Season 8 Episode 17

The One with the Tea Leaves

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 07, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Joey: You guys don't know what it's like to put yourself out there like that and then just to get shot down.
      Chandler: I don't know what that's like? Up until I was twenty-five, I thought the only response to "I love you" was "Oh, crap!"

    • Chandler: I didn't know you read tea leaves.
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah... I've done it for years. I actually stopped because I was so accurate. One of the great joys of life is its wondrous unpredictability, y'know? ...Also, tea tends to give me the trots.

    • Phoebe: (reading Monica's tea leaves) I see a ladder... which can mean either a promotion or a violent death.
      Monica: (panicked) I'm the head chef... I can't get promoted!
      Phoebe: Mm-hm, mm-hm. Who's next?

    • Ross: Has anyone seen my shirt? It's a button down, like a faded salmon color.
      Monica: You mean your pink shirt?
      Ross: Faded salmon color...?
      Monica: No, I haven't seen your pink shirt.

    • Rachel: (about Ross's favorite shirt) Just ask Mona to give it back!
      Ross: I dunno. I mean, I guess I could... it's just that we didn't really end things on such good terms... and if I go over there I'd be ignoring the one thing she asked me to do when we broke up.
      Monica: What was that?
      Ross: Jump up my own ass and die.

    • Chandler: (to Rachel) I'm not great at the advice...? Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?

    • Monica: Honey? Why is the Bruce Springsteen CD in the Cat Stevens case?
      Chandler: Let's just say if I can't find the right CD case, I just put them in the nearest one.
      Monica: Okay, well, where's the Cat Stevens CD?
      Chandler: In the James Taylor case.
      Monica: Where's the James Taylor CD?
      Chandler: Honey, I'll save you some time... Two hundred CD's? Not one of them in the right case.

    • Monica: Honey, the Miami Vice Soundtrack? Really?
      Chandler: They were just giving those away at the store. (after a moment) ...In exchange for money.

    • (Rachel has invented a problem, namely that her boss wants to buy her baby)
      : Man! When you said it was a problem about your boss and the baby, I figured it was something about maternity leave.
      Rachel: Oh, yeah... Yeah, th-that would've been a much simpler problem.

    • Chandler: Oh, my God, honey... we are so meant to be together! Look at this, we both have copies of the Annie soundtrack!
      Monica: Honey? Both yours.

    • Jim: (on his first date with Phoebe) I write erotic novels... for children.
      Phoebe: What?!
      Jim: They're wildly unpopular.

    • Jim: You might be interested to know that I have a Ph.D.
      Phoebe: Wow, you do?
      Jim: Yep, a Pretty Huge--
      Phoebe: Alright! (gets up and walks out)

    • Rachel: No, no, Joey. He doesn't want to buy my baby! I made that up!
      Joey: What? Why?
      Rachel: So that we would have something to talk about! So it wouldn't be awkward.
      Joey: And you couldn't think of anything else?
      Monica: You said your boss wants to buy your baby?
      Rachel: I can't believe you yelled at my boss! I'm gonna lose my job! What am I gonna do?
      Chandler: You could always sell your baby.

    • Phoebe: (to Monica about her date with Jim) The Universe said I was going to meet a nice guy, and that's who they gave me?! (looks up at the sky) When I get up there, I'm gonna kick some ass!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Chandler: (about his tea leaves) Mine has a picture of the Village People in it. What does that mean? 
      Village People were a group from the 1970's. The group is often associated with being homosexual, as they were trying to target the young, gay club scene.

    • Monica: Honey, the Miami Vice Soundtrack? Really?
      Miami Vice was a popular 1980s television series most noted for its use of pop music. Throughout its five season run the series released multiple albums, and the CD that Chandler owns is the first of four soundtracks albums.

    • Chandler: (singing) The sun'll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow... (the girls laugh and Chandler continues singing in a deep, masculine voice) There'll be sun!
      Chandler was singing "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie, based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since its premiere in 1977, Annie has become one of the most popular musicals, and has been performed on stages all over the world, as well as being made into both theatrical and television movies.

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