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The One With The Boobies
Season 1, episode 13
13th overall episode of Friends
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Chandler seeing Rachel's boobies.
Episode Information
Airdate

January 19, 1995

Written by

Alexa Junge

Directed by

Alan Myerson

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"The One With The Boobies" is the thirteenth episode of the first season of Friends, which aired on January 19, 1995.

Plot

Chandler accidentally sees Rachel wandering around topless after her shower, an accident which makes Rachel distance herself from Chandler. The friends point out that the whole thing is an "eye-for-an-eye" situation which Chandler has to resolve by showing her his penis, which he refuses to do.

Joey gets a visit from his dad, who's in town on business. Joey intercepts a telephone conversation he believed his dad was having with his mother, and finds out about his father's mistress, Ronni Rapalono. Ronni meets Joey on her way to meet his dad, and Joey does all he can to prevent them from having sex. Joey's mother then shows up to confess how she knows of the affair. She also admits to Joey that she's okay with it, since Joey Sr. is treating her better out of guilt. Joey can do nothing except make his peace with the whole thing, albeit grudgingly. His affection for his mother is too much to show the slightest inclination to support his dad.

Phoebe has a new boyfriend, a psychiatrist named Roger who is initially bemused by the quirky personalities of the friends. Over time, though, he eventually antagonizes them by displaying his analytical ability to correctly guess unpleasant facts about their backgrounds and lives, even when he hasn't actually been asked to demonstrate it at all. The friends come to see this, and tell Phoebe they hate him. She, too, eventually realizes he is actually a rather unpleasant person who enjoys psychological power over other people, and Phoebe breaks up with him.

Chandler's initial peep on Rachel leads to a series of people trying to even the score by seeing their peeper nude. Each time, the wrong person is seen - Rachel, looking for Chandler, glimpses Joey; Joey, looking for Rachel, walks in on Monica; and Monica, looking for Joey, gets a glimpse of Joey's dad.

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

Robert Costanzo - Joey Tribbiani Sr.
Lee Garlington - Ronni Rapalono
Fisher Stevens - Roger
Brenda Vaccaro - Gloria Tribbiani

Crew

Directed By:
Alan Myerson

Written By:
Alexa Junge

Quotes

  • Chandler: I'd like to believe that when the right woman comes along, you'll have the courage--and the guts--to say, "No thanks, I'm married."
  • Phoebe: It's my friends. They have a liking problem...with you...in that, um, they don't.
  • Gloria Tribbiani: Your father is no James Bond. You should've heard this guy's excuses. "I'm sleeping over at my accountant's". What is that?
  • Joey: He's gonna keep cheating on my Ma, like she wanted. My Ma's gonna keep pretending she doesn't know, even though she does. And my little sister, Tina, can't see her husband anymore 'cause he's got a restraining order... which has nothing to do with anything, except, I found out today.
  • Joey: I've been thinking... you know about how I'm seeing girls on top of girls.
    Chandler: Are they end-to-end, or tall, like pancakes?

Trivia

General

  • The fact that Chandler uses humor as a defense mechanism, is referred to for the first time in this episode.
  • This is the first time when it is mentioned Joey usually sleeps without his underwear, a running gag in the series.
  • With one appearance in this episode, Joey's parents have made the least appearances on the show out of all the other friends' parents:
  • Mr. Tribbiani asks Phoebe what happened with the "Puppet Guy". He is referring to an ex-boyfriend of Phoebe's, who is expanded upon in later episodes by the friends.
  • Monica had already seen Joey naked the day he moved in, this is revealed in the episode The One With The Flashback.
  • Rachel and the other girls (and Ross) will finally be able to see Chandler's private parts in The One Where Chandler Crosses The Line (S4E7).
  • Rachel (and Ross) have seen Joey naked (off-screen ) as they comment in The One With The Blind Dates about Joey not being naked on the fifth day that Rachel has moved back in.
  • Mrs. Tribbiani mentions the singer Sting when she's talking to Joey. Sting's former band The Police provide the backing track to the images of Joey's VD posters in The One Where Underdog Gets Away. Furthermore Sting's wife Trudi Styler appears later in the series.
  • Mrs Tribbiani lovingly calls Joey "cookie". She has a daughter, Joey's sister, actually named Cookie.
  • In the closing credits scene, when Joey enters the bathroom, the door of the closet is open and there are clothes neatly hanging there. The same shot of the neatly hanging clothes was also seen in the previous episode when Rachel breaks up with Paolo. This closet is featured in The One With The Secret Closet when Chandler and Joey try to open the door locked by Monica.
  • Although she was actually looking for Chandler in this episode, Rachel (and Ross) will see Joey naked again when she moves back in with Joey as revealed in The One With The Blind Dates.
  • Joey will finally see Rachel's uncovered breast in The One Where No One Proposes while she tries to breastfeed, and he will look away rather embarrassed.
  • Ross and Rachel will see each other naked when they sleep together in The One Where Ross and Rachel You Know. Monica and Chandler see each other naked when they go to bed together in The One With Ross's Wedding Part Two.

Goofs

  • In the start of the episode we see Rachel rubbing her hair with the towel, and when Chandler jumps you can see Rachel in the bottom of the screen without any towel around her head area.
  • As Rachel turns to dash to her bedroom at the end of the opening scene, just before she wraps the towel around her, a glimpse of her right breast can be seen.
  • When Joey's dad enters the apartment to find that Ronni has come to give him his "good hair", Joey closes the door behind him, and you can see it closed in a couple more shots. Then, when Ronni suggests leaving and then says, "Where am I gonna stay, here?", the camera angle changes to Joey and the door is suddenly still open, and he closes it again.
  • When Joey's dad sees Ross he asks, "how's the wife?" but Joey found out that Carol was a lesbian shortly after he first met Ross, which was revealed in "The One With The Flashback" (S3E6) (Considering the Tribbianis demonstrated intellectual abilities, it is possible that Joey's father merely remembered learning that Ross had a wife without remembering the context of their relationship).
  • Despite catching a glimpse of her breasts in this episode, Chandler later asks Joey what Rachel's breasts looked like when he caught her breastfeeding in "The One Where No One Proposes" (S9E1), although this may be attributed to the length of time that elapsed between now and then.
  • The arrangement of Joey and Chandler's bathroom changes. In this episode the shower is opposite the door, but in other episodes, the sink is opposite the door. It is likely that this was to facilitate the filming of the scene where Monica walks in on Joey's dad showering.
  • Joey's dad asks who Roger is but doesn't ask about Rachel, despite them having never met before. Although they may have already met before, if he came to visit his son since Rachel moved in (off-screen).
  • When Gloria enters the apartment, she puts her purse on the counter. In a shot from another angle her purse and its straps are in a different position.

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Preceded by
"The One With The Dozen Lasagnas"
"The One With The Boobies" Followed by
"The One With The Candy Hearts"