Season 7 Episode 17

The One with the Truth About London

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After Monica and Chandler cannot find a minister to marry them, Joey gets ordained through the Internet so he can officiate the wedding. While trying to help Joey figure out what to say when he marries them, Monica reveals the truth about her visit to Chandler's room while the group was in London. Also, Rachel teaches Ben a couple of pranks while babysitting him.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • A clever title goes here!

    wait a minute! how is this a big revelation? Monica knocked on the door and said "is Joey here?" It was perfectly obvious that she was looking for Joey. Am I missing something?
  • Rachel bonds with Ben.

    The B plot I like the most, Rachel tells Ben naughty things. While she is babysitting, she teaches him pranks, bad words, & the past about Ross. I like how Rachel visits Susan & Carol, & Ben starts copying her, then she says damn, then she says crap & he repeats, that part is hilarious! I also like how Ben & Ross get back at Rachel, she totally freaked, that was an amazing plot. The A plot was just as good, Chandler finds out that Monica meant to sleep with Joey not Chandler. Chandler was not overreacting, he had every right to be mad, that means Monica still had feelings for Joey so that could mean she might have doubts before the wedding, so I don't think Chandler should of let her off so easy. Oh well, still ended perfectly with the Joey & Monica fantasy. I also loved the Phoebe plot. Her freaking over side effects of the pills, is so like Phoebe.moreless
  • While working on their wedding vows, Monica reveals the truth about her visit to Chandler's room while the group was in London.

    This episode was particularly funny. It is also very life changing for Monica and Chandler, and can stop their wedding. We learn that in the Season Four finale, Monica was looking for Joey, not Chandler. This was such an amazing episode. Chandler and Monica decide to still get married though. This episode is definitely a series classic. It was just so sad that this had to come up while Monica and Chandler were engaged. This was one amazing flashback episode. It is definitely one of the best episodes of them all. This episode was very well written and I got a lot of laughs. It is definitely above average.moreless
  • "You wanted to sleep with Batman, and instead you had to settle for Robin." - Chandler

    We finally find out what exactly happend the famous night Chandler and Monica got together in London.

    It all starts when Chandler and Monica can't find a minister for their wedding. Phoebe's says that you can get ordained on the internet and perform marriages. Joey offers to do it and after some hesitation they agree to it.

    Joey has some trouble with his speech (personally I thought it was a great speech) because he doesn't know how Chandler and Monica got together.

    We flashback to 3 years earlier when a very drunk Monica knocks on Chandler's hotelroom. After some talking Monica sort of jumps on Chandler.. and well we know the rest of the story.

    However it turned out that Monica wasn't looking for Chandler she was looking for Joey (Yeah baby!). Chandler is not happy about this but after a conversation with Joey he sees that there some things in life are more important.

    The Ross/Rachel/Ben story was also nice but not the best thing about this episode.moreless
  • a funny episode

    While working on their wedding vows, Monica reveals the truth about her visit to Chandler's room while the group was in London. Meanwhile, Joey gets ordained as a minister through the Internet so he can officiate the wedding and he writes a speech which causes monica to say that she wanted to sleep with joey when they were in london which upsets chandler and they then get back 2 gether and are happy. Rachel teaches Ben a couple pranks while babysitting him which upsets ross and they plan to get their own back on rachael and succseeds. in a rather funny way, and also pheobe becomes the wedding singer.moreless
Jane Sibbett

Jane Sibbett

Carol Willick-Bunch

Recurring Role

Cole Sprouse

Cole Sprouse

Ben Geller-Willick-Bunch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Trivia: In the imaginary scene where a fat Joey is married to Monica, Joey raises some food to his mouth on a fork but just holds it there as the credits roll. It suggests that all the "fried stuff with cheese" is actually inedible prop food. In any other scenes involving eating, the actors actually eat, even when there are multiple takes involved.

    • Monica: (to Chandler in London) You're a really good kisser!
      Chandler: Well, I have kissed over four women.
      That's an understatement. By the time they go to London, Chandler has kissed--and in many cases slept with--over eleven that even we as an audience are aware of: Janice (Oh, my God!), Aurora (who just wanted sex), Nina (the girl he was supposed to fire), Jade (the girl who was calling for "Bob"), Susie Moss (Julia Roberts), the girl at Rachel's birthday party who called him "Dennis", Mary Angela (Joey's sister), Ginger (with the prosthetic leg), Joanna (Rachel's boss), Kathy (Joey's ex-girlfriend) and Marjorie (who talked/screamed in her sleep). Besides those, there were the women he rejected because of physical flaws mentioned in "The One Where Heckles Dies". We even learn in "The One Where the Stripper Cries" that Chandler kissed Rachel before Ross did.

    • Goof: In the London flashback when Chandler is talking to Monica, she says "Wouldn't you be?" and folds her arms. When the camera switches, her arms are no longer folded.

    • Goof: In the London flashback, Monica is not wearing the same dress that she wore in "The One with Ross's Wedding (1)" which took place on the same night.

