Season 1 Episode 3

The One with the Thumb

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Monica introduces Alan to the others, before he is saying his first line, he turns his head to Monica. When the camera angle changes, he turns his head again.

    • Trivia: The first time we see Chandler and Joey's apartment.

    • Trivia: When Chandler is smoking in his office, there is a "No Smoking" sign behind him.

    • Continuity: Gunther doesn't stop Chandler from smoking in Central Perk, but he does later in "The One with the Hypnosis Tape." (Maybe Central Perk's rules changed.)

    • Continuity: Joey, Monica, Ross, and Phoebe mention how difficult it was for Chandler to quit smoking three years ago. However, in "The One with the Flashback" we see that Joey and Chandler have only been roommates, and thus known one another, for about a year.

    • Continuity: In "The Last One (2)" Joey didn't know that when Chandler took the chick and the duck to a farm it meant that they had died, but in this episode, he knows that when you "take a pet to farm", it means that it has been "put to sleep".

    • Continuity: Monica's snort, Joey's knuckle cracking, and Phoebe's hair chewing are never seen in any other episode.

  • Quotes

    • Ross: Hey. Oh, oh, how'd it go?
      Phoebe: Um, not so good. He walked me to the subway and said "We should do this again!"
      All: Oh. Ouch.
      Rachel: What? He said "We should do it again," that's good, right?
      Monica: Uh, no. Loosely translated "We should do this again" means "You will never see me naked."
      Rachel: Since when?
      Joey: Since always. It's like dating language. Y'know, like, "It's not you" means "It is you."
      Chandler: Or "You're such a nice guy" means "I'm gonna be dating leather-wearing alcoholics and complaining about them... to you."
      Phoebe: Or, or, y'know, um, "I think we should see other people" means... "Ha-ha! I already am."

    • Chandler: (showing Joey how to smoke for his audition) Don't think of it as a cigarette. Think of it as the thing that has been missing from your hand. When you're holding it, you feel right. You feel complete.
      Joey: You miss it?
      Chandler: No, not so much.

    • Phoebe: There's five hundred extra dollars in my account.
      Chandler: Oh, Satan's minions at work again...

    • Phoebe: It's not mine! I didn't earn it--if I kept it, it would be like stealing!
      Rachel: Yeah, but if you spent it, it would be like shopping!

    • Phoebe: (about the extra $500 in her bank account) Okay, let's say I bought a really great pair of shoes. D'you know what I'd hear every step I took? "Not mine, not mine, not mine." And even if I was happy, okay... and, and skipping... I'd hear, "not-not mine, not-not mine, not-not mine."

    • Ross: What is this?!
      Chandler: I'm smoking. I'm smoking, I'm smoking...
      Phoebe: Oh, I can't believe you! You've been so good, for three years.
      Chandler: (showing the cigarette) And this... is my reward.
      Ross: Hold on a second, alright? Just think about what you went through the last time you quit... Y'know what? ...forget about you! Think about what we went through the last time you quit!
      Chandler: Okay, so this time I won't quit.

    • Monica: Alright. I'm gonna go change... I have a date.
      Rachel: With Alan again? (coyly) How's it goin'?
      Monica: It's goin' pretty good, y'know... It's nice and we're having fun.
      Joey: So when do we get to meet the guy?
      Monica: Let's see, today's Monday... Never.

    • Phoebe: (reading a letter from her bank) "Dear Ms. Buffay, Thank you for calling attention to our error. We have credited your account with five hundred dollars. We're sorry for the inconvenience, and hope you'll accept this football phone as our free gift." Do you believe this?! Now I have a thousand dollars, and a football phone!
      Rachel: What bank is this?

    • Monica: Do you ever think Alan is maybe.... sometimes...
      Ross: What?
      Monica: I don't know... a little too "Alan".
      Rachel: Oh, no, it's not possible. You can never be too "Alan".
      Ross: Yeah, it's his innate "Alan-ness" that, that we adore.
      Chandler: I, personally, could have a gallon of Alan.

    • (Phoebe found a thumb in her can of soda)
      Ross: A thumb?
      Phoebe: I know. I know. I opened it up, and there is was, just floating in there, like this tiny little hitch-hiker.
      Chandler: Maybe it's a contest, you know, like, "collect all five."

