Season 2 Episode 10

The One with Russ

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 1996 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Monica gets back together with Fun Bobby and encourages him to stop drinking. Joey gets chosen to play the role of Dr. Drake Ramoray, a neurosurgeon, on Days of Our Lives. Rachel begins dating a guy named Russ, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ross.

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  • Russ and Rachel

    Ahh, Rachel, you and your taste of really geeky guys is very amusing. Monica gets Fun Bobby to stop drinking, only to find that it was drinking that made him fun. Bobby ends up breaking it off with Monica because she drank around him to make him seem fun. Ross discovers that Russ is just a replacement from himself for Rachel.
  • Awesome.

    Monica gets back together with Bobby, who has problems with alcohol. Monica successfully tries to help him give up drinking, but once he does, he is not happy and funny anymore. Joey gets chosen to play the role of Dr. Drake Ramoray, a neurosurgeon, on Days of Our Lives. Rachel begins dating a guy named Russ, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ross. Eventually Rachel dumps Russ telling him he reminds her of someone, though she can't figure out who. In the end Russ and Julie hook up. Funny episode from Friends - like always. I love the storyline with "Fun Bobby" drinking too much. i love the way the gang freak out about Rachel having a date with somebody else other than Ross, but then turns out it is just like Ross. His name is Russ, he looks like Ross, everything about him is Ross, which is extremely funny. I love the ending - F-U-N-N-Y!moreless
  • Good

    Monica gets back together with Fun Bobby and encourages him to stop drinking. Joey gets chosen to play the role of Dr. Drake Ramoray, a neurosurgeon, on Days of Our Lives. Rachel begins dating a guy named Russ, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ross. People dont like this episode but I found Russ and Ross argueing to be very funny and the part where Rachel realized they where a like was priceless so I dont know why it is seen as one of the worst episodes of the show. So im going to to give this a respectable 9 out of 10.moreless
  • David Schwimmer guest stars as Russ! Um wait, what!?

    A very strange episode. David Schwimmer plays two people on Friends! He plays Russ! Which ends up with Julie. Now I don't feel that bad for Julie now that she ends up with Russ. Ross & Rachel don't see the resemblance of Ross & Russ. So much R's! They act and look exactly alike. Fun Bobby returns! Later on in the episode he turns in to Depressing Bobby when Monica convinces him to stop drinking. Then Monica starts drinking, then she becomes an alcoholic! That was hilarious. The first episode in the Dr. Drake Ramoray arc. A great episode and a start of a wonderful arc!moreless
  • Monica & Fun Bobby Get Back Together, Joey Plays Dr Drake Ramoray On 'DOOL'And Rachel Dates Russ Who Bears An Uncanny Resemblance To Ross

    Monica & Fun Bobby Start Dating Again, Joey Finally Makes It Into Showbiz When He Is Chosen To Play A Neurosurgeon On 'Days Of Our Lives', Rachel Dates A Guy Named Russ Who Bears An Uncanny Resemblance To Ross, And He Acts Like Him & Everything! Fantastic Episode, I Loved It, Monica Discovers Fun Bobby Was Only Fun When He Had Alcohol In His Hand & Encourages Him To Give Up Drinking, Rach Dates Russ, Who Is Like A Clone Of Ross, But Rach Doesn't Know That! :)

    Fun Bobby Is Funny, He Makes Me Laugh,And Monica Is Right To Encourage Him To Give Up Drinking!moreless
Vincent Ventresca

Vincent Ventresca

Fun Bobby

Guest Star

Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart


Guest Star

David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer


Special Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom


Recurring Role

June Gable

June Gable

Estelle Leonard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Factual Error: Days of Our Lives is filmed in Los Angeles, California, but Friends is set in New York City.

    • Trivia: While sitting in Central Perk, Phoebe says her surprised/defeated "Oh, no" for the first time when she hears that Lorne Greene is dead.

    • Goof: Ross is dating the curator of moths and other wing-ed things from the museum. Wouldn't the curator of moths and other wing-ed things and the curator of insects (which is a different woman that he dates) from "The One with the Stoned Guy" be the same thing, since moths are insects?

    • Trivia: The producers of the show have joked in the past that the character of Russ was played by a famous Croatian actor named Snaro, but Schwimmer has said that the name Snaro was a tribute to a friend of his.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Rachel: Joey, would you slow down? They're not gonna be sold out of papers at one o'clock in the morning.
      Joey: I'm excited! I've never gotten reviewed before.
      Monica: You were so amazing as the king. I was really impressed, I was.
      Phoebe: Although, you know what? You might want to consider wearing underwear next time. Yeah, 'cause when you sat down on your throne you could kind of see your... royal subjects.

    • Monica: (trying to cheer up Joey about getting bad reviews) Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait one minute. Wait a minute. I believe this will change your mind. (reading) "In a mediocre play, Joseph Tribbiani was able to achieve brilliant new levels of..." continued on page 153... "sucking."

