Chandler and Joey's, Chandler is sitting in the canoe as Joey runs through the door carrying an outdoor patio table. JoeyHey!! We are so in luck! Treeger said we could have all this cool stuff from the basement. Wait right there. (Goes back into the hall)
ChandlerOh no-no-no, I'm, I'm paddling away!
Joey(Returning carrying a couple of rusted lawn chairs) Huh?!
ChandlerWow! Really?! We get all this rusty crap for free?!
JoeyUh-huh. This and a bunch of bubble wrap and some of it is not even popped!
(They both sit down at the table and the chick and the duck enter from Joey's bedroom.)
ChandlerCould we be more white trash? Monica and Rachel's, Monica, Ross, Phoebe, and Rachel are eating breakfast. Monica(Entering from her bedroom) How desperate am I?
RachelOh! Good thing Chandler's not here, he always wins at this game.
MonicaI just told my mom I'd cater a party for her.
PhoebeHow come?
MonicaBecause I need the money, and I thought that it'd be a great way to get rid of that last little smidgeon of self-respect.
RossCome on, I think this is a good thing. I don't think mom would've hired you if she didn't think you were good at what you do.
MonicaYou don't have to stick up for her. She can't hear you. Chandler and Joey's, Joey is reading the paper and Chandler is getting ready for work. Rachel(Entering) Hey! Umm, you guys have any juice?
JoeyJust pickle.
ChandlerHey uh, Rach, funny story. I ah, bumped into Joanna on the street yesterday.
RachelMy boss Joanna? Wow, that must've been awkward.
ChandlerWell, no, actually she uh, asked me if I wanted to get a drink.
Rachel(Laughs) You ah, didn't say 'Yes' to that did you?
Chandler(Laughs) No. No.
Joanna(Coming out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel) Hello Rachel. (She goes into Chandler's bedroom)
ChandlerWell, not at first.
RachelWhat is she doing here?
(Joey makes a sound like a creaking bed.)
RachelI don't understand! Last time you went out with her you said she was a 'big, dull dud.'
ChandlerWell, I think I judged her too quickly, and this time we were able to take the relationship to the next level.
(Joey creaks louder)
RachelWell, last time I almost got fired. You must end it, you must end it now!
ChandlerOh, come on! It's not like this is an everyday occurrence for me! I mean usually I'm pretty much just in there by myself.
(Joey makes a sound imitating one person making a bed creak and Chandler turns and glares at him.)
RachelChandler!! (He turns around quickly) Promise.
JoannaRachel, aren't you running late?
Rachel(Looks at her watch) Uhh no..
Joanna(Interrupting) You are if you pick me up a bagel.
RachelOk. (Joanna goes into the bathroom.) Chandler, promise me you will end this now.
ChandlerOk, I promise, I'll end it.
RachelThank you.
ChandlerBut I hope you know what I'm giving up for ya, because she's not just the boss in your office, you know what I mean?
JoeyYeah-eh-eah! (Rachel glares at him) Oh-oh, sorry, I-I knew what he meant. The Geller household kitchen, Monica and Phoebe are cooking for Mrs. Geller's party. Mrs. Geller(Entering) How's the hired help?
MonicaDoing great, the quiches are coming along.
Mrs. GellerWhat's this? Blue nail polish?
MonicaYeah, I thought it was cute.
Mrs. GellerAhh, that's what your Grandmother's hands looked like when we found her.
MonicaLet-let me ask you a question.
Mrs. GellerHmm.
MonicaWhy did you hire me?
Mrs. GellerOh, well Richard raved about the food at his party, 'course you were sleeping with him. Then I heard the food at that lesbian wedding was very nice, I assume you weren't sleeping with anyone there. So, at least that would be something. (Leaves)
Monica(to Phoebe) Oh my God! Did you hear that? She hired me because she thinks I'm good.
PhoebeOk, I didn't hear that.
MonicaOh yeah, she didn't hire me out of pity, it wasn't so she could pick on me in front of her friends, she actually thinks I'm good.
PhoebeWow! And hey, it's cool if you're a lesbian! (Gives her a thumbs up) Chandler and Joey's, Joey is scrapping gum off the table as there is a knock on the door. He goes over and opens it. The Salesman(Entering before Joey can say anything) Good afternoon, are you the decision maker of the house?
The SalesmanDo you ah, currently own a set of encyclopedias?
JoeyNo! No. But ah, try the classifieds, people sell everything in there.
