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 Monica tells Fake Monica her name is Dutch, Fake Monica says: "Mag ik deze dans van u?" It is one of the few instances in which Dutch is used correctly in an American motion picture (as it is commonly substituted with German). Translated to English the line is: "Can I have this dance with you?" 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 Tribbiani: How do you get a monkey into a zoo?
Chandler Bing: I know this one. No, wait. That was popes into a Volkswagen.
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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
11 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't really like that episode. It is one of the episodes that makes me think that if I knew them in real life I would really dislike them. Monica getting a bit drunk and going to party already makes Rachel act as if she is doing something horrible. Well, I guess the good thing is that Monica at least tried to stay a fun person by still going to dance lessons (although as we know she will never manage it, lol)

Luckily Marcel goes away to a zoo. I love animals, but I think his storyline was getting pretty annoying so it is good that the writers ended it fast enough

The best thing is Joey trying to get a stage name and Chandler suggesting him Joseph Stalin. Now that was funny!

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