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The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work 

Chandler starts looking for a job and is anxious about having a baby, Rachel decides to go back to work, and Phoebe works as an extra on Joey's show.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox-Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Dr. Ross Geller
Mr. Zelner
Alexandra Margulies ...
The Soap Actor


Monica wants a baby so desperately that she keeps talking about sex to Chandler, even when Ross is there. Since Chandler is unemployed, she helps him find ideas, and organizes a meeting between Chandler and someone who works in advertising. Chandler is excited about advertising, and keeps making up "slogans" about random objects, but he is also worried that he won't be earning any money for some time, and wonders whether it is the right moment to have a baby. Ross and Rachel take Emma to Ralph Lauren's to introduce her to everyone, but Rachel discovers that a guy called Gavin is replacing her during her maternity leave. She is convinced that Gavin is trying to steal her job, so she decides to come back to work two weeks early. Since Phoebe is short on cash, Joey gets her a job as an extra on "Days of our Lives", but she has difficulties understanding that she is only an extra, not a major character. Written by Pruneau

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Comedy | Romance


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9 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Steve (Phill Lewis), the man talking to Chandler about advertising, was on the Disney show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005). The character of Cody is played by Cole Sprouse, the actor who plays Ben, Ross's son. See more »


During the argument with Gavin, Rachel makes a big fuss over the fact that she has worked the job at Ralph Lauren for five years. This cannot be true, considering this episode was set in January of 2003 and Rachel got the job at Ralph Lauren in March of 1999 - meaning she hadn't even been there four years yet. See more »


Rachel: Who the hell are you?
Gavin Mitchell: Who the hell are you?
Rachel: I'm the hell person whose office this is.
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References Norma Rae (1979) See more »

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The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work
9 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The funniest part of this episode is Phoebe being an extra on Days of Our Lives and having her "acting process". Lisa Kudrow was awesome in this story. Another great thing was the guest performance of Evan Handler

I liked the story of Chandler and Monica. It presents a realistic problem of someone changing careers and wanting to postpone the baby. And I even liked Monica in it, she was very nice and supportive, so out of her character. If only she could always be like that. And Chandler's advertisement logos were also pretty fun

What I liked the most in Rchale story was the moment where Ross goes to kiss Emma and ends up with her ribbon on his head. So cute!

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