|The One With The Truth About London|
|Season 7, episode 16|
|162nd overall episode of Friends|
|The first time Chandler and Monica slept together.|
February 22, 2001
"The One With The Truth About London" is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season of Friends, which aired on February 22, 2001.
Chandler and Monica try to choose a minister but can't find one so they promise Joey that he can marry them. Joey gets his minister certificate on the Internet and writes his speech including the story how Chandler and Monica got together. Chandler finds out that Monica actually wanted to sleep with Joey when she knocked on the door, but Chandler was the only one there. Chandler is really upset and doesn't want Joey to do the wedding anymore. Joey talks to him about how Chandler and Monica are meant for each other and nothing could take that away and Chandler is happy to let Joey do the wedding. Phoebe then wonders what would have happened if Monica did sleep with Joey. We then see Monica cooking dinner and shouting to Joey to come over. He is overweight and he tucks into his food.
Rachel watches Ben for an hour and is a little scared because she's never been alone with him before. Rachel teaches Ben practical jokes to entertain him, from general ones like scaring people and repeating what others say, to specific ones like marking the edges of a quarter and daring someone to roll it down their face without taking it away, leaving them with a line down their face, and putting Saran Wrap on the toilet seat so the pee goes everywhere. Ross confronts Rachel after suffering the Saran Wrap prank, though he's oblivious to the line on his face from the quarter prank. Rachel then goes to see Ben at Carol's, who also has a line down her face but hasn't noticed. Rachel tries to talk Ben out of the pranks, but Ben only sticks to repeating her like she taught him. She eventually gets him to agree to stop playing pranks, while also getting him to accept that she and Ross were not "on a break". Ross comes in and confronts Rachel about finding out about the line on his face from one of his students. Rachel stands firm on wanting to be known to Ben as his "Fun Aunt Rachel", to which Ross acquiesces. Ross leaves Ben with Rachel again, where Rachel tells Ross about the "poop" sign taped to his back. Ross then chases Ben out of the apartment and up the stairs where he apparently falls down screaming. Rachel observes and freaks out until she sees that it's a dummy, revealing it to be a prank by Ross to get even with Rachel.
Cast and Crew
- Ben has apparently been told about the circumstances of Ross and Rachel's breakup, including Ross' excuse, which he probably heard about only from his side (until later in the episode).
- As of this episode, Joey has kissed all 5 of his friends.
- He kissed Chandler on New Year's Eve in "The One With The Monkey" (S1E10).
- He also kissed Rachel on New Year's Eve in "The One With All The Resolutions" (S5E11)
- He kissed Ross when he was trying out for a gay role in "The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding" (S2E24).
- He first kissed Phoebe in The One With Two Parts, Part 2 (S1E17) and also in The One Where They All Turn Thirty. (S7E14)
- In this episode he kisses Monica, although it is in a what-if scene. Monica and Joey kissed when she hired him when she worked at Alessandros in order to fire him and gain the obedience of her staff.
- This is the final appearance of Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick in the series.
- Jennifer Aniston wasn't told by the cast or the director that Ross would fall down the stairs, which is why she reacted so badly when he did fall.
- To hide the plan from them is a trick some directors use in order to get the actor's/actresses' real scared reaction.
- This was one of the 4 "supersized" episodes that was longer than usual as a promotional stunt for the network in order to compete against Survivor. The DVDs present these episodes as first aired, however, the Blu-ray presents them in their edited syndicated cuts. (though the original supersized versions are available as a special feature)
- In the uncut DVD version of the episode there is an extra storyline involving Phoebe taking painkillers (hexadrin) for a headache. At first she loves them but when she reads the information leaflet she becomes paranoid, thinking all the side effects will happen to her. In the end she learns the effects wear off after six hours and she is clear, but she starts showing symptoms of temporary euphoria.
- Joey's penguin Huggsy appears in this episode, but is only seen sitting next to Ben, and is not mentioned.
- Ross claims to have said "I'll be revenged" when pranked in school. This is reference to Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', as these are the final words of the character Malvolio.
