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The One With Ross' Sandwich
Season 5, episode 9
106th overall episode of Friends
5x09 Ross cotton candy
Ross is sent home from work.
Episode Information

December 10, 1998

Written by

Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

The One With All The Thanksgivings


The One With The Inappropriate Sister


"The One With Ross' Sandwich" is the ninth episode of the fifth season of Friends, which aired on December 10, 1998.


Rachel finds Monica's razor in Chandler's bathroom and Phoebe finds Chandler's underwear on the couch in Monica's apartment, and as Chandler and Monica still want to keep their relationship a secret, Joey is forced to take the blame for both incidents, leading to the other friends thinking he is a pervert. Later that night, Chandler and Monica are about to have sex and record it on a video camera in Chandler's apartment. However, Joey returns home with a date, who misunderstands and thinks Joey was going to film them having sex, and storms out in disgust. All of which was seen by Rachel. Joey is again forced to take the blame. The next day, Joey finds a naked picture of Monica which Chandler left in the apartment, and the others think that Joey took it. He decides that enough is enough and wants to tell everyone about Monica and Chandler. However, he cannot go through with it and instead gets his revenge by making up a story about him sleeping with Monica in London, and that Monica set up the camera and left the photo for him as she has been stalking him ever since, trying to get him back into bed.

Phoebe is taking a literature class and Rachel agrees to come, but instead of reading the books, she asks Phoebe what they are about right before the class begins. The second time, Phoebe decides to make up a story to tell Rachel, which she repeats in front of the entire class. When Rachel finds out that Phoebe never went to high school and actually wants to learn something instead of just having fun, they agree that Phoebe should take Monica, which turns out to be not such a good idea as she is way too fanatic and everybody hates her as she persuades the teacher to give them a test with essay questions.

Ross is starting to unravel in light of his impending divorce and recent eviction, and the straw that breaks the camel's back is when he takes his leftover Thanksgiving sandwich to work and someone eats it. As this was "the only good thing going on in my life", he gets really mad about it. Phoebe writes a threatening note for him that will people scare off. His coworkers start calling him 'mental' and Ross thinks that getting tough with people is a way to get what you want out of them. This however does not work with Joey, who just pushes him off the couch in Central Perk when he orders him to give him his coffee. This causes problems with his boss, who wants him to see a psychiatrist, but when he reveals that he was the one that ate his sandwich, Ross screams in his face and is put on indefinite leave.

Cast and 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

Michael Ensign - Dr. Ledbetter
Scott Mosenson - Teacher
Jennette Robbins - Cynthia
Alexia Roberts - The Female Student
Johan-Carl Nowack - Eric Garcia
James Michael Tyler - Gunther


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich


  • Joey shows off his leg that he had shaved to Monica and Chandler, after Rachel found Monica's razor and he had to lie for them, saying he's playing the role of a woman for a play. Matt LeBlanc actually shaved his leg for this episode.
  • When Joey lies that he slept with Monica, Ross simply approaches him and says it's not good for his rage before taking some pills. However, when he actually catches Chandler sleeping with Monica in The One Where Everybody Finds Out he chases after Chandler, in a worse state of mind. However, it is possible Ross was still under the influence of the Psychiatrist's tranquilizer, as Chandler puts the photo of Monica in the magazine the same day.


  • Joey lied for Chandler about underwear which were tighty whities however later he wore Boxer shorts.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With All The Thanksgivings"
"The One With Ross' Sandwich" Followed by
"The One With The Inappropriate Sister"

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