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The One with the Videotape 

Ross and Rachel tell everyone about the night they were together. They have two different stories of how it happened until Ross accidentally reveals that he videotaped it. Not surprisingly, everyone wants to see it.


(as Kevin S. Bright)


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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)


Chandler and Monica thought they made new friends on the plane home after their honeymoon, but apparently Greg and Jenny gave them a fake phone number. After six months without sex, Ross takes Joey's advice to get past as many bases as possible with his latest date. He had been recording his routine, but forgot to turn the video off when Rachel marched in and so recorded their decisive single night of passion. Just because Ross insists on destroying the tape, Rachel decides she wants the friends to see it, despite Ross's warning he won't be the most embarrassed one. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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18 October 2001 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an earlier episode Monica reveals that her and Chandler's wedding is May 15. While watching the video (that takes place 6 weeks before the wedding) Rachel notes that she had just been to the beach that weekend. That would mean she went to the beach in early April (in New York). See more »


When Ross goes to Rachel's apartment after they watch the tape with the rest of gang, he starts to close the door and you can hear it shut off camera as the scene switches to show Rachel. The camera then cuts back to Ross and he reaches out and closes the door again. See more »


Chandler: That's the magical story you use when you want to have sex!
Rachel: How do you know about that story?
Joey: How do you know about that story?
Rachel: I heard it from my friend Irene who heard it from some guy.
Joey: [raising his hand and pointing to himself] Some guy!
Rachel: No, she told me his name was Ken Adams.
Joey: [raising his hand again] Ken Adams.
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References Batman Forever (1995) See more »

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The One Where We Find Out Who Initiated What...
4 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really love this episode. I really do. And the title of this review might sound confusing, but if you continue reading on, it will all make sense.

In this episode, Monica and Chandler thought they made great new friends on their honeymoon, but it turns out that they were given a fake phone number. How rude. Why couldn't they just be nice and say that they aren't interested in being friends with Monica and Chandler? Why must they string them along? Anyway, it turns out that Ross "accidentally" recorded his and Rachel's "special night". Rachel is insisting that Ross initiated it, but after reviewing the footage, it turns out that she did. But how disgusting is it that Ross kept the video tape of them having sex, without Rachel's permission. Just another reason why I hate Ross.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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