Season 9 Episode 6

The One with the Male Nanny

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2002 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross mocks Rachel's new male nanny. Chandler becomes upset when Monica says that somebody from her job is the funniest guy she's ever met. Phoebe and Mike exchange apartment keys, only to get a surprise visit from Phoebe's ex-boyfriend David.

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  • The Male Nanny...

    Great episode! Rachel likes a male nanny while Ross doesn't. I found him quite funny. Chandler is mad because Monica thinks someone else is the funniest guy she met. Phoebe runs into David and they end up kissing. Not good. Mike comes in but Phoebe tells him that she doesn't like David that way anymore. David is a weird guy but funny. Alot at the end when he was like to Mike if he comes to Russia and then he gives him his card. I wish they didn't fire the male nanny because he is so cool and his playing to cute Emma looking at him.moreless
  • Freddy Prince Jr.

    Freddy Prince Jr. makes a cameo, one of the few performances of his that I like. And he is a blast to watch. I'll just say hand puppets and leave it at that.

    Joey: A man trying to be a nanny is like a woman trying to be...

    Ross: Yes! Yes, what is the end of that sentence?

    Monica: Yeah, what IS the end of that sentence?

    Joey: Uh... a penis model.
  • WOW That was fantastic

    i loved this episode i have no idea why this is not really spoken about because i think its an amazing episode.

    Spoilers ahead

    I loved the whole freddie prince junior male nanny thing, i thought it was good and especially good when you see ross\' reactions.I loved the scene when chandler tries to be funny and they all laugh out of pity and then joeys fake laugh was hilarious.I also liked the mike david and phoebe story line because david(phoebes love from 7 years ago) returns just when phoebe and mike ex change their keys.It is also the 200th episode of friends.moreless
  • I loved this episode!

    I absolutly loved this episode!

    I think this episode was so great. This episode had a lot of funny moments in it. This episode also had another plus it had freddie prince jr. in it and he is so sexy so that made the show really great. I just cant believe that they didnt like him as the nanny because if they did he would be on the show a lot more and that would be really cool. But what i cant believe is that he played a nanny. This episode was really good. I loved this episode it was just another reason why i love the show so much.moreless
  • Pretty status quo episode.

    There is some classic friends stuff in this episode and some stuff that you do not usually all averages out to the status quo for the series. Not an extremely funny episode but there were far worse episodes in the ten year run of the show. I give it an 8.
Susan Slome

Susan Slome

The Prospective Nanny

Guest Star

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr.


Special Guest Star

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd

Mike Hannigan

Recurring Role

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria


Recurring Role

Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson

Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson

Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (Phoebe and Mike have just exchanged keys)
      Mike: This is cool, huh?
      : (looking at Mike's key in her hand) It really is!
      Joey(overhearing) Oh, I know it! (pulls out and jingles his key chain) It is amazing! These little things open doors!

    • Rachel: Wow, we're never gonna find a nanny.
      Ross: Oh come on, Rach', we will... I promise. We have more interviews. And worse comes to worse, we can always reconsider the first one we met with.
      Rachel: What, the blonde with no bra?
      Ross: She was blonde?

    • Ross: This one's name is Sandy. She's got a degree in early childhood education. Um, she worked for her last family for three years...
      Rachel: Okay.
      (Ross opens the door and it's a guy)
      Sandy: Hi. I'm Sandy.
      Ross: ...and she's a little mannish.

    • Phoebe: Oh my gosh! What are you doing here? Are you back from Minsk?
      David: Well, just for a couple of days. I'm here to explain to the people who gave us our grant, why it's a positive thing that we've spent all their money and accomplished, umm... nothing.

    • David: Well, it got me to New York anyway, and then I got on a cab at the airport, and the guy said, "Where to?", and I just... gave him your address. I didn't even think about it.
      Phoebe: Wow. Where's your luggage?
      David: Damn it!
      Phoebe: All right, well... I'll call the cab company.

    • David: (to Phoebe) Are... are you kidding? You know, when you don't see someone for a long time, and you kind of build them up in your head and you start thinking about, "Come on, don't be crazy, nobody is that beautiful." But... well, you are. Well, so, um... are you seeing anyone?

    • Phoebe: I'm the worst person ever. How can I not tell David that I'm seeing Mike?
      Monica: Maybe he didn't give you a chance.
      Phoebe: He said "Are you seeing someone?" And I said "no."
      Monica: Oh, well... that would have been your window.
      Phoebe: Yeah! I mean, I don't know. I was just, I was looking, I was looking in his eyes and I was just thinking "Oh, my God! It's David! David's here!" He's just, he's so irresistible!
      Monica: Really? The scientist guy?
      Phoebe: Really? Chandler?
      Monica: Continue...

    • Monica: Wow. Isn't it ironic that David would show up on the same day that you and Mike exchange keys?
      Phoebe: Uh-huh. Yeah, y'know, and given my life-long search for irony, you can imagine how happy I am!

    • Chandler: (muttering to himself as he arrives home) Funniest guy she's ever met... I'm funny, right? (realizes he's talking to a door) What do you know, you're a door. You just like knock-knock jokes. (laughs, tickled by what he said, then gets serious) Save it for inside!

    • Chandler: (trying to regain his "funny guy" status) So, Oklahoma's a crazy place. You know they call it "The Sooner State". Frankly, I'd sooner be in any other State! And what's with Oklahoma having a panhandle? Can all states have stuff like that? "Hey, yeah, I'm from the waistband of Wyoming, but when I was seven, we headed over to the crotch!"
      Monica: Was your cabin pressurized?
      Chandler: And don't get me started on the way the people from Tulsa talk!
      Phoebe: Okay.

