Friends: Season 6, Episode 17

The One with Unagi (24 Feb. 2000)

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Rachel and Phoebe take self-defense classes. Chandler and Monica agree to give each other homemade presents for Valentine's Day. Joey tries to get money through medical research.



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Episode credited cast:
Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
The Receptionist (as Jill Matson)
Ron Recasner ...
The Doctor
Mongo Brownlee ...
The Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janice (voice)


Rachel and Phoebe take a self-defense class, and claim they can defeat anyone who attacks them. Ross doesn't believe them, and educates them of a martial arts technique called unagi. Chandler and Monica promise they'd make each other's Valentines Day gifts, but they both forget to make them. Written by rsuddhi93

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24 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Ross: Chandler. I sensed it was you.
Chandler Bing: What?
Ross: 'Unagi.' I'm always aware.
Chandler Bing: Are you aware that unagi is an eel?
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Lyrics by Dorothy Fields and music by Jerome Kern
Performed by Tony Bennett
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The One with Unagi
19 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The unagi story is one of the funniest ones. This is also of course thanks to David Schwimmer's acting in it. He was absolutely hilarious. But I also like the whole idea. Actually I think of this episode whenever I go to a sushi place, he changed the meaning of unagi for me! And the part where Ross goes to women self defense class and asks the instructor how to act next for the attacker was hilarious

The story of Monica and Chandler making presents for each other was pretty good too. Especially I like how Chandler got busted when we hear Janice's voice on the tape, and when she starts singing!

Joey's twin story was kind of dumb and not very funny but it didn't ruin the episode

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