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The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break 

After a bitter fight with Rachel, Ross ends up sleeping with another woman. Phoebe dates a Diplomat who needs an interpretor to speak with her.

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Phoebe dates an East European UN diplomat Sergei and asks Monica to join them at a restaurant to keep his translator company as Sergei cannot speak Enlgish. When Ross brings a picnic to Rachel's office, Rachel becomes fed up with Ross's neediness and suggests they take a break. Ross seeks comfort in the bar where Joey and Chandler are trying to impress Chloe, the copy-girl they both have a crush on. Ross and Rachel are trying to make up on the phone when Ross hears Mark, who insisted he come over. Mark, knowing Rachel is on the phone with Ross, makes his voice audible to him so Ross assumes the worst and hangs up on Rachel. He then has one too many beers and sleeps with Chloe. Written by Marshall

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Comedy | Romance

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13 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When Ross takes the picnic to Rachel's office and sets fire to her desk she says to the person she is on the phone to 'I have Shemp in my office'. She is referring to Shemp Howard, best known for his role as the 3rd Stooge in The Three Stooges. See more »

Goofs

In the opening when Phoebe runs into the room she is wearing a jacket but when she is talking to Monica she doesn't have her jacket on. See more »

Quotes

Ross Geller: [about calling Rachel] We just had a fight... Shouldn't I wait?
Chandler Bing: This isn't like swimming. Pick up a phone!
Chandler Bing: [to Joey] You know, that whole waiting before you swim after you eaten thing is a myth?
Joey Tribbiani: Yeah, tell that to my Uncle Murray.
Chandler Bing: Why? What happened to him?
Joey Tribbiani: Nothing He just *really* believes that.
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Featured in Friends: The One with the Invitation (1998) See more »

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With or Without You
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Performed by U2
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Douglas this is for you...
9 February 2014 | by (Edinburgh) – See all my reviews

I think this is a great episode, it is something that often happens to couples. So it's good to see everyones favourite show enlighten us on it. In this case Ross and Rachel have another huge argument and agree to just take a break. However both misinterpret what it actually means. Ross goes out to party and ends up feeling almost single and this he clearly states to his close friends. Rachel wouldn't and doesn't do the same as to her a break means still being together. Which I think is a ridiculous concept. However I understand that if you were truly single you'd have broken up. Which is why nothing happened between us that night.

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