Season 3 Episode 7

The One with the Race Car Bed

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Monica buys a new bed from Janice's soon-to-be-ex-husband, "The Mattress King," the wrong one is delivered. Rachel's attempts to have her father and Ross bond fail, until she stops trying. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Janice cheats on Chandler.

    This is the moment when I started hating Janice, Chandler is so sweet & caring for her and she kisses her ex-husband. Well that was only the end of the episode. Monica gets her karma when she buys a mattress from the Mattress King and gets a race car bed. My favorite plot would have to be Ross & Rachel's plot. Ross paying the tip was great! Rachel's dad was a jerk though. But then they bond by making fun of Rachel. I don't how they didn't really conclude the plot. Joey tells someone to be gay for a part when he teaches in an acting class, the kid still gets the part. I guess that is karma for Joey as well. A great episode with a great cliffhanger!moreless
  • a good episode.

    in this episode joey becomes a teacher of acting to students. he lands a role of nick the boxer. and a fellow student also gets the role. hetells the student to play the role gay to sabotage his effort, but they like it and he gets the jib. meanwhile joey gets a bed from janice's ex the matress king but when it arrives it was a race car bed and chandler loves it. when they trie to return it joey sees janice kissing her ex boyfriend for a good cliffhanger. o i would recommend this episode as a good one.moreless
  • A another good one, with a cliffhanger...

    Yet another great episode this season. I must say I really enjoy watching Friends this season. So, let's see what can we see in this episode...

    Monica decides to buy a new bed from Janice's ex-husband (soon to be), and Chandler can't find out about it. The best part about this was probably when the Race Car bed was delivered to Monica by mistake. I couldn't stop laughing when Phoebe and Joey didn't see it, or when Chandler was playing on the bed at the end of the episode. The end of the episode was also quite good, with a cliffhanger, but I must say I wasn't so intrigued by it.

    I also enjoyed the scenes between Ross, Rachel and Rachel's dad. The tension between Ross and Rachel's dad turned into friendship, and it was quite good when they started to be good to one another. A good character development, at least for Rachel's dad.

    And another good part was Joey's story, when he advised a man he was teaching how to play the part, and how he become more serious (or not). They should have probably made more eps with Joey being the teacher.

    All in all, this is a really good episode, a classic, a must-see!moreless
Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey


Guest Star

Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen

The Mattress King

Guest Star

Khalil Kain

Khalil Kain


Guest Star

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler


Recurring Role

Ron Leibman

Ron Leibman

Dr. Leonard Green

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: This is the first episode where we learn of Gunther's crush on Rachel.

    • Trivia: Throughout the ten seasons we learn the full name of five of the Friends. Monica's middle name is the only one that is never revealed.

    • Goof: In the scene where Joey is teaching soap opera for actors, he writes his name on the blackboard. His name changes from the 'a' being on the line to being above it. Also the line itself reaches the far right of the board in some shots, and is short of it in others.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Dr. Green: Nice hair. What'd ya do? Swim here?
      Ross: (To Rachel) Okay, that's it, I can't take it anymore.
      Rachel: What? What? He's interested in you. He, he likes your hair, he just wants to know how you got here.

    • Ross: I think your Dad must have added wrong. He only tipped like four percent.
      Rachel: Yeah. That's Daddy.
      Ross: That's Daddy?! But doesn't it bother you? You're a waitress.
      Rachel: Yes, it bothers me Ross, but ya know if he was a regular at the coffee house, I'd be serving him sneezers.
      Ross: So?
      Rachel: So. Ross, I've bugged him about this a million times, he's not gonna change.
      Ross: You really serve people sneezers?

    • Joey: Hey, Monica bought a bed from the Mattress King?
      Phoebe: Yeah, so please, please, please, don't say anything to Chandler.
      Joey: (Sounding offended) You want me to lie to Chandler?
      Phoebe: Is that a problem?
      Joey: No.

    • Rachel: We are having dinner with my dad tomorrow night, I hope that's okay.
      Ross: Oh shoot, tomorrow's not so good. I'm supposed to, um, fall off the Empire State building and land on a bicycle with no seat. Sorry.
      Rachel: Ross, my father doesn't hate you.
      Ross: Please, he refers to me as "wet-head."
      Rachel: But honey he calls everybody by a nickname! Okay, look, I know, all right, just one dinner, please, just one night for me, please. I just want him to love you like I do. (Ross looks at her) All right, well not exactly like I do, but, but, if you do come to dinner, I'll love you like I do in that black thing that you like.
      Chandler: I'll go.

