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The One with Phoebe's Rats 

Ross makes Joey stay away from their new nanny. Mike accidentally kills Phoebe's rat. Gavin gives Rachel a scarf and a kiss for her birthday.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Tabitha (as Carly Thomas)


Since Rachel didn't see it in her, Ross got to hire a hot nanny for Emma, Molly. When Joey sees her, his lady killer instinct kicks in. Mike is disgusted to find a rat in Phoebe's flat. In eliminating her 'house friend' Bob may only mean a new home but 'oops', the trap snapped already. Bob must have been Roberta as there are seven rodent orphans. Rachel has to share her office with the higher ranking stud Gavin, who is immune to all her tricks and always gets the better of her. And then he turns up at Rachel's birthday party Monica invited both of them to, to Ross's horror... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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16 January 2003 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the episode, Ross says "Wassup!" And Chandler says "Seriously dude. Three years ago." Chandler is referring to the Budweiser commercial that popularized the phrase. See more »


When Mike and Phoebe are talking about getting rid of the baby rats, Phoebe puts the box on the coffee table. In a subsequent reaction shot of Mike, the box is back in her lap. See more »


Phoebe Buffay: Hey, Mike, what's the capital of Peru?
Mike Hannigan: Lima.
Phoebe Buffay: No, it starts with a V and ends in an X. And hopefully with a T-O in the middle.
Mike Hannigan: You know, you're right. The capital of Peru is Vtox.
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The One with Phoebe's Rats
10 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode Mike keeps on ruining Phoebe. I can sure understand that he doesn't want to have a rat in the house. but Phoebe had no problem with him killing Bob? She had an issue when that cop killed a pigeon bu she has no problem that Mike didn't bother to buy the traps that don't kill the rat? Too bad, Phoebe I loved would not give up on animals and approve something like that for a guy. I also wonder what they did with the babies. Seems like Mike just killed them as well and it is presented to us as the reasonable thing to do

Joey's love for the nanny is just great especially when he tries to make it a Romeo and Juliet kind of thing

And another dramatic movement in the Ross and Rachel story when he sees the kiss!

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