Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the East German Laundry Detergent 

Eager to spend time with Rachel, Ross pretends his washroom is rat-infested so he can join her at the laundromat. Meanwhile, Joey has Monica pose as his girlfriend, and Chandler struggles to break up with his girlfriend.


Pamela Fryman


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 7 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
Camille Saviola ... The Horrible Woman
Kim Gillingham ... Angela
Jack Armstrong ... Bob
Maggie Wheeler ... Janice


Eager to spend time with Rachel, Ross pretends his building's washroom is rat-infested so he can join her at the laundromat. Chandler points out this could be a 'date' and the first time she'll see his underwear so it shouldn't be dirty! Rachel, the spoiled 'laundry virgin' feels managing this domestic chore is a real step to independence, but despite Ross's good advice she leaves a red sock in the machine. The real accomplishment comes where she has to stand up as no-nonsense-New Yorker against a rude, aggressive woman who invents rules to pretend it's not Rachel turn to do her laundry. Joey realizes he regrets dumping foxy Angela when he learns she is dating Bob. He proposes a double-date, then needs a girl stat. Monica agrees to be Joey's date but when she sees hunky Bob and realizes he's not Angela's brother she starts to enjoy the evening. Chandler drinks too much espresso while desperately trying to break up with neurotic Janice. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

20 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ross's detergent Überweiss is German for "overly white". See more »


During the double-date, Monica starts telling a story about how the Underdog balloon got away during a parade, but this doesn't happen until Friends: The One Where Underdog Gets Away, when they excitedly talk about what a rare occurrence they are witnessing. See more »


Chandler Bing: [about Janice, after accidentally hitting her in the eye] I hit her in the eye! I hit her in the eye! This is the worst breakup in the history of the world!
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First great episode
5 December 2014 | by hupholland2014See all my reviews

The first truly great Friends episode, a fantastic piece of sitcom comedic writing by Jeff Greenstein and Jeff Strauss that isolates all six leads and puts them In duos, one in a restaurant, one a coffee shop and one a laundromat, and then takes bits of everyday urban life and three different points of relationships and cross pollinates them with wit and charm from the accomplice friend. Great bits here, including subtle jokes like Uberweiss. Hip and fresh writing combined with excellent acting and realistic sets. The episode that stated quite clearly that Friends wasn't going to be one and done like many new sitcoms every year on network TV.

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