Season 8 Episode 4

The One with the Videotape

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon with stories of a couple that they met on the flight back, but soon discover that the couple gave them a wrong number. Ross and Rachel disagree over who came onto whom when they hooked up. He wants to prove it and accidentally reveals that he has the encounter on videotape.moreless

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  • A great episode, and a point of curiosity.

    Friends does well with videos! My favorite episode is probably "The One with the Prom Video," but this is right up there. I especially like the video - no, not because of that; because of THAT. (Can't be more specific, it'd be a spoiler.) Then there's the, er, bonus video Monica runs across at the end of the prom video. And video played in the jellyfish one, too. Friends just does well with videos!

    Point of curiosity - anyone know who the woman pictured on Phoebe's sweatshirt is? I should know that face (and hat) but I can't place it.moreless
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    An amazing installment of Friends, without a doubt. I dare you not to laugh while watching this episode. Friends has definitely not forgotten how to make people laugh after 8 seasons, which makes this show spectacular. Just watch this episode, and you'll see exactly why. We know who the father of Rachel's pregnant, we know who the father is, now we get to find out how it happened! Too many hilarious scenes too mention. It all came together in the end. All plots managed to merge and it all went back to the videotape. Ross caught their one night together on videotape by accident. And they watch it to see who came on to who. Rachel being the one handing out "begging signals" was surprisingly hilarious. I'm really not enjoying Monica & Chandler. It's like the things they say now. I just find myself saying, "Is this for real" They're become caricatures of themselves, and that's something that I thought I'd never see on Friends. Joey & Phoebe continue to be perfect together in a plot. "We don't want Craig and Jenny's rejects"

    Just a hilarious episode, that isn't worth missing. If this episode doesn't get you in to Friends, nothing will.moreless
  • Now that we know who the father is, we get to find out how it happened!

    This episode has recently seen a rapid rise from very enjoyable to my second favorite. Like most of my favorites, it's got a great Ross&Rachel story, and it keeps the whole group together for the episode. This is key because it's so hard to do, but it's truly an ensemble show and therefore they work best together. Things I loved:

    - The Europe Story. One of the best moments is the awkwardly high but still so perfectly "Rossian" voice that Ross uses when he keeps getting interrupted trying to tell the Europe Story.

    - The moment in which Rachel starts to smash the tape is one of the greatest collective physical comedy moments in the series. Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe all jump up in protest with such great timing.

    Because admit it, if you were in the room, you would have sided with Rachel at first too.

    - The Regina Phalange/Ken Adams exchange. THEY WOULD.

    Monica and Chandler's whinefest turned argument is just fantastic writing: "You told all those great jokes!" "And you asked all those insightful questions." "Well, you did tell a joke of jokes." "How about you…All your questions! The sheer volume! It was like flying with the Riddler!" "Oh, I'm sorry, was that another joke?" "Was..that..another..question..?"

    - Ross and Rachel did it again!moreless
  • by far my favorite episode of all the series.

    this is my favorite episode of all the series. it was really funny but i specially like it because for the first time they make rachel the " vunerable " one . i always liked it when they made ross and rachel be together but they always favored rachel in all the plots and made ross appear as the bad one which i really hated . also i always hated that rachel felt she was superior or better than ross which is not true so for this time they finally made ross " win " and show that ross was looking after rachel by not wanting to show them the video but rachel insisting to make them watch it to show them that ross is bad and she is good . also it was one of the funniest scenes when they all sit tgether to watch the video.

    really great episode recommend it to any onemoreless
  • in this episode i just could not stop laughing... its Hilarius

    in this episode my favourist parts would definitely have to be how everyone kept telling joeys story, how ross new all along that rachel came on to her by telling joeys story and my all time favorite part was when ross and rachel were watching the video tape and just the looks on there faces were just unforgettable like rachels shock as to how much ross wanted it and also the sounds of disbelief that they made when they saw what they were both doing and of course ross' reason was not having sex in a whole 6 months or so.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Continuity: Rachel has never seen the videotape and was not present when Ross explained how it came to be, however, she doesn't even react when it starts playing. She doesn't ask why the camcorder was running in the first place; she doesn't acknowledge the fact that she hadn't even arrived when the recording began, and since he wasn't even expecting her, Ross is innocent of any wrongdoing. She simply watches as if, like the others, she knows all about it and is only waiting for proof that Ross came on to her.

    • Continuity: Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot", (1994) Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. Also, in "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" (1997) he says he is 29. However in the next season in "The One Where They're Going to Party" Ross also says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in the next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape", Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?", implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.

    • Goof: After they watch the videotape and Ross goes across the hall to talk to Rachel, the shot changes and you hear the door close. When the camera angle changes back, he walks in and shuts the door again.

    • Goof: While watching Rachel mock the invitations on the videotape, Chandler makes a face and points. Just before he asks if they did it on the invitations, the exact same clip of him making a face is used again.

    • Goof: Rachel's hair in the video is the same length hair that she has in this episode. When this video was supposed to take place, in season 7, Rachel's hair was a shorter bob.

    • Goof: When Rachel is saying that she wants to watch the videotape, her arms and the tape keep switching positions when the shot changes.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a seal
      Magna Doodle: I Love NY

    • Trivia: Ross would be 31 at this time, according to the fact that he said that he was 13 in 1983.

