Season 10 Episode 3

The One with Ross's Tan

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Joey and Rachel's first date goes well, until they return to their apartment and discover that the love-making part of their relationship is awkward. Monica and Phoebe try to avoid their annoying friend Amanda, who has returned from living in London with a fake British accent. Ross gets a spray-on tan, that does not go well.


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  • My favorite episode

    This is my favorite episode of Friends. Over all, a lot of my favorite moments happended in season 10. The best part of this episode is, ofcourse, when Ross gets his spray-on tan. I love when the Spray-tan-guy ask "You got two more twos?", and Ross replies "I'm an eight!". Such desperation in those three words, I just love it! This episode also holds the worlds worst break-up. When Rachel and Joey break up, you almost wish for a breakup fight, like "We were on a break!", but instead it's very lame. They could have done that part very differently.moreless
  • Ross is a 12!!

    So, IMO this and the one with ross' grant are the best ones of the season in terms of funny, cause her the 3 storylines work pefectly. First Joey and Racheld are thying to take the relationship to the next level, but Rachel slaps him everythme he goesnear her ass, much like she laughes whern Ross tried to do the same in season 2, and Joey is unable to undo her bra. Somewhere else, Monica and Phoebe are tyuing to cut off their ives Maanda a snobby girl who was thier frined but is very annyoing has a fake brisitsh accent and always speaks about the famous guys she slept with. She acciedntally revelaeed Phoebe tries to cut off Monica, leading to an argument. ANd finally Ross tries body spray tan but he isunable to count mississippiless-ly so he gets sprayed 6 times on the front and noe on the back, looking very tan, VERY tan. The funiest part here is when Chandler mocks him. Awesome episde, watch it.moreless
  • Once again Ross is in an unbelievable situation

    Friends Season 10 Episode 3 The One With Ross's Tan

    Ross goes to a tanning place, but a confusion makes him look really really but really tan. Rachel and Joey try to sleep together, but decide they are better as friends. Phoebe and Monica try to cut off a friend, but she reveals Phoebe tried to cut off Monica before.

    This episode, the one with Ross's tan, was amazingly funny. Is so great, and so unbelievable that that smae fact makes it funnier! It was also funny the plot with Monica and Phoebe, and "I feel like a perfect arse!" "Actually in America you're only an ass." was my favorite of it! Also one of my favorites was also "How do you count to 5?" "1,2,3..." "Damn it!"

    With Rachel's and Joey's plot, it was funny, but I dont really like the idea of Joey and Rachel dating. It got weird. Overall, a great episode.moreless
  • Ross sees Monicas new tan and being impressed, he goes to get one too. But when he misunderstands the instructions, he ends up being insanely orange. Meanwhile Monica & Pheobe try to 'fase out' there big headed friend and Rachel & Joey go on a first date.moreless

    This episode is one of my many favourite episodes of friends. Some scenes involving Ross's plot will leave you in stiches and are hilarious, it is a true classic Friends subplot! Any friends lover will see the comedy and will have you in a fit of giggles! Monica and Pheobe's plot is also very funny as you see them with a very funny guest star. The story is very funny and also has some memorable friends moments. Joey and Rachel's plot is fairly funny but not quite as good s the other two. However I still thought it was an awesome Friends episode! This is another great episode and I would reccomend it to anyone who is in need of a good laugh! :)moreless
  • One of Ross's best

    Okay I'm going to tell you flat out straight. Ross was extremely hilarious in this episode. He spray tanned by six twos and became a twelve on one side and a zeros on the other. I swear I couldn't stop laughing when Ross was constantly messing it up. Monica and Phoebe get a visit from thier old-annoying friend Amanda where Monica learns, that in 1990, Pheobe tried to cut her out. Monica and Pheobe's original plan was for Mike and Chandler to fake a car accident so they could get out of seeing Amanda, but to due Monica's gain of knowledge, she said Mike wasn't there and left Pheobe with Amanda. But after a chat with her in the hallway, things got better. Overall, I found Amanda to be very irratating and hilarious at the same time. Overall one of the best season 10 episodes of Friends.moreless
Luis Antonio Ramos

Luis Antonio Ramos

The Tanning Salon Guy

Guest Star

Iris Bahr

Iris Bahr


Guest Star

Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge


Special Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: There are a number of references to the fact that Rachel couldn't stop laughing when Ross first kissed her, but that isn't true. The reason she couldn't stop laughing was because Ross "had his hand on her ass". The "kissing" had been fine up to that point.

