Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Two Parties 

Chaos ensues when Rachel's recently divorced parents show up at her surprise birthday party, so the gang has to find ways to keep her parents separated otherwise they'll start fighting.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Dr. Leonard Green
Nancy Rubin ...
Man (as Lewis Dix)


Planning Rachel's surprise birthday party. To prevent Rachel's parents to be at the same party they have half of the guests in the boys' apartment with Rachel's dad and the other half in the girls' apartment with Rachel's mum. Phoebe smuggles people from Monica's boring party to the boys' great party. Rachel can't cope with their parents separation. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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2 May 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For Rachel's birthday party all of the main cast wear green in this episode: Monica and Rachel wear green dresses, Phoebe wears a half green/pink blouse and pink slacks, Chandler and Joey wear green shirts, and Ross wears a green tie. Rachel's mom wears a hot pink satin jacket and Rachel's dad wears a red and white nautical outfit. See more »


When Ross goes over to Monica's apartment to get Dr. Green's cigarettes and glasses, Mrs. Green tells Ross that she didn't know he smoked. Ross puts a cigarette in his mouth to show that he does smoke. The cigarette is in his mouth backwards, but when he goes back out into the hall and sees Dr. Green, the cigarette is in his mouth the correct way. See more »


Sandra Greene: You thought I was Rachel?
Chandler Bing: Yes we did because you look so young.
Phoebe Buffay: And because you're both, you know, white women.
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References Leave 'Em Laughing (1928) See more »


Big Yellow Taxi (Traffic Jam Mix)
Written and performed by Joni Mitchell
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Some Birthday party it is !!
19 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The episode starts with Monica and the gang planning Rachel's Birthday party with all the committees and procedures as usual.But the twist is when Rachel's divorced parents arrive at the scene,thus creating an awkward situation.How the guys deal with the chaos forms the rest of the plot. Its a vibrant,energetic episode with a lot of chaos with 2 parties simultaneously happening.Ross does make an impression on Rach s parents !! Gotta love this

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