Season 3 Episode 7

The One with the Race Car Bed

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



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Although Rachel claims that her right leg is two inches shorter than her left, we don't see evidence of it in this, previous or subsequent episodes. Apparently "Dr. Bobby Bobby" is much better at his job than either Ross or Dr. Green would be willing to admit.

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

    • Trivia: Phoebe is trying to think of Monica's middle name when signing for the bed. Throughout the ten seasons of Friends we only learn the middle names of three of the gang (Rachel Karen Green, Joseph Francis Tribbiani, Chandler Muriel Bing), but the other three middle names are never revealed. We learn in Season 2's "The One with the Bullies" that Monica's middle initial is "E", but that's the extent of it. It has been established that Ross's middle name is "Eustace", but not because it is mentioned in any episode. The only reason we know it at all is that the name, apparently, showed up in a script, and even though the scenes were never shot, the name went public anyway. Phoebe's middle name is a complete mystery--even to her.

    • Only on Television: After the movers deliver the race-car bed, it is the only bed in Monica's room and occupies most of the central area; this is very obvious in the tag scene where Chandler is pretending to drive it. So, when did her original bed leave the room? In order to deliver the race-car bed, the movers would have first had to remove Monica's old bed, mattress and box spring, which clearly, they didn't. And even if Monica had prepared for the delivery by moving things out of her bedroom, herself, it would only have been for the delivery of the mattress she bought, not an entire bed. In subsequent episodes her old bed has conveniently reappeared.

    • Goof: In the scene where Joey is teaching soap opera for actors, he writes his name on the blackboard and then underlines it. In some shots the "a" is directly on the underline and the underline reaches the far right of the blackboard, while in others, the "a" is above the underline and the underline barely goes beyond "Tribbiani".

  • Quotes

    • Ross: (holding court in Central Perk) 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 one ear...
      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 gonna become extinct?
      Chandler: (thinking) If I was a superhero who could fly... and be invisible... that would be the best.
      Gunther: (thinking disdainfully of Ross) What does Rachel see in this guy? (serves Rachel a coffee and sniffs her hair) I love Rachel... I wish she was my wife.
      Joey: (singing "Baby Elephant Walk" in his head) Da dada da da-da da-da da-daaaa...
      Phoebe: (thinking) Who's singing?

    • Rachel: (on the phone) Alright, Daddy... we'll see you tomorrow night... Okay... bye... (hangs up)
      Ross: "We...?"
      Rachel: ...are, uh... 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...? 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--just one dinner, please... just one night for me, please. I just want him to love you like I do...
      (Ross gives her a "think about what you just said" look)
      Rachel: Alright... 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: (leaning in) I'll go...

    • Phoebe: (to a kid in the mattress store sitting on the race-car bed) Hi... Y'know, in England, this car would be on the other side of the store.

    • Delivery Man: You Miss Geller?
      Phoebe: Okay.
      Delivery Man: Sign here.
      Phoebe: Do I have a middle name? (looks at Joey who shrugs) Alright... (signing) Monica... Felula... Geller.

    • Joey: (as Monica's new bed is being delivered) 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.

    • Ross: So, Dr. Green... how's the old boat.
      Dr. Green: They found rust... You know what rust does to a boat?
      Ross: Gives it a nice antique-y look?
      Dr. Green: (not amused) Rust is boat cancer, Ross...
      Ross: Wow, I'm sorry... When I was a kid I lost a bike to that.

    • Ross: (looking at the restaurant check) Oh-oh! 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?'re a waitress.
      Rachel: Yes, it bothers me Ross... but y'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: (reflecting) You really serve people sneezers?

    • Monica: (seeing the kid's race-car bed) 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! ...Y'know what?'s all Joey's fault, 'cause he left his nose open!
      Monica: (eyeing Phoebe suspiciously) Did you make brownies today?

    • Dr. Green: (after arriving at Rachel's, disparagingly to Ross) Nice hair. What'd ya do? ...swim here?
      Ross: (to Rachel when Dr. Green is out of earshot) 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...

    • 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: (chiming in) ...and his first name.
      Dr. Green: He's Bobby Bobby?
      Rachel: (defensively) 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: C'mon! You're just tilting! (to Ross) Her legs are fine!
      Ross: I know that!
      Dr. Green: So, whaddaya let her go to a chiropractor for?
      Rachel: (incensed) 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: (somewhat embarrassed) ...No.
      Dr. Green: Well, what if somebody steals something? How're you gonna run after him... (starting to laugh) ...with one leg shorter than the other?

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Učitel herectví (Acting Teacher)
      Unlike the English title, the Czech title focuses on Joey's storyline, rather than Monica's.

    • This episode runs 23:28 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Dr. Green: (about Rachel's chiropractor) That man couldn't get into med school in Ixtapa.
      Ixtapa is a beach resort on the lower Pacific coast of Mexico. For fans of the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, it's only two miles from Zihuatanejo.

    • Joey: (almost in tears about his former student) ...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 actor and Confederate sympathizer 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. 
      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 one of the main characters played by actor Ron Howard.
      Joanie Cunningham was Richie's sister, played by Erin Moran.

    • In the opening scene, the melody Joey is singing in his head is "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini, written for the 1962 film Hatari! starring John Wayne.

    • 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, writer and director.