Season 4 Episode 22

The One with the Worst Best Man Ever

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Factual Error: When Joey called 911 about the theft of the ring, they wouldn't have simply dismissed his call as frivolous. They might have instructed him to call the police, directly, however, since it wasn't an emergency. The theft of a diamond ring, likely worth thousands of dollars, would have been taken seriously, especially when he might even know who the thief was.

    • Goof: When Phoebe asks to see "the book", meaning her pregnancy guide, Rachel grabs a Bible. Odd that a Bible would be ready to hand when both Monica and Rachel are Jewish and not particularly religious, anyway.

    • Goof: It seems unusual that Alice was not there at the baby shower since they are her babies.

    • Continuity: When Monica and Rachel are brainstorming ideas for Phoebe's baby shower, they mention that someone could get her those leather pants that "she's always wanted." But Phoebe is a vegetarian and very opposed to wearing clothing made from animals. In "The One with the Yeti" she gave away the mink coat from her mom. Also, in "The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know" when Joey and Chandler first bought their leather chairs she said she couldn't believe that "two cows made the ultimate sacrifice" for the guys' comfort.

    • Trivia: Instead of balloons for decorating Ross's bachelor party, Joey covers the apartment in blown-up condoms.

    • Magna Doodle: Another one bites the dust

  • Quotes

    • (Ross has chosen Chandler to be best man at his wedding)
      Joey: (incensed) What? He got to do it at your first wedding!
      Ross: Joey, I figured you'd understand. I mean, I've known him a lot longer.
      Joey: C'mon Ross, I don't have any brothers. I'm never gonna get to be a best man!
      Chandler: You can be the best man when I get married.
      Joey(after a moment's consideration) I'm never gonna get to be a best man!

    • Chandler: (about Joey planning Ross's bachelor party) Yeah, well, good luck tryin' to top the last one.
      Ross: Now, ya see, I don't think it's gonna be that difficult, considering this one won't take place in the basement of a Pizza Hut.
      Chandler: (facetiously) Oh, "I'm Ross, I'm Ross, I'm too good for the Hut, I'm too good for the Hut."

    • Joey: (hysterical) What am I gonna do?! I go to sleep last night... everything's cool... I wake up this morning... the stripper's gone and the ring... is gone!!
      Chandler: You slept with the stripper?!
      Joey: Of course!

    • Rachel: I still don't get how you know when it's false labor.
      Phoebe: Well, do you see any babies?

    • Phoebe: It's just, usually, when you're done with the pregnant thing then you get to do the mom thing. I'm gonna be sitting around in my leather pants, drinking tequila.
      Monica: Some moms do that.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kdo půjde za svědka (Who Is Going to Be the Best Man)

    • This is the final appearance of Cynthia Mann as Jasmine. Jasmine was in 4 episodes of Friends.

    • The original airing of this episode did not have a closing credits scene, as a preview for the 4th season finale was used instead. In syndication a duck scene was used. The music is an old, traditional sailor's tune called, "The Sailor's Hornpipe." On the DVD release, a different scene was used. Monica tells Emily that her engagement ring spent two days in a duck's colon.

    • This episode runs 23:04 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Music: "Weekend in New England" by Barry Manilow.

  • Allusions

    • Joey: (about the museum geeks coming to Ross's bachelor party) Okay... we need a six-pack of Zima...
      Zima (Clearmalt) is a clear, lightly-carbonated alcoholic beverage that was made and distributed by the Coors Brewing Company. Introduced in 1993, it was marketed as an alternative to beer, what is now often referred to as a cooler.

    • The Stripper: Who are you, the Hardy Boys?
      The Hardy Boys is a popular series of detective books for boys. They chronicle the fictional adventures of teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy. It was also turned into the TV show The Hardy Boys.

    • Chandler: (sarcastically) I really wanna help you out, but I was about to go see Titanic so I've got to call 911 to find out what time it starts. 
      Titanic is an Academy Award-winning 1997 historical romance/drama directed and written by James Cameron. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate WinsletTitanic tied the record for winning the greatest number of Academy Awards (11) with 1959's Ben-Hur.

    • Phoebe: It's a lot easier having three babies playing bringin' in da noise, bringin' in da funk on your bladder!
      Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, an off-Broadway musical by George C. Wolfe, is about black history. It has won three Tony Awards.

    • Monica(showing Rachel cowboy and biker outfits she bought for the two boy triplets) Can you believe they make these for little people?
      Rachel: Little Village People.
      The Village People are a singing group known for the song "YMCA" and recognizable by their eccentric outfits, including, among others, a cowboy and a biker.

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