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The One with Ross's Step Forward 

Joey wants to take Rachel to dinner on a pretend date to practice his dating skills, but soon develops romantic feelings for her; gang addicted to Mrs. Pacman.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rachel Green
Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Phoebe Buffay
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Chandler Bing
Dr. Ross Geller
Dr. Schiff
The Nurse
The Locksmith
Ashley Clark ...
Roger (as Ashley L. Clark)


Ross and Mona took pictures of themselves at the Rockefeller Center and now Mona wants to send the picture as a Holiday card to friends. Ross freaks out at the thought of them sending out Holiday cards together because they've only been dating a couple of months. Ross tries to have a conversation about their relationship and says all the wrong things and ends up giving Mona a key to his apartment. Chandler has to tell his boss that he split up with Monica in order to prevent that Monica has to have dinner with Chandler and his boss. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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13 December 2001 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ashley Clark, who plays Phoebe's friend Roger, also appeared on 'The One With All The Candy', as one of the people outside Monica's apartment asking for candy. See more »


At the beginning when Ross and Mona are looking at their pictures from ice skating, Mona hands Ross the picture she thinks they should use for their holiday card. You can see through the back of the picture that the man in the photo is not Ross. When the shot cuts back and forth from Mona to Ross, the number of pictures he is holding switches between one and two. See more »


References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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The One with Ross's Step Forward
3 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Another episode that could have been much better than it ended up being

The idea of Rachel being horny was pretty funny. Actually this one ended up being the best. It was not a bad idea how Phoebe wanted to hook her up with some middle aged virgin she didn't know. And it also makes the first steps to the Rachel/Joey story

The story with Ross and Mona was not that great. Not a bad idea but it wasn't good enough. Their conversation didn't make me laugh much either. The only good thing is David Schwimmer's acting

And the Chandler and Monica story is irritating. She is just being selfish as usual and he has to suffer for it. And at the end she even dares to say that he smells bad while he says that his life with her is so great. Give me a break! If you were with someone else you wouldn't have to be in that situation!

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