The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work
Season 9, episode 11
205th overall episode of Friends
Friends episode203
Rachel returns to work, finding her office occupied.
Episode Information

January 9, 2003

Written by

Peter Tibbals (teleplay)
Judd Rubin (story)

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

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"The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work" is the eleventh episode of the ninth season of Friends, which aired on January 9, 2003.


Monica is desperate for a baby and wants to have sex with Chandler no matter what to make it happen. Chandler is also looking for work and Monica helps him find a job in advertising, however it's unpaid for the first year or so, leading Chandler to doubt he'll be able to have a child while starting this whole new career. Monica is skeptical at first but understands, however she manages to convince him otherwise, while also being worried about the baby messing up the ribbon drawer.

Rachel goes back to work to find out that she's been temporarily replaced by a man called Gavin who is arrogant towards her but is apparently according to Mr. Zelner, very good at the job. Adamant she's going to lose her job to him, she goes back to work the same day, instead of originally going back two weeks later. She even brings Emma into work the following day to do a presentation but learns it is in ten minutes, and Ross won't be there in time to pick up Emma. Gavin however, takes care of Emma and allows Rachel to do the presentation.

Phoebe is short for cash, so Joey gets her on Days of our Lives as an extra. However, in the first take in the hospital, she's so nervous she messes up her very short scene of carrying a tray over to the operating table. In the next scene, she's a waitress and tells Joey she needs an explanation to not disappoint 'her fans'. Joey says she's a single mother doing two jobs and that he slept with her and didn't call her back (answering Phoebe's question to why she wouldn't talk to Dr. Drake Ramoray). She however, takes it too seriously and slaps Joey in the scene. Joey allows his boss to fire her when she is arrogant towards him, saying he's threatened by her acting. She doesn't go out without a fight however, ruining the scene one last time whilst being chased by a security guard.

Cast & Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

Dermot Mulroney - Gavin Mitchell
Steve Ireland - Mr. Zelner
Evan Handler - The Director
Phill Lewis - Steve
Alexandra Marguiles - Female Extra #1
Paul Logan - The Soap Actor


Teleplay By:
Peter Tibbals

Story By:
Judd Rubin

Directed By:
Gary Halvorson



  • The security guard who throws Phoebe out of the set is the same one who threw her out of the casino in "The One In Vegas, Part 2" (S5E24).
  • This is the second episode where Ross isn't directly involved in a storyline; the first was "The One With The Cuffs" (S4E3).
  • Mike is mentioned.


  • When Rachel goes back to her office with Emma and Ross her name on the door is spelled "Rachel Greene", for the third time in the series..
  • Joey actually allows Phoebe to "have a sip of (Joey's) coffee and a bite of (Joey's) muffin" in this episode, however, in "The One With The Birth Mother" (S10E9), he has no tolerance of anyone trying to touch his food (including Emma).
  • In the scene after the theme song, it's way too obvious that Phoebe's hair is a wig.

Memorable Quotes

Monica: You call eight hours alone with my label maker wasted time? [beat] Oh! Now I get to use my shredder!

Rachel: Oh, that went well! Almost everybody knew she was a girl.
Ross: Yeah, after you punched that one guy who got it wrong, word spread.

Rachel: Listen, sudden change of plans. My maternity leave just ended. They told me that if I didn't come back today, they were gonna fire me!
Ross: What?! No, that's illegal. I'm gonna have the Labor Department down here so fast, they...
Rachel: Alright, alright, calm down Norma Rae.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With Christmas In Tulsa"
Season Nine Episodes Followed by
"The One With Phoebe's Rats"

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