Season 5 Episode 20

The One with the Ride Along

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: When Rachel and Monica are listening to Ross's answering machine, they use each others catchphrases. Monica says "Noooooo" and Rachel says "I know!"

    • Continuity: Although necessary for the margarita-ingredients joke, it's highly unlikely that a professional chef like Monica wouldn't have any salt at home.

    • Magna Doodle: A smiley-face without a smile

    • Goof: In the car Chandler says "It's starting to get dark out there", however, the lighting shows that it is already dark. Furthermore, the previous scene shows the city at night.

    • Goof: When Rachel "breaks" Ross's ornament, the ornament is already in two before hitting the ground.

    • Goof: In the scene where Rachel tells Ross that Emily called, we see the glue on the side table which Rachel used to fix Ross' horn display standing on its base, and then laying down, and then on its base again.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: (to Monica) How 'bout I fix you a drink? ...maybe a margarita?
      Monica: Ross has the blender! ...ahhh, everything's just falling apart!
      Rachel: No, honey, it's okay, listen... I'll go to Ross's and get the blender... you get all the margarita stuff ready.
      Monica: Alright--his keys are in the drawer. Y'know what? ...also, I need some cash.
      Rachel: Okay... you want me to stop at the ATM?
      Monica: No, while you're at Ross's if you see any lying around...
      Rachel: What?!
      Monica: What? I, I don't do that.

    • Ross: (during the ride-along) He told you everything! I mean, you totally cracked him!
      Gary: Yeah, well, being that he was the victim, they're usually pretty talkative.

    • Chandler: (sniffing) Wow, that sandwich really does smell good.
      Joey: Did I say you could smell it?
      Chandler: I can't smell your sandwich?
      Joey: Half the taste is in the smell! ...y-you're sucking up all the taste units!
      Chandler: Okay, I'll give them back... (puffs air from his nose)

    • Monica: (calling Rachel at Ross's) I need a few more things to make the margaritas... I need some, uh, salt... some margarita mix... and tequila.
      Rachel: (laughs) So all we have is ice?
      Monica(thinks for a moment) See if he has ice.

    • Ross: I'm Gary's partner.
      Chandler: You know when you say partner it doesn't sound "cop," it sounds "gay."
      Ross: Ummm, jealous?

    • Monica: (about Emily's message) Nooooo!
      Rachel: I know!

    • Monica (about her plan to erase Emily's message): What if Ross hears that and calls her back and they get back together? Is that what you want? ...Ross back with that controlling, neurotic, crazy... Emily? The Emily that wouldn't let him see you?
      Rachel (gasps): Noooo. Oh, no, no. God, no! He should not get back together with her. I mean, I know that, you know that--even Ross knows that... but that still doesn't give us the right to erase his message.
      Monica: Look, I'm his sister, okay? ...and I love him--I don't wanna see him get hurt! C'mon, doesn't that give me the right to control hi... (checks herself) him?
      Rachel: I don't think he's the one who needs help.
      Monica: Okay, look, she's obviously unstable. Hey, I mean, she's thinking about running out on her wedding day. (seeing Rachel give her a look) Okay, fine. But look at the position she's putting him in. And what's he gonna do?, Ross is gonna run over there on the wedding day and break up the marriage? Who would do that?! (seeing Rachel give her another look) Okay, fine... alright, but... y'know... that's different... (reflecting) ...although it did involve a lot of the same people.

    • Gary: (about the ride-along release form) It just says you can't sue the city if you scrape your knee, or get your head blown off.
      Chandler: (sarcastically) Oh, hurry up, I want to sign that.

    • Rachel: (rehearsing recreating Emily's message with an English accent) Hello Ross, this is Rachel--Emily! God! What is it with those two names? ...I do so wanted to say that I'm going to be getting married... to another British person... and I'm having doubts and... scones... and... (frustrated) Oh, God! I can't remember what she said!
      Monica: Yeah, that's the problem with this plan.

    • Monica: (to Rachel) Look! ...if you're gonna be totally rational about this, I can't argue with you!

    • (Monica & Rachel are listening to Ross leave a message on his own machine)
      Ross: Hey, Ross, it's you. I just want you to remember this feeling. You are lucky to be alive... so live every day to the fullest... Love yourself, okay? Okay... Oh, and also get stamps. Bye.
      Monica: Wow! ...Play that message for Emily and this whole problem goes away...
      Rachel: Right?!

    • Gary: Hey Joey, you ever think about joining the force? We could use a guy like you.
      Chandler: (sarcastically) ...who jumps at loud noises!
      Ross: (thinking about it) Wow... I could have died tonight.
      Chandler: Yeah, if the car that backfired had run over you...!

    • Joey: (explaining why he seemed to shield Ross from the "gunshot") I was trying to save my sandwich...
      Chandler: From a bullet?!
      Joey: I know it doesn't make much sense.
      Chandler: Much sense?!

    • Ross: (arriving home) Rach', what are you doing here?
      Rachel: Hey, y'know what? You are in our apartment all the time! This is just a drop in the bucket, mister!

    • Rachel: (about Emily's message) Now, that was a good thing that I told you, right?
      Ross: Yeah. Yes! Of course!
      Rachel: Okay, thank-you. Thank-you. Because... Alright, I'm just gonna go tell Monica that I was right. Because, y'know, she didn't want... Not important. Point is, I was right. Your decision. Okay? I was right. Your decision.
      Ross: Right. I, I guess I should call Emily.
      Rachel: No, no, that's not the right decision!'s not right!

    • (Ross notices that his cash is missing from the coffee table)
      : (to Rachel as she's leaving) Hey, was Monica here?
      Rachel: Yeah.
      Ross: Yeah, I want my money back.
      Rachel: (leaning back in the door) Yeah... you probably need that for stamps, right?

    • Monica: Man, I would be great in a war! I really think I'd make a fantastic military leader. I mean, I know I'd make general before any of you guys.
      Chandler: Before or after you were shot by your own troops?

    • Ross: I know where Joey would be. He'd be down in the foxhole protecting all of us.
      Chandler: Yeah, if the foxhole was lined with sandwiches.
      Joey: Yeah, hero sandwiches...
      Phoebe: Now you all know that I'm a pacifist, so I'm not interested in war in any way. But, y'know, when the revolution comes, I will have to destroy you all... (aside to Joey) Not you, Joey.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ross: (with flashing red light under his shirt) Hey, Gary. Who am I? (in his best "alien" voice) "Phone home..."
      Ross is referring to the Steven Spielberg classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

    • Gary: Anyone want to meet a hero?
      Phoebe: John Glenn is here?

      John Glenn is a former astronaut who was the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. He returned to space on a 1998 flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery when he was 77, setting another record as the oldest American to go into space.

    • Joey: What's up with that, Serpico?
      Serpico is a 1973 movie that stars Al Pacino as Frank Serpico, a New York police officer who goes against his fellow officers to expose widespread corruption on the force.

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