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"The One Where Heckles Dies"
Friends episode
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Chandler at Mr. Heckles' apartment
Season 2x03
Episode no. 27
Written by Michael Curtis
Gregory S. Malins
Directed by Kevin S. Bright
Guest stars Larry Hankin - Mr. Heckles
Mike Hagerty - Mr. Treeger
Danny Dayton - Buddy Doyle
Maggie Wheeler - Janice Litman
Original airdate October 5, 1995
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"The One Where Heckles Dies" is the third episode of the second season of Friends, which aired on NBC on October 5, 1995.

PlotEdit

Chandler tells the other five that he's broken up with his girlfriend, claiming that he found her nostrils too big. The guys find it bad that he breaks up with girls over the most superficial things. Rachel and Monica's downstairs neighbour Mr. Heckles knocks at the door to tell them to quiet down (although the guys are perfectly decent in volume). After they send him away, he begins to knock at their floor from his ceiling with his broom, to which they respond by stamping on the floor. After a little time, he stops hitting with the broom - in fact, he stops doing pretty much anything, as he's found dead.

Everyone scoffs at Phoebe when she yells at Mr. Heckles' soul, but when she brings up the evolution theory as one of the things she doesn't believe, Ross takes it on a personal level. She keeps badgering him with questions to which he gives abundantly detailed answers, but she still won't believe him. Meanwhile, Heckles' attorney shows up and executes his will, which basically entitles all of his material stuff to the girls.

Most, if not all of this stuff, is trashy toys and furniture which Monica finds tacky, but which Rachel adores. The two raise an issue of whose apartment they live in - Monica still believes it's her apartment, while Rachel thinks that it's become hers too and starts to decorate it with a seashell lamp of Heckles'. However, Chandler starts looking through some books and realizes how much in common he and Heckles have, which starts to freak him out. The more he reads, the more Chandler bums on this, until he arrives to the point where he thinks he and Heckles are the same person, especially after finding a "Big Book of Grievances" containing all of Heckles' dates and the stupid reasons for which he broke up with them.

Ross comes over with a briefcase of fossils to show to Phoebe, but she doesn't even let him start. This time, she brings up an argument which Ross doesn't know how to face, and when he can't give her an answer, she thinks he's a hypocrite for caving in his beliefs. He leaves, unaware that all of this is just a ruse of Phoebe's to freak him out about his area of knowledge. Just as the girls are to go out, Monica breaks Rachel's new lamp, making Rachel think it's Monica's revenge.

Totally frightened of ending up alone like Heckles, Chandler calls Janice in desperation, but when she meets him at the coffeehouse, it's a married Janice, and to cap it all, she's pregnant. Due to this, Chandler can't get back with her, but the girls make him realize how he's growing up and becoming ready for a commitment, to which he replies with a shocked: "Whoa, don't know about that!"

As the friends clear the last of Heckles' possessions out of his room, Monica makes up with Rachel by giving her the girly clock she wanted from Heckles' apartment. Chandler comes into the room to announce that he has asked out a girl whom he initially avoided because of her large head, saying he won't let those things bother him anymore, and decides to keep the "Big Book of Grievances", as they share something in common. The friends seem to have sympathy for their late elderly neighbour and after the other five have left, Chandler takes one last look around his empty room, leaves his broom by the door, and says "Goodbye, Mr Heckles...we'll try to keep it down".

While on a date the next day, Chandler realizes that at the end of the day, he's still Chandler - as he can't stop freaking out about his date Alison's big head. However, strangely, he finds himself not only intimidated by her big head size, but also liking it.

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

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

Supporting CastEdit

Larry Hankin - Mr. Heckles
Michael G. Hagerty - Mr. Treeger
Danny Dayton - Buddy Doyle
Maggie Wheeler - Janice Litman

CrewEdit

Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins

TriviaEdit

ContinuityEdit

  • At the beginning of the episode, before Chandler comes in Monica's apartment, it seems like the friends are playing poker. The girls learned to play poker in The One With All The Poker.
  • Janice's prophecy in The One With The Candy Hearts comes true, as Chandler is the one to call her.
  • This is Mr. Heckles' last living appearance. He appears again in The One With The Flashback, the events of which occur before the events in The Pilot.
  • This is also Treeger's first appearance as the super.
  • To add to the singing talent he used when he was in Ross' college band, "Way, No Way!", Chandler is revealed to have played clarinet in band.
  • The glass which makes Monica's ass look fat is in Joey's apartment crap wish-list since Season 1, where in The One Where The Monkey Gets Away, he asks Heckles if he could have it. This is only featured in the uncut DVD episode.
  • Monica and Chandler will have a similar argument in "The One With Ross' Denial" as Monica and Rachel in this episode. In both plot lines, Monica is refusing to let Rachel/Chandler furnish the apartment with their own items.
  • Phoebe likes to freak Ross out using his palaeontology-related work. In this episode, Ross gets mad at Phoebe for not believing the theory on evolution. In Season 9, in The One With The Soap Opera Party, he gets mad at Phoebe for looking through his stuff and memorizing titles to freak him out.
  • In the episode, Chandler tells Joey that they will go off and get married and he will end up alone. Ironically, he is the first of the Friends to get married and settle down with Monica while at the end of the series, Joey ends up alone although he does get engaged in the spin-off, Joey.

GoofsEdit

  • When Chandler is shouting to Rachel and Monica about how he is going to become "Crazy Snake Man", Rachel's arms are at her sides. The camera shot changes as Monica tries to console Chandler, and Rachel suddenly has her arms folded with one hand at her mouth, with no time to do so.
  • At the beginning of the episode the group discusses Chandler's problem with dating women who have superficial issues. Joey describes a woman he dated who had an exceptionally large Adam's apple. Ross & Chandler try to explain to him that women don't have Adam's apples and when he doesn't believe them they patronisingly pretend they were joking. However, women do have Adam's apples. They just tend to be more pronounced in men. It is therefore very possible that Joey dated a woman whose Adam's apple was unusually visible and as a result was put off for that reason, actually making him correct and the others wrong.

Episode NavigationEdit

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Preceded by
"The One With The Breast Milk"
"The One Where Heckles Dies" Followed by
"The One With Phoebe's Husband"

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