Friends: Season 10, Episode 3

The One with Ross's Tan (9 Oct. 2003)

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Ross goes to a tanning salon but fails to follow the 'simple' instructions. Joey and Rachel struggle to make the transition from friends to lovers. Monica and Phoebe try to avoid an annoying woman that used to live in their building.



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Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)


Joey and Rachel consider themselves ready for lovemaking, but their hands strangely refuse to deliver normal service: she keeps slapping him, he is unable to undo her bra, a standard model, which he normally can handle with only one hand. Ross is envious of Monica's tan, so he goes to the studio to get sprayed himself, but messes up the simple instructions so he ends up dark on the front and lily-white on the back. Meanwhile Phoebe and Monica are annoyed by their old friend Amanda Buffamonteezi and her fake British accent, so they decide to ignore her calls, without telling Chandler... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


This is the second time Rachel has had a meal no one paid for. The first was a lunch with Chandler in The One With All The Cheesecake. See more »


[Monica gives Ross the address to the tanning salon]
Ross: Hey, I know where that is. It used to be an X-Rated video... florist.
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Referenced in Conan: Karate Kid 9: Return to Nun-Chuck Island (2011) See more »


Rule, Britannia!
Written by James Thomson
Set to music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performed by Michael Skloff
Heard as a guitar cover as Amanda is dancing for Chandler seconds before the scene changes
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Hilarious; another brilliant episode
1 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is one of my personal favourites. Basically, it starts off with Ross admiring Monicas tan while sitting in Central Perk. He is astounded to find out it is a spray-on tan from a tanning booth. Ross decides he wants one. He goes to the tanning booth and goes in the cubicle thing and attempts to follow the instructions that were given to him. 1. Step inside. 2. When the light comes on close your eyes. 3. when the spray stops, count to 5, then turn around to tan your back. Only Ross cant seem to get it right. When he counts to 5, the spraying has already started before he can finish. So when he comes back, the front of him is brown and his back is white. Meanwhile Monica and Phoebes old friend comes back from England and decides to visit them. They do their best to avoid her, until she phones and Chandler picks up. Not realising that Monica and Phoebe don't want to see her, he arranges for her to visit. When she arrives, she speaks in an annoyingly false English accent, and causes a row between Phoebe and Monica.

Favourite part of the episode: Monica and Phoebe walk on on Amanda showing Chandler her "dance". She is doing a very bad can-can thing and says," Can you believe it! I've never even had professional dance lessons!" Chandler is looking appalled. Hilarious.

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