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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  • The beginning of the Ross loves Rachel but Rachel is too clueless to see installment that fills most of season 1. It is the beginning of the sexual tension.

    The episode at the laundromat is hilarious. Granted it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. This episode is what starts the whole Ross adoring Rachel from afar plot-line. Up until this episode, we didn't care much about Rachel and Ross. But Ross' affection for her are clear and this episode helps lock the audience's desire for a romance to occur between the two of them. Her cluelessness about his affection and his inability to reveal his feelings drive this episode as the two perform laundry together while battling an old battle-axe of a woman who gets in the way of Rachel trying to exert independence in her life.