nursery rhyme

The One with the Nursery Rhyme

In season 1, episode 3 of the popular American TV show Friends, there is a scene where Joey, Phoebe, and Ross are discussing a man’s crooked smile. Joey remarks that the man’s smile was kind of crooked, to which Phoebe agrees and compares it to the man in the shoe. Ross, however, is confused and asks, “What shoe?” This leads to a humorous misunderstanding among the characters.

Phoebe was actually referencing the nursery rhyme “There was a crooked man,” which begins with the line “There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile.” However, she changes the last line to “who lived in a shoe, for a…while…” which is a reference to another nursery rhyme called “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.” Ross, not realizing that Phoebe was referencing a different nursery rhyme, didn’t understand the joke and asked “What shoe?”

Ross, not realizing that Phoebe was referencing a different nursery rhyme, asks “What shoe?” leading to the awkward pause. So basically, Ross didn’t get the joke because he didn’t understand the reference Phoebe was making.


Why Did Chandler Say “Dinah” in Friends Episode 2?

In the second episode of FriendsChandler makes a funny comment when Rachel can’t remember where she left her ring. He suggests that she was with “Dinah” in the kitchen, but viewers may not understand why he said that. It turns out that “Dinah” is a reference to a popular song that many people know.

The song is called “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” and it’s been around for a long time. One of the verses says “Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah,” and Chandler is using that line to make a joke. He’s teasing Rachel about forgetting where she left her ring by pretending that she was with someone named Dinah in the kitchen.

Even though viewers may not have understood the reference at the time, it’s now a fun fact that Friends fans can enjoy. Chandler’s “Dinah” comment is just one example of the show’s humor and wit, and it’s a reminder of how popular culture can bring people together.