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The One With the List - S2-E8

Question: Joey tells Monica and Phoebe that the list was Chandler's idea. So how come no one thinks to tell Rachel this? Ross could've just fessed up and saved himself a lot of trouble. And, furthermore, how come everyone else later tells Rachel that the list was Ross' idea?

Answer: It would hardly have mattered to Rachel who actually suggested writing the list. What did matter was that Ross participated in it and that he gave very unflattering reasons (such as she's spoiled and is just a waitress) about why he should not be with her. As for the others blaming Ross, they apparently feared Rachel's anger and/or felt guilty for being involved.

raywest

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Question: I know when the series first aired on TV I saw a opening sequence where the cast hums the theme song from The Odd Couple, but when I watched my DVDs I never saw it. Am I wrong, or was it edited out for some reason?

Answer: It's Season 1 Episode 12 - The One with the Dozen Lasagnas. If it's not on your DVD, there may have been copyright issues with the song. Broadcast rights and DVD rights are separate deals so music is sometimes switched from TV/theatrical releases and DVD releases.

Myridon

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Question: In which episode does Janice say something like, "Your heart calls out to me like a foghorn. Janice! Janice!" I've been trying to find it for ages.

Answer: That would be from season 1, episode 14 "The One With the Candy Hearts". At Central Perk, the precise line Janice says to Chandler is, "You seek me out. Something deep in your soul calls out to me like a foghorn. Jaaanice, Jaaanice. You want me. You need me. You can't live without me. And you know it. You just don't know you know it. See ya!"

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Question: I remember the first episode of F·R·I·E·N·D·S that I saw was probably the best one, and I would like to know which season and episode number it is. It is one where Ben says "Monka Bang," meaning Monica banged his

Answer: It's Season 3 Episode 8: The One With The Giant Poking Device.

The One With The Halloween Party - S8-E6

Question: I don't get Joey at the party. I understand that he's dressed as Chandler with the preppy jumper and jeans but what I don't understand is the 'I'm Chandler blaaaaaargh' or 'I don't sound like that blarrrrrrrrgh'. Why is he 'blargh'ing?

Answer: He's imitating Chandler (not brilliantly) who makes noises like that, most often (and most similar to that one) when disgusted by something. When he realises Joey isn't wearing any underwear during "TOW No-one's Ready", for example.

raywest

The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy - S3-E1

Question: I'm not positive it's in this episode, but there's a very cool, very large poster/print on the wall in Rachel's room that says "Film Noir," visible in a few scenes. Does anyone know who the artist is, and whether the print is commercially available?

Answer: It is a vintage italian art print. Google images may come up with something if you search that phrase. Otherwise check on allposters.com.

The One With The Kips - S5-E5

Question: Can someone please explain the concept of 'Mad Libs'? I'd never heard of this before watching Friends, therefore the scene in which the characters are playing it doesn't mean much to me.

Answer: Mad Libs is a series of game books that require the reader to fill in blanks with words in compliance with descriptions below the blanks (adjective, verb, etc.). The reader then writes the words they chose on a separate sheet of paper, on blanks in certain places in the middle of a story on that page. The point being, that, once the words are filled in, the story usually sounds silly and random. The joke in the episode is that Phoebe used the same word over and over again.

Brad

The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break - S3-E15

Question: What exactly is a Shemp? I think that is what Rachel said in this episode when she hung up the phone at work. "There is a Shemp in my office"?

Answer: Rachel is referring to one of the The Three Stooges, which consisted of Moe, Larry, Curly, and also Shemp. Curly Howard, the third Stooge, was later replaced by his real-life brother, who played Shemp. Curly and Shemp played the most unintelligent and bungling member of the trio.

raywest

The One With The Flashback - S3-E6

Question: In "ToW The Flashback" one of Rachel's posh friends is credited as Marissa Ribisi. Any relation to Giovanni Ribisi?

Answer: Marissa is Giovanni's twin sister. According to imdb.com, Giovanni is 15 minutes older.

The One With Phoebe's Dad - S2-E9

Question: What is the year of the taxi Phoebe drives to her dad's house?

Answer: From a website i've just looked at, it says the New York taxi served from 1981 to 1983. http://www.americanhire.net/ebay.htm.

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Question: How much do the friends make at their different jobs during the seasons? Could they afford the apartments they're living in?

