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 have money, and Rachel, Phoebe and Joey don't.


Ellen Gittelsohn


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


Airs Tue. Jan. 29, 11:00 AM on TBS





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
Brittney Powell ... Jade
Chris Young ... Steven Fishman
Spencer Cherashore Spencer Cherashore ... Waiter


Chandler gets a phone call from a strange woman who wanted to call her ex-boyfriend Bob. Chandler is organizing Ross's birthday. Monica is appointed to head lunch chef and in charge of purchasing. The friends go out to have a celebration dinner. Rachel, Joey and Phoebe are upset because everyone else thinks they earn enough money to go out to fancy places all the time and spend lots of money on Ross's birthday. Arguing about Rachel, Joey and Phoebe not wanting to accept gifts from Ross, Monica and Chandler because it feels like charity. Monica gets fired for taking 5 steaks and an eggplant from work. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jade is apparently the legs on the new James Bond poster. However in 1995 when this was released, Goldeneye, didn't feature any women's legs on the poster. Neither did the following James Bond film. See more »


Jade says that she's the legs on the new Bond Poster. There were no legs on the poster for Goldeneye, and the tradition seems to have stopped since For Your Eyes Only. See more »


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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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