Friends: Season 1, Episode 21

The One with the Fake Monica (27 Apr. 1995)

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Monica befriends the woman who stole her credit card. Ross is forced to give away Marcel. Joey tries to come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Claudia Shear ...
Fake Monica
Karla Tamburrelli ...
The Teacher
Dr. Baldharar
Philip Rayburn Smith ...


Monica's credit card has been stolen, and she feels that the thief is living the life she ought to have. She tracks her down to a tap-dance class, and ends up liking her and spending lots of time with her. Ross's monkey is humping everything, so he has to give him away, but finding an appropriate zoo is a difficult task. Written by Pruneau

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Comedy | Romance


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27 April 1995 (USA)  »

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When the episode returns from commercial, Ross has just told Joey and Chandler that he has to give away Marcel. The 3 guys are shown on the couch mimicking the infamous "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" statue often portrayed by 3 monkeys. See more »


Monica tells Rachel that she and fake Monica crashed an embassy party. There are no embassies in New York City; embassies are located only the nation's capital, Washington DC. Instead of an embassy, New York City would either have a consulate or a legation. See more »


Joey: I'll be reading for Mercutio.
Director: Name.
Joey: I'm Holden McGroin.
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Featured in Friends: The One with All the Other Ones: Part 2 (2004) See more »


You're a Big Boy Now
Performed by John Sebastian
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The One with the Fake Monica
22 October 2007 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Monica's credit card has been stolen and she discovers that another person is enjoying the life she should have, buying a lot of incredible things and doing nice classes and courses. She decides to investigate the person who is using her credit card, tracking her down in a tap dance class. The woman introduces herself as Monica, and Monica gives the fake name of Monana. The problem is that Monica starts to like the company of the fake Monica, going with her to parties and a lot of different programs.

Joey decides he needs a better stage name, and he accepts Chandler's suggestion of ' Joseph Stalin', not knowing about the terrible dictator.

Ross discovers that his monkey, Marcel, reached sexual maturity, and that he will need to give him to a zoo.

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