Season 8 Episode 5

The One with Rachel's Date

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 25, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Phoebe begins dating a guy who works for Monica, causing a problem when Phoebe wants to dump him on the same day Monica plans to fire him. Ross discovers that a coworker of Chandler's has been calling him Toby for five years. Joey sets Rachel up on a date with one of his co-stars. Ross worries about this and the fact that he doesn't see a future with Rachel anymore.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Just when you think Rachel & Ross are getting back together.

    This episode is an unexpected Rachel & Ross episode, I'd like to talk about the other plots though, Monica & Phoebe plot, both want to hurt a guy, but who's going to do it first, their competitiveness really hows the classic Monica in her. It's pretty good, and then Monica felt bad & hired him but Phoebe didn't get back with him much to Monica's surprise. The Chandler plot was hilarious, him destroying his own office is priceless! Just because some guy kept calling him Toby! And finally the Ross & Rachel plot, this episode shows that Rachel still has feelings for him as she goes back, but kills it when she sees him with another girl, a great revealing episode.moreless
  • funny with the toby thing.

    Phoebe begins dating a guy who works for Monica, causing a problem when Phoebe wants to dump him on the same day Monica plans to fire him and pheobe dumps him and onica rehires him. Ross discovers that a coworker of Chandler's has been calling him Toby for five years and trys to get him to call him chandler and ends up costing his co worker a promotion to his floor and in the end they destroy chandlers office together for him to get his own back on him. Joey sets Rachel up on a date with one of his co-stars. Ross worries about this and the fact that he doesn't see a future with Rachel anymore.moreless
  • Rachel goes on a date and she believes it will be her last.

    Good episode. Rachel goes on date and Ross doesn't like it. She then thinks it will be her last date. At the end was could because Ross wanted to be with her and then he walked into the coffee house and met Mono there and Rachel was thinking more of Ross when she went to follow him and saw him with Mono. Too bad.
  • Another Ross and Rachel classic episode.

    As we know that Ross and Rachel are close to be together because of this baby, but things start to make them drift apart. As Rachel goes on her date and Ross says that he can't force himself to fall in love with her, and he can't force her to fall in love with him.

    Ross claims that he always had a picture in his head, when he was in the ninth grade. The picture of him and his family. And as the episode go by, the picture is starting to drift away. Rachel goes on her date, which makes us and Ross feel that she doesn't want anything to do with Ross. But as Ross moves on and talks to a girl in the coffeehouse, Rachel slowly walks in and spots them, feels heartbroken, dejected and hopeless, then returns home.

    When Rachel walks into the coffeehouse, didn't it want you to scream, "Ross!! Behind you! It's Rachel!"? Maybe it is just another classical episode, another tearjerker and painful to watch episode, an episode that complicates the Ross-Rachel relationship even more, an episode that makes us want to watch the show even more.moreless
  • Rachel goes on her first date since becoming pregnant with Ross\' baby, Phoebe dates Monica\'s sous chef and Chandler\'s co-worker thinks his name is Toby

    I love this episode. Phoebe is her usual hilarious self and Chandlers middle name is revealed to be Muriel. This is a great little addition to the story line.

    However, we also gain an insight into Ross and Rachels relationship. Ross is not, at this point, in love with Rachel, he says \"I cant force myself to fall in love with her again\" yet at the end it is clear that Rachel is hopeful for something more with Ross, and her hopes are dasked when she sees him with Mona.

    Ross and Rachel are destined to be together, this episode just shows another of the complications on their way.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Continuity: When Joey says he gets enough reading from books, Ross calls him on it and Joey says, "Alright, car magazines, cereal boxes...". However we know from Season 3's "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" that Joey has read The Shining numerous times and agrees to read Rachel's book Little Women. This doesn't sound like someone who only reads magazines and cereal boxes.

    • Trivia: Ross mentions wanting to see a Ukrainian film at the "Angelika". The Angelika was also mentioned in "The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel" (Phoebe puts Rachel in a cab to get rid of her and slaps the roof, "The Angelika!"). These references are to The Angelika Film Center, located at the corner of W Houston and Mercer, about a dozen blocks from the Friends' neighborhood in the West Village.

    • Goof: It seems unusual that when Ross yells "...and yes it is too slutty!" that neither Kash nor Rachel heard him.

    • Goof: The Mac that Chandler is on when Ross comes into his office is not a real Apple computer because the apple is upside-down. On a real Mac when the computer is open, the apple is right side up.
      Note: The original Mac laptops had the logo upside-down for the first couple years. It was only later that the logo appeared right side up when opened.

