Season 8 Episode 2

The One with the Red Sweater

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Speculation regarding the father of Rachel's baby leads to a misunderstanding when Joey discovers a red sweater left behind in a one-night stand Rachel had. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross search for the disposable cameras left behind at the wedding and Monica goes on an opening-present binge.

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  • Who is the father of Rachel's baby?

    This episode would have to be one of my favorites in season eight. The anxiousness of finding out who the father of Rachel's baby intensifies in this fun filled episode. Rachel is getting ready to tell the father of the baby, and we find out the father owns a red sweater. Suspicions lead back to an old friend from last season: Tag. We think he's the father but it turns out that he already has his red sweater and he didn't leave it behind at Rachel's. So now everything is pretty much up in the air. Meanwhile Joey proposes to Phoebe after thinking that she is pregnant, we definitely got to see some relationship moments there especially when Phoebe wouldn't give the ring back after Joey proposed to Rachel after finding out it was her who was pregnant. Ross & Chandler taking the wedding pictures again at someone else's wedding was hilarious! Not as hilarious as when Monica won't stop opening the wedding presents. Then at the very end, we find out who the father of the baby is! The sweater belongs too.... ROSS! Ross is the father of Rachel's baby, I certainly did not see that coming and this episode got me ecstatic on how Rachel is going to tell Ross in the next episode. Amazing episode overall, and a great followup to the premiere.moreless
  • Joey finds a red sweater in his apartment and realises it's the sweater of the father of Rachel's baby. Phoebe thinks it's Tags and arranges a meeting for Rachel with him. Ross and Chandler attempt to recreate the wedding pictures.moreless

    I would say this is one of the best endings of an episode in friends.

    I admit that I'm pleased tag isn't the father and I'm thrilled ross is, as it leads to many good written episodes after. It was rather funny when phoebe and joey misunderstood the signs which lead to many surpises.

    When Chandler and ross lost the cameras, It was obvious it would lead to disaster when they tried to 'recreate' the moving wedding scene.

    Once again monica shows her obsessive side when she has to wait for chandler to open the wedding presents with her but goes out of control when she opens them all her self!

    A brilliant episode.moreless
  • The father of Rachel's baby is revealed...

    Speculation regarding the father of Rachel's baby leads to a misunderstanding when Joey discovers a red sweater left behind in a one-night stand Rachel had. So Joey proposes to Phoebe (because excluding Monica and Phoebe, everyone thinks she's pregnant), but Monica spills the beans so he proposes to Rachel. Classic moment of Friends. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross search for the disposable cameras left behind at the wedding, Ross and Chandler are hilarious pretending their wedding guests at someone else's wedding receptionand Monica goes on a opening-present binge. Phoebe thinking Tag is the father calls him over for Rachel to talk to him but he freaks out which is funny.

    At the end, Ross claims the sweater as his and everyone is stunned...moreless
  • a good episode

    Speculation regarding the father of Rachel's baby leads to a misunderstanding when Joey discovers a red sweater left behind in a one-night stand Rachel had a few weeks ago and the gang all think that it is tags and they get rachael to tell tag when it really is ross. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross search for the disposable cameras left behind at the wedding and joey has taken a funny picture on them, they cant find them so they try to recreate pictures with new cameras, but it seems monica had them after all. and Monica goes on an opening-present binge and they call it even for chandler kissing another women for a fake photograph.moreless
  • Ross and Chandler take pictures at someone else's wedding.

