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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 favorite books. Phoebe dates an athletic guy who doesn't realize he has a "wardrobe malfunction".

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Joey is talking to Ross and Chandler in the coffee shop about The Shining he references the twins in the hallway, however they do not appear in the book. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Rachel: Joey... Why is there a book in the freezer?
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Connections

References The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) See more »

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Mouses and houses
26 May 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This feels a bit like a filler episode as the writers slowly build up to the Ross and Rachel break-up that will follow shortly. However, there's a fair bit of fun to be found here.

The Phoebe story line isn't that funny, but features some good lines, notably the one from Gunther. The sad thing about it is how thin and unwell Matthew Perry looks here.

Of course the Monica and Richard story is the one that packs an emotional punch, and it's well performed by both Cox and Selleck.

Not my favourite episode of all time, but a decent one.


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