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The One with Rachel's New Dress 

Rachel has an awkward encounter with Joshua's parents. Phoebe is offered the chance to name one of the triplets. Ross becomes paranoid when Emily goes to London with Susan.



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Joshua Burgin
Carol Willick
Emily Waltham
Susan Bunch
Mr. Burgin
Mrs. Burgin
Charles Thomas Allen ...
Ben Geller (as Charlie Allen)
John Christopher Allen ...
Ben Geller (as Jack Allen)


Frank and Alice name two of the babies and let Phoebe pick a name for the second boy. Phoebe wavers between the names "Chandler" or "Joey", so the guys have a big competition whose name will be be picked. Ross freaks out because Susan is in London and is now really good friends with Emily - and it all seems too familiar. Rachel has a romantic date with Joshua and hopes to sleep with him. They are at Joshua's parents' place who are supposed to be on holidays, but come back unexpectedly. When they barge in, Rachel is wearing a sexy negligee and tells them it's a dress by an Italian designer. The parents are shocked but take Rachel and Joshua out for dinner with Rachel wearing her negligee. Ross seriously thinks Emily is a lesbian now too, but the friends tell him not to be so paranoid and he shouldn't let what happened with Carol ruin his relationship to Emily. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

2 April 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matthew Perry's dad, John Bennett Perry, plays Joshua's dad in "The One With Rachel's New Dress" (episode #4.18). See more »


When Joshua's father asks if they (Joshua and Rachel) have eaten, the mask on the table in the corner behind Joshua has red lit eyes. The next time they show the same angle, the eyes are dark. The next time, they are red again. See more »


Chandler: [Ross is worried that Emily is gay because she and Susan are having so much fun together in London] Hi. Hi. You're crazy. Ok, this is Emily, Emily is straight.
Ross: How do you know? I mean we thought Carol was straight before I married her.
Phoebe: [Phoebe is trying to decide on a name for one of the triplets]
[Shaking her head]
Phoebe: Yeah, I'm definitely, I don't like the name 'Ross'.
Ross: What a weird way to kick me when I'm down.
Phoebe: No, no, I just, I meant for the baby.
Ross: What's wrong with 'Ross'?
Phoebe: Well it just, you know, ...
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References Personal Best (1982) See more »


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Hi, hi, you're crazy
20 June 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a mixed episode.

The 'Rachel's night with Josh' story line was OK, there were some nice jokes in there, and a nice cameo from Matthew Perry's father, John Bennett Perry too.

I found Ross very annoying here. Talk about being paranoid! Although I liked the fact that the writers were still using Carol and Susan at this point (that wouldn't last) this story line grated with me.

I enjoyed the Chandler/Joey/Phoebe story much better, and there's some nice interaction between all three characters.

An average episode, they can't all be amazing.

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