    Great episode! Monica sure gets up set about not being the bride again and then she comes all the presents. Chandler kisses another woman to look like Monica and Chandler in the picture. Ross and his fake speech was so funny! Joey proposes to Phoebe then Rachel! It would be so freaking awesome if Phoebe and Joey did get married! Ross is the last one to find out about everything. First Monica and Chandler and then that Rachel is pregnant. Monica and Chandler sure started there marriage weird. Tag just runs because he hears Rachel is having a baby! What a freak!moreless
Reggie Jordan

Reggie Jordan

The Front Desk Clerk

Guest Star

Teresa Parente

Teresa Parente

The Woman at the Wedding

Guest Star

Harry S. Murphy

Harry S. Murphy

The Man at the Wedding

Guest Star

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Tag Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: Monica and Chandler have a yellow KitchenAid stand mixer which can be seen on the kitchen counter. They received the exact same yellow mixer as a wedding gift which can be seen on the floor when Chandler comes home and notices all the opened gifts.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is talking to Rachel in Central Perk, she rips her Band-Aid off from her right arm. However, in the next scene, when Joey proposes to her, she has the Band-Aid on again.

    • Goof: Rachel's hair is over an inch longer in this episode than it was the morning of Monica and Chandler's wedding. This episode is supposed to take place the next day.

    • Continuity: Joey's age is not consistent. In "The One with the Birth" (1995) Joey says he is 25. In "The One Where Joey Moves Out" (1996) Joey says he is 28. In this episode (2001) Chandler says Joey is 32.

    • Continuity: Last season in "The One with the Engagement Picture" Chandler isn't able to make a normal face if a camera is in front of him. But in this episode he has no problems standing in front of a camera.

    • Goof: When Rachel walks into Central Perk and finds Tag, she sets her purse down on the table. After the camera angle changes a few times, she sets her purse down again.

    • Goof: Chandler isn't wearing a wedding ring.

    • Goof: In the scene where Monica is opening wedding gifts without Chandler, she moves the big box with the flowered wrapping paper from the table to the couch to open it. Seconds after Rachel walks in, the wrapping paper is completely removed. When Joey arrives, not only is the box fully wrapped again, it's sitting back on the table. In the various shots that follow we see the box wrapped, unwrapped, wrapped again and partially unwrapped.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Rachel: (to desk clerk) Listen you know what, I don't care what the computer says, we did not take a bag of Mashuga Nuts from the mini-bar... and we did not watch Dr. Do Me A Little.
      Joey: (arriving) Hey.
      Phoebe: Joey, were you in our room last night?
      Joey: No.
      (Phoebe shows him the bill)
      Joey: (to desk clerk, indignant) I was told the name of the movie would not appear on the bill!

    • Chandler: (to desk clerk) Hi! We're checking out of the bridal suite.
      Monica: (depressed) That's right. I'm no longer a bride. I'll never be a bride again. Now, I'm just someone's wife!
      Chandler: (faking cheerfulness) And I'm the happiest guy in the world!

    • Monica: So, Ross has never checked out of a room a minute before he had to.
      Rachel: Yeah. One time, when we were dating, we got a late checkout. He got so excited, it was the best sex we ever had... (remembering) Until, y'know, he screamed out "Radisson" at the end.

    • Chandler: Okay, well I'm gonna get Ross, get the cameras, and get them developed. (Joey laughs mischievously) Thirty-two Joe. You're thirty-two!

    • Chandler: Where are the disposable cameras?
      Ross: What disposable cameras?
      Chandler: The cameras. Remember? Last night I told you to take them.
      Ross: No, you didn't.
      Chandler: Yes! Remember? Right before we cut the cake, I went up to you and I said--
      Ross: Oh, oh yeah, you, you came up to me and asked if I could do you a favor, and my Uncle Murray came up to you and handed you a check. And then you said, "Why do they call it a check? Why not a Yugoslavian?" (Chandler cackles with self-amusement) Yeah, then you did that.

    • Phoebe: That's right. Chandler does still think I'm pregnant. He hasn't asked me how I'm feeling or offered to carry my bags. Oh, I feel bad for the woman who ends up with him. (Monica looks over at her) After you, of course.

    • Phoebe: (about the father of Rachel's baby) Is it someone in this building? Is it that tall guy from the first floor?
      Rachel: Ew! No!
      Phoebe: What? I think he's cute.
      Rachel: Well, then you have his baby.
      Phoebe: Believe me, I'm trying.

