Season 3 Episode 1

The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross reveals a fantasy to Rachel involving a certain Star Wars character. Monica suffers from insomnia after her breakup with Richard. And Chandler, back together with Janice, wants Joey to bond with her.

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    Great episode, but reading the reviews below I was relieved to find I wasn't the only one who noticed the annoying guy in the audience. Every time someone says something funny, while the rest of the audience laughs, this guy goes "woooOOOOOOoooo." It's sort of a cat-call, the kind of response you might expect after a really risqu joke, except that he makes this noise at inappropriate times, and it sort of ruins some nice comic moments. For example, when everyone tells Monica that she needs to get some rest, she says "I need to get some Richard." It's not a sexy joke, it's just a witty reference to the cause of her misery, but the moron in the audience goes "woooOOOOOOoooo" as though she's just said something provocative. It happens numerous times throughout this episode, it it kind of ruins it for me. I'm surprised they didn't pick it up in editing, or at least fix it for the DVD release.moreless
  • "Joey and Janice's DAY OF FUN!" - Janice

    Another season of Friends. Chandler is dating Janice and Joey can't stand her (something that is understandable). So Janice suggest that they spend a whole day together.

    Monica just broke up with Richard and can't sleep. So Phoebe tries to relax her. Nothing works untill her father tells her that Richard is also really bad.

    Ross and Rachel talk about fantasies and Ross tells he has this fantasy about Princess Leia and the gold bikini. Rachel talks about it with Phoebe and she says every guy loves that. Ross tries to bond and share with Chandler and ends up having his life ruined.moreless
  • "I'll just get some sleep, or go to a galaxy, far, far away" - Monica

    The third season opener! This episode was great. It did not disappoint. Basically Monica can't sleep because of her breakup with Richard. I like how Phoebe tries to help her. And how everything revolves around Ross fantasy that Rachel tells the girls. I like how they make fun of him too. Chandler & Janice!? He actually liked her this time, I guess Janice will be in a whole lot more episodes this season. Poor Joey, making a sacrifice for a friend. Having to go through "A Day of Fun" with Janice. Like the ending too. Ross imagines his mom? A great season opener!moreless
  • another good episode.

    this episode is all about ross and rachael. now that they are back together, their sex live is better than ever. they do some of rachaels fantasies and then she asks ross what his is. it was star wars with princess leia in a gold bikini. so rachael tells all the girls and then ross walks in and is embarresed. chandler talks with ross and they talk abot what happens to them in bed about accidently visulising their moms. however in this episode i can't remember what joey, monica, rachael, or chandler do so it isn't that spectacular. lol lol.moreless
  • Ten years old but still hasn't lost it's spark!

    This episode is ten years old now... can you believe it? Since this is the episode that got me into Friends it will always have a special place in my heart.

    And what's not to like? Ross's princess Leia fantasy, Monica's withdrawl symptoms and let's not forget Joey and Janice's day of fun :D

    If you're trying to get someone into Friends I would definately recommend this episode. It's arrived at the point of the show where all the characters have really developed and it has no loose stories hanging in the air (Like most season openers do have). Small note though: this episode would have gotten a ten from me if it wasn't for this guy in the audience. If you get the chance to watch this episode again listen carefully each time you hear the audience laugh. There is one guy in there that does this "ooooowwwh" noise constantly. Once you hear it, it's all you can hear. I can't believe that made it on the DVD :S

    Other than that: two thumbs waaaaay up!moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: In the opening scene, when the gang walks into Central Perk, the couch is occupied by writers who contributed to Season 3 of Friends.

    • Goof: When Monica answers the door and sees her father, she says, "Hey Dad, what are you doing here?" However, her lips barely move at all and the line sounds like a voice-over.

    • Trivia: Rachel's "Princess Leia" gold bikini is not an exact copy of the original, which showed a lot more skin.

    • Trivia: When Chandler and Ross are sharing, and Chandler mentions the girl at the Xerox place with the belly button ring, Ross agrees that he sometimes pictures her. This is the same girl that Ross sleeps with when he and Rachel are on a break and ruins their relationship later in the season.

    • Goof: Monica is supposed to be all depressed in this episode, because of her breakup with Richard. But in the very first scene she looks perfectly fine when walking into Central Perk discovering the people sitting in their sofa.

    • Trivia: In this episode it's noticeable that Jennifer Aniston did some exercise between seasons. Her face looks thinner and overall she looks toned.

