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The One with Russ 

Monica gets back together with 'Fun Bobby' and realizes why he is always so upbeat. Rachel starts dating a guy called Russ who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ross.



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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
June Gable ...
Scott Stewart ...


Joey gets lots of bad reviews for his play. Monica is back with Bobby who drinks too much. Rachel has a date and tells everyone she is not mad at Ross but doesn't have any feelings for him anymore either. Her date's name is Russ and he looks like Ross. Bobby will sober up for Monica - only problem: sober Bobby is boring. Joey will get a part in a TV show but he has to sleep with the casting lady which he doesn't know if he should do. Monica starts drinking to be able to stand boring sober Bobby and Bobby breaks up with her because he thinks he can't be in a relationship with another alcoholic. Joey sleeps with the casting lady and gets a big part in the show. Rachel dumps Russ because she realizes he is exactly like Ross. Julie comes over to drop some stuff for Ross and Russ and she fall for each other. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

4 January 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lauren Tom's final appearance as Julie. See more »


Ross: [about Rachel's date Russ] Plus, it takes the guy, what, I don't know, uh, like, a week, to get a sentence out?
Chandler: Yeah, it's annoying, huh?
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David Schwimmer is credited as Snaro. See more »


References Reformatory (1938) See more »

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Another Weak Episode
11 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another weak episode in season 2 for "Friends".

Plot In A Paragraph: Rachel starts dating someone called Russ who is very similar to Ross, meanwhile Joey's spirits are lifted when he gets the chance to audition for the TV show "Days Of Our Lives" but his joy is short lived when he realises him getting the role depends on him sleeping with the casting director.

The Joey storyline was the best part of this episode, especially early on. However I found the Rachel falling for Russ (David Schwimmer in a dual role) and not seeing the similarities to Ross lame and unfunny.

Things have dried up a bit since the episode called 'The List' Hopefully things pick up soon.

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