad. I couldn't stand. I couldn't walk.
      Chandler: We were two miles from the house. Scared and alone. We didn't think we could make it.
      Monica: I was in too much pain.
      Joey: And I was tired from digging the huge hole!
      Chandler: And then Joey remembered something.
      Joey: I'd seen this thing on The Discovery Channel...
      Ross: Wait a minute! I saw that! On The Discovery Channel, yeah! About jellyfish and how if you... Ewwww! You peed on yourself?!
      Phoebe and Rachel: Ewwww!
      Monica: You can't say that! You don't know! I mean I thought I was gonna pass out from the pain! Anyway I, I tried, but I, I couldn't... bend that way.

    • Ross: What the hell happened on that beach?
      Joey: That's between us and the sea, Ross!

    • Bonnie: Thanks a million.
      Rachel: You're welcome a million.
      Bonnie: (To Ross) Come on, smell it.
      Ross: (Smells her head) Mmmm, minty.

    • Phoebe: You walked out on me and I'm gonna do the same thing to you.
      Phoebe Sr.: Wait.
      Phoebe: I don't ever wanna see you again. (Phoebe walks out, then walks back in with her hand over her eyes) Where's my purse?

    • Chandler: All right, there's a nuclear holocaust. I'm the last man on Earth. Would you go out with me?
      Monica: Ehh.
      Chandler: I've got canned goods!

    • Rachel: Ya know I can't believe I even thought about getting back together again! We are so over!
      Ross: (Makes fake crying noises) Fine by me!

    • Chandler: (Wails loudly into his hands) Joey kept screaming at me, "Do it now! Do it! Do it! Do it now!" Sometimes late at night I can still hear the screaming.
      Joey: (Laughs) That's 'cause sometimes I just do it through my wall to freak you out.

    • Phoebe Sr: I was eighteen years old. I mean, you remember what it's like to be eighteen years old?
      Phoebe: Yeah. Let's see, my Mom had killed herself, and my Dad had run off, and I was living in a Gremlin with a guy named Cindy who talked to his hand.

    • Ross: It took two people to break up this relationship.
      Rachel: Yeah, you and that girl from the copy place, which yesterday you took full responsibility for.
      Ross: I didn't know what I was taking responsibility for. Okay. I didn't finish the whole letter.
      Rachel: What!?
      Ross:I fell asleep.
      Rachel: You fell asleep!?
      Ross: It was 5:30 in the morning, and you had rambled on for 18 pages. (Walks towards door, stops and turns around) Front and back!

    • Rachel: I just feel so sorry for you and and all those long lonely nights when you lie awake wishing you were with me!
      Ross: Oh don't you worry about me falling asleep, I still have your letter!

    • Monica: (Sets down some cards) Gin.
      Chandler: We were playing Gin? Ya know if we were a couple, we could play this game naked.
      Monica: Will you stop!
      Chandler: Okay. All right.
      Monica: Okay, all right, I think you're great, I think you're sweet, and you're smart, and I love you. But you will always be the guy who peed on me.

    • Rachel: (To Ross) And hey, it's not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy and it is a big deal!
      Chandler: I knew it!

    • Ross: We were on a break!
      Chandler: Oh my God! If you say that one more time, I'm going to break up with you!

    • Ross: Oh, and by the way, y-o-u-apostrophe-r-e means "you are" and y-o-u-r means "your"!

    • Monica: Damn the jellyfish. Damn all the jellyfish!

    • Joey: Hey, what if you found out your mom wasn't actually your mom, and your new mom was really hot?
      Chandler: But it's your mom.
      Joey: No. I'm talking about your mom.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Příběh medúzy (Story of Jellyfish)

    • Beginning this season, Monica has a different refrigerator. For the first three seasons it was a vintage Westinghouse, now she has a used International Harvester. No explanation is given for the switch.

    • This is the final appearance of Christine Taylor as Bonnie. Bonnie was in 3 episodes of Friends.

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

    • There is a new opening sequence during the theme song. Clips are added in from different episodes.

    • This episode runs 23:30 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions