Season 9 Episode 18

The One with the Lottery

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: In Season 6's, "The One with Joey's Porsche", Joey makes a big deal about how "Porsche" is pronounced "Porsh-uh", but at the beginning of this episode when he asks Monica if he can borrow her car to go buy lottery tickets out-of-state, he pronounces it "Porsh".

    • Trivia: Joey wants to pool all the winnings ($300 million) and buy the NY Knicks. According to Forbes, $300 million was the original purchase price of the Knicks in 1997. At the time this program aired (April 2003), the team would have been worth considerably more. As of February 2017, the value of the team is listed by Forbes as $3.3 billion.
      Of course, Joey's plan is all based on the assumption that if they won, they'd receive $300 million in cash, but if they took a lump-sum payment, after taxes, they'd end up with less than half that. Naturally, you don't want to consider such pedestrian details when you're dreaming.

    • Goof: When Ross arrived at Monica and Chandler's apartment just before the lotto drawing, the friends were surprised to see him. Monica said since he was there, she wanted him to participate in their lotto ticket pool, so she would put in $50 for him (and Ross then said he'd pay for the tickets himself). Since no one (including Monica) knew Ross would be there for the drawing, how did Monica know to get 50 extra tickets when she was in Connecticut? And why didn't this alert everyone else to the fact that Monica bought many more tickets than the agreed upon number?
      Note: When Monica is explaining how they will sort through the tickets to see if they've won, she says they'll divide up the tickets into 6 groups of 40 and whoever finishes first can go through the other 10. In other words, they only have 250 tickets. Obviously, Ross's contribution would be divided between the others so that everyone paid equally for their share of the 250 tickets. The only inconsistency is when Monica says that she'll throw in $50 for Ross, since his contribution with only 250 tickets would be about $42.

    • Goof: At the very start of the episode when the camera zooms in on Central Perk, you clearly see a man in a white T-shirt in the window. However when the camera changes it is an old man in black with a hat on, sitting next to a woman.

    • Goof: When Phoebe runs out to the patio with the lotto tickets and they chase her, the window between Chandler and Monica moves up and down between shots.

    • Goof: When Phoebe and Joey are in the process of breaking the wishbone, you can see Joey's thumb move up and down along the bone between shots.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: (about Emma) How do you know she's gonna start talking?
      Rachel: Well, when I talk to her I almost feel like she understands what I'm saying.
      Chandler: Kind of like Joey.
      Joey: (overhearing) What's that now?

    • Monica: I haven't won anything since the sixth grade.
      Chandler: Pie-eating contest?
      Monica: Just because I was heavy, you assume that's the only way I could ever win something?
      Chandler: No, I saw a picture of you covered in blueberries.

    • Ross: (bursting into Monica's apartment) They're towing your car, they're towing your car!
      Monica: I'm parked in a garage on Morton.
      Ross: They're towing a car. And I am seeing... spots.

    • Ross: You're not gonna win.
      Rachel: I know the odds are against us, but somebody has to win and it could be us. And then how are you gonna feel? We're gonna be all like, "Everybody, let's take our helicopters up to the Cape." And you're gonna be like, (imitating Ross) "Oh, I can't, guys. I'll have to meet you up there. I gotta gas up the Hyundai."

    • Chandler: I can see the headline now: "LOTTERY WINNERS' FRIEND, FILLED WITH REGRET, EATS OWN ARM!"
      Ross: Why would I eat my own arm?
      Chandler: Well, you wouldn't, but we own the paper, we can print whatever we want.

    • (Ross has been calling Rachel "Mommy" hoping that Emma will pick it up)
      : If we're going to do that, we should probably call me "Daddy", too.
      Phoebe: (playfully) I like that... Daddy.
      Ross: I, uh... I was just talking about Rachel.
      Phoebe(seductively) Oh, is Daddy getting angry? Is Daddy going to spank me?
      Ross: (following suit) Well, that depends... Have you been a bad g... No, I can't.

    • (Rachel has discovered lottery tickets Monica bought outside the group)
      : Okay, well, Monica... suppose one of your special tickets wins?'re you gonna feel when you win the lottery and you lose all your friends?
      Monica: Oh, please! If I win the lottery... you guys are not gonna leave me. Someone gave me a basket of mini-muffins last week and I couldn't get rid o' ya for three days!

    • Chandler: Hey, there's two messages. They could be from work
      Monica: Play them!
      Chandler: Okay. Here we go.(plays messages)
      Phoebe: (on the machine) Hello, this is the pigeon from the balcony calling to apologize. I shouldn't have knocked the tickets out of the pretty lady's hand. It was my fault, not hers. Bye. Cooo.

    • (The boss's son has been given a job Chandler was hoping to get)
      : This is just like the time they promoted Sandra over me at work.
      Chandler: Was she related to Ralph Lauren?
      Rachel: No, she was just much better at her job than me.

    • Ross: (about Emma's first word) Use it in a sentence.
      Rachel: Uh, okay. Emma just said "gleba".

    • Monica: (giving Chandler the phone) It's your boss.
      Chandler: Oh, yes, the sorry-I-rejected-you phone call. I'm not used to getting these from guys.

    • Joey: (to Chandler who was hired as a junior copywriter) Hey, that is so great about the job.
      Chandler: Thanks, man.
      Joey: And I'd like to think I had a little somethin' to do with it...
      Chandler: Really? What?
      Joey: Well, before, with the wishbone? ...I, uh... I didn't wish we would win the lottery, I wished you'd get the job.
      Chandler: (genuinely touched) Oh, yeah? (checks over his shoulder) Listen, don't tell Monica... she'll rip your heart right out.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Ceux qui voulaient gagner à la loterie (The Ones Who Wanted to Win the Lottery)

    • This is the final appearance of Phill Lewis as Steve, Chandler's boss. Steve was in 3 episodes of Friends.

    • This is the final appearance of Alexandra and Athina Conley as Emma Geller-Green. Although Emma appeared in 19 episodes of Friends, Alexandra and Athina only played her in 3 episodes.

    • This episode runs 22:39 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • In this episode, Rachel is wearing an MC5 T-shirt, which alludes to the rock band MC5, or Motor City Five. MC5 were a popular band from the 1960s and 1970s known for such songs as "Teenage Lust" and "Kick Out The Jams."

    • Phoebe: You don't wanna win the lottery?
      Ross: (in a mocking voice) Sure I do, and I also wanna be king of my own country and find out what happened to Amelia Earhart.
      Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviator who mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific during a circumnavigational flight in 1937.

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