Continuity mistake: The number of the flats near the start of the first series was 4 and 5. After a few shows they changed to 19 and 20. [The producers realised that the numbers 4 and 5 were for apartments on the lower floors and had shown Monica's apartment to be much higher up so they changed the numbers - it's still a mistake but there's the reason.]
Continuity mistake: After Marcel has escaped from the basement, he is seen eating a banana as a pair of arms reach out to grab him. These arms are supposed to belong to Mr Heckles, their weird neighbour, however the arms clearly belong to a young, large and hair free woman.
Continuity mistake: When Monica takes off her belt and throws it onto the couch, it lands on Rachel's arm. Throughout the scene, between shots of Rachel and Monica talking, the belt constantly disappears, reappears and changes position without Rachel ever touching it.
Continuity mistake: We've seen the arrangement of Joey and Chandler's bathroom in two previous episodes (1x3, The One with the Thumb, and 1x12, The One with the Dozen Lasagnas) with the sink opposite the bathroom door. In this episode the sink is relocated and the bath/shower is now opposite the bathroom door, for the rest of the series.
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Continuity mistake: When Rachel is talking with Phoebe about Paolo,. she unrolls some kitchen paper and uses it as a tissue. Initially she's holding two torn halves attached to the roll, then when saying "He's a pig" it goes to a whole sheet not attached to any others, then when she sits down it's a whole sheet attached to the roll again. Plus when Phoebe sits too, in some shots the paper is on the table, in others it's not.
Continuity mistake: Rachel takes the cat to apartment number 8 and Mr. Heckles opens the door. However, in this episode, the girls' apartment is labeled number 5 which means that number 8 is above them. In later episodes, Mr. Heckles always says that the noisy girls upstairs are keeping him from doing things. [It makes a bit more sense later on in the series when Monica and Rachel's appartment changes to number 20, which is when Mr Heckles starts to complain about the noise (although in the flash back episode when Phoebe is still living with Monica it seems apparent that they actually know Mr Heckles, which Phoebe shows no sign of when she and Rachel are looking for the owner of the cat).]
Continuity mistake: In the scene just before Joey goes into the shower, when he is thanking the director for the opportunity, the camera shot goes back and forth between Joey and the director several times. During this series of shots, the part in Joey's hair switches sides nearly every time. It appears that the entire shot is reversed - in the closeup, the shower curtain is on his left and the shadow to his right is sharply focused. In the lower (long) shot, the curtain is to his right, and the shadow on his left is more focused.
Continuity mistake: Chandler is able to get into Monica's apartment to tell everyone that Underdog got away, but later when Rachel closes the door it is now locked. We can see the door as each person is leaving and nobody does anything which could be construed as locking the door before it closes. It's been often demonstrated in the show that the door doesn't lock automatically.
Continuity mistake: Just after Marcel switches the TV to "SAP," Joey comes back and tells Chandler about Ursula and how she gave him extra food. Chandler is holding a bottle of water, and before the camera cuts to Joey it is open, but when he is talking it is capped, and finally when Chandler says "Score," the bottle is open again.
Continuity mistake: During the scene where Phoebe is telling Rachel that Paolo made a pass at her, Rachel unrolls a long length of kitchen roll. During the scene there is a shot over her shoulder where we see that the kitchen roll is as normal and in the next shot we see it unrolled again.
Continuity mistake: When Rachel says about her 6th date with Paulo, she is holding a decoration for the tree. In the next shot the decoration changes to a much larger object. Then, in the next shot, as she hands it to Monica, it has turned back to the original shape.
Continuity mistake: When Joey and Angela talk in Central Perk, the black waitress with long hair is visible the background of shots of Angela. When we see shots of Joey the same waitress is also behind him near Gunther. She is in two places at once.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Chandler and Phoebe come into the coffee house from Phoebe's first day as his secretary, Phoebe makes no discernible effort to order - but after Chandler says it pays to know the man who wears his shoes the shot cuts to her holding a large latte cup which was not visible earlier in the scene.
Continuity mistake: In the one where Ross finds out he's having a boy (series 1), just before Rachel lets it slip, she is sitting on the edge of a chair eating a cookie. Watch her dress, it changes back and forth from being undone from the waist up, to only having two buttons open at the top.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Monica is explaining to Rachel that she has hired her friend Wendy as her waitress, Rachel is holding a water bottle in one hand and the cap in the other. Monica moves towards her and Rachel is pointing her hand in Monica's direction and then in the next shot we see Rachel from another angle and her hand is holding the cap on top of the bottle too fast to have happened in normal time.
