Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Ick Factor 

Monica gets a shock when she finds out her boyfriend is a high school student. Chandler finds out his colleagues don't like him when Phoebe temps as his secretary.



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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Brian Buckner ...
Office Worker #2
Darryl Sivad ...
Office Worker #3


Rachel had a dream about her and Chandler having sex and Ross is jealous. Monica's boyfriend Ethan is a senior at college but their age difference is no problem because Monica told him she was 22. Phoebe fills in for Chandler's secretary but tells Chandler that nobody likes him. Ethan and Monica have sex after Ethan tells her he is a virgin and Monica confesses to being 26. Ethan then tells her that he is a senior in high school and Monica freaks out. Rachel has another dream about Chandler - but this time Joey was there too. Chandler accompanies Phoebe to a party with people from work even though he was not invited but they still don't like him. Monica tells Ethan she loves him but can't be with him. Rachel has a dream about Ross while Ross is there and she yells out his name. They share an almost intimate moment when Ross gets beeped that Carol is in labor. Everybody leaves for the hospital. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

4 May 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This isn't the first time one of the Friends has had a age difference relationship. The other friends also joked about the age difference when Ross dates Elizabeth in season 6, Rachel dates Josh in 'The one with Joey's new Girlfriend' and Monica again with Richard. See more »


In the opening segment right before the opening credits, they are sitting in Central Perk and Rachel has her hand under the coffee pot. See more »


Monica Geller: I just had sex with someone who wasn't alive during the Bicentennial!
Ethan: [in awe] I just had sex.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Perry Saves This Episode
27 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another so so episode helped out greatly by Matthew Perry as Chandler.

Plot In A Paragraph: Chandler gives Phoebe a temp job whilst his secretary has an operation, but he is horrified to find out that none of his friends at work like him, now he is boss. Ross gets jealous when Rachel has a dirty dream about having sex with Chandler, then Chandler and Joey. Meanwhile Monica is dating a guy known as "Young Ethan".

I'll start with the negative. The actor who played "Young Ethan", Stan Kirsch, is clearly mid to late 20's at the time this episode was made. Ross gets ridiculously jealous and heaves stupidly about Rachel's dreams making a big deal about pretty much nothing.

Matthew Perry is great as Chandler again. Probably my favourite male character of the first season. With Aniston being my favourite female.

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