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The One With The Cop
Season 5, episode 16
113th overall episode of Friends
TOW The Cop
Gary stops Phoebe.
Episode Information
Airdate

February 25, 1999

Written by

Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein (teleplay)
Alicia Sky Varinaitis (story)

Directed by

Andrew Tsao

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"The One With The Cop" is the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of Friends, which aired on NBC on February 25, 1999.

Plot

After seeing Monica and Chandler doing a crossword puzzle together and enjoying each other's closeness, Joey has dreams about Monica, where it's him who's enjoying the closeness. He fears that he's falling in love with Monica, but she and Chandler explain that this is not the case. When he yearns for a relationship like theirs, the two suggest that the fact that they were friends first could have contributed to their closeness. Joey thinks it's a good idea, but puts it to bad practice when he hits on Rachel. When she asks him why he's doing this, he explains how he listed the female friends he has - Rachel and Phoebe - and that he chose her because he saw her first. Rachel explains to Joey how he should make friends with other women first before hitting on them, but all this does is bring Joey back to his former self - he uses his "pick-up line" to sleep with a girl and her roommate.

As he's decorating his new apartment, Ross is couch-shopping. He purchases a new couch, but refuses to pay for delivery as the service costs nearly as much as the couch itself. He asks Rachel to help him carry it all the way to his apartment. The two get stuck in the stairs (as there is no elevator) and it seems that it takes three to move a couch. Rachel brings Chandler for help, but even the three of them can do nothing except block the couch in the stairs. Eventually the couch sustains so much damage that it ends up cut in half. He takes a chance and returns it to the couch store, but can only obtain $4 in store credit for exchange - which he accepts.

Phoebe finds a wallet containing a NYPD badge at Central Perk. She enjoys using it to make others sustain her beliefs, such as threatening a woman with arrest when the latter puts out a cigarette on a tree trunk. Monica and Chandler try to talk Phoebe into returning the badge to the police station, but to no avail. Phoebe keeps using the badge, but when she tries to threaten a real cop, Gary, she freaks out. When she finds out that the badge is his, she drops it on the spot and runs away. Later, the cop calls in at Monica's looking for her - but as it turns out, not to arrest her for abusing of the badge, but to ask her out. Taken altogether by surprise, Phoebe accepts.

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

Michael Rapaport - Gary
NiCole Robinson - The Smoking Woman
Mark Fite - The Salesman
Aloma Wright - The Saleswoman
James Michael Tyler - Gunther

Crew

Directed By:
Andrew Tsao

Written By:
Alicia Sky Varinaitis, Gigi McCreery & Perry M. Rein


Trivia

  • The Magna Doodle reads: "Joey, your agent called." Later in the episode, it changes to a drawing of a target
  • At the end of the episode, Ross accepts $4 in store credit for his damaged couch, this shows how cheap he is.
  • This episode marks the second time in the series where a reference is made to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. In "The One With The Stoned Guy", Chandler complains that he doesn't have any goals or dreams, to which Ross replies, "Ah, the lesser-known 'I don't have a dream' speech". This time Chandler mentions it when trying to get Joey to tell him and Monica about his dream claiming What if Martin Luther King said that, I kind of have a dream, but I don't want to talk about it
  • Joey rashly tries to begin a relationship with Rachel, just so he can mimic the closeness of Monica and Chandler's newfound relationship. Years later, Joey and Rachel have feelings for each other and attempt to date for a brief period of time.
  • This episode reveals Phoebe has been to prison when she tells Monica and Chandler that she will not go back to that hell hole when they tell her that impersonating a police officer is 3-4 years in jail. Gary also brings up her criminal record when asking her out claiming that she has done a lot of crazy stuff.
  • The DVD version of this episode includes an extra scene where Ross, Chandler, and Rachel can't move the couch. Rachel accidentally pulls the fire alarm and everyone in the building runs down the stairs and breaks Ross' couch.
  • Phoebe calls the woman who put out her cigarette on the tree "Red", which is the nickname of Lisa Kudrow's  character Valerie Cherish from The Comeback.
  • At the beginning of the episode, when Chandler and Monica (and later, in a dream, Joey and Monica) are doing the crossword puzzle, a picture for the book "Babyhood" by Paul Reiser can be clearly seen on the opposite page.
  • This is the first appearance of Michael Rapaport as Gary. Gary was in 4 episodes of Friends.
  • Both David Schimmer and Michael Rapaport previously acted together on an episode of NYPD Blue ("Brown Appetite") as well as in the 1996 film The Pallbearer.
  • While talking to Gary, Phoebe asks him if he knows Sipowicz, a reference to Detective Andy Spiowicz from the ABC crime show, NYPD Blue. Gary then tells her no, but "I heard that kid from Silver Spoons is really good", referring to actor Ricky Schroder, who went on to play Sipowicz's partner, Detective Danny Sorenson in the later seasons of the show.

Goofs/Continuity

  • When Phoebe is talking to the woman who put out the cigarette on the tree, when she says "Book 'em.", the position of both Phoebe's arms and the woman's arms change between shots.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With The Girl Who Hits Joey"
"The One With The Cop" Followed by
"The One With Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss"

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