Continuity mistake: When Ross and Rachel argue about losing Marcel, the bottle of wine Ross re-corks is sitting on the table. Neither of them touch the bottle at any point after this yet when the woman from animal control arrives, the bottle has moved to the side table.
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Continuity mistake: Just after Chandler explains the situation to Janice, she goes off crying, and Ross takes a photo. The flash is much brighter than it should be - the screen's whited out to disguise a jump cut - after the flash Chandler's noticeably further back than he was before.
Continuity mistake: When Monica, the fake Monica and Rachel are in the girls' apartment talking about the two Monicas auditioning for CATS, Monica (real) has a baguette and a bowl of sandwich filler on the table. In one shot of all three of them, she opens the baguette and starts filling it, then the camera goes in for a close-up of the real Monica and she opens the same baguette and starts filling it again.
Continuity mistake: During the scene when Chandler arrives with his test results, Phoebe is reading a book with a red section on the left hand page. In the next shot, the red on the page has vanished. Then, in the next shot, the red page is back again. Also Phoebe's left hand moves between shots.
Continuity mistake: When the group is sitting around the table in Monica's apartment playing poker, Monica is making something to eat. When she puts it on the table and sits back, we can see a pile of plates on the table on her right side. But in the next shot, the plates are gone.
Continuity mistake: In the final scene Rachel passes out copies of her draft for her book. She gives out all her copies and asks for their opinion. However, near the end of the scene after waving her arms around empty handed a copy of her script magically appears in her hands.
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Continuity mistake: During the song at the beginning of the episode, keep your eye on Ross's mug. He is holding it in his lap, then there is a shot of Monica with Ross's empty saucer on the table. In the next shot, the mug has appeared on the saucer.
Continuity mistake: When Ross comes back to Monica and Rachel's apartment and Rachel tells him she has lost Marcel, he takes off his overcoat and lays it over the back of the sofa and then sits by it. As the scene continues, the sofa is still visible in some shots and the black coat is crumpled up on the sofa cushion.
Continuity mistake: When Joey is talking to Ross and Chandler about missing Phoebe's birthday, Chandler has the newspaper in his hands. In the next shot, you can see that Chandler does not move at all, then in the next shot, the paper is on the table.
Continuity mistake: While Rachel's babysitting Marcel she's watching the soap opera on TV, and when she points out Dr. Francis there's a closeup of the TV and when she points out Raven there's another closeup, but the TVs in both closeups are different, as well as the items that are near the TVs.
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Continuity mistake: After the game at Ross' apartment Chandler takes Phoebe's cursed money, and when Ross wants to settle up with "the big Green poker machine who owes fifteen," Rachel's sitting down at the table in front of Ross, but then it cuts to Rachel who's suddenly standing up near the table.
Continuity mistake: When Rachel and Ross are in the apartment with Marcel, who's still wearing the pink tutu, the bottle of wine can be seen on the side table beside the teapot, but when Ross remembers the wine it's now between the teapot and the couch.
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Continuity mistake: When Monica takes the newsletter from Rachel it's open to the pages with engagement news, and we can see the left page has pictures as Monica reads Mindy and Barry's notice on the right page, but when Monica wiggles out of her comment about Mindy being pretty that left page is now only words at the bottom, even though she's still open to the same page with Mindy and Barry's notice.
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Continuity mistake: In the scene when Joey and Chandler come into the cafe to say that Marcel got into San Diego zoo, the man who wants him for animal fighting turns and says that Ross is making a big mistake. At this point the monkey starts to go down Ross's arm and almost drops off but in the next shot he is far up on his shoulder again.
Continuity mistake: When Ross say 'just a smidge' after Rachel says Paulo named her breasts, Phoebe is holding tinsel and Rachel is looking at Ross. In the next shot, Rachel is looking in the opposite direction and the tinsel has vanished from Phoebe's hands.
Continuity mistake: During the Monopoly game (deleted scene), right after Monica says, "we can bring my wheelbarrow, to carry your teeth," we see Ross reading the game manual at the end of the shot. At the beginning of the very next shot, he is suddenly rolling the dice with no manual in his hands.
Continuity mistake: After Chandler shouts at everyone because they are complaining about his smoking, there is an awkward silence and we see a shot of Rachel leaning on the sofa with her arms spread. In the next shot she isn't leaning on the sofa anymore.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Rachel and Ross are playing poker head to head, Rachel borrows $7 from Monica's purse and then puts the purse down on the table. She puts it down on her left hand side but it then switches to her right hand side without her touching it and then back again.