    • Goof: Ross was instructed that after his front was sprayed, he should count to five, pat himself down to avoid drips, then turn. By the time he reached "...three Mississippi", the spray started again. In other words, even if he hadn't counted using "Mississippi", he still wouldn't have had time to pat himself down and turn before the second spray.

    • Goof: When Monica was mocking Amanda, Chandler asked her if she was trying to do a British accent. In the next shot we see part of Chandler and his lips are moving, but there's no sound.

    • Trivia: Rachel and Joey keep talking about how Chandler and Monica were able to go from friends to a couple and wondering why it wasn't weird for them. Rachel has done this too, except with Ross and besides her initial laughing when Ross was first kissing her, it wasn't at all weird for her and Ross to go from being friends to something more.

    • Trivia: In this episode Rachel and Joey returned home from dinner both thinking the other had paid. Rachel and Chandler did the same thing in "The One With All the Cheesecakes."

    • Goof: After Rachel talks to Chandler and Monica, Joey comes in. Rachel tells Joey that there's no problem, and they can leave. When they leave, the door stays open. However, when the camera angle turns to Chandler and Monica two seconds later, the door being closed is clearly audible.
      Note: The sound of the closing door comes from Joey's apartment, not Chandler and Monica's.

    • Goof: When Monica said that Rachel couldn't stop laughing the first time she kissed Ross, she was referring to "The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know," however the first time Rachel and Ross kissed romantically was in "The One Where Ross Finds Out."

    • Magna Doodle: Emma (with a drawing of a teddy bear)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Chandler: What must it be like not to be crippled by fear and self-loathing?
      Joey: ...It's okay!

    • Chandler: How can you be so confident?
      Joey: Well, I know exactly what I'm gonna do.
      Chandler: Really? ...Like you have a routine?
      Joey: No, no, no, no. See... each woman is different. You have to appreciate their uniqueness.
      Chandler: Really?
      Joey: No. I do six things...

    • Chandler: (to Ross) Stop staring at my wife's legs. No, no. Stop staring at your sister's legs!

    • Ross: (looking at Monica's legs) How'd you get so tan?
      Chandler: She went to one of those spray-on tan places...
      Monica: (to Chandler, upset) That was supposed to be a secret!
      Chandler: Did I say "spray-on tan places?" I meant "surf contest." ...which she won!
      Ross: (to Monica) You got a spray on tan?!
      Monica: Chandler gets pedicures!
      Ross: (to Chandler) What? You do? ...Like with the toe separators?
      Chandler: (to Monica) Why? ...Why?

    • Phoebe: Hi. Ugh... You won't believe who moved back to town...
      Monica: I know, Amanda! She called me too. She's the worst!
      Chandler: Who's Amanda?
      Monica: She's this girl who used to live in the building, before you did. Then she moved to England and picked up this fake British accent. On the machine, this was her message: (putting on a British accent) Monica darling, it's Amanda calling...
      Chandler: Are you trying to do a British accent?
      Monica: (to Phoebe) Chandler gets pedicures!

    • Phoebe: (to Monica) You know what Amanda said when she got me on the phone? (with a cheesy English accent) "Oh, so sorry to catch you on your mobile." ...Well if you didn't want to get me on my "mobile", then don't call me on my "mobile!"

    • Tanning Salon Guy: All right Mr. Geller. Right this way. So, how dark do you wanna be? We have one, two or three.
      Ross: Well ... I like how you look, what are you?
      Tanning Salon Guy: Puerto Rican.
      Ross: Two, I think a two.

    • Ross: It sprayed me before I even got to "three-Mississippi!"
      Tanning Salon Guy: "Mississippi?" I said count to five.
      Ross: Mississippi-less-ly?

