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Ross: When you guys were kids, and played, uh, "Happy Days", who were you? I was always Richie.

Monica: I was always Joanie!
Joey: Question. Was, uh, "Egg the Gellers!" the war cry of your neighborhood?

"The One With The Race Car Bed" is the seventh episode of the third season of Friends, which aired on November 7, 1996.


Against Phoebe's advice, Monica orders a bed from Janice's ex-husband's mattress store, but when she is not at home, the wrong one (which is shaped like a race car) is delivered to her home. Phoebe explains to Monica that the store will not take back the bed because she (Phoebe) has signed in Monica's name. Joey and Monica visit the mattress store to return it, but Joey is astonished to see Janice there with her ex-husband. Chandler, meanwhile, happily plays with the race car bed.

Rachel convinces Ross to dine with her dad at a fine-dining restaurant, who treats him even worse than he feared he would. Seeing that Dr. Greene has tipped very little, Ross leaves a fat $20 tip, angering the older man, who asks him to pay the entire bill. Rachel somehow convinces him to have brunch with her father the next day. At brunch, Ross and Dr. Greene find each other making jokes about Rachel's chiropractor and general lack of good sense, to her embarrassment.

Joey becomes a learning extension teacher in soap acting. He gives his students very unconventional acting advice. When Joey hears one of his students is also auditioning for the same role he wants, he tries to sabotage him by giving him bad advice about how to play the character as a gay man. This backfires on Joey, as the other actor is appreciated for his gay acting and selected for the part along with a two-year TV contract.

Cast & 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

Ron Leibman - Dr. Leonard Greene
Khalil Kain - Carl
Maggie Wheeler - Janice
Mark Cohen - Mattress King
Andre Rosey Brown - Delivery Man
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Simon Harvey - Jester
Shashi Bhatia - Acting Student #1
Steven Harad - Acting Student #2

Doug Benson - Acting Student (uncredited)


Directed By:
Gail Mancuso

Written By:
Seth Kurland


Rachel (to Ross reluctant to have dinner with her father): Just one dinner. Please, one night. For me. Please? I just want him to love you like I do... All right, not exactly like I do. But if you do come to dinner I'll love you like I do in that black thing that you like.
Chandler: I'll go.

Rachel: Look, Ross, I realize that my father is difficult but that's why you have got to be the bigger man here.
Ross: Look, sweetie, I could be the bigger man. I could be the biggest man. I could be a big, huge giant man, and it wouldn't make any difference except that I could pick your father up and say, "Like me, tiny doctor!"


  • In this episode Joey says that he has never been able to cry as an actor; however in the episode "The One In Massapequa", Joey says that "at least one person will be crying. I'm an actor, and any actor worth his salt can cry on cue", although he does go on to reveal that this in fact is not true.
  • Joey says he has an audition for All My Children. This is the show Gunther used to appear in as Bryce.
  • Joey mentions actress Susan Lucci. Susan played Erica Kane on All My Children from 1970 to 2011.
  • When the scene shows the gang sitting in the apartment, the end of the Happy Days theme can be heard. When Phoebe gives birth to the triplets in The One Hundredth, her doctor is obsessed with Fonzie.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Gunther's love for Rachel.
  • The song that Joey "sings" on the beginning of the episode is 'Baby Elephant Walk'. This is when we find out about Phoebe's supernatural ability. She can hear the song Joey is singing in mind. (She also can't wear digital watch as she mentions in "The One With George Stephanopoulos" and she can clean an aura as she tries clean Ross in "The Pilot").
  • Rachel says that if she squints, she can pretend Ross is Alan Alda. Alan Alda is an actor known from the M*A*S*H series, where he played the main character, Hawkeye Pierce.
  • In this episode, it's mentioned Ross is allergic to lobster (in The One With the Baby on the Bus, he is said to be allergic to lobster, peanuts and kiwi).
  • This is the last time that Dr. Greene is seen inside Monica's Apartment. It's also the only time he and Ross get along when talking about Rachel's chiropractor and her lack of common sense. There's a hint they get along a little better when Ross and Rachel visit her Dad in the hospital. However this seems short-lived although when Ross and Rachel remarry it's possible relations improve.
  • Ross tells Joey he can't sleep with any of his students. Ironically Ross will start a brief relationship with one of his students (Elizabeth Stevens) in about 3 years time.
  • Ross tells Rachel he'll get the bagels. This is a traditional Jewish food hinting that Rachel is also Jewish. It's unknown if her father is Jewish but since he only has bacon in his fridge when Rachel and Ross stay overnight at her childhood home following her father's heart attack, this is entirely possible.
  • Rachel says that staff at the coffeehouse serve rude customers 'sneezers'. Later in the series Rachel mentions 'sneeze-muffins' to Joey which she served to rude customers.
  • Phoebe doesn't know Monica's middle name, so she writes down "Falula". Monica does have a middle name but it is never revealed in the series, only that it starts with the letter "E", from her initials M.E.G. ("The One With The Bullies").
  • The first time blood is shown.


  • When Joey's nose starts bleeding, Phoebe tells him to tip his head back but this would cause the blood to run down the throat and can cause choking. The same mistake is made in a later episode when Rachel has a nosebleed. However, this is not necessarily an error, as tilting one's head back is both a natural instinct as well as the conventional wisdom at the time of production.
  • The race car bed has the mattress correctly leveled, both in the store and in Monica's room. At the closing credits scene when Chandler is in it, the mattress is much lower and one wouldn't be able to sit down in the bed or stand up easily from it.
  • In the cold opening, Gunther goes to reach for the yellow mug first.
  • When Ross and Rachel enter the apartment after the meal with her father, they come through the door so that Rachel is level with the blue cupboard. We then get a brief shot of Phoebe shadow-boxing before the shot returns to Ross and Rachel who are coming past the door again.
  • In the same scene, Rachel says her right leg is two inches shorter but actually tilts to her left, suggesting her left leg is shorter.
  • On the first day of Joey's soap opera acting class, he writes his name on the board not paying attention. When the shot cuts away to the students and goes back to Joey, his handwriting on the board has rearranged. When the shot goes back to the students again and then back to Joey, his handwriting has changed back to the way it was when he first wrote it.
  • In the opening scene, right before it goes to Rachel's thought, Ross' lips don't line up with the sound.

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Preceded by
"The One With The Flashback"
The One With The Race Car Bed Followed by
"The One With The Giant Poking Device"