"The One After The Superbowl" is a double-length episode of the second season of Friends, which aired on January 28, 1996, immediately after NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XXX. The main plot of both episodes has Ross searching for his former pet monkey, Marcel, and discovering him working on a film set in New York. It is the most-watched episode of Friends, drawing 52.9 million viewers.
On Marcel's film set Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan, Chandler meets the attractive make-up artist Susie Moss, and he starts reminiscing about elementary school, and unfortunate incidents of an age long past, including one where Chandler lifted Susie's skirt revealing her panties in front of an entire auditorium in fourth grade. When she implies directly to him to ask her out, he does.
Apparently, Susie is crazy over Chandler and very sexually aggressive, asking him to do it in all kinds of public places such as elevators. The two prepare for a big night, when Susie asks Chandler to wear her panties (revealing that she may be wearing none). Chandler agrees to this very weird deal. Meanwhile, Ross has prepared Marcel's favorite food, as the monkey is spending the evening with him, but receives a phone call that the monkey's busy and won't make it.
Monica and Rachel meet Jean-Claude Van Damme on the set. Monica, who is a huge fan of his, is too intimidated to go and talk to him, so she sends Rachel in her stead. But when Rachel takes this opportunity to go out on a date with him, Monica gets mad at her best friend, which she does not fail to point out to Rachel.
The two girls end up fighting over him, requiring Phoebe to break them up. Monica makes Rachel relinquish Van Damme to her so that she may go out with him. Rachel does this, but tells Van Damme that Monica is doing this so as to have a threesome with him and Drew Barrymore. The two girls end up fighting again, this time taking it to an even more personal level (Monica rips Rachel's favorite sweater and Rachel pours a jar of marinara sauce in Monica's purse, which unbeknown to Rachel, has a pair of her gloves in it). When spirits calm down, the two realize that they might do better without him, and neither keeps pursuing him for dates.
Joey takes Ross out with him and Cathy, assistant to the director, and Chandler and Susie. Joey's plans to try and get in the movie are quickly blown off, as Cathy reveals that she has nothing to do with casting. Chandler's and Susie's plans, however, seem to take a huge step forward, when she goes waiting for him in the bathroom in a very lusty mood. Chandler obliges, and the two start making out in a cubicle. When Susie asks to see him in her own panties with his eyes closed, he obeys. What he doesn't notice is that while undressing, Susie has taken all of his clothes. Chandler is left wearing only Susie's panties and is embarrassed. This is no pleasant surprise for him, and when he asks for the reason behind such a thing, she reveals that this was just a ruse for her to get him to wear her panties and be (almost) naked in revenge for her embarrassment in the fourth grade for him flipping her skirt and revealing her panties to everyone.
Some time later, Joey enters the bathroom, whistling. He's surprised to hear another whistle in reply to his whistle, which turns out to be Chandler from the cubicle. Joey loses no time in finding out what happened to his friend. And when Ross enters the bathroom and finds Joey looking down at the cubicle, he finds out for himself that Chandler is wearing Susie's hot pink panties and he can't take it anymore and asks Joey for his underwear, but Joey can't help him out as he's not wearing any. He then turns on to Ross for his underwear, when a man enters the bathroom to witness the scene. Chandler ends up leaving the restaurant, partly covered by the cubicle door he's unhinged and taken with him to save him uselessly from the embarrassment. Unfortunately, the word spreads to the girls too, who take the opportunity to make fun of him telling him to "keep your panties on!"
In the credit scene, Joey is portraying a dying plague victim, but won't stop hamming up the scene, moaning and gesticulating. Finally, they change the shot to his being an already dead victim in order to get a good take.
Cast and Crew
Entertainment Weekly rates the episode "C", calling it "fragmented, poorly paced, and only sporadically funny. Cramming the already crowded ensemble with celebs may have been a ratings grabber but the results are forced sitcomedy and stilted acting" specifically citing Van Damme. The authors of Friends Like Us: The Unofficial Guide to Friends write of the second part, Julia Roberts was "a fine guest-star", and Van Damme was "embarrassing".
This episode was the highest rated episode of the series, recording 52.9 million viewers. Director Michael Lembeck won the 1996 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Comedy Series for this episode, the only Emmy won by the series in that year.
- This is the last appearance of Marcel the Monkey, although he is mentioned many times in later episodes.
- This two-part episode, "The First One", "The One Hundredth", and "The Last One" are the only ones where the title doesn't refer to anything about what happens in the show.
- The first date between Chandler and Susie take place in a restaurant called Ernie's.
- When Susie and Chandler are sitting on the curb, a poster for Chris Isaak can be seen stuck on the window. Chris Isaak appeared in "The One After The Superbowl, Part One".
- Matthew Perry dated Julia Roberts for several months after her separation from her first husband in 1995.
- During this episode, Ross is upset because Marcel's agent blows him off. Incidentally, the restaurant he, Joey, Joey's date, Chandler and Susie go to is called Marcel's, visible by the menu. In "The One With The Baby On The Bus", when Joey and Chandler get off the bus, the two women they got off the bus with suggest going to Markel's. (Possibly the same restaurant).
