Friends

The One Where Rachel Finds Out

Season 1, Ep 24, Aired 5/18/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Joey's new girlfriend wants to go to bed with him, but Joey's participation in a fertility study is preventing this. During Rachel's birthday party, Chandler accidentally lets it slip that Ross is in love with her.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Corinne Bohrer

    Melanie

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Tommy Blaze

    Carl

  • Kerrie Klark

    Flight Representative

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Jul 28, 2009

  • Ross leaves for China for a week. Rachel opens her very expensive gift from him and is shocked and Chandler accidently tells her that Ross loves her. She doesent know if she feels the same way untill she decides to pick him up at the airport.

    By GhostWhisper13, Jun 28, 2010

  • One of my favourite seasons of the show.

    By efc91, Jul 31, 2009

  • Rachel finds out.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 17, 2009

  • What a FANTASTIC way to end the season.

    By harryathouse, Apr 09, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Monica: (About Joey's new girlfriend) What does she think of your little science project? Joey: You think I'm gonna tell a girl I like that I'm also seeing a cup? Monica: Man's got a point. Joey: Well, the tough thing is, she really wants to have sex with me. Chandler: Crazy bitch.

    • Monica: (About Ross's feelings for Rachel) Did you have any idea? Rachel: No! None! I mean, my first night in the city, he mentioned something about asking me out, but nothing ever happened, so I just... (To Joey) Well, what else did he say? I mean, does he, like, want to go out with me? Joey: Well, given that he's desperately in love with you, he probably wouldn't mind getting a cup of coffee or something.

    • Monica: Hey, great skirt! Birthday present? Rachel: Yeah. Monica: Oh, from who? Rachel: From you. I exchanged the blouse you got me.

    • Joey: Oh, it was amazing. You know how you always think you're great in bed? Chandler: The fact that you'd even ask that question shows how little you know me.

    • Chandler: (About Ross) He's in China! Joey: The country. Monica: No, no, wait. (Checking Ross's itinerary) His flight doesn't leave for another forty five more minutes. Chandler: What about the time difference? Monica: From here to the airport?

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    Notes (6)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Rossovy námluvy (Ross Courtship)

    • This is the first appearance of Lauren Tom as Julie. Julie was in 7 episodes of Friends.

    • This is the first episode with Rachel's name in the title of the episode.

    • This episode runs 25:55 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There's more at the beginning of the teaser (the guys are bored silly with baby pictures, while the girls are overly excited). Chandler makes an O.J. joke a little later. And also, as Rachel leaves her date on the balcony to go to the airport, she offers him to Monica.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series (John Shaffner, Greg J. Grande).

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    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: Rachel says that Ross mentioned asking Rachel out on a date on her first night in the city. However, it's actually her second night in the city.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode to mention Rachel's habit of exchanging gifts. This habit becomes a running joke throughout the series.

    • Goof: When Rachel is on the balcony with her date Carl, a set worker dressed in black is visible on the left side of the screen.

    • Continuity: Rachel’s birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend", Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5, and this is consistent with the month of birthday parties thrown for her on the show in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", (which aired in May 1995) and in her one-month-early surprise party in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", (which aired in April 1999). Rachel's 30th birthday, however, is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", (which aired on February 8, 2001). Rachel also mentions that her birthday is after Valentine's Day in "The One with the Girl From Poughkeepsie". A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19).

    Allusions (5)

    • Carl: I'm just saying if I see one more picture of Ed Begley Jr. in that stupid electric car, I'm gonna shoot myself. Ed Begley Jr. is an actor and environmentalist who is best known for his role on the television series St. Elsewhere.

    • Chandler: Hey, is something going on with O.J.? Chandler was referring to the O.J. Simpson trial which took place during this season. O.J. Simpson, a famous football player, was accused of murdering two people. It is often characterized as being "the Trial of the Century."

    • Ross: Do you know who this Carl is? Chandler: Um, let's see. Alvin, Simon, Theodore. No. Ross: Well, Rachel's having drinks with him tonight. Joey: Oh no! How can she do that when she's never shown any interest in you? Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are the main characters of the popular children's show Alvin & the Chipmunks.

    • Melanie: Anyway, that's when me and my friends started this whole fruit basket business. We call ourselves "The Three Basketeers." Joey: Like the three musketeers, only with fruit. This is an allusion to the book and film The Three Musketeers.

    • Rachel: This one's from Joey... feels like a book. Thinks it's a book... feels like a book. And... it's a book! Phoebe: Oh, it's Dr. Seuss! Joey: That book got me through some tough times. Joey buys Rachel Dr. Seuss' book Oh the Places You'll Go. Dr Seuss is a famous children's author who also wrote Cat in the Hat and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Oh the Places You'll Go has gained notoriety for its usage as a gift to graduates.

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