Season 9 Episode 20

The One with the Soap Opera Party

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: At the rooftop party, Monica spots a soap opera star and exclaims, "Oh, leather pants! Have mercy!". However, in "The One with All the Resolutions" when Ross asks the gang what they honestly think of his new leather pants, everyone, including Monica, says they don't like them.

    • Goof: The gang knows about the rooftop party, so when Joey comes into Monica and Chandler's apartment wearing a bathrobe, Monica says, "The games over. Take off your robe!". The only problem is, Joey is bare-legged. In other words, even if he was trying to deceive them, they could at least tell that he's not wearing any pants.

    • Trivia: Ross refers to the professors he's supposed to show around campus as probably being "a couple of old windbags wearing tweed jackets with suede elbow patches". Monica points out that Ross has leather elbow patches, to which Ross replies, "These aren't suede!". Interestingly enough, Ross turns out to be right, at least in the case of the male professor. Professor Spafford's jacket is tweed and his elbow patches are indeed suede.

    • Continuity: At the rooftop party, the entire skyline of New York is lit up, adding to the party-like atmosphere. However, in other episodes with scenes on the rooftop such as "The One Where They're Up All Night" or "The One with the Ballroom Dancing", there is only a smattering of lights on in background buildings.

    • Trivia: The woman in the one-woman play is actor Alex Borstein who does the voice of Lois Griffin on the animated TV series Family Guy.

    • Goof: When Chandler is on his own in the theater, he is unhappy and wants to leave. But as he is leaving, the show starts and he seems too scared to leave now. But at the end of the episode when he gets his revenge on Monica and Pheobe by taking them to the theater, Chandler is more than happy to run out after the show started.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of Hello Kitty

    • Goof: When, Ross, Phoebe, and Rachel are together, and Ross is pouring the wine, the wine is tilted. One second later Ross is no longer holding it, and there was no sign of him putting it down.

  • Quotes

    • Joey: What are you doing tomorrow night?
      Chandler: Oh, well, let me see. I believe I'm... (checking his date book) ...yes, falling asleep in front of the TV.
      Joey: My agent hooked me up with six tickets to a great play.
      Chandler: I could fall asleep at a play.

    • Monica: (talking to Rachel in the hallway about her crush on Joey) Who do you know that are friends that just fool around?
      Rachel: Okay, off the top of my head... Don and Janet.
      Monica: Who, who are they?
      Rachel: I know them from work.
      Monica: Both of them?
      Rachel: No, one of them...
      Monica: Which one?
      Rachel: (caught off guard) I dunno... what were the names I just said?
      Monica: Rachel, things can get incredibly complicated.
      Rachel: Alright, alright... you're right. I won't do anything with Joey... I just thought that we-- (seeing Joey suddenly come out of Monica's apartment) ...Okay, so that would be two cups of tarragon, one pound of baking soda, and one red onion?
      Monica: (after Joey goes into his own apartment) What the hell are you cooking?

    • Monica: (to Chandler, about Ross and Charlie) Twenty bucks says they're married within the month.

    • Rachel: Joey, why wouldn't you invite us to your parties?
      Joey: You're fine, okay? But everyone else acts like an idiot around famous people.
      Rachel: (conspiratorially) Well, then so you just invite me...
      Joey: Please, I was trying to be nice. You're the worst one!

    • Prof. Spafford: I'm also allergic to peanuts... and cashews... and almonds... and filberts--
      Ross: Basically, all nuts!!
      Prof. Spafford: Interestingly, no...
      Charlie: Kinda playing it fast and loose with the word "interesting".

    • Rachel: I'm not feeling really well... I don't think I'm gonna get to go to the play.
      Ross: Really? What's wrong?
      Rachel: I dunno... I think it's kinda serious... Oh, y'know... I was watching this thing on TV this morning about... Newcastle Disease? ...and I think I might have it.
      Charlie: Uh, Newcastle Disease is a secretion borne virus that only affects chickens and other poultry.
      Rachel: (pointing to Charlie) Okay, who's this?

    • Monica: You're not sick!
      Rachel: What? Yes I am.
      Monica: (opening Rachel's robe) Okay, then why are you all dressed up?!
      Rachel: (struggling for an explanation) When you're sick... you do whatever you can to make yourself feel better...

    • (For years, Joey's been keeping the gang from attending his soap opera parties)
      (to the others) That's why he's sending you to the play... that's why he sent us to that medieval restaurant... and to that button factory...
      Phoebe: ...and that horrible museum tour?
      Ross: No... I arranged that.

    • (Matthew, a soap star, is writing something down for Rachel)
      (when spotting them) Hey, Joey said no autographs! ...but if she's getting one, I want one, too! (to Matthew) "To Monica..." ...and none of this "best wishes" crap! I want "Love!"
      Rachel: Okay, actually, uh, Mon... Matthew was giving me his phone number.
      Monica: Oh, man! If I had known I was coming to this party, I would never have gotten married!

    • Rachel: How's it going with Charlie?
      Ross: (sarcastically) Oh, great! After I finish my wine I'm going to blow my average brains out.
      Phoebe: Oh, what's the matter?
      Ross: She only dates geniuses and Nobel Prize winners. Oh, my God, at the Chinese restaurant earlier today, I put chopsticks in my mouth and pretended to be a woolly mammoth.
      Rachel: I always loved that!
      Ross: Of course you would, your brains are smaller than mine!

    • Rachel: I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna kiss Joey.
      Monica: No! You can't. Friends hooking up is a bad idea.
      Rachel: What about you and Chandler?
      Monica: That's different, I was drunk and stupid.
      Rachel: (gesturing to herself) Well, hello-o-o...?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Charlie: No... but he did just win the MacArthur Genius Grant.

      The MacArthur Fellows Program, also called the Genius Grant informally, is a real grant for promising individuals. It entails a stipend of $500,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

    • Joey: And this guy is in a cult. It'll cost you five thousand dollars to get to Level Three, and I don't feel any different!
      This is most likely a reference to Scientology, a controversial religion which charges members large sums of money to advance through various levels of spiritual training.

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