FwF 1.18 - The One with All the Poker

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00:00 - 1:57

The whole gang is helping Rachel mail out resumes while whistling the theme from The Bridge on the River KwaiI.

ROSS: Uh, Rach, we’re running low onA resumes1 over here.

A. to run low (on sth): (also to run short on something) to have very little of something remaining. >> We’re running low on supplies, we need to order more.

B. go for anything = to settle for anything; to try one’s chances on all opMONICA: Do you really want a job with tions. Popular MechanicsII? C. I mean it = I’m serious (about it); I’m CHANDLER: Well, if you’re gonna work not kidding. >> I love you, I mean it. for mechanics, those are the ones to D. lousy: very bad, despicable, awful. work forIII. >> That guy has lousy habits. >> She’s a RACHEL: Hey, look, you guys, I’m go- lousy politician. ing for anythingB here, OK? I cannot be E. to proofread: to check a text for a waitress anymore, I mean itC. I’m sick mistakes, like spelling or grammatical of the lousyD tips, I’m sick of being called errors. ‘Excuse me...’ F. catch (sth): to find it before it goes ROSS: Rach, did you proofreadE these? out or is officially presented.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Popular Mechanics

Xerox machine


RACHEL: Uh... yeah, why?

1. resumes: reh-zuh-maiz

ROSS: Uh, nothing, I’m sure they’ll be impressed with your excellent “compuper” skills.

2. caught a few: kaw-duh few 3. can I get you..: can I geh-chew?

RACHEL: Oh my God! Oh, do you think it’s on all of them?

References I. The Bridge on the River Kwai: 1957 film set in World War II. Here is a link to the theme song in the movie.

JOEY: Oh no, I’m sure the Xerox machineIV caughtF a few2.

II. Popular Mechanics: a magazine that deals with topics like science, technology, automotive, etc.

Opening Credits / Scene: Central Perk

MONICA: Hey, guys.

III. those are the ones to work for: The joke is that Chandler is referring to a mechanic that is popular (not the name of the magazine, Popular Mechanics).


RACHEL: Hey... hi, ladies... uh, can I get IV. Xerox machine: brand of photocopiers whose name you3 anything? Did you bring the mail? (Xerox) actually became a verb too. 1


1:57 - 2:52

MONICA: Lots ofA responses. RACHEL: Really? Sure, we have sconesPIC left! OK, read them1 to me.

A. note: lots of: in some instances you can either say “lots of ” or “a lot of ” as synonyms. For example: “I have lots of coffee” or “I have a lot of coffee”. B. inquiry: (formal) a question. >> Part of her job is to answer people’s inquires about the service. Verb to inquire (about sth): to seek information by asking a question. >> She went to the competition to inquire about prices.

PHOEBE: Dear Ms. Green, thank you for your inquiryB, however... oh... RACHEL: We have apple cinnamonI. MONICA: OK... Dear Ms. Green... yeah... yeah... yeah... No.



C. plaything = anything that can be used as a toyPIC.


D. yarn: fibers or thread for the production of textiles.


credit card bill


PHOEBE: Your Visa billPIC is huge!

1. read them: read ‘em

RACHEL: Give me that! CHANDLER: You know, I can’t believe you. Linda is so great! Why wouldn’t you2 go out with her again?

2. why wouldn’t you: why wou-din-chew?

The Flinstones


I. we have apple cinnamon: Rachel is faking she’s taking orders because her employer can’t find out she is looking CHANDLER: Is this still about her whole ‘The FlintstonesPIC could’ve really for another job. happened’ thing? II. someone who gets my heart pounding: Ross wants to fall in love. ROSS: No, it’s not just that. It’s just—I This phrase sounds both poetic and want someone who... who does something cheesy. Pound in this case is the beat for me, you know? Who gets my heart the heart makes to push blood through poundingII, who... who makes me, uh... your veins. ROSS: I don’t know.

CHANDLER: Little playthingsC with yarnD? ROSS: What? CHANDLER: Could you want her moreIII?


III. Could you want her more?: A sarcastic question, meaning that he actually could not want her more. He wants her the maximum amount.


2:52 - 4:00

ROSS: Who?

CHANDLER: Dee, the sarcastic sister from What’s HappeningPIC. ROSS: Look, I am totally, totally over herA, OK, I just... Hiiii! RACHEL: Hi! Coffee? ROSS: We’re fine, we’re fine. RACHEL: OK. JOEY: Shut up1!

