The One With Monica's Thunder
Season 7, episode 1
147th overall episode of Friends
Monica celebrating her engagement to Chandler.
Episode Information

October 12, 2000

Written by

David Crane & Marta Kauffman (teleplay)
Wil Calhoun (story)

Directed by

Kevin S. Bright

Episode Guide

The One With The Proposal, Part 2


The One With Rachel's Book


"The One With Monica's Thunder" is the seventh season premiere of Friends, which aired on NBC on October 12, 2000. Minutes after Chandler proposes to Monica, she plans to celebrate on the town with her friends - until she catches Ross and Rachel kissing.


7x01 Monicas Thunder

Monica catches Ross and Rachel kissing in the hallway

It is still the night of Monica and Chandler's engagement, and Ross arrives at Monica's apartment and is told the good news and Monica screams from the balcony in happiness. Later the gang decide to dress up to go drink champagne at the Plaza. Rachel is a little sad and lonely and asks Ross whether they want to have a "Bonus Night".



Monica catches them kissing and is upset because she waited her whole life for that day and thought it would only be about her engagement but now it is about Rachel and Ross getting back together - they stole "Monica's thunder". Monica is really upset and doesn't want to go out for champagne anymore. Monica and Rachel have a huge fight when Monica accuses Rachel of stealing her "thunder" again (like she did in Monica's 16th birthday where Rachel went "third base" with Monica's cousin since her party was boring) because she wanted to be the first to get married and can't stand her 'former fat friend' is getting married before her. Rachel admits that she kissed Ross because she was sad about not even being close to getting married. Monica forgives Rachel, who's truly sorry for ruining Monica's night.


Joey trying to look like a 19-year-old for his audition

Meanwhile Joey has an audition for a movie and tries desperately to prove he can look like he's only nineteen for the part while Phoebe decides to make certain she's chosen by Monica and Chandler to play her guitar at their wedding reception.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
Wil Calhoun, Marta Kauffman & David Crane



  • This is one of the few bottle episodes in which no extra actors or sets are used.
  • Monica tells Rachel how she wants to announce that she's pregnant when Rachel announces her engagement to Ross. Ironically, the opposite happens in the final episode of this season - Monica and Chandler get married, and Rachel has to announce that she's pregnant.
  • When Joey comes out dressed as a 19-year-old, Chandler is playing Crash Team Racing on his PlayStation.
  • During season seven, the theme song is now cut down to just the chorus of the song and there are no dancing scenes of them at the fountain. The DVD, however, has dancing scenes and is the same length as the other seasons.
  • The Magna Doodle shows a drawing of a cartoon beetle ready to step on an ant.
  • This was the first episode of Friends that was shown on British TV channel E4.
  • Running gag: Ross bragging about he and Rachel kissing and possibly getting back together, until Rachel tells him the moment had passed. However they do sleep together again one month before Monica's wedding resulting in Rachel becoming pregnant, after both admitted they wanted to sleep together on this night.


  • This episode was filmed four months after the previous episode, due to Jennifer Aniston's wedding to Brad Pitt, even though they are supposed to take place on the same day. Some mistakes result from this such as:
    • Matthew Perry is noticeably much thinner after losing 20 pounds due to pancreatitis.
    • Monica's hair is much darker than at the end of the previous episode and she now has a short side fringe.
    • Rachel's hair is several inches shorter than at the end of the previous episode.
  • Monica states that Rachel is jealous that she is getting married before she does, but Rachel technically got married first to Ross in "The One In Vegas, Part 2."
  • Joey is said to be 31 years old in this episode but in season 2 "The One Where Joey Moves Out" (S2E16) Joey says he is 28.
  • When Chandler tells Rachel that she looks great, Rachel puts her hair behind her ears. The camera then cuts to Chandler, then straight back to Rachel, and her hair is not behind her ears anymore.
  • When Phoebe and Joey are talking, Joey is holding a sandwich. When the camera angle changes, the sandwich is on the table.
  • When Phoebe is singing for the first time, the door behind her is open or closed, depending on the shot.
  • When Chandler and Joey are in the apartment and Joey says "sup with the wack Playstation sup" Chandler has the Playstation controller on his right leg. The next shot Joey says "C'mon, am I 19 or what"? Chandler has his arm on the recliner and the Controller is tucked under his hand.
  • When Phoebe sings her first song she says that Monica was "12 years old and addicted to pork" except that Monica is Jewish and doesn't eat pork.
  • When Chandler is telling Joey "Yes, on a scale from one to ten, ten being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely 19", the word "19" is very obviously dubbed over. The original word looks like "ten", though this is uncertain.
  • When Monica is arguing with Ross and Rachel, her bedroom door is open but when Monica storms out of the door is closed.
  • When Ross and Rachel are talking about "being good at the stuff" i.e. sex, her arms change position rapidly between shots.


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Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With The Proposal, Part 2"
Series Seven Episodes Followed by
"The One With Rachel's Book"