When somebody wishes to discuss an episode of a TV programme and they can't remember what it's called, they will usually describe it as "The one with..." or "the one where..."
Sometimes, such a phrase will literally be used as a name for something (which may lead to slight confusion similar to Who's on First?
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- Parodied in Duel Masters. The episode in which Shobu duels Hakuo is entitled... "The One Where Shobu Duels Hakuo".
- Friends referenced this by starting all but a handful of episode titles with the words "The One (With/Where)...", the exceptions being the pilot and the finale, along with a few shows called "The One After...". Additionally, the pilot has an alternate title; it is now listed on IMDb as "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate" and the Season 1 DVD set also uses that title. The Other Wiki still calls it "The Pilot". The series finale is titled, logically enough, "The Last One". The reason for this is exactly the one seen above in the trope description: so the episode can be discussed in informal conversation without the need to remember the title.
- This can result in odd situations where the title won't always correspond to the logical "The One With" name. For example, "The One With The Embryos" is more well-known as the one with the trivia contest that leads to the guys and girls switching apartments.
- 30 Rock referenced this in an episode guest-starring Jennifer Aniston, as well as cast members of Night Court in an unrelated sub-plot. The episode's title? "The One With The Cast of Night Court."
- Mock the Week's Funniest Book Ever references it a couple of times, with the fictional Friends episodes "The One You Haven't Seen Before" and "The One Where You Realise That It's Not As Funny As It Used To Be".
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 is often called "that show with the guy and those robots".
- One Doctor Who story is famous as "the one with the giant maggots". Its actual title is "The Green Death".
- Neil Gaiman, writer of the episode 'The Doctor's Wife' said that he hopes to get the approval of a cab-driver, like this;
Cabby: What episode did you do? The One with the Angels?
Neil: No, the One Where The TARDIS Becomes Human.
- Spoofed on Arrested Development, which has two episodes titled "The One Where Michael Leaves," where Michael doesn't actually leave and "The One Where They Build a House," where they don't actually build a house.
- That '70s Show was originally going to be called Teenage Wasteland, but after focus groups were repeatedly overheard referring to it as "that '70s show," the producers decided to just go with it.
- Peter Kay titled his sketch show That Peter Kay Thing, because he knew that's what people would call it no matter what the actual title was.
- Adventures in Odyssey had a two-part episode titled "The One About Trust". It's actually one of the best episodes of the series, but there's no denying that the title is accurate.
- Duckman has a third season episode titled "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role". Kinda funny when you remember she played Phoebe.
- Futurama executive producer David X. Cohen refers to the episodes "Jurassic Bark" and "Luck of the Fryrish" as "the one with Fry's dog" or "the Fry's brother episode", respectively, even though he seems to know the rest of the episode titles. Interestingly, he always seems to remember the production codes for those episodes...
- Drawn Together had the first season episode "The One Wherein There Is A Big Twist".
- Batman The Brave And The Bold: Because of the team-up aspect of the show and the revolving door of supporting characters, this show's episodes are often referred to in discussion as "The One with Plastic Man" or "The first team up with the Blue Beetle", etc.
- In universe, Aquaman will name his adventures in this manner ("I shall call this adventures The One Where Larger Than Life Heroes Come In Small Packages!")
- The first few episodes of Family Guy were named after old radio murder mystery play titles that had nothing to do with the episode plots. It didn't take long for the writers to have to resort to "That story in which Peter..." in order to talk among themselves about certain episodes. Shortly afterwards the show started to use titles that refered to the plots.
- There is a brand of German wine called "Der mit dem Wolf" ("The One with the Wolf"). True enough, there is a wolf depicted on their logo.