|The One With All The Wedding Dresses|
|Season 4, episode 20|
|93rd overall episode of Friends|
|Rachel scares Joshua away for good.|
April 16, 1998
"The One With All The Wedding Dresses" is the twentieth episode of the fourth season of Friends, which aired on NBC on April 16, 1998. Distraught over Ross' engagement, Rachel takes Joshua aside and suggests they also get married. Chandler forces Joey to go to a sleep clinic to stop his loud snoring.
Joey is snoring so loudly it wakes up Chandler from the other room. Chandler tries to wake Joey up by repeatedly saying his name, only to have Joey repeatedly say his name as well, while still asleep, but then resumes his snoring. Finally, Chandler wakes up Joey by slamming the door and saying "Oh, did I wake you?".
As Chandler gets another cup of coffee, he attempts to talk to Gunther, who then replies that Chandler doesn't need to fill the silences. Chandler tells the group that he's drinking so much coffee because Joey has started snoring and it's so loud that he can't sleep. Chandler wants Joey to go to a sleep clinic, but Joey doesn't want to go to one. Joey believes that he doesn't have a problem and that Chandler's just being a baby. Monica suggests that next time Joey starts to snore, to just roll him over. Ross then comes in and asks if anyone has seen Rachel. Monica complains that Rachel is upstairs "not doing the dishes". Ross then asks Monica if she can pick up this dress that Emily really wants, but can't get in London. Chandler then comments that Ross is whipped or "wah-pah!".
Rachel is upstairs reading a magazine instead of doing the dishes. However, she hears a noise and runs to the sink to start doing the dishes, as she thinks it's Monica coming home. After she realizes it's Ross, she stops. He talks to her about the engagement and says that he thinks that it will happen for her too. Rachel says that her and Joshua are right there too and that their relationship was pretty serious. Ross says he has to go to work and turns to leave, but before he does he asks Rachel if she wants to go on a double date with him and Emily. She agrees and he leaves.
Monica goes to pick up Emily's dress and the owner mistakes her for Emily and asks her if she'd like to try the dress on. Monica agrees and tries it on. Monica is standing in front of the mirror in the dress when the owner comes to tell her that she has to close up the store. She also asks for her ring back because Monica borrowed it to put on her ring finger. Joey is snoring again so Chandler tries to roll him over only to discover that Joey is not wearing any underwear. He tells him that he has to go to a clinic, and a pajama store.
Monica is drying dishes complaining because Rachel did not do them. She turns and sees Emily's wedding dress. Then, Monica is seen drying dishes again, wearing Emily's wedding dress and pretending to thank guests at her wedding. Someone knocks at the door and Monica tries to get out of the dress. However, it is only Phoebe at the door and she convinces Monica to let her in right away. Phoebe is also wearing a wedding dress just like Monica.
Joey is complaining because he has to stay up all night before he goes to the sleep clinic even though it is only six o'clock. Rachel comes over to get something from the fridge and the guys comment that they are glad that Rachel is going on a double date and that she is handling it really well. She dismisses them and says that she'd only have a problem if it wasn't for her relationship with Joshua. (After all, she likes him a lot, her and Ross's relationship ended a year ago and it wasn't a pleasant breakup for either of them.) Rachel thinks that Ross and Emily aren't even going to get married. Ross comes in and says that they have picked a date for the wedding and that it will be in four weeks. The place that Emily wants to get married in is going to be torn down, so they decide to get married before it can be.
Rachel meets Joshua at Central Perk and tells him that she thinks that they aren't crazy enough and that they should get married. He freaks out because he's in the middle of a divorce and tells her no. Gunther then yells at him "You idiot". Joey and Chandler are at the sleep clinic. The woman is asking Joey some questions about the preparation for the sleep study when he falls asleep and starts to snore. Chandler sees a really pretty girl come in and sit down. He tells Joey who agrees but then falls back asleep. Joey then starts to hit on the entire room by yelling out "How you doin?". Chandler leaves Joey to sleep and goes over to the girl. He introduces himself and sits down next to her. He learns that she talks in her sleep to which he replies that he "listens" in his sleep. Joey, still sleeping, again comes on to the entire room.
