Season 3 Episode 24

The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 08, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Pete says of his injuries that he has a torn rotator cuff (shoulder), a hairline fracture in his right forearm and a severely-bruised Adam's apple. It seems that those would be the least of his injuries, given that he's wearing a full upper-body, double-arm cast and a neck brace.

    • Trivia: Chandler asks if there is a town somewhere called Sample so that when you enter it the sign says "You're in Sample". There are four towns called Sample in the United States, located in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    • Factual Error: In 1997, the time the episode took place, New York had banned the UFC and MMA fights from taking place.

    • Factual Error: In the opening of the episode, Monica lists a number of tactics as legal in the UFC due to a lack of rules. Included are hair pulling and biting, both of which are in fact illegal in UFC matches. While biting has always been illegal in UFC matches, hair pulling was in fact legal in 1997, the date this show aired (of course, if hair-pulling was legal, how many UFC fighters would actually have hair you could pull?).

    • Trivia: When the gang is in the coffee house, after the opening credits, Chandler is drinking a Yoohoo, which is seen in many episodes. When you look at the bottle, Yoohoo is spelled Yooh.

    • Goof: Ross bought an Ultimate Fighting Combo, a large pop and popcorn, at the fight. However, after Ross and Monica sit down, they are never seen again. Furthermore, when Monica talks to Pete at the ring, you can see that the combo was not set on the floor.

    • Goof: When Chandler's boss is slapping all the guys on the butt, on the table closest to the camera there is a notepad with a pen on it. When the guy comes back in to get his briefcase, the pen is gone.

    • Goof: When Robin Williams and Billy Crystal are getting up and leaving Central Perk, Monica's purse goes from on her lap, to on her shoulder, and back to her lap.

    • Goof: In the scene with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, there is a shot of Rachel with her hair hanging straight down. When the camera angle changes there is a section of hair behind her ear. In the shot after that it is hanging straight, and is then behind her ears again.

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: Have you ever wondered if there's a town in Missouri or something named "Sample"? And then as you're driving to the town there's like, a sign that says, "You're in... Sample?"

    • Rachel: So, c'mon... what was the big news Pete wanted to tell you, Mon? ...or should I say, "Mrs. Monica Becker"?
      Phoebe: No-no-no... Oh, keep your name--don't take his name!
      Monica: He didn't ask me to marry him.
      All: Oh...
      Phoebe: Well, then... definitely don't take his name.

    • (Joey demonstrates "fish hooking" to Monica by hooking his finger in Ross's mouth)
      Ross: (afterwards) What is that taste?
      Joey: What? My hands are totally clean... I just gave the duck a bath!

    • Doug: ...and remember, there is no "I" in "team"...
      Chandler: Yes, but there's two in "martini", so everybody back to my office!

    • (Chandler's boss has been congratulating him by slapping his butt)
      : (to the gang) I didn't wanna be the guy who has a problem with his boss... slapping his bottom...
      Monica: I gotta tell ya... I think it's okay to be that guy!

    • Rachel: (on the subject of congratulatory butt-slapping) Y'know, I don't understand guys... I mean, I would never congratulate Monica on a... great stew by... y'know... grabbin' 'er boob.
      Chandler: Yeah, I know... for a really great stew you just, y'know... stick your head in between 'em... (waggles his head)
      Monica: Can we please go eat?
      Ross: Yeah, what are we getting?
      Monica: Anything but stew.

    • Ross: Alright, so Chandler, from now on, don't give your boss a chance to get you, y'know, just... don't turn your back to him.
      Joey: Yeah, or... you could teach him a lesson, y'know? What you could do is you could rub something that smells really bad on your butt--right? Then, when he goes to smack you, his hand will smell... (thinking) Now, what could you rub on your butt that would smell bad...?
      Chandler: What if Joey was president?

    • Rachel: (to Phoebe after seeing Bonnie) You said she was bald...
      Phoebe: Yes, she was bald... she's not now...
      Rachel: How could you not tell me that she has hair?
      Phoebe: I don't know... I hardly ever say that about people!

    • Phoebe: Well, maybe it won't work out. Maybe Ross won't like her personality.
      Rachel: (with a ray of hope) Why, does she have a bad personality...?
      Phoebe: Oh, no... Bonnie's the best!

    • Monica: (after Pete was brutally beaten in his first professional fight) You're not gonna keep going, are you?
      Pete: Well, let me ask you a question... Am I the Ultimate Fighting Champion?
      Monica: Well, no. But...
      Pete: Well, I'm not gonna stop until I'm the Ultimate Fighting Champion.
      Monica: That guy stood on your neck until you passed out!
      Pete: Let me tell you a story. When I set out to create Moss 865, do you think it just happened overnight? No. There was Moss 1, that burnt down my Dad's garage, there was Moss 2 that would only schedule appointments in January, and 862 others that I learned from, just like I learned from this fight... never to let a guy stand on my neck!
      Monica: You didn't know that already?

    • Rachel: (looking into Central Perk) Oh, my God! Phoebe, look! It's Ross and that girl!
      Phoebe: (pulling Rachel away from the window and pointing at the sidewalk) Rachel, look at that! It's a line of ants! They're working as a team!

    • Monica: (to Pete following his second humiliating defeat) Listen to me... You are terrible at this! You are the worst ultimate fighter ever! ...Ever!!
      Pete: Y'know, I have a torn rotator cuff, a hairline fracture in my right forearm and a severely bruised Adam's apple... but that really hurt.

    • Chandler: (while watching Pete's fight on TV) Run! Run, you crazy, rich freak!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Pete: I'm telling you, the day will come when children will argue over who will win a fight, me or Superman. Now, I'm not saying I could beat Superman, but, y'know, kids are stupid.
      Superman is a comic book superhero, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics. It was adapted into the 1978 blockbuster Superman: The Movie.

    • Rachel: Wow that was depressing. I think I just bought a soft pretzel from one of the kids in Fame.
      Fame was a 1980 Academy Award-winning movie about a New York high school for performing arts. It spawned a popular 80's TV series, also called Fame.

    • (Ross is making dinner reservations on the phone)
      Ross: That's right, Ryder... Winona Ryder for six... Thank you. (to the gang) Yeah. We have the reservation.
      Winona Ryder is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress. In the worlds-collide department, she later appears in "The One with Rachel's Big Kiss" as a college sorority sister of Rachel's.