    • Phoebe: This guy doesn't have a clue. He's just walking down the street thinking, "I had sex with Rachel Greene. I rock!" Then, bam! He's the father, everything's different.
      Rachel: It's only different if he wants it to be. I'm not gonna ask him for anything.
      Phoebe: Okay, then he still has this huge decision to make. Now he's walking around thinking, "Do I want to be a dad?" Then, bam!
      Monica: What was that "bam"?
      Phoebe: I dunno... He's hit by a bus!

    • Rachel: Hey, Joey? What would you do if someone that you slept with told you that she was pregnant?
      Joey: Who called here? Did she sound blond? Huh? Did, did she have an accent? I gotta make a call! (starts to leave) Shoulda never walked into that Sunglass Hut!

    • Ross: I'm just thinking about your new bride at home, okay? Do you really want to start your new life together by letting her down?
      Chandler: Marriage advice? Really?

    • Phoebe: Is it Gunther?
      Rachel: No! Phoebe, it's not Gunther.
      Phoebe: Thank God, 'cause that hair on a baby... ?
      Rachel: Phoebe, the father is not here, okay? I haven't told him yet, and I don't think I can tell him at all now.
      Phoebe: Why not?
      Rachel: I don't know, let me think. I was walking down the street thinking, "I'm gonna tell the father today" and then bam!
      Phoebe: Bus?
      Rachel: No, you!

    • Joey: (to Phoebe) Um, it's a scary world out there, especially for a single mom. Now, I've always felt that you and I had a... a special bond. So... (gets down on one knee and takes out a ring) Phoebe Buffay, will you marry me?
      Monica: Oh, my God! ...Joey!
      Phoebe: (takes the ring and puts it on) Hell yeah, I'll marry you!
      Monica: You can't marry him!
      Phoebe: Hey, lady, your day's over. It's my turn.

    • Monica: (about "pregnant" Phoebe accepting Joey's marriage proposal) Phoebe, I think he would notice when you didn't have a baby in nine months!
      Phoebe: It's Joey!

    • Joey: (about Rachel's baby) Who's the father?
      Phoebe: We don't know.
      Joey: (thinking) Oh... I wonder if it's that dude.
      Monica: There's a dude?
      Joey: Yeah.
      Phoebe: Who? Who is it?
      Joey: About a month ago, this guy spent the night with Rachel. I didn't see who it was, but...(leaves the apartment)
      Phoebe: Was that story over?

    • Phoebe: I may play the fool at times, but... I'm a little more than just a pretty blond girl with an ass that won't quit.

    • Chandler: You opened all the presents without me? I thought we were supposed to do that together!
      Monica: You kissed another woman?
      Chandler: Call it even?
      Monica: Okay!

    • Ross: Hey, my sweater! I've been looking for this for like a month!
      (Ross takes his sweater and leaves)
      Monica & Phoebe: Oh, my God!
      Joey: (after catching up) Oh, my God!

    • Ross: (meeting Tag on the street) Hey, how ya doing?
      Tag: Good. Long time no see... Like your sweater...
      Ross: (noticing they're wearing identical sweaters) Oh! Hey, right back at ya!
      Tag: (referring to Rachel being pregnant) It's crazy about Rachel, huh?
      Ross: (unaware) Yeah, well... she's one crazy lady.
      Tag: So who's is it?
      Ross: (goes to check his sweater label) I don't know, some Italian guy... Come on, read your own label. See you later. (to himself as he's leaving) He is so weird.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Chandler: Who are you, Ansel Adams? Get outta here!

      Ansel Adams was an American photographer, known for his black and white photos of the Yosemite Valley.

    • Phoebe: You're like Ed McMahon, except without the big check.

      Ed McMahon, the presenter for the American Family Publishing Sweepstakes, is famous for knocking on people's doors and giving them a rather large surprise check.

    • Rachel: And we did not watch Dr. Do Me A Little!
      The porn film that Joey ordered parodied the movie Dr. Dolittle with Eddie Murphy.