Vocabulary A. to be over someone: (from to get over someone) to feel well again after a break up; to not be romantically interested in someone anymore. >> We broke up back on January, but I’m still not over her, you know. >> It was just a little crush, I’m totally over him. B. read ‘em and weep: in the game of poker, used to brag to an opponent that we have a winning hand, and thus, they lose. read ‘em means, “Look at my cards,” and weep means “to cry.”

CHANDLER: We’re not—we’re not say- C. how come: why; used to ask how did that happen? When ‘how come’ is foling anything. lowed by a statement, it is used to ask “in what manner”, especially in a surprised PHOEBE: What? way. >> A: How are you? B: Bad. A: How ROSS: Uhhhh... Joey cried last night. come? >> How come you don’t have to drive? JOEY: Thank you. CHANDLER: We were playing poker, alright. D. ______ thing: this construction is used to refer to an idea, concept, activ2 ity, etc. in a vague and superficial way. JOEY: There was chocolate on the >> What’s the big deal with this twerking three. It looked like an eight, alright? thing? ROSS: Oh, guys, you should have seen him3. ‘Read ‘em and weepB.’ E. sexist: prejudicing, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against womCHANDLER: And then he did. en, based on sex >> his attitude towards women is patronizing and sexist. RACHEL: Well, now, how come you

guysC have never played poker with us?


PHOEBE: Yeah, what is that? Like, some kind 1. shut up: shuh-dup of guy thingD? Like, some kind of sexistE guy thing? Like it’s poker, so only guys can play? 2. chocolate: cho-klit ROSS: No, women are welcome to play4.


3. should have seen him: shou-duh see-nim

PHOEBE: Oh, OK, so then what is it? Some kind of... you know, like, like... some 4. welcome to play: welcome-duh play kind of, y’know, like... alright, what is it? 3

What’s happening


read ‘em and weep


4:00 - 4:56

CHANDLER: There just don’t happen toA be any women in our games. JOEY: Yeah, we just don’t happen to know1 any women that know how to play poker. MONICA: Oh, please, that is such a lameB excuse! Because, that’s a typical guy response. ROSS: Excuse me, do any of you know how to play2? GIRLS: No. RACHEL: But you could teach us . 3

GUYS: No. Scene: Monica and Rachel’s

CHANDLER: OK, so now we draw cardsI.

draw a card

A. happen to = by chance. >> She happened to be present at the moment of the crime. B. lame: bad; boring. Of an excuse, unconvincing. The original meaning is to have a handicap or injury.

Card Suits

Stress Pattern Focus 1. we just don’t happen to know: WE jus DONt HAppe-nuh KNOW 2. do any of you know how to play: DO ih-nee-uv you KNOW HOW duh PLAY 3. but you could teach us: buh-CHEW koud TEE-chus

Top Left: Hearts Top Right: Spades Bottom Left: Clubs Bottom Rt: Diamonds

References I. draw a card: to take a card from the stack/ deck (PIC)

II. I have a straight: in poker a straight flush means cards MONICA: So I wouldn’t need any, right? in your hand (your group of cards) are ordered and are of ‘Cause I have a straightII. the same suit. The opposite is a 4 of a kind flush, which is RACHEL and PHOEBE: Oh, good for cards with the same numbers but of a different type.

you! Congratulations!III

CHANDLER: OK Phoebs, how many do you want? PHOEBE: OK, I just need two... the, um, ten of spades and the six of clubsIV PIC. ROSS: No. No, uh, Phoebs? You can’t— you can’t do...

III. Congratulations: Rachel and Phoebe don’t seem to know they’re not supposed to give up/ show their hands.

RACHEL: Oh wait, I have the ten of spades! Here!

IV. Six of clubs: Phoebe also doesn’t know she can’t deliberately ask for cards.

ROSS: No, no. Uh... no, see, uh, you-you V. can’t do that: the joke is that they are playing poker can’t do thatV. wrong, with the rules of a different card game (like Go Fish) 4


4:56 - 6:03

A. to go for (sth): to choose a particuRACHEL: Oh, no-no-no-no-no-no, that’s OK, I don’t need them1. I’m going lar thing, and try to get it. >> I like dramas, but I generally go for Sci-Fi novels. forA fours.

Salmon Roulettes

B. dip: sauce to dip chips or vegetables in.

ROSS: Oh, you’re...

