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The One with the Two Parties 

Chaos ensues when Rachel's recently divorced parents show up at her surprise birthday party.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Nancy Rubin ...
Man (as Lewis Dix)


Planning Rachel's surprise birthday party. To prevent Rachel's parents to be at the same party they have half of the guests in the boys' apartment with Rachel's dad and the other half in the girls' apartment with Rachel's mum. Phoebe smuggles people from Monica's boring party to the boys' great party. Rachel can't cope with their parents separation. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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2 May 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Change Of Pace
12 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A change in pace as this is more of a serious episode than a funny one, it has it's moments, but that's it.

Plot In A Paragraph: Chaos ensues when both of Rachel's recently divorced parents show up at her surprise birthday party.

There is some fun to be had in this episode, but mostly it looks at the effects the divorce is having on Rachel, and how she sees her future life going with having to keep them both in separate rooms to avoid arguments.

There is also some fun to be had in the difference between the two parties going on at the same time. The boys place is lively and a lot of fun with music and dancing, where as the one at Monica's has games and "controlled fun".

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