Monica throws a bouquet of fake flowers to Phoebe. Then Phoebe throws the bouquet of flowers to Monica. Then Monica thinks that they have lost it and that it would be a good idea to take off the dresses, but then adds "in like a half an hour?". Phoebe and Monica are in Central Perk and Phoebe says that she hates wearing her regular clothes now. Monica says that it was fun for a while, but then she felt kind of silly. She then crosses her legs and Phoebe sees a garter on her leg. Chandler comes in with news that Joey is going to stop snoring and that Chandler got a date with the woman he met there. The girls ask how that could have happened when he tells them that he got the date because Joey was asleep. Joey comes in wearing a mouth guard so he'll stop snoring. Monica says that he doesn't have to wear it right now because he's not asleep, but Joey says that he wants to wear it because it tastes good.
Rachel calls Joshua to try and convince him that she doesn't want to get married, but she only gets his machine. Rachel realizes that she's upset over Ross's marriage because they've been off again, on again, and she was expecting them to be on again. Ross comes in and tells Rachel that he's got reservations for that date. Rachel tells him that the reservation will only have to be for three because Joshua won't be there. Rachel thinks that Joshua may have broken up with her and that he scares easy. Ross hugs her and then goes to go pick up Emily. Phoebe tells Rachel that she knows what will cheer her up. The scene switches to Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe all wearing wedding dresses. Rachel says that it does make her feel better. Someone knocks at the door and the girls think it's Chandler. Rachel goes to open the door and yells "I do" to scare Chandler. Only it's Joshua at the door, not Chandler. He sees her in the wedding dress and runs off. She closes the door saying "Yeah, well, that ought to do it".
Chandler is in bed with his date who is talking in her sleep. He hugs her closer when she starts to scream. Joey opens the door and yells through his mouth guard "Dude! I am trying to sleep!"
Cast and Crew
- This is the final appearance of Tate Donovan as Joshua Burgin.
- Chandler mentions why he doesn't dance at weddings. This is later revisited in "The One After I Do" (S8E1).
- The Magna Doodle reads: "get out!"
- Joshua mentions the cheerleading outfit Rachel wore in "The One With The Fake Party" (S4E16).
- When Rachel meets with Joshua in the coffee house, she is wearing the same outfit she wore in the previous episode, The One With All The Haste.
- When Phoebe and Monica are throwing and catching the bouquet, when Monica catches it, she exclaims "I'm getting married next." After Ross's wedding to Emily at the end of the season, Monica will be the next to get married if you don't count Ross and Rachel's drunken marriage at the end of season 5, in Vegas.
- When the girls think Chandler is about to see them in the wedding dresses Phoebe says "the groom cannot see the bride" and Rachel replies "you're not gonna marry Chandler" to Phoebe. In three seasons from now, Monica will in fact be preparing to marry Chandler.
- Thea Mann, the sleep clinic worker is Lisa Kudrow's real life cousin.
- Rachel wears a wedding dress similar to but not the same as the one from The Pilot (S1E1). In just over 6 years time, Rachel will be wearing a wedding dress again when she and Ross remarry.
- Ironically, if you count Ross and Rachel's major "on-again" moments (when they were sober) as their first year together, their short time together after the beach, the even shorter time when Emma is born, and the finale, Rachel is correct when assuming they'd be "on again...again" as the episode takes place after the beach, putting the second "again" as the finale when they get together for good.
- Its not clear why Phoebe has hired a wedding dress as she's not dating anyone at this time, let alone engaged.
- Ross announces his wedding to Emily is in four weeks time. By coincidence he and Rachel will sleep together about four weeks before his sister's wedding to Chandler, when Emma is conceived.
- When Chandler is in Central Perk complaining about Joey snoring, Monica's coffee mug keeps disappearing and reappearing.
- Joshua says his divorce isn't yet finalised but in The One With Rachel's Crush (S4E13), Phoebe states that he's only just got divorced.
- The Magna Doodle's inscription changes from reading "get out!" to "Poop," then back to "get out!" within a few shots.
- When Monica puts on Emily's the wedding dress, she is wearing a veil which she also presumably picked up for Emily. Emily did not wear a veil at the wedding.
- Ross asks what everyone is doing "four weeks from today." Rachel then stammers, "In a month? You mean... you mean 30 days?" Ross says yes, but four weeks "from today" would only be 28 days. Although, right before she says that, Ross said he and Emily are getting married "in a month", so Rachel was probably responding to that amount rather than the 4 weeks.
- Rachel is wearing a ring in some scenes and not in others throughout the episode.
- The One with All the Wedding Dresses at the Internet Movie Database
| Preceded by|
"The One With All The Haste"
|Series Four Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One With The Invitation"
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