The One Where They're Going To Party
Season 4, episode 9
82nd overall episode of Friends
Chandler and Ross talking to Gandalf on the phone.
Episode Information

December 11, 1997

Written by

Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen

Directed by

Kevin S. Bright

Episode Guide

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"The One Where They're Going To Party" is the ninth episode of the fourth season of Friends, which aired on December 11, 1997.


Phoebe and Monica get a van for their catering business. Rachel applies for a job as assistant buyer. An old friend and party wizard wants to visit Ross and Chandler. They are excited like two small children and can hardly sit still but then unexpectedly the friend cancels their reunion. Monica wrote her first review and the owner of the restaurant comes to complain about it. Joanna doesn't want to lose a good assistant as Rachel and makes Rachel look bad at the interview for the new job. Rachel is ready to quit but Joanna offers to create a position for her within the department which will include a raise, her own office and an expense account. Ross and Chandler are depressed because they wanted to party with their friend so Joey offers to take them to party. Monica shows the owner of the bad restaurant how to make a sauce and he wants her as head chef. Joey, Chandler and Ross are out partying but realize they have become adults and are too tired after a few clubs and didn't like it much. Phoebe is really upset because Monica will leave their business but lets Monica take the job because that's all Monica ever dreamed of after Monica compiled a list of all the things Phoebe could do with her vehicle. Rachel is horrified when she learns that Joanna was hit by a cab and died before she could put through any paperwork regarding her promotion. Monica starts at the restaurant and the staff hates her because of their relation and ex. head chef Emilio got fired.


Phoebe: Ooh! I gotta go. I found a guy who can fix up the van for catering.

Monica: Oh, do you want me to go with you?

Phoebe: No, no, it's okay, but are you SURE we don't want the waterbed?


  • Continuity: Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot", Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. Also, in "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" he says he is 29. However in this episode Ross says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in the next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape", Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?", implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.
  • This is the final time Monica is unemployed in the series.
  • These are the last appearances of Joanna and Sophie.
  • This is the last time Rachel's assistant buyer office at Bloomingdale's is seen.
  • Joanna's death is the third of a portrayed character on the series, after Althea in The One Where Nana Dies Twice, and Heckles in The One Where Heckles Dies.


  • When Phoebe is looking at the Chelsea Reporter, Monica says her review is on the back page. When Phoebe goes to read the review, she simply turns the paper over and reads the bottom of the front page.
  • When Chandler answers the phone and it's Gandalf calling to cancel, Ross is about to open the fridge. When the camera angle changes, Ross is already putting two beers down on the counter.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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 Cast

Alison La Placa - Joanna
Taylor Negron - Allesandro
Richard Fancy - Mr. Posner
Jennifer Rhodes - Mrs. Lynch
Laura Dean - Sophie
James Michael Tyler - Gunther


Directed By:
Peter Bonerz.

Written By:
Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich


Episode Navigation

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Preceded by
"The One Where Chandler Crosses The Line"
Series Four Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Girl From Poughkeepsie"