The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work

Season 9, Ep 11, Aired 1/9/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Rachel visits work and finds out that a guy named Gavin has been "temporarily" assigned to take over her job, and she becomes desperate to get back to work right away for fear they'll dump her. Gavin turns out to be a nice guy and offers to take care of Emma while Rachel gives her presentation. Meanwhile, Joey has to deal with Phoebe acting like...well, Phoebe, when he gets her a job as an extra on her soap, and Chandler and Monica deal with the fact Chandler doesn't have a job and now might not be the right time to start a family.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dermot Mulroney

    Gavin Mitchell

  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Evan Handler

    The Director

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Phill Lewis


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Phoebe is great in this episode!

    By Black_Grace, May 27, 2007

  • gavin is so nice

    By simpfan90210, May 06, 2007

  • Great Season 9 episode.

    By super_friend21, Mar 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Ross: (About Emma) Rach, we have a code brown situation. Rachel: Can you please, please take care of it for me? Ross: All right, but you have to do one sometime.

    • Rachel: (About introducing Emma to her coworkers) That went well. Almost everybody knew that she was a girl. Ross: Yeah, after you punched that one guy who got it wrong, word spread.

    • Phoebe: (About the director) So, what did he say? Joey: Well, he can be a little rough around the edges, so I'm gonna replace a word he used a lot, with the word "puppy." Okay, so he said: "If your puppy friend doesn't get her puppy act together, I'm gonna fire her mother-puppy ass."

    • Monica: I actually know someone in advertising. I grew up with this guy who is a vice president at a big agency. Maybe I can get him to meet you? Give me the phone. Chandler: "The phone. Bringing you closer to people... who have phones." Monica: "Marriage. It's not for everybody."

    • Ross: (To Emma) We'll have fun, won't we? Yes, we will, yes we will. (Gives her a kiss, and the pink bow tapes itself to his head) Rachel: Ross? Ross: Huh? Rachel: You're pretty.

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    Notes (8)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui ne voulait plus de bébé (The One Who Didn't Want To Have A Baby Anymore)

    • Phill Lewis (Steve) also worked with Matt LeBlanc (Joey) in the episode "Kangaroo Gate" of the TV show TV 101.

    • Ross, played by David Schwimmer, has no story line in this episode.

    • This is the final appearance of Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson as Emma Geller-Green. Although Emma appeared in 19 episodes of Friends, Elizabeth and Genevieve only played her in 6 episodes.

    • This is the first appearance of Dermot Mulroney as Gavin. Gavin was in 3 episodes of Friends.

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    Trivia (3)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Chandler's job is Statistical Analysis and Data Reconfiguration. He also mentioned his job for the first time in Season 8 episode 21, The One with The Cooking Class.

    • Continuity: Rachel tells Gavin she has been working at Ralph Lauren for five years. But she got the job in "The One with Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss" which was near the end of season five, meaning she has worked there for almost four years.

    • Continuity: In this episode Rachel says she was going back to work in two weeks, but in "The One with the Male Nanny" she said she was going back in four weeks and that was in November. This episode takes place in January, eight weeks later.

    Allusions (2)

    • Phoebe: (To Joey) I learned never to borrow money from friends. No, that's why Richard Dreyfuss and I don't speak anymore. Richard Dreyfuss is an Oscar-winning actor who has starred in such movies as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Goodbye Girl.

    • Rachel: (To Ross) Alright, alright. Calm down Norma Rae. Norma Rae was a 1979 Academy Award winning movie which tells the story of a woman who becomes involved with the labor union activities at the local textile factory where she works.

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