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The One Where Paul's The Man
Season 6, episode 22
143rd overall episode of Friends
Ross in a locker.
Episode Information

May 4, 2000

Written by

Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer (teleplay)
Brian Caldirola (story)

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad


The One With The Ring


"The One Where Paul's The Man" is the twenty-second episode of the sixth season of Friends, which aired on May 4, 2000.


Elizabeth's dad Paul tells Ross not to see Elizabeth anymore or he will call the university and have him fired. Monica, Phoebe and Rachel go to a museum and learn that the beautiful museum can be hired for weddings. There is a 2-year waiting list and they all make a reservation - if they don't have a guy by then they can always cancel it. Elizabeth and Ross don't stop seeing each other and agree to hide their relationship from Paul. They go to Elizabeth's grandma's cottage for the weekend but Rachel and Paul turn up as well. Ross catches Paul doing an embarrassing little dance calling himself "the man" and "the love machine" so Ross won't tell Rachel if Paul won't get him fired. Joey tries to get his picture up on a wall in a shop, buts end up getting into trouble. Chandler finds out that Monica hired the museum for the wedding in his and her name. Chandler freaks out and tells Monica he isn't ready. She promises that it didn't mean anything and that she didn't mean to pressure him. Phoebe asks Chandler if Monica bought it, and reveals that Chandler is planning to propose to Monica.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courtney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting Cast

Bruce Willis - Paul Stevens
Alexandra Holden - Elizabeth Stevens
Merrin Dungey - The Museum Official
Ilia Volok - The Dry Cleaner
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Susie Park - The Dry Cleaner's Wife


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Brian Caldirola, Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer



  • Ilia Volok, who plays the owner of the laundromat, also played one of the main Russian terrorists in Air Force One.
  • Ross' dialogue 'a man with a plan' is a reference to Willis' film 'Die Hard'.

Continuity/ Goofs

  • When Ross is jumping out the window Elizabeth's fly is closed, then open in the next scene
  • There are two mistakes in the scene where Phoebe spots Joey's picture in the laundromat. For one thing, when Phoebe says "Oh, here it is", she is looking in the opposite direction of the picture. Also, when she says this, her mouth doesn't move at all.

Episode Navigation

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Preceded by
"The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad"
Series Six Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Ring"

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