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Question: When Phoebe's mom died she went and lived on the street. But why? I am sure they had a house. Why would someone take it away from them? And what about her Grandmother?

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New today Question: Monica has different weird fruits in a bowl on her table. In an interview someone from the props department said that that was explained in an episode - does anyone know what episode it was?

Dan23

The One With Phoebe's Wedding - S10-E12

New this month Question: Why was none of Phoebe's family at her wedding?

Dan23

New this week Answer: For one thing, it was a very quickly-executed affair, on the street outside the coffee shop with Joey officiating. Second, Phoebe doesn't have much in the way of family, and of those we saw over the course of the series: she and her sister hate each other; her grandmother passed away years before; she hadn't been in contact with her birth mother, nor her biological father, in some time; and her brother, the only one she'd likely invite, is busy trying to raise triplets.

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New this month Question: What does Joey mean when he says "quarters, or rolls of quarters?" when he replied to the lady that says she can "pick up quarters with her toes"?

New this month Answer: She says quarters, but then starts sliding her foot up his thigh and demonstrates that her toes are more dextrous than he first realised.

Jon Sandys

New this month Answer: This can be answered two ways. Joey could be asking if she is nimble enough with her toes to be able to pick up an individual quarter as well as grab an entire roll of them. However, this is Joey, and he is likely implying a sexual double entendre to the meaning of "rolls of quarters" by implying they are phallic in shape.

raywest

The Last One (2) - S10-E20

New this month Question: After Monica and Chandler moved to their new house, why in the world did Joey not move across the hall and take over that great apartment?

New this month Answer: Finances could be a major part. It's established that Monica gets the apartment dirt cheap from her aunt. And Joey struggles to afford the small apartment on his own as shown in other episodes.

A Demon

New this week Answer: Joey wanted to move to LA and be a big actor for the longest time so getting the apartment was not a step in that direction.

The One With The Jellyfish - S4-E1

Question: When Ross and Rachel are fighting, Chandler hides behind the door and bursts out saying "I knew it." When Rachel says, "It's not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy and it is a big deal.", is this just a Chandler moment or is there another joke I have missed?

Chosen answer: The statements that she's contradicting (that it is common, it happens to every guy, and it's not a big deal), are the things that a woman commonly says to a man who is suffering from erectile difficulty, typically to assuage his bruised ego. However, most men do not believe that these statements are true, as evidenced by Chandler's outburst. He's so caught up in the proof that women are lying about it that he gives himself away.

Rooster of Doom

Answer: Let's go back to Season 3, Episode 1. The Princess Leia Fantasy episode. When Ross and Chandler decide to "tell each other things." Chandler tells Ross that, often times, when he's in bed with a woman, his mom pops into his head so it feels like he's with his mom. Well during the end of that episode, Ross encounters the same problem with Rachel. I'm assuming that he told Rachel about the problem and she comforts him and tells him that it's perfectly normal and that it happens to every guy.

The One With The Dirty Girl - S4-E6

Question: When Joey asks why he can't give Kathy the pen, Chandler says, "Because she's not eleven. And it's not the seventh night of Chanukah." What is Chandler talking about when he says, "It's not the seventh night of Chanukah?"

Chosen answer: Chanukah is a Jewish celebration that occurs around the same time as the Christian Christmas. The celebration lasts for eight days and it is customary to give a small gift on each of the eight days. There is no special gift required and the line about it being "the seventh night" of Chanukah is just Chandler's sarcasm.

Guy

The One With The Ballroom Dancing - S4-E4

Question: What does this joke mean? "Tribbiani. Hold on. I'll get the plunger."

gsridhar53

Chosen answer: Because the only time Joey Tribbiani goes to Treager's apartment is when he has clogged the toilet.

MovieFan612

Season 8 generally

Question: Does any episode of Friends make a reference to the destruction of the World Trade Center towers?

Chosen answer: No, although shortly after the event, there was a "I *heart* NY" seen written on the small message board that hangs on Joey and Chandler's front door. A small tribute, no doubt. Also, during the end-credits of the 2001 Season Eight episode, 'The One After "I Do"' there is a dedication to the people of New York. Joey wears an FDNY shirt as well.

raywest

The One Where Eddie Moves In - S2-E17

Question: What is the song and/or episode of "Baywatch" playing when Joey and Chandler share their famous moment over the phone in this episode?

Answer: Eric Carmen - All by Myself.

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Question: How do you spell Rachel's surname? I always thought it was GREENE, but lots of subtitles seem to think it's GREEN.

