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  • Season 1 Episode 1: The One Where Monica Gets...

  • Goof: When Rachel cuts up the first plastic card, Monica points out that it was a library card. Although necessary for the joke, Ross is the one who holds the library card and tells her to "cut". Why would Ross have Rachel cut up a library card, when she was supposed to be cutting up credit cards? It's conceivable that Ross made a mistake, but the joke suggests that it was Rachel who chose to cut up the library card.

  • Trivia: Ross says, "Do you know how long it's been since I grabbed a spoon? Do the words 'Billy Don't Be a Hero' mean anything to you?" "Billy Don't Be a Hero" topped the charts in 1974. Since Ross was born in the late 60's, that means he stopped dating around the age of 6 or 7. The creators of Friends, on the other hand, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, would have been in their late teens when the song was popular, which is probably why they used it as a dating-period reference. It's somewhat ironic, however, that at one point Joey says to Ross, "You got married--you were like, what... eight?" That would have been around the time the song was popular.

  • Trivia: Joey and Phoebe don't have their own storyline in this episode.

  • Trivia: Although both Chandler and Monica's apartments have mechanical doorbells installed, they are not used once throughout the entire series. People just knock.

  • Trivia: Chandler has the closing line in both this episode and the last episode of the series.

  • Phoebe's Song:
    "Your Love" 
     Love is sweet as summer showers 
     Love is a wondrous work of art 
     But your love, oh your love, 
     Your love is like a giant pigeon... 
     Crapping on my heart.
     La la la la la...

  • Trivia: The waitress in Central Perk who asks a distraught Rachel, "Can I get you some coffee?", is played by Cynthia Mann. Mann would later play Jasmine, the masseuse who works with Phoebe starting in "The One with the Dozen Lasagnas." Jasmine was in 4 episodes of Friends, although her appearance in "The One with the Worst Best Man Ever", can only be seen on the extended DVD version.

  • Continuity: At Ross's apartment, when they are assembling his new furniture, Chandler says that he and Joey have never had a relationship that had lasted longer then a mento. It is revealed in "The One with the Dirty Girl", however, that Joey was in a relationship with Angela Delvecchio for three years.

  • Goof: When Ross comes in depressed, Monica mentions that Carol moved her stuff out of his apartment today. However, later in the episode when Chandler and Joey are helping Ross move, Joey mentions that Carol got the apartment. Why, then, did she have to move anything out?
    Note: This is not true. Monica did say that Carol moved her stuff out today, but Joey never said that she got the apartment, although he did say that she got the furniture, the stereo and the "good" TV. Joey and Chandler are not "helping Ross move", they are helping him assemble new furniture to replace the stuff that Carol took with her.

  • Trivia: Ross's first line in the pilot was a depressed "Hi." This greeting becomes his catchphrase in the series. Most fans would agree, however, that it is a somewhat forced catchphrase and never caught on naturally the way Joey's "How you doin'?" did, or Monica's "I know!!", or Rachel's "Noooooo!", or Phoebe's "Oh, no...." and "You guyyyys!" or Chandler's... patented speech patterns... or for that matter, Janice's "Oh... my... God!"

  • Continuity: Rachel's spelling of her last name kept switching between "Green" and "Greene" throughout the series. When the writers and producers finally noticed this discrepancy, they made the decision that it would be "Green".

  • Continuity: In the earlier episodes, there is a wooden support post on the "fourth wall" of Monica's apartment which goes from the floor to the ceiling beam and divides the kitchen and living room. In "The One with the Giant Poking Device," Ross actually runs into it. In the majority of later episodes the post isn't used; however, it would become the trademark of director James Burrows, in that whenever he returned to direct an episode, the crew reinstalled it. In total, Burrows directed 15 episodes, including this one.

  • Goof: In Central Perk, although rainfall is clearly visible (and audible) outside the main window, there is no rain falling in the doorway as Rachel enters. It was likely set up that way to keep Rachel's dress from getting soaked--especially in the event of retakes.

  • Continuity: In this episode, Rachel is introduced to Chandler. But later on in "The One with All the Thanksgivings," it is revealed that Rachel and Chandler spent a few Thanksgivings together at the Gellers' house many years ago. We even learn in Season 10's "The One Where the Stripper Cries" that Chandler kissed Rachel, even before Ross did.

  • Trivia: Paul the Wine Guy's name is mentioned 21 times in this episode (Monica's date).

  • Trivia: When Joey is naming different flavors of ice cream to Ross at his apartment, he mentions "Bing! Cherry Vanilla." At the time of the original airing it was not yet established that "Bing" would be Chandler's last name.

  • Trivia: In the opening credits, Rachel's character is the only person who mouths the theme song during the credits. She mouths "...there for you."

  • Goof: In the very first shot, the Central Perk logo is on the window. However when they show inside, the logo has disappeared. Clearly, the establishing shot of Central Perk was added after the pilot was shot.

  • Continuity: For the first half of Season 1, Chandler and Joey's apartment number is 4 and Monica and Rachel's apartment number is 5. However, in the later episodes, they are 19 and 20, respectively. This is because the producers noted that 4 and 5 corresponded to apartments on lower floors and the Friends' apartments are generally considered to be higher up in the building.

  • Continuity: Barry's last name in this episode is Finkle, but in the rest of the series his last name is Farber.

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Romantic Comedy, feel good comedy, 90s, life in a new city, city living