Friends: Season 5, Episode 18

The One Where Rachel Smokes (8 Apr. 1999)

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Rachel takes up smoking to feel more included at work. Joey auditions for a soup commercial with Ben. Monica and Phoebe plan Rachel's birthday party.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kim Clozzi
The Casting Director
John Christopher Allen ...
Ben (as Jack Allen)
Charles Thomas Allen ...
Ben (as Charlie Allen)


Joey is envious when Ross' boy Ben gets an audition for a commercial, but is delighted to hear there also is a part for the father, so he teams up with his godchild; both pass the first round. Everybody hopes on free stuff now Rachel starts her job with Ralph Lauren. Phoebe suggests to throw an intimate dinner as surprise birthday party for Rachel, a month in advance, but Monica quickly takes over in grand style- Phoebe insists to be in charge of something, so she gets cups and ice. Rachel quickly finds her boss Kim and collaborators tend to take all decisions on the balcony during smoking breaks, so after trying just to join them, which doesn't get her close enough, she adopts the terrible habit her dad, an MD, always warned against with true horror stories. After Ben and Joe are selected for the final cut, they hear the lack of physical resemblance means it will either be Joey and Ben's rival Raymond or Ben and Raymond's dad Kyle. Monica's nose and Chandler's experienced eye ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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8 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In real life, at the time of filming, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) actually was a smoker but on the verge of quitting. See more »


When Joey is talking to Ben about acting, the order and color of the blocks Ben is playing with changes in the middle of the scene. See more »


[Joey is trying to convince Ross to let him appear in a commercial instead of Ben]
Joey Tribbiani: Come on, Ross! I should be in this commercial! Even Chandler thinks so!
Ross: Is this true, Chandler?
Chandler: Uh.. .um... hey, who's that at the door?
[Chandler gets up and answers the door. No-one's there]
Chandler: Oh, hi, no-one!
[Chandler steps out]
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Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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The One Where Rachel Smokes
15 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What I liked the most about the show was the story of Joey's and Ben's audition. joey was very funny in it, both his jealousy of Ben who got a great agent just for going on the swings, also how he said that he looks more like Ben's father than Ross. And of course the "mmm noodle soup...." part. It was a great idea to make Joey and Ben rivals in this episode

When it comes to Rachel's surprise party I liked how Phoebe beat the annoying selfishness of Monica. She did it in a very funny way too, very creative and very Phoebe like

Rachel's smoking story was kind of annoying. But I did like Chandler sucking on Rachel's bosses cigarette

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