Season 4 Episode 1

The One with the Jellyfish

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: When Phoebe greets Ursula at her door, she says, "Hi Ursula", and Ursula responds, "Hey". When Ursula says "Hey", however, you can see that Phoebe is also saying something but it's been removed from the soundtrack. It appears to be, "How've you been". It was obviously removed so that Phoebe's line wouldn't overdub Ursula's when synchronizing the two shots, both of which were of Lisa Kudrow.

    • Goof: You would think that before Monica would endure the embarrassment of having Chandler pee on her, she would have simply transferred some of her own urine to the jellyfish sting using a cupped hand or even Joey's shovel (she had Joey's hole for privacy).

    • Goof: In the shot of Chandler and Monica lying side by side on the beach, the camera pans up from the water and there is only sand and then footprints in the sand around them. 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 which takes place the very same evening.

    • Phoebe's Song:
       ...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 sting occurred. Notice Rachel, Ross and Phoebe are wearing the same clothes they had on when 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," it cuts to a shot of the rest of the gang and you can see that Jennifer Aniston is grinning and gesturing to Matthew Perry. She then gets back into character, turning to listen to Joey, much more serious.

    • Goof: In 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 occur in the exact same time frame.

    • Goof: Even though the first scene between Phoebe and her birth mother is supposed to be a continuation of the Season 3 finale, Phoebe Sr.'s hair (Teri Garr) is significantly different than at the end of Season 3.

    • Trivia: The idea of peeing on a jellyfish sting to remove the pain is an urban myth. Flooding the area with vinegar is the most effective home remedy, but only prevents the stingers from releasing more venom. The stingers must then be removed using tweezers. The pain itself must be dealt with using conventional analgesics, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

  • Quotes

    • (Rachel has applied lotion to Bonnie's bald, sunburned head)
      : Thanks a million.
      Rachel: You're welcome a million.
      Bonnie: (to Ross) C'mon, smell it...
      Ross: (reluctantly sniffs her head) Mmmm, minty.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

    • Monica: (having elected to tell of the jellyfish incident) Alright! Alright. 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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 a-sleep?!
      Ross: It was five-thirty in the morning and you had rambled on for eighteen pages... (walks towards door, stops and turns around) Front and back!

    • Ross: Oh, and by the way, Y-O-U-apostrophe-R-E means "you are" and Y-O-U-R means "your"!

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

    • Rachel: I just feel bad about all that sleep you're gonna miss, wishing you were with me!
      Ross: Oh, don't you worry about me falling asleep... I still have your let-ter!

    • Rachel: (to Ross as he's leaving) And hey, just so you know... it's not that common... it doesn't happen to every guy... and it is a big deal!
      Chandler: I knew it!!

    • Monica: (lays down her playing cards) Gin...
      Chandler: We were playing Gin? (thinks for a moment) Y'know, if we were a couple, we could play this game naked.
      Monica: Will you stop!
      Chandler: Okay. Alright...
      Monica: Okay, alright... I think you're great... I think you're sweet and you're smart... and I love you...
      (Chandler smiles and takes her hands)
      Monica: ...but you will always be the guy who peed on me!

  • Notes

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

    • 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 older sister, Helene Marla Kudrow, doubles for the shoulder shots.

    • There is a new opening sequence during the theme song. Clips are added in from later episodes of Season 3 and a couple from Season 4.

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

  • Allusions

    • Joey: I'd seen this thing on The Discovery Channel...
      The Discovery Channel
      is an American cable and satellite television channel. It initially provided documentary programming about popular science, technology and history, but more recently has expanded into reality television and pseudo-scientific entertainment.

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