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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)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
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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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4 May 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ilia Volok plays the dry cleaner who claims he never saw the movie Air Force One (1997). However, Volok actually starred in the film, portraying Vladimir Krasin, the first terrorist to die at the hands of the president. See more »


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 »


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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Performed by Bruce Willis
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Ross and Elizabeth will travel together..
9 June 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Paul,Elizabeth's father,still doesn't like Ross and is against their relationship, even blackmailing him saying that if they don't end their relationship, he is going to denounce Ross to the University. Ross and Elizabeth, however, decide to keep their relationship in secret.

Ross is excited that he is going to travel with Elizabeth into her grandma's country house. Arriving there, they both cannot wait to have sex, but Ross forgets to bring condoms and Elizabeth go to the drugstore to buy, letting Ross alone in the house. While Ross is waiting Elizabeth, Rachel and Paul arrive in the house, since they had the same plans of having sex and staying some days in the house. Ross tries to hide from them, but Rachel discovers him and tries to help him to scape from the house without Paul know that he is there.

Joey goes to a Laundry that has the practice of setting pictures from the stars on the walls, to give his picture, but since his TV show still was not aired, the Laundry's owner tells him that he is not going to put his picture. Joey ends up going out with the Laudry's owner wife, and gets his picture on the wall in a pretty easy way.

Rachel,Phoebe and Monica go together to a Museum, using Phoebe's tickets that she won. Once there, they discover that it is possible to marry in the place, but they need to wait 2 years for that. Monica is convinced to put her name on the list, but when they call to Monica's house to notify her about the wedding details she gave, Chandler listens to the message and disappears.

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