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The One With The Blackout

Episode 1.07

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New York City is blacked out, due to a mishap on Mad About You. Chandler is trapped in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre. The rest of the gang hangs out at Monica and Rachel's apartment. Ugly Naked Guy lights a bunch of candles and has a slight accident. While trying to share his feelings with Rachel, Ross is attacked by a cat. While searching for the cat's owner, Rachel and Phoebe meet "the Weird Man", known in later episodes as Mr. Heckles. He tries to claim the cat, but it obviously isn't his. The cat turns out to belong to Paolo, an Italian hunk who lives in the building and doesn't speak much English.

The one where they said....

Phoebe: Hi! Um, I want to start with a song that's about that moment when you suddenly realize what life is really all about. Okay, here we go. [lights go out] Okay, thank you very much.

Monica: Pants and a sweater... why, mom? Who am I gonna meet in a blackout? Power company guys? Eligible looters? Could we talk about this later? Okay.

Jill Goodacre (on phone): I'm fine. No, I'm not alone. I don't know, some guy.
Chandler (thinking): Oh! Some guy! Some guy. 'Hey Jill, I saw you with some guy last night. Yes, he was some guy.

Jill Goodacre: Would you like to call somebody?
Chandler (thinking): Yeah, about 300 guys I went to high school with.

Monica: Okay, I'll go. Okay... senior year of college... on a pool table.
Everyone: Whoa!
Ross: That's my sister.
Joey: Okay, my weirdest place would have to be... the women's room on the second floor of the New York City public library.
Monica: Oh my God! What were you doing in a library?
Ross: Phoebs, what about you?
Phoebe: Oh... Milwaukee.
Rachel: Um... Ross?
Ross: Disneyland, 1989, It's a Small World After All.
Everyone: No way!
Ross: Uh, yeah... the ride broke down, so Carol and I went behind a couple of those mechanical dutch children... then they fixed the ride, and we were asked never to return to the Magic Kingdom.
Phoebe: Oh! Rachel?
Rachel: Oh come on, I already went.
Monica: You did not go!
Everyone: Come on!
Rachel: Oh, alright. The weirdest place would have to be... oh, the foot of the bed.
Ross: Step back!
Joey: We have a winner!

Joey: It's never gonna happen.
Ross: What?
Joey: You and Rachel.
Ross: Wha... whatta... What? Why not?
Joey: Because you waited too long to make your move, and now you're in the friend zone.
Ross: No, no, no. I'm not in the zone.
Joey: Ross, you're mayor of the zone.

Phoebe (singing): New York City has no power, and the milk is getting sour. But to me it is not scary, 'cause I stay away from dairy.... LA la, la LA la, LA la...

Chandler: You know, on second thought, gum would be perfection. [thinking]'Gum would be perfection'? 'Gum would be perfection.' Could have said, 'gum would be nice,' or, 'I'll have a stick,' but no-no-no-no-no. For me, gum is perfection. I loathe myself.

Ross: So, um... where did Paolo come from?
Rachel: Oh, Italy, I think.
Ross: No, I mean tonight, in the building. Suddenly. Into our lives.

Ross: So you do know a little English.
Paolo: Poco... a little.
Ross: Do you know the word, 'crapweasel'?
Paolo: No.
Ross: That's funny, 'cause you are a huge crapweasel!

Chandler: Hi. Um, I'm account number 7143457. And, uh, I don't know if you got any of that, but I would really like a copy of the tape.


Written by Jeffrey Astrof and Mike Sikowitz
Directed by James Burrows
Jill Connick as Jill Goodacre (yes, these two are the same person)
Larry Hankin as the Weird Man (Mr. Heckles)
Cosimo Fusco as Paolo
Aired 11/3/94, 1/3/95, 7/6/95