Season 8 Episode 4

The One with the Videotape

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2001 on NBC

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  • One of the series' most underrated episodes, not because people didn't find it good, but because I feel it's one of the best.

    This episode is one of those great, hidden episodes from the series. It is one of the first of season 8, making it caught between the season 7 finale/Monica's and Chandler's honeymoon, overshadowed by Rachel's pregnancy, and before the always classic Thanksgiving episode...and this Thanksgiving episode had Brad Pitt. After Ross learns of Rachel's pregnancy with his child, the two get caught in a line-of-fire debate of who came on to who, in which Ross reveals that he has the seductive encounter on video tape. We learn that Ross accidentally recorded his night with Rachel while trying to practice a 'sex story' told to him by Joey, since Ross admits that he hasn't had sex in six months and he fears for his health. The episode is scattered with little details that all seem to connect to each other by the episode's conclusion, making this one a riot to watch, and an ongoing chapter in the Ross and Rachel relationship...maybe the greatest relationship in TV history.