Season 2 Episode 14

The One with the Prom Video

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 01, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After getting his big break, with Days of Our Lives, Joey pays Chandler back with $812 and an extremely tacky bracelet. Also, an unemployed Monica is hard up for money. And Monica and Rachel's prom video reveals Monica's former girth, Rachel's former nose and the way Ross has always felt about Rachel. This video brings Rachel to forgive Ross for the list.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The resolution to the fallout from Ross's list and one of the top five greatest episodes, IMO. A+ for Ross/Rachel-shippers.

    This episode has a STRONG Ross and Rachel story, and keeps the whole cast together. Add some great flashbacks and Fat Monica, and you've got quite an episode here. Plus, we get some great foreshadowing when Phoebe utters one of my favorite lines of the series: "See? He's her lobster!!"

    I like that it's not a flashback in the way that Chandler's Thanksgiving memories are, but rather the whole gang watching an old VHS tape from Monica and Rachel's prom. It adds credibility to the whole thing.

    Other fun things:

    - This one comes after weeks of Ross and Rachel fans reeling from one of the hardest scenes to watch in the series, when Rachel finds Ross's list. "Not Rachem?" The eventual reunion was a long time coming, and it delivered.

    - Chandler's infamous man-bracelet, dubbed "the woman repeller, the eyesore from the Liberace House of Crap, the reject from the Mr. T collection," all while poor Joey was listening.

    - Fat Monica! "The camera adds ten pounds!" "So, how many cameras were actually on you?"

    - 80s hair! (and nose...)moreless
  • One of the sweetest episodes in TV history!

    After all the ups and downs with Ross and Rachel's relationship it was very nice to see these two finally get together. We see Rachel and Monica get ready for their Prom dates and at that time, we learn, that Monica was a bit overweight and Rachel hasn't had her nose-job jet. And Ross's hair and moustache completed the ridiculous 80s style.

    But the funniest parts of this episode were delivered by Chandler (as so often) when he tries to get rid of the "woman repeller". A golden bracelet given to him by Joey for their great frindship. Thank God for those two!moreless
  • R&R get back together.

    This is one of the things that I like about the season. Ross and Rachel finally get back together. I just thought it was a pretty weird reason to get back together for something that happened about ten years ago.The whole past thing was very funny though. The kiss was really passionate two. I like how the plot revolved around Monica's room being turned in to a gym. Poor 80s Ross, I felt really bad for him. The bracelet plot was pretty much a filler. But it was very funny. Overall a great episode but a highlight of the season. :)moreless
  • Awesome

    After getting his big break, with Days of Our Lives, Joey pays Chandler back with $812 and an extremely tacky bracelet. Also, an unemployed Monica is hard up for money. And Monica and Rachel's prom video reveals Monica's former girth, Rachel's former nose and the way Ross has always felt about Rachel. This video brings Rachel to forgive Ross for the list. I used to think that this episode was over rated but now I see why everyone likes it it is funny and totally develops Ross and Rachels relationship. I now rate this a 9.5 out of 10. very good indeed.moreless
  • Joey pays Chandler with some interesting gifts. Ross is still pining for Rachel, who's trying to move on. Monica's still out of a job and meets with her parents to borrow money. They bring her a box of random items, including an old prom vidmoreless

    This show is classic "Friends" - one of my favorites! In my opinion, "Friends" really didn't hit it's stride until season 3, but there were some really amazing episodes in the first 2 seasons and this is one of them.

    The scene in which Chandler is making fun of the bracelet still cracks me up and it's always nice to see the sensitive side of Joey.

    But the real star of this episode is the prom video where we finally see the characters in high school and realize the depth of Ross' feelings for Rachel. Rachel realizes this too, which is why she kisses him, thus establishing their relationship.

    I think this was a brilliant move on the part of the writers because not only did they give us a hilarious glimpse into the past and finally get Ross and Rachel together, but they also made us care even more about this relationship because we saw just how much Ross loved her and became even more invested in the relationship.

    Overall, this episode is funny and poignant, while also moving the plot of the show forward, something that is frequently forgotten in many sitcoms.moreless
Michael Bower

Michael Bower

Roy Gublick

Guest Star

Patrick Kerr

Patrick Kerr

The Manager

Guest Star

Lou Thornton

Lou Thornton


Guest Star

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Jack Geller

Recurring Role

Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Judy Geller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Chandler: What's this?
      Joey: Eight hundred and twelve bucks.
      Chandler: Well, I don't know what Big Leon told ya but it's an even thousand if you want me for the whole night.

    • Joey: You have any idea what this'll do for your sex life?
      Chandler: Well, it'll probably slow it down at first, but once I get used to the extra weight, I'll be back on track.

    • Interviewer: (looking at Monica's résumé) Well, this all looks good.
      Monica: Great.
      Interviewer: And if I want to call for a reference on your last job?
      Monica: Oh, that's there on the bottom, see the manager, Chandler Bing.

    • Ross: (after taking a message for Rachel) Say, who's this, uh, this Casey?
      Phoebe: Oh, some guy she met at the movies.
      Ross: Oh, really? What, uh, what does he want with her?
      Chandler: Well I'm guessing he wants to do a little dance... Y'know, make a little love... Well, pretty much get down tonight.

    • Phoebe: (about Ross's chances of being with Rachel) Hang in there, it's gonna happen.
      Ross: Okay, now how do you know that?
      Phoebe: Because she's your lobster.

    • Monica: Oh yeah, well there's the possibility that I won't make rent.
      Ross: Monica, if you want, I can lend you some money.
      Monica: No, no, no. If I couldn't pay you back right away, then I'd feel guilty and tense every time I saw you.
      Ross: Oh, okay. Well then why don't you, uh, why don't you borrow it from mom and dad? You feel guilty and tense around them already. You might as well make some money off of them.