    • Ross: So I told Carl nobody, no matter how famous their parents are, nobody's allowed to climb on the dinosaur. Of course, this went right in...
      Rachel: (Thinking) I love how he cares so much about stuff. If I squint I can pretend he's Alan Alda.
      Monica: (Thinking) Oh good, another dinosaur story. When are those going to become extinct?
      Chandler: (Thinking) If I was a superhero that could fly and be invisible, that would be the best.
      Gunther: (Thinking about Ross) What does Rachel see in this guy? I love Rachel, I wish she was my wife.
      Joey: (Singing "The Baby Elephant Walk" in his head) Da dadada da da da da da duh. Da dadada da da da da da duh.
      Phoebe: (Thinking) Who's singing?

    • Monica: Why is this car in my bedroom?
      Phoebe: I'm sorry, okay, I wasn't looking, and the store says that they won't take it back because you signed for it...
      Monica: When did I sign for it?
      Phoebe: When I was you! Ya know what? It's all Joey's fault, 'cause he left his nose open!
      Monica: Did you make brownies today?

    • Ross: So, Dr. Green, how's the old boat.
      Dr. Green: They found rust. You know what rust does to a boat?
      Ross: It gives it a nice antique-y look.
      Dr. Green: Rust is boat cancer, Ross.
      Ross: Wow, I'm sorry. When I was a kid I lost a bike to that.

    • Delivery Man: You Miss Geller?
      Phoebe: Okay.
      Delivery Man: Sign here.
      Phoebe: Do I have a middle name? (Looks at Joey who makes an "I don't know" face) All right. Monica Felula Geller.

    • Rachel: (About Ross) He's got this thing and I keep telling him to go to my chiropractor.
      Dr. Green: You're still going to that chiropractor? That man couldn't get into med school in Ixtapa.
      Ross: Thank you. That's what I keep saying.
      Rachel: Excuse me, Dr. Bobby happens to be an excellent doctor.
      Ross: Uh.
      Dr. Green: Wait a minute, his name is Dr. Bobby?
      Rachel: Well that's his last name.
      Ross: And his first name.
      Dr. Green: He's Bobby Bobby?
      Rachel: It's Robert Bobby.
      Dr. Green: Oh.
      Rachel: And, um, excuse me, he helps me.
      Ross: Oh ho, please. Ask her how?
      Dr. Green: What do you need help for?
      Rachel: With my alignment. I've got one leg shorter than the other.
      Dr. Green: Oh, my God!
      Ross: Argue with that.
      Rachel: What? It's true, my right leg is two inches shorter.
      Dr. Green: Come on! You're just titling! (To Ross) Her legs are fine!
      Ross: I know that!
      Dr. Green: So, why do you let her go to a chiropractor for?
      Rachel: I'm sorry, let her?
      Ross: What can I do, she doesn't listen to me about renter's insurance either.
      Dr. Green: Wait a minute, you don't have renter's insurance?!
      Rachel: No.
      Dr. Green: Well what if somebody steals something? How are you gonna run after him with one leg shorter than the other?!

    • Phoebe: (To kid in race car bed) Hi. You know, in England, this bed would be on the other side of the store.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Joey: And now, he's got a two-year contract opposite Susan Lucci the first lady of daytime television.

      Susan Lucci is a Daytime Emmy Award winning actress. Famous for her role as Erica Kane on All My Children for over 30 years, Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide.

    • Monica: Joey, the last time an actor did something this bad, a president died.
      Chandler: (Explaining to Joey) Lincoln. Booth.
      Joey: Something happened at the tunnel?

      John Wilkes Booth was an American actor from Maryland, who fatally shot U.S. President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

    • Ross: Hey, When you guys were kids and you played Happy Days, who were you? I was always Richie.
      Monica: I was always Joanie.
      Joey: Question. Was, "Egg the Gellers!" the war cry of your neighborhood?

      Happy Days was a popular American television sitcom that presented an idealized version of American life in late 1950s and early 1960s.
      Richie Cunningham was a main character played by actor Ron Howard.

    • In the opening scene, Joey was singing in his head "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini.

    • Rachel: (Thinking) If I squint, I can pretend he's Alan Alda.

      Alan Alda is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated American actor.