Season 3 Episode 16

The One with the Morning After (2)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 20, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ross tries to prevent Rachel from learning that he slept with Chloe, the copy store employee. When she finds out anyway and they go back to her apartment and have a fight, the other four friends are trapped in Monica's bedroom, forced to listen in as Rachel decides to break up with Ross.moreless

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  • Totally predictable! I excpected more from the show with such reputation!

    Since I\'m too laisy to review each episode individualy ,I\'ll just review previous and this one here. Since the relationship between Friends was nice and spotless ,they wanted to put a little dinamic ,by breaking up Ross and Rachell ,which is fine with me. But the entire plot is way to predictable for me to feel any suspence while watching it. Either it\'s predictable ,either it\'s way to stupid and unreal that not even some idiot wouldn\'t do that (like Ross\'es showing up at Rachell\'s office with picnic basket or the way Ross realised that Mark is at Rachell\'s. C\'mon ,we saw that Mark is smart enough to see what\'s going on between Ross and Rachell and he would know that he have to shut up while Rachell was talking with Ross ,not yelling to see if Rachell wants some fu**in juice!)C\'mon ,if you at least watched any other sitcom or some love movie you would know ,what was about to happen\' here! I ususally like Friends ,but after crumy episodes like this ,I\'m not so shore.moreless
  • Great

    After taking a break with rachel, Ross seeks comfort by sleeping with another woman. The morning after Rachel calls him, telling him she wants to go back. So now Ross must try that Rachel doesnt know. But when she finds out, the whole "We were ona break" thing starts.

    "We were on a break!"

    In this episode, Ross and Rachel finally break up... for good. The whole episode is so funny and has amazing plot line. The episode is so funny and now with the end of Ross and Rachel, and with the beginning of the "we were on a break!", which captived us for so much time, the entire series after that.moreless
  • Ross & Rachel break up for real.

    This is the saddest epsiode of Friends. Just when you think everything is going to work out with Ross & Rachel, like when Rachel says she wants to work things out, she has to find out about the girl from the copy place. Stupid Gunther had to tell her. I'm all for Ross on this one, he shouldn't of lied to her but I think it was totally reasonable. They were on a break, so I wouldn't see why Rachel would be upset since she is the one who called it off. Everyone hearing wit Waxine at the other end of the door was so funny! The bright side of the episode. Then Ross & Rachel officially break up.moreless
  • Perfect

    The One with the Morning After has to be one of my favorite Friend's episodes. It is funny yet suspenseful at the same time. It's where Ross and Rachel have a fight. After trying to stop the incident of Ross and sleeping with a woman, he goes everywhere to stop it to get to Rachel. But unfortunately the information got to Rachel. With this knowledge Rachel is furious and they both head up to her apartment yelling at each other with Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe in Monica's bedroom and they close door. They listen to Ross and Rachel fight and then at the end Rachel says to Ross that they should break up.moreless
  • Has to be one of the best episodes of the series.

    Everything about this episode was perfect. The essence of Friends was perfectly captured through the way the other 4 friends listened through the door, cracking jokes every once in a while, making comments and sadness. Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer were simply amazing in this episode. They had me laughing, then crying the next second with their brilliant performances. It comes as no surprise to find out both the actors actually cried in reality while filming this episode. It marked a dramatic and very sad end to one of the best couples on the show and will always be in my top/favourite episodes.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: When Phoebe, Monica, Joey and Chandler are trapped in Monica's room during Ross and Rachel's fight Phoebe calls her massage place to ask someone to take her 9 o'clock appointment. It is strange that a massage place would be open at 9pm.

    • Trivia: When Ross says "Now we're in a tough spot again" to Rachel, he is referring to the events that happened in the Season 2 episode, "The One with the List."

    • Goof: When Monica and Phoebe are pulling the wax strips off each others legs, you can tell that its not really waxed on since the paper is not fully stuck to their legs. The actors probably used water as it would hurt to actually have to wax the same leg every take.

    • Goof: When Rachel orders the pizza she asks for extra anchovies but when we cut to the box of the pizza, the slice that is left is obviously plain cheese. Rachel asked for some anchovies on top and some in the sauce.

    • Trivia: Monica's catchphrase "I know!" is heard for the first time in this episode.

    • Goof: When Chandler says "Yeah, never cheat on Rachel" he walks away from the door. However, when the camera angle changes, he is leaning against the door listening to Ross and Rachel fight.

    • Goof: When the girls show Joey how much waxing hurts, Phoebe starts putting the wax on Joey's inner arm. When the shot changes, she is spreading in on his outer arm.

    • Goof: When Ross is listening to the message from Rachel, he takes a drink from a cup and sets it down with the handle pointing toward the answering machine. In the next shot, the handle is towards the camera and a wadded-up piece of paper appears.

