Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the 'Cuffs 

Monica tries to avoid criticism when she caters a party for her mother. Chandler ends up half naked and handcuffed to a chair in Rachel's boss's office. Joey tries to get educated from a salesman trying to sell him a set of encyclopedias.



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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Dr. Ross Geller
The Salesman


Chandler sleeps with Rachel's boss Joanna. Rachel makes him end it. Monica needs money so she agrees to cater her mother's party. Monica loses a fake fingernail in the quiche and discovers her mother bet with her dad that Monica would screw up catering the event. Chandler goes to break up with Joanna but ends up being handcuffed to the chair in her office half naked. Rachel has to uncuff him because Joanna is stuck with her boss and isn't coming back. But Rachel has to handcuff him back the way he was, otherwise Joanna will know Rachel was in her office. Monica impresses her mum with a wonderful dish for her guests after all and they finally get along. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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9 October 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Salesman is played by Penn Jillette. One half of the famous magician duo Penn and Teller. See more »


Joanna exits the bathroom in a towel, says hi to Rachel, goes to Chandler's room and closes the door behind her. In the shot where Chandler promises Rachel he will end the relationship, you can see in the background that the door is open again. See more »


Judy Geller: Well... everyone seems to like your dish.
Monica Geller: And you?
Judy Geller: I thought it was... quite tasty.
Monica Geller: So if everyone liked it, and you liked it, that would make this a success, which would make you...
Judy Geller: A bitch?
Monica Geller: Well, I was going for "wrong", but we can use your word.
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References The Exploits of Elaine (1914) See more »

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Pull a Monica
2 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Matthew Perry is a great comedic actor, and this shines through in this fourth series episode of 'Friends'. His delivery of lines is impeccable, his use of physical comedy is great, and his story line makes up for the Monica/Phoebe one that I didn't find that funny.

Matt Le Blanc also does well with his story line, in which he is the only 'Friend' present. I think David Schwimmer must have been filming something else at the same time, because he barely features in this episode, which although a shame, at least gives us some respite from the Ross/Rachel on goings.

A great example of the talent that is Matthew Perry.

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