    • Joey: When I was little, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but then I found out you had to put your hands into cows and stuff.

    • Monica: (about Fun Bobby) So he drank a lot tonight.
      Ross: Yeah but, you know, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever seen Fun Bobby without a drink in his hand.
      Phoebe: Yeah. Oh yeah, you know, did you notice how he always starts his stories with "I was so wasted" or "Oh, we were so bombed" or "So I wake up, and I'm in this dumpster in Connecticut."

    • Joey: (about Fun Bobby) Monica, have you ever been with him when he wasn't drinking?
      Monica: Well, we just happen to go to a lot of places where you might drink. I mean, how do you go to a wine tasting without having a drink? Or... or to a club, or to the... zoo.

    • Chandler: Guess who's back in show business?
      Phoebe: Lorne Green?
      Chandler: No, no Pheebs. You know why? 'Cause he's dead.
      Phoebe: Oh, no.
      Chandler: Okay, I guess this is gonna seem kind of bittersweet now, but... Joey, that's who.

    • Joey: My agent just called me with an audition for Days of Our Lives!
      Phoebe: Oh, well, we have to celebrate. You know what we should do? We should do, like, a soap opera theme.
      Chandler: Yeah, we could all sleep together and then one of us could get amnesia.

    • Rachel: I kind of have plans.
      Monica: You have other friends?
      Rachel: Yeah, I, uh, I have a date.
      Monica: What?
      Phoebe: You have a date?
      Rachel: Yes! I have a date.
      Joey: With a man?
      Rachel: No, with a crouton. What is so strange about me having a date?
      Chandler: With a crouton?

    • Phoebe: Okay, so, you know what you're doing, right?
      Rachel: Uh.... waitressing?
      Phoebe: Well, yeah, but... no. I mean, um... doesn't, doesn't Russ remind you of someone?
      Rachel: (looks at Russ) Huh, Bob Saget?
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah!

    • Monica: See now, they're as different as night and... later that night.

    • Ross: (about Russ) ...and, and... it takes him, what? I don't know, uh, huh... hello... a week, to get out a sentence?
      Chandler: Yeah, it's annoying, isn't it?
      Ross: Huh, (searching for just the right word) ...yeah!

    • Chandler: (entering his apartment to find Joey making lots of food) Hey.
      Joey: Hey.
      Chandler: Whoa, so I'm guessing you didn't get the part, or... uh, Italy called and said it was hungry.

    • Joey: Well, I guess I could sleep with her. I mean, how could I do that?
      Chandler: Well, I've got a pop-up book that told me everything I need to know.

    • Chandler: (to Joey about having to sleep with a female producer to get an acting job) The way that I see it is you get a great job and you get to have sex! Y'know, I mean... throw in a tree and a fat guy and you've got Christmas!

    • Phoebe: Russ is Ross. Russ, Ross...
      Rachel: Steve, sleeve.
      Phoebe: Okay, no one is named "Sleeve."

    • Russ: You're jealous because I'm a real doctor.
      Ross: Hey, you're a doctor of gums. That's the smallest body part you can major in. It's like day one, floss, day two, here's your diploma.

    • Chandler: Hey, would you sleep with somebody to get a great job?
      Rachel: I don't know. Who would I have to sleep with?
      Chandler: Me.
      Rachel: Why would I have to sleep with you?
      Chandler: It's my game. You want the job or not?

    • Fun Bobby: I think you may have a drinking problem.
      Monica: (holding a bag of miniature bottles of liquor) What these, oh, these are, um, for cuts and scrapes.

    • Russ: I guess you guys heard, Rachel dumped me.
      Chandler: Yeah, I'm sorry man.
      Russ: Oh, all she said was that I remind her too much of somebody. You have any idea who she's talking about?
      Phoebe: Oh, I do, it's... it's Bob Saget. She hates him.

  • NOTES (9)


    • Chandler: (doing a crossword puzzle) Hey, we're having some fun now, huh, Ross? Want to do another one, huh Russ? Okay... eleven letters, atomic element number 101... ends in "ium".
      Russ: Dysprosium.
      Ross: (condescendingly) Dysprosium? Try mendelevium.
      Chandler: And weenie number two has it. Unless, of course, nine down, "Nights in White Satin" was sung by the "Doody" Blues.
      The Moody Blues is a British rock band. "Nights in White Satin" was one of their most popular songs.

    • Chandler: Guess who's back in show business?
      Phoebe: Lorne Greene?
      Chandler: No, no Pheebs. You know why? 'Cause he's dead.
      Phoebe: Oh, no.

      Lorne Greene was a Canadian actor, best known in the United States for his roles on Bonanza and Battlestar Galactica. He died in 1987.