MONICA: Alright, here we go. We’ve got C. dealer: the person who deals the salmon roulettesPIC and assorted crudi- other players their cards. To dealPIC is tesPIC. to hand out the corresponding cards to each one of the players. JOEY: Whoa, whoa, whoa, Monica, D. for real = doing it seriously, not for what’re you doing2? This is a poker practice or play game. You can’t serve food with more than one syllable. It’s gotta be like chips, E. stake: the money risked on a gamor dipB, or pretzI PIC... ble. Phrase at stake: if someone bets 10 dollars, then it could be said that 10 CHANDLER: OK, so at this point, the dollars are at stake. dealerC... F. big bucks = a large sum of money. MONICA: Alright, you know, we got G. bluffing: faking or lying it, we got it. Let’s play for realD. High stakesE... big bucksF... Pronunciation ROSS: Alright, now, you sure? Phoebe just threw away two jacksII because they didn’t look happy...

CHANDLER: OK, alright, last minute lesson, last minute lesson. Joey... three... eightIII. Eight... three. Alright babe.

I. pretz: the joke is that “pretzel” is two syllables, not one. II. jack: the card in poker with “J” letter. Its rank in the game plays as if it was an “11.”

III. three to eight: mocking the girls’ ignorance on the rules of the game, PHOEBE: About how good your cards were. Chandlers suggests that Joey hand him the cards between 3 and 8, so that he can form a straight flush. JOEY: Heh... I was bluffingG. JOEY: About what?



2. what are you doing: wuh-duh-ya DOin


PHOEBE: Oh I see, so then, you were lying.


1. I don’t need them: I don NEE-dum

PHOEBE: But... I’m ready, so, just dealC.

MONICA: Dammit, dammit, dammit!




6:03 - 7:00

PHOEBE: A-ha! And.. what is bluffingI? A. break up (a party): to cause an event to end >> the police broke up the party beIs it not another word for... lying? cause the teenagers were waking up all the neighbors.

RACHEL: OK, sorry to break up this partyA, but I’ve got resumes to fax before B. settle: in poker, to stop playing and work tomorrow. exchange chips (currency used in poker) for GUYS: Whoa, whoa, whoa!

money. Also means to start living on a piece of land in an uninhabited area.

CHANDLER: Rach, Rach, we gotta settleB.

B. hell (yes/no): used to give more vigor to a yes/no answer.

RACHEL: Settle what?

C. rematch: the act of playing a sports competition another time.

CHANDLER: The... Jamestown colony of VirginiaII. You see, King George is giving us the landIII, so...

D. it’s OK/cool/fine with me: another way of saying you agree a proposal.

ROSS: The game, Rachel, the game. You owe us money for the game. RACHEL: Oh. Right.

E. to get one’s ya-yas: to enjoy in an uninhibited way that allows you to escape from the daily grind of a routine lifestyle (outdated). >> Every now and then I get my ya-yas partying with my friends.

Stress Pattern Focus JOEY: You know what, you guys? It’s their first time, why don’t we just forget 1. why don’t we just forget about the money: about the money1, alright? WHY don WE jus forGEduh-bout the MUH-ney C MONICA: Hell no , we’ll pay! References

PHOEBE: OK, Monica? I had another answer all ready.

I. to bluff: Joey corrects Phoebe that it’s not lying, but bluffing, the jargon used in poker meaning “to deceive someone as to one’s abilities or intentions.”

MONICA: And you know what? We want a rematchD. ROSS: Well that’s fine with meE. I could use the money.

II. Jamestown Colony of Virginia: the first English settlement in North America. They’re joking about the double meaning of the word settle (see definition above).

RACHEL: So basically, you get your III. King George is giving us the land: ya-yasF by taking money from all of your referring to a king in the period of English friends. colonization of America. 6


Jamestown Colony of Virginia


7:00 - 8:34

ROSS: ...Yeah.

Structure: A. in order for (sb/sth) to (do sth)...

CHANDLER: Yes, and I get my ya-yas Used to express the end result of somefrom IkeaI. You have to put them together yourself1, but they cost a little less. thing, and the action that must be done to achieve said result. ROSS: Look, Rachel, this is poker. I play > In order for him to be elected [result], to win, alright? In order forA me to win, he has to gain [action] people’s trust. other people have to lose. So if you’re > You need to take proper care [action] of gonna play poker with me, don’t expect the machine in order for it to have a long me to be a ‘nice guy,’ OK? ‘Cuz once shelf life [result]. those cards are dealt... This is essentially a conditional sentence JOEY:...Yeah? as it’s possible to rephrase it with “if ”. >> If he wants to be elected, he has to gain 1 ROSS: I’m not a nice guy . people’s trust. Scene: Ross’ apartment

B. to be (way) off = not right, not accurate. >> My prediction on the game was a bit off.

ROSS: Alright boys, let’s eat.

