Season 8 Episode 7

The One with the Stain

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chandler hires a maid, whom Monica suspects is stealing her clothing. Eric has broken up with Ursula and is ready to date Phoebe, except for one problem: he can't look at her without seeing Ursula. Ross tries to get Rachel an apartment in his building, but the woman living there isn't in a hurry to die, and Joey wants Rachel to stay with him.moreless

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  • i watched this episode and wanted to share with people what the dutch people are saying. (btw simpfan, its not norwegian, its dutch ^^)

    i love this episode, and the dutch parts are realy funny :P, for the people who wanna know the translation here it is:

    with woman @ doorpost

    zeer vereerd een vriend van mijn moeder te ontmoeten = im honourd to meet a friend of my mother's.

    with gunther:

    bedankt voor de koffie = thanks for the coffee

    jij spreekt nederlands? = do you speak dutch?

    dat is te gek = that is awesome

    heb je familie daar? = do you have family their?

    ezel! = donkey

    jij hebt seks met ezels = you have sex with donkeys

    i know its not realy an review just wanted to share the information :P (btw sorry if my spelling is off on some words, i kinda suck at spelling)moreless
  • 807

    Did anybody else find this plot absolutely ridiculous? We've got exaggerated characters and plot lines now, that weren't even that funny. That just left you wondering if it was actually "Friends" you were watching. I mean honestly, did this really feel like a Friends episode? Monica and Chandler are not comical together, if anything, they're just annoying. Basically Chandler hires a maid, and Monica gets suspicious that she is stealing from her. Which gets her in some awkward positions. There was a lot of cheap jokes like when Chandler says, "You need new clothes!" to Monica, it was just too played out and obvious. The continuation of Phoebe & Eric's relationship was continuity but it wasn't entertaining. I guess I just knew from the get go that it wasn't going to work out.

    Ross & Rachel were probably the only good thing about this episode. Ross trying to get a dying lady's apartment was self-obsessed and hilarious. Joey begging Rachel to stay was sweet. And after all of what Ross had to do, Rachel decides to stay with Joey. That was probably the plot that saved this episode. Fair okay episode. Definitely, not one of "Friends'" shining moments.moreless
  • funny

    Chandler hires a maid, whom Monica suspects is stealing her clothing asshe has a stain in the same piece and also the same bra. Eric has broken up with Ursula and is ready to date Phoebe, except for one problem: he can't look at her without seeing Ursula and it doesent work out. Ross tries to get Rachel an apartment in his building, but the woman living there isn't in a hurry to die so ross tries to get the family over on his side by gunther teaching him norwegian ithink, and Joey wants Rachel to stay with him and succeeds with it.moreless
  • Phoebe and Eric.

    Good episode. More Phoebe and Eric. I wish she didn't blow him off so quick even though what he said before about Ursala's face and looking at her but it got better. Monica should of just let that go. The maid was like what the hell?! First Monica in between her legs then Chandler bending down looking at her!! She sure left quick!
  • Is she stealing from me? Is she not stealing from me?

    We've known from the beginning that Monica is an obsessive character by nature, but when Chandler hires a made to do some work around the house - things start to get ugly. Monica believes she has stolen various items of clothing - which, ironically she hasn't.

    There are various clever bits in this episode that tell us a lot about the relationship that Monica and Chandler share - and what they are willing to do for eachother.

    Just your typical, funny episode of Friends.moreless
Arden Myrin

Arden Myrin


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Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Mrs. Verhoeven

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Sean Penn

Sean Penn


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James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: Eric, Phoebe's date says he'll take out his lenses. He starts to, but then only takes out the right lens.

    • Continuity: After Eric asks Phoebe out, she tells Ross that she can't hang out with him. However, in "The One with All the Cheesecakes," she said that friends shouldn't dump friends just because something better comes along.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

    • Trivia: This is the second time in the series that one of the Friends is mistakenly assumed to speak Dutch. The first time was in "The One with the Fake Monica".

    • Continuity: The apartments in Ross's building have regular numbers, such as 20 and 21. When Ross had an apartment number it was 3B and his neighbor across the hall was 3A. Not only that, but Ross doesn't have a number on his door anymore so why would other apartments have numbers?