Answer: Monica's apartment is rent controlled so she has no problem. Chandler has a regular job for most of the time he and Joey live together and it's clear that he pays for most of the apartment and related bills. Phoebe stays in various places where she doesn't have to pay and seems to end up in her grandmother's former apartment which may also be rent controlled (or owned by her grandmother and left to Phoebe). She is the only one whose income vs expenses doesn't really match up, although in later series she starts working at a professional massage parlour which may pay at least half decent money.

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Question: Why is there a lot of talking and off screen watching of porn in this show? It's treated like it is very common to do so.

Answer: Eh, it is common but nobody likes to admit it. Porn is a huge industry in the US and worldwide so somebody must be watching.

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Question: In what episode does Joey try to look nineteen years old? There is a scene where he comes out dressed ridiculously, and asks if he looks nineteen, to which Chandler replies, "On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most looking like an idiot, you're easily a 19."

Answer: The first episode of the 7th season. The One With Monica's Thunder.

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The One The Morning After - S3-E16

Question: Is it just me or is Issac's insistance that him and Ross are "the same" and giving him that knowing look a hint that he has also slept with Chloe?

Answer: It's highly doubtful the nerdy Issac ever slept with Chloe, or many other women for that matter, although he is trying hard to convince Ross of his sexual prowess.

raywest

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Question: TOW the Proposal. Eventually Chandler asks Monica to marry her. Why does Monica say later on that she asked Chandler? (This is when she gives Phoebe advice about her wanting to get married to Mike).

Answer: Because initially Monica set up the room with all the candles etc to ask Chandler, she got down on one knee and then starting crying saying "there's a reason why girls don't do this" so Chandler knelt down too and they kinda asked each other.

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The One with Two Parts: Part 1 - S1-E16

Question: What is the name of the toy that Chandler is playing with when his boss bursts in? It's doing my head in.

Answer: I had one of those when I was a kid and it was called a Bumble Ball-not sure if that's the "official" name or just what we called it, though.

The One With The Video Tape - S8-E4

Question: In episode 'The One With The Videotape' we get to know the story 'how Ross and Rachel got bonus night'. What I wonder is does anyone know the whole 'Western Europe' story or is it (unfortunately) one of those stories that doesn't have ending at all, because there's no need of one?

Answer: There is no ending. The DVD commentary includes the writers saying they never wrote the whole story, only the set up.

The One With Ross's Wedding, part 1 - S4-E23

Question: They mention numerous times throughout the series that Phoebe's mother killed herself. Did they ever mention how?

Answer: She stuck her head in the oven. I can't remember which episode it is but Phoebe says something like "My mom used to stick her head in the oven. Well, just the one time."

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Question: Can someone chronicle Chandler and Janice's relationship for me?

Answer: We first meet Janice in the season one episode The One With The East German Laundry Detergent, during which Chandler gets Phoebe's help to dump Janice. Chandler then asks her out for New Year in The One With The Monkey, and once again dumps her before the episode is over. In The One With The Candy Hearts, Joey sets Chandler up on a blind date which turns out to be with Janice. Janice next appears in the season two episode The One Where Heckles Dies - Chandler calls her as is he is feeling lonely, and she reveals she is now married, and pregnant. In The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding, Chandler falls for a woman he meets online, who then turns out to be Janice. This is the first time their relationship lasts across multiple episodes, as they continue to see each other until breaking up in the season three episode The One With The Giant Poking Device, in which Chandler discovers she has been seeing her ex-husband on the side. In the season four episode The One With All The Rugby, they meet again, and to avoid starting up a relationship with her again, Chandler pretends to be moving to Yemen. This is the end of all romantic involvement between them, although Janice does cross paths with Chandler and the others several times. She is seen for the last time in season ten episode The One Where Estelle Dies, in which Chandler pretends he is still in love with her to try and put her off moving in next door to him and Monica.

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Question: We can see a decoration in Ross' apartment, a kind of big Japanese sword hanging on the wall, especially on Seasons 2-3-4. Can anybody give some info about that weapon? I find it really beautiful.

Answer: This is a Chinese axe called a Pudao or a Guan Dao. It's made of a broadsword, but has a much longer handle - about four to six feet. Also known as the 'Horse-Cutter'.

