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The One With The Free Porn
Friends episode
4x17
Emily calling Ross
Season 4x17
Episode no. 90
Written by Mark J. Kunerth
Richard Goodman
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Guest stars Giovanni Ribisi - Frank Buffay Jr.

Helen Baxendale - Emily Waltham
Debra Jo Rupp - Alice Knight Buffay
Mike Hagerty - Mr. Treeger
Shirley Jordan - The Doctor
Nick East - Adult Film Actor

Original airdate March 26, 1998
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"The One With The Fake Party"
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"The One With The Free Porn" is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season of Friends, which aired on NBC on March 26, 1998.

PlotEdit

Chandler and Joey find free porn while flipping through TV channels. After hearing the sad experience from Treeger, who once had free porn and switched it off never to get it back again, the guys resolve not to turn off the TV no matter what. Not everyone is thrilled by this - Rachel finds the channel disgusting, in particular during eating time, and tries to dissuade the subject by pointing out how her new boyfriend Joshua doesn't like porn (about which Joey and Chandler quickly prove her wrong).

At her gynecologist, Phoebe is left speechless when the sonogram reveals three distinct heartbeats, especially after having learned of the low chances of success of surrogacy (in The One With The Embryos). When she tells Frank Jr. and Alice, she accidentally lets slip out how she thinks raising triplets is financially challenging. Because of this, Frank Jr. almost quits (refrigerator) college and Alice plans her babies' clothes by having her students knit them for her. Phoebe tries to help out by researching methods of financial income, but with no success. She finally comes up with an on-the-go massage service: Relaxi-Taxi/RelaxiCab, where Frank drives anyone to their destination on his out-of-college schedule while Phoebe provides massaging and relaxation for the customers.

Emily's two weeks in America are over, and she has to go back to England. Ross is sad about this, but Monica talks him into following her at the airport and confess his love for her. When he does, Emily is so amazed by this that she can only reacts by saying "Thank you!" in reply. Ross keeps taking Monica's advice, which doesn't seem very good, as he ends up alone in cold, rainy London, in front of Emily's empty house. What Ross doesn't know is that Emily is in New York, and when she calls to leave her message in the hope of him listening to it, he calls her to clarify things. She tells him that she loves him too, to which Ross replies: "Thank you!".

TriviaEdit

  • This episode was skipped during repeat runs on E4 in the UK because the clips featured on Joey and Chandlers TV and the porn references were considered unnacceptable for the time of day Friends aired. It is however on all the DVD and Blu-ray boxsets and the original DVD/VHS releases.  Comedy Central, who took over broadcast rights for Friends in the UK, show the episode as normal.
  • The Magna Doodle in this episode reads "Knock, knock... who's there? PORN!"
  • Chandler mentions watching In and Out and In Again, which is a reference to the 1997 comedy film In and Out, which starred Tom Selleck.
  • Chandler also mentions watching Good Will Humping, which is a reference to the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams.

Goofs Edit

  • When Phoebe sits on the chair after blocking the porn, the position of her right arm changes in the next shot.
  • When Phoebe says that the porn reminds her that she has to see her OBGYN, she looks at her wrist as if she's checking her watch, but there is clearly no watch on her wrist.
  • When Joey is asking Ross why he told Emily that he loves her, there is a bottle of juice right in front of him. In the next shot of Joey, there's two bottles, and in the next shot it's back to one again.
  • When Rachel says "we saw that van that you guys used to carry" the position of Phoebe's arms changes on this shot to next shot.
  • When Phoebe goes to the doctor for a sonogram check, the machine isn't turned on. Then, after the check has finished, the doctor shows Phoebe the 3 babies with the sonogram and the machine is turned on.
  • When Rachel is making a cup of tea, she pours the water into the cup and then she pulls out the tea bag - but the tea bag isn't wet!
  • Joey and Chandler tell the gang not to turn off the TV, but when Emily is on the phone with Ross, the TV is turned off

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

Giovanni Ribisi - Frank Buffay Jr.
Helen Baxendale - Emily Waltham
Debra Jo Rupp - Alice Knight Buffay
Mike Hagerty - Mr. Treeger
Shirley Jordan - The Doctor
Nick East - Adult Film Actor

CrewEdit

Directed By:
Michael Lembeck

Written By:
Mark J. Kunerth & Richard Goodman


Episode NavigationEdit

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 With The Fake Party"
Series Four Episodes Followed by
"The One With Rachel's New Dress"

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