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The One Where Rachel Finds Out 

As Ross leaves for China, Chandler accidentally reveals Ross's feelings for Rachel. Joey takes part in a fertility study and is unable to sleep with his new girlfriend.


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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Kerrie Clark ...
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Joey is taking part in a fertility study and he really likes his girlfriend Melanie but can't have sex during the study which lasts another week. The friends are having a barbecue for Rachel's birthday but without Ross because he has to go to China for the museum. Rachel unwraps the gift from Ross and its an antique pin exactly like the one her grandma used to have. Chandler lets it slip that Ross is in love with Rachel. Rachel goes to the airport to speak to Ross but he's already gone. Rachel decides to give her and Ross a chance and goes to pick him up at the airport. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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18 May 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Chandler: [after Rachel opens Ross's gift] Oh, c'mon Ross. Remember back in college when he fell in love with Carol and bought her that ridiculously expensive crystal duck?
Rachel: What did you just say?
Chandler: [long pause as he realizes what he just said. Clears throat. Pauses] Crystal duck.
Rachel: No. No. No. The um... the love part.
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Not Very Funny But Interesting
28 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the season finale of the first season of 'Friends'

Plot In A Paragraph: Upset that Rachel prefers Ross's birthday gift than his, Chandler lets slip to Rachel that Ross is in love with her! Joey participates in fertility study for which he is paid $700 for his sperm, But he can't sleep with his new girlfriend and needs to come up with solution to fend off her advances.

Whilst this episode is pretty well done, since they keep on making the viewers guessing if she will do anything about it or not as she debates the merits of dating a close friend. It is not very funny, the only laughs come from Perry and Le Blanc.

But it does have a cliffhanger ending

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