Season 8 Episode 14

The One with the Secret Closet

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Ross gives Rachel his new pager number to be informed of anything pregnancy-related. Although pagers were still in use in 2002, someone who already owned a cell phone, like Ross, would probably not use them anymore--and especially not buy a new one. Add to that the fact that with a pager, you still have to make a phone call to the person paging you. Why not just have them call you in the first place? Ross says when giving Rachel his new pager number, "I don't care if it's three in the morning and all you want is some ice-cream", and Joey says, "Hey, can I get a copy of that?" The whole "new pager number" business was probably included just for the sake of that joke.

    • Trivia: When Joey is talking to Chandler about Rachel just having moved in with Ross, Joey is drinking juice. On the juice bottle the brand name is partly blacked out. Instead of "Minute Maid", it says "Vinut Vaia".

    • Goof: After Rachel agrees to move in with Ross, as he pats her stomach, you can see the edge of the fake pregnancy belly.

    • Goof: When Chandler leaves Monica and Phoebe in the kitchen, he carries the ugly punch bowl with him to the bedroom. In subsequent shots, however, the punch bowl is still on the kitchen table.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Joey says that giving Rachel pickles is like giving him a salad. However in "The One Where They're Up All Night" Joey says he should always order both soup and salad.

    • Trivia: In this episode you can see the fourth wall in Monica and Chandler's apartment.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a hockey goalie

    • Goof: When Rachel comes into Joey's room after the opening credits, he says he is not wearing any bottoms. But as he pulls the sheet around him, you can see that he is actually wearing neutral boxer briefs. You can also see it when Rachel tells him to fix the sheet.

    • Continuity: When Joey asks Chandler for a bobby pin and Chandler says he'll go see if Monica has one, Joey uses air-quotes correctly when he says, "Sure... 'Monica'". However, he claims he has no idea what air-quotes mean in next season's "The One Where Emma Cries".

    • Continuity: Monica is self-conscious about having Phoebe give her a massage, but in "The One Where Rosita Dies", Phoebe mentions that Monica and Ross were her only massage clients since the beginning of the year.

    • Continuity: In this episode, it says that no one has ever seen inside the closet but in "The One with the Routine" when Phoebe and Rachel are looking for their Christmas presents, Rachel goes into the closet and there is nothing unusual about it.

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: Y'know, I've been living here for awhile and I've never seen what's inside that closet. What is in there?
      Monica: Feminine stuff.
      Chandler: Don't try to make me uncomfortable with "feminine stuff"!
      Monica: Chandler, there is nothing in there that concerns you. If you love me, you'll just... you'll let it go.

    • Phoebe: (about Monica not wanting a massage from her) How would you feel if you couldn't share your cooking? Or, or imagine how Ross would feel if he couldn't teach us about dragons...
      Monica: (correcting her) ...Dinosaurs.
      Phoebe: Potato, potawto.

    • Phoebe: I've seen you naked hundreds of times.
      Monica: That was different, we were roommates... and when?!
      Phoebe: I'm curious about the human body...

    • Chandler: (panicked, thinking Monica just came home) ...I wasn't trying to open your closet! I wasn't trying to open your closet! I swear!
      Joey: Wow, Monica runs a pretty tight ship around here, doesn't she? What're you doin'?
      Chandler: Monica has a secret closet and she won't let me see what's in it.
      Joey: Why not?
      Chandler: I dunno... What could she possibly be hiding in here that I can't see?
      Joey: I dunno... Oh! I bet it's Richard.
      Chandler: Why would Monica be keeping Richard in here?
      Joey: Well, off the top o' my head, maybe she's having her cake and eating it, too--you being the "cake" and Richard being the "too".

    • Joey: (trying to get the closet open) Oh, hey! Do you have a bobby-pin?
      Chandler: Yeah. (runs his hands through his hair) Oh no, wait, I'm not a nine year-old girl!
      Joey: Then why do you throw like one?

    • Joey: (to Chandler) I saw this movie once where there was this door... and nobody knew what was behind it... and when they finally got it open, millions and millions and millions of bugs came pouring out and feasted on human flesh! (having scared himself) Y'know, it wouldn't kill you to respect your wife's privacy!

    • Ross: (with Rachel at the hospital referring to Braxton-Hicks contractions) Oh, oh... Thank God. That's no big deal--most women don't even feel them.
      Rachel: Okay... no uterus, no opinion.

    • Ross: Look, I don't want to miss any more baby stuff, so here... Here's my new pager number, okay? Anytime anything pregnancy-related happens, use it. I'll be there! I don't care if it's three in the morning and all you want is some ice cream.
      Joey: Hey, can I get a copy of that?

    • Chandler: (to Monica) Look, I don't love you because you're organized, I love you in spite of that.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • (Phoebe has told Monica she moans sexually when being massaged)
      : That's why Alexandra wears earplugs when she gives me a massage!'s not because she hates Enya!
      Enya is a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter.

    • Rachel: Who's that kind of annoying girl soccer player?
      Joey: Mia Hamm?

      Mia Hamm, a former American soccer player, scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female.

    • Joey: Easy there, Captain Kirk.
      This is a reference to Captain James T. (Tiberius) Kirk, the captain of the USS Enterprise on the sci-fi series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. He is played by William Shatner.

    • Chandler: (after discovering what's in Monica's secret closet) I married Fred Sanford.
      This is a reference to the sitcom Sanford and Son, where Fred Sanford is a junk dealer. After this quote, Chandler begins to sing the show's theme song.

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