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The One with the Dirty Girl 

Ross's new girlfriend seems nearly perfect until he discovers that her apartment is incredibly dirty. Chandler buys a better birthday present for Kathy than Joey. Phoebe helps Monica cater an event.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Mrs. Burkart


Chandler has gone to extreme trouble to get Kathy the ideal birthday gift, a special edition of her favorite book; Ross points out he can't totally outdo her boyfriend Joey - who didn't even plan to give her anything - so he must get an even cooler gift. Phoebe tells Monica not to turn down a major funeral catering event for lack of equipment and advances the money, but wants it straight back before there's nearly enough profit; so they become active business partners - which proves good, as their first client, a widow, would never have paid without Phoebe's street persistence. Ross' foxy girlfriend Cheryl's flat turns out to be sloppier than a bachelor frat room, and yet she says his place has a weird smell. He is just relieved when the creeping creature he kills in disgust is not her hamster, but 'just a rat'. Since Joey can't find anything better than a pen annex clock, Chandler lets him give the 'Velveteen Rabbit'; fortunately Kathy guesses the truth. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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6 November 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first time The Velveteen Rabbit story book is mentioned. It's Kathy's favourite book. There is no mention of it being Chandler's favourite book which Monica states in the Valentines episode from series 6. See more »


Two different high-rise apartment buildings are used for the exterior of Mrs. Burkart's apartment where Monica and Phoebe have just catered the wake and are attempting to get paid. See more »


Ross: [to Chandler] How do you think it's gonna look when you get her something incredibly meaningful and expensive and her boyfriend, Joey, gives her an orange?
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The One Where Monica And Phoebe Become Business Partners...
16 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really like this episode. It's got so many fun aspects. It's just a great, fun-loving episode.

In this episode, Monica and Phoebe decide to become business partners, in a catering business, that is. They decide this after Phoebe helps Monica cater a funeral, where the widow tries to get out of paying the bill. The rude woman acts very sad in front of them, and then goes off, singing and dancing in the other room. How rude is that? Seriously, just don't even get me started. But thanks to Phoebe's persistence, the woman finally pays. Meanwhile, it's Kathy's birthday, Joey's new girlfriend. Since Chandler has a little thing for her, he also gets her a gift, but it completely outshines Joey's, so Chandler trades, even though Kathy eventually figures it out. Also, Ross's new girlfriend seems perfect until he goes to her apartment and finds out that she's a total slob. He even tries to clean the apartment without her knowing. I don't know how he got one, but I didn't write the show.

Overall, I give this episode a 7 out of 10.

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