Friends (1994–2004)
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The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate 

Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" after she leaves her fiancé at the altar.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Cynthia Mann ...
The Guy In The Coffee House (scenes deleted) (as Barry Hine)


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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Comedy | Romance


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22 September 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The interstitial music and city scene after Rachel is shown sitting at the bay window to her preparing coffee for Joey and Chandler originally featured a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge with the World Trade Center towers prominently in the background. After the September 11 attacks, the interstitial scene was changed to a shot of the exterior of the building where Monica. Joey, and Chandler lives. However the original scene can be seen on DVD releases published prior to the attacks. See more »


As Monica is walking to her room and steps on Paul's watch, if you look carefully, you can see that she just steps on the band. That would not damage the watch. See more »


Joey: Hey, Phoebs, do you wanna help?
Phoebe: Oh, I wish I could, but I don't want to.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
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The one that started it all!
26 January 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I have to say, I think the new IMDb format for television shows is fantastic insofar that you can comment on individual episodes! (The rest of the format I will simply say is less pleasing, but hopefully bugs will be tweaked with later on down the road.) Anyway, this was the very first episode of "Friends" (the pilot), in which Monica gets a roommate, Rachel. Rachel was old friends with Monica and Monica's brother Ross. Ross had feelings for Rachel and is put in an awkward position when she returns.

As far as this episode compares to later ones - it's flat. The cast isn't confident - Jennifer Aniston in particular looks like she just stepped off the bus for Hollywood and is totally lost.

However, it is a fine setup for the series and any "Friends" fan will certainly derive some type of nostalgic entertainment from it!

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