Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the East German Laundry Detergent 

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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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Camille Saviola ...
The Horrible Woman
Kim Gillingham ...


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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Comedy | Romance


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20 October 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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First appearance of Maggie Wheeler as Janice. See more »


In the first scene at the laundromat, we hear the sound of a front load washer ending its spin cycle. None of the shots show any front-load machines. A top-load machine would make a very different sound at the end of its spin cycle. The only time a top-loader would make the same sound is if its lid was opened.

Additionally, we see signs that say "use our giant washer." None of the shots show a large washer extractor. See more »


Joey: Oh my God, Angela. Well I don't wanna seem too eager. One Mississippi, two Mississippi, that seems good.
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Featured in Friends: The One with the Invitation (1998) See more »

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First great episode
5 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

The first truly great Friends episode, a fantastic piece of sitcom comedic writing by Jeff Greenstein and Jeff Strauss that isolates all six leads and puts them In duos, one in a restaurant, one a coffee shop and one a laundromat, and then takes bits of everyday urban life and three different points of relationships and cross pollinates them with wit and charm from the accomplice friend. Great bits here, including subtle jokes like Uberweiss. Hip and fresh writing combined with excellent acting and realistic sets. The episode that stated quite clearly that Friends wasn't going to be one and done like many new sitcoms every year on network TV.

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