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The One with the Fake Monica 

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:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fake Monica tells the real Monica they are going to audition for "Cats" by singing "Memories. "Cats" has the song "Memory" not "Memories". Later on when fake Monica is in jail the real Monica makes the same goof. See more »


When Monica and Judy are having lunch, an elderly black lady is sitting behind them at the restaurant. Next she's in the coffee house wearing the exact same outfit, but, you have to look closely since they're trying to hide her against the wall surrounded by other extras. See more »


Ross Geller: I just got back from the vet.
Chandler Bing: He's not going to make you wear a cone, is he?
Ross Geller: Apparently, Marcel's humping is not a phase. Apparently he's reached sexual maturity.
Joey Tribbiani: [to Chandler] Hey, he beat ya!
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You're a Big Boy Now
Performed by John Sebastian
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26 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A really dull episode, as the first season heads towards it's close there have been a few

Plot In A Paragraph: Monica's credit card is stolen and she is horrified to find "fake Monica" is living a better life than her, so see sets about tracking her down. When she does, complications arise when she starts to enjoy "fake Monica's" company. Ross is told has to give up his pet monkey Marcel, while Joey contemplates getting a new stage name.

The only part of this episode I liked was when the episode returns from when 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.

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