    • Goof: In the scene where Janice tells Chandler about "Joey and Janice's day of fun" the position of her hair changes from in front of her shoulders to behind between shots.

    • Goof: At Monica and Rachel's, Ross gets a chocolate ice-cream bar out of the freezer and takes a bite. In the very next shot, however, the ice-cream bar is whole again.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Ross: Yeah, she finally stopped crying yesterday, but then she found one of Richard's cigar butts out on the terrace ...
      Phoebe: Oh, okay, that explains it. I got a call at two in the morning, but all I could hear was, like, this high squeaky sound, so I thought, okay it's, like, a mouse or a possum. But then I realized, like, okay, where would a mouse or a possum get the money to make the phone call?

    • Janice: (to Joey) Someone's wearing grumpy pants.
      Chandler: Don't look at me, man. I'm wearing smarty pants.

    • Chandler: I cannot believe I'm going out with somebody who's getting divorced. I'm such a grownup. Joey! Hey! Go to your room!
      Joey: Chandler! Hey! Up yours!

    • Janice: I gotta go, I gotta go. Okay, not without a kiss.
      Chandler: Well, maybe I won't kiss you, and then you'll have to stay.
      Joey: (under his breath) Kiss her! Kiss her!

    • Joey: So when you dumping her?
      Chandler: Nope not this time.
      Joey: Come on, quit yanking me.
      Chandler: I'm not yanking you.

    • Monica: God, look what I found in the drain.
      Rachel: What?!
      Monica: It's some of Richard's hair! What do I do with this?
      Ross: Getting it away from me would be job one.
      Monica: It's weird, but you know what? I don't wanna throw this away. I mean this is like all I have left of him... gross, drain hair. Ooh!

    • Ross: You need to get some sleep.
      Monica: I need to get some Richard.

    • Monica: I'm just so tired of missing him. I'm tired of wondering why hasn't he called. Why hasn't he called?!
      Phoebe: Maybe, because you told him not to.
      Monica: What are you, the "memory woman"?

    • Joey: They're not breaking up. Chandler and Janice, they're not breaking up. He didn't blink or anything.
      Rachel: Well, you know, I'm not surprised. I mean, have you seen them together? They're really cute.
      Joey: Cute? This is Janice!

    • Rachel: Yes, Joey, I remember, she's annoying, but you know what? She's his girlfriend now. I mean what can we do?
      Joey: There you go! There's the spirit I'm looking for! What can we do? Huh? All right, who's first? Huh? Ross?
      Ross: Well, I'm thinking that Chandler's our friend and Janice makes him happy. So I say we all just be adult about it and accept her.
      Joey: (sneering) Yeah. We'll call that Plan B, alright?

    • Rachel: Did you ever do the... the Leia thing?
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah, uh-huh. (shivers delightedly) Ooh!
      Rachel: Really! That... that great, huh?
      Phoebe: No, it's just that I got this new pager and I have it on vibrate.

    • (Joey is watching "Wheel of Fortune", the letters read _OUNT RUSH _ORE)
      Joey: This guy is so stupid. It's Count Rushmore!
      Chandler: You know you should really go on this show.
      (Later in the scene)
      Chandler: Oh, and by the way, there is no Count Rushmore!
      Joey: Yeah? Then who's the guy who painted the faces on the mountain?!

    • Chandler: This may be the real thing, capital R, capital T! (Joey stares blankly) Don't worry, those are the right letters!

    • Ross: (about his Princess Leia fantasy) Look, that was supposed to be like a private, personal thing between us.
      Rachel: Okay, Ross, Phoebe is my girlfriend, okay, we tell each other everything. You know, I mean, come on, guys do the same thing, I mean, what about all that locker room stuff.
      Ross: That's different, okay. That's like, uh "Who dated a stripper?" or "Who did it on the back of the Staton Island Ferry?"
      Rachel: Were both of those Joey?
      Ross: Yeah... Look, you don't, you don't talk about like, you know, your girlfriend and the intimate stuff you, you do with her.
      Rachel: Not even with your best friend?
      Ross: No!
      Rachel: That is so sad. You're missing out on so much, Ross. I mean, the bonding and the sharing, you know. And, and knowing that someone else is going through the same thing you are.
      Ross: Hmm. So what, you, you tell each other everything?
      Rachel: Pretty much.
      Ross: Did you talk about the night of five times? Do you tell people about the night of five times?
      Rachel: Uh, honey, that was with Carol.
      Ross: I know, but it's still worth mentioning, I think.

