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"The One With The Sharks" is the fourth episode of the ninth season of Friends, which aired on October 17, 2002. Monica visits Chandler in Tulsa and suspects an odd fetish. Back in New York, Phoebe and Mike talk about long-term relationships, while Joey is confused about his familiarity with his date's apartment.


Monica goes to Tulsa to surprise Chandler, but he is watching porn in his hotel room and when Monica comes in, he quickly switches the channel to a movie about sharks. When Monica sees this, she thinks he has a shark fetish. When he comes home, she puts a shark movie on to try and arouse him. Chandler tells her the truth, and she is very relieved.

Ahead of a date with Mike, Ross tells Phoebe how he likes her dating attitude of going from person to person and not having anything serious. This upsets Phoebe, who begins to cry as Mike walks in to pick her up. Ross goes to her apartment the next day to apologize and Phoebe fears Mike could have actually been the one. Ross goes to Mike's apartment to explain himself and accidentally reveals how she hasn't had a serious relationship, despite Mike already arranging another date with Phoebe. Ross then lies saying Phoebe had a six year relationship with a kite designer named "Vikram". Phoebe originally refuses to go along with it but does anyway. She lies and says that Vikram has been calling her because he's lonely, but says she left him because he slept with Rachel. Mike says he'd beat him up, unless he was big (he would send a mean letter instead). Noticing how much Mike will do for her, Phoebe tells him the truth and he accepts it, just as Ross calls pretending to be Vikram.

Joey goes on a date with Hayley, an attractive woman he met at the coffee house. Upon going back to her apartment, he recognizes it and assumes he must have slept with her before. However, when Joey brings it up and she says they haven't dated before. Just then, Hayley's roommate, Poppy, walks in, and Joey realizes that she was the one he slept with. She remembers him, much to the disgust of Hayley.

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

Nikita Ager - Poppy
Paul Rudd - Mike Hannigan
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Susan Ward - Hayley
Phil Donlon - Bellhop (uncredited)
Dan Buckantinsky - Waiter


Directed By: Ben Weiss

Written By: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen


  • Unusually Rachel doesn't appear until halfway through the episode. Also unusually Ross and Rachel only share a brief scene when they say goodbye to Chandler as he heads off to Tulsa.
  • Rachel recalls when Ross wanted her to dress up as a naughty cave girl with him as an archaeologist who discovers her.
  • In the final scene, Phoebe uses virtually the same lines to Joey as Ross said to her but this prompts Joey to return to his normal confidence.
  • Joey, partly in jest, suggests that it's Monica and Rachel's fault they've never slept with him. At the start of next season Rachel and Joey try to sleep together but this proves to be a step too far for their relationship and they break up.
  • The name Ross comes up with for Phoebe's fake long-term boyfriend, Vikram, may be a nod to Ross' Indian counterpart, Vikram, from the short-lived Indian version of Friends which aired from 1999 to 2000, titled Hello Friends.


  • When Joey comes to Monica's apartment to tell her and Rachel about his date, after he says "... I already slept with her", the camera switches to Monica. While Monica is sitting down, there is a stand-in in Rachel's place, with straight long hair and a dark blue shirt. Rachel had wavy hair and a shirt with yellow-pink patterns in that scene. (This may only be visible in the wide-screen version of the episode.)
  • Phoebe says that she hasn't been married in response to Ross saying that he shouldn't pay attention to his comments because he has been married & divorced 3 times. However, she had been in a green card marriage for about 6 years with a gay (although he later finds out he's straight) ice-dancer, Duncan Sullivan, and in "The One After Vegas" she alludes to getting married in Vegas at some point
    • However, Phoebe's response when discussing marriage in Vegas suggest that she thought that marriages in Vegas were only valid in Vegas, and she may not consider her marriage to Duncan valid as it was a green card marriage.
  • Both Joey and Phoebe say they never had relationships that lasted longer than a month. However, Phoebe dated a cop called Gary for longer than a month (and almost moved in with him), and it is said in the earlier seasons that Joey had been with a girl called Angela Delveccio for three years. Also Phoebe said she lived with an albino guy (possibly Albino Bob) during The Pilot although it may have been a platonic relationship. Additionally, in "The One With Chandler's Dad", Phoebe's boyfriend, Jake, says that he has been going out with Phoebe for longer than a month.
  • When Monica first enters Chandler's hotel room, she leaves the door open but in the next shot it's closed. Also the edited version omits scenes of the porn movie Chandler starts watching resulting in awkward editing as Monica jumps from opening the door to being a few steps inside.
  • In the next scene of Monica on the phone to Rachel, the dialogue is edited to cut out Monica saying she saw Chandler "getting off on shark porn" which makes the exchange between Monica and Rachel disjointed.
  • The editing also causes the transition music after the scene with Joey, Rachel and Monica to end abruptly after the scene.
  • In one scene, when Ross goes to Phoebe's apartment, he comes bearing veggie hotdogs for having ruined her date with Mike. During their conversation the camera cuts between them a couple times. Although Phoebe has paper towels in her hand, she does not appear to motion as if to tear one off, nor does either of them seem to take a bit of the treat. However in between takes they all of a sudden switch from unscathed and on the counter surface to missing a bite and placed neatly on a paper towel.
  • Early on in the episode, Monica mentions to Joey that she would be flying out and having a "second honeymoon" with Chandler at the Tulsa Ramada. However, it is later revealed (from an outside shot) that Chandler is staying at a Hyatt.
    • Monica may have misremembered what hotel Chandler was staying in.

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Preceded by
"The One With The Pediatrician"
Series Nine Episodes Followed by
"The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner"