Season 1 Episode 18

The One with All the Poker

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 1995 on NBC

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  • The girls challenge the boys to a series of Poker show-downs, insisting that just because they are women does not mean they can not play a "man's game." Also, Rachel starts looking for a job other than waitress.

    This is an excellent installment of Friends. It's plot departs a bit from the usual set-up of previous episodes as not much happens with a lot of sub-plotting. The only true sub-plot is the very funny bit where Ross' monkey, Marcel, goes to the CD player and plays the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" while dancing to it. And when Ross turns the music off, Marcel stomps off to the bedroom, slamming the door like an angry child punished by a parent. Hilarious. But the rest of the show is devoted to the poker-showdown that ultimately pits the girls against the guys. Rachel sends her resumes out for a job and gets an interview with Sak's, but they don't hire her. As a result, she enters the poker game with a vendetta, and her and Ross have a showdown of sorts. This episode has all the elements of humor but also parts can make you cry.