Season 3 Episode 17

The One Without the Ski Trip

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 06, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross and Rachel compete to spend time with their other friends. When a lonely Ross is excluded from Rachel's ski trip with her pals, he visits Carol. Meanwhile, Chandler starts smoking again.

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  • lesbo ending

    anyone notice how ross's ex when he takes back her keys takes out a pube after he askes if they were alseep? and she answers him with UH NO!! then pulls it out hahaha
  • Rachel is still acting like a baby about what Ross did.

    While I agree that it was a little insensitive and just plain dumb for Ross to go off and sleep with someone else so quickly, it can be said that the emotion level at that time clouded his judgement. And anyway, RACHEL was the one who asked for a break, all because Ross wanted to spend so much time with her and she was so into her job (which I'm not saying there's anything wrong with). So really, they were not together anymore. And if they were not together anymore, then he could do whatever he pleased, even if it was five minutes after they broke up. Yes, Ross did jump to a wrong conclusion when he heard that Mark was in the apartment with Rachel when he called from the bar, but still. I just always hated that she carried this grudge out for so long when she's the one that broke up with him in the first place. It really made me stop watching the show for a while 'cause I just got tired of hearing it. I wanted someone to tell her about herself but of course it never happened. It was just one of those periods where I just really, really didn't like her.moreless
  • The aftermath of the breakup.

    This episode is amazing! I like how competitive Ross & Rachel get, it is really great. Rachel wants to ask first. They are basically sharing friends. Ross is so sweet, even after the breakup, he helps out his friends. The whole sequence, with being stuck at a rest stop was great! "Okay, Who has the biggest breasts?" -Joey. Obviously Monica does, but I think Phoebe does, and she ended up doing it! I like how they fit Carol in to the episode, trying to have her special night with Susan, very subtle. Then Rachel says thanks to Ross. I guess everyone can be friends now! A great episode.moreless
  • a good episode. pleh

    in this episode the weekend that ross and rachael split up they each try to "steal" the friends to their side. causing all the friends ecept ross to go on a ski trip. and then they run out of gas call ross, without telling rachael. meanwhile an alone ross is getting on carols nerves and she tells him to go and help the friends by bringing gas. chandler is trying to smoke in the cab but the friends wont let him. and joey writes pleh in the snow to call for helicopters. this is a very good episodes some very good lines in it.moreless
  • Wonderful episode! SPOILERS inside

    This episode is absolutely great. Ross and Rachel cannot stand each other since Ross slept with Chloe... The whole group has been sucked into this and many problems arise, like Chandler that re-starts smoking and the fact that they cannot hang out all together. But in the episodes, besides those sad moments, we have a lot of great comedy: the perfect mix of every FRIENDS episode! Ross going to Carol's and sort of ruining her anniversary with Susan and the rest of the group stucked on the interstate. Fortunately Ross does the right thing and saves them and, in a great scene imho, we see the problems and anger between Ross and Rachel rise again but eventually they agree to tone it down, saving the group.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: The payphone at the rest stop could have been easily identified and its location determined, since caller ID had been in effect since the late 1980's.

    • Goof: When the friends get out of the cab at the rest stop, there are no tire tracks in the snow behind the cab.

    • Goof: When the taxi is running out of gas, Phoebe is backing up away from a cement wall. However, after Ross puts gas in the cab they drive straight ahead.

    • Goof: When Chandler tells Rachel "You're not my real mom," Joey has both hands on the bottom of the Chinese food carton. In the next shot his right hand is on top holding a fork.

    • Goof: Nobody locks the doors of the Taxi when they all exit, so they should be able to get back in.

    • Continuity: This is the first episode where the cab sign on Phoebe's Grandmothers cab is not '2E85' as seen in "The One With Phoebe's Dad". From now on the sign reads '2X85'.

    • Trivia: The reststop they are stuck at in this episode is in area code 717 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

    • Goof: When Joey spelled "HELP" on the ground, he spelled it backwards. The "E" changes in each shot. The "E" has a curve on the bottom at first, the shot changes, the "E" looks more formal, then the shot changes again to look at the group, and the "E" is the same as the first time we saw it.

    • Continuity: Chandler says his parents got divorced when he was nine, but in an earlier episode he tells Janice they divorced when he was eleven.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Joey: Can I see the comics?
      Chandler: This is the New York Times.
      Joey: Okay, may I see the comics?