Black Bart

C. pal = an informal way of refering to a male >> Are you serious, pal?

CHANDLER: Oh, did you get that from3 the ‘I Love Rachel’ pizzeria?


ROSS: You still on that? CHANDLER: Oh, come on. What was with that whole Black BartII speech? “When I play poker, I’m not a nice guy!”

1. you have to put them together yourself: YU haf-duh PU-dum duh-GEther yir-SELF 2. not a nice guy: NAW-duh NIS GUY

ROSS: You are way offB, palC.

3. did you get that from...: JEW GET THAT fruhm

JOEY: No, I don’t think so, see Ross, because I think you love her.

4. I might’ve had feelings for her: I MIGH-duh-VAd FEE-lings fuhr her

ROSS: Um.... no. See, I might’ve had feelings for her4 at one time—not any more. I just—I...


References I. IKEA: company that sells furniture and other products that are meant to be assembled by the buyer. Chandler mentions that although it might be bothersome to have to put IKEA products together yourself, they cost less.

Marcel! Where are you going with that disc PIC? You are not putting that on again! Marcel, OK—if you press that but- II. Black Bart: a criminal from the 18th century who was ton, you are in very, very big trouble. known for leaving poetic messages behind after his robberies. 7

8:34 - 9:38 Scene: Monica and Rachel’s

RACHEL: Can you believe what a jerkA Ross was being? PHOEBE Yeah, I know.

Vocabulary A. a jerk = a mean person, an idiot. B. the pot calling the kettle black: used to convey that the criticisms a person is aiming at someone else could apply equally well to themselves

C. beg to differ: polite way to say you do MONICA: He can get really competitive. not agree with someone. >> He said that was French, but I beg to differ, that’s Italian. Note: sometimes used humorously (as in PHOEBE: Ha. Ha, ha. the scene).

MONICA: What? PHOEBE: Oh, hello, kettleB+ PIC? This is Monica. You’re black.

pot calling kettle black

D. slips (out of sth): to move in a sliding manner. For example, if you’re holding soap and you squeeze it, it might slip out of your hand.


slip (out of hand)

MONICA: Please! I am not as bad as1 Ross. E. mother ship: a large vehicle that leads, or carries smaller vehicles. A mother ship may be a maritime ship, aircraft, or spacecraftPIC.

RACHEL: Oh, I beg to differC. The PictionaryI incident? F. [do sth] for a living: to earn money by MONICA: That was not an incident! I-I was gesturing, a-and the platePIC slipped out ofD my hand. RACHEL: Oooooh. Oh! I got an interview2! I got an interview!

doing an activity. >> He fixes computers for a living.


mother ship

1. not as bad as: naw-daz bah-daz

2. I got an interview: I gaw-dan-inner-view MONICA: You’re kidding! Where? Where? RACHEL: Sak’s... Fifth... Avenue. MONICA: Oh, Rachel!

PHOEBE: Oh, it’s like the mother shipE is calling you homeII. MONICA: Well, what’s the job? RACHEL: Assistant buyer. Oh! I would be shopping... for a livingF! 8

References I. pictonary: a game in which a team of players have to guess a word or phrase based on what another participant is drawing on a board. II. mother ship is calling you home: Phoebe means that Rachel is going back to her roots. Since shopping is what Rachel loves the most, a shopping mall (her “mother ship”) is where she belongs.



9:38 - 10:58

MONICA: OK, look. That is Aunt Iris1. This woman has been playing poker since she was five. You gotta listen to every word she says. Hi! AUNT IRIS: Is Tony RandallI dead? MONICA: I don’t think so.

A. crap: (also a pile of crap/shit, bullshit) lies. >> Everything she told me is crap. I can’t believe I trusted her. Collocation full of crap/shit”: someone who is full of shit/crap tells a lot of lies. >> Don’t believe anything he tells you, he’s full of shit (less vulgar = full of it). B. parking meter: device used to collect money in exchange for a driver’s right to park next to itPIC.

AUNT IRIS: Well, he may be now, because I think I hit him2 with my car. MONICA: What?


RACHEL: Oh my God!

Tony Randall


1. aunt Iris: Ann I-ris

MONICA: Really?

