|The One With The Breast Milk|
|Season 2, episode 2|
|26th overall episode of Friends|
|Ross holding a breast milk bottle.|
September 28, 1995
"The One With The Breast Milk" is the second episode of the second season of Friends, which aired on September 28, 1995. Ross is disgusted with breast milk, Monica goes shopping with Julie, and Joey deals with competition at work.
At Monica's apartment, Joey and Chandler experience a uncomfortable situation when Carol breast-feeds Ben in front of them. Although not uncomfortable with breast-feeding, Ross (together with Rachel and Chandler) finds the idea of tasting it nasty, and he flips out when Phoebe and Joey taste it. However, when he discovers that Susan has tasted it too, Ross challenges her and tries to taste the milk too; as Susan expected, he's not up to the task.
Meanwhile, Julie needs to abuse the discount of a friend of hers at Bloomingdale's, and Monica agrees to go with her. Chandler and Phoebe discourage her, as Rachel will only get furious to find it out, so Monica tries to cover it up by telling Rachel that she went shopping with Phoebe.
The next day, Rachel finds Monica's lunch bill in the pocket of her jacket. Monica ends up revealing how she went shopping and had lunch with Julie, which as she suspected, freaks Rachel out. Rachel stops talking to Monica for what she did, and explains to Monica how Julie has not only stolen her potential boyfriend, but is now stealing her too. Monica dissuades this by telling Rachel that no one could steal her from her best friend. They make up and hug in a tearful reconciliation, which Phoebe joins in. Monica convinces if Rachel got to know her, she might see that Julie's not the worst and is quite nice. Rachel talks with Julie, who finds her intimidating and got the impression that she doesn't like her. Rachel pretends to make nice with Julie, but once she's gone, Rachel decides that Julie's 'kindness' is fake and manipulative, as Rachel still can't cope with the idea of Ross being happy with a woman other than herself.
At his day job as a cologne spritzer, Joey faces work problems when a tall macho cowboy known simply as "The Hombre Man" steals his territory and his clients. He's even more annoyed by him when he steals a potential date, Annabel, from him. The Hombre Man is so good that the manager gives Joey a new cowboy costume to win customers Hombre-style. He and Chandler discuss the problem, and Chandler encourages Joey to face his fears and show The Hombre Man who's the better man. The next day, Joey and The Hombre Man wait for the doors to open and for their spritzing duel to commence. The Hombre Man is faster than Joey, but he spritzes the first cologne sample directly in the eyes of the first customer. The Hombre Man breaks his stoic character and apologizes profusely, while the manager yells at him, where we learn his name is Todd. Joey, feeling redeemed, finally goes out with Annabel.
After a long time, Ross gets himself to taste the breast milk, although not without gulping it down with half-a-dozen Oreo cookies.
Cast and Crew
Lauren Tom- Julie
Jane Sibbett - Carol Willick
Jessica Hecht - Susan Bunch
Joel Beeson - The Hombre Man
Emily Procter - Annabel
Richard Lyons - Man
Stan Sellers - Manager
Lou Wills - Customer
Alex Spencer - Girl #1 (uncredited)
James Michael Tyler - Gunther (uncredited)
- Julie's hair is much shorter in this episode after Rachel sabotaged her haircut when Phoebe offered to cut it for her in the previous episode.
- Monica goes shopping with Julie at Bloomingdale's, where Rachel goes on to work at in season 3.
- Technically the first, though not only, time Rachel is cheated on by a Geller.
| Preceded by|
"The One With Ross' New Girlfriend"
|"The One With The Breast Milk"|| Followed by |
"The One Where Heckles Dies"