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"The One With The Baby Shower" is the twentieth episode of the eighth season of Friends, which aired on April 25, 2002.


Phoebe and Monica prepare for Rachel's baby shower and forget to invite Rachel's mother. Sandra is then rude to Monica through the entire party, trying to make her feel guilty. Monica tries everything she can to get Sandra to forgive her, but Phoebe eventually convinces her to tell Sandra off for being so rude. At the baby shower, Rachel freaks out when she realizes that she knows virtually nothing about how to care for a baby, and her mom says that she will move in and help take care of the baby. Ross convinces Rachel she will be a good mother and convinces Rachel's mom that she doesn't need to move in for the baby.

Joey auditions for a job as a game show host called Bamboozled and Chandler and Ross help him practice by pretending to be the contestants. The game turns out to be ridiculous and impossible to follow, but Chandler and Ross become hooked on it. When it comes to audition for the host, Joey is informed that the producers have cut out all of the complicated elements, turning it into a simple Q&A game. Joey questions the appeal of the game until he is told that there will be hot girls in bikinis holding up the scores. Ross then later uses Bamboozled as a trivia game to quiz Rachel about baby care. Rachel gets a question right, but when she attempts one of the ridiculous elements, Ross claims she is going to be an bad mother, which results in Ross saying he lost sight in why he was playing the game.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

Marlo Thomas - Sandra Greene
Jonathan Nichols - Ray
Adria Tennor - Katherine
Lisa Calderon - Erin
Heather Sims - The Guest (uncredited)


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
Sherry Bilsing-Grahem & Ellen Plummer



  • Joey asks Chandler what film would you hear the line "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" with Chandler "correctly" answering The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. However, this line is actually from the film Blazing Saddles, the line from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!". This is a popular misquote.
  • This is one of the few episodes with two story lines instead of three.
  • Ross's answer "Queen Victoria" is incorrect because the question was who ruled "Great Britain" not the "United Kingdom". Although it is very common to confuse Great Britain with the United Kingdom for people who don't live and/or weren't born there.
    • Queen Victoria held the record for the longest British monarchy for 114 years, reigning for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. (That is monarch of any one of the historical or current kingdoms of the British Isles - England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Kingdom of Great Britain, or the United Kingdom and its successor states). She reigned from 1837 - 1901 as monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She was never Queen of the Kingdom of Great Britain (or "Great Britain") which existed from 1707 to 1800. The longest reigning monarch of Great Britain was George III, Queen Victoria's great-uncle.
    • At the time the episode aired, Queen Victoria did hold the record for longest rule of the UK, but since then it has been surpassed by the current monarch, her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth II, on September 9, 2015 and now she holds the record, being on the throne for over 70 years.
  • This is the first appearance of Sandra Greene since "The One With The Two Parties" (S2E22), which was 144 episodes ago.
  • The song that Joey starts humming at some point in this episode (the "I Dream of Jeannie" theme song) was the same song that Ross hummed in the cold opening of "The One With The Dozen Lasagnas" (S1E12).
  • Ross and Monica's mother, Judy Geller, isn't present at Rachel's baby shower, although since Monica also forgot to invite Rachel's mother, she may have been forgotten too. It's also possible that Monica didn't want her mother making comments about Monica not having children.
    • Also Ross's ex-wife Carol and her lesbian lover Susan aren't present at the shower either, which is very odd, considering both women are friendly with Rachel and Ross and Carol's son Ben would become the baby's half-brother.
  • The reference to being a cheerleader in trouble is a callback to when Rachel wore her cheerleader dress in a final desperate bid to seduce Joshua in "The One With The Fake Party".
  • This is the last appearance of Sandra Greene in the series. However she is mentioned in future episodes and was planning to travel with Emma to Paris after Rachel had moved there. However since Rachel remained with Ross, this never happens.
  • The game Bamboozled which Chandler, Ross and Joey play is included as a DVD extra in the white box set.
    • However like most other features on the 25th anniversary DVDs, this feature is omitted there.
  • Monica tells Phoebe that she wants Sandra to think of her as the "daughter she never had". In a future episode, Rachel lets slip that Monica's mother Judy thinks of her as "a daughter she never had".
  • Rachel's mother is the second person to suggest to Ross that he throw out his dinosaur collection, as Phoebe had said something similar to him not long after he'd moved in to his third apartment.
  • The episode mentions Mrs. K., the nanny who took care of Rachel when she was little.


  • At the end of the episode when Monica is chasing Sandra you can clearly see the green mattress at the edge of the stairs which she falls on.
  • When Ross convinces Rachel's mother not to stay with them he hugs her. Rachel screams "Hello?" and raises her hands over her head. In the next angle her hands are raised on the height of her neck and then again over her head.
  • When Joey says "I said a little bit, Ross.'" in this shot, his left arm is on his waist. In the previous shot, he was holding the script with his both hands.
  • When Sandra says "I'd say you're a cheerleader in trouble." Rachel's right hand is on Sandra's shoulder. In the next shot, her hand is on Sandra's wrist.
  • During the test game of Bamboozled, after Chandler says to Ross "I think we're all losers here," he is still mouthing the words in the next shot, most likely from an alternate take of the same line. (As Chandler is on the far right of the screen in this shot, it is possible this was not visible in the original broadcast).
  • At one point Rachel calls her mother "mommy" but years earlier when they were dating told Ross "it's bad enough you call your mother 'mommy'".

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With Joey's Interview"
Season Eight Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Cooking Class"