Chosen answer: The most often used spelling (in the credits where her parents appear, for example, is Green. However, Greene is used on occasion, such as the nameplate in her office.

pinkwafer

The One with the Blackout - S1-E7

Question: When they're all playing the game where everyone has to reveal the weirdest place he/she had sex, Rachel says, "Oh, alright. The weirdest place would have to be. Oh, the foot of the bed." This has Joey and Ross much impressed and the girls are smiling too. Could anyone explain the joke? Or are the friends just being sarcastic at Rachel being relatively 'less' adventurous?

Chosen answer: They are being, as you say, sarcastic.

Anastasios Anastasatos

The One With Rachel's Crush - S4-E13

Question: I think it's in this episode (I'm not sure), but in Central Perk, when Ross and Joey are naming celebrity couples who have been in movies together, Ross mentions Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. What movie were they in together?

Chosen answer: It was a remake of "the Getaway" in 1994.

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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?

Chosen answer: In the episode where they pack for London and Monica realises that saying check is weird. Phoebe says something like "My mom used to stick her head in the oven. Well, just the one time."

edelian

The One With The Kips - S5-E5

Question: In this episode, Chandler and Monica go on a small trip together. They have a fight because Chandler is too obsessed with watching a car-chase on TV and Monica keeps switching rooms. When they come home, they have a conversation in Monica's apartment where Chandler says "I guess it's over now", to which Monica replies "Why, exactly?" Chandler says " Cause we had a fight" and Monica's respond is "That's silly. If you were going to give up every time you had a fight with someone, you'd never be with anyone longer than...OH!" They both seem to realize something here. What is it??

Rebekka Hildre

Chosen answer: They both realise that one of the reasons Chandler hasn't had a long term relationship is because he assumes a fight means the end of things (together with his generally rocky attitude towards relationships!). Monica never realised that's how he thought, and Chandler never realised that was wrong.

Jon Sandys

Answer: I thought they both realised why Ross and Rachel were never together because basically every time they fought, they broke up.

The One With Rachel's Assistant - S7-E4

Question: A guy sits in the chair by the couch in Central Perk and Chandler just says "no no no no" and asks him to leave. Is it just some random extra, or someone from the cast/crew/a fan? Seems like a part they'd get someone "special" to play. [I get the point of the joke, I'm wondering specifically about the casting of this part!]

Chosen answer: It was just a random extra, who auditioned who the part.

The One With The Mugging - S9-E15

Question: When chandler comes in and asks "Guess what?", Joey replies "Monica's pregnant?". Monica says "Really, okay lets get past the moment". What is this referencing?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: It's not "referencing" anything. It's a joke that Monica excitedly thinks she might be pregnant due to Joey's remark, when the truth is she's not, and knows she isn't, so wants to move on quickly to spare her embarrassment.

Brad

The One With The Halloween Party - S8-E6

Question: Why does Rachel think Gunther is gay? And why does Gunther like Rachel so much?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: Gunther is rather particular about his appearance, keeping his hair carefully cut and colored, and is always wearing well chosen shirts and ties. This is what is commonly referred today as being "metro-sexual" which a lot of people consider to be gay. Gay men (stereotypically) are particular about how they look, so she just assumes. Also, since he is SO in love with Rachel, he doesn't have other relationships to prove her opinion incorrect because he is always hoping she will be single soon and notice him. Who can say why he is so in love with Rachel. Why does ANYONE love someone else? Infatuation? Her looks? Her personality? We will never know. Love is funny that way.

Kimberly Mason

The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress - S7-E17

Question: When Monica is showing Chandler the dress, she tells him that she's booked the Swing Kings, so she got what she wanted. Why didn't she just keep the dress she wanted because she got the band for Chandler?

Chosen answer: The woman who tried to grab Monica's gown at the wedding dress blow-out sale retaliated by booking the Swing Kings for the same day as Monica and Chandler's wedding. She would then only let Monica have the Swing Kings if Monica agreed to give up the wedding dress. Even though the woman's behavior was despicable, Monica honored the agreement to ensure that Chandler would have his favorite band at the reception - if she'd kept the dress after booking the band the other woman could well have retaliated. Monica simply found another wedding dress.

raywest

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Question: Which episode has Chandler teasing Joey by dancing around Pinnochio-style and singing "I'm a little wooden boy" etc?

Chosen answer: That would be the very first episode of Friends, "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", when Joey tells Rachel that he's an actor, and Chandler makes fun of Joey's stint in a production of Pinocchio.

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Joanna: What are you doing?
Chandler: I'm getting dressed.
Joanna: Why?
Chandler: Because when I go outside naked, people throw garbage at me.

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