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The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break 

Ross seeks solace at a party after a bitter fight with Rachel and ends up in the arms of another woman; Phoebe's date needs an interpreter to communicate.

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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 English. 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

As the song, "With or Without You" by U2 plays at the bar, Ross tells Chloe he likes the song. It is the same song he dedicated to Rachel on the radio in "The One With The List" (#2.8). See more »

Goofs

It is made clear that Sergei does not understand English, hence Phoebe's need for a translator. However, in the restaurant, when Monica says "The man's dog just died!", Sergei responds as in a tone that sounds like "big deal", as if he understood what Monica said. See more »

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Monica Geller: That's my doodle of a ladybeetle with a top hat. She's fancy.
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Connections

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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