The SalesmanActually, I'm not buying. I'm selling. Let me ask you one question. Do your friends ever have a conversation and you just nod along even though you're not really sure what they're talking about?
(We go into a flashback sequence with Joey remembering some of those times.)
[Cut to Monica and Rachel's apartment, all are there.]
Ross...I'm telling you it's totally unconstitutional.
Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and RachelOh yeah, I totally agree.
(Joey just nods his head.)
[Cut to Central Perk, the entire gang is there.]
Monica...I think he deserves a Nobel Prize. (Joey starts to nod 'Yes.')
AllNooo!! (Joey quickly stops nodding his head.)
[Cut to Monica and Rachel's, they're all there playing cards.]
ChandlerI mean it was like the Algonquin kids table. (They all laugh, but Joey only laughs not to be left out.)
{The Algonquin Round Table was a regular dinner meeting at which many of New York City's greatest literary minds of the 1920's presided. They met at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, which was named for the indigenous tribe of the area (The Algonquins were a tribe of Native Americans).
The "kid's table" reference is to the Thanksgiving holiday. Often at Thanksgiving, the extended family members attend (or serveral outside families) at only one house. At mealtime, there aren't enough seats at the formal dining table, so the kids are seated at folding card tables, TV trays, etc. Being seated there is sort of a social caste - you aren't "adult" enough to sit at the "grown-ups'" table. [link]}
[Cut back to the present day.]
The Salesman(Interrupting the flashback) Excuse me, I'm sorry, you haven't said anything for about two and a half minutes, are you at all interested?
JoeyYeah-well-yeah! Yeah-oh-yeah. Come on in. Come on. The Geller's Kitchen, Monica and Phoebe are still cooking. PhoebeThat's weird.
PhoebeYour nails.
MonicaOh I know, I never wear fake ones. I just did it so my mom wouldn't give me grief about me biting them.
PhoebeOh. No, I meant that it's weird that you only have nine now.
Monica(Looks at her nails) Oh my God. Wait a minute, I had them when I put... (Realizes) Oh my God! It's in the quiche! Oh My God!
PhoebeOk, don't panic. I'm gonna go to the store, I'm gonna get you another set of nails, no one's gonna know, and you're gonna look great. (She runs over to get her coat.) Oh! Oh, it's 'cause they're gonna eat - that's the problem.
Mrs. Geller(Entering) (to Monica) Honey, don't bite your nails.
MonicaOk ah, please don't freak out. Umm, but ah, there's a blue fingernail in-in one of the quiche cups, and there's no way to know which one.
PhoebeAnd! Whoever finds it wins the prize!
Mrs. Geller(Laughs) I'm not freaking out.
MonicaUm, why are you laughing?
Mrs. GellerIt's nothing, it's just that now your father owes me five dollars.
MonicaWhat? You bet I'd lose a nail?
Mrs. GellerOh no, don't be silly. I just bet I'd need these. (Opens the freezer to reveal...)
MonicaFrozen lasagnas?
Mrs. GellerUm-hmm.
MonicaYou bet that I'd screw up?! It's all that stuff about hiring me because I was good was...
Mrs. GellerNo, that was all true. This was just in case you pulled a Monica.
MonicaYou promised Dr. Weinburg, you'd never use that phrase.
Mrs. GellerOh honey, come on, have a sense of humor, you've never been able to laugh at yourself.
MonicaRight (Laughs). My mom doesn't have any faith in me! Oh, that's hilarious! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.
PhoebeI don't get it.
Mrs. GellerNo, I have faith...
Monica(Interrupting) No! You have lasagnas! (Storms out and an awkward silence follows.)
PhoebeOh, the ruined quiches are ready. Heey. Joanna's office, Joanna and Chandler are making out on her chair. Chandler isn't wearing any pants. ChandlerI really don't think we should be doing this.
(They kiss.)
ChandlerIt just doesn't...feel like we're breaking up.
JoannaNo, we are. I'm sad.
(They start kissing again, but are interrupted by the phone.)
Joanna(Answering the phone) Yes. (Listens) Uh, can't you wait until tomorrow? (Listens) All right. (Hangs up) Aw, unbelievable! Aww.
JoannaNo, no, that-that was my boss. I have to go.
ChandlerOk. (Starts to button up his shirt)
JoannaWhat're you doing?
ChandlerI'm getting dressed.
ChandlerWhen I walk outside naked people throw garbage at me.
