Friends: Season 1, Episode 4

The One with George Stephanopoulos (13 Oct. 1994)

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Joey and Chandler take Ross to a hockey game to take his mind off the anniversary of the first time he slept with Carol, while the girls become depressed when they realize they don't have a 'plan'.



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When Monica fails to make the anniversary of Ross's first time ever, not just with his lesbian ex Carol, pass unnoticed, he gets terribly depressed. Joey and Chandler take Ross to a hockey game to distract him, but it doesn't help when he catches a puck- which breaks his nose, and Nurse Sizemore in hospital admissions proves a bureaucratic hurdle even Chandler can't take... Rachel is happy to get her first-ever pay-check, till she notices how little is left after taxes, and has to pretend job-pride to her spoiled brat friends bunch turning up in Central Perk. Monica, Phoebe and Rachel get hunky TV celebrity George Stephanopoulos's pizza delivered by mistake, and shamelessly spy on him from Monica's balcony... Written by KGF Vissers

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The man of the title is George Stephanopoulos. See more »


When Rachel receives her paycheck, the envelope is seen to be open, yet when she comes to take the paycheck out of the envelope she is seen ripping it open. See more »


Phoebe: [to Monica, mocking Rachel's friends] Look, look... I have elbows!
[they both scream and wave their hands]
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Transitional Episode
5 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

A transition episode written by Alexa Junge that relies mostly on one liners and pop culture inside jokes rather than plot, this one serves a solid purpose in sketching out the characters a bit more and giving the audience a bit more background on the life and relationship dynamic of Ross in particular before the pilot that makes his awkwardness and lack of self confidence seem endearing and warming to the female audience of the show. Neither of the story lines really come alive but do take note of the pizza boy, he's now an excellent and versatile lead and character actor on many a popular TV show in the last twenty years since this aired. Most likely this episode was written in isolation and given the to ahead weeks and months before the writer had any idea how her episode would fit into the overall story arch and that's why you see it lacking in cohesiveness with the previous episodes in forwarding the plot line. Given its circumstantial limitations, this one still has a few memorable comedic scenes, though ends on a ridiculously silly note.

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