    • Goof: At Carol's house when Ben is repeating everything Rachel says, Rachel's purse keep switching from in her hand to over her shoulder.

    • Goof: In Central Perk when Joey is reading his speech for the wedding ceremony, Chandler's legs are on the coffee table. When the camera angle faces Joey, you can still see Chandler's shoes on the table. After the speech when the shot changes to Chandler, his legs are crossed and one shoe is on the floor.

    • Goof: When Rachel shows Ben the quarter prank, she sets the pencil back on the table so it is facing straight ahead. When the camera angle goes back to the wider shot, the pencil has moved.

    • Goof: At the beginning when Chandler and Monica are talking in Central Perk, Chandler's legs keep switching from right-over-left to left-over-right between shots.

    • Goof: When Joey walks in on Chandler and Monica, the three paintings behind the beds are different to those in the episode "The One With Ross's Wedding (1)".

    • Goof: When Joey walks in on Chandler and Chandler says he was watching a movie, the reflection on the TV is wrong. Chandler's not on the bed, Joey isn't by the door, and even some of the pictures on the wall have changed.

    • Goof: When Chandler and Monica jump into bed to have sex, Chandler undresses rather quickly, whereas Monica just jumps under the covers with her dress on. When they count to three to look under the covers at each other naked, they never show that Monica had taken off her dress.
      Note: If you watch closely, you see that Monica is quickly undressing from the moment she gets under the covers, part of her activity hidden by Chandler ripping off his pajamas.

    • Goof: In the scene near the beginning of the episode where Joey enters Chandler and Monica's apartment asking if they found a minister for the wedding, a boom mic is visible.

    • Goof: In the London flashback the box of condoms Chandler bought is blue. But in the beginning of "The One With Ross's Wedding (1)" we see that the box of condoms Chandler bought is orange.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ross: Hey, listen can you do me a big favor? The dean's office just called and said there was an urgent meeting. Can you watch Ben for like an hour?
      Rachel: What, what about Monica?
      Ross: Oh, she isn't home.
      Rachel: So it would just be me, alone?
      Ross: Well, Ben would be there.
      Rachel: Huh, um...
      Ross: What's the matter?
      Rachel: Well that, y'know it's just, uh, I've never done that before... me and him alone.
      Ross: Rach', he's not an ex-con.

    • Ross: (to Ben, who's in the bathroom) Everything okay in there?
      Ben: Don't talk to me now!
      Rachel: Aw. Just like his daddy.

    • Joey: (to Chandler): Like the time you and I went to Atlantic City and I made you laugh so hard you threw up your whole steak? Remember?

    • Phoebe: (reading the side effects of the headache medicine) Oh, my God. "Dizziness. Nervousness. Drowsiness. Facial swelling. Nausea. Headache" ...Headache. "Vomiting. Stomach bleeding. Liver damage." Now, I don't recall any of this coming up when you gave me these little death capsules. Oh, I'm sorry. "Extra strength" death capsules.

    • Rachel: Remember all that stuff I taught you yesterday?
      Ben: Remember all that stuff I taught you yesterday?
      Rachel: Don't do that.
      Ben: Don't do that.
      Rachel: Seriously. Your dad doesn't like pranks.
      Ben: Seriously. Your dad doesn't like pranks.
      Rachel: Ugh, Damn it!
      Ben: Ugh, Damn it!
      Rachel: No, No, don't say that!
      Ben: Damn it!
      Rachel: No, go back to repeating!
      Ben: Damn it!
      Rachel: Oh, Crap.
      Ben: Oh, Crap!

    • Chandler: How drunk are you?
      Monica: Drunk enough to know that I want to do this, not so drunk that you should feel guilty about taking advantage.
      Chandler: That's the perfect amount!

    • Monica: Wow, you are really fast.
      Chandler: It bodes well for me that speed impresses you.

    • Monica: (about almost sleeping with Joey in London) It's not a big deal!
      Chandler: It is to me! You wanted to sleep with Batman, and instead you had to settle for Robin. (leaves the apartment)
      Joey: This is crazy.
      Phoebe: I know. Robin is so gay.

    • Rachel: So now what have we agreed?
      Ben: No more pranks.
      Rachel: And, and what else?
      Ben: That you and daddy were not on a break.
      Rachel: Very good.

    • Ross: Rachel. What are you doing here?
      Rachel: I'm just visiting my good friend, Carol.
      Ross: Your good friend?
      Rachel: Ya.
      Ross: What's her last name?
      Rachel: Carol... Lesbian?
      Ross: Nice.

    • Rachel: (to Ross about Ben) I haven't taught him anything that a normal six year-old doesn't already know, anyway.
      Ben: (from the other room) Crap!
      Rachel: I've gotta go.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Before Ross arrives at Joey's apartment (with a line down his face) and confronts Rachel on the pranks she taught Ben, Rachel can be seen reading a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird.

    • Chandler: You wanted to sleep with Batman and instead you had to settle for Robin.

      Batman and the Boy Wonder Robin, also known as the Dynamic Duo, are a fictional superheroes published by DC Comics and released in 1940.

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