Friends: Season 1, Episode 7

The One with the Blackout (3 Nov. 1994)

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When New York suffers from a blackout, Ross tries to tell Rachel that he likes her, and Chandler gets stuck in an ATM vestibule with a model.



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Episode cast overview:
Jill Goodacre (as Jill Connick)


When a power-cut blacks out most of New York City, Chandler, to his delight finds himself trapped inside an ATM vestibule with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre. She lets him use her cell-phone, and offers him gum which he instantly regrets refusing. He accidentally spits out her gum which he finally accepted, then picks up some to put back in his mouth and begins to choke when he realizes it wasn't the original gum. The others kill time in Monica's apartment, lit by the light from a Menorah, telling stories of the weirdest places they ever had sex. Joey tells Ross he waited too long moving onto Rachel and is now too far into the 'friend's zone.' Ross still tries to make a move on Rachel while stargazing on the balcony. Joey keeps the other girls inside by pretending Ross prepares a birthday surprise party for Monica. A wandering cat scratches Ross. Rachel and Phoebe go knocking on their neighbor's doors to find the cat's owner, seeing through odd neighbor Mr. Heckles's who lies ... Written by KGF Vissers

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3 November 1994 (USA)  »

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Chandler's account number is 7143457 See more »


When Chandler is choking on gum in the ATM vestibule, you can clearly see the actor Matthew Perry is storing the gum in the right side of his mouth so that he can spit it in a later shot. See more »


[All sitting around coffee table talking about their "weirdest place"]
Rachel: Come on, someone go.
Monica: OK, I'll go, Senior year of college on a pool table.
Ross: That's my sister.
Joey: OK, my weirdest place would have to be... the women's room on the second floor of the New York City Public Library.
Monica: Oh my God. What were YOU doing in a library?
Ross: Phoebs, what about you?
Phoebe: Oh um... Milwaukee.
Rachel: Um... Ross?
Ross: Disneyland, 1989, 'It's a Small World After All'. The ride broke down. So, Carol and I went behind a couple of those ...
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New York City Has No Power
Performed by Lisa Kudrow
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Perry Does It Again.
16 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Matthew Perry makes it three awesome episodes in a row. Again his story line is not the main one, but lied the last episode he steals the show.

Plot In A Paragraph: There is a blackout in New York City. Joey (Matt Le Blanc) Ross (David Schwimmer) Monica (Courtney Cox) Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Pheobe (Lisa Kudrow) head to Monica and Rachel's apartment, where Ross attempts to tell Rachel how he feels about her, despite Joey telling him he is in the "friend zone". Meanwhile across town Chandler (Matthew Perry) is trapped in his bank ATM Vestibule with model Jill Goodacre.

Once again, we get to meet a new character in Mr Heckles, a neighbour of Monica and Rachel. Another neighbour is cat owner Pablo. And I'd never heard of the expression "friend zone" till Joey said it. I know know it's harder to break out of than the Phantom Zone from Superman.

Whilst Ross lusting after Rachel is part of the bigger picture, the episode perks up whenever Perry is on screen.

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