    • All: (about Chandler smoking) Hey, come on, put it out.
      Rachel: It's worse than the thumb.
      Chandler: Hey, this is so unfair.
      Monica: Why is it unfair?
      Chandler: So I have a flaw! Big deal! Like Joey's constant knuckle cracking isn't annoying? And Ross with his over pronouncing every single word, and Monica with that snort when she laughs... I mean what the hell is that thing? I accept all those flaws... why can't you accept me for this?
      (The gang considers what he's said)
      Joey: Does the knuckle cracking bother everybody or just him?
      Rachel: Well, I could live without it.
      Joey: Is it like, a little annoying or is it like when Phoebe chews her hair? (Phoebe takes her hair out of her mouth.)
      Ross: Don't listen to them Pheebs, I think it's endearing.
      Joey: (over-enunciating) Oh, you do... do you?
      (Monica snorts loudly)
      Ross: There's nothing wrong with speaking correctly.
      Rachel: (also over-enunciating) Indeed there isn't...
      (Ross glares at Rachel)
      Rachel: I should really be getting back to work.
      Phoebe: ...Yeah, otherwise someone might get what they actually ordered.
      Rachel: (not amused) Oh, the hair comes out and the gloves come off...
      (They all start squabbling with each other and Chandler saunters away smoking happily)

    • Paula: Listen, if that's how you feel about the guy Monica, dump him.
      Monica: I know. It's going to be really hard.
      Paula: Well, he's a big boy, he'll get over it.
      Monica: No, he'll be fine. It's the other five I'm worried about.

    • Joey: Don't you have any respect for your body?
      Ross: Don't you realize what you're doing to yourself?
      Chandler: I've had it with you guys and your cancer, your emphysema and your heart disease. The bottom line is, smoking is cool, and you know it.

    • Chandler: Joey ate my last stick of gum, so I killed him. Do you think that was wrong?

    • Phoebe: The soda company gave me $7,000 dollars for the thumb.
      All: Wow.
      Phoebe: Yeah, and on my way over here, I stepped in gum. (they all look at her, so she clarifies) What is up with the Universe?!

    • (Monica drags Joey, who is wearing a bathrobe and drying his hair, into her apartment)
      Joey: What's going on?
      Monica: Nothing. I just think it's nice when we're all here together.
      Joey: Even nicer when everyone gets to wear their underwear.

    • Monica: Guys, we have to talk.
      Phoebe: Wait. I'm getting a deja vu... No, I'm not.
      Monica: Alright, we have to talk.
      Phoebe: There it is!

    • Monica: I'll meet someone else. There'll be other Alans.
      All: Oh, yeah! Right!
      Monica: Are you guys going to be okay?
      Ross: Hey, we'll be fine. We're just going to need a little time.

    • Alan: (after being dumped by Monica) I'm sorry, too... But I gotta tell ya, I'm a little relieved.
      Monica: Relieved?
      Alan: Yeah, well... I mean, I had a great time with you... I just can't stand your friends.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • When Chandler is deftly sneaking a smoke at the office, the background music is patterned after the themes from a host of secret agent movies.

    • Chandler: Ew, Lamb Chop. How old is that sock? If I had a sock on my hand for thirty years, it'd be talking too.
      "Lamb Chop" is a sheep character sock puppet created by comedian and ventriloquist Shari Lewis and featured on The Shari Lewis Show.

    • Joey: Know what was great? The way his smile was kinda crooked.
      Phoebe: Yes! Like that man in the shoe!
      Ross: What shoe?
      Phoebe: From the nursery rhyme. There was a crooked man, who had a crooked smile, who lived in a shoe... for a while...

      Phoebe is mixing two common nursery rhymes:

      "There was a Crooked Man" 
       There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile, 
       He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile; 
       He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse, 
       And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

      "There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" 
       There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, 
       She had so many children, she didn't know what to do; 
       She gave them some broth without any bread, 
       Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

    • Ross: He was unbelievable. He was like that, that Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs is playing all the positions...
      This is a reference to a classic Bugs Bunny cartoon called "Baseball Bugs", appearing on the Looney Tunes show.

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