Friends (1994–2004)
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The One Where No One's Ready 

A stressed Ross desperately and insistently tries to get the rest of the gang ready for a black tie event at the museum, while Joey and Chandler clash over personal belongings and personal space.


Gail Mancuso


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Peter Dennis Peter Dennis ... Sherman Whitfield


Ross is eager to have everyone ready well in time for his 8 PM speech at the museum's benefit, but they all have other priorities then getting dressed. Joey childishly steals Chandler's armchair while he used the bathroom, and obstinately keeps sitting in it, in the process getting a stain on Phoebe's dress; when finally chased, Joey takes the pillows with him, Chandler retorts by stealing all Joey's underwear, Joey takes sordid vestimentary revenge... Monica freaks when she hears an answering machine message from Richard, even although it's probably ancient, and keeps making it worse abusing his code... Worst of all is Rachel, who takes forever to pick an outfit till Ross insists she should hurry up, never mind what she wears, then she refuses to go altogether, until Joey's flippant suggestion is taken seriously... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

26 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of the series that takes place in real time. See more »


When Chandler comes back from getting dressed, it's Joey's turn to go change which is when he takes the "essence" (the cushions) of the chair along with him. Then, Joey gets back and he accuses Chandler of wearing his underwear. Chandler claims he stole the underwear only because Joey took his essence, but Chandler already put on Joey's underwear before Joey stole the cushions, so there's no way Chandler wore the underwear as revenge for taking the cushions as that has not happened yet. See more »


Phoebe: Rachel didn't have anything that I liked, but she had this Christmas ribbon, and I thought, 'All right, fine I'll be political.'
Chandler: What are you supporting?
Phoebe: Duh. Christmas.
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Pretty Awesome
2 March 2016 | by rahmanadhikariSee all my reviews

This is one of the very few episodes where I feel it deserves full points. Plot - Other reviewers have written it. Strength - The entire episode is done in one room. The blocking and character timing are the major strength. It was indeed a risky episode, and the writers certainly knew this, for they made a brilliant script, and the actors acknowledged it. The chemistry between characters were shining, and most importantly, none of the friends are overshadowed by others. Everyone are at the top. Weakness - Rachael and Ross. This is the only chemistry in this episode which I felt did not work out. But it's just my opinion.

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