    • (Jack and Judy arrive at Monica's with several large boxes)
      Monica: So, what's this?
      Jack: Some of your old stuff.
      Judy: Well sweetie, we have a surprise for you. We're turning your room into a gym.
      Monica: Wow, that is a surprise. Just one little question, uh, why not Ross's room?
      Jack: Gosh, we talked about that but your brother has so many science trophies and plaques and merit badges, well, we didn't want to disturb them.
      Monica: Oh, God forbid.

    • Phoebe: (to Chandler in Central Perk) Ooh, okay, you gotta give me a second, I want to get this just right... (tugs at her belt, clears her throat and sniffs, then in her best male voice) Dude, 11 o'clock, totally hot babe checking you out.
      (Chandler looks around at the girl)
      Phoebe: (in her normal voice) That was really good, I think I'm ready for my penis now!

    • Ross: (to Phoebe about Rachel talking to a guy) Would you look at that guy? I mean how long has he been talking to her?
      Phoebe: I dunno... a couple minutes.
      Ross: Yeah? Try doubling that... It's like, back off buddy, she's a waitress not a geisha.

    • Ross: I was saving you.
      Rachel: Saving me from the nice conversation with the interesting man, saving me?

    • Ross: No, no, you're, uh, you're my lobster. See, um, lobsters, uh, in the tank when, when they're old, uh, they get with, uh, they walk around holding the claws. In the tank, ya know, with, with the holding and... Uh, Pheebs you wanna help me out with the, the whole lobster thing?

    • Joey: If you hated the bracelet so much Chandler, you should have just said so.
      Chandler: Well, doesn't the fact that I wore the bracelet even though I hated it say something about our friendship and how much it means to me?
      Joey: What about the fact that you insulted the bracelet and you made fun of me?
      Chandler: Okay, well, that's the part where I'm a wank.

    • Ross: Hey guys.
      Judy: Hi, darling. Where's my grandson? You didn't bring him?
      Ross: No, he's at, uh, Carol's and Susan's today.
      Jack: A woman in my office is a lesbian. (Judy rolls her eyes) I'm just saying...

    • Ross: (handing Monica a check) Here you go. You can pay me back whenever you like.
      Monica: You have dinosaur checks?
      Ross: Yeah, yeah. I mean, you get your money and you learn a little something. What's wrong with that?
      Monica: Nothing, nothing. (checking the amount) Hey, you're a cheap-osaurus! ...I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Thank you, I'm very grateful.

    • Phoebe: (holding up a voluminous garment from a box of Monica's things) What's this?
      Monica: That's my bathing suit from high school. I was a little bigger then.
      Chandler: Oh, I thought that's what they used to cover Connecticut when it rained.

    • Joey: (watching the prom video) What is with your nose?
      Rachel: They had to reduce it because of my... deviated septum.
      Chandler: Okay, I was wrong. That's what they used to cover Connecticut!

    • Joey: Some girl ate Monica!
      Monica: Shut up, the camera adds ten pounds.
      Chandler: Ah, so how many cameras are actually on you?

    • Joey: (seeing Ross in the prom video with an afro and mustache) Lookin' good, Mr. Kotter!

    • Phoebe: (about Ross and Rachel kissing) He's her lobster!

  • NOTES (11)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Monica: You know, Roy saw Star Wars 317 times. His name was in the paper.

      Star Wars is an epic science fiction-fantasy saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s.

    • Jack Gellar: You know, that Steffi Graf has quite a tush. I'm just saying! It's right there.

      Steffi Graf is a former World No. 1 ranked female tennis player from Germany. She is generally considered to be one of the greatest female tennis players of all time.

    • Chandler: Hey, man. We were just doing some impressions over here. Do your Marcel Marceau. (Joey walks away silently.) That's actually pretty good.

      Marcel Marceau is one of the most popular mimes world-wide.

    • Phoebe: (after seeing Chandler's gaudy bracelet) No, it's fun. It's fun. It's kinda like knowing one of the Gabor sisters.
      The Gabor sisters are three famous Hungarian actresses named Magda, Zsa Zsa, and Eva. Their claim to fame is that of serial matrimony. They have been married six, eight, and five times respectively.

    • Ross: And how do we spell Casey? Is it like "at the bat" or "and the Sunshine Band"?

      Casey at the Bat is a poem on the subject of baseball, written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer.
      KC & the Sunshine Band is an American musical group.

    • Joey: Lookin' good, Mr. Kotter!
      This is a reference to Gabe Kaplan, who played the title character in the 70's TV show Welcome Back, Kotter.

    • Ross: No no, no no, it's not flashy, not for a Goodfella.
      Goodfellas is a 1990 Martin Scorsese film in which the men known as "Goodfellas", wore flashy clothes and jewelry.

    • Chandler: Oh, yeah, easy for you to say, you don't have to walk around sporting some reject from the Mr. T collection.
      Mr. T is a pro-wrestler turned actor who is best known for his appearance in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for playing the character "B. A. Baracus" in the 80's hit TV show The A Team.

    • Chandler: You know he could have gotten me a VCR, he could have gotten me a set of golf clubs, but no, he has to get me the woman repeller, the eyesore from the Liberace house of crap.

      Liberace was a flamboyant pianist, who always wore a lot of bright jewelery.

    • Chandler: Well, I'm guessing he wants to do a little dance... Y'know, make a little love... Well, pretty much get down tonight.
      Chandler is quoting KC & the Sunshine Band's hit "Get Down Tonight".