The One with the East German Laundry Detergent

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 10/20/94
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  • Episode Description
  • This is the one where Joey tries to make an old girlfriend jealous and tricks Monica into posing as his new girlfriend, Ross teaches Rachel how to do laundry, and Chandler recruits Phoebe to break up with Janice for him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Kim Gillingham


  • Jack Armstrong


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Camille Saviola

    Horrible Woman

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • Ah, Ross!!!

    By emmalou2704, Jul 03, 2008

  • Great

    By efc91, Jul 31, 2009

  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Feb 08, 2009

  • Janice is introduced.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Aug 15, 2008

  • Rachel: Come on! You guys can pee standing up. Chandler: We can? All right, I'm trying that.

    By Sarah_Is_Lost, Aug 14, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Monica: So what does this Bob guy look like? is he tall, short...? Joey: Yep.

    • Rachel: (About Ross's detergent) What's that? Ross: Uberweiss. It's new, it's German, it's extra tough.

    • Phoebe: Wait here. Breathe. (Phoebe goes over to speak to Janice. She talks to her for a few seconds, and then Janice immediately smiles, hugs her, waves to Chandler, and leaves.) Chandler: How do you do that? Phoebe: It's like a gift. Chandler: We should always always break up together. Phoebe: Oh, I'd like that.

    • Chandler: Here's the thing, Janice. You know, I mean, it's like we're different. I'm like the bing, bing, bing. You're like the boom, boom, (Chandler accidentally hits Janice in the eye)... boom.

    • Joey: (Pretending their dates are siblings) Come on, they're close. Monica: Close? She's got her tongue in his ear.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Praní špinavého prádla (Washing Dirty Laundry)

    • Maggie Wheeler receives the "And" credit.

    • Maggie Wheeler originally auditioned for the role of Monica.

    • This is the first appearance of Maggie Wheeler as Janice. She was one of the only 4 non-Friends to appear in all ten seasons (although her appearance in season 6 was a voice-over). (The others were Mr. & Mrs. Geller and Gunther.) Janice was in 19 episodes of Friends.

    • This episode runs 23:37 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (8)

    • Continuity: Since there was a month of time between the first and second episode, it can be assumed that Rachel has been living in the city for a month and half if not longer. Therefore it is odd that she would have not done any laundry nor received a paycheck.

    • Goof: A sign in the laundromat reads "lost cloths" not "lost clothes," though a surprising number of laundromats have the same spelling error.

    • Continuity: Rachel tells Ross that she can't even send back soup. But Rachel sends back a drink in "The One with the Flashback". Chronologically that would have been a year earlier.

    • Trivia: Ross's detergent Überweiss is German for "Super White."

    • Continuity: In this episode, Monica says she sees Ugly Naked Guy laying kitchen tile. It is impossible for Monica to see into his kitchen. As we see in Season 5 when Ross gets that apartment, the kitchen is in the upper right of the screen with a door. And when Phoebe finds out about Chandler and Monica at a straight on shot of the window in that apartment you can't see the kitchen.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Ross: Oh-oh, the laundry's done, oh-oh, oh-oh! Ross's song is a variation on the 1950's Jimmie Rogers hit, "Oh-oh, I'm falling in love again (oh-oh, oh-oh!)."

    • Monica: I just couldn't stop laughing over your Norman Mailer story. Norman Mailer is an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. He is considered an innovator of a genre sometimes called New Journalism. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once.

    • Monica: Something went wrong with Underdog, and they couldn't get his head to inflate. Underdog was a cartoon series made in the 1960s.

    • Janice: Well, I knew you had the Rockys, and so I figured, you know, you can wear Bullwinkle and Bullwinkle, or you can wear Rocky and Rocky,or, you can mix and match, moose and squirrel. Whatever you want. This is a reference to the famous cartoon characters in Rocky and Bullwinkle.

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