Trivia: This episode is the first to show one of Chandler's patented speech patterns. Monica is fluffing a couch pillow because she doesn't want to give her parents "any more ammunition than they already have". Chandler remarks, "Yes, and we all know how cruel a parent can be about the flatness... of a child's pillow".
Trivia: When Rachel is in Barry's office and says, "You went on our honeymoon alone?", Barry responds, "No...". His back then turns to the camera as he walks to the chair. The boy in the chair says something, but his words are removed from the soundtrack and instead we hear (don't see) Barry saying, "I went with, uh...". Obviously, whatever the boy said wasn't as important as keeping Barry's speech continuous. It's also possible that the boy is responding to something Barry asked him, but since we can't see Barry's mouth it's hard to tell.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
International Episode Title:
Czech Republic: Konečně ten pravý (Finally, the One)
Anita Barone received the "With" credit.
This is the first appearance of Mitchell Whitfield as Barry Farber. Barry was in 6 episodes of Friends.
This is the first appearance of Jessica Hecht as Susan Bunch. Susan was in 13 episodes of Friends.
This is the first appearance of Christina Pickles and Elliot Gould as Ross & Monica's parents, Jack & Judy Geller. They are 2 of the 4 non-Friends that appeared in all ten seasons. (Gunther and Janice are the others.) Jack Geller was in 20 episodes of Friends and Judy Geller was in 19 episodes.
This episode is the first to show clips during the opening credits. In the DVD commentary for the pilot episode, the creators noted that they preferred just to show the characters playing in the fountain, but network executives felt it made the characters look standoffish, as if the audience members weren't good enough to "play" with them. The creators compromised by mixing series clips with the fountain scene; with each season, the episode clips change, but the fountain clips remain the same through all 10 seasons. (Exceptions: "The One with the Flashback," "The One That Could Have Been," and "The One with Ross's Wedding.")
This episode runs 24:15 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
In the tag scene, Rachel tells Mindy that she hopes Mindy's children have her old nose. It's ironic that Jennifer Grey, an actress who is known to have had a nose job after rising to fame, would go on to play Mindy later in "The One with the Evil Orthodontist."
Anita Barone had auditioned for one of the three female leads in the show, but didn't get the part. The producers then offered her the recurring role of Carol. However, after only one episode as Carol, Barone decided that she was looking for a more full-time role and left to look for other opportunities, being replaced by Jane Sibbett beginning in "The One Where Underdog Gets Away." This is the first of two times a character on Friends has been played by two different actors. The other is Mindy, Rachel's maid of honor.
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 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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