    • Trivia: The music that was playing the first time that Ross kissed Rachel in "The One Where Ross Finds Out" returns in the "Previously on Friends" section of this episode.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Monica: You broke up?
      Rachel: Yeah, but it's okay, because when Ross left, Mark came over.
      Monica: Oh no! Rachel! You and Mark?!
      Rachel: No, no, no. It's okay, calm down. Mark and I talked, and I realized how much I love your stupid brother. And yeah, we got our problems, but I really wanna make it work.

    • Phoebe: Why are you mopping your ceiling?
      Monica: There's banana on it.
      Phoebe: Oh. I have the spirit of an old Indian woman living in mine.

    • Chandler: (after Ross tells them about Chloe) Oh, my God! Oh, my God!
      Joey: When we couldn't find you, we thought you went home to make up with Rachel... which is probably what you should've done.
      Ross: You think?!

    • Ross: (about telling Rachel that he slept with another woman) What is she gonna do, what is she gonna say when I tell her what I did?
      Chandler: Well, before we answer that, I think we should address the more important question. How dumb are you?
      Ross: What?! Look, we're trying to rebuild a relationship here, right? How am I supposed to do that without being totally honest with each other?
      Joey: Ross, look, I'm on board about the total honesty thing--I am! Just... not about the stuff that's gonna get you in trouble.
      Chandler: He's right. Nobody's gonna benefit, and you're just gonna hurt her.
      Joey: Yeah, and there won't be a relationship left to rebuild.
      Ross: Yeah, but don't you think...
      Chandler: All right, look, if you absolutely have to tell her, at least wait till the timing's right. And that's what deathbeds are for.

    • Joey: Did you think about the trail?
      Ross: What trail?
      Joey: The trail from the woman you did it with... to the woman you hope never finds out you did it! You always have to think about the trail!
      Ross: I don't... I don't think there's any trail.
      Chandler: Okay, okay... Chloe works with that guy Isaac... Isaac's sister is Jasmine and Jasmine works at the massage place with Phoebe... Phoebe's friends with Rachel, and that's the trail! (gleefully) I did it!

    • (Monica pulls off one of the waxing strips and yelps in pain)
      Phoebe: Was it not "pain-free"?
      Monica: No, it was pain-full! Oh, my God, they should call it "Pain-zine, now with a little wax."

    • Ross: (about sleeping with Chloe) Listen, can you keep this information to yourself?
      Isaac: Aw, no problem dude. You know we got to look out for each other. We're the same, you and me.
      Ross: Actually, no, we're not.
      Isaac: Yeah, we are.
      Ross: No, we're not.
      Isaac: Yeah, we are.
      Ross: No, we're not!
      Isaac: Okay, we're not.
      Ross: Right.
      Isaac: But, we are.
      Ross: Fine. I just need to know that you're not gonna tell your sister.
      Isaac: I can promise not to tell her... again...

    • Ross: Gunther! Please tell me you didn't tell Rachel about me and the girl from the copy center.
      Gunther: (innocently) I'm sorry. Was I not supposed to?

    • Phoebe: (about waxing) This happens to be a pain no man will ever experience.
      Chandler: I don't think you can make that statement until you've been kicked in an area God only meant to be treated nicely.

    • Ross: I made a mistake, okay?
      Rachel: A mistake? What were you trying to put it in, her purse?

    • Phoebe: Oh, I knew something had to be wrong, because my fingernails did not grow at all yesterday.

    • Chandler: (to Monica and Phoebe about Ross having sex with another woman) Yeah, well... I guess they had a fight and he got drunk...
      Monica: (smacking Chandler and Joey) You guys knew about this and you didn't tell us...?!
      Chandler: He has sex and we get hit on our heads!

    • Rachel: Alright, you know, I want you to leave. Just get out.
      Ross: No, no. No, I want to stay. I want to talk about this.
      Rachel: Okay, alright. How was she?
      (cuts to all of them hiding in Monica's room)
      Chandler: Uh-oh.
      Ross: What?
      Rachel: Was she good?
      (cut to inside bedroom)
      Joey: Don't answer that!
      Rachel: C'mon, Ross. You said you wanted to talk about it. Let's talk about it. How was she?
      Ross: She was...
      (cut to inside bedroom)
      Joey: Awful! Horrible!
      Chandler: Not good, not good, not good!
      Joey: Nothing compared to you...
      Ross: She was... different...
      (cut to inside bedroom)
      Joey: Oooh.
      Chandler: Uh-oh.
      Rachel: Good, different?
      Ross: (lost for an answer) ...Nobody likes change.

    • (Rachel has smacked Ross repeatedly with a newspaper)
      Phoebe: Should we do something?
      Chandler: Yeah, never cheat on Rachel.