    • Factual Error: Mt. Tibidabo really is just outside Barcelona. The mountain offers beautiful views of the city, the surrounding villages and the Mediterranean sea. There is also an amusement park and a funicular railroad. But there is no observable lake in that area of Tibidabo, contrary to what Joey says. Tibidabo has been known to mean "All this I will give to you."

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Ross: Joey, do you remember about a month and a half ago I came to you with a personal problem?
      Joey: What personal problem?
      Ross: You know... about sex? (Joey looks blank) That I hadn't had sex in months?
      Joey: I knew what you were talking about, I just wanted you to say it.

    • Monica: I don't get why Greg and Jenny would give us a fake number.
      Joey: If they knew what they were doing, they didn't use their real names, either.
      Monica: What? No. Maybe people give out fake numbers, they don't give out fake names.
      Joey: Yeah? (Holds his hand out to Phoebe) Ken Adams.
      Phoebe: (Shakes it) Regina Phalange.

    • Ross: (Watching the sex tape) Oh, oh there go the clothes.
      Rachel: You are undressing very quickly.
      Ross: Six months, Rachel. Six months.

    • Rachel: So, apparently people are familiar with the Europe story...
      Ross: Yeah. Listen about that, the whole who came on to who thing really doesn't matter. I mean, I think it would've happened either way. I mean, if you hadn't initiated it I, I, I know I would've.
      Rachel: It was an amazing night.
      Ross: It was. It was an amazing night.

    • Chandler: (About Greg and Jenny) I still don't get it, we didn't do anything wrong.
      Monica: I know! Although, you did tell an awful lot of jokes.
      Chandler: I thought you said those jokes were funny. Joke! Joke! Joke!
      Monica: Joke. Joke. Blah! Blah!
      Chandler: Well, maybe it was all of your questions.
      Monica: What about my questions?
      Chandler: The sheer volume, it was like flying with the Riddler!
      Monica: Oh, I'm sorry. Was that another joke?
      Chandler: Was that another question?

    • Phoebe: (About Ross) I can't believe he taped the two of them having sex!
      Joey: Yeah! You gotta tell a girl before you tape her. Such a rookie mistake.

    • Phoebe: So how was the honeymoon?
      Monica: Oh, so much fun. But the best part is, we met this incredible couple on the way back.
      Phoebe: That was the best part? (To Chandler) Good honeymooning, tiger!

    • Ross: I'm kind of going through a dry spell, sex wise.
      Joey: Oh... for, like, months?
      Ross: Five, to be... lying. Six.
      Joey: Six months? Oh, that's rough.
      Ross: No, I mean, it's not all bad. I'm learning to appreciate the small things in life, like the sound of a bird, and the color of the sky...
      Joey: Sky's blue, Ross! And I had sex yesterday.

    • Chandler: Did you do it on our invitations?
      Ross: Not at the ones we sent out.
      Chandler: So, just the ones you gave back to us and we had framed!

    • Joey: Okay. Now you're gonna want to have sex with me when you hear it, but you have to remember it is just the story.
      Ross: I'll try to control myself.

    • Rachel: (To Joey) Oh really? Well how would you like it if I had sex with you and I taped it? (Joey smiles) Oh forget it!

    • Ross: You know what? It's not important. What's important is that we're having a baby and it doesn't matter who came on to who.
      Joey: Whom. (Everyone stares at Joey) That's right!

    • Rachel: We had a little wine, we got to talking. Next thing you know, out of nowhere, Ross comes on to me.
      Ross: That's a little misleading.
      Rachel: What is?
      Ross: The lie you just told.

    • Rachel: Prove it!
      Ross: I can prove it! I have it on video tape. (Everyone looks at him weird) It's an expression.

    • Rachel: Okay, in about ten seconds, you're gonna see him kiss me.
      Ross: And in about five seconds, you're gonna see why.
      Rachel (on the videotape): Ross, did I ever tell you about the time I went backpacking through Western Europe?

    • Ross: Do you have a minute? I'd like to talk to you about something I'm really uncomfortable talking about.
      Joey: Sure. How about you showering with your mom?
      Ross: (Pause) I actually had a topic in mind.

    • Joey: What are you doing here? How'd your date go?
      Ross: Great. I'm across the street having sex with her right now.

    • Ross: Rachel won't talk to me. She won't even open the door.
      Phoebe: I wonder why, pervert.
      Ross: Okay, I am not a pervert.
      Phoebe: That's, like, the pervert motto! Yeah, they make you raise your right hand, put your left hand down your pants, and repeat that!

    • Rachel: Clearly, you don't want people to see this tape. Now I don't want people to see this tape either, but you so badly don't want people to see it, that it makes me want to see it, do you see?
      Joey: Are we watching the tape or not?

    • Rachel: (To Ross) Oh there he is. The father of my child. The porn king of the West Village.

    • Monica: (To Rachel, about getting pregnant) Can you tell us how it happened? When it happened? How many times it happened?
      Phoebe: Monica, that's not right! Start with where.

    • Joey: How do you know about that story?
      Rachel: I heard it from my friend Irene, who heard it from some guy!
      Joey: (Raises his hand) Some guy! (Points to himself)
      Rachel: No, no, she told me that his name was Ken Adams.
      Joey: (Raises his hand and points to himself again) Ken Adams!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Chandler: It was like flying with the Riddler.

      The Riddler is a villain from the Batman comic book series. Most recently, the Riddler was portrayed by Jim Carrey in the 1995 movie Batman Forever.