|The One With The Blind Dates|
Rachel on her awful date with Steve
|Written by|| Sherry Bilsing-Graham|
|Directed by||Gary Halvorson|
|Guest stars|| John Eric Bentley - Waiter #2 |
Alexandra Conley - Emma Geller-Green
Athina Conley - Emma Geller-Green
Jon Lovitz - Steve
Sam Pancake - The Waiter
|Original airdate||February 6, 2003|
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"The One With The Blind Dates" is the fourteenth episode of season nine of Friends. It aired on February 6, 2003.
As they think Ross and Rachel should get back together with Emma, Joey and Phoebe, when asked to fix them up with blind dates, plan to make those so horrible they'll run back to each other. Phoebe does a great job: drug addict Steve is so unattractive he even makes himself cry; Joey found his own nightmare woman, a history teacher, not realizing she risks looking ideal to Ross, but when he does realize this, he and Phoebe give her a wrong date and time, causing Ross to think that she stood him up, making him the object of bets by the waiters regarding how late he will leave. One waiter tries to cheat his way into winning his bet by making Ross stay a bit longer by offering him free crab cakes, but when they admit they're betting on how long it will be before he leaves, he tells them he's never been so insulted in his life, and then asks them to wrap up his crab cakes before leaving. Chandler and Monica accepted to babysit Emma, but him being bored without a job and she ovulating, their sex drive gets the better of them, so Joey finds the baby 'exposed to perversion' next to the bedroom...
At the end of the episode, Ross and Joey are at the restaurant Ross was supposed to meet his date at, pretending that both of their imaginary dates stood them up in an attempt to manipulate the waiter into letting them have free crab cakes in an attempt to make them stay longer and win his bet, but it turns out he isn't betting on how long it will take them to leave because he's betting on how long it will take Steve, who is in the restaurant as well, to start crying instead.
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[Cut to outside. Phoebe and Joey are walking down the street to Central Perk.] Phoebe: Now, wait a minute. So, they're gonna name their first child Joey? Joey: Uh-huh.
Phoebe: How - how do I get them to name the next one after me? Joey: It's easy, you just walk in on them having sex. Phoebe: Oh, so they owe me like, three Phoebes. (Phoebe sees Rachel and Ross through the window.) Phoebe: Oh my god! Look, it's Ross and Rachel. Oh, the plan is working. (Joey does the "plan-laugh.") Phoebe: Don't, don't do the plan-laugh.
[Cut to inside Central Perk.] Ross: The first date we've had in months, and they were both such disasters. Rachel: Oh. Huh. You know, it is weird that Phoebe would set me up on a date that was awful on the same night that Joey set you up on a date that didn't even show. Ross: Wait a minute; you don't think it was intentional? I mean, that's just stupid.
[Cut to outside Central Perk.] Joey: We're geniuses! Yeah, look at them, look at them, they're really bonding. Phoebe: Oh, yeah, they're falling in love all over again. (Rachel and Ross turn around and look at Phoebe and Joey with puzzled expressions on their faces.) Phoebe: Oh, they see us! Oh, they, they look mad. Oh, they figured it out. They're coming this way. Run! Joey: Where? Phoebe: Mexico! (They run down the street with Ross and Rachel following right behind them.)
- Despite him having them plucked by Chandler the episode before, Joey's eyebrows seem to have strangely grown back to their usual shape since then. However, at the beginning, Joey says Rachel has been staying in his apartment for five nights, giving his eyebrows time to grow back.
- Steve first appeared in The One With The Stoned Guy. He does not reappear for a span of 193 episodes, the longest of any character on Friends. Rachel does not seem to remember him, despite waitressing for him at Monica's apartment. However, Rachel only met him once for less than an hour, so it would be understandable that she wouldn't remember him after almost nine years.
- This is the second appearance of Sam Pancake as a waiter on Friends. He has previously appeared in "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel," where he waits Joey and Rachel but can't get rid of them. When a colleague asks him what's with them, he replies he thinks one of them is about to die, hoping it's Rachel. He also comments how he finds Joey to be "really cute!"
- When Rachel hears Monica saying "Thank God! Emma, there you are!" her hand is on the purse strap, but in the next take, is not anymore.
| Preceded by|
"The One Where Monica Sings"
|Season Nine Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One With The Mugging"