- Susie says that one actress has a mustache that makes her looks like Gabe Kaplan. David Schwimmer did not want to wear the Afro wig and mustache in episode "The One With The Prom Video" because he thought he would look like Gabe Kaplan in Welcome Back, Kotter.
- In the dubbed Spanish and Italian versions of this episode, Susie says Burt Reynolds instead of Gabe Kaplan, because Reynolds' mustache is better known in Spain and Italy than Kaplan's. In German it is Clark Gable.
- In the scene where Joey tries to get the film director's attention by shaking Phoebe, the director is surrounded by show creators Kevin Bright, David Crane and Marta Kauffman posing as film crew.
- Lisa Roberts Gillan is Julia Roberts older sister.
- Julia Roberts would later co-star with George Clooney (who played Dr. Mitchell in "The One With Two Parts") in Oceans 11 (2001), Oceans 12 (2004) along with Brad Pitt (Will Colbert), Bruce Willis (Paul Stevens) and Elliot Gould (Jack Geller) and with George in Money Monster (2016).
- Julia Roberts would later co-star with Susan Sarandon, who appears later as Cecelia Munroe in "The One With Joey's New Brain", in the film Stepmom (1998).
- Joey mocks Chandler for wearing women's panties. In "The One With Chandler's Dad" (season 7) Joey wears Rachel's panties and finds them very comfortable. Later in the series Monica reveals that Chandler, with whom she's by then in a relationship, has worn her panties to work.
- Joey doesn't wear any underwear, this becomes a running gag in the show.
- Twenty years after this episode, Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts would team up with Jon Lovitz (who plays Steve in two episodes of Friends) for the romcom Mother's Day (2016).
- In the uncut version, when Monica is walking with Van Damme, he says he agreed to the date only because Rachel said that Monica would be in a threesome with Drew Barrymore.
- When Chandler says to Susie "what I had planned will take 2-3 mins tops" Susie replies, "200 seconds of passion". 2–3 minutes in seconds is 120–180 seconds meaning 200 seconds is outside the bracket.
- When Chandler first enters the coffeehouse Rachel is walking towards the toilets. He crosses to the far side of the sofa says "I am done" and Rachel is by Ross' chair on the right of the screen.
- When Chandler's walking out the restaurant with the toilet door you can catch a glimpse of the boxers he's wearing, when he is supposed to be wearing panties.
- Chandler is talking to Susie (Julia Roberts) and a man is standing behind Chandler in a doorway. There is a cut to Susie, but when the camera goes back to Chandler the man is not there. Then he appears again.
- When Susie is asking Chandler to wear her panties, her hand is on his neck. In the next shot it is gone, and then it is back again.
- When Chandler removes his clothes, one of his shoes ends up by Susie's right foot (and is still there when Susie leaves) yet she picks up two shoes from in front of the urinal. When Joey enters sometime later, the shoe has gone.
- Ross is seen sharing an ice-cream with Marcel in this episode. However in a later episode he claims he can't eat ice-cream because it hurts his teeth.
- Ross may have lied about not liking ice cream.
Rachel: And then Jean-Claude took me to that place Crossroads and that's where we hung out with Drew Barrymore.
Joey: Oh man, She's so smokin'. She's got the greatest set of- no guys around huh?
Susie: How come all I can think about is putting that ice in my mouth and licking you all over?
Chandler: Because I went to an all-boys high school and God is making up for it?
Chandler: Joey, give me your underwear.
Joey: Sorry, I'm not wearing any.
Chandler: How can you not be wearing any?
Joey: I am getting the heat from the guy in the hot pink thong.
- Transcript of the episode including the deleted scenes
- "The One After the Superbowl" at Wikipedia
- "The One After the Superbowl: Part 2" at the Internet Movie Database
"The One After the Superbowl, Part 1"
|"The One After The Superbowl, Part 2"||Followed by |
"The One With The Prom Video"
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|#01||"The One With Ross' New Girlfriend"||#09||"The One With Phoebe's Dad"||#17||"The One Where Eddie Moves In"|
|#02||"The One With The Breast Milk"||#10||"The One With Russ"||#18||"The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies"|
|#03||"The One Where Heckles Dies"||#11||"The One With The Lesbian Wedding"||#19||"The One Where Eddie Won't Go"|
|#04||"The One With Phoebe's Husband"||#12||"The One After The Superbowl, Part 1||#20||"The One Where Old Yeller Dies"|
|#05||"The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant"||#13||"The One After The Superbowl, Part 2"||#21||"The One With The Bullies"|
|#06||"The One With The Baby On The Bus"||#14||"The One With The Prom Video"||#22||"The One With The Two Parties"|
|#07||"The One Where Ross Finds Out"||#15||"The One Where Ross And Rachel... You Know"||#23||"The One With The Chicken Pox"|
|#08||"The One With The List"||#16||"The One Where Joey Moves Out"||#24||"The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding"|