The One Where No One's Ready - S3-E2

Question: I don't get the joke when Chandler says to Joey "So, in the words of A.A. Milne, get out of my chair, dill-hole." Can someone help me with this?

Answer: A.A. Milne is the name of a famous author, but of course he never said "Get out of my chair, dill-hole!" Chandler is setting us up for a deeply philisophical comment only to deliver a crass insult.

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Question: What is the episode and the season where Chandler and Monica get engaged? They share a bathtub together, and the other friends (sans Ross) do the "They don't know that we know that they don't know".

Answer: You are actually referring to three separate episodes from two different seasons. They share a bath in the season five episode "TOW all the Kissing" (2nd episode). The episode with the "they don't know that we know that they know" is "TOW Everybody Finds Out" (14th episode of season 5). They get engaged in the season six finale, a two-part episode titled "TOW the Proposal".

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Question: During the opening credits one season we see a hand gesture where they smack both their fists together twice. Does this gesture have any meaning?

Answer: On episode No. 405 "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend," Monica explains the story behind the hand gesture: "It's this dumb thing that Ross made up because he was trying to fool our parents. It's a way of giving the finger, without actually having to give it. I remember I cried the night he made it up, 'cause it was the first time that I realized that I was actually cooler than my older brother."

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Question: I know I have seen an episode where Ross is in his apartment (the ugly naked guy's one), and he is doing different stuff through the window for the girls to see (shark attack etc.), when Monica and Rachel use cutout boards of some Baywatch girls. Could someone please tell me which episode this is? Thank you.

Answer: This is from season 5, episode 17: The One With Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss.

pinkwafer

The One With The Jellyfish - S4-E1

Question: After Ross and Rachel break up the 2nd time, Rachel yells, "Just so you know, it's not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy, and it is a big deal." What is she referring to?

Answer: It is one of two things, one being his inability to achieve or maintain an erection while they are going at it, and the second is premature ejaculation, both of which Ross would be mortified about.

The One With Russ - S2-E10

Question: Is the guy who plays Russ Ross with a fake nose (or make up), because the credits say Snaro plays Russ, but it looks so much like Ross so can some one tell me who plays Russ.

Answer: It is David Schwimmer playing Russ. A couple of behind-the-scenes Friends books say that he chose to put this in the credits as a tribute to a friend.

Dr Muppet

The One With Phoebe's Dad - S2-E9

Question: I don't get the joke when Chandler says "Don't you have to be Claymation to say stuff like that?" Can someone explain this?

Answer: Monica just said "You guys haven't gotten your presents yet? Tomorrow's Christmas Eve, what are you gonna do?" It's a reference to the sappy dialog in all those Rankin/Bass claymation Christmas specials. Google "claymation" if you're after a description of the technical side.

Myridon

The One Where Joey Moves Out - S2-E16

Question: When Jack and Judy are talking in the bathroom, Jack says something like "It's like a scene from 'Cocoon'." I haven't seen 'Cocoon', so can someone tell me what he's talking about?

Answer: In the movie Cocoon, some retired elderly people swim in a pool with some alien cocoons in them. The energy produced from these cocoons gives them a new lease of life, giving them more energy like when they were younger. Jack's reference to the movie in relation to Richard is that he is acting the same since he has started seeing his "twinky" (Monica).

The One With Two Parties - S2-E22

Question: When Phoebe has taken Mrs. Greene to the bathroom, Chandler says to Monica, "Think, what would Jack and Chrissy do?" Who are Jack and Chrissy?

Answer: Jack and Chrissy are two of the three main characters from "Three's Company." They, along with their roommate Janet, always got into weird situations, mostly involving misunderstandings about what was going on. They always came up with completely off-the-wall ways to get out of the situation.

Guy

The One Where Eddie Won't Go - S2-E19

Question: Why does Rachel compare the book they are reading to 'The Hobbit'?

Answer: It sounds kind of like a fantasy book, the hobbit is just about the most famous fantasy book ever written.

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When Rachel finds out that Ross and Julie are getting a cat, watch Rachel's neck. When she says "together?" she's not wearing a necklace; cut to Ross and Julie for a fraction of a second, then when it cuts back to Rachel saying "both of you?" she's suddenly wearing a necklace. It then disappears again when she says "isn't that just lovely?" hanging off the side of the tray she's holding.

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