Season 1 Episode 5

The One with the East German Laundry Detergent

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1994 on NBC

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  • Janice is introduced, Ross is trying to show his feeling for Rachel, and Joey and Monica plot to tear a couple apart, and keep the pieces for themselves.

    After 4 great episodes, Friends continue with classical hit episodes. This is the first episode with Janice, Chandler's annoying on-and-off girlfriend, a recurring star through the entire show. Chandler is trying to break up with her, and we get to see just how weird Janice is, and the connection between her and Chandler is actually reaaaly funny, just like it will be in the future episodes.

    Athough he's kept his feelings for Rachel hidden for some time now, Ross is planning to tell her about it, when he goes to the laundry room to do some laundry with Rachel, who is a total laundry-virgin, and the series of unfortunate events, from a boring lady, to Ross hiting his head on the machine-door, those scenes are full of good laughs too. And we also see how is Rachel learning to live her life as other people, who don't depend on their parents' money.

    The scenes with Joey and Monice are also very funny. First it's great when Monica discovers that Joey was lying to her about the couple being siblings, and it's greater later when they tear the couple (Joey's ex-girlfriend, and her new boyfriend) apart, and keep the pieces for themselves. All in all, another good episode of Friends.
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