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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)
Richard's Date
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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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While the books Rachel and Joey are reading are a part of the storyline, Ross is seen reading a book in Central Perk. Rachel and Joey agree to read each other's favorite books. Rachel reads "The Shining" by Stephen King and Joey reads "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. The book Ross is reading is "Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession" by Studs Terkel. See more »


When Monica goes into her bedroom to find Richard in his tuxedo sitting on the bed, backstage areas of the set are very clearly visible through the bedroom door behind Monica. See more »


Rachel: Joey... Why is there a book in the freezer?
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References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends
27 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The best part of this episode is about the guy Phoebe is dating who doesn't wear underwear and has everyone see his stuff through his shorts. It isn't so much the story as the great reactions of all the characters towards it and the awesome word play at the end when Phoebe tries to break up with him. And Gunther gets a great line that makes everyone laugh J

oey and Rachel exchanging books is also a good one. Joey is very cute. I loved the scene where he accidentally tells Rachel the end of Shining and they start spoiling the books to each other.

The story of Monica and Richard I could live without. I didn't find it funny nor did I care for them getting together to find it interesting

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