Continuity mistake: When we first see Ross at the museum, the woman he works with is holding a rock. In the first shot, she is holding onto it with her right hand at the bottom and just before the shot changes she turns away from Ross. In the next shot, she is facing Ross again and her right hand has moved on top of the rock.
Continuity mistake: Just after Rachel throws a bread roll at Joey, he turns to Chandler to speak to him. Chandler is holding his hands out in front of him. In the next shot, his right hand is touching his face, then in the next shot, it is lowered again.
Continuity mistake: In this episode, Rachel tells Chandler that she thought he was gay until he spent Phoebe's entire birthday party talking to her breasts. But at this point since Rachel joined the group, Phoebe hasn't had a birthday yet; that occurs some episodes later, in "The One With Two Parts."
Continuity mistake: Before Monica stomps on Paul's watch, the chair closest to the fridge does not have fabric backing, then when Ross eats the Oreo and walks toward his jacket the chair closest to the fridge is now fabric backed and his jacket hangs from a chair with no fabric, plus there are only four chairs around the table. However, when Ross picks up his jacket this chair is now fabric backed, the chair closest to the fridge doesn't have a fabric back yet again, and there are now five chairs around the table.
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Continuity mistake: While Joey and Chandler are at the apartment with Ross, a watch suddenly appears on Joey's wrist when he announces that he and Chandler are done with the bookcase, then the watch vanishes and reappears again in the following shots at the apartment.
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Continuity mistake: When Rachel walks into Central Perk she puts her black handbag down behind the couch and proceeds to talk about Barry, but after Ross smacks Chandler's arm to prompt him to speak up, the handbag's strap appears on Rachel's wrist.
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Continuity mistake: Toward the end of the episode, the exterior shot of Central Perk shows about 8-10 people inside the cafe, at the coffee bar, at the tables. But the next interior shot shows the cafe is empty except for our six Friends, lounging in the closed cafe while Rachel cleans up.
Continuity mistake: At the beginning when Rachel and Monica talk about the free coffee sample, Rachel puts it down on the counter to her right. In the next shot it's lying to her left with no time to have gotten there. After that it switches from the right to the left and back again.
Continuity mistake: When Rachel says, 'One can never be too Alan, ' we see the stick pom-poms that Ross is holding are up facing Monica, but in the next shot the pom-poms are facing the floor, but after Chandler says 'I personally could have a gallon of Alan' in Monica's closeup we see the stick pom-poms are up again facing Monica.
Continuity mistake: When Rachel and Monica are discussing whether or not Rachel should meet Ross at the airport she's taking a bottle of red wine out of the refrigerator, but when she places it on the table in the next camera shot the bottle of wine is suddenly a bottle of white wine.
Continuity mistake: When Paul the Wine Guy first comes to Monica's apartment, Phoebe is standing in the kitchen telling Rachel that she just pulled out four eyelashes. But in the very next shot, you can see her sitting in an armchair in the living room. [Broadcast version only - in the extended DVD version there's a shot showing Phoebe walking to the chair.]
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ross and Carol are talking and Carol says that all he needs is to find a woman who likes men, a woman comes across the room walking in high heels. The shot is wrong because we see her up until she's half the way through the table, and the next shot shows her four steps back.
Continuity mistake: Just before the opening credits, when Ross says, "That's 'pathet', which is Sanskrit for 'really cool way to live', " Marcel is sitting on Ross's left shoulder in the closeup, but in the next shot the monkey is suddenly sitting on his right shoulder, right before Ross walks off screen.
Continuity mistake: While everyone's at the restaurant Rachel dips a tortilla chip into guacamole and gets some on her hand. When Paolo takes a bite from the chip he also eats the guacamole off Rachel's hand while she's still holding the rest of the tortilla chip, but in the next closeup Rachel's hand is empty, then in the next shot the remaining tortilla chip reappears in Rachel's hand.
Continuity mistake: When they're all sitting together and having pizza, talking about parents, Rachel has no napkin. When she says: "Just think, in a couple of years we get to turn into them", a bunched up napkin appears beside her on the couch. After Chandler's remark it has disappeared again, then it appears and reappears again between shots.
Continuity mistake: When the six are looking out the window at Ugly Naked Guy cooking his turkey, they are looking straight across the alley into his window. In "TOW The Giant Poking Device", Ugly Naked Guy's apartment is several floors below theirs in the adjoining building.