    • Goof: When Ross says goodnight to Rachel on the street, she is holding the brown bag down by her side. When the shot zooms in on her, the bag is suddenly in front of her chest.

    • Goof: When Rachel enters Central Perk to find Ross with Mona, the brown paper bag she's holding has the top rolled toward her. When the camera angle changes, it is rolled away from her.

    • Goof: When Monica and Phoebe blurt out their bad news at the same time, Tim uncrosses his arms. When the camera angle zooms in on Phoebe, you can see that his arms are still crossed.

    • Trivia: We find out that Chandler's middle name is Muriel.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a caterpillar on a mushroom (a scene from Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland)

    • Continuity: Since Phoebe in at least two episodes claims that she knows how to speak French, and in the Season 10 episode, "The One Where Joey Speaks French", proves that she is quite fluent in it, wouldn't she know what the word "sous" means? Even though she has learned French herself, without help from a teacher, the prepositions are one of the basics of any language.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Monica: Tim, this is Phoebe. Phoebe, this is Tim, my new sous-chef.
      Phoebe: Oh, so you're Monica's boss?
      Tim: No, actually, she's my boss. "Sous" is French for "under".
      Phoebe: Oh! ...I sous-stand.

    • Ross: Chandler... Muriel... Bing. Boy, your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?

    • Rachel: Wait, what happened to Jessica's body?
      Joey: I'm not telling. You'll have to see it on TV.
      Rachel: You don't know, do you?
      Joey: No. Couldn't care less.

    • Phoebe: I had the best time with Tim last night. He is so sweet! Oh, I can't wait to get sous-neath him.
      Monica: ...I have to fire him.
      Phoebe: But why?
      Monica: Because he's terrible! Okay, he's slow, he burns things, last night he lit my pastry chef on fire!
      Phoebe: Well, maybe he was just nervous, y'know you can be very intimidating. And besides I've met your pastry chef and she can stand to be taken down a peg or two.
      Monica: Well, now she has no eyebrows. Mission accomplished.

    • Joey: Oh, y'know, uh, Kash really liked you the other day. He said he thought you were "charming".
      Rachel: Ha! I thought I was a complete idiot.
      Joey: Hey, I'm with you. He even asked me if I thought you'd go out with him.
      Rachel: Oh! Oh, I think I'm gonna throw up a little bit. What did you say?
      Joey: I said no.
      Rachel: What?!
      Joey: What? I just figured since you're pregnant, you're not gonna be seeing people.
      Rachel: Okay, Joey...? First of all, Kash Ford... not "people". Second of all, what did he say when you told him I was pregnant?
      Joey: I didn't tell him. I didn't know if you were tellin' people... This is back when I thought Kash was still people.

    • Monica: (to Phoebe) Tim is totally incompetent. I called the chef who recommended him to me, he said, "Ha-ha... gotcha!"

    • Monica: (about Tim) So now I'm not allowed to fire him?
      Phoebe: You can't fire a man and dump him in the same day, he'll kill himself.
      Monica: Okay well then, I'll fire him today and you go out with him for another week.
      Phoebe: Are you kidding? Another week with that simp, I'll kill myself!

    • Ross: So, what do you want to do tonight? There's a Ukrainian film at the Angelika that's supposed to be very powerful. Interested?
      Joey: No. No. But I'll go see a normal person movie with you.

    • Ross: A ferry? My baby's going on a ferry? Do you have any idea how dangerous those are?
      Joey: Aren't we talkin' about those big boats that carry cars... They go like five miles an hour...

    • Joey: So what movie do you want to see--and not another one I have to read, okay? I get enough of that from books.
      Ross: Books?
      Joey: All right, car magazines, cereal boxes... but it's like--enough!

    • Joey: (to Ross) They go on one date and you're worried about them getting married? He's not you!

    • Ross: Hey, ya want a little cheering up?
      Rachel: Yes...
      Ross: Guess whose middle name is Muriel?
      Rachel: (thinks about it and then gasps when she realizes) Chandler "M" Bing.

    • Ross: I'm sorry about your date.
      Rachel: (waving it off) Oh, that's alright. I guess I'm just done with the whole dating thing. It's one more thing in my life that's suddenly completely different. (realizing) This is hard.
      Ross: Yeah, I know. On the other hand, in about seven months you're gonna have something that you're gonna love more than any guy you've ever gone out with. Just wait. Wait until, uh... wait until the first time your baby grabs your finger. You have no idea.
      Rachel: (touched) Thanks, sweetie.

  • NOTES (4)