/a/ in “aunt” is a wide a. It means that AUNT IRIS: No! That’s bluffing. Lesson it’s pronounced with your lips spread number one. Let me tell you something... open. Also, /t/ in “aunt” is stopped. That everything you hear at a poker game2 is means the air is cut off in the throat. pure crapA. Nice earringsPIC. 2. I think I hit him: I theen-ky-hih-dim PHOEBE: Thank youII. AUNT IRIS: Girls, sit down. MONICA: Uh, Aunt Iris? This is Phoebe, and that’s Rachel... AUNT IRIS: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, listen, I am parked at a meterB. Let’s do it. Scene: Ross’s apartment

3. hear at a poker game: hee-ruh-duh poker game 4. I’m going to pay for that tonight: I’m-uh-nuh pay for thA-tuh-night

References I. Tony Randall: American actorPIC.

PHOEBE: Ross, could we please, please, II. thank you...: Phoebe doesn’t realize please listen to anything else? what aunt Iris has just told her: everyROSS: Alright. I’m gonna pay for that tothing said in poker is bluffing. So, it 4 night . was actually a lie that her earrings were nice. RACHEL: Hi! ROSS: Hey. RACHEL: Guys! Guess what, guess what, guess what, guess what!


parking meter


10:58 - 12:02

CHANDLER: Um, ok... the... the fifth dentist cavedA and now they’re all recommending TridentI? RACHEL: Noooo... the interview! She loved me! She absolutely loved me. We talked for like two and a half hours1, we have the same tasteB in clothes, and—oh, I went to campII with her cousin... And, oh, the job is perfect. I can do this. I can do this well!

A. to cave (in): give up in an argument or to cede under pressure. >> A lot of candidates cave in before finishing the hard training of the military. Literally: to collapse inwards- as in a cave. B. taste (in sth): your personal preferences for something like music, clothes, colors, etc. >> We share the same taste in music. >> He’s got good taste in movies.

ALL: That’s great! That’s wonderful!

C. give it a try = to try something.

RACHEL: Oh God, oh, and then she told the funniest story...

D. shall ...?: shall: used in questions to indicate a suggestion in a polite manner. >> Shall we go? >> Shall we begin?

MONICA: OK, great. You’ll tell us and we’ll laugh. Let’s play poker. JOEY: Alright now listen, you guys, we talked about it, and if you don’t want to play, we completely understand. CHANDLER: Oh yes, yes, we could play some other game... like, uh, I don’t know... Pictionary? MONICA: Ha, ha, very funny, very funny. But I think we’d like to give poker another tryC. Shall weD, ladies?

F. give it a go: to try something; to give a chance.

Pronunciation 1. two and a half hours: tu ih-nuh-haf ourz 2. give it a go: GIH-vih-duh GO

References I. Now they’re all recommending trident:

mend using it.

II. go to camp: in the US, it’s common for adolescents to go to camp in the summer. RACHEL: No, no, thats OK. You know, I Usually one participates in outdoor activities, but there are different types of camp think I’m gonna give it a goF 2 III. (e.g. band camp, space camp, etc.)

ROSS: Alright.

III. give it a go: Rachel shuffles the cards like an expert, so it looks like aunt Iris’ training worked.

RACHEL: Alright...

Scene: Ross’s Apartment


summer camp


E. shuffle: to mix the cards.

PHOEBE and RACHEL: Yes, we should. joke referencing Trident gum’s famous commercials in which 4 out of 5 dentists recomI think we should. ROSS: Uh, Rach, do you want me to shuffleE those?


give it a go


12:02 - 13:14

A. big ones: another way to emphasize ROSS: So, Phoebs owes $7.50, Monica, the value of the dollars. you owe $10, and Rachel, you owe fifteen big onesA. B. to curse (sth): to wish bad things happen to someone. If something is JOEY: But hey, thanks for teachin’ us cursed, it’s affected by bad energy. >> Cross-Eyed Mary. You guys, we gotta He claims she’s a witch and she cursed play that at our regular game. him. Also: to say swear words. >> I understand it if you don’t agree with my PHOEBE: Alright, here’s my $7.50. But I decision, but you don’t need to curse. think you should know that this money C. exert (sth) on/over (sth/sb): to is cursedB. cause an effect on someone or something with authority, power, influence, JOEY: What? etc. >> The opposing party exerts a lot of influence on the parliament. >> They PHOEBE: Oh, I cursed it. So now bad things will happen to he who spends it. can’t exert control over us. >> England has historically exerted its power and influence over Scotland, Wales and NorthCHANDLER: That’s alright, I’ll take it. ern Ireland. Bad things happen to me anyway. This way I can break ‘em up with a movieI.

