Friends: Season 2, Episode 5

The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant (19 Oct. 1995)

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The gang are divided by income issues; Monica, Ross and Chandler have money, and Rachel, Phoebe and Joey don't.



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Chandler gets a phone call from a strange woman who wanted to call her ex-boyfriend Bob. Chandler is organizing Ross's birthday. Monica is appointed to head lunch chef and in charge of purchasing. The friends go out to have a celebration dinner. Rachel, Joey and Phoebe are upset because everyone else thinks they earn enough money to go out to fancy places all the time and spend lots of money on Ross's birthday. Arguing about Rachel, Joey and Phoebe not wanting to accept gifts from Ross, Monica and Chandler because it feels like charity. Monica gets fired for taking 5 steaks and an eggplant from work. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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19 October 1995 (USA)  »

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According to script, Matt LeBlanc was supposed to grab the phone and say, "Bob here!" when Jade called. But when he jumped for the phone, he missed and fell. The editors chose to go with Chandler instead of Joey answering the phone. See more »


When Rachel is on the couch talking about how Chandler and the others don't understand that they don't make as much money as they do, when the shot switched to include everyone, a boom mic is visible at the top of the screen. See more »


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True To Life Episode
7 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There is a certain true to life element in this episode.

Plot In A Paragraph: The gang are divided by income issues; Monica, Ross and Chandler have money, and Rachel, Phoebe and Joey don't. The latter keep feeling obliged to do things with their friends even though the cant afford it. Things come to a head just prior to Ross's birthday when Monica gets a big promotion at work. In a subplot, Chandler goes to unconventional methods to land a beautiful woman (guest star Britney Powell) much to Ross's disgust.

I really liked the Chandler storyline (as unrealistic as it was) and I found it funny, I thought it was a good evening out of the serious side of the episode about the devide in the group.

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