Season 6 Episode 3

The One with Ross's Denial

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Monica and Chandler disagree over how to redecorate Rachel's old room. Joey advertises for a "non ugly" roommate. Ross is unwilling to accept that he is still in love with Rachel.

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  • 603

    The episode all in all was quite forgettable. We got all the same themes that we've been getting since the beginning of the season. Ross is falling in love for Rachel, he continues to deny it, Phoebe continues to be annoying. Pretty much the same thing.

    Regardless, we got a few noteworthy one liners and it did remain consistently funny. The "non ugly" roommate thing was hilarious, and Monica & Chandler's fight was both realistic and hilarious.

    Ross' desperation was pretty obvious and we got a pretty funny tie in with Rachel saying that she is eventually going to start dating other people. The conversation between Joey & Ross at the end was also noteworthy. Solid episode of Friends, good in continuing all the story lines.moreless
  • Monica and Chandler disagree over how to redecorate Rachel's room. Joey looks for a new female roomate. Ross won't admit to Phoebe that he still loves Rachel.

    Great episode! I thought that Ross and the Rachel thing was so funny! I think Ross might still have a little bit of feelings for Rachel but not totally and is Rachel over Ross when she said she still loved him in the beginning of season 5? Chandler doesn't even say to Monica sometimes that he doesn't like her ideas or then Monica will be angry at him. I did like Chandler's idea of a game room better and I loved when he said that most people we know live 30 seconds away! Monica so did not like that! Joey and he wierd/funniest with Phoebe's is just great and they so should hook up because Joey is my favorite guy and Phoebe is my favorite girl! It would be perfect!moreless
  • Funny, but not the best

    "The One With Ross's Denial" is a good episode of Friends, but not one of the best. Chandler and Monica have decided to live together, which leaves Rachel without a place to stay. Gallantly, Ross extends an offer for her to stay with him. Phoebe is convinced that Ross is still in love with Rachel, which she states as the reason why he refuses to get his and Rachel's marriage annulled. She continually confronts him about it, and he continually denies it. Monica and Chandler fight about their furniture and what to do with the extra bedroom, but eventually they are able to work it out. Meanwhile, Joey is trying to find a new roommate to live with him, and is only screening "non-ugly" women as potentials. This episode has its funny moments, but I get the feeling that the majority of the dialogue was just there to fill time.moreless
  • Good but a bit slow sometimes

    Great as usual but not one of the better season 6 episodes. Phoebe believes Ross is still in love with Rachel but he refuses to accept it. Monica and Chandler get in a fight over how to redecorate Rachel's old room. Also, Joey advertises for a new roommate. Obviously there are funny moments but they are few and far between and it seems that this episode is more of a filler to establish Monica and Chandler's relationship and Ross's feelings for Rachel. The episodes that have less funny moments are usually emotional but this one just seems to lack in both compared to other friends episodes. Still, better than most other comedies on tv.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: When Ross is trying to convince Monica and Chandler to not move in together, he mentions the game room. But when Rachel told him about the fight, she never mentioned that Chandler wanted a game room.

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe talks about her roommate Denise a lot. In "The One in Vegas (1)" Phoebe confirms she lives alone. Since she has only been back in New York for one episode, it is highly unlikely that Phoebe is telling the truth.

    • Phoebe's Song: "Ode to a Pubic Hair"
      Found you in my bed.
      How'd you wind up there?
      You are a mystery,
      Little black curly hair.
      Little black curly hair.
      Little black little black little black little black little black curly hair.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of an island with palm trees, a shark in the water, and a man sitting in a boat

    • Goof: When Joey is interviewing the potential roommate and says that he's very safety conscious, his hand switches from by his chest with his palm down to by his waist with his palm up.

    • Goof: When Joey is interviewing the potential roommate and points to the bathroom, his arm goes from pointing to by his side between shots.

    • Goof: When Joey is interviewing the potential roommate and Chandler asks why the shower curtain was taken down, Joey's right hand lets go of the application twice.

    • Goof: When Monica and Chandler are eating in the apartment, they have sandwiches and cheese doodles. The cheese doodles disappear and reappear throughout the scene.

    • Trivia: When Ross tries to get Monica and Chandler to agree to move in together, he says that a verbal contract is binding in New York. Although it's hard to enforce, a verbal contract actually is binding in New York.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Rachel: Since I'm moving out, and you're so beautiful... how about I move in with you?
      Phoebe: That would be great, but then what do we do about Denise?
      Monica: Who's Denise?
      Phoebe: My roommate.
      Rachel: You have a roommate?
      Phoebe: Yes, Denise. Denise!
      Joey: What is with the secrecy, Phoebe? What about this Denise? She cute?
      Chandler: I don't understand. How can you have a roommate that none of us know about?
      Phoebe: Maybe because you never listen to anything I say. I talk about her all the time! Denise!!

    • Ross: It was a hug!
      Phoebe: Okay, just tell me this: Did you or did you not smell her hair?
      Ross: Smell her hair? What if I did?
      Phoebe: Ninety percent of a women's pheromones come out the top of her head! That's why... that's why women are shorter. So that men will fall in love when they hug them! Come on Ross, you're a scientist!

    • Ross: (about Rachel's hair) It smelled all... coconutty. Oh, what? That doesn't mean I have feelings for Rachel. Maybe, maybe I have feelings for coconuts.

    • Joey: Dude some guy just called for you.
      Chandler: Who was it?
      Joey: I don't know! How about "thanks for taking the message"? Jeez!

    • Chandler: (reading Joey's roommate ad) "Wanted: female roommate, non-smoker, non-ugly." Nice.

    • Rachel: It's just... there is nothing! The city's full!
      Phoebe: Wait, no, look at this! "Two bedroom, two bath, must be non-smoker, Satan worshippers okay..." Oh yeah, but it's on the ground floor.

    • Chandler: (to Monica) That's fine! I won't bring over the chairs. I won't bring anything over! I wouldn't want to ruin the ambiance over here at Grandma's place!

    • Monica: Love is the best medicine.
      Chandler: That's laughter.
      Monica: Why do you do it?
      Chandler: I don't know.

    • Ross: Chandler, you want to live with Monica, right?
      Chandler: Yeah, I do.
      Ross: And Mon, you want to live with Chandler, dontcha?
      Monica: Yes!
      Ross: Good! A verbal contract is binding in the state of New York!

    • Phoebe: Now, if you want to receive emails about my upcoming shows, then please give me money so I can buy a computer.

    • Joey: It's okay. I mean look, Rach', I know I scared you off with that whole Naked Thursdays thing, but we don't have to do that.
      Rachel: Well, it would be easier to move just right across the hall... Wait a minute! Unless you're thinking about Naked Wednesdays!
      Joey: Thursday's clearly not good for you, pick a day!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Monica: Love is the best medicine.
      Chandler: That's "Laughter..."
      Chandler is referencing a long-running regular feature in the magazine Reader's Digest entitled "Laughter Is the Best Medicine."