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Friends: The One Where It All Began

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Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 475085
Airdate: Thursday September 22nd, 1994

Guest Stars
Clea LewisClea Lewis
As Franny
Clea LewisClea Lewis
As Franny
John Allen NelsonJohn Allen Nelson
As Paul the Wine Guy

Co-Guest Stars
Cynthia MannCynthia Mann
As The Waitress
Cynthia MannCynthia Mann
As The Waitress
Barry HineBarry Hine
As The Guy in the Coffee House [DVD only]
Barry HineBarry Hine
As The Guy in the Coffee House [DVD only]
Main Cast
Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
As Rachel Green
Courteney CoxCourteney Cox
As Monica Geller-Bing
Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow
As Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan
Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow
As Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan
Matt LeBlancMatt LeBlanc
As Joey Tribbiani
Matt LeBlancMatt LeBlanc
As Joey Tribbiani
Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
As Chandler Bing
David SchwimmerDavid Schwimmer
As Ross Geller
David SchwimmerDavid Schwimmer
As Ross Geller


Rachel runs out in the middle of her wedding and finds Monica at Central Perk - they become roomates. Monica goes out with "Paul the wine guy", who lies to get her into bed. Ross & Carol's marriage is over, which has him a bit depressed - Chandler and Joey try to cheer him up. Ross confesses his high school crush on Rachel to her, which she admits she knew...

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Episode Notes
Jon Cryer was originally offered the role of Chandler Bing.

Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.

Even the show's designer has commented on the fact that the Central Perk sign on the window can be read correctly from both inside and outside the coffee shop. But viewers have noticed that the logo is symmetrical and suggest that it isn't unfeasible for the owners to have placed a sign on the inside of the window which completely covers the one on the outside, making it readable from both sides.

This episode is one of the only episodes to feature a scene deleted in its entirety: Phoebe singing in the subway. It was not aired with the original broadcast because it wasn't plot related. It was added back when the pilot was stretched to an hour for its first broadcast in syndication. Lisa Kudrow actually had to come in and reloop her song five years after the taping for that.

In the first couple of episodes, Chandler and Joey's apartment number was #4 and Monica and Rachel's apartment number was #5. However, in the later episodes, they are #19 and #20, respectively. This is because the producers noted that 4 and 5 corresponded to apartments on lower floors and the Friends' apartments were higher up the building.

This episode is also known by its alternative titles "The One Where It All Began" and "The One Where Monica Gets a New Roommate."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jackson BrowneSky Blue and BlackRoss and Rachel looking out of their windows

Episode Quotes
Rachel: (on the phone) C'mon Daddy, listen to me! It's like, all of my life, everyone has always told me, "You're a shoe! You're a shoe, you're a shoe, you're a shoe!". And today I just stopped and I said, "What if I don't wanna be a shoe? What if I wanna be a purse, you know? Or, or a hat!" No, I don’t want you to buy me a hat, I'm saying I am a ha-- It's a metaphor, Daddy!

Chandler: Sometimes I wish I was a lesbian... (Everyone stares at him) Did I say that out loud?!

Rachel: So anyway I just didn't know where to go, and I know that you and I have kinda drifted apart, but you're the only person I knew who lived here in the city.
Monica: Who wasn't invited to the wedding.
Rachel: Ooh, I was kinda hoping that wouldn't be an issue...

Ross: (about Carol) I hope she'll be very happy.
Monica: No, you don't.
Ross: No, I don't! To hell with her, she left me!

Monica: This is not even a date. It's just two people going out to dinner and not having sex.
Chandler: Sounds like a date to me.

Joey: (to Rachel) And hey, you need anything, you can always come to Joey. Me and Chandler live right across the hall. And he's away a lot.
Monica: Joey, stop hitting on her! It's her wedding day!
Joey: What, like there's a rule or something?

Joey: Your 'not a real date' tonight is with Paul the Wine Guy?
Ross: He finally asked you out?
Monica: Yes!
Chandler: Ooh, this is a Dear Diary moment.

Phoebe: Ooh, I just pulled out four eyelashes. That can't be good.

Joey: Hey Pheebs, you wanna help?
Phoebe: Oh, I wish I could, but I don't want to.

Ross: This was Carol's favorite beer. She always drank it out of the can - I should have known.

Joey: Ross, let me ask you a question. She got the furniture, the stereo, the good TV- what did you get?
Ross: You guys.
Chandler: Oh, God.
Joey: You got screwed.
Chandler: Oh my God!

Joey: This is the best thing that ever happened to you! You got married, you were, like, what, eight? Welcome back to the world! Grab a spoon!
Ross: I honestly don't know if I'm hungry or horny.
Chandler: Stay out of my freezer!

Ross: "Grab a spoon". Do you know how long it's been since I've grabbed a spoon? Do the words, "Billy, don't be a hero" mean anything to you?

Chandler: All right, kids, I gotta get to work. If I don't input those numbers, (pause) it doesn't make much of a difference...

Monica: (about the Whine Guy) I know, he's just so, so... You remember you and Tony DeMarco?
Rachel: Oh, yeah.
Monica: Well, it's like that. With feelings.
Rachel: Oh wow. Are you in trouble.

Joey: Of course it was a line!
Monica: Why?! Why? Why, why would anybody do something like that?
Ross: I assume we're looking for an answer more sophisticated than "to get you into bed".

Rachel: Guess what?
Ross: You got a job?
Rachel: Are you kidding? I'm trained for nothing! I was laughed out of twelve interviews today.
Chandler: And yet you're surprisingly upbeat.
Rachel: Well, you would be too if you found John and David boots on sale, fifty percent off!
Chandler: Oh, how well you know me...

Episode Goofs
Barry's last name in this episode is Finkle, as opposed to Farber throughout the rest of the show's run.

Cultural References
Rachel: And then I got really freaked out, and that's when it hit me: how much Barry looks like Mr. Potato Head.

Mr. Potato Head is a popular children's toy, created by George Lerner in the late 1940s, which consists of a plastic model of a blank potato. This model can then be decorated with various attachable plastic parts to build a face (nose, moustache, eyes, hat, etc.).

Rachel: Oh...see... but Joanie loved Chachi! That's the difference!

Rachel was watching Joanie Loves Chachi, a TV spin-off of the popular series Happy Days that aired from 1982 to 1983. It starred Erin Moran and Scott Baio as the main characters, Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola.

Ross: "Grab a spoon". Do you know how long it's been since I've grabbed a spoon? Do the words, "Billy, don't be a hero" mean anything to you?

"Billy Don't Be a Hero" was a popular 1974 song by Bo Donaldson and the Heavyweights.

Rachel: Would I have seen you in anything?
Joey: I doubt it. Mostly regional work.
Monica: Oh wait, wait, unless you happened to catch the Reruns' production of Pinocchio.
Chandler: "Look, Gippetto, I'm a real live boy."

Pinocchio is a character created by Carlo Collodi in his homonymous tale published in 1880. Made out of wood and given life by magic, Pinocchio wished to become a real boy more than anything else.

Chandler: Kids, new dream... I'm in Las Vegas. I'm Liza Minelli--

Liza May Minnelli is a very famous actress/singer better known for her Broadway performances. She also won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie version of Cabaret, in 1972.

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