Season 9 Episode 20

The One with the Soap Opera Party

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



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The woman in the one-woman play is actor Alex Borstein, who plays the voice of Lois Griffin on the animated TV show 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

    • Rachel: How is it going with Charlie?
      Ross: (Sarcastically) Oh, great! After I finish my wine I'm going to blow my... average-sized 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 not feeling really well. I think I can't get out for the play.
      Ross: Really? What's wrong?
      Rachel: I don't know. I think it's kind of serious. Oh, you know... I was watching this thing on TV this morning about... Newcastle disease... and I think I might have it.
      Charlie: Newcastle disease is a secretion borne virus that only affects chickens and... other poultry.
      Rachel: Okay, who is this?

    • 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: Well, then so you just invite me.
      Joey: Please, I was trying to be nice. You're the worst one!

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

    • Monica: 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: I don't know, what were the names I just said?
      Monica: Rachel, things can get incredibly complicated.
      Rachel: All right, all right, you're right. I won't do anything with Joey, I just thought that we-- (She sees Joey coming out of Monica's apartment) Okay, so that would be two cups of tarragon, one pound of baking soda, and one red onion? (Joey enters his apartment)
      Monica: What the hell are you cooking?!

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

    • 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: Well, hello!

    • Monica: Hey, Joey said no autographs! But if she's getting one, I want one to. 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 have never got married!

    • Joey: What are you doing tomorrow night?
      Chandler: Oh, well, let me see. I believe I'm... 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.

    • Rachel: 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.

  • 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.