The One with Ross's Tan

Season 10, Ep 3, Aired 10/9/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Joey and Rachel's first date goes well, until they return to their apartment and discover that everything's awkward. They decide that they are better off as friends, and decide not to go further in the relationship. Monica and Phoebe try to avoid their annoying friend Amanda, who has returned from living in London with a fake British accent. Ross gets a spray-on tan, that does not go well.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Luis Antonio Ramos

    The Tanning Salon Guy

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Iris Bahr


  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • My favorite episode

    By asthenian, Dec 17, 2008

  • Ross is a 12!!

    By doguineta, Jun 27, 2010

  • Once again Ross is in an unbelievable situation

    By seriesguy3998, Oct 10, 2009

  • Ross sees Monicas new tan and being impressed, he goes to get one too. But when he misunderstands the instructions, he ends up being insanely orange. Meanwhile Monica & Pheobe try to 'fase out' there big headed friend and Rachel & Joey go on a first date.

    By Abiteddyluv, Mar 23, 2009

  • One of Ross's best

    By Seabono12, Nov 04, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (29)

    • Chandler: Hold on, there´s something different.
      Ross: I went to that tanning place your wife suggested.
      Chandler: Was that place the sun?

    • Rachel: I do not know what's wrong with us. I mean, we have kissed before and that's been great. But this time it was leading somewhere and I was very aware of the fact that it was Joey touching me. Monica: Well, you guys have been friends forever. Remember the first time that you kissed Ross? How weird that was? You couldn't stop laughing. You got through that. Rachel: That's true. That's true, we can do this. You're right, you're right, we can do this. We're just gonna power through!

    • Monica: (The phone is ringing) No, no, don't get it. Let the machine pick up. Phoebe: Oh, yeah. Could be Rachel asking if someone could babysit again. Monica: It could be Amanda! Phoebe: Oh, you're right! I was just kidding about Rachel. Babysitting is a gas!

    • Chandler: (Seeing Ross's spray on tan for the first time) Hold on... there's something different.

    • Ross: (About his tanning level) I'm a twelve?!

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui avait décidé de bronzer (The One Who Wanted To Get Tanned)

    • Lisa Kudrow also worked with Luis Antonio Ramos, who played the tanning salon guy,in the episode "Paul Is Dead" of the television series Mad About You, where Lisa plays Phoebe's identical twin sister, Ursula Buffay.

    • This episode runs 25:42 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Guest star Jennifer Coolidge would later appear on Joey as Bobbie, Joey's agent.

    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: Ross was instructed that after his front was sprayed, he should count to five, pat himself down to avoid drips, then turn. By the time he reached "...three Mississippi", the spray started again. In other words, even if he hadn't counted using "Mississippi", he still wouldn't have had time to pat himself down and turn before the second spray.

    • When Monica was mocking Amanda, Chandler asked her if she was trying to do a British accent. In the next shot we see part of Chandler and his lips are moving, but there's no sound.

    • Trivia: Rachel and Joey keep talking about how Chandler and Monica were able to go from friends to a couple and wondering why it wasn't weird for them. Rachel has done this too, except with Ross and besides her initial laughing when Ross was first kissing her, it wasn't at all weird for her and Ross to go from being friends to something more.

    • Trivia: In this episode Rachel and Joey returned home from dinner both thinking the other had paid. Rachel and Chandler did the same thing in "The One With All the Cheesecakes."

    • Goof: After Rachel talks to Chandler and Monica, Joey comes in. Rachel tells Joey that there's no problem, and they can leave. When they leave, the door stays open. However, when the camera angle turns to Chandler and Monica two seconds later, the door being closed is clearly audible.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Chandler: (To Ross about his tan) You could do a duet of "Ebony and Ivory" all by yourself! "Ebony and Ivory" was a 1982 number-one single by Paul McCartney and performed with Stevie Wonder. The song used the ebony and ivory keys on the piano as a metaphor for racial harmony. Chandler was insinuating that Ross's Tan made him both black and white.

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