    • (Sandy has just told of a touching farewell from a little boy he cared for)
      Ross: Yeah, kids say all kinds of crap.

    • Rachel: (about Sandy) I love him, I love him, I love him.
      Ross: Oh, come on, Rach', he's a guy!
      Rachel: So what? He's smart, he's qualified. Give me one good reason we shouldn't try him out.
      Ross: Because, it's weird!
      Rachel: Why?
      Ross: What kind of job is that for a man? A nanny? It's like if a woman wanted to be...
      Rachel: (putting him on the spot) Yes?
      Ross: ...king?

    • Sandy: (to Rachel) I, uh, I hope you don't mind, I used some of my handmade lotion on Emma. It's a mixture of calendula and honey cream. It'll dry that rash right up. Plus, it keeps the hands young.
      Rachel: Yes! Sandy, you're hired!
      Sandy: That's great! (starting to cry) I'm sorry, its just such an emotional thing when you're welcomed into a new family.
      Rachel: (comfortingly) Aw, come here...
      Ross: (incredulous) You gotta be at least bi.

    • Chandler: Hey! I need you to set me up for a joke. Later, when Monica's around, I need you to ask me about firetrucks.
      Joey: Oh, I don't know, Chandler, I'm not so good with remembering lines.
      Chandler: Well, thank God you're livelihood doesn't depend on it.

    • Chandler: Monica says that her Maitre D' is the funniest guy she's ever met.
      Joey: Seriously? She actually said that?
      Chandler: Yes! Am I crazy to be this upset?
      Joey: No! Being funny is your thing!
      Chandler: Yeah!
      Joey: Without that, you just got "lame with women."

    • Ross: Is everything all right?
      Rachel: (in tears) Oh yeah, it's fine, it's fine. Sandy was just... was just telling me about how he proposed to his fiancée and it was just so beautiful.
      Sandy: Well, her favorite flower is the camellia. From the poem...
      Rachel: I can't... I can't hear it again.
      Sandy: (starting to cry) You know, I can't tell it again...
      Ross: And I'm fine never having heard it.

    • Rachel: (about Ross disliking Sandy's "sensitivity") I just never thought of you as a guy who needed his men to be men. 'Cause I gotta tell you, Ross, it's not like you just came in from branding cattle!

    • Ross: Did Rachel tell you we hired a male nanny?
      Monica: Yeah. I think that's great.
      Ross: Oh really? Did she tell you he plays the recorder, recites poetry and bakes Madeleines?
      Monica: Oh... How are they?
      Ross: Lighter than air... But that's not the point!

    • Ross: Rachel and I hired a male nanny.
      Joey: Really? Guys do that? That's weird.
      Ross: Thank-you!
      Joey: That's like a woman wantin' to be a...
      Ross: (hopeful) A what? A what? What's the end of that sentence?
      Monica: (accusingly) Yes! What is the end of that sentence?
      Joey: Uh... A penis model!

    • Chandler: You got a manny?!

    • (The gang wants to restore Chandler's confidence as the group "funny guy")
      Chandler: If I'd known you guys were coming over, I would've brought more pizza.
      (Everyone laughs uproariously)
      Monica: Okay, okay. Chandler you, you stop it! (pretends to wipe away tears)
      Chandler: What is so funny about that?
      Monica: (realizing it wasn't a joke) Well, I don't know. It's... just the way you say it. I mean, you're funny. You have that funny thing. You're a funny guy!
      Chandler: (to Joey) Did you tell her what we talked about?
      Joey: (laughs hysterically for a few seconds then stops) Yeah...

    • Monica: (to Chandler) Honey, you know I think you're hilarious! Come on, you know that joke you told me last week? The one about Jerry Lewis and the girl with the lazy eye? That slayed me.
      Ross: Hey, I made up that joke and told it to you!
      Joey: (aside to Ross) Not knowing when to shut up.
      Ross: Yep! That's my thing.

    • Mike: (accusing Phoebe of kissing David) Your lipstick's on his mouth.
      David: Oh, uh, uh... we just happen to wear the same shade.

    • (Ross comes home and Sandy and Joey are playing recorders)
      Joey: Hey, hey Ross. Check it out! Sandy taught me "Hot Cross Buns."
      Ross: Really? Sounded like "Three Blind Mice."
      Joey: No. "Three Blind Mice" goes like this...
      Ross: (pointing a warning finger) I swear to God...

    • Ross: (to Sandy) You know, I'm just not, um, that comfortable with a guy who's as sensitive as you.

    • Rachel: Emma, one day you're gonna grow up and be a big girl, just like your daddy.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Joey: Hey, hey Ross. Check it out! Sandy taught me "Hot Cross Buns."
      Ross: Really? Sounded like "Three Blind Mice."
      Joey: No... "Three Blind Mice" goes like this...

      "Hot Cross Buns" is a well-known children's song that originated in England in the nineteenth century. The simple song is played with the sequence of notes A, G, F.

      "Three Blind Mice" is an English nursery rhyme and well-known musical round. Although the first phrase of the song is the same progression as "Hot Cross Buns" the next phrase jumps up a major third, and then the melody begins fast runs.

    • Rachel: (about firing Sandy) I can't watch... It's like firing Elmo.
      Elmo is an extremely popular Muppet from the children's television show Sesame Street.

    • Ross: I'm sorry I'm the only one who's not in love with Gary Poppins over there.
      This is an allusion to Mary Poppins, the magical English nanny from the children's books written by P.L. Travers and later adapted for the stage and the cinema in the 1964 Walt Disney motion picture Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews.