Friends

Season 1 Episode 2

The One with the Sonogram at the End

14
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 1994 on NBC
8.6
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Carol, Ross's lesbian ex-wife, tells him at work that she is pregnant with his child, Monica nearly has a breakdown when her parents come for dinner, and Rachel finds out that Barry and her maid of honor Mindy, went on her honeymoon.

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  • Awesome.

    10
    Ross finds out his estranged lesbian wife and her girlfriend are going to have his baby. Another awesome episode frim "Friends". This episode wasn't as good as the Pilot but it is still very good. In this episode too there is so many good lines, I mean in every episode of "Friends" there is always great lines, thats why I love the show. Anyway, I love this episode it's so funny when Ross, Susan and Carol are in the hospital, a awesome scene. This episode is a really funny one and I love it every time I watch it. All in all awesome episode.moreless
  • Very well written episode, far better than the pilot.

    9.2
    The One With the Sonogram at the End



    AKA The One Where Carol Looks Completely Different



    Seriously. If you comne back to this one after seeing later ones, it is blindingly obvious. What the hell happened? Did she only want to do one episode? If so, why didn't she bring this up before in a script where it was clear that she would be a recurring character?



    Monica and Ross's parents show up for the first time, and it really is surprising how horrible the mum is. It's no wonder that Monica grew up some neurotic if that's what her home life was like. Dad seems nicer but also sort of stupid, but he is definitely likeable. Mum isn't, and by the end you want to hit her, but I'd be amazed if that wasn't the intention.



    One of my favourite bits is the pre-opening skit, because it just takes an unexpected metaphor and runs with it. The ending is fantastic, as is Joey's reaction, but the high five ruins it a little bit. I keep having to say this; we get it. We're not stupid. Your joke wasn't that inaccessible; it would probably have to aspire to be low-brow.



    But I'll give the episode one thing; it is written extremely well. Both ex scenes at the end are painful to watch, and I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for; Ross, Rachel, Carol, Susan, Barry or that kid who had to sit and listen in the dentist's chair.



    I sort of feel sorry for Joey, Chandler and Phoebe; for all intent and purposes during this episode, they might as well be statutes. The writers seem not to know what to do with excess characters and just having them sit around and occasionally make jokes doesn't really work that well. But yes, this is a very good episode.moreless
  • Rachel & Ross have to see their ex's.

    9.0
    This episode was really nice to watch, only on Ross' plot cause Barry's a jerk! Well I like how Carol & Ross argue about the baby, that's hysterical, about the first & last name, who takes care of him. I also like when Monica's parents come to visit & put down Monica, down in the gutter. Like when Ross admitted he impregnated a lesbian, they still blame Monica. The B plot I loved cause Ross told Rachel to not look too happy so she comes there looking like crap & Barry is living life, with Mindy & plugs. The crossover with the little kid is my favorite moment, he is confused who Barry is talking to. The sonogram at the end like they promised was nice to see, and I love the phone call that Rachel made. A plot with a lot of development.moreless
  • Joey: All right, when did ya have it on last? Phoebe: Doy! Probably right before she lost it! Chandler: You don't get a lot of "doy" these days

    9.7
    Ross finds out his estranged lesbian wife and her girlfriend are going to have his baby. Another awesome episode frim "Friends". This episode wasn't as good as the Pilot but it is still very good. In this episode too there is so many good lines, I mean in every episode of "Friends" there is always great lines, thats why I love the show. Anyway, I love this episode it's so funny when Ross, Susan and Carol are in the hospital, a awesome scene. This episode is a really funny one and I love it every time I watch it. All in all awesome episode.moreless
  • meh

    8.1
    Ross finds out his estranged lesbian wife and her girlfriend are going to have his baby. Well this episode was a good one but is probably one of the weakest episodes of the series, it was about character development and it made its fans understand each character more, the best parts were with Ross and the caveman and when the coffe house (Central Perk) emptied out so quick, I like this epidoe but we did not see Joey, Pheobe and Chandler much, it was mostly about Ross and Rachel and they are my least favourite characters on the show although they are still both great.moreless
Anita Barone

Anita Barone

Carol Willick

Guest Star

Merrill Markoe

Merrill Markoe

Marsha

Guest Star

Christopher Miranda

Christopher Miranda

Bobby

Guest Star

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Gunther [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Jack Geller

Recurring Role

Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Judy Geller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Trivia: This episode is the first to mention that Phoebe is a twin. It is later revealed that she has an identical twin named Ursula.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode to establish Monica's childhood obesity.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode to show Jack and Judy Geller showing more affection to Ross than to Monica, which becomes a running gag throughout the series.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode to reveal that Monica is a clean freak, which becomes a running gag throughout the series.