JoannaWait. I wanna show you something.
ChandlerWhat is it?
JoannaJust a little gag gift somebody gave me. (She's holding a pair of handcuffs) Put your hands together.
ChandlerAh-ha, you're not the boss of me. (She kisses him) Yeah, you are! (She handcuffs him to the chair) Hmm, saucy.
Joanna(Kisses him) I'll be back in ten minutes. (Starts to leave)
ChandlerYou are, you're gonna leave me like this?
JoannaKnowing you're here, waiting for me I think it's kind of exciting, don't you?
ChandlerOk. But if you don't come back soon, (She leaves and closes the door) there's pretty much nothing I can do about it!
[Cut to Joanna's outer office, where Rachel and Sophie work. They are both coming back from lunch.]
Joanna(Locking her door) Oh.
SophieHi! I brought you back a macaroon!
JoannaOh great! I'll keep it in my butt with your nose. (She grabs the cookie and walks out.)
RachelThat's weird, she locked the door.
SophieYou know why? She's got the Christmas bonus list in there. I saw her working on it this morning.
RachelOk, swear, you won't tell, but when Mark left he gave me a key to Joanna's office. You wanna see the list?
(Rachel unlocks and opens the door to reveal a half-naked Chandler handcuffed to the chair. They both gasp and Chandler stares at them in shock and surprise.)
ChandlerHi! (to Sophie) How are you?
(Rachel and Sophie both back out and close the door without saying anything.) Joanna's office, Chandler, still handcuffed to the chair, is looking through the lingerie catalog by turning the pages with his teeth. The phone rings and Chandler answers it with his nose. ChandlerHello, Joanna...(Realizes he doesn't know her last name)...'s office.
Joanna(on speaker phone) I'm really sorry but I may be a little while longer.
ChandlerHow little?!
JoannaA couple of hours, I feel awful.
ChandlerLook, this isn't funny! You get back here right now!
JoannaI can't!!
ChandlerWhy not?!
JoannaI'm in my boss's car!
JoannaUh-oh, tunnel. (The phone gets cut off)
(Chandler gets an idea)
[Cut to Rachel's office as her intercom buzzes.]
Rachel(Answering it) (Angrily) What?!
Chandler(in a serious, businesslike tone) Rachel, could I see you for a moment?
(Rachel goes into talk to Chandler.)
ChandlerOk, here's the situation. The keys to the cuffs are on the back of the door. Could you be a doll and, grab them and scoot on over and unlock me? And on a totally separate subject, that is a lovely pantsuit.
RachelYou promised you would break up with her!
ChandlerI did break up with her! She just took it really, really wild!
RachelAnd the fact that you were jeopardizing my career never entered your mind?!
ChandlerIt did enter my mind! But then something happened that made it, shoot right out.
RachelYou know what Chandler, you got yourself into those cuffs, you get yourself out of 'em.
ChandlerNo-no-no-no-no-no-no!! I can't get myself right out of them! You must have me confused with The Amazing Chandler!! Come on, you have to unlock me, she could be gone for hours, and I'm cold, and (Stops and looks up the skirt on a statue behind Joanna's desk.)
RachelOh, Chandler!! All right, this is it! (Grabs the key) You never see Joanna again!
RachelYou never come into this office again!
RachelYou give me back my Walkman!
ChandlerI- I never borrowed your Walkman.
RachelWell then I lost it. You buy me one!
ChandlerYou got it! Here we go! Come on! This is great! (Rachel goes over and unlocks the handcuffs) Ahhh! (He starts rubbing his wrist)
RachelDoes it hurt?
ChandlerNo, I just always see guys doing this when they get handcuffs taken off them. (He runs over to where his pants are hanging) Hello sweet pants!
RachelWait a minute! What are you gonna tell Joanna?
ChandlerAbout what?
RachelWhen she sees that you're gone, she's gonna know that I let you out, and that I was in here, and I'm gonna get fired!
ChandlerI'll make something up! I'm good at lying, I actually did borrow your Walkman!
RachelNo, there's nothing to make up, she's gonna know that I have a key to her office, I've gotta get you locked up back the way you were! (She tries to drag him over to the chair, but Chandler stops her.)
ChandlerOh-ho-ho, I don't think so!
(He starts to put his pants on, but Rachel manages to drag him to the chair. When they get to the chair, Chandler drops his pants and knocks the chair away. Rachel then backs him up and locks him to the top drawer of a filing cabinet.)
