Season 4 Episode 15

The One with All the Rugby

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross takes on a rugby challenge from some old friends of Emily's from England in order to impress Emily. Meanwhile, Chandler runs into Janice and tries to avoid restarting his relationship with her.

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  • Janice returns... again!

    Even though Janice is very annoying, I love it when she returns every season. And like Chandler, instead of breaking up with Janice, he decides to move to Yemen, a hysterical plot but he should of just broken up with her. Meanwhile the Emily arc continues...

    Ans so far, Ross wants to prove his love by playing Rugby? Plot was a bit dry. The plot that I liked the most was Monica & the light switch routine. I love the scene when Rachel finds holes in the walls. Monica is definitely crazy. I wonder how long Chandler & Joey are going to live in that apartment. Hmm great episode.moreless
  • my favorite friends episode

    this is one of the best if not the best friends episodes. there are so many jokes that all seem to work. just about everyline has you laughing. the whole thing with ross joining rugby is hilarious especially because of the way he acts while doing it. The thing with chandler and janice and yemen is simply brilliant. they used the characters right by giving them lines that suited them all well for their comedy style. this is before friends started getting too soap opera-ish. its part of the episodes that were actually pretty funny and not too preachy. definetely worth watching.moreless
  • A good funny episode well worth watching.

    whilst on a walk through the city with Emily theybump into a few of Emilys old friends from England and after some talking Ross deicides to play rugby with them later that week so a nervous Ross watches some espn to see how its played and Joey tries teach him a little anyway when Ross does play he gets battered and puts on a brave face for Emily even though he thinks hes dying. Mean while an unfortunate Chandler runs into Janice once again and not wanting to see her he tells her hes moving to Yemen the next day so they cant see each other however this back fires when Janice comes to help him pack so in the end Chandler really has to go to Yeman.Mean while Monica becomes obsessed when she cant figure out what a switch on the wall of her aparment is for and goes to extreme lenghts to find out what it does. This is a really good episodemoreless
  • Ross and Rugby is not a great combination.

    To impress Emily and show that he's as tough as her English friends, Ross agrees to play a game of Rugby with Emily's friends. He watches a game on TV and discovers that he's gonna get killed. However, he still wants to impress Emily. He says he's going to go "Red Ross" in the game so he'll have a chance. Joey and Phoebe had no idea what he was talking about. Ross couldn't even get into the huddle. Throughout the game, he was getting injured all over the place. Finally, Emily started giving Ross some advice about her friend's weaknesses. After that, he stood a chance and didn't play half bad. At the end of the day, he had impressed Emily and was proud of himself, however barely able to stand. Emily invites him to play in another game and he declines without hesitation.moreless
Mark Thomas (I)

Mark Thomas (I)


Guest Star

Adam Kendrick

Adam Kendrick


Guest Star

Robin McDonald

Robin McDonald

Ticket Counter Attendant

Guest Star

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler


Recurring Role

Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale

Emily Waltham

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Ross first starts to play rugby, he jumps in the middle of the scrum. However, there is a referee there and a referee would never allow a player to jump in the middle of the scrum like that.

    • Trivia: This episode marks the end of Janice and Chandler's off and on relationship.

    • Goof: When Ross, Emily, and Joey return to Central Perk, Ross has a bloody ear. However in the next scene, his ear is no longer bloody.

    • Goof: When Rachel tells Joey to flush the toilet, her right hand goes from the counter to the top of her soda pop between shots.

    • Magna Doodle: Nice nails Chandler!

    • Factual Error: Ross tells Joey he'll go Red Ross on them like he did in line for Dances With Wolves when someone butted in line. But from several flashback episodes we know Joey moved in around 1993. Dances With Wolves came out in 1990. Unless they went to a revival house, Joey would not have witnessed Red Ross in that line.

    • Goof: When Chandler is at the airport trying to buy a fake plane ticket to Yemen, he offers his library card to trick Janice. The ticket agent does not understand what he is trying to do and makes him pay with a real credit card. Chandler then offers the same card as his credit card. Then, as Chandler turns to talk to Janice, you can see him putting the library card back in his wallet. When the camera cuts back to him and the ticket agent, he suddenly has a different card, an American Express card, in his hand.

    • Trivia: Monica's storyline with the power switch is lifted directly from an episode of Married ... with Children. Even the way it ends, with Monica flipping the switch on and off and declaring that it doesn't go anywhere, only to have the scene change to the place the switch actually affects.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Chandler: (about the nail salon) You said there were gonna be other guys here. There are no other guys here.
      Rachel: Chandler, there's a guy right over there.
      Chandler: That's a mailman! That's our mailman!

    • Rachel: (about getting his nails done) Chandler, don't worry. This doesn't make you any less of a guy. (Chandler blows on his nails) That does!

    • Rachel: What am I sitting on? (Rachel pulls a fake red nail out from under her) Oh, my God! I'd hate to think what this woman was scratching when she lost this.

    • Chandler: (about Janice) You know all those annoying things from before we fell in love, like her voice, and her laugh, and her personality? Well, they're all back. Plus, she's picked up like nine new ones!

    • Monica: (trying to figure what the switch does) All right! So, is everybody ready? Here we go. (she flips on the switch and a hum starts) I hear something! I hear something! Where is it?
      Rachel: (realizing it's Joey humming mischievously) It's coming from Joey!
      Phoebe: Oh my God, that's so freaky! Turn him off!

    • Ross: I don't know what the big deal is, I'm man enough to play this sport.
      Joey: Dude, you're not even man enough to order the channel that carries the sport.

    • Chandler: I'm only pretend-moving to Yemen, it's the only way I can get rid of her!
      Joey: Ah, good one! And Yemen, that actually sounds like a real country!

    • Joey: Okay Ross, look. (points to TV) Right here, it's called a scrum. Okay, it's kinda like a huddle.
      Ross: And is a hum kinda like a scruddle?

    • Ross: (about playing Rugby to impress Emily) Well, you should have seen the guy that she used to go out with. I mean, he's like Joe Rugby.
      Phoebe: You're kidding! And he plays rugby?! That's so funny. (realizes) Oh! I see how you did that. All right.

    • Chandler: Y'know, you really didn't have to take me to the airport.
      Janice: Oh, please. Every moment is precious. Besides, somebody had to ride in that other taxi with the rest of your luggage... and your friends don't seem to care very much that you're leaving.
      Chandler: Well, we're not really that close...

    • Ross: I'm not stoppin', I'm Red Ross!
      Joey: Dude, you go back out there, you're gonna be Dead Ross!

    • Rachel: (finding their wall full of holes) Oh, my God! What is this?!
      Monica: Okay! But there is a wire back there! I mean, that switch is connected to something...
      Rachel: I don't care. The wires have come loose in your head!

    • Emily: (hugs Ross who's injured from playing rugby) I'm sorry, did I hurt you?
      Ross: It's worth the pain. (she hugs him again) You know what, you know what? It's not.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Ross: The time we were all waiting in line for Dances with Wolves and that one guy cut in front of us and I just lost it?
      Dances with Wolves is a 1990 film about a United States cavalry officer who befriends a Native American, sacrificing ties to his own people. A substantial amount of the dialogue is in the Lakota language with English subtitles.

    • Janice: Oh boy, I just love to sing.
      Chandler: Yeah, I know you do. I think the reason people were complaining, though, is that most of them paid to hear the actor sing "Ol' Man River."
      "Ol' Man River" is a song about the Mississippi River by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II from the Broadway musical Showboat.