Friends: Season 1, Episode 1

The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (22 Sep. 1994)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Romance
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Co-dependent Monica's life is turned upside down when her old friend from high school suddenly re-enters her life after running out on her wedding.

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In a New York City coffee house called Central Perk, we're introduced to six friends: chef Monica Geller, data controller Chandler Bing who lives across the hall from Monica, Chandler's roommate/actor Joey Tribbiani, Monica's brother Ross Geller, new ageist Phoebe Buffay, and "born to be a wife" Rachel Green. One of the friends is just getting into a relationship and two are just getting out of one each. Monica is in the former category, going on a real/not-so-real date, dates with guys she's interested in being a rare occurrence. But she is excited by her upcoming one with Paul the Wine Guy from her place of work. Out on their date, their intimate conversation includes the fact that trauma from his last relationship has left him sexually incapable, something that only the right woman like Monica can fix, and she apparently does. Later however she finds that it was just a line to get her into bed, and thus her streak with the "wrong guy" continues. Ross is one of the two in the ... Written by Huggo

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When Joey is comparing women to ice cream he says that "You can get them with jimmies or nuts or whipped cream". In New York, jimmies are called chocolate sprinkles. But Matt LeBlanc is from Newton, Ma., where they are called jimmies. See more »

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At the end of the episode, as a customer in Central Perk asks Rachel for more coffee, Chandler has set his cup of coffee on the table. In the next shot, he is holding it again. See more »

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Chandler: Look, Gippetto, I'm a real live boy.
Joey: I will not take this abuse.
[Walks to the door and opens it to leave]
Chandler: You're right, I'm sorry.
[Burst into song and dances out of the door]
Chandler: Once I was a wooden boy, a little wooden boy!
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Written and Performed by Jackson Browne
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Friends: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (#1.1)
27 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Plot: Rachel runs from her wedding and meets the friends in the coffee place. Ross is depressed about his divorce but he still has a crush on Rachel.

The pilot episode of Friends is an awesome start to the Friends series. It establishes characters well, it's funny, it's well written and directed, and, oh yeah, it's funny.

The thing that really makes it funny is the dialogue, so funny, obscure. It centers around conversations normal people have, and then they transform into these weird conversations. Like when Chandler talks about a dream he had and talks about how he dreamed he was naked, his penis was a phone and it started ringing (he was in the cafeteria) and he picks it up and it's his mom. That one line by Chandler described so much about him.

9/10 for the pilot.


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