    • Rachel: Thanks for dinner!
      Joey: I thought you paid! I guess we won't be going back there!

    • Monica: (the phone is ringing) No, no, don't get it. Let the machine pick up.
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah. Could be Rachel asking if someone could babysit again.
      Monica: It could be Amanda!
      Phoebe: Oh, you're right! I was just kidding about Rachel. Babysitting's a gas!

    • Amanda: (on the answering machine) Hello, Monica. It's Amanda calling again. I am in the neighborhood hoping I can pop by your flat!
      Monica: (yelling at the phone) You're from Yonkers! Your last name is Buffamonteezi!
      Amanda: Let's see... So, should you get this directly, ring me back on my mobile.
      Phoebe: Okay, don't hold thy breath!

    • Phoebe: You would not hold up well under torture.
      Monica: And you would?
      Phoebe: I did.

    • Rachel: (as Joey fumbles with her bra) ...Well, this is romantic.
      Joey: I'm sorry, this has never happened to me before. I'm an expert at taking off bras. I can do it with one hand... I can do it with my eyes closed... One time I just looked at one and it popped open! I blame your bra!

    • Rachel: Do you think maybe, on some level, you don't want to take off my bra?
      Joey: No, I don't have another level!

    • Chandler: (seeing Ross with an absurdly dark tan) Hold on... there´s something different.
      Ross: I went to that tanning place your wife suggested.
      Chandler: Was that place... the sun?!

    • Monica: How could you mess this up? It's so easy. You go into the booth and you count to five.
      Ross: How do you count to five?
      Monica: One, two, three...
      Ross: Damn it!

    • Rachel: (about Ross's tan) What is up with Miss Hawaiian Tropic?

    • Chandler: How was your date with Joey?
      Rachel: Well, it was okay until we got back to our apartment, and then we were fooling around and he started to put his hand up my leg, and I kept slapping it away!
      Chandler: You didn't like that?

    • Rachel: I do not know what's wrong with us. I mean, we have kissed before and that's been great. But this time it was leading somewhere and I was very aware of the fact that it was Joey touching me.
      Monica: Well, you guys have been friends forever. Remember the first time that you kissed Ross? How weird that was? You couldn't stop laughing. You got through that.
      Rachel: That's true. That's true, we can do this. You're right, you're right, we can do this. We're just gonna power through!

    • Monica: (Chandler is staring at Monica's bra) Chandler, stop! It's not going to pop open!
      Chandler: You don't know!

    • Amanda: Oh, bugger. Should I not have said that? I feel like a perfect arse.
      Phoebe: In America, you're just an ass.

    • Rachel: (lighting candles) Okay, sexy, sexy, very sexy, sexy. All right, let's do this!

    • Amanda: (to Chandler) That accident must have been horrible! You look positively ghastly!
      Chandler: Well, aren't you a treat!

    • Monica: I can't believe you tried to cut me out. Why, Phoebe? Why?
      Phoebe: It was right after we were living together, and you were driving me crazy. Okay, you were really controlling and compulsive and shrill.
      Monica: I'm still all those things!

    • Ross: (after his third tanning session) I'm a twelve.

    • Chandler: (about Amanda) That fake British woman is a real bitch, but she sure can dance...

    • Chandler: (knocking on Ross's door) Dude, it's Chandler. Let me in.
      Ross: (hiding out because of his extremely dark spray-on tan) Go away! I don't want to see anybody.
      Chandler: I know, I went to the tanning place and the same thing happened to me. You have to let me in!
      Ross: Really? Did you count "Mississippi-ly?" (opens the door) You... you're not tanned...
      Chandler: No, I just had to get a picture of this. (snaps a picture and grins) I'll see you later!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Chandler: (to Ross about his tan) You could do a duet of "Ebony and Ivory" all by yourself!
      "Ebony and Ivory" was a 1982 number-one single by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The song used the ebony and ivory keys on the piano as a metaphor for racial harmony. Chandler was insinuating that Ross's half-tan made him both black and white.

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