Trivia: As Monica and Chandler are arguing in the pizza restaurant, Chandler accidentally spits a piece of food out onto his lip when he says "mantrap".
Goof: When Richard comes back to "compliment the chef", Monica is entirely alone in the kitchen and she stops cooking to have a conversation with him. It is perceived that this is a meal time, therefore it is very unrealistic that Monica would be the only chef working in the kitchen at such a busy time.
Continuity: Monica tells Richard that she doesn't like her new eye doctor in this episode, yet at the end of the previous season in "The One With Joey's Big Break", she had an eye doctor that she said was really good.
Goof: Before Chandler goes to Richard's he runs into his and Monica's bedroom to grab the engagement ring. He simply grabs it out of a drawer and runs. Why would he be keeping the ring in a drawer, not hidden at all, where Monica could easily find it?
Continuity: When Monica is in Richard's apartment, she gets upset about how her current situation is not fair. She says that fair would have been Richard wanting to marry her when they were together, or Chandler wanting to marry her now. This is a misstatement on her part. Richard did want to marry her when they were together. The deal breaker was that he did not really want to have more children.
Note: Although she doesn't say it in so many words, I think it is understood that she meant marry her in the way that she wanted to marry him, with him wanting children.
Goof: At the end when Chandler walks through the door, the camera switches to Monica and you can see the set lights above her.
Magna Doodle: A drawing of a racing car
Goof: At the end when Chandler goes back into his apartment, he opens the door from the outside with his right hand. The view immediately switches to him from the inside of the apartment, and he is holding the handle with his left hand.
Trivia: Normally, in two-part episodes, the end credits are superimposed over shots of the gang dancing at the water fountain, and the guest actors and actresses are credited from the both parts. However, in this episode, the credits only show "Richard", and the background is of Chandler & Monica dancing slowly. Of added interest is the fact that in Part 1, the credits were shown with the water fountain shots.
Continuity: After Chandler and Monica are officially engaged and the gang is hugging, Phoebe says, "Oh, wait. This is wrong! Ross isn't here"! Rachel then comments that Ross has done it three times, so knows what it's all about. The problem with that statement is, Ross only proposed twice, once to Carol and once to Emily. In his third marriage to Rachel there was no proposal, or as we learn in "The One with Joey's Porsche", it was Rachel's idea that they get married.
Richard: (to Monica) You're with Chandler, a guy I really like--and if you say he's straight, I'll believe you.
Chandler: (about Richard wanting to marry Monica) Y'know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna go over there... I'm gonna kick his ass! (realizes what he's suggesting) Will you help me?!
Joey: Look, Chandler... I don't think us getting our asses kicked is a solution.
Richard: (answering the door) Chandler.
Chandler: Where is she? I'm not scared of you. (walks past Richard into his apartment)
Richard: She's not here... and please come in.
Chandler: (seeing a drink on the coffee table) Scotch on the rocks... with a twist... on a coaster. Monica? Monica?!
Chandler: (to Richard) You know what you did? My girlfriend is out there thinking things over! You made my girlfriend think!
Richard: Well... apparently, I'm willing to offer her things that you are not.
Chandler: But I am willing to offer her all those things. This was just a plan, you know? ...a way to throw her off course... so that when I offered her all these things, she'd be surprised!
Richard: Well, if it helps? ...it worked very well.
Chandler: It was working 'til you showed up, ya big tree!
Chandler: (arriving home, in the hallway to Joey) I gotta find Monica...
Joey: She's gone. She said you guys want different things.
Chandler: I can't believe I ruined this.
(He enters his darkened apartment and there, amid flickering candles, is Monica)
Monica: You said you wanted it to be a surprise...
Monica: Chandler, in all my life, I never thought I would be so lucky (starts to cry) as to... fall in love with my best... my best... There's a reason why girls don't do this!
Chandler: I'll do it. I thought...(also starts to cry) Wait, I can do this. I thought that it mattered, what I said or where I said it. Then I realized, the only thing that matters is that you, you make me happier than I ever thought I could be. And if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way. (takes out the ring) Monica, will you marry me?
Monica: (about Chandler's proposal) I knew you were likely to take a wife!
This is the final appearance of Tom Selleck as Dr. Richard Burke. Richard was in 10 episodes of Friends.
Tom Selleck received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in this episode.
This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series (Stephen Prime).
According to an interview on Oprah, the proposal scene is Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox's favorite moment on Friends.
This episode and "The One at the Beach" are the only two episodes to be 25th in a season. All other seasons, except the tenth, which has 20, consist of 24 episodes.
The Monica and Chandler plot originally featured Richard and Chandler both proposing to Monica at the same time. The idea was scrapped but reworked for Phoebe with both David and Mike proposing to her in the Season 9 finale.
Except for the series finale, this is the only season finale that doesn't end with a cliffhanger. As the producers explain on the DVD commentary track for the episode, the scripted cliffhanger featured Elizabeth telling Ross that she was pregnant. David Schwimmer shot all of his scenes for this episode the week before so that he could leave for England to shoot Band of Brothers (which explains the conspicuous absence of Ross in the episode's final scene). After he left, the producers decided that Ross having another baby would be overkill since they wanted to make Rachel pregnant soon anyway.
#6 in "NBC's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"
Music: "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
This is one of the few two-part episodes. These episodes were originally aired in their entirety, but written to be aired separately in syndication. The other episodes are:
"The One with Two Parts (1)"
"The One with Two Parts (2)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (1)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (2)"
"The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break (1)"
"The One with the Morning After (2)"
"The One with Ross's Wedding (1)"
"The One with Ross's Wedding (2)"
"The One In Vegas (1)"
"The One In Vegas (2)"
"The One with Rachel's Sister (1)"
"The One Where Chandler Can't Cry (2)"
"The One That Could Have Been (1)"
"The One That Could Have Been (2)"
"The One with the Proposal (1)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (1)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (2)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (1)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (2)"
"The One in Barbados (1)"
"The One in Barbados (2)"
"The Last One (1)"
"The Last One (2)"
This episode runs 22:56 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
Rachel: (about Joey's captain outfit) No... but ya know who did stop in here looking for ya? Tennille.
This was a reference to the famous musical duo Captain & Tennille, who had their own TV show, called The Captain and Tennille.
Joey: Where the hell have you been?!
Chandler: (seeing Joey's captain outfit) I was making a coconut phone with the professor.
This is a reference to the TV show, Gilligan's Island.