Friends (1994–2004)
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The One Where Heckles Dies 

After Mr. Heckles dies and leaves all his belongings to Monica and Rachel, Chandler worries he will die alone just like him. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Ross argue over evolution.


Kevin Bright (as Kevin S. Bright)


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 9 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Larry Hankin ... Mr. Heckles
Mike Hagerty ... Mr. Treeger (as Michael G. Hagerty)
Danny Dayton ... Buddy Doyle
Maggie Wheeler ... Janice


When Monica and Rachael's grumpy neighbour, Mr Heckles, dies he takes his final revenge by leaving all his belongings to them, which is basically all his junk that he has hoarded over the years. However while going through Heckles year book, Chandler realised that when Heckles was younger he was a lot like him and yet he died alone and bitter, this frightens Chandler into changing his ways as he doesn't want to end up like him. Meanwhile, Phoebe infuriates Ross by claiming evolution is just a myth. Written by Iantjambo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

5 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Mr. Heckles lives in apartment No. 8. Monica and Rachel live above Mr. Heckles in apartment No. 20 with Chandler and Joey living directly across the hall in apartment No. 19. See more »


At approximately 3:38 the gang is outside Mr. Heckles apartment talking to Mr. Treeger while Mr. Heckles' body is being wheeled away a cop is making out a report. On the wall behind the cop is the shadow of the boom mic that slowly moves up the wall. See more »


Ross: Okay, Pheebs. See how I'm making these little toys move? OPPOSABLE THUMBS. Without evolution, how do YOU explain opposable thumbs?
Phoebe: Maybe the overlords needed them to steer their spacecrafts.
Ross: Please tell me you're joking.
Phoebe: Look, can't we just say that you believe in something and I don't?
Ross: No, no, no Pheebs, we can't. Okay, because...
Phoebe: Why not? What is this obsessive need you have to make everyone agree with you? No, what's that all about? You know what? I think, I think maybe you put Ross "under ...
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References A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

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Matthew Perry's finest hour
25 October 2009 | by anthollySee all my reviews

Whilst this episode is excellent and gives a glimpse of the overall brilliance of Season 2, the main reason it stands out for me is the performance of Matthew Perry.

I imagine that at the time the series was probably a little too young for it to be recognised by The Emmy committee but, having watched it several times through TV re-runs, it is clear to see that Perry puts in a wonderful sequence of beautifully-acted scenes which highlight Chandler at his achingly neurotic best.

You really feel like you go on a journey through his back-story, and come to empathise with his current-day status as loner-to-be, all in the space of less than 25 minutes. If retroactive Emmys were to be handed out, I would no hesitation in nominating this episode as Perry's magnum opus.

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