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The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath
Season 8, episode 13
183rd overall episode of Friends
Chandler takes a bath.
Episode Information

January 17, 2002

Written by

Vanessa McCarthy

Directed by

Ben Weiss

Episode Guide

The One Where Joey Dates Rachel


The One With The Secret Closet


"The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath" is the thirteenth episode of the eighth season of Friends, which aired on January 17, 2002.


After his date with Rachel, Joey finds it impossible to go back to thinking about her as just a friend, yet he can't talk about it, not even to Chandler. As Joey rambles, only shutting up when Phoebe enters which makes Monica conclude he must be in love with Phoebe. Considering baby names, parents to be Ross and Rachel find no word in common except 'veto'! They agree not to ask the child's sex, but Rachel has a moment of weakness and peeks at the file. Even though she didn't actually see the sex of the baby, Ross is convinced she did and calls the gynecologist to find out so that they both know. He then lets it slip that the baby is a girl even though Rachel didn't want to know.

When Chandler says he doesn't like baths, Monica is surprised because he always likes taking them with her. Chandler tells her he doesn't like the bath, he likes "the wet, naked lady"in the bath with him. Monica tries to convince him that he would like a bath if she showed him the right way to prepare one. When he finally agrees to try it he loves it, but when he tries to prepare his own bath he gets everything wrong, so next time Monica draws a bath for herself he steals it. Everyone gathers in the bathroom while Chandler is in the tub to share the news that Rachel and Ross are having a girl.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courteney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting Cast

Amanda Carlin - Dr. Long


Directed By:
Ben Weiss

Written By:
Vanessa McCarthy


183 - Joey's shirt

Joey with the Capt. Billy Burke shirt

  • Joey tells Phoebe he stayed up all night making a list of all the things he doesn't like about Rachel (although all he came up with was that she made him switch to light mayonnaise). This is the second time that one of the friends makes a list containing the things he doesn't like about Rachel. The first was Ross's infamous pro/con list, in "The One With The List". Unlike the latter episode, however, Rachel does not find Joey's list and therefore does not act upon it.
  • Even though Friends never directly mentions the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States, in the opening scene Joey is wearing a shirt with the emblem for the FDNY with the name Capt Billy Burke, a NYC firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
  • When Ross and Rachel are discussing baby names, Ross suggests Thatcher and Rachel suggest Sawyer. These are the last names of Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher from the Mark Twain novels.
  • Ross inadvertently reveals the sex of his and Rachel's child just like Rachel revealed the sex of Ross' child with Carol.
  • When Chandler is taking a bath, Monica suggests a beauty treatment, to which he responds: "I'm gonna need a bigger boat." This is a reference to Roy Scheider Jaws line: "You're gonna need a bigger boat".
  • While Chandler is taking a bubble bath, Rachel finally gets to see his "thing," which was supposed to be payback for when he saw her topless in "The One With The Boobies". She also sees it in"The One Where Chandler Crosses The Line" along with the rest of the gang when Chandler sits on the counter with his robe on.
  • When discussing names, Ross suggests "Helen", however, he displayed distaste for the name when it was suggested by Carol when she was pregnant with Ben. 
  • This a list of original names for Emma:

Boy: Phoebo, Darwin, Thatcher, Dayton, Sawyer, Sequoia, and Stuart.

Girl: Phoebe, Sandrine, Rain, James, Ruth, Helen Isabella and Delilah.


  • In this episode Chandler asks Monica to have sex on the balcony, but Monica doesn't like that idea. However in "The One With Phoebe's Husband", we learn that she had sex on the balcony with Fun Bobby. Maybe that's why she wouldn't do it again? Maybe it would remind her too much of her ex.
  • When Phoebe confronts Joey about his crush, he claims that this is the first time he felt that way about a friend. In "The One With The Cop", he had a dream about Monica and thought that he was in love with her, however, it's possible that he does not consider that to be a crush since he got over it rather quickly.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One Where Joey Dates Rachel"
Series Eight Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Secret Closet"

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