The One Where Estelle Dies
Season 10, episode 15
233rd overall episode of Friends
Joey holding a service for Estelle.
Episode Information

April 22, 2004

Written by

Marta Kauffman & David Crane (teleplay)
Mark Kunerth (story)

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

The One With Princess Consuela


The One With Rachel's Going Away Party


"The One Where Estelle Dies" is the fifteenth episode of the tenth season of Friends, which aired on April 22, 2004.


Too much changes are happening around Joey - his best friends are moving into a new house, Phoebe is now married, Rachel is moving to Paris for her new job, and to make it even worse, his agent, Estelle, dies. He doesn't get to learn about this last piece of news, however, because it's Phoebe who finds out about Estelle, and she impersonates her over the phone. Eventually he finds out about her death, only to then get spooked when she seemingly calls him from beyond the grave.

Monica and Chandler are checking out their new home, but Chandler bumps into another prospective buyer - Janice. After learning that Chandler and Monica already made an offer, she decides to buy the house next to it. It takes a reckless Chandler to fake his never-wavered feelings for her (and a struggled kiss between the two) to make Janice change her mind.

Meanwhile, Ross tries everything in his power to make Rachel stay so she doesn't have to move to Paris, including bribing Mr. Zelner to re-offer Rachel her old job with increased salary, but after seeing how much having a job in Paris means to Rachel, he decides to drop his efforts and let her leave for Paris, but is upset to do so.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courteney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting Cast

E.J. Callahan - Al Zebooker
Steve Ireland - Mr. Zelner
Jane Lynch - Ellen
Cali Sheldon - Emma Geller-Green
Noelle Sheldon - Emma Geller-Green
Maggie Wheeler - Janice Litman Goralnik


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Mark Kunerth, David Crane & Marta Kauffman


  • Joey: Thank you all for coming. We're here today to pay respects to a wonderful agent and a beautiful woman... (Joey looks at the photograph) ..inside. As Estelle's only two clients we would like to say a few words. (Joey looks for his notes. The man next to him is chewing something.) Dude, where's my speech? (the man swallows something and looks at Joey.) That is entertaining. Al Zebooker everybody. (he applauds and Al shows that there's nothing left in his mouth.)


  • This is the last appearance of Maggie Wheeler as Janice, Steven Ireland as Mr. Zelner, and the Sheldon Twins as Emma Geller Green.
  • Estelle is one of the few recurring characters, including Joanna, Mr. Heckles and Frances, that dies in the show.
  • Al Zebooker, portrayed by E. J. Callahan, is also seen in The One With The Ballroom Dancing as a client as Phoebe's massage parlor.
  • It is revealed in this episode that Janice's full name is "Janice Litman-Goralnik neé Hosenstein".
  • The French title for this episode is "Celui qui faisait tout pour retenir Rachel" (The One Who Didn't Want to Let Rachel Go)
  • This episode was originally titled "The One Where Jetlag Wins". One of the stories was about Ross and Rachel going to Paris and having a romantic time. The story was scrapped, and replaced with the one where Ross tries to get Rachel her old job back. The original script can be seen here.
  • Chandler mentions Beyonce, a pop singer known for performing in the female group, Destiny's Child and then starting out on a solo career.
  • When Phoebe is pretending to be Estelle and talking to Joey, the logo for Verizon communications can be prominently seen on the payphone behind her.
  • Even though Ross reluctantly agrees to support Rachel moving to Paris, he's seen to sneak a replica dinasaur skull into his holdall. This is presumably to offer another bribe to Mr Zelner, perhaps to get Rachel a suitable position so she'll stay in New York. As Rachel eventually gets off the plane anyway, it's unknown if Ross ever used this bribe.


  • Joey states that Estelle only has two clients but in at least one earlier episode, another client has been heard talking to Estelle on the telephone. But it is possible that the other client may have hired another agent.
  • After Janice leaves and Chandler closes the door to the neighbors house, you can see him about to bang his head on the door, then it jumps to the next shot and his head is nowhere near the door.
  • When Chandler says his boss is getting him a new lamp in his cubicle, his arm is over the back of the chair, in the immediate next shot it is moved and then back again.
  • On the season 10 DVD, when Rachel is carried into Monica and Chandler's apartment on Joey's back, you can see what appears to be her g-string sticking out the top of her skirt.
  • When Chandler and Monica are at the door of the house you can see a crease in the middle of the background showing that it is a fake background behind Chandler.
  • The second time Ross visits Mr. Zelner, he hands him a pterodactyl egg replica. The hole in the egg switches between the top or bottom, depending on the shot.
  • Near the end when Chandler is talking to Janice at one point his hands go from pointing straight ahead to his pockets.
  • When Phoebe pretends to be Estelle, she uses both Estelle's accent and her catch phrase "Joey, it's Estelle!", even though Phoebe has never met her.
  • As Janice gets reacquainted with Chandler and Monica, Ellen the realtor's hands go from clasped in front of her to hanging by her sides as the scene changes from close-up to wide shot.
  • When Rachel walks in with Emma, Ross is on the laptop. It is straight and on the table, in a later shot,the laptop has moved and is over the edge of the table.
  • Just after the opening titles cut to Central Perk, four people can be seen having a conversation through the window. In the next shot, there is one person sitting next to the window and a waitress has appeared out of nowhere.
  • At the beginning of the episode, after Rachel climbs off Joey's back, you can briefly see her underwear.
  • When Chandler and Monica are talking to Phoebe about the house next door, after she responds: "Well, I think that shirt makes you look like you should work at a Baskin Robbins... ", Lisa Kudrow starts to laugh, but in the next shot she is just reading the newspaper with a serious look.
  • Chandler says, "Unless Snoopy says it to Charlie Brown," but the comic strip, Peanuts, ended its run in 2000, four years before this episode aired. The Peanuts strip however continued for several years in certain newspapers under syndication after the final run and still as of 2019 printed in The New York Times.

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Preceded by
"The One With Princess Consuela"
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"The One With Rachel's Going Away Party"
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