- This is the first time that Ross and Rachel do not share any scenes with the rest of the gang. The second time is in "The One With The Home Study" (S10E7).
- Ross asks Rachel to keep Ben alive. This is likely a callback to when Monica banged his head on the wooden beam whilst playing the aeroplane game.
- Rachel states that Ben has no brothers or sisters. He'll gain a half-sister when Emma is born at the end of next season in "The One Where Rachel Has A Baby".
- Joey would later conduct Phoebe and Mike's wedding in "The One With Phoebe's Wedding". As Ross and Rachel's second marriage takes place after the series finale, it's unknown if he conducted their wedding too although since they're his best friends, this seems likely.
- Chandler gets into bed with his socks on and, since they're not on the floor, keeps them on while he has sex with Monica. In The Pilot, Rachel mentions on her message to Barry that he always kept his socks while they had sex.
- In the opening shot of the London bus crossing the bridge, the service number is shown as 53. The original footage used for the London wedding episodes used the same bus but with service number 109 on the front.
- Rachel states that Ben is 6 years old, though since Ben was born in May 1995, he would have been 5 years old.
- Rachel comments that Ben has no brothers or sisters but given how much contact she's had with Ben, she'd already know that. It's possible Rachel was desperately looking to find an avenue to explore in order to entertain Ben.
- In this episode, we see that Joey took all but one of Chandler's condoms the night Chandler and Monica first slept together in London, however in "The One After Ross Says Rachel" (S5E1), Chandler said that they had sex 7 times that night. However, it's possible that Chandler had a second box of condoms in his bag—we saw him put a red box of condoms into his bag in "The One With Ross' Wedding, Part 1" (S4E23), yet the box Joey leaves the hotel room with in the flashback in this episode is blue.
- When Chandler and Monica first get into bed they are both dressed. Chandler takes off his PJ's really quickly prompting Monica to say "Wow, you are really fast." But she is already undressed when she says it. Not only was she so much faster than Chandler that the dress was off in an instant, the dress just disappears. When the camera pans out as Joey comes in, Monica's shoes and Chandler's PJ's are on the floor but the dress is nowhere.
- When Joey is reading his speech about all the giving and receiving, Chandler has his legs on the table at the coffee shop. You can see his shoes on the table when they show Joey, but when they change the shot to Chandler his legs are on the floor and crossed.
- In the flashback when Monica first kisses Chandler she puts her arms around his neck yet in the third shot her right arm is under his left and the shot right after that it is back around his neck. Also in the first, second and third shot her nose is on the left of his yet in the final shot it is on the other side.
- When Joey comes into Chandler and Monica's apartment to convince them to let him marry them you can see the microphone swinging from the ceiling.
- At the end of this episode, in the "what if" segment, Joey is seen picking up a piece of food with his fork, however he never actually eats it. He simply just holds the fork up to his open mouth for a few seconds as the credits come up. This is most likely because the piece of food is only a prop.
- Before Rachel opens the door to let Ross in, she puts down a book. The book is "To Kill A Mockingbird". This book is used as a prop in other episodes but with Monica using the book.
- When Rachel talks to Ben about the pranks, she puts her purse on her shoulder and it falls down to her arm, then she says to Ben "Remember all that stuff I taught you yesterday" and Ben repeats it. In the next shot her purse is right back on her shoulder again. Then a couple shots later, it's back on her wrist again and the next shot later she says "Seriously, your dad doesn't like pranks" and Ben repeats it and it's back on her shoulder again.
- Rachel tells Ben that she and Ross were not on a break (when they broke up), but she said when breaking up with him in The One With The Morning After, that they were on a break. However she obviously wants Ben to believe her version of events as he's only heard Ross's version. As Rachel and Ross get married, they would give Ben an agreed version of what happened to cause them to break up in which both accept they were both partly to blame.
- Chandler says to Joey, "I finally fall in love with this fantastic woman and it turns out she wanted you first!" However, it is revealed in The One With All The Thanksgivings during their then-secret relationship that Monica had a crush on Chandler when she first met him and did not know Joey yet.
| Preceded by|
"The One With Joey's New Brain"
|Season Seven Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress"