|The One In Massapequa|
|Season 8, episode 18|
|188th overall episode of Friends|
|"You people are made of stone"|
March 28, 2002
The One With The Zesty Guy
"The One In Massapequa" is the eighteenth episode of the eighth season of Friends, which aired on March 28, 2002.
It's Ross & Monica's parents' 35th wedding anniversary, and Monica is very excited to be giving the speech at this year's celebration. Usually, Ross gives a very moving speech and makes everyone cry. Monica's attempts at writing a moving speech get pretty far-fetched, bringing up dead relatives and pets to get a few tears. Phoebe has decided that "fate" has brought her to her new boyfriend, Parker. He is a constantly cheerful, talkative, energetic and enthusiastic person with a wacky personality and a strange and annoying habit of making a big fuss of everything, even the most trivial things...and his habit of doing this irritates the friends greatly.
At the anniversary party, Parker is driving everyone crazy with his ridiculously over-the-top compliments on absolutely everything. Phoebe catches the others making fun of Parker and gets upset, but then realizes that he is driving her crazy as well. Monica & Ross's parents also tell Rachel & Ross that since they are having a child out of wedlock, they've actually told all of their friends that they got married. They don't want to pretend, but when several people give them checks as wedding gifts, they play along. When guests ask for details about the proposal and wedding, they actually end up having a lot of fun telling others about their fantasy day, with Rachel creating various extravagant details while Ross tells a touching story about proposing to her in the planetarium where they had their first date, making it seem like there is some spark left between them. Monica gives the anniversary toast and it's a total dud. She gets desperate and brings up Terms of Endearment and neglected Romanian children in an attempt to get her parents to become emotional and cry, but her speech eventually gets so ridiculous that no-one can feel anything except bewilderment after hearing it, not even the starry-eyed Parker. Ross then gets up and gives a brief two-sentence toast stating that he and Rachel would consider themselves lucky to be half as happy as Jack and Judy in thirty-five years, which makes his parents cry. Monica is frustrated.
Parker breaks up with Phoebe for angrily telling him, after getting fed up with his constant enthusiasm, that she wants him to be "much less happy." After arguing with her, Parker angrily storms out of the room...and then returns to compliment the argument.
Back at their apartment, Ross and Rachel continue to debate some details of their fictional marriage, with Rachel being touched when she learns that Ross's story about his proposal to her was the one he actually planned to use when they were going out, saying "it would be something she'd find hard to have said no to."
At the end of the episode, a sympathetic Ross comforts an upset Monica, assuring her that he thought her speech was great, and he doesn't understand why nobody cried, also claiming that their late grandmother would have loved it, and that she was there in spirit. This makes Monica cry, and then say "Oh good God, Ross! How the hell do you do it?"
Cast and Crew
Alec Baldwin - Parker
Elliott Gould - Jack Geller
Christina Pickles - Judy Geller
Kat Sawyer-Young - Catherine
Ellen Gerstein - Aunt Lisa
John C. Moskoff - Uncle Dan
Aixa Clemente - The female guest
Bob Bencomo - Male Guest (uncredited)
Tim Silva - male guest
- Before heading out to the Geller's 35th wedding anniversary, Parker inquires about the location. Monica tells him it's in Massapequa, and Parker replies that he's never been there. Alec Baldwin, who portrays Parker, was born in Massapequa.
- When Parker says "typical Ross" in reference to Ross saying about the time, this is a callback to "The One Where No One's Ready" when Ross was trying to hurry everyone up.
- In the large photograph displayed at the Gellers' anniversary party, Jack and Judy wear the exact same outfits as they are wearing in person at the party.
- Ross learned that Chichi had died in "The One With The Thumb" (S1E3) and is seen looking at a picture of the dog later in the episode.
- If you watch carefully on the screen throughout the party scenes, you can see a man wearing glasses and looking just like Stephen Waltham, who is the father of Emily Waltham Ross's second ex-wife. It's possible that Jack and Judy kept in touch with Emily's parents after the divorce.
- When Ross and Monica are discussing her speech, she says that at their parents 40th, he can give the speech. Ross and Rachel will have been married for 3 years by then.
- One of Joey's presents to the Gellers is naming a star after them. A private company publishes a private, proprietary catalog with unofficial star names, unrecognized by NASA, the scientific community, or the International Astronomical Union. People can pay to "unofficially name" stars. On March 28, 2002, the air date of the episode, all main cast actors had stars unofficially named after them in the Ursa Major constellation (Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, Schwimmer). Incidentally when Ross took Rachel to the planetarium, he pointed out a star cluster which he stated could be Ursa Major.
- Phoebe tells Parker, "You are like Santa Claus on Prozac, at Disneyland, getting laid!" 10 years later, Alec Baldwin was the voice of Santa Claus in the 2012 kids cartoon Rise of The Guardians.
- When referring to the dead dog in the photograph, Monica refers to it as "she" and then minutes later refers to the same dog as "he." Then, in the closing titles of this episode, Ross refers to Chichi as "she."
- Additionally, in The One With The Thumb when Ross tells everyone that Chichi was sent away to live on a farm before realizing the dog had actually died, he also refers to the dog as "he."
- Jack Geller is often replaced by a poor stand-in. At one point, the stand-in is wearing dark framed glasses, not even wearing the same suit and tie! Not to mention the HUGE height difference.
- Jack and Judy are handed the picture of Chichi twice.
- Despite the fact that almost everyone at the party believes Rachel and Ross are married, no one notices the lack of wedding rings on their fingers. Alternatively, Ross keeps his hands inside his pockets nearly the whole time and only takes his right hand out when speaking to people with Rachel. His hands are out during the speech, where people are most likely looking at his face. Rachel could easily say her fingers are swollen due to the pregnancy.
- When Monica talks about wanting to make everyone cry and how they used to say "God your brother", she actually says "Cod". The same goes when she continues and says "Cod you" as something she wants them to say to her. This is not so much a goof as it is her putting a certain emphasis on the G.
- In the scene after the party, in Ross' apartment, when Rachel starts to walk towards him, you can see the camera man in the mirror.
- When Parker arrives at the party, in the shot after he says "event room C", his lips are moving but he has finished speaking.
- Ross says their first date was at the Planetarium but that was their SECOND date when they slept together for the first time. We see them return from their first date, a foreign movie, as this was when Rachel started giggling when Ross touched her butt.
- Ross and Rachel leave the apartment after the rest of the gang but arrive first, although it's possible their cab took a faster route.
- It was established in season 1 that the Geller and Green families are best friends yet neither Sandra or Leonard are seen at the anniversary dinner, indeed no mention is made of them.
- The One in Massapequa at the Internet Movie Database
| Preceded by|
"The One With The Tea Leaves"
|Season Eight Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One With Joey's Interview"