Season 3 Episode 22

The One with the Screamer

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: The morning after the play, Monica comes out of her bedroom and greets Phoebe. The problem with that is, the night before, Phoebe switched Monica and Rachel's bedrooms around, so Monica should have come out of Rachel's bedroom, not her own.

    • Goof: When Tommy is screaming at the chick, he's holding paper he used to clean his hands. He puts the paper down, but when the camera angle changes it's in his hand again.

    • Goof: When Gunther brings Chandler the cup of coffee from the woman at the bar, Chandler does not take it by the handle. However the shot quickly switches to him holding it by the handle.

    • Trivia: This is the only episode where any of the Friends, other than Joey, has met Estelle Leonard. It is also the only episode where we see Estelle outside her office.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: Oh, Phoebe, are you still on hold? I was supposed to call my Dad back, like, two hours ago.
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah, he clicked on. He said call him as soon as you get a chance... he's at Flimby's.
      Rachel: What's Flimby's?
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah... that's the word I use when I can't remember the real thing.

    • Joey: Uh, listen... I gotta double check for tickets tonight. Who, who got what?
      Chandler, Phoebe & Rachel: I had one.
      Monica: I need two. I'm bringing Pete... my boyfriend... (pleased with herself) I have a boyfriend now!
      Joey: Two it is. Ross, how about you?
      Ross: Uh, yeah, I, uh, I also need two.
      Monica: Really? Who's number two?
      Chandler: Who's number two? ...One of the more difficult games sewer workers play.
      Ross: Uh, no, it's, it's just this person.
      Phoebe: Like a "date" type person?
      Ross: Yeah, kinda. It's this woman from work. I hope that won't be too weird... Will it, Rach'?
      Rachel: No. No, not at all. I was actually gonna bring someone myself...
      Joey: But... you said one... ticket.
      Rachel: I meant... me plus one!
      Joey: Okay... (to Phoebe and Chandler) Did, uh, you guys mean "you... plus one"?

    • Joey: Oh, hey! You guys are finally gonna get to meet Kate! (to Chandler) ...and I borrowed some of your cologne--I hope she likes it.
      Monica: Joey, what are you doing? It's never gonna happen. She's seeing somebody.
      Chandler: Yeah, and I don't have any cologne.
      Joey: Green bottle next to the shaving cream...
      Chandler: Oh, worm medicine for the duck.

    • Chandler: (entering Monica's apartment carrying the chick and the duck) Hey! Can you take a duck and a chick to the theater?
      Monica: Of course not.
      Phoebe: No.
      Chandler: Okay. I just wanted them to hear it from somebody else.

    • Ross: (after Rachel's introduced him to Tommy and left for the washroom) So, uh... well, this, this is uh... this is awkward.
      Tommy: Yeah?
      Ross: Well, y'know... 'cause Rachel and I used to go out.
      Tommy: Oh, I didn't... I didn't know that.
      Ross: Oh! Well then this is awkward.

    • Joey: (meeting the gang after the play) So, so... what'd ya think?
      Chandler: Almost as good as that play with the two naked girls on the see-saw.
      Joey: I, I wasn't in that.
      Chandler: I know.

    • Ross: I'm telling you, this guy Rachel is with is crazy! Okay? He viciously screamed at total strangers! I think he's... bad news.
      Chandler: (sarcastically) Wait a minute, wait a minute... you don't like the guy Rachel's dating? Well, that's odd...

    • Joey: Uh, you guys this is, this is Kate's understudy, Lauren.
      Rachel: Oh, hi!
      Lauren: Hey.
      Rachel: (shaking her hand) Hey. Gosh, you look so familiar...
      Lauren: Oh, yeah! I ran into you in the hallway in your building--it was right after I slept with Joey... (faking cheerfulness) He dumped me the next day...

    • Cailin: (to Monica and Pete) So. How'd you guys meet?
      Pete: Well, ah... the short version is... I pursued her for a couple of months... then I gave her a check for $20,000 and she was mine.
      Monica: Yeah, and in the long version, I dump him for telling people the short version.

    • Director: (reading a review of the play) "Joey Tribbiani gives an uneven performance, however, Mr. Tribbiani is not the worst thing in this production..."
      Joey: (fists in the air, shouting triumphantly) Yes!!

    • Phoebe: (to Monica and Rachel who have just arrived home) I've kept myself busy...
      (Monica and Rachel go into their rooms and walk right back out)
      Phoebe: ...I put your stuff in her room and her stuff in your room.

    • Joey: (after the critics trash Kate's performance) Drama critics are just people who couldn't make it as actors. You know what you should do...?
      Kate: ...become a drama critic!

    • Joey: I don't get you, Kate... First, you hate me... then you sleep with me... then you want nothing to do with me... and now you want me again?
      Kate: What?'ve never dated an actress before?

    • Ross: (to Rachel about Tommy) Look... The guy, he screamed... he actually screamed at this couple sitting in our seats.
      Chandler: Yeah... and at the end of the play, he got up, y'know, and he just started, like, banging his hands together...

    • Chandler: (to Tommy) Step away from the duck.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Joey: What's going on? What's this about L.A.?
      Kate: They still want me for General Hospital.
      General Hospital is the longest-running soap opera produced in Hollywood. It holds the record for the most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series (13).

    • Joey: We'll stop by every newsstand and burn every copy of The Times and The Post.
      The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally.
      The New York Post, established in 1801 as the New York Evening Post, describes itself as the nation's oldest continuously published daily newspaper.

    • Director: A plague... on both your houses!
      This is a line from the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. The play has been adapted into several movies including Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 classic Romeo and Juliet and the contemporary 1996 film Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.