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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 »


Joey mentions that the main character Josephine "Jo" March from the book "Little Women" has a crush on her best friend Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence. Quite famously, Jo does not have a crush on Laurie; Laurie has a crush on Jo. When he declares himself she does not return his feelings, and the broken-hearted Laurie runs away to Europe and eventually develops feelings for Jo's sister Amy. See more »


Joey Tribbiani: [Robert's 'goods' are on display as he reaches for a quarter in his sock. Chandler is pushing against Joey to 'keep away' from the sight] What are you doing? Get back on your side of the-
[sees Robert's 'show.']
Joey Tribbiani: Helloooo!
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References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just... *cough* Friends
1 January 2015 | by (Nigeria) – See all my reviews

Richard and Monica run into each other at the video store and after helping him make a lasagna for a potluck dinner, they are knocking boots; clearly they are not over each other. Monica is an attractive woman but her bossy personality and obsessive compulsive behavior makes you wonder just WHAT men see in her! Richard is a mature, good natured man who is firm when he has to be and I'm glad he stuck to his guns when Monica tentatively talked about having babies. Monica, if the man does not want to have children at his age, do NOT try to force it on him, that's why you broke up with him in the first place! Phoebe has no problem saying ridiculous things or speaking her mind in almost every FRIENDS episode so I do not see why she had difficulty telling her current boyfriend his 'you know what' was peeping out of his shorts. Spirited Phoebe was suddenly rather prudish Phoebe. Joey's introduction to Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN was funny and moving. Funny because he thought Jo was a boy and Laurie was a girl and moving because he obviously got to the chapter- THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW - where Beth dies. I've read the book and that chapter in particular still makes me cry.

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