Friends

The One Where Joey Dates Rachel

Season 8, Ep 12, Aired 1/10/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Phoebe gets Monica and Chandler a Ms. Pacman arcade game for a wedding present, which leads to some heavy competition between Monica, Phoebe, and, surprisingly, Chandler. Ross gets to teach an important class because of a retiring professor, but soon learns that its on the other side of town, and he doesn't have enough time to get there. Joey takes Rachel to dinner on a pretend date to make her feel better since she can't have a normal relationship due to her pregnancy.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Krista Allen

    Mabel

  • Caryn Ward

    The Waitress

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Matthew Yang King

    The Student

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Awww! Too Cute!

    By rebachick94, Aug 28, 2008

  • Joey dates Rachel but he wants more of it.

    By Black_Grace, May 05, 2007

  • funny

    By simpfan90210, May 05, 2007

  • rachel and joey on a date

    By grace87, Jul 08, 2007

  • 812

    By Canogaparkcindy, Sep 11, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Rachel: Thank God you're home! I'm watching Cujo!
      Joey: Alone?
      Rachel: Yes, what is wrong with this dog?
      Joey: Hey, did you get to the part where they're trapped in the car and Cujo's throwing himself at the windshield?
      Rachel: No, seriously what's wrong with the dog?! Wait a minute, what are you doing home so early? What happened to your date?
      Joey: Oh, it... didn't work out.
      Rachel: Oh. Wanna watch the rest of the movie with me?
      Joey: Oh uh, okay. (Moves a stool next to the chair she's sitting in)
      Rachel: You know I never thought I'd say this about a movie, but I really hope this dog dies. (Notices him on the stool) What are you doing over there? Come sit here, you'll protect me.
      Joey : Oh uh, sure, why not. (Sits down in the chair with Rachel, she turns the movie back on)
      Rachel: There he is, there's Cujo!
      Joey: Don't worry, it's gonna be okay.
      Rachel: Oh my god, what's he gonna do now? I can't watch! (Pulls Joey closer to her) Seriously, how can you watch this? Aren't you scared?
      Joey: Terrified. (Wraps his arms around her tightly)

    • Joey: Tell me one of your moves. Rachel: Alright. So where'd you grow up? Joey: That's your move? Boy Rach, you're lucky you're hot.

    • Monica: (About the initials on the Ms. Pacman machine) Hey wait a minute, this one isn't dirty. Chandler: It is when you put it together with that one. Monica: Ah, well if you don't clear this off, you won't be getting one of those from me.

    • Joey: Oh come on! Just pick one! Between Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, and Ross if you had to, if you had to, who would you punch? Rachel: No one! They are my friends, I wouldn’t punch any of them. Joey: Chandler? Rachel: Yeah, but I don’t know why.

    • Chandler: Come on, by age seven kids have already seen orgies. (Silence) Was it just me?

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui passait une soirée avec Rachel (The One Who Dates Rachel)

    • Cole Sprouse, who played Ben, had no lines in this episode.

    • Music: "Symphony No. 9" by Beethoven

    • This is the final appearance of Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller-Willick-Bunch. Although Ben appeared in 12 episodes of Friends, Cole only played him in 7 episodes.

    • This episode runs 24:02 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (12)

    • Goof: When Monica and Chandler are entering the apartment, Chandler has the grocery bags in his left hand. When the shot changes the bags are suddenly over his shoulder. When the shot changes again he has bags in both hands.

    • Continuity: After this episode, the Ms. Pacman game is never seen again. It was suggested that they put it in the guest bedroom, yet it is never seen in there.

    • Factual Error: NYU does not use bells to start or end classes.

    • Goof: When Joey and Rachel go out on a date and Rachel leaves to go to the bathroom, she turns left by the bathrooms. When Joey is on a date the next night, they are at the same restaurant. When his date leaves to go to the bathroom, she turns right instead of left.

    • Goof: When Ross arrives at his class a lot late, he throws his jacket and it lands on the floor. When the camera angle changes, his jacket is on the coat rack.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Joey's Date: And then he turned around and it was Stephen Baldwin. Stephen Baldwin is an American actor from the famous Baldwin family.

    • Rachel: It's not like it's Citizen Kane. Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film directed by Orson Welles.

    • Ross: Who am I, Rockefeller? John Rockefeller, the founder of the Standard Oil Company, is a famous billionaire.

    • Joey: Oh, subscription to Playboy. Playboy is a popular American men's magazine founded in 1953. As well as jokes and the obvious photographs of nude women, it features various articles on fashion, sports, consumer goods, and public figures.

    • Rachel: Remember last night how we were talking about that movie Cujo? Cujo is a horror movie that is based on a Stephen King novel about a huge rabid dog.

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