Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant 

The gang are divided by income issues; Monica, Ross and Chandler make more money, while Rachel, Phoebe, and Joey don't. Chandler also uses a case of mistaken identity to his advantage.


Ellen Gittelsohn


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Brittney Powell ... Jade (voice)
Chris Young ... Steven Fishman
Spencer Cherashore Spencer Cherashore ... Waiter


Money becomes an issue when five of the friends make plans for Ross's birthday. Monica is tricked at work and gets fired when her new meat suppliers give her some meat that was supposed to be for her restaurant. When a woman calls Chandler's apartment for "Bob", he pretends to be Bob to get a date with her. His plan backfires when she calls "Bob" back to say what she really thought of him.

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Comedy | Romance


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According to the script, Matt LeBlanc was supposed to grab the phone and say, "Bob here!" when Jade called. But when he jumped for the phone, he missed and fell. See more »


When Monica runs into "Little Stevie Fisher" it makes no sense that, based on Monica's age, she could have been the babysitter of a kid who has been to law school. She is in her mid 20's at the beginning of the show, so at best, she would have been the same age as a kid who has been to law school. See more »


References Leave 'em Laughing (1928) See more »


I Go Blind
Written by Neil Osborne
Performed by Hootie & the Blowfish
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True To Life Episode
7 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

There is a certain true to life element in this episode.

Plot In A Paragraph: The gang are divided by income issues; Monica, Ross and Chandler have money, and Rachel, Phoebe and Joey don't. The latter keep feeling obliged to do things with their friends even though the cant afford it. Things come to a head just prior to Ross's birthday when Monica gets a big promotion at work. In a subplot, Chandler goes to unconventional methods to land a beautiful woman (guest star Britney Powell) much to Ross's disgust.

I really liked the Chandler storyline (as unrealistic as it was) and I found it funny, I thought it was a good evening out of the serious side of the episode about the devide in the group.

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19 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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