ROSS: Well, that just leaves the big Green poker machine, who owes fifteen...

D. beg: to ask someone humbly for something. E. dime: 10 cent piece in the United States.

10 big ones


exert power


RACHEL: Mmm-hmmm. Oh, so typical. Ooo, I’m a man. Ooo, I have a penis. Pronunciation Ooo, I have to win money to exertC my power over women. 1. hate yourselves: hei-churselvz MONICA: You know what? This is not over. We will play you again, and we will win, and you will lose, and you will begD, and we will laugh, and we will take every last dimeE you have, and you will hate yourselves1 forever. RACHEL: Hmm. Kinda stepped on my pointII there, Mon. Scene: Monica and Rachel’s


References I. break ‘em up with a movie: he means that at least he can use this money to go to the movie theater in between bad things. II. stepped on my point: Rachel means that Monica contradicted her by acting exactly like the way she just described men act..


13:14 - 14:22


ROSS: So, you gals wanna hand over your A. gal: A girl or young woman. Opposite of “guy.” money now? That way, we don’t have to go through the formality of actually playing. A


B. hand over: to give something to someRACHEL: Ooooh, that’s fine. We’ll see who one, especially when it’s against your will or when you would rather not. >> The robber has the last laughC there, monkey boy. handed over the gun to the police officer. >> Hand over the keys. MONICA: OK, are we doneD with the chitchatE? Are we ready to play some serious C. laugh last: (alteration of saying he who poker? laughs last, laughs best) said when one finds success after being ridiculed.

PHOEBE: Hey you guys, look, the oneeyed jack follows me wherever I go. Right, OK, serious poker. MONICA: Excuse me1, where are you going? ROSS: Uh... to the bathroom.

E. chit-chat: leisurely and unimportant conversation before a more serious and relevant discussion. >> All right, cut the chit-chat and let’s get down to business.

Stress Focus Pattern

JOEY: Alright, well, I’m gonna3 order a pizza.

1. excuse me: skuz-me 2. do you want to go to the bathroom: Duh-YEW WAnna GO-duh the BATHroom

RACHEL: Oh no-no-no-no-no, I’m still waiting to hear from that job and the 3. I’m going to: ai muh-nuh store closes at nine, so you can eat then. JOEY: That’s fine. I’ll just have a Tic-Tac to hold me overF. MONICA: Alright, Cincinnati, no blinds, everybody anteI. PHOEBE: Yes! .... or noII. ROSS: Alright. Your money’s mine, Green. 12


D. to be done = to be finished. >> We’re done with dinner, let’s pay the bill.

F. hold (sb) over: (with food) to help MONICA: Do you want to go to the satisfy one’s hunger until the next meal >> bathroom2, or do you wanna play poker? Have an apple to hold you over until lunch.

ROSS: I want to go to the bathroom.

handing the key over

References I. ante and blinds: types of bets players are forced to make in the game of poker. Ante is a bet that everyone in the game must make in order to continue playing. Blinds are bets that only one or two players are forced to make. II. Yes!... or no: Phoebe starts to understand that she needs to bluff.



14:22 - 16:16

RACHEL: Your flyA is open, Geller.

open fly

A. fly: the zipper (or otherwise button or velcro) used to close the opening of the groin area in jeans and pants.

PHOEBE: You guys, you know what I just realized? ‘JokerPIC’ is ‘poker’ with a ‘J.’ B. hop = jump, bounce. >> She hopped Coincidence? CHANDLER: Hey, that’s... that’s ‘joincidence’ with a ‘C’! JOEY: Uh... Phoebe? Phoebe?

over the bush. Also: used to say aboard a plain or train. >> I’m hopping onto the plane now, I’ll call you when I land.


C. bucko: informal way to refer to a male, often used to mock them jokingly.

PHOEBE: Yeah. Um... I’m outI.

D. fold: the action of giving up in a hand of poker. If you fold, you relinquish your rights to keep playing and to win the pot.

RACHEL: I’m inI. MONICA: Me too.

JOEY: Me too. Alright, what do you got . E. hooker: slang for prostitute. 1

ROSS: Well, you better hopB out of the shower, cause... I got a flushII. RACHEL: Well, well, well, hop back in buckoC, cause I got four sixes! I won! I actually won! Oh my God! You know what? I think I’m gonna make a little Ross pilePIC. I think that one was Ross’, and I think—oh—that one was Ross’. Yes! Well, I have got your money, and you’ll never see it. And your fly’s still open...


