|The One After the Superbowl, Part 1|
Ross learns the location of his monkey.
|Written by|| Jeff Astrof|
|Directed by||Michael Lembeck|
|Guest stars|| Dan Castellaneta as The Zoo Employee|
David Crane as Director
Roark Critchlow as Dr. Mike Horton
Chris Isaak as Rob Donnen
Thomas James Kepner as Concerned Parent
Karman Kruschke as Coma Woman
Lawrence Mandley as Security Guard
Sean Masterson as 'Monkeyshine' Guy
Tahj Mowry as Kid
Brooke Shields as Erika Ford
Fred Willard as Mr. Lipson
D. Elliot Woods as Waiter
Kevin Bright as Director
Marta Kauffman as Director
|Original airdate||January 28, 1996|
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"The One After The Superbowl" is a double-length episode of the second season of Friends, which aired on January 28, 1996, immediately after NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XXX.
Ross reminisces about his former pet monkey Marcel after watching the Monkeyshine Beer ad, which happens to feature a monkey with uncanny similarities to Marcel. During a short stay in Los Angeles for a palaeontology conference, he visits the zoo he gave Marcel up to, and asks for his monkey, who he can't seem to find. The zoo owner, however, regretfully informs him that his monkey had gotten sick and died. Saddened and shocked by the news, Ross is taken by surprise by one of the zoo cleaners when the latter reveals to him that Marcel was stolen during a break-in.
Following his debut on Days Of Our Lives as Dr. Drake Ramoray, Joey is excited about receiving fan-mail from a certain Erika Ford. What he doesn't realize is that he should consider the same Erika, who enclosed fourteen of her eyelashes with the letter, which she posted personally to Joey's building, is a mentally ill lunatic who is obsessed with him thinks he's actually Drake, and not an actor. This he learns at his expense when a guy chokes at the restaurant he and Erika are dining in and she introduces him as Drake with everyone and prompts him to save the choking guy's life, which he's unable to do. Eventually, Joey gets sick of this and breaks up with Erika - when she sees him on the show kissing Sabrina in Salem, she thinks he's cheating on her. Ross helps Joey out by trying to pass him as Hans Ramoray, Drake's evil twin.
Phoebe is hired by a cute guy, Rob, at a library to sing to children. He thinks that Phoebe's fantastic - as the two end up kissing - and the kids find Phoebe's songs terrific. The parents, however, are shocked by her repertoire, which contains pretty much inappropriate lyrics about life's painful truths. When he tries to dissuade Phoebe from such songs by suggesting she sing about farm animals, she misinterprets him to sing about the cruel way they're raised and killed for food. Phoebe is ultimately fired from the library. Fortunately, the kids she was singing to track her down at Central Perk and are more than happy to hear her sing more about life's painful truths.
After some research and calls, Ross discovers that the monkey starring in the Monkeyshine Beer ad is actually the one he used to keep as a pet. What's more, Marcel is in town, filming Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan. The guys visit the set, but are not allowed anywhere near Marcel. When the guys sing The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Marcel's favorite song, a cappella, Marcel recognizes it and re-unites with Ross.
Cast and CrewEdit
Dan Castellaneta - The Zoo Employee
David Crane - Director
Roark Critchlow - Dr. Mike Horton
Chris Isaak - Rob Donnen
Thomas James Kepner - Concerned Parent
Karman Kruschke - Coma Woman
Lawrence Mandley - Security Guard
Sean Masterson - 'Monkeyshine' Guy
Tahj Mowry - Kid
Brooke Shields - Erika Ford
Fred Willard - Mr. Lipson
D. Elliot Woods - Waiter
Kevin Bright - Director
Marta Kauffman - Director
Entertainment Weekly rates the episode "C", calling it "fragmented, poorly paced, and only sporadically funny. Cramming the already crowded ensemble with celebs may have been a ratings grabber but the results are forced sitcomedy and stilted acting". The authors of Friends Like Us: The Unofficial Guide to Friends write of the first part "There are some lovely moments of slapstick", mentioning "what Matthew Perry does with the washing-up liquid bottle when he first sees Erika", though call Isaak "positively wooden".
Brooke Shields' performance in this episode impressed NBC so much that she was offered her own sitcom, Suddenly Susan, for the network's 1996 fall lineup.
- This is the most-watched episode of Friends, drawing 52.9 million viewers.
- Ross tries to repel Erika from Joey by stating that he's not Drake, but Hans Ramoray, Drake's evil twin. In Season 7, the Days Of Our Lives show on Friends actually introduces a twin brother of Drake, Stryker Ramoray.
- Contrary to most doppelganger characters in TV and film production, Stryker is acted by a lookalike of Joey. This is due to Joey not wanting to audition for the part as he assumes he's offered the part directly.
- Instead of reveling in others' joys, Joey scoffs about the monkey which gets to make movies after all his efforts to appear on TV. This he does again in Season 5 with Ross' son Ben in The One Where Rachel Smokes.
- Director Michael Lembeck won the 1996 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Comedy Series for this episode. This was the only Emmy won by the series in that year.
| Preceded by|
"The One With The Lesbian Wedding"
|Series Two Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One After the Superbowl, Part 2"