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The One Where Paul's the Man 

Paul threatens to have Ross fired from the university if he continues to date Elizabeth. The girls put their names down on a waiting list for a wedding venue.

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Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
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Elizabeth's dad Paul tells Ross not to see Elizabeth anymore or he will call the university and have him fired. Monica, Phoebe and Rachel go to a museum and learn that the beautiful museum can be hired for weddings. There is a 2-year waiting list and they all make a reservation - if they don't have a guy by then they can always cancel it. Elizabeth and Ross don't stop seeing each other and agree to hide their relationship from Paul. They go to Elizabeth's grandma's cottage for the weekend but Rachel and Paul turn up as well. Ross catches Paul doing an embarrassing little dance calling himself "the man" and "the love machine" so Ross won't tell Rachel if Paul won't get him fired. Chandler finds out that Monica hired the museum for the wedding in his and her name. Chandler freaks out and tells Monica he isn't ready. She promises that it didn't mean anything and that she didn't mean to pressure him. As soon as Monica leaves the room we find out that Chandler is going to ask Monica to ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Joey talks about Air Force One to the dry cleaner. Air force one also starred Gary Oldman who was also in friends and starred with Joey in both friends and lost in space. See more »

Goofs

When Paul brings Rachel a diet coke with ice, we see her holding the glass in her left hand. In the next shot, she's holding it in her right hand, only for it to be back in her left hand in the immediately following shot. See more »

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Elizabeth Stevens: [while making out at Paul's cabin] Hey umm, you brought protection right?
Dr. Ross Geller: Why? Are there like bears or something?
[He looks around nervously and then sees that Elizabeth is shaking her head no]
Dr. Ross Geller: Ohh. Oh, protection. Yeah-no, yeah-no, that-that-that I forgot.
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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Love Machine, Part II
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Performed by Bruce Willis
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The One Where Paul's the Man
19 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The story about Ross and Paul doesn't get worse in this episode. Both Elizabeth/Ross and Paul/Rachel come to the cottage outside the city. And this brings us lots of funny scenes. The one when Rachel sees Ross under the couch is great. And also when Paul gets into his bedroom where Ross is hiding and Ross quietly gets under the couch I couldn't stop laughing. Paul's "I am the man" act that also finally got Ross the permission to date Elizabeth was a great idea as well

I also really liked the story about how Joey wanted his picture on the wall in dry cleaners. The fact that it mattered so much to him is already funny. And Ilia Volok who plays the dry cleaner is actually Russian, his language was perfect. Which is a good thing, I like it when they hire people to play someone from their nationality instead of actors who can't really pronounce anything in that language

The whole idea about Chandler being freaked out by the message was pretty good. Especially since it is surprising at the end that he wants to propose to Monica!


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