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

  • 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.

  • Continuity: Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In this first episode (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.

  • 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" that Joey was in a relationship with Angela Del Vecchio 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...

  • Goof: Joey's wristwatch disappears and reappears throughout the entire episode.

  • Goof: As Monica is walking to her room and steps on Paul's watch, if you look carefully, you can see that she just steps on the band. That would not damage the watch.

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

  • Continuity: In many of the first episodes, there is a beam going from the ceiling to the floor in between the kitchen and the living room. You can see it when they show the door. In "The One with the Giant Poking Device," Ross actually runs into it. In the majority of the later episodes, the beam is non-existent. (The beam became the trademark for director James Burrows. Whenever he returned to direct an episode, the crew intentionally added the beam.)

  • 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 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 ice creams to Ross at his apartment, one of the flavors is "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.

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