    • Trivia: The name of Carol's doctor is Dr. Oberman. In "The One Hundredth" one of Phoebe's doctors is also named Dr. Oberman.

    • Trivia: Ugly Naked Guy is mentioned for the first time in this episode. This guy lives in an apartment on an adjacent building, which can be seen directly from Monica's apartment. He is mentioned a number of times throughout the show's first five seasons.

    • Trivia: In Monica and Rachel's living room, there is a different lamp on the coffee table compared with the one from the first episode.

    • Goof: When Rachel begins to look for her ring under the couch, Monica mentions eating ice cream while holding a spray bottle and towel. The bottle disappears then reappears in her hand before the conversation is concluded.

    • Trivia: In the opening credits of the cast in the fountain, they all open umbrellas. If you look closely the colors allude to early relationships. Ross and Rachel are both holding red umbrellas and are the first love interests. Joey and Chandler are both holding blue umbrellas and are roommates. Monica and Pheobe are both holding yellow umbrellas and were roommates before anyone else.

    • Trivia: An entire month has passed since the pilot episode.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Monica: (About Carol's pregnancy) What does she mean, involved?
      Chandler: Yeah, the biggest part of your job is done!
      Joey: And the most enjoyable! Phoebe, say something!

    • Judy: (About Rachel) Well, at least she had the chance to leave a man at the altar.
      Monica: What's that supposed to mean?
      Judy: Nothing. It's an expression.
      Monica: No, it's not.
      Jack: Don't listen to your mother. You're independent and you always have been. Even when you were a kid, and you were chubby and you had no friends, you were just fine! And you'd read alone in your room, and your puzzles...
      (Pause)
      There are people, like Ross, who need to shoot for the stars, with his museum and his papers getting published. Other people are satisfied with staying where they are. I'm telling you, these are the people who never get cancer. They're happy with what they have, they're basically content, like... cows.

    • Ross: Okay! Okay. Look, I, uh, I realize you guys have been wondering what exactly happened between Carol and me, and, so, well, here's the deal: Carol's a lesbian. She's living with a woman named Susan. She's pregnant with my child, and she and Susan are going to raise the baby.
      Judy: (To Monica) You knew about this?

    • Monica: I know this is going to sound unbelievably selfish, but, were you planning on bringing up the whole baby/lesbian thing? Because I think it might take some of the heat off me.

    • Rachel: Oh, like I wasn't dreading tomorrow enough, having to give it back to him. "Hi Barry! Remember me? I'm the girl in the veil who stomped on your heart in front of your entire family!" Oh God and now I'm gonna have to return the ring, without the ring, which makes it so much harder.

    • Monica: That's because as far as my parents are concerned, Ross can do no wrong. Ya see, he's the Prince. Apparently they had some big ceremony before I was born.

    • Chandler: Yes, and we all know how cruel a parent can be about the flatness of a child's pillow.

    • Barry: I really wanted to thank you.
      Rachel: Okay.
      Barry: See, about a month ago I wanted to hurt you. More than I've ever wanted to hurt anyone in my life. And I'm an orthodontist.

    • Ross: They want me to go down to this sonogram thing with them tomorrow. Remember back when life was simpler and she was just a lesbian?
      Chandler: Ah, those were the days.

    • Monica: (Cleaning frantically) Whose little ball of paper is this?
      Chandler: Oh, that would be mine. See, I wrote a note to myself, then I realized I didn't need the note. So I balled it up and now I wish I was dead.

    • Ross: So what's new? Still...
      Carol: A lesbian?
      Ross: Well... you never know!

    • Rachel: (With a worried look, thinking she has lost her ring) Has anybody seen my engagement ring?
      Phoebe: Yeah. It's beautiful.

    • Monica: Chandler, you are the only child. Right? You don't have any of this.
      Chandler: Well no. Although I had an imaginary friend, who my parents actually preferred.