ChandlerWell, this is much better. Chandler and Joey's, The salesman is trying to sell Joey the encyclopedias. The SalesmanSo, here's somebody interesting, Joey. What do you know about Van Gogh?
JoeyUh... he cut off his ear.
The SalesmanAnd?
JoeyI'm out.
The SalesmanHe painted that. (Points to one of his paintings in the book)
JoeyWow! That's pretty nice. I thought he cut off his ear 'cause he sucked. Wh-what else you got in there?
The SalesmanLet's see, ahhh... Where does the Pope live?
JoeyIn the woods. No wait-wait, that's the joke answer. ('Is the Pope Catholic?' mixed with 'Where does a bear poop?')
The SalesmanActually it's, Vatican City. Now ahh, what do you know about vulcanized rubber?
JoeySpock's birth control.
The Salesman(Laughs) You need these books.
Monica's childhood bedroom (which has been turned into a gym), Monica is lying on the treadmill as Phoebe enters. PhoebeHey!
PhoebeThis used to be your room? (She nods 'Yes') Wow! You must've been in really good shape as a kid.
MonicaOhh, I'm such an idiot. I can't believe I actually thought she could change.
PhoebeWell, who cares what your mom thinks? So you pulled a Monica.
MonicaOh good, I'm glad that's catching on.
PhoebeNo but, why does that have to be a bad thing. Just change what it means. You know? Go down there and prove your mother wrong. You finish the job you were hired to do, and we'll call that pulling a monica.
PhoebeOk, umm, if a kid gets straight A's, his parents would say, "Yeah, he pulled a Monica." You know? Or a fireman saves a baby, and they go, "Yeah I know, he pulled a Monica." Or someone hits a home run and the announcer says, "Yeah, that one's outta here." 'Cause some things don't change.
Monica(Getting up) All right, I'll go down there. But, I'm not gonna serve the lasagna. I'm gonna serve something I make.
(She exits and Phoebe goes over and sits down at the machine that works your shoulders and tries to do one, which she does, easily.)
PhoebeWow! My breasts are really strong. (She goes and joins Monica.)
Joanna's office, Rachel and Chandler are having a little tug-of-war with his pants. RachelChandler! Chandler, please, I have to get you locked up back the way you were, I am sooo gonna lose my job, she's very private about her office. Now I know why.
ChandlerHey, look, you're in trouble either way! Ok? If she comes in and sees me locked to this instead of the chair, she's gonna know you were in here. So you might as well just let me go.
RachelWhat if I clean your bathroom for a month?
ChandlerIt still wouldn't be clean. (Rachel makes an 'Eww, disgusting!' face) All I want is my freedom.
RachelFoot rubs for a month!
RachelI'll-I'll take all of your photos and I'll put them into photo albums!
ChandlerFreedom! I want my freedom! Why won't you hear me?! (Opens the door) Sophie, help me! Help me!! (Sophie stands up)
RachelSophie, sit!!
(She closes the door and puts his tie into his mouth as a gag.)
RachelNo! God, would you just calm down!
(Chandler screams a little bit, then realizes that he can spit out his gag. He does so with a 'Pouff!')
ChandlerI'm gonna say this for the last time. Would you please just... (He moves his arm which opens the drawer and hits in the back of the head, which proves his point.) Chandler and Joey's, Joey is now reading the 'V' book, with the salesman watching. JoeyWow! There's a lot I didn't know about vomit. (The duck comes to the door of the bathroom, quacking.) (To the duck) In a minute. (The duck goes back into the bathroom.)
The SalesmanSo, what do you say, Joey? You get the whole set of encyclopedias for twelve hundred dollars, which works out to just 50 bucks a book!
JoeyTwelve hundred dollars? You think I have $1200? I'm home in the middle of the day, and I got patio furniture in my living room. I guess there's a few things you don't get from book learning.
The SalesmanWell ah, what can you swing?
JoeyHow about zero down and zero a month for a long, long time?
The SalesmanYou don't have, anything?
JoeyYou wanna see what I got? (He gets up to empty out his pockets) Ok? I've got a baby Tootsie Roll, a movie stub, keys, a Kleenex, a rock, and an army man. Hey!
The SalesmanOk, I-I get the picture. Uh, thanks for your time. (Starts to leave)
JoeyAnd a 50. (The salesman stops suddenly) Huh, these must be Chandler's pants.
