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  • Season 2 Episode 21: The One with the Bullies

  • Goof: When Ross mentions his father, Phoebe says that that is the third sign today that she should go see her father. Then, she goes on to list that the first one was the Buffet (his last name), the second one was was that they were serving Franks (his first name), and the third one was chicken (because she chickened out the last time). So when Ross mentions his father, it would be the fourth hint.

  • Factual Error: At the diner where Monica gets a job, she and other employees dance "YMCA" by the Village People. However, the diner theme is the 1950s, while that song is from the 1970s.

  • Trivia: This episode has the only mention of Monica's middle name which begins with "E". The actual name is never revealed throughout the series' ten years.

  • Goof: When Ross and Chandler go to the coffee house to "stand their ground," they take one sip of their coffees and run out of the coffee house without paying.

  • Goof: When the dog jumps into the cab window, you can see the head of the person holding him.

  • Goof: When Phoebe is returning the dog, a woman in the background wearing a blue shirt walks into her house twice.

  • Season 2 Episode 20: The One Where Old Yeller ...

  • Trivia: In this episode we learn that Monica goes to a gym, but it is the only reference to it in the entire series.

  • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe watches Sesame Street with Ben. However, in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS", Phoebe says that she hates that program and PBS by association because after her mother committed suicide, she wrote to Sesame Street, hoping they could help her feel better, but all she received in reply was "a lousy key chain".

  • Trivia: In this episode, Ross says that he has planned that he and Rachel will have two kids, a boy and a girl, with the girl hopefully coming first. He says he thinks "Emily" would make a nice name. "Emily" is similar to "Emma," the name of his and Rachel's actual first child. Of additional interest is the fact that at the end of Season 4--beginning of Season 5, Ross marries a woman named "Emily".

  • Continuity: When Rachel is holding Ben in Central Perk, she is obviously uncomfortable while doing so. Furthermore, she states that she is "no good with babies." However, in "The One with the List," Ross uses how great she is with Ben as one of her pros. She is obviously not "great" with Ben.

  • Trivia: Ben's first word, "Hi!", was also Ross's first line in the series. Furthermore "Hi" was one of Ross's catchphrases throughout Friends.

  • Goof: When Rachel is changing Ben's diaper, the reflection of a camera man is visible in the microwave door.

  • Season 2 Episode 19: The One Where Eddie Won't Go

  • Trivia: Phoebe scolds Monica for letting a guy into "the forest of her righteous truth" on the first date. This is likely a reference to Paul the Wine Guy, whom Monica slept with on their first date in "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (a.k.a. Pilot)."

  • Goof: At the beginning of the tag scene where Chandler and Joey carry the ceramic dog out of Joey's bedroom, there is an obvious cut. Several frames are missing as Joey suddenly appears in the doorway.

  • Season 2 Episode 18: The One Where Dr. Ramoray...

  • Only on Television: A soap opera writer can't decide on his/her own to kill off a main character. A pivotal event such as that would first have to be approved by the producers. We learn from Joey that in the coming episodes his character goes to Venezuela, meets his half-brother Ramon and finds a cursed emerald. All the work already done in preparation for that storyline would now have to be scrapped. Said another way, it's the writer who would have been fired, not Joey.

  • Goof: Both Ross and Richard would have been pretty certain they were going to have sex that night, yet neither of them brought protection. Why would they take for granted that the girls would provide it? In Richard's case, he can be forgiven since the plan to stay at Monica's was sprung on him at the last minute--normally, they stay at his place--but Ross really has no excuse.

  • Continuity: In this episode, Monica can't have sex with Richard because Rachel is using the last condom, but in "The One Where Eddie Moves In", it's mentioned that Monica uses a diaphragm as contraception.

  • Continuity: Richard reveals to Monica that he's only slept with two women: his ex-wife and Monica. Shortly thereafter, Ross makes a similar reference to Rachel about "both women" he's slept with. However, in a previous episode, it was confirmed that Ross slept with Julie (at least "twice!"), so that makes Carol, Julie, and now Rachel, a total of three women.

  • Phoebe's Song:
    "Crusty Old Man" 
     And a crusty old man said, 
     "I'll do what I can,"
     and the rest of the rats played maracas.

  • Continuity: Monica says she straightened out Joey's shower curtain. However, "The One Where Eddie Moves In" shows that Joey's bathroom has a translucent shower door, not a curtain.

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