Friends (1994–2004)
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The One Where They're Going to Party! 

Monica ends up having to choose between a head chef position or the catering business she started with Phoebe. Rachel is close to getting a promotion but tragedy strikes. Chandler and Ross are excited when an old friend is coming to town.


Peter Bonerz


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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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
Alison La Placa ... Joanna (as Alison LaPlaca)
Taylor Negron ... Allesandro
Richard Fancy ... Mr. Posner
Jennifer Rhodes ... Mrs. Lynch
Laura Dean ... Sophie
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther


Phoebe and Monica get a van for their catering business. Rachel applies for a job as assistant buyer. An old friend and party wizard wants to visit Ross and Chandler. They are excited like two small children and can hardly sit still but the friend cancels their reunion. Monica wrote her first review and the owner of the restaurant comes to complain about it. Joanna doesn't want to lose a good assistant as Rachel and makes Rachel look bad at the interview for the new job. Rachel wants to quit but Joanna offers her the position of assistant buyer in Joanna's department. Ross and Chandler are depressed because they wanted to party with their friend so Joey offers to take them to party. Monica shows the owner of the bad restaurant how to make a sauce and he wants her as head chef. Joey, Chandler and Ross are out partying but realize they have become adults and are too tired after a few clubs and didn't like it much. Phoebe is really upset because Monica will leave their business buts lets... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ross's age is inconsistent throughout the series. In the first episode Friends: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994), Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. In episode 3.13 Friends: The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends (1997), he says he is 29. In the next season however, in episode 4.9 Friends: The One Where They're Going to Party! (1997), he again says he's 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in episode 5.4, Friends: The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS (1998), he says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in episode 8.4 Friends: The One with the Videotape (2001), he claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?" implying he was born in 1969 or 1970. See more »


In Friends: The One with the Bullies the fire hydrant is right outside of Central Perk at the curve of the curb. In this episode the fire hydrant has been moved to the sidewalk across the street from Central Perk. See more »


Monica Geller: I got offered the head chef job at Allessandro's.
Phoebe Buffay: What?
Monica Geller: It's ok, 'cause you know what, if you think about it you don't really need me for the business.
Phoebe Buffay: You're the cook! Without you it's just me driving up to people's houses with empty trays and asking for money!
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References The Exploits of Elaine (1914) See more »

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