"Friends" The One Where the Stripper Cries (TV Episode 2004) Poster


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The parts with Joey on "Pyramid" were shot on the "Pyramid" set. The "Pyramid" audience got a big surprise when they thought they were there to watch a real game of "Pyramid" but instead got to watch the taping for a "Friends" episode.
Ross makes mention of a number of different people that he would like to see while at the reunion, one of them being Michael Skloff and another being Jeffrey Klarik. Michael Skloff is the co-writer of the iconic Friends (1994) theme song as well as additional music for the run of the entire series. Michael's wife, Marta Kauffman, was a co-creator of the series as well as a co-writer of the aforementioned theme song. Jeffrey Klarik is the lifetime partner of co-creator David Crane.
The flashback of the dorm is actually the financial aid office at the University of Iowa
There are several points during the episode when Lisa Kudrow can be seen trying not to laugh at Danny Devito's performance.
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The '80s flashback takes place specifically in 1987, as stated by Ross, and includes an appearance of Fat Monica.


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In this episode, it is revealed that Ross (Monica's older brother) was Monica's first kiss ever.
The wide-screen version of the episode has the "on-air broadcast TV screen" version of the game show portions in academy ratio (3:4) with black sidebars on left and right. The in-story non-broadcast studio sections are in the wide-screen film ratio, as usual for the rest of the entire run of "Friends". This is perfectly logical, as Warner Bros Television knew the future planned wide-screen ratio would be 16:9 eventually, and were future-proofing all of their Filmed Programming. Conversely, as "the Pyramid Game" was actually already being video recorded on 3:4 video, the onscreen graphics wouldn't have been designed for wide-screen that early in the wide-screen broadcast migration plan, as gameshows were considered fairly disposable. Remember this was before game show themed channels such as the Game Show Network and Challenge TV.
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