    • Goof: There are various points during the episode where you can see that Monica's bra is white. However, at the end of the episode when she is standing outside the apartment speaking with Rachel, she is wearing the pink bra.

    • Trivia: Here are the Dutch translations:

      Woman: (To Ross) Zeer vereerd een vriend van mijn moeder te ontmoeten.
      Translation: I'm very honored to meet a friend of my mother's.

      Ross: Bedankt voor de koffie.
      Translation: Thanks for the coffee.

      Gunther: Jij spreekt Nederlands? Dat is te gek. Heb je familie daar?
      Translation: You speak Dutch That's cool. Do you have relatives there?

      Gunther: Ezel.
      Translation: Donkey or Ass.

      Gunther: Jij hebt seks met ezels.
      Translation: You have sex with donkeys.

      Ross: Bloemen.
      Translation: Flowers.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Chandler: Now, honey. I know you don't like to relinquish control.
      Monica: Oh, "relinquish" is just a fancy word for "lose."

    • (The maid Chandler hired has cleaned the entire apartment)
      : (upset) Whoo!
      Chandler: What's the matter?
      Monica: Well... usually when I'm this anxious, I clean!

    • Ross: You're moving?
      Rachel: Yeah. I can't live with Joey once the baby comes. I don't want my child's first words to be... (in a baby voice) "How you doin'?"

    • Ross: I just heard in the elevator this morning that a woman in my building died.
      Rachel: Oh, my God! Was she old? Does she have a view?
      Ross: Well, I don't know, but how great would that be, huh? You living in my building. I could help take care of the baby. I could come over whenever I want... (Rachel looks at him) ...with your permission...
      Rachel: Yeah, that would be really great.
      Ross: Yeah.
      Rachel: Well, can we see it? ...Or maybe we shouldn't. I mean, if she just died this morning--out of respect.
      Ross: Yeah. No. No, you're right.
      (They pause as they both take another sip of coffee)
      Rachel: Shall we?
      Ross: Yeah.

    • Brenda: Mrs. Bing, this tile cleaner is incredible! Where'd you get it?
      Monica: Oh well, I make it myself! It's two parts ammonia and one part lemon juice. And now the secret ingredient is... y'know what? We just met.

    • Chandler: So... she stole your pants and then she came back and wore them in front of you?
      Monica: Don't you see? It's the perfect crime!
      Chandler: She must've been planning this for years!

    • Chandler: (to Monica about the maid) So shouldn't we give her the benefit of the doubt before we go snooping around her crotch?

    • Eric: (about Phoebe's resemblance to Ursula) There's only a problem... when I look at you.
      (Phoebe half-smiles at the irony)
      Eric: I got it, I got it... (begins messing with his eye)
      Phoebe: No, don't tear out your eyes!
      Eric: I was just, I was just gonna take out my lenses.
      Phoebe: Oh yeah! Try that.
      (Eric takes out his contacts)
      Phoebe: So, is that better?
      Eric: Not really. You're blurry, but you still look like Ursula... You're "Blursula".

    • Monica: I think Brenda needs a raise.
      Chandler: How come?
      Monica: Because I put my head between her legs.
      Chandler: To see her pants?
      Monica: They're my pants!
      Chandler: Are you sure? Did you see the stain?
      Monica: No! I was just getting into position and then everything went dark.

    • Monica: C'mon, we're a team! We're in this together!
      Chandler: I fear a jury will see it the same way!

    • Phoebe: So, I guess this is it.
      Eric: Yeah... Maybe it's for the best. You smell just like her.
      Phoebe: Yeah, so do you.

    • Rachel: (about the baby) It's gonna be loud.
      Joey: I'm loud!
      Rachel: It's gonna be up all night.
      Joey: I'm up all night.
      Rachel: It's gonna poop!
      Joey: (pointing to himself) Hello!

    • Joey: (to Rachel) Look, if I'm bringing home a woman who can't stand being around a baby, then maybe I don't want to be with that woman. (thinks better of it) Or maybe we'll just do it in the bathroom of the club.

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