Monica and Phoebe: Mrs. Geller asks Monica to cater at an event she's throwing. Monica agrees, even though she thinks her mom's doing it because she feels sorry for Monica. Phoebe helps Monica prepare the food at the Geller house. Monica asks her mom why she wanted Monica to cater. Mrs. Geller says she's heard good things about Monica's catering (sort of; she's pretty bitchy about it). Monica takes it really well, though, thinking her mom finally has some faith in her abilities. Phoebe doesn't get that from Mrs. Geller's answer, but she goes along with Monica. Monica and Phoebe continue to prepare the meal, until Phoebe notices something strange about Monica's fingernails. Monica was wearing fake nails, only now she only has nine. Monica realizes that one of her nails is in a mini quiche, which are now ruined. She tells her mom what happened. Mrs. Geller had planned on Monica screwing up, she had a bet with Mr. Geller, and had back up lasagna in the freezer. Mrs. Geller calls the mistake "pulling a Monica." Monica realizes her mom never really had faith in her and storms out. Phoebe finds Monica in what used to be her bedroom (her parents turned it into an exercise room). Phoebe encourages Monica to go back down and prepare a meal, proving her mom wrong. Phoebe thinks that they could make "pulling a Monica" a good thing. Monica agrees to go back downstairs, but she's going to make her own meal, not the lasagna's her mom froze. Monica makes a casserole, which goes over really well with Mrs. Geller's guests. Mrs. Geller tells Monica she enjoyed the food, and apologizes. She admits she should've trusted Monica more.
Joey: brings some rusty patio furniture up from the basement. Mr. Treeger told Joey they could have it. Joey's at home alone, scraping dried gum off the bottom of the patio table, when someone knocks. Joey opens the door and an Encyclopedia salesman (Penn Jillette) walks right in. The salesman begins his schpeel by asking Joey if he ever feels like he doesn't know what his friends are talking about. Joey has a montage of all the times the gang talks about things he doesn't understand (constitutionality, Noble Prizes, the Algonquin Round Table). The salesman goes through the 'V' Encyclopedia with Joey. Joey says some boneheaded things, and the salesman is certain Joey needs the Encyclopedia's. They continue to read about words that start with 'V.' The salesman is sure he had a customer, and tells Joey he can own the whole set for $1200. Joey laughs at him, because it's obvious that Joey doesn't have that kind of money. Joey tries to prove how broke he is by cleaning the junk out of his pockets, but he finds $50. He thinks the pants are probably Chandler's, but he uses the money to buy the 'V' Encyclopedia. When they're all in Central Perk, he compares Joanna to Mount Vesuvius. Everyone's pretty astonished. Joey brings out all the other topics, starting with the letter 'V,' he can talk about. He mentions Vietnam, but Ross starts talking about a documentary he watched on the Korean War. Joey knows nothing about it, and just nods along.
Ross: isn't in this one much. He's there when Monica gets the catering job from her mom. He's also at Central Perk at the end.
- Mrs. Geller's a bitch.
I get legitimately upset for Monica here. If one of my parents ever did this to me, I'd cry. Probably a lot.
- Rachel cracks me up when she's freaking out.
I think maybe she's freaking out more than the situation warrants, but it's pretty delightful either way.
- This whole thing, all of it, is friggin' amazing.
I feel this situation could only happen to Chandler.
- Okay, something I'm confused about...after Rachel handcuffs him to the file cabinet, the play tug-of-war with his pants...Why?...Rachel got him re-handcuffed, which was her goal, so she could just leave. I mean, okay, that happening might put a damper on the rest of the storyline, but, y'know.
- I love Penn Jillette for very little reason. He's a perfect Encyclopedia salesman.
- I can see Joey not knowing anything about the Algonquin Round Table, and maybe--maybe constitutionality, but he should totally know what the Noble Prize is.
- "Man, are they a violent igneous rock formation." YES.
- Good episode. I don't have much bad to say about it... most of the action is with Chandler and Rachel, which is good because you can never go wrong with work place bondage.
Oh. My. God.
"Oh, no-no-no, I'm--I'm paddling away!" -Chandler, to Joey, when Joey asks him not to go anywhere.
"Could we be more white trash?" -Chandler, to Joey, while they're sitting on their rusted patio furniture and the chick and duck come in.
"Umm, do you guys have any juice?"
"Just pickle" -Rachel and Joey.
"Okay, don't panic. I'm gonna go to the store, I'm gonna get you another set of nails. No one's gonna know, and you're gonna look great. Oh! Oh, it's cause they're gonna eat--that's the problem." -Phoebe, to Monica, upon learning Monica's lost one of her fingernails.
"When I walk outside naked, people throw garbage at me." -Chandler, to Joanna, on why he's getting dressed.
"But if you don't come back soon--there's pretty much noting I can do about it!" -Chandler, after Joanna handcuffs him and leaves.
"Hello sweet pants!!" -Chandler, to his pants, after Rachel lets him go.
"Well, this is much better." -Chandler, when Rachel handcuffs him to the file cabinet.
"Where does the Pope live?"
"In the woods!" -The salesman and Joey.
"Spock's birth control." -Joey, telling the salesman what vulcanized rubber is.
"And a fifty! Huh, these must be Chandler's pants." -Joey, finding money in his pants pocket.
"Oh! I'll squeeze you fresh orange juice every morning!"
"With extra pulp??"
"No!" -Rachel and Chandler, bartering for Chandler's freedom.
"So, if everyone liked it, and you liked it, that would make this a success. Which would make you..."
"A bitch?" -Monica and Mrs. Geller.
"And speaking of volcanoes, man, are they a violent igneous rock formation." -Joey, showing off his new found knowledge.
"Could there be more Kims?" -Chandler, talking about Korea.