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Friends: The One With the East German Laundry Detergent

Rachel and Ross do laundry together, and they begin bonding after an encounter with a foul-mouthed women. Meanwhile, Joey pretends Monica is his girlfriend on a double-date with his ex-girlfriend Angela and her boyfriend. But things get complicated when he tells Monica that Angela's boyfriend is actually her brother, whilst Chandler and Phoebe plan to break up with their partners, Janice and Tony, at the same time. But it to be proves harder than expected.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 456653
Airdate: Thursday October 20th, 1994

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (10 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Maggie Wheeler
As Janice
Camille Saviola
As Horrible Woman
Main Cast
Jennifer Aniston
As Rachel Green
Courteney Cox
As Monica Geller-Bing
Lisa Kudrow
As Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan
Matt LeBlanc
As Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry
As Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer
As Ross Geller
Episode Quotes
Monica: Ugly Naked Guy's laying kitchen tile. Eww!

Chandler: Say, it's just you and Rachel, just the two of you? This is a date. You're going on a date.
Ross: Nuh-uh!

Rachel: (referring to her father) Oh, it was horrible. He called me young lady.
Chandler: Ooh, I hate when my father calls me that.

Ross: So, uh, Rachel, what are you, uh, what're you doing tonight?
Rachel: Oh, big glamour night. Me and Monica at Laundorama.
Ross: Oh, you uh, you wanna hear a freaky coincidence? Guess who's doing laundry there too?
Rachel: Who?
Ross: Me. (pause) Was that not clear?

Rachel: It's my father. He wants to give me a Mercedes convertible.
Ross: That guy, he burns me up…

Monica: Chandler, nobody likes breaking up with someone. You just gotta do it.
Chandler: No, I know, but it's just so hard, you know? I mean, you're sitting there with her, she has no idea what's happening, and then you finally get up the courage to do it, and there's the horrible awkward moment when you've handed her the note.

Rachel: You guys can pee standing up.
Chandler: We can? Ok, I'm trying that!

Joey: Alright, you know what blows my mind? Women can see breasts any time they want. You just look down and there they are. How you get any work done is beyond me.

Monica: So what does this Bob guy look like? Is he tall? Short?
Joey: Yep.
Monica: Which?
Joey: Which what?

Phoebe: (to Chandler) Ok, have a good break-up.

Rachel: Ok, you caught me. I'm a laundry virgin.
Ross: Uh, well, don't worry, I'll use the gentle cycle.

Bob: Monica, Monica is great.
Joey: Yeah, yeah she is. But it's not gonna last. She's too much for me in bed… …Sexually!

Chandler: We should always, always break up together.
Phoebe: Oh, I'd like that.

Rachel: Excuse me! We had this cart.
The Horrible Woman: Yeah, well, I had a 24-inch waist. You lose things.

Monica: We ripped that couple apart, and kept the pieces for ourselves.
Ross: What a beautiful story.

Warning: Friends season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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