Season 2 Episode 22

The One with the Two Parties

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 02, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The gang plans a surprise party for Rachel, but the real surprise is when both of her parents, who recently separated, show up for the party. The gang thinks fast and throws two separate parties, but complications inevitably ensue.

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  • Friends

    The gang plans a surprise party for Rachel, but the real surprise is when both of her parents, who recently separated, show up for the party. The gang thinks fast and throws two separate parties, but complications inevitably ensue. This whole episode was a mess and I found it to be very funny, The lads dancing, Joey kissing, Gunther escaping, double the party double the fun this was great twenty one minutes laugh out load comedy from the friends. Thats all i can say really and I think I need to fill the review so I will just talk again that should be enough haha. 9 out of 10.moreless
  • Aftermath of the divorce.

    The divorce continues! And it is Rachel's birthday. Chandler gets his groove back with all the girls at his party. I like how both parties were so different. Phoebe sneaking people over to the other party were hilarious! Rachel's dad had the great party. At this point it look like Monica throws the worst parties ever. I liked how people tried to distract the parents toward the end. Joey kissing Rachel's mom! And Ross being more & more like Rachel's father. Rachel has to see a psychiatrist! Anyways an amazing episode with some definite Rachel/Chandler action! So I liked the episode.moreless
  • Absolute favorite episode

    This series makes great references to Three's Company in other episodes and this episode has one of best. Start to finish a classic episode that defines the talent and success of this series. The beginning sequence is fun to watch as a great example of Joey's relationship with women. The fun continues when preparing for Rachel's surprise party both of her parents, who are getting divorced, show up. The gang manipulates Mr & Mrs Greene away from each other in a clever and hilarious scene. Then Chandler says my favorite quote, "Quick! What would Jack and Chrissy do?" It just gets funnier.moreless
  • Rachel's birthday parties.

    The Friends plan a surprise-party for Rachel. Monica wants to have a party with organized fun and the rest just wants to grab a pizza and have actual fun. They both get want they want when Rachel's recently divorced parents show up and they have to throw 2 parties. It was hilarious to watch them try to keep the Green's apart with the dancing and the safely putting the coat on the bed. Most of the time when you desperately try to keep two characters apart it doesn't work but here thanks to Joey breaking the you're-not-allowed-to-kiss-your-best-friends-mother rule they pulled it of. Rachel realizing that her life will never be the same again also added a little drama, that scene in the hallway with Chandler was really sweet.moreless
  • The Friends homage to Three's Company.

    This is one of my favorite episodes and , in my opinion, where the actors really started to find these characters. The fact that this is the episode where Chandler says "what would Jack and Chrissy do?" is just icing on the cake, as the entire episode is clearly an homage to Three's Company. Of course, the plot is well executed (come on, it's Friends) and the writing is hilarious, but what stands out to me is David Schwimmer's performance. Up to this point, Chandler was the funniest character on the show. With the line reading of "Neil Sedaka wears 'em.", Ross overtook Chandler as my personal favorite, and he only got better (see "The One With All The Resolutions" in season five for further proof). Great stuff.moreless
Nancy Rubin

Nancy Rubin


Guest Star

Lewis Dix

Lewis Dix


Guest Star

Ron Leibman

Ron Leibman

Dr. Leonard Green

Recurring Role

Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas

Sandra Green

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Joey: (About Rachel's birthday party) Why can't we just get some pizzas and some beers and have fun?
      Phoebe: Yeah, I agree. Fancy parties are only fun if you're fancy on the inside, and I'm just not sure we are.

    • Monica: So I've got candles and my mom's tablecloth, and since it's Rachel's birthday, and we want it to be special, I thought I'd poach a salmon. (Everyone groans) What?
      Ross: Question. Why do we always have to have parties where you poach things?
      Monica: Do you want to be in charge of the food committee?
      Ross: Question two. Why do we always have to have parties with committees?

    • Ross: You know what? This is your birthday, this your party. I say we put 'em together, and if they can't deal, who cares?
      Rachel: I do!
      Ross: That's who!

    • Rachel: (Realizing her two fighting parents are both attending her birthday party) Both of them are here, both of them, both of them are here?
      Chandler: Well, we could count again.

    • Rachel: I could look at the bright side, I get two birthday parties and two birthday cakes.
      Chandler: Well, actually just one birthday flan.
      Rachel: What?
      Chandler: It's a traditional Mexican custard dessert... Look talk to Monica, she's on the food committee.

    • Ross: Hi Dr. Green. So how is everything in the, uh, vascular surgery... game?
      Dr. Green: It's not a game Ross, a woman died on my table today.
      Ross: I'm sorry. See that's the good thing about my job. All the dinosaurs on my table are already dead.

    • Chandler: (To Rachel) How you holding up there, tiger? Oh, sorry. When my parents were getting divorced, I got a lot of tigers. I got a lot of champs, sports, once I even got a governor.

    • Joey: Woah, woah, woah, uh, no Shannon Cooper.
      Phoebe: Why not her?
      Joey: Cause she uh, she steals stuff.
      Chandler: Or maybe she doesn't steal stuff and Joey just slept with her and never called her back.

    • Monica: Joey, they're not real! I start miles beneath the surface of these things, okay? They're fake. See (Monica squeezes her breast) Honk honk.
      Chandler: Wow, it's, it's like porno for clowns.

    • Rachel: It's just that.. I was in there, listening to them bitch about each other, and it reminded me of the Fourth Of July.
      Chandler: Because.. it reminded you of how our forefathers used to bitch at each other?

    • Joey: Mr. Green, why don't we go in the bedroom and put your coat on the bed?
      Dr. Green: Uh, sure. That sounds like a two person job.

    • Rachel: Can you keep my dad occupied? I'm gonna go talk to Mom for a while.
      Ross: Okay. Do you have any ideas for any openers?
      Rachel: Just stay clear of, "I'm the guy that's doing your daughter!" and you should be okay.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Sandra Green: Do you know my husband has glasses just like that?
      Rachel: Well, those are very popular frames.
      Ross: Neil Sedaka wears them.

      Neil Sedaka is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter.

    • Dr. Green: Did you know your mother spent twelve hundred dollars on bonsai trees? I felt like Gulliver around that place!

      Gulliver is the title character of the Jonathan Swift book Gulliver's Travels. One of Gulliver's journeys takes him to Lilliput, a miniature kingdom where everyone is six inches tall, which feels very strange for him as a regular-sized person.

    • Rachel: (About her parents fighting during the commencement speech) Bishop Tutu actually had to stop and shush them!

      Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African religious leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He fought against apartheid and later served on the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    • Chandler: Think! What would Jack and Chrissy do?

      This is a reference to the television show Three's Company in which the main characters always find themselves having to think fast.