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The One with Ross's Step Forward 

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Episode complete credited cast:
Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
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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The alternate title for this episode is "The One with the Creepy Holiday Card." This can be found on the DVD menu of Season 8, Disc 2, though it goes by its original title on the DVD cover, in syndicated reruns, and on Netflix (Canada). See more »


Ross insists to Monica and Phoebe that he gave Mona "the only key" to his apartment. In previous stories, Monica and Rachel would routinely go over to Ross's place in his absence to borrow cooking ingredients (that is also how they accidentally deleted a phone message from his ex-wife Emily). Phoebe also sometimes massaged her clients at Ross's place while he was at work. See more »


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

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The one Ross is frightened with the Holiday Cards!
16 April 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Rachel is in her 4 month of pregnancy and also horny because of her hormones. Phoebe tells Rachel that this is normal and that she was horny all the time when she was in this month of pregnancy.

Ross and Mona get developed the pictures they took together in the Rockfeller center, and Mona give Ross the idea to send to their friends a Christmas card together. Ross stays frightened with the idea, since he thinks Holiday Cards are for married people. Ross tries to tell Mona what he thinks about the subject, but to avoid to talk about their relationship, he decides to accept to send the cards with her.

Doug invites Monica and Chandler to go out and celebrate his divorce and their wedding. Monica doesn't like Doug and doesn't want to go out with him, so Chandler, to avoid a bad situation with his boss, tells that he and Monica are separated. Doug tells Chandler that he needs to move on, and brings him to a lot of strip clubs.

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