|The One Where Rachel Is Late|
|Season 8, episode 22|
|192nd overall episode of Friends|
|"I am getting that baby out of you"|
May 9, 2002
"The One Where Rachel Is Late" is the twenty-second episode of the eighth season of Friends, which aired on May 9, 2002.
Rachel is very frustrated with the fact that she's 8 days late, and she is starting to become extremely difficult to live with. She is moody, snaps at everyone, and makes everyone around her miserable. Ross in particular gets the brunt of her moodiness.
Joey only has one ticket to his big movie premiere. The others argue over who should get it, but Joey says he wants Chandler to come as a way of paying him back for his support over the years. However, Chandler falls asleep during the movie and Joey is angry. He attempts to pay Chandler back by writing him a check instead, but when he realizes how much he owes Chandler, he decides it's not a big deal and forgives him.
Monica and Phoebe make a bet that Rachel will have her baby. Monica keeps thinking it will be that day, and loses 3 days in a row. When Ross and Rachel find out about the bet, Ross is angry, but Rachel wants in on it. They go to the doctor and get some home remedy suggestions for how to speed along the labor. They try everything, from spicy foods to long walks, but the doctor also recommends sex. Rachel is so miserable that she wants to do it, but Ross is worried it will open up a can of worms. Rachel begs for some time, but eventually gives up and goes back to being moody and difficult. After Rachel gets too annoying for Ross to bear at all, he decides to try having sex. After only a second or two, Rachel's water breaks. Before Ross and Rachel leave the apartment they share a kiss.
Monica and Phoebe get the call to go to the hospital, so Monica wants to bet with Phoebe one more time. As Monica and Phoebe leave the apartment, Monica keeps trying to make bets like... if the baby is over 7 pounds and if it's a girl.
Cast and Crew
Ben Shephard - Man with Microphone (uncredited)
James Michael Tyler- Gunther (uncredited)
Trivia and Goofs
- Rachel becomes pregnant shortly before Monica and Chandler's wedding, which is May 15th (according to dialogue between Monica and Megan in 'The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress' - this would put her due date somewhere around December or January. However, as Rachel nears her due date she is dressed for summer weather and talks about it being "100 degrees" (38 Celsius) outside.
- The movie that is premiering is the WW1 picture Joey was filming during Monica and Chandler's wedding.
- In the Blu-ray and widescreen HD broadcasts of the episode when, after the opening intro and Rachel enter's Monica's apartment, a sound effect of the door closing is heard but the door stays open, then a couple of shots later the door is closed.
- The black strap which is holding Rachel's fake belly is showing during the scene where Rachel's water breaks.
- When Rachel is talking Ross that is "100 degrees outside" you can see the camera behind her for a few seconds
- In the uncut version of this episode, when Rachel enters Central Perk and says "That's right! Still no baby!", she says to a woman staring at her "What's the matter? Is the puffy sweaty pregnant lady disturbing your precious coffee time?".
- The uncut version also includes a short scene after Rachel and Ross join Monica and Phoebe's bet. Monica loses again, and she gives Phoebe, Rachel and Ross their money
- When Estelle tells Joey that she sold four of his tickets on Ebay, she informs him he'll be sitting next to "Hotguy372". However in the scene where Joey is at the movies, he is sat on an aisle seat with Chandler on his other side.
| Preceded by|
"The One With The Cooking Class"
|Series Eight Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One Where Rachel Has A Baby, Part 1"
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|#01||"The One After 'I Do'"||#09||"The One With The Rumor"||#17||"The One With The Tea Leaves"|
|#02||"The One With The Red Sweater"||#10||"The One With Monica's Boots"||#18||"The One In Massapequa"|
|#03||"The One Where Rachel Tells..."||#11||"The One With Ross's Step Forward"||#19||"The One With Joey's Interview"|
|#04||"The One With The Videotape"||#12||"The One Where Joey Dates Rachel||#20||"The One With The Baby Shower"|
|#05||"The One With Rachel's Date"||#13||"The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath"||#21||"The One With The Cooking Class"|
|#06||"The One With The Halloween Party"||#14||"The One With The Secret Closet"||#22||"The One Where Rachel Is Late"|
|#07||"The One With The Stain"||#15||"The One With The Birthing Video"||#23||"The One Where Rachel Has A Baby, Part 1"|
|#08||"The One With The Stripper"||#16||"The One Where Joey Tells Rachel"||#24||"The One Where Rachel Has A Baby, Part 2"|