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The One with the Rumor 

Monica invites Will, an old school friend of her and Ross over for Thanksgiving dinner, unaware he isn't too fond of Rachel.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Rachel Green
... Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
... Phoebe Buffay
... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
... Chandler Bing
... Dr. Ross Geller


Will, an old friend of Ross' is in town and Monica invited him for Thanksgiving dinner. Will used to be really fat in high school and he really hates Rachel because she was horrible to him. Will shows his hatred and tells Rachel they had the "I-hate-Rachel-Greene-Club" in high school. The members of the club: Will and Ross! Their club spread a rumor that Rachel had both male and female reproductive parts. Everybody knew about the rumor and Rachel figures that's why certain guys wouldn't go out with her. It turns out that Rachel told everyone about how Ross made out with the old librarian and Ross is so upset he wants to be in the club again. Phoebe also joins the club because she's never been in a club. Monica tells them they're being childish and they should focus on the important things going on in their lives like having a baby together. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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22 November 2001 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point when watching the football game, Chandler says to Monica that "Anderson" scored a touchdown and then says to Phoebe that there is no Anderson. In reality, the Detroit Lions had a wide receiver named Scottie Anderson during that game, and he caught their last touchdown (Detroit lost 29-27). See more »


When Will (Brad Pitt) yells for the yams, the next shot of the yams being passed to him you can see that that he has an empty plate but in the next shot when he starts putting the yams on, his plate is not empty anymore and has yams on it already. See more »


Rachel: [referring to Mrs. Altman, the fifty year old librarian Ross made out with in high school] There's a picture of her in the yearbook.
Phoebe: [everyone looks] Wow.
Ross: Hey, she didn't photograph well!
Chandler: Yeah, well, she was probably unfamiliar with the process having spent most of her life sitting for oil paintings.
Phoebe: So how did this happen? Did she lure you to an early bird dinner?
Ross: I was working late in the library one afternoon. It was just the two of us. She needed some help with her word jumble and one thing ...
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FUNNIEST "Friends" Episode EVER !
3 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was a big fan of "Friends" and watched all 10 Seasons on TV, but some Seasons & Episodes were clearly much more interesting & funny than others. The first time that I saw 'The One with the Rumor', I laughed more AND harder than any of the other 235 Episodes of the show ! The story's Plot and its Sub-Plots were clever and inspired. The Timing and Delivery of the jokes was impeccable. The Acting was just spot-on. It meets my criteria for being called a 'Perfect Sitcom Episode'.

It was EVEN FUNNIER because of the fact that Ross was the one character in the whole show who was romantically-obsessed with Rachel for all 10 years AND Brad Pitt was Jennifer Aniston's Real-Life Husband !

And whomever came up with specifics of the cruel & humiliating gossip and the 'Title' bestowed on Rachel because of the Rumor, was clearly a comedic Genius ! Even the references to Will's (Brad Pitt's) Physical Status in High School was hilarious, since it's so absurd. And the addition of the 'un-seen' 3rd member of the 'Group' and his apparent apathy for, or lack of understanding of their 'Cause' was a brilliant added touch to this borderline-insane story-line !

I can't say enough good things about this episode. It's just Extraordinary in so many ways. As amazing as anything else, is that it came along when the show was beginning to 'run out of gas' near the End of its amazing decade-long run on TV. I didn't expect anything even HALF that funny in the 8th Season. Enjoy !


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