Season 9 Episode 4

The One with the Sharks

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: When Phoebe is trying to think of a serious relationship she's had, David (the science guy) doesn't even come to mind, and yet she's said more than once that he might be the love of her life. The subject then changes to "long term" relationships, which wouldn't apply to David, but they definitely had a "serious" relationship.

    • Goof: When Monica sneaks in on Chandler, the door is left partly open, however, when the camera angle changes, the door is suddenly closed.

    • Goof: In this episode, Joey says he has never been in a long-term relationship. However, in "The One with the Dirty Girl" it is revealed that Joey was with Angela Del Vecchio for three years.

    • Goof: When Joey is talking to Hayley, she reaches out and touches him. In the next view, her hands are on her sides.

    • Goof: At the very end, Monica tells Chandler, "I can't tell you how happy that makes me!" As she throws her arms up in the air, the camera switches angles quickly and Monica's arms are down at her side.

    • Goof: When Ross brings Phoebe the vegetarian corn dogs, he places them on the counter not eaten, a few shots later there is a visible bite out of one of the corn dogs.

    • Goof: When Monica is explaining why she rented the shark videos, Chandler's shirt collar goes up and down repeatedly.

    • Continuity: Phoebe says she's never lived with a man, but in "The One with the Ball", she moved in with Gary the cop.

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: (coming into Central Perk with the back of her dress open) Oh, hey, Ross! Oh, I'm so glad someone's here... Could you zip me up?
      Ross: Sure... (self-consciously zips up her dress)
      Phoebe: Thank-you. Can you believe no one between my apartment and here offered to do that for me?

    • Joey: Oh, hey, have you talked to Chandler?
      Monica: Yeah, he has to stay in Tulsa this weekend.
      Joey: How come?
      Monica: He has to work. There's some rush on the big... (stops to think) Ah, damn! One of these days I'm really gonna have to start listening when he talks about his job.
      Joey: Oh! Why don't you fly out there and surprise him?
      Monica: Maybe I will go... Yeah, we'll have a second honeymoon at the Tulsa Ramada.
      Joey: Oh, and y'know what? should bring the black see-through teddy with the attached garters.
      Monica: How do you know I have one of those?
      Joey: (grinning) Didn't until just now.

    • Mike: (to Ross at his door) You're not going to ask me to join a cult are you?
      Ross: (laughing self-consciously) No.
      Mike: You just have that look.
      Ross: (to himself) Damn Supercuts!

    • Ross: (visiting Mike to explain about Phoebe) I'm an idiot, okay? Look... right before you guys went out, I accidentally got her... all upset.
      Mike: That's why she was weird...
      Ross: Yes! Yeah, uh... I said something stupid... about her never having had a serious relationship? ...but you should know, she is... so much fun... a wonderful person... Please, don't blow her off...
      Mike: No... I'm not gonna blow 'er off... I actually just got off the phone with her... we're goin' out tomorrow night... I hope that's okay with you... stranger from the coffee house...
      Ross: No! Yeah... that's great! So... the crying didn't turn you off...?
      Mike: Nah... Look, Ross... I just got out of a nine-year relationship with a manic-depressive... Compared to that, Phoebe's a mouseketeer!
      Ross: (relieved) Well, then... I didn't need to bother you... or the... four other Mike Hannigans I bothered.

    • Rachel: (about Chandler) Watching sharks? Are you sure that's what he was doing?
      Monica: Do you know how many times I've seen him jump up like that? Believe me I know what he was doing.
      Rachel: Man! Sharks! ...I always knew there was something weird about that dude... but you promised to love him no matter what!
      Monica: "What" means if he gets, like, a disease... or kills someone! ...not if he gets his jollies to Jaws!
      Rachel: Ah! You know what, honey? Guys are just different. They like things that we can't understand. You know, I once dated this guy who wanted to pretend he was an archeologist and I was a naughty cave woman that he unfroze from a block of ice.
      Monica: Ew! Are you talking about my bother?
      Rachel: Yeah, I didn't disguise that very well, did I?

    • Monica: Joey, you don't think sharks are sexy, do you?
      Joey: No... Wait a minute. What was the Little Mermaid?

    • Joey: Listen to this... I went out with this girl last night and half way through our date I realized I already slept with her.
      Rachel: So basically you've slept with all the women in New York and now you're just going around again?

    • Phoebe: (to Ross) If you hadn't just had a baby with my best friend, I swear to Lucifer, a rabid dog would be feasting on your danglers right now!

    • (Ross answers the door at Phoebe's apartment and it's Mike)
      Mike: You know, I'm trying to think of the last time I opened a door and you weren't there.

    • Monica: (about the shark porn) Do you want me to fast forward to something... "toothier?"

    • Monica: (the shark video isn't doing it for Chandler) We could do something else. Do you want me to get into the tub and... thrash?

    • Chandler: (clearing up her "shark porn" misconception) I was just watching regular porn.
      Monica: (relieved) Really?
      Chandler: Yes, just some old fashioned, American, girl-on-girl action.
      Monica: You have no idea how happy that makes me!

    • Ross: (on Phoebe's answering machine with a made-up European accent) Hello, this is Vikram. I am calling about our long-term relationship. Call me, I am in my kite-making studio.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui regardait des requins (The One Who Was Watching Sharks)

    • Chandler only appears in two scenes in this episode, despite being central to Monica's storyline.

    • This episode marks the smallest role Jennifer Aniston had in an episode of Friends. Rachel only appears in two scenes: a short phone call with Monica and a brief conversation with Monica and Joey.

    • This episode runs 26:12 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • Allusions

    • Rachel: (to Monica about Chandler) promised to love him, no matter what!
      Monica: "What" means, like, if he gets a disease or kills someone! ...not if he gets his jollies to Jaws!
      is a 1975 movie directed by Steven Spielberg about a great white shark attacking people at a New England beach resort.

    • Monica: Joey, you don't think sharks are sexy, do you?
      Joey: No... Wait a minute. What was the Little Mermaid?
      Joey is referring to the beautiful young mermaid Ariel from the movie The Little Mermaid. This 1989 animated Disney feature was adapted from a story originally published in 1837 by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

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