    • Jack: I'm not going to tell you, how much they spent on that wedding. But forty thousand dollars is a lot of money.

    • Joey: All right, when did ya have it on last?
      Phoebe: Doy! Probably right before she lost it!
      Chandler: You don't get a lot of "doy" these days.

    • Monica: What you guys don't understand is that kissing is more important than any other part of it for us.
      Joey: Yeah, right. (They all stare at him) You're serious?
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah.
      Rachel: Everything that you need to know is in that first kiss.
      Monica: Absolutely.
      Chandler: Yeah, I think for us, kissing is an opening act, you know, like the stand-up comedian you have to sit through before Pink Floyd comes out.
      Ross: Yeah, yeah. And it's not like that we don't like the comedian. It's just that that's not why we bought the ticket.
      Chandler: You see, the problem is though, after the concert over, no matter how great the show was you girls are always looking for the comedian again. You know, and we're in the car, fighting traffic, basically just trying to stay awake.
      Rachel: Yeah, well, word of advice: Bring back the comedian. Otherwise next time you're gonna find yourself sitting at home listening to that album alone. (High-fives Monica)
      Joey: Are we still talking about sex?

    • Ross: (Discussing baby names) What about Julia?
      Carol: Julia!
      Susan: We agreed on Minnie.
      Ross: It's funny, we (Gestures to Carol) agreed we'd spend the rest of our lives together. Things change, roll with the punches!

    • Rachel: (On phone) Hi Mindy. Hi it's Rachel. Yeah, fine. I saw Barry today. Uh, yeah, yeah, he told me. No, well it's okay. Really. It's okay, really. I hope you two are very happy. I really do, and well Min, ya know, if everything works out and you guys end up getting married and having kids and everything... I just hope they have his old hairline and your old nose.

    • Phoebe: Monica you're scaring me. You're getting all chaotic and twirly... and not in a good way.

    • Ross: (Picks up a surgical instrument) Quack quack. Quack quack. Quack.
      Carol: Ross, that opens my cervix.

  • NOTES (12)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Carol: Marlon--
      Ross: Marlon?!
      Carol: If it's a boy, Minnie if it's a girl.
      Ross: ...As in Mouse?
      Carol: As in my grandmother.
      Ross: Still, you, you say Minnie, you hear Mouse.

      Minnie Mouse is a fictional character from the Mickey Mouse world created by Walt Disney, that is featured in animated cartoons, comic strips, and comic books by The Walt Disney Company.

    • Joey: (About the sonogram) What are we supposed to be seeing here?
      Chandler: I don't know. But I think it's about to attack the Enterprise.

      Enterprise refers to the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from the show Star Trek, as well as the first 6 Star Trek movies.

    • Chandler: I think for us kissing is like an opening act, ya know? It's like the stand-up comedian you have to sit through before Pink Floyd comes in.

      Pink Floyd is an English progressive rock band know for such albums as Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. One of the most successful rock bands, Pink Floyd has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.

    • Rachel: I know I had it this morning, and I know I had it when I was in the kitchen with...
      Chandler: ...Dinah?

      Chandler is quoting the American folk song "I've Been Working On the Railroad."

    • Susan: Oh, please! What's wrong with Helen?
      Ross: Helen Geller? I don't think so.

      Ross objects to his kid being called Helen Geller because of the similarity to Helen Keller, a famous deaf and blind woman. Helen's inspirational life has been depicted many times, most notably in the 1919 film Depicted in which both Helen and her teacher Annie Sullivan play themselves.

    • Phoebe: Ya know, it's even worse when you're twins.
      Rachel: You're twins?
      Phoebe: Yeah. We don't speak. She's like this high-powered, driven career type.
      Chandler: What does she do?
      Phoebe: She's a waitress.

      When Phoebe mentions that her sister Ursula is a waitress it is a reference to Lisa Kudrow's character Ursula Buffay on Mad About You, who will make appearances throughout the series starting with "The One With Two Parts (1)."

    • Chandler: Oh, I think this is the episode of Three's Company where there's some kind of misunderstanding.
      Phoebe: Then I've already seen this one.

      This is a reference to the TV show, Three's Company, where Jack, played by John Ritter, pretends he is gay in order to live with two girls, played by Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers. This abnormal living situation lead to a misunderstanding in every episode.

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