1. what do you got: wuh-duh-yuh got

References I. joincidence with a C: what Chandler said makes no sense, he’s just making fun of Phoebe.

III. I got a flush: in poker, a flush is a hand

hop out of the shower, because I got a flush.” Flush as a verb means to activate the draining system of a toilet, which can cause the shower to get really hot.

MONICA: I hate this game! PHOEBE: OK Joey, your bet. JOEY: Ahhh, I foldD like a cheap hookerG who got hit in the stomach by a fat guy with sores on his faceIV. Oh, I’m out.


flush (v.)

II. I’m out / I’m in: in poker, if someone says I’m out they are stating that they are stoping the hand. It’s another way of saying “I fold.” I’m in means that you want to keep playing.

Ha, I made you look. I couldn’t be inner. of cards all of the same suit. Ross jokes with Monica? a play of words when he says, “You better PHOEBE: Monica, in or out?


IV. fold like a cheap hooker: Joey may be refering to something he saw. It’s a mildly distasteful joke. Fold here means bend over in pain.

pile of poker chips

16:16 - 17:05


ROSS: Oh, I’m very in. PHOEBE: Chandler? CHANDLER: Couldn’t be moreA out. PHOEBE: Me too. Rachel.

Vocabulary A. couldn’t be more ____: used to say that you’re definitely feeling a certain way. Chandler’s uses this more than the average person >> I couldn’t be happier to see you again. >> She couldn’t be better prepared for her job interview. B. I’ll see you and raise you: said to accept a bet (I’ll see you), and at the same time raise the stakes (I’ll raise you). >> I see your 100, and raise you 500.

RACHEL: Uh, I will see you... and I’ll raise youB. What do you say1... you want C. pop out: to stick out from an even to waste another buck? surface. ROSS: No, not this time. So... what did you2 have? Stress Pattern Focus RACHEL: I’m not tellingI. ROSS: Come on, show them to me3. RACHEL: No..! ROSS: Show them to me!

3. come on, show them to me: CUH-mon SHOW-em tuh me


RACHEL: Boy, you really can’t stand to lose, can you? Your whole face is getting red... little veins popping outC on your templePIC

I. I’m not telling: in many card games, it’s not recommendable to share your cards even when the game is over, because your opponent will figure out your bluffing strategy.

RACHEL: Oh, you are losing. Definitely losing. 14


2. what did you have?: Wuh-juh have?

CHANDLER: You know, I’ve had dates like thisII.

ROSS: First of all, I’m not losing...

angry vein

1. what do you say: WHAT duh-yuh SAY

RACHEL: Get your hands out of there4! No! 4. get your hands out of there: GEH-chur HANDS ou-duh there

PHOEBE: Plus that shirt doesn’t really matchPIC those pants.

pop-out art

II. I’ve had dates like this: apparently Chandler has got that type of “no!” when asking his date to “show them to me”. What he wanted to see is open to your imagination.

shirt does not match pants


17:05 - 18:56

waiting for a A. open up: to become available >> He drove around the parking lot for 20 min- spot to open up utes before a parking spot opened up.

RACHEL: Hel-lo, Rachel Green. ROSS: Mee mee, mee-mee mee.

RACHEL: Excuse me. It’s about the job. Barbara! Hi, how are you? Uh-huh. No, I Pronunciation understand. Yeah. Oh, oh, come on, no, I’m fine. Don’t be silly. Yeah... oh, but 1. but you know: buh-chew know you know1, if-if anything else opens upA, Stress Pattern Focus plea-Hello? Hello? 2. where were we: WHERE wer WE MONICA: Sorry, Rach. “where” and “were” are pronounced PHOEBE: You know, there’s gonna be identically, but what makes the forlots of other stuff. mer sound different from the latter is RACHEL: Yeah... OK. Where were we2? stress. By putting more emphasis to “where” and less to “were” this phrase Oh, OK... Five Card DrawI, uh... jacks will be pronounced correctly. or betterII... nothing wildIII, everybody ante. 2. does anybody have a problem with that: JOEY: Look, Rachel, we don’t have to do this.


duz ih-nee-body HA-vuh PROblem wih-THAT


RACHEL: Yes, we do.

I. Five Card Draw: is a poker variant that is considered the simplest way to play.

MONICA: Alright, checkIV. JOEY: Check.

