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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.


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 they believe Chandler can and 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 guess 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's affair.

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 Greene
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


Directed By:
Alan Myerson

Written By:
Alexa Junge


  • 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 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?




  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When Joey's dad enters the apartment, Joey closes the door but when Ronni and his dad say they'll go to a hotel, the doors still open and Joey closes it.
  • When Phoebe enters the apartment to tell the gang that she'd broken up with Roger, Rachel has a plate on her lap, then after Phoebe's first line, just a tissue but in the next shot from a different angle the plate is back on Rachel's lap.
  • When Mr. Tribbiani says he'll be in town a couple of days, the captions on the Complete First Season say 2 days.
  • When Phoebe is in the coffeehouse with her boyfriend, admitting that her friends don't like him, you can see that her scrunchie is down at first. But later, you can see the scrunchie up in the ponytail, and then when the camera angle changes, down again.
  • There is someone visible on the left side of the couch when Joey's Mom enters.

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Episode Navigation

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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"