Season 8 Episode 8

The One with the Stripper

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Phoebe thinks Rachel's dad is attractive; ironically, Dr. Green thinks Phoebe is a lesbian.

    • Trivia: In the restaurant at dinner, sitting at the table directly behind Dr. Green, is a woman in a violet dress who looks remarkably like Lisa Kudrow, even to the extent of having long blond hair. It's interesting to speculate that this might be Lisa Kudrow's sister (Helene Marla Kudrow) picking up a little money as an extra. As many know, Lisa's sister doubles for her in shoulder shots when both Phoebe and twin-sister Ursula appear in a scene.

    • Continuity: In this episode Monica says that the stripper could be a two-month anniversary present. As we learn in "The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress", Monica and Chandler's wedding day was May 15th. Since this episode occurs after the Halloween episode, that would mean they've been married closer to six months.

    • Goof: In this episode, Monica rushes home to warn Chandler that the woman she hired as a stripper is actually a hooker. Wouldn't it have been faster if she had simply called him from the restaurant?

    • Goof: In the tag scene when Joey picks up the phone, you can hear Dr. Green say "consequences of your decisions." After that Joey picks up the phone. About five seconds later he yells, "I do too think about the consequences of my decisions."

    • Goof: At the end when Monica does a striptease, you can see by the colors of the "jewels" on Chandler's crown that it rotates on his head between shots.

    • Goof: When Ross and Mona have their makeup kiss, Mona puts her arm around Ross. When the camera angle changes, she puts her arm around him again.

    • Goof: Right before the stripper enters the apartment, she puts her left arm down twice.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of the American flag on the moon's surface with planet Earth in the background, a few stars and, interestingly enough, another moon (crescent)

    • Goof: The song that is playing at the end of the episode when Monica begins stripping for Chandler is "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve and Gwen Stefani. Interestingly enough, at the exact moment when Monica begins "narrating" her stripping, the song lyrics that are heard in the background are "don't fight that bullsh*t in your ear..." This is interesting because it was aired on national TV. Luckily, the word "sh*t" is said exactly when Monica is talking, so the word is covered up only slightly.

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: Hey, Pheebs... I'm having dinner with my dad tomorrow night. Do you wanna come?
      Phoebe: Sure, yeah! He's kinda sexy!
      Rachel: Oh, no... No, I'll be there too.
      Phoebe: Okay, so we'll just come up with some kind of signal. If it's going well, you can take off.

    • Rachel: (about her father) He's a scary guy! I mean, one time he caught me smoking... he says, if he ever saw me doing that again, he would make me eat the entire pack.
      Phoebe: Wow! Well, I will be there! Gosh, I'm not gonna let that man make you eat your baby.

    • Chandler: (to Monica about her "secret" bachelorette party) I can't believe you didn't tell me. You know that the two pillars of marriage are "openness" and "honesty".
      Monica: Ugh... I knew giving you that book was gonna come back and bite me in the ass!

    • Rachel: (about telling her father that she's pregnant) I can't tell him, Phoebe. I can't, I can't, I can't, I can't.
      Phoebe: Rachel!
      Rachel: No, it's okay. This is what's gonna happen. I'm gonna wait a couple years and then the baby... will tell him.
      Phoebe: Why, so he can get mad at the baby?
      Rachel: Hey, that is the... baby's problem.

    • Dr. Green: (to Rachel at dinner) So sweetie, you were starting to tell me... what is, uh... what is new with you?
      Rachel: Well, um... I got TiVo...
      Dr. Green: What's "TiVo"?
      Phoebe: It's slang for pregnant.

    • Dr. Green: Are you really pregnant?
      Rachel: Well, uh, yes and no. Except not no... So to sum it up, yeah!

    • Dr. Green: So when is the wedding?
      Rachel: Uh... the who?
      Dr. Green: The wedding! There's going to be a wedding. Young lady, don't you sit there and tell me my first grandchild is going to be a bastard! Rachel Karen Green, tell me there's gonna be a wedding!
      Rachel: (cornered) February 2nd...!

    • Mona: So, it was really cool seeing you lecture today.
      Ross: Oh, thanks... although it kinda seemed like you were falling asleep there a little.
      Mona: Oh, no... No, I had my eyes closed so I could concentrate and, y'know... take it all in.
      Ross: Yeah... a lot of my students do that.

    • Joey: So, you and Mona... It's been awhile now. How's it going?
      Ross: It's good. It's going... it's going good. We get along great. She's... she's so...
      Joey: Hot?
      Ross: I was gonna say, "sweet", but ya-huh!

    • (Ross has not yet told Mona that Rachel is pregnant with his baby)
      : (to Ross about Mona) Well, you have to be honest with her... otherwise you may think that you're going down the same path, but you're really going down different ones.
      Joey: I'm gonna take that book... and I'm gonna to beat you to death with it!

    • Monica: (about the party she's throwing for Chandler) So, don't think of it as a bachelor party, think of it as a... a two month anniversary present.
      Ross: Sure, one year is "paper", but two months is "lap dances!"

    • Monica: (planning Chandler's bachelor party) Who else do you want to invite?
      Chandler: Uh, no-no-no. Just Ross and Joey is embarrassing enough.
      Ross: Actually, sorry, I can't even make it. I'm seeing Mona again tonight.
      Chandler: I understand. Who'd cancel an actual date just to go to a fake bachelor party?
      Joey: (on the phone) I'm sorry, I've gotta cancel tonight, baby.

    • Phoebe: (to Rachel) I'm sorry I won't be able to make it to your imaginary wedding, but I'm really busy that day. I already have a unicorn baptism and a leprechaun bar mitzvah.

    • Chandler: Alright, Rock-Paper-Scissors, who has to tell the whore to leave!

    • Phoebe: (to Ross and Rachel) That's it?! You call that a fight? C'mon! "We were on a break!" "No we weren't!" What happened to you two?!

    • Mona: (about Ross and Rachel no longer together) How can I be sure of that?
      Rachel: Oh, because we drove each other crazy.
      Ross: Yeah.
      Rachel: I mean, he was possessive, he was jealous--he could never just let the little... things... go...
      Ross: Trying to date this woman?
      Rachel: Right... But none of that compares to how kind and gentle and... (puts her hand on his arm) thoughtful he is.
      Ross: Probably shouldn't touch me.
      Mona: I just... I don't want to get in the middle of something so complicated.
      Rachel: I get it, but Mona, what relationship is not complicated? I mean... we all have our baggage. You must, too... why else would you still be single? (after an awkward moment) I'm so gonna leave right now.

    • Joey: (picks up the phone and listens to Rachel's dad still yelling) Hey! I do too think about the consequences of my decisions! (listening some more) Well, what gives you the right to--? Go to hell! (hangs up the phone) Stupid guy on my phone.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe: This is all so "Papa Don't Preach."
      "Papa Don't Preach" is a Madonna song about a pregnant teenager who plans to keep her baby.