The SalesmanFor 50 bucks, you can get one book! What will it be? A? B? C?
JoeyOh, I-I think I'm gonna stick with the V, I wanna see how this bad boy turns out. Joanna's office, Rachel and Chandler are still negotiating. RachelI ah, will buy and wrap all of your Christmas gifts.
RachelI ah... Oh! I'll squeeze you fresh orange juice every morning!
ChandlerWith extra pulp?
Rachel(Happily) Yeah!!
RachelDuh-oh!! (Pause) I've got it!
ChandlerYou don't have it.
RachelI have so got it. There's gonna be rumors about this, there's no way to stop it. Sophie knows, Monica and Phoebe know.
ChandlerHow do Monica and Phoebe know?
RachelOh, I called them. And when they ask me what I saw, I can be very generous (Holds her hands far apart) or very (In a high-pitched voice) stingy.
Chandler(intrigued) Go on.
RachelI can make you a legend. I can make you this generation's Milton Berle.
ChandlerAnd Milton Berle has a...
RachelOhh, not compared to you. (Chandler nods in agreement) The Geller's kitchen, Phoebe is bringing in some dirty dishes. MonicaWell?
PhoebeThey're not even touching the lasagna!
PhoebeOh, they love your casserole.
PhoebeIt's hard to believe that just a little while ago this was nothing but ingredients.
Mrs. Geller(Entering) Everyone seems to like your dish.
MonicaAnd you?
Mrs. GellerI thought it was... quite tasty.
MonicaSo if everyone liked it, and you liked it, that would make this a success. Which would make you...
Mrs. Geller(Interrupting) A bitch?
MonicaWell, I was going for wrong, but we can use your word.
Mrs. GellerYes, well I was wrong, and I have to say, you really impressed me today.
PhoebeUmm, you might even say that she pulled a Monica. (They both look at her) (to Monica) She doesn't know we switched it. (Monica nods her head 'No.')
Mrs. GellerAnd, the next time you cater for me, there will be nothing but ice in the freezer. (She starts to bite her nails)
MonicaThat really means a lot. Oh, and mom, don't bite your nails. Central Perk, all except Chandler, are there. ChandlerHello.
Joey, Rachel, and RossHey!
Monica(in a sexy voice) Hello, Chandler. (Phoebe has a huge smile on her face.)
Chandler(to Rachel) I love you. (Kisses her on the forehead)
JoeyHey, wh-what's going on?
(She motions for them to come closer, they lean in and she whispers what Rachel told her. The guys both lean back laughing.]
JoeyNo he doesn't!
Chandler(Checks his watch) Two hours, that lasted!
RachelSo did you break up with Joanna?
ChandlerI think so.
JoeyWell, it's good thing you got out when you did, before she blew up like that Vesuvius.
RossThe volcano?
JoeyYeah. And speaking of volcanoes, man are they a violent igneous rock formation.
JoeyOh yeah, lava spewing, hot ash, 'course some are dormant.
MonicaWhy are you talking about volcanoes all of the sudden?
JoeyWell, we can talk about something else. What do you wanna talk about? Vivisection? The Vas deferens? The Vietnam War?
MonicaOh! Did anybody see that-that documentary on the Korean War? (Joey is pissed)
AllOh, yeah. Yeah.
PhoebeOh God, Korea is such a beautiful country.
RossWith such a sad history.
ChandlerCould there be more Kims?
(They all laugh and Joey joins them, not to be left out. When the laughing dies down, he has a depressed look on his face.) Rachel's office, Rachel is coming in for the day. Joanna(from her office) Who's out there?
RachelIt's me! Good morning!
JoannaRachel, could you come in here a moment, please?
RachelYeah, sure. Umm, they didn't have poppy seed bagels, so I have sesame ones... (Enters Joanna's office and sees her handcuffed to her chair wearing nothing but a slip) Oh my word!
JoannaHi. I seem to have had a slight office mishap. Could you please get the key off the back of the door for me.
RachelYeah! Loo-
(She goes back and forth, not sure what to do first, put the bagel down or grab the key. She finally puts the bagel down and grabs the key and just sets them down on Joanna's desk.)
Joanna(Stares at her) If you could!
RachelOh I'm sorry! (Goes to unlock her)
JoannaYou can tell your friend Chandler that we're definitely broken up this time.

Written by Seth Kirkland; Transcribed by Eric Aasen, With Help from Darcy Partridge; Added footage text by Matthew G; Annotated by ncp