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"The One With The Kips" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of Friends, which aired on NBC on October 29, 1998.


After nearly getting caught together by Joey, Chandler and Monica decide to go away for a romantic weekend together, and they each tell the rest of the friends that they have to go away for work things. Monica gets upset when she finds lipstick on one of the glass tumblers in the bathroom and, after insisting they change rooms, finds something wrong with several more rooms before she finds one that satisfies her. Meanwhile, Chandler is trying to watch a high-speed car chase on TV and seems more interested in that than he does in spending time with Monica. They have a fight and Monica storms out of the hotel room. Back at home Chandler thinks things are over between them, which makes Monica realize Chandler has never been in a relationship that survived the first fight before. She tells him that it's nothing to freak out about and welcomes him to an adult relationship.

Ross tries to tell Rachel that Emily has demanded that he can't see her anymore and that he is going along with it to make his marriage work, but he fails because LaPooh died and her nose starts bleeding. When he finally manages to tell her, she initially thinks he's joking. When she realizes he's serious, she's furious and and worries that she will become the next "Kip", a reference to Chandler's former roommate who dated Monica and after a messy breakup got "phased out" of the group.

Phoebe is offended when Rachel claims that she always assumed that Phoebe would be the first one to be phased out of the group. However, Rachel convinces her to leave the group with her and start a new group. Phoebe agrees, but only if they can take Joey with them. Eventually Ross tells Rachel that since he's the one putting his marriage ahead of his friendship with Rachel he will be the one to leave the group, but Rachel tells him this doesn't make things better as she still won't be able to be friends with him later on.

A miffed Chandler returns home and tells Joey he didn't enjoy the trip, but he got to see Donald Trump waiting for an elevator. Later, the hotel where Chandler and Monica stayed called and left a message saying there was an eyelash curler left in the room. Joey confronts Chandler about it, outrageously suspecting that Chandler has gone on a gay cruise. Toward the end of the episode, While the whole group is together except Ross, Phoebe exclaims to Monica about how she heard that Monica saw Donald Trump in an elevator. Monica then asks Rachel if she can borrow her eyelash curler. Joey puts two and two together and starts to freak out. To keep him from exclaiming it to everyone, Monica and Chandler drag him into the bedroom and confess that they've been sleeping together, but swear him to secrecy. Outside, Phoebe claims to Rachel "We're so stupid! Do you know what's going on in there? They're trying to take Joey!"

The episode ends with the gang playing Mad Libs, until Monica sucks all the joy out of the game by trying to enforce her 'fun' rules.

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[]

Christopher Liam Moore - The Hotel Clerk
James Michael Tyler - Gunther


Directed By:
Dana DeValley Piazza

Written By:
Scott Silveri


  • In the uncut DVD version, when Ross and Rachel are in Central Perk, there is an additional scene at the start where Phoebe is performing and the place empties. Also, when Chandler and Monica first arrive at the hotel, they both shout that they are going to have sex.
  • The external shot of Chandler and Monica's hotel is the same one used in "The One In Vegas" .
  • When Chandler and Monica are arguing over the hotel bill in the hallway, Joey opens the door. Monica tells Joey Chandler stole a 20 from her purse, Joey replies with Rachel's catchphrase "Nooooo!"
    • Chandler states that Monica owes him $300 for her half of the trip, and says "Just think of it as $25 per room!". 300 divided by 25 equals 12, which means Chandler and Monica had to rent 12 different rooms in their room-shuffling adventure.
  • This is the first episode to mention that Ross and Chandler were roommates in college.
  • It is weird that Monica being such a cleanliness freak never bothered to clean below her bed since returning from London.
  • When Chandler discovers that the car chase is over, we can hear the theme music of ER, which starred George Clooney and Noah Wyle, both of whom appeared in "The One With Two Parts, Part 2".
  • This episode was released the day before the movie American History X was released. Interestingly, Elliott Gould, who plays Monica's and Ross' father, Jack Geller, was in the movie as Danny Vinyard's (Edward Norton) English teacher, Mr. Murray, who dates Dolores Vinyard (Beverly D'Angelo).
  • This is one of a handful of episodes where the laugh track is different on DVD than TV.


  • When Monica says "Connecticut or Vermont", in this shot, her hands are loose, but in the next shot, her hands are crossed.
  • Joey says he doesn't know who Kip is, however in "The One With The Dozen Lasagnas" (S1E12), he says to Chandler "I know all about Kip!" It is possible, however that he forgot.
  • The story-line here hinges on the premise that "[Kip] and Monica dated and when they broke up they couldn't even be in the same room together and he got phased out" but in "The One With The Dozen Lasagnas" Joey and Chandler's story-line revolves around having to buy a new table together which makes Chandler nervous because he and Kip "bought a hibachi together and then he ran off and got married and things got pretty ugly"
  • When Rachel and Ross are talking in Central Perk, the jacket and purse behind Rachel on the couch keep moving.
  • Rachel tips her head back when her nose starts to bleed. This action will cause blood to run down the back of the throat and can cause choking. (This same mistake was made in "The One With The Race Car Bed" when Joey has a nosebleed after being punched by Phoebe).
    • However, this is not strictly an error, as the practice of tilting one's head back was conventional wisdom at the time of production.
  • When Joey initially figures out the truth about Monica and Chandler, he points at both of them. The camera pans to Monica, and Phoebe is beside the fridge. When the camera pans back to Joey and Chandler, Phoebe is suddenly on the couch.
  • When Joey figures out the truth about Chandler and Monica and Chandler drags him into Monica's bedroom, Monica is right behind them.  However, in the next shot, she is clearly three or four steps behind the two of them. Furthermore the shot of them entering her bedroom shows Monica going to close the door but the shot from inside her bedroom shows her closing the door. This is likely a continuation error owing to the bedroom sets being only partly constructed off the main living area. (The bedrooms are a separate set.)
  • At one point, Joey says "hey Rach" but his lips don't move.
  • When Joey falls asleep on the toilet, it is on the left hand side of the bathroom in full view. In other episodes, the toilet is on the other side behind the door.
  • In this episode, Monica says that Joey always sleeps until noon, but actually, Joey is seen to wake up early to sing with the singing guy in The One With All The Haste. However, it can be possible that Monica was trying to trick him, and out of his sleepiness, he falls for it.
  • When Rachel selects the letter from her mom, the envelope is already open but when she sits down, it's sealed.
  • When Rachel storms out of her apartment, the wall behind the fridge moves a little when she slams the door.
  • In Central Perk, when Ross says "I'm going to the bathroom" his voice does not match up with the movement of his mouth.
  • When Monica first enters Joey and Chandler's apartment to settle the hotel bill, she is level with the door handle but after a brief shot of Chandler, she's about a foot further into the apartment.

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Preceded by
"The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS"
The One With The Kips Followed by
"The One With The Yeti"