Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner 

Phoebe will celebrate her birthday by having a dinner with her friends at a fancy restaurant. But everybody is late to the dinner, due to a series of problems.


David Schwimmer


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Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Dan Bucatinsky ... the Waiter
Christina Pickles ... Judy Geller
Kevin Farrell Kevin Farrell ... the Maitre D'
Monique Edwards ... Claudia
Brian Chenoweth ... Ken


Phoebe plans her birthday dinner, but only the ever hungry Joey is on time. Phoebe holds a table for six for over an hour while the waiters want them to move as party of six is waiting. Chandler was unable to resist smoking again when everybody else did during a meeting at his Tulsa job, which makes Monica furious. However she's determined to have sex on the last ovulation day in her monthly cycle. Rachel and Ross locked themselves out before his mother Judy arrives to babysit and Rachel's absurd baby disaster fantasies reach new heights. By the time everybody arrives at the restaurant Phoebe is totally fed-up, while Joey could eat a herd of horses, and gets surprisingly close... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

31 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode, Monica says Chandler used to tell girls he was a Kennedy to get them into bed. Matthew Perry would later go on to play Ted Kennedy in The Kennedys After Camelot (2017) See more »


Claudia states that it is legal to smoke in Oklahoma offices with "15 people or less". It should be "fewer". See more »


Chandler: [after having sex] You are welcome.
Monica: You know what? Let's not talk.
Chandler: What?
Monica: I'm still mad at you for smoking.
Chandler: But you said you forgave me "couple cigarettes no big deal".
Monica: "
Monica: Blah blah blah"I only said because I was ovulating and you said you wouldn't have sex with me if we're fighting.
Chandler: You used me?
Monica: That's right, I got "mine".
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A little mean spirited, but on the whole a funny episode
5 August 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

While this is a funny episode of the show, it doesn't exactly show the characters (aside from Joey) at their best, as they all seem to put their lives before their friends.

I thought Matt Le Blanc was very funny here though. Full of charm and heart, it's lovely what the writers did to develop his character in the last few years of the show.

David Schwimmer also had some nice moments too, especially when telling the story about the 'whirlpool in the apartment'.

Sadly Monica is as annoying as ever, bossing Chandler around. I'm not sure where the writers were going with her at this point.

They might not have been the best friends here, but they were still on the whole funny.

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