Friends: Season 9, Episode 22

The One with the Donor (8 May 2003)

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When Joey hears that his girlfriend Charlie is an insecure shopper, he volunteers expert Rachel, who dreads being alone with her, so she makes sure Phoebe comes along, by saying she needs a... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Dr. Connelly
Dan Desmond ...
Professor Sherman
Cynthia Newman ...
Kim Harris ...
the Cologne Spritzer
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When Joey hears that his girlfriend Charlie is an insecure shopper, he volunteers expert Rachel, who dreads being alone with her, so she makes sure Phoebe comes along, by saying she needs a dazzling outfit for the party she's going to just to save face as her ex Mike is coming too. Gynecologist Dr. Connelly tells Chandler and Monica they should keep trying the natural way, but realistically consider a surrogate mother -a nightmare for Monica- or donor sperm insemination, so Chandler invites his 'perfectly eligible' colleague Zach for dinner; they scare him with endless health and genealogy questions, yet Monica has another objection... Ross hopes to be the key note speaker at a paleontology convention on Barbados thanks to his spectacular theory, but it makes professor Sherman, who can get it for him, literally fall asleep. After embarrassing misunderstandings in the shop, Phoebe bumps into David, who is back from Minsk, for good... Written by KGF Vissers / correction: sLiDe.gR

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It's unlikely that Charlie would think that Phoebe was the one who had a crush on Joey given that after Phoebe says "You like Joey?" Rachel says, "Shhh, Phoebe!" and tells Phoebe that she has it under control. Therefore, Charlie would have heard who asked the question and figured out that Rachel was the one who liked Joey. See more »


When Zack first got the beer, he requested for a coaster so that he would not leave a ring (if he place the beer down). However when Monica announces that the dinner is ready, he placed the beer straight on the table. See more »


Dr. Connelly: Even though your chances of conceiving through natural means aren't great, you never know. So keep having sex on a regular basis.
Chandler Bing: [sarcastically] Oh, dammit!
Monica Geller Bing: [the doctor is nonplussed] Don't worry; after a while, you'll tune it out.
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References Working Girl (1988) See more »

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Rachel and Charlie go shopping
11 March 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Charlie is terrible buying clothes, so Joey asks Rachel to help Charlie, since Rachel is great with Fashion and works with that. Rachel is not very excited about the idea, but Phoebe comes along with her. Phoebe needs new clothes to go to a party that Mike's sister invited her, because she wants to look incredible to Mike.

Rachel is avoiding Charlie's company to go out, and Phoebe asks her why she doesn't like Charlie. Rachel says that she likes Joey to Phoebe when they are in changing room, but Charlie was very close to them in the next changing room, to Rachel's despair.

Monica and Chandler hardly will have success in conceiving children naturally, because her uterus has an inhospitable environment and Chandler's sperm has low mobility. Their options are to adopt a kid or go after a sperm donor. Chandler brings a workmate to dinner in the next day, because he thinks Zack would be a great choice in case they choose for a donor.

Ross has chances to be a keynote speaker at the National Paleontology Conference. He needs to impress Professor Sherman, who is the person who is going to decide it, but Ross stays in a terrible situation when Sherman sleeps during his speech.

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