Season 9 Episode 6

The One with the Male Nanny

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: This is the first episode that shows Ross's kitchen.

    • Trivia: The name Jeffrey, used for Monica's funny coworker, is a reference to Jeffrey Klarik, David Crane's life partner.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a sailboat with sharks circling in the water nearby

    • Trivia: In this episode as Chandler is leaving for Tulsa, he tells Monica to have Jeffrey (who Monica claimed was the funniest person she ever met) email him with funny Oklahoma jokes at At one time this was a real web page with various quotes from this episode.

    • Goof: The puppets Sandy has switch hands between shots (only on the extended DVD version of the episode).

  • Quotes

    • (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 blond with no bra?
      Ross: She was blond?

    • (Ross and Rachel are interviewing nannies and there's a knock on the door)
      Ross: (checking his notes) 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!

    • 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 pulls it together) 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 homemade 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) Awww, c'mere... (hugs him)
      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: (coming home and finding Rachel in tears) Is everything alright?
      Rachel: 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: (dryly) And I'm fine never having heard it...

    • Rachel: (to Ross about him disliking Sandy's "sensitivity") Well... I don't know what to say... I mean, I never thought of you as a guy who needed his men to be "men", y'know? ...'cause I gotta tell ya, 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: (to Ross) You got a man who's a nanny? ...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: (to Chandler) 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

  • Allusions

    • Joey: Hey, hey Ross. Check it out! Sandy taught me "Hot Cross Buns."
      Ross: Really? Sounded like "Three Blind Mice."
      "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 a 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 book series written by P.L. Travers. In 1964 Walt Disney adapted the books into the movie musical Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, Walt Disney Pictures produced the movie, Saving Mr. Banks about the relationship between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and the making of the film version of her books.

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