Season 7 Episode 4

The One with Rachel's Assistant

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

While hiring a new assistant, Rachel is torn between hiring a much more qualified woman, or a handsome but inexperienced young man. Monica, Chandler and Ross engage in a war of secret sharing after Monica and Chandler vow to be more honest. Joey has problems when his TV show is canceled after just one airing.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Tag arc begins.

    Rachel is the boss of it all this season. Like Joanna was. As Rachel gets her own office and a new assistant! I didn't really like the Tag arc. So it was just okay. Rachel trying to decide which assistant to pick was funny. And Phoebe being on her back was also funny. After all the fuss last season with Mac & Cheese. It gets cancelled. So much for the flashback episode. But Joey gets on Days of Our Lives again! Monica, Chandler & Ross all embarassing each other was hilarious. We learned a lot of new things from the friends.moreless
  • Very good.

    Monica and Chandlers relationship is tested to the max when Monica, Chandler and Ross tell embarassing stories about their pasts. Rachel is promoted at work and decides to hire an assistant and she has to choose between a hot guy who has little experiance or a fully quilified geeky lady and while Joey's show (Mac and C H E E S E) gets axed after one episode, he re-auditions for Days Of Our Lives and expects to get the part automatically since he used to be a regular.

    It is a pretty good and funny episode. We learn a lot about Chandler, Monica and Ross's past.moreless
  • unrealistic but funny

    Rachel gets promoted and gets to hire her own assistant. One of the recipants is a well qualified woman and the other is an inexperianced 24 year old. When she interiviews Tag for the job she takes pictures of him and tell him it's for human resources perposes. My favorite part is when she hires Tag and Phoebe comes up to visit her and sees Tag "YOu must be Hilda" that was the woman's name she should have hired. THen they got into Rachels office and Phoebe says "so you hired yourself a little treat did ya?" THis was another funny episode.moreless
  • While hiring a new assistant, Rachel is torn between hiring a much more qualified woman, or a handsome but inexperienced young man. Monica, Chandler and Ross engage in a war of secret sharing after Monica and Chandler vow to be more honest.moreless

    Better than the one before this. I quite liked Joey show with the robot. I would watch it! It was funny! That would be cool if Joey came back on Days Of Our Lives. If he doesn't he is going to be jobless and he already worked at Central Perk. He sure has been around. I so knew that Monica's and Phoebe's sercret wasn't that could because you can tell by the way they did in front of Chandler and Monica wanted Chandler to go first. If I was Chandler I would tell Monica to go first or make something lame up.moreless
  • Hilarious episode

    Great episode in one storyline, ok in one, but not too good in the other. Joey gets an offer to go back on days of our lives, but when he finds out he has to audition, he denies it. After Mac n Cheese being cancelled, he begs to the producer to let him go back. He gets the role of Dr drake Ramoray in a coma. This storyline is ok because it has funny moments but doesn't have any of the other friends with it, it's just Joey. Rachel has to choose between a competent and experienced person or Tag, who she is attracted to, to be her assistant. She chooses Tag. Even though Phoebe appears in the storyline, there are not really any other great moments in it. The great storyline is between Monica Chandler and Ross. Chandler thinks him and Monica should tell each other all of their secrets. Most of these are absolutely hilarious and that storyline is what saves this episode from being below average for friends standards. Overall there are a lot of funny moments, but most of them are with the Monica, Chandler and Ross storyline.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Continuity: Throughout their entire relationship, Ross has constantly shown jealousy for all the guys Rachel dates, works with, kisses on balconies or even gives her phone number to, yet not once is he jealous about her relationship with Tag. He would even have plenty of ammunition with which to attack the relationship, namely that Tag is too young for Rachel, and that her dating her assistant is unethical, but still nothing from Ross. In "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", he even gives Tag advice about buying Rachel presents: "Stick to the list... Always stick to the list." In all likelihood, the producers simply didn't want to open that can of worms since Tag was going to be around for awhile, but it still represents a major inconsistency.

    • Goof: When Joey is talking to the producers of Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. and says, "We're not even shooting 'em anymore?", his left arm is up in the air. When the shot changes, his hand is down at his side.

    • Continuity: It is revealed that Ross slept with a cleaning woman in college. In "The One with Phoebe's Husband", he clearly stated that Carol was the only woman he'd slept with until Julie. However, he didn't remember it, seeing as how he thought it was Chandler that did it. So he may have forgotten then as well.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Monica: (reading an article in InStyle magazine) Phoebe do you think your favorite animal says very much about you?
      Phoebe: You mean, behind my back?

