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The One Where Ross Dates a Student 

Ross jeopardizes his career when he starts dating a student from one of his palaeontology classes. Rachel and Phoebe's apartment catches fire.



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Dana Keystone
David Moreland ...


Ross gets his anonymous teacher evaluations back and finds out that he has an admirer amongst his students. The student, Elizabeth, asks Ross out. There was a fire in Phoebe's apartment probably due to Phoebe's candles. Phoebe stays at Joey's and Rachel at Monica's until the apartment will be fixed. Chandler's friend Dana from college directs the new Al Pacino movie so Chandler has to take her out to get Joey an audition. Ross and Elizabeth have a great time on their date. Phoebe finds out that the fire was caused by Rachel's hair iron so Rachel has to stay at Joey's and Phoebe can stay at Hotel Monica. Rachel actually enjoys her time at Joey's because she can mess around as much as she wants and Phoebe gets quite annoyed with Monica's constant attention. Ross thinks it isn't against the rules to date a student but people will frown upon their relationship. He decides to go out with her because he doesn't care what people think but his colleagues tell him it actually is against the ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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9 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Alexandra Holden (Elizabeth) and Bess Meyer (Dana Keystone) both had minor parts in Bones (2005) See more »


When Rachel is throwing wet paper towels at the cupboard she exclaims "I love it at Joeys!". Joey is mouthing those exact words at the same time she says them. See more »


[One of Ross's students wrote a flirtatious evaluation of his class]
Chandler: So, who is she?
Ross: I don't know. The evaluations were anonymous.
Joey: Well, do you still have their final exams?
Ross: Yeah.
Joey: Well, it's simple. You take the final exams and the evaluations, you see whose handwriting matches, and boom. You got your admirer.
Chandler: A hot chick is at stake and suddenly he's Rain Man.
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »

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The One Where Ross Dates a Student
19 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the beginning of the great storyline where Ross dates his student Elizabeth. I found it pretty funny, how she evaluated him as the hottie of the paleontology department, how he pushes her into the wall when he sees other professors and also how they make out in his office when she is so turned on by the idea that their relationship is forbidden.

I also like the story of Phoebe and Rachel's apartment burning down. I just wonder why they would first want to live with Monica, they both did it before and should know what to expect.

Joey was a riot this episode. How he threw spaghetti on the floor and then ate them. And how he was showing Chandler that they should have pizza after the call. And of course "thursday the third day" part

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