The One With The Evil Orthodontist
Season 1, episode 20
20th overall episode of Friends
Barry and Rachel in his chair after having had sex.
Episode Information

April 6, 1995

Written by

Doty Abrams

Directed by

Peter Bonerz

Episode Guide

The One Where The Monkey Gets Away


The One With The Fake Monica


"The One With The Evil Orthodontist" is the twentieth episode of the first season of Friends, which aired on April 6, 1995.


Although Barry is marrying Mindy, he's still in love with Rachel. He goes out on a date with her again, which makes Rachel realize she may not be over him yet. When she tries to break up with him, she ends up having sex with him in his dentist's chair. Later, Mindy calls her to talk to her, and asks her to be her maid of honor, which Rachel accepts. However, Mindy also mentions that she thinks Barry's cheating on her. Rachel tries to assure her that when she and Barry were engaged, she suspected that he was cheating on her. Unfortunately, this is even worse for Mindy, who confesses that she did the exact same thing with Barry at the time, which makes Rachel admit her affair. They then storm over to Barry's office, intending to break up with him. He then defends himself, saying although he loves them both, he loves Mindy most and wants to marry her. When he leaves the office, Mindy tells Rachel she still wants to marry Barry, and Rachel agrees to remain her maid of honor. Later, Rachel admits to Monica that after months of agonizing on whether she made the right decision leaving Barry at the altar, she now knows she did.

Chandler is going nuts about a woman he likes but won't return his phone calls. Although they've only gone out on one date, he's reluctant to show her how needy he is, and tries to play cool over the phone. When she comes over at the coffee house to meet him in person, she explains how she had his number wrong. Although the guys interpret this as a nice gesture, Chandler is unsure about a second date with her, as he thinks it's needy.

Meanwhile, a Sidney Marks is spying on the friends from Ugly Naked Guy's building with a telