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The One with Rachel's Book 

Monica learns her parents have spent her entire wedding fund. Phoebe temporarily moves into Ross's apartment, bringing her massage clients with her. Joey mocks Rachel when he finds an erotic novel she is reading.



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
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The wedding planning starts and Monica already has a whole book full of information on everything you need for a wedding. Joey takes a nap in Rachel's bed and finds out that she reads dirty books and doesn't stop teasing Rachel about it. To give Monica and Chandler a little time on their own Phoebe moves in with Ross for a couple of days. Ross freaks out when Phoebe does her massages at Ross' place and asks her to see her clients elsewhere. One of Phoebe's clients comes by when Phoebe isn't there and Ross gives him a weird massage. Monica's parents spent the money for Monica's wedding on the beach house so there is no money for the wedding. Chandler has saved exactly the amount they need for Monica's dream wedding but Chandler won't spend all of his savings on one day. The old man Ross massaged is not coming back after the bad massage he got. If Monica wants the perfect wedding Chandler will spend all the money they have but Monica decides that she wants a future and not spend their ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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12 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Magna-Doodle in Joey and Rachel's apartment has a drawing of a Claddagh ring, which symbolizes love, friendship and loyalty. Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward, the wearer is not in any serious relationship and may be looking for a relationship. When worn on the right hand but with the heart facing inward, the person is in a relationship. A Claddagh worn on the left ring finger facing outward generally indicates that the wearer is engaged. When the ring is on the left ring finger and facing inward, it generally means that the person is married. See more »


The entire series, Ross is referred to as a "medical marvel" because they never thought his mom would be able to conceive a child. In this episode, Monica's parents are out to dinner with her and Chandler when they tell the story of when they got married and how he had gotten Judy pregnant before the wedding, accidentally. See more »


Monica Geller: We're really excited about our wedding plans, I guess pretty soon we'll be making a great withdrawal from the Monicas wedding fund.
Chandler Bing: [laughs awkwardly]
Monica Geller: What?
Judy Geller: You tell her, Jack, I can't do it.
Monica Geller: What happened, you still have the Monica wedding fund, don't you?
Jack Geller: Yes, we have it. Only now we call it the beach house.
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The One Where Monica Starts Planning Her Wedding...
31 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really love this episode. Rachel's book. Monica planning the wedding. It's all so funny.

In this episode, the wedding planning begins. She has a giant book of everything needed. Flowers, dresses, locations, prices, invitations, catering, etc. When she asks Chandler of his opinion, she doesn't like it, and makes him change it. I feel bad for Chandler because he doesn't get to contribute much. All he needs to do is stand up there and get married. But when Monica finds out how much money he has saved up, over the past few years, she expects him to spend it all on the wedding. I think that's a bit ridiculous. It was his hard-earned money, and he shouldn't have to spend it all on one day. But Monica gets mad when he tells her that. In the end, he agrees to spend it all. Meanwhile, Joey finds a book hidden under Rachel's pillow. Or mattress, I can't remember which one. He only went in there to take a nap, because the duck ate some face cream and threw up on the couch. He tries to have a nap at Monica and Chandler's but they were too loud. And for some reason, he doesn't want to have a nap in his own bed. Anyway, he finds a book that turns out to be an erotic novel. And when Rachel comes home, he uses not-so- subtle references to get her to confess. Also, to give the newly engaged couple so alone time, Phoebe moves in with Ross. Ross gets mad when Phoebe gives massages. But one time when Phoebe wasn't there, an attractive woman wanted a massage, so he agreed, but it turns out it was for her Dad. Or Grampa. Once again, my memory is foggy. But I do know that he used wooden spoons and tonka trucks to massage him.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10.

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