    • Monica: (about picturing herself with Richard) I'm sorry, but that's my happy place.
      Phoebe: Well, okay, fine. Use my happy place. Okay, I'm just ... I'm gonna have to ask that you don't move anything in there.
      Monica: Okay, I'll try not to.
      Phoebe: Okay. All right, so, you're in a meadow, millions of stars in the sky...
      Monica: Do you think breaking up with him was a huge mistake?
      Phoebe: Okay, there are no questions in the happy place. Okay? Just the warm breeze, and the moonlight flowing through the trees...
      Monica: I'll bet he's totally over me. I'll bet he's fine.
      Phoebe: All right, betting and wagering of any kind are, I'm sure, not permitted in the happy place.

    • Janice: (knocks) Guess who?!
      Joey: (opens door) Janice! Hi! You just missed Chandler, but won't you come in before you go?

    • Janice: So, I hear, you hate me!
      Joey: I, ah... I never said hate. I was very careful about that.
      Janice: A little birdie told me something about you wanting to rip your arm off and throw it at me.
      Joey: And you got a hate from that? You're taking a big leap there.

    • Janice: (about Joey spending the day with her) Alright! This is what we're gonna call it... "Joey and Janice's day of fun!"
      Joey: Ooh! Does it have to be a whole day...?
      Janice: Yes, because that's how long it takes to love me...
      Joey: (mostly to himself) I know... I sleep in the next room.

    • Ross: I said share, not scare. Sit over there.

    • Joey: Oh, hey, Chandler, we, ah, we stopped by the coffee shop and ran into Ross.
      Chandler: Oh, God!
      Joey: Hey, if it makes you feel any better, I do it too.
      Chandler: Really?
      Joey: Oh yeah, I always picture your Mom when I'm having sex.

    • Rachel: (to Ross, who is hallucinating that it is his mother in the gold bikini) Well what is it? Come on sweetie, you're like... freaking me out here.

  • NOTES (4)


    • When Janice comes into Chandler and Joey's apartment, she sings, "Monica and Rachel had syrup...". The melody of her little song is from "Every Night is Date Night in Hawaii", by Annette Funicello from her album HawaiiAnnette.

    • Chandler: Okay, well you know... you know when you're in bed. With a woman. And, uh, you know, you're fooling around with her. And you get all these, like, mental images in your brain, you know, like Elle MacPherson, or that girl at the Xerox place....
      Elle Macpherson is an Australian supermodel and actress. She is most famous worldwide for her four cover appearances on Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She also appeared as Janine, Joey's roommate in Season 6 of Friends.

    • Monica: Or maybe to a galaxy far, far away.

      The opening line of Star Wars, a famous 1977 sci-fi film by George Lucas, was "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."

    • Phoebe: Where is my strong Ross Skywalker to come rescue me?

      Phoebe is referring to Luke Skywalker, a fictional character in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas.

    • Joey: Wheel!
      Chandler: Of!
      Joey: Fortune!

      Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show originally devised by Merv Griffin.

    • Ross: Did you ever see Return of the Jedi?

      Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is a 1983 science fantasy film written by George Lucas. It is the third film to be released in the Star Wars saga, and the sixth and final in terms of internal chronology. Princess Leia, one of the main characters, was infamous for her gold bikini worn in Return of the Jedi and her hair affectionately called the "donut hair" or "cinnamon buns" by many Star Wars fans.

    • Ross: I have to say "Tupelo Honey" by Van Morrison.
      Rachel: No way! The most romantic song ever was "The Way We Were."
      Phoebe: Uh, see I think the one that Elton John wrote for, um, that guy on Who's The Boss?
      Rachel: What song was that, Pheebs?
      Phoebe: (singing) Hold me close, young Tony Danza.
      Van Morrison is a singer-songwriter from northern Ireland. "Tupelo Honey" is a popular song from his 1971 album, Tupelo Honey.
      "The Way We Were" is the title song to the 1973 movie The Way We Were, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.
      "Hold me close young Tony Danza" is a play on Elton John's song "Tiny Dancer." The actual lyrics are "Hold me closer tiny dancer." However, Phoebe confuses this with Who's the Boss?, a television sitcom starring Tony Danza, an American actor.