Friends: Season 4, Episode 3

The One with the 'Cuffs (9 Oct. 1997)

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Monica tries to avoid criticism when she caters a party for her mother. Chandler ends up half naked and handcuffed to a chair in Rachel's boss's office. Joey tries to get educated.



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Chandler sleeps with Rachel's boss Joanna. Rachel makes him end it. Monica needs money so she agrees to cater her mother's party. Monica loses a fake fingernail in the quiche and discovers her mother bet with her dad that Monica would screw up catering the event. Chandler goes to break up with Joanna but ends up being handcuffed to the chair in her office half naked. Rachel has to uncuff him because Joanna is stuck with her boss and isn't coming back. But Rachel has to handcuff him back the way he was, otherwise Joanna will know Rachel was in her office. Monica impresses her mum with a wonderful dish for her guests after all and they finally get along. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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9 October 1997 (USA)  »

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The Salesman is played by Penn Jillette. One half of the famous magician duo Penn and Teller. See more »


In "The One with the Cuffs" a salesperson is showing Joey encyclopedias and points to a painting by Van Gogh but the page clearly only has text. See more »


[Monica is missing a fake fingernail]
Phoebe Buffay: Oh, my God. Your nails.
Monica Geller: I know. I never wear fake ones I only did it so my mom wouldn't give me grief about biting them.
Phoebe Buffay: No, I'm just saying it's weird you only have nine now.
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The One Where Monica Caters A Party For Her Mother...
28 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

I really love this episode. I really do. I think it's just so funny and it has touching moments throughout.

In this episode, Monica is catering a party for her Mother, with the help of Phoebe. Monica tries desperately to get her Mother to stop being so critical. I find it really unfair, the way Monica's Mother treats her. I just always find myself saying, "Shut up and worry about your own life!". Anyway, let's continue. Everything is going relatively okay, but when Monica loses one of her fake nails in the quiche, then she gets worried. She has to admit to her Mother and then the frozen lasagnas come out. That's right. Her Mother thought she'd screw up somehow. Monica refuses to serve something that she didn't make, so she cooks up something delicious and proves her Mother wrong. Meanwhile, Chandler sleeps with Rachel's boss and Rachel demands that he breaks it off. When he doesn't and is with the boss in her office, he gets handcuffed to a chair and left there. He tries to get Rachel to let him out and eventually has to offer her something. But it doesn't work. Since Rachel realizes that if she lets him out, Joanne, the boss, would know that she was in her office and potentially get fired. So Rachel tells the girls that Chandler is, well, let's say, well endowed, in return for staying put. But the rumour gets blown when Joey says he isn't.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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