    • (Phoebe and Monica come in to Central Perk whispering, then Phoebe leaves)
      Chandler: Hi sweetie. So, what was with all the whispering?
      Monica: I can't tell you. It's a secret.
      Chandler: Secret? Married people aren't supposed to have secrets between one another. We have too much love and respect for one another.
      Monica: Awww. But still no.
      Chandler: I'm serious, we should tell each other everything. I do not have any secrets from you.
      Monica: Really? Okay, then why don't you tell me what happened to Ross, Junior year at Disneyland?
      Chandler: Oh no, no, I can't do that.
      Monica: If you tell me, I'll tell you what Phoebe said.
      Chandler: Okay! So, Ross and I are going to Disneyland and we stop at this restaurant for tacos. And when I say restaurant, I mean a guy, a hibachi, and the trunk of his car. So Ross has about ten tacos. And anyway, we're on Space Mountain and Ross starts to feel a little... iffy.
      Monica: Oh, my God. He threw up?
      Chandler: No, he visited a town a little south of throw-up.
      Monica: (laughing) No!
      Chandler: Yeah, some of the employees decided to rename the park "The Crappiest Place on Earth." ...So what was Phoebe's secret?
      Monica: Oh, Nancy Thompson from Phoebe's old massage place?
      Chandler: Mmm-hmm.
      Monica: getting fired.
      Chandler: That's it?! I gave up my Disneyland story for that?
      Monica: That's right! You lose sucker! (thinks better of it) Please still marry me!

    • Joey: Hey, Terry!
      Terry: Good to see you again!
      Joey: It's been awhile, huh? Wow, it's funny these halls look smaller than they used to...
      Terry: It's a different building.
      Joey: So... Stryker Ramoray, huh? When do you want me to start?

    • Rachel: I hired you!
      Tag: What?
      Rachel: Yeah! You... you got the job! You're my new assistant!
      Tag: I am?!
      Rachel: Yeah!
      Tag: I can't believe it!
      Rachel: Me either.

    • Chandler: Hey.
      Monica: Hey! Good, you're home!
      Chandler: Oh, it's always nicer to hear than "Aw crap! You again!"
      Monica: I made you a surprise.
      Chandler: Oh yeah?
      Monica: Yeah, tacos! Ever since you told me that story I've had such a craving for them.
      Chandler: Did you not understand the story?

    • Ross: Are those tacos?
      Monica: (holding up a taco shell like a little mouth) No, they're uh, they're ground-beef smileys!

    • Ross: I had food poisoning. It's not like I chose to do it! It's not like I said "Huh, what would make this ride more fun?"

    • Ross: How could you tell her?
      Chandler: I had to, okay, we're getting married. Married couples don't keep secrets from one another.
      Ross: Oh really? Well, I guess Monica should know about Atlantic City.
      Chandler: Du-ude!
      Monica: What happened in Atlantic City?
      Ross: Well, Chandler and I are in a bar....
      Chandler: Did you not hear me say, "Du-ude!"?
      Ross: And this girl is making eyes at Chandler. So after awhile he goes over to her and after a minute or two I see them kissing. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Chandler's not the type of guy who just goes to bars and makes out with girls." And you're right. Chandler's not the type of guy who just goes to bars and makes out with... "girls"...

    • Monica: You kissed a guy?
      Chandler: In my defense, it was dark and he was a very pretty guy!

    • Phoebe: Joey, do you think your favorite animal says a lot about you?
      Joey: (smugly) No, because goats can't talk.

    • Ross: Chandler entered a Vanilla Ice look-alike contest and won!
      Chandler: Ross came in fourth and cried!

    • Ross: (to Chandler) Once, Monica was sent to her room without dinner, so she ate the macaroni off a jewellery box she made!

    • Ross: Monica couldn't tell time until she was thirteen!
      Monica: It's hard for some people!
      Chandler: Of course it is! (mouths to Ross) Wow!

    • Monica: Chandler one time wore my underwear to work!
      Chandler: Hey!
      Monica: I'm sorry, I couldn't think of anymore for Ross!

    • Ross: In college, Chandler got drunk and slept with the lady who cleaned our dorm!
      Chandler: That was you!
      Ross: Whatever dude, you kissed a guy.

    • Joey: They wanted me to audition!
      Phoebe: You? An actor? That's madness!

    • Tag: Phoebe...? That's a great name.
      Phoebe: Oh, you like that? You should hear my phone number.

    • Tag: I'd love to ask out your friend, Phoebe.
      Rachel: Yeah, she's gay.

  • NOTES (4)