Friends: Season 1, Episode 5

The One with the East German Laundry Detergent (20 Oct. 1994)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance
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Eager to spend time with Rachel, Ross pretends his washroom is rat-infested so he can join her at the laundromat. Meanwhile, Joey has Monica pose as his girlfriend, and Chandler struggles to break up with his girlfriend.

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Eager to spend time with Rachel, Ross pretends his building's washroom is rat-infested so he can join her at the laundromat. Chandler points out this could be a 'date' and the first time she'll see his underwear so it shouldn't be dirty! Rachel, the spoiled 'laundry virgin' feels managing this domestic chore is a real step to independence, but despite Ross's good advice she leaves a red sock in the machine. The real accomplishment comes where she has to stand up as no-nonsense-New Yorker against a rude, aggressive woman who invents rules to pretend it's not Rachel turn to do her laundry. Joey realizes he regrets dumping foxy Angela when he learns she is dating Bob. He proposes a double-date, then needs a girl stat. Monica agrees to be Joey's date but when she sees hunky Bob and realizes he's not Angela's brother she starts to enjoy the evening. Chandler drinks too much espresso while desperately trying to break up with neurotic Janice. Written by KGF Vissers

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First appearance of Maggie Wheeler as Janice. See more »

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When Janice comes into the coffee shop to talk to Chandler, she brings a shopping bag which she sets by the couch. But when she gets back from the restroom and Phoebe breaks up with her for Chandler, she leaves the coffee shop without getting her bag from in front of the couch. See more »

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[Ross has traded in his "Snuggles" for a more manly laundry detergent]
Rachel: What's that?
Ross: Uberweiss. It's strong, it's German, it's extra-tough.
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References Underdog (1964) See more »

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Perry and Le Blanc's Best Episode
16 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Plot In A Paragraph: Pheobe and Chandler decide to dump their partners together in Central Perk, but Chandler drinks too much espresso while trying to break up with his girlfriend Janice. Keen to spend time with Rachel, Ross pretends his building's washroom is out of order so he can join her at the laundromat. Rachel, feels that managing this domestic chore is a real step to independence. Meanwhile Joey regrets dumping sexy Angela when he learns she is dating Bob. He proposes a double-date, with his "new girlfriend" Monica. She agrees to go because he lies saying Bob is Angela's brother.

The best episode so far for Matthew Perry (Chandler) and Matt Le Blanc (Joey) both do really well here. I found the story slowed down when it was with Ross and Rachel, who shared their first kiss. We also get our first introduction to Janice.


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