    • Ross: I thought our relationship was dead!
      Rachel: Well, you sure had a hell of a time at the wake!

    • Joey: You know what? I don't think we should listen to this anymore.
      Monica: Wait, what are you doing? You can't go out there.
      Joey: Why not? I'm hungry.
      Monica: Because then they'll know we've been listening.

    • Rachel: God! And to hear about it from Gunther.
      Ross: C'mon, like I wanted him to tell you. I ran all over the place trying to make sure that didn't happen.
      Rachel (sarcastically): Oh, that is so sweet. I think I'm falling in love with you all over again.

    • Chandler: (about Ross and Rachel) I think we can go out there. They have more important things to worry about.
      Joey: Yeah, we'll be fine.
      Ross: (fighting in the next room) Look, Rachel. I wanted to tell you, I thought I should. I did! And then Chandler and Joey convinced me not to!
      (Phoebe and Monica look accusingly at Chandler and Joey)
      Chandler: Wax the door shut. We're never leaving... ever!

    • Phoebe: (on the phone) Hi, it's Phoebe. Listen, someone's gonna have to take my nine-o'clock with Mr. Rehak, 'cause it's, like, nine-fifteen now and I'm not there.

    • Ross: Don't you realize none of this would've ever happened if I didn't think at that same moment you were having sex with Mark?
      Rachel: All right. Let's say I had slept with Mark. Would you have been able to forgive me?
      Ross: Yes, I would.
      Rachel: You'd be okay if you knew that Mark had kissed me, and been naked with me, and made love to me?
      Ross: (hesitating) Yes.
      Rachel: If you knew that our hot, sweaty, writhing bodies were...
      Ross: (covers his ears and bellows) La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! Okay, okay, yeah, I would have been devastated but, I would still want to be with you. Because it's... I mean, it's you.

    • Phoebe: Ooh! We can eat the wax! It's organic!
      Chandler: Oh boy, food with hair on it.
      Phoebe: Well, not the used wax!
      Chandler: Because that would be crazy?

    • Rachel: (ordering a pizza) We'd like to order a large pizza.
      Ross: (to Rachel) No anchovies.
      Rachel: With extra anchovies.
      Ross: That's all right; I'll just pick 'em off.
      Rachel: And could you please chop some up and put them right there in the sauce?

    • Phoebe: They're gonna get through this, aren't they?
      Chandler: Yeah, come on, it's Ross and Rachel. They've got to.
      Monica: What if they don't?

    • Joey: Do you think I need a new walk?
      Chandler: What?
      Joey: Well, y'know... I've been walking the same way since high school. You know how some guys, they walk into a room and everybody takes notice? I think I need a "take-notice" walk.
      Chandler: Are you actually saying these words?

    • Ross: Look, Rachel, I'm sorry, okay? I was out of my mind. I thought I'd lost you, I didn't know what to do. C'mon, c'mon, how insane was I to do something like this, huh? I don't cheat. That's not me. I'm not Joey.
      Joey (listening from Monica's room): Whoa. (they all give him a look) Yeah, okay.

    • Monica: Hey. It's three in the morning. They don't know that I've come home yet. You notice how neither one of them are wondering where I am.
      Phoebe: Yeah, you know, people can be so self-involved.

    • Ross: You know what? You know what? I'm not... I'm not the one who wanted that... that break! You're the one who bailed on us! You're the one that... that ran the moment things got just little rough.
      Rachel: That's...
      Ross: That's what?
      Rachel: That is neither here nor there.

    • Ross: Look, I did a terrible, stupid, stupid thing and I'm sorry. I wish I could take it back but I can't. I just can't see us throwing away something so damn good. Rachel, I love you so much. (Ross puts his head on her shoulder and tries to kiss her)
      Rachel: No, Ross, don't. You can't just kiss me and think you're gonna make this all go away. It doesn't work that way. It doesn't just make it better.
      Ross: Okay, okay.
      Rachel: I think you should go.
      Ross: What?
      Rachel: I really think you need to go now.

    • Rachel: No. I can't. You're a totally different person to me now. I used to think of you as somebody that would never, ever hurt me. Ever. God, and now I can't stop picturing you with her. I can't. It doesn't matter what you say or what you do, Ross. It's just changed everything. Forever.

    • Ross: This can't be it.
      Rachel: Then how come it is?

    • Phoebe: (about Ross and Rachel) They've been quiet for a long time.
      Joey: Maybe she killed him.

    • Chandler: (to Joey who is tip-toeing out of Monica's apartment) Is that your new walk?
      Joey: (whispering) No. I really have to pee.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Chandler: (to Joey) Okay, Tin Man.
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