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The One with the Cake 

On Emma's first birthday, Ross and Rachel convince everyone to delay their plans so they can attend her party, however plans go awry when Emma's birthday cake is revealed.



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
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On Emma's first birthday, Rachel won't let the party start until Emma gets up. Then the cake ends up looking like part of the male anatomy so Rachel & Ross go to New Jersey to get a new cake. When Ross and Rachel get back, the others are playing with Emma's toys. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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23 October 2003 (USA)  »

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The One With Emma's First Birthday...
18 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's hilarious. I like that it takes place in one night, in pretty much one room.

In this episode, it's Emma's first birthday, and Rachel is so excited. Why wouldn't she be? Emma's party takes place in her and Joey's apartment, and everyone's invited. Monica, Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Joey and Ross's parents. Rachel won't let the party officially start until the birthday girl wakes up. Everyone films a video talking to future Emma, as Ross and Rachel will give her the tape on her eighteenth birthday. Rachel is so excited for the cake. It's supposed to be a bunny with Emma's face on it, but it turns out that they made the wrong cake. It's a penis with Emma's face on it. Why Rachel wouldn't check the cake before leaving the shop is beyond me, but whatever. So, Rachel and Ross have to drive back to the cake store to get a new cake. And everyone wants to leave. But since they're not allowed, they play with Emma's toys.

Fun Fact: This is a rare episode in which there are no scenes in Monica and Chandler's apartment.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10.

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