II. jacks or better: poker cards are only numbered from 2 to 10. After 10 comes jacks, which ranks as if it was an 11. “Better than jacks” are queens (12), kings (13) or Ace (14).

ROSS: I’m in for fifty cents. CHANDLER: CallV. PHOEBE: I’m in.

III. wild (card): a playing card that can RACHEL: I see your fifty cents... and I raise represent any other card. (Metaphorically, a wild card is a person or thing with unexyou... five dollars. pected behavior.) ROSS: I thought, uh.. it was a fifty cent limit. IV. check: to refuse to place a bet in the current hand. RACHEL: Well, I just lost a job, and I’d like to raise the bet five bucks. Does anybody V. call: to match a bet or match a raise. If no have a problem with that2? LoserPIC? player calls another player’s bet, that player wins the pot. ROSS: No, I fold.




18:56 - 20:51

RACHEL: What do you mean1, you fold? Hey, come on! What is this? I thought that ‘once the cards are dealt, I’m not a nice guy.’ I mean, what, were you just full of itA? ROSS: I’m in. RACHEL: How many you want2? ROSS: One. RACHEL: Dealer takes two. What do you bet3? ROSS: I bet two dollars. RACHEL: OK... I see your two... and I raise you twenty.

A. full of it: (also full of hot air/ shit) if someone is full of it, they are talking nonsense. >> Those people are full of it. They think you can learn a language in 30 days. Also: if someone is full of it (or full of shit/crap), they’re telling a lot of lies. >> That guy is full of shit, don’t believe anything he says. B. shy (of something) = short of. If you take a test, and you’re 20 points shy of perfect, it means that you got 80%. In the scene: when Ross says he’s a little shy, he means he doesn’t have enough money. However, Joey thought he meant he was literally shy (timidPIC).

ROSS: I see your twenty4... raise you twenty-five.


RACHEL: See your twenty-five...and...uh, Monica, get my pursePIC.

1. what do you mean? wuh-duh-yuh mean

MONICA: Rachel, there’s nothing in it. RACHEL: OK, then get me your purse. MONICA: OK babe, here you go. Good luck.

2. how many you want? how many ya-wan

RACHEL: Thank you. I saw your twenty-five, and I raise you... seven.

3. what do you bet? wuh-duh ya beh

PHOEBE: ...teen!

4. twenty: twenny

ROSS: Joey, I’m a little shyB.

4. what do you need? wuh-duh-yuh need

JOEY: That’s OK, Ross, you can ask me. What? CHANDLER: What do you need5, what do you need? ROSS: Fifteen. CHANDLER: Alright, here’s ten.





20:51 - the end

JOEY: Here, I got five, I got five.

A. you got me = I admit my defeat.

ROSS: Thank you.

B. when you don’t have the cards, you don’t have the cards: when we repeat the same phrase or word twice, we try to communicate that there’s no other explanation. For example, in the previous episode Joey says “Ursula is hot. Phoebe is Phoebe” meaning that the only reason he doesn’t think Phoebe is as hot as her sister is just because she is who she is, Phoebe. >> If you tried your best, you tried your best.

CHANDLER: Good luck. ROSS: OK, I am calling your seventeen. What do you gotI? RACHEL: Full houseII. ROSS: You got meA. JOEY: Ahhh, that’s alright. You know, that’s a tough hand to beat. CHANDLER: I thought we had them!

I. what do you got: when the players are done drawing, betting and calling, it’s time to put the cards on the table. That’s what “what do you got” means.

CHANDLER: Airplane! Airport! Airport ‘75! Airport ‘77! Airport ‘79!

II. full house: when a ​card p ​ layer has three ​ cards of one t​ ype and two c​ ards of another.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

RACHEL: Oh, time’s upPIC. MONICA: Bye... bye... BIRDIEIII + PIC. JOEY: Oh! PHOEBE: That’s a bird? That’s a bird! RACHEL: OK, OK, it’s my turn. CHANDLER: Go. ROSS: Uh.... beanPIC! Bean! III.Bye Bye Birdie: famous 1963 movie

RACHEL: Yes! MONICA: That, you get? That, you get? 17

Bye Bye Birdie


ROSS: Oh, well, when you don’t have the cards, you don’t have the cardsB, you know. But, uh... look how happy she is. Closing Credits \ Scene: Monica and Rachel’s

JOEY: The Unbearable Lightness of Being!IV + PIC


IV. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: famous 1984 book by Milan Kundera (and movie) that is probably way too smart for Joey.
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