    • Monica: Guys. I thought you were taking Ross to the game.
      Chandler: We are. He's meeting us here.
      Monica: No! Rachel is meeting us here.
      Phoebe: Oh come on, they can be in the same room.
      Joey: Yeah, you should have been there last night.
      Phoebe: Why? What happened now?
      Joey: Well, Ross was hanging out over at our place, Rachel comes over to borrow some moisturizer from Chandler...
      Chandler: Hey, Joe! How hard is it to say "something?" Rachel came over to borrow... "something."

    • Chandler: You know what this is like? This is like when my parents got divorced. Man, I hope Ross doesn't try to kidnap me after Cub Scouts.

    • Phoebe: I had a dream last night that Rachel and Ross were still together and we were all here hanging out.
      Joey: I had the same dream.
      Phoebe: Yeah, and no one slept with the Xerox girl.
      Joey: Oh, I had the opposite dream.

    • Joey: It's never taken me more than a week to get over a relationship.
      Monica: It's never taken you more than a shower to get over a relationship.

    • Joey: You're smoking again?!
      Chandler: Well, actually, yesterday I was smoking again. Today, I'm... I'm smoking still...

    • Rachel: Oh, my God! Chandler, you're smoking again.
      Chandler: Shut up! You're not my real mom!

    • Joey: Hey, can you close that window Chandler? My nipples could cut glass over here.
      Phoebe: Really? Mine get me out of tickets!

    • Ross: Forget it, no one's staying.
      Chandler: Okay, then I might as well offer to stay.

    • Joey: (to Chandler and Monica) Hey, does anybody else feel bad about Ross?
      Monica: Why? Do you think he's still mad at us?
      Chandler: (to Joey) Well, he's probably mad after you called him this morning to borrow his goggles.
      Joey: What? Mine aren't tinted.

    • Phoebe: There is no smoking in my grandmother's cab.
      Chandler: In that case, I have to go to the bathroom.

    • Joey: (trying to unlock the car) Relax okay? I, I, I can get this open. Anybody have a coat hanger?
      Chandler: Oh, I do! Uh, no, wait a minute, I took it out of my shirt when I put it on this morning.
      Monica: So, if you're parents hadn't got divorced, you'd be able to answer a question like a normal person?

    • Phoebe: (to the gang while on the phone to Triple-A) What town are we near?
      Monica: Fremont... Westmont... Westberg?
      Phoebe: Okay, why are you answering?

    • Rachel: No! I am not getting in a car with Ross! We will just have to... live here!

    • Joey: Smokey Joe here got half way to the highway and collapsed.
      Chandler: I have the lung capacity of a two year old. (starts to light another cigarette)
      Monica: Then why are you smoking?
      Chandler: Well it's very unsettling.

    • Carol: You slept with another woman?
      Ross: You're... you're one to talk!

    • Monica: What's "PLEH?"
      Joey: That's help spelled backwards so that the helicopters can read it from the air!
      Monica: Ah... what's "doofus" spelled backwards?

    • Rachel: You're a terrible skier.
      Ross: (sarcastic) Oh, hitting me where it hurts. My ski skills.

    • Rachel (to Ross): Oh, I'm sorry, were you speaking to me or sleeping with somone else?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Chandler: I was being Shelley Winters from The Poseidon Adventure.
      The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 action adventure/disaster film based on a novel by Paul Gallico. It stars Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters, a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. Winters was also nominated for her role in this film.

    • Ross: (to Carol) I was just wondering, when you and I split up did you get the tape that was half the last episode of M*A*S*H and half the hostages coming home?
      M*A*S*H was an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart about a team of doctors stationed in Korea during the Korean War. Elliott Gould, who plays Jack Geller on Friends, played Trapper John McIntyre in the 1970 film that inspired the television series.

    • Chandler: Well I thought if I littered, that Crying Indian might come by and save us.

      Crying Indian was a character, played by Iron Eyes Cody, in the "Keep America Beautiful" public service announcement in the early 1970's.

    • Chandler: That's great. With my luck, that's gonna be him.
      Phoebe: Him? Ross?
      Chandler: No, Hymn 253: "His Eyes are on the Sparrow."

      "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" is a traditional gospel spiritual, originally written in 1905 by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel.

    • Phoebe: Oh, my God! This is like 60 Minutes.

      60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968.

    • Joey: Can I see the comics?
      Chandler: This is the New York Times.
      Joey: Okay, may I see the comics?
      The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City. It includes news, opinions, and features (not comics).

    • Phoebe: Read the sign.
      Chandler: "Beam me up, Jesus".

      This is just like the phrase from Star Trek, "Beam me up, Scotty."