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The One Where Ross Dates A Student
Season 6, episode 18
139th overall episode of Friends
Joey welcomes Rachel to his apartment.
Episode Information

March 9, 2000

Written by

Seth Kurland

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

The One With Unagi


The One With Joey's Fridge


"The One Where Ross Dates A Student" is the eighteenth episode of the sixth season of Friends, which aired on March 9, 2000.


Ross gets his anonymous teacher evaluations back and finds out that he has an admirer amongst his students. The student, Elizabeth, asks Ross out. There was a fire in Phoebe's apartment probably due to Phoebe's candles. Phoebe stays at Joey's and Rachel at Monica's until the apartment will be fixed. Chandler's friend Dana from college directs the new Al Pacino movie so Chandler has to take her out to get Joey an audition. Ross and Elizabeth have a great time on their date. Phoebe finds out that the fire was caused by Rachel's hair iron so Rachel has to stay at Joey's and Phoebe can stay at Hotel Monica. Rachel actually enjoys her time at Joey's because she can mess around as much as she wants and Phoebe gets quite annoyed with Monica's constant attention. Ross thinks it isn't against the rules to date a student but people will frown upon their relationship. He decides to go out with her because he doesn't care what people think but his colleagues tell him it actually is against the rules. Ross and Elizabeth like each other too much to stop going out. Joey gets the audition but he forgets about it.

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

Alexandra Holden - Elizabeth Stevens
Bess Meyer - Dana Keystone
Richard Roat - Burt
Greg Wrangler - Fireman #1
David Warshofsky - Fireman #2
Louisa Abernathy - Lydia
David Moreland - Mel
James Michael Tyler - Gunther


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Seth Kurland



  • In the beginning of the episode, the fruit that Chandler holds up to Monica (to which she replies, "I don't know.") is a Kiwano.
  • In this episode, Rachel wears the same grey shirt that says "Girls" on it as Susan in "The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel" (S3E4), except that on Rachel's shirt, the font is green and on Susan's shirt, it's purple.
  • Monica and Phoebe living together proves to be as annoying to Phoebe as it had been as seen in "The One With The Flashback", both times for similar reasons.
  • By this episode, both Ross and Monica have dated minors (Monica dated Ethan in The One With The Ick Factor); which is ironic because Ross disapproved Monica's relationship with a minor and made fun of her for that reason.
    • While Ethan was 17 and indeed a minor, Elizabeth is over 18 and therefore not a minor. However she is young enough for it to be inappropriate, which is something Ross previously showed disapproval in.
  • Ross and Elizabeth can't date on school campus, but they can date in public or even at Ross' apartment for which they have the right to do so.


  • Ross is shown enjoying ice cream in this episode, when he admits to hating ice cream in The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs, because it is too cold.
  • When Joey and Chandler are talking in the kitchen after throwing wet papertowels, a Krispy Kreme box of donuts appears and then disappears, then appears again.
  • When Chandler, Joey and Ross are talking about Dana Keystone from college, Ross is holding a water bottle; it disappears, then he is holding it again.
  • At the beginning of the episode, when Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe are having breakfast, the colored table napkin that Chandler uses keeps on changing position while he and Joey talk about getting an audition from his former colleague in college who is now a movie director.
  • In the widescreen version (viewable on Netflix) during the scene when Phoebe allows Rachel to take the room in Monica's apartment, the bedroom wall ends abruptly and you can see the kitchen screen left.

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 With Unagi"
Series Six Episodes Followed by
"The One With Joey's Fridge"

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