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The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends 

Monica's willpower is tested when she bumps into Richard. Joey and Rachel exchange their favourite books. Phoebe dates an athletic guy with a wardrobe malfunction.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
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Monica bumps into Richard at the video shop. They go out for a burger just as friends. Rachel gets in late from work every night. Phoebe is dating a sporty guy. Joey and Rachel exchange their favourite books to see which one is better. Monica shows Richard how to cook lasagna and they make love. They wanna try being friends who sleep together. They have a great time together and Monica wants to be with him for real again. Richard would love to be with Monica but they're right back where they were and they both know how it's gonna end. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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30 January 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening scene in the video store, when Monica is talking to the clerk behind the counter, a movie poster for the 1977 film "One on One" starring Robby Benson can be seen hanging on the wall behind the counter. Benson directed this particular episode, along with several others during the show's run. See more »


When Joey is trying to talk about The Shining in front of Rachel, he says "Remember when Danny sees those two blanks in the hallway" (referring to the twins) and "All blank and no blank make blank a blank blank" (referring to the famous line "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy". Those things do not happen in the book by Stephen King, and are exclusive to the 1980 movie adaptation. See more »


Rachel: Joey... Why is there a book in the freezer?
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends
13 May 2008 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Monica and Richard accidentally meet each other at a video shop(Richard doesn't have his mustache!). They both get really well along, and they decide to go out as a friends. When Monica tries to teach Richard how to cook a Lasagna, they end up having sex.

Phoebe dates an athlete guy who doesn't wear underwear, making Ross and Chandler have funny moments laughing at this. She decides to give him an underwear as a gift present, but she doesn't have much success in her idea.

Joey and Rachel exchange their favorite books. Joey's favorite is ''The Shinning'' and Rachel's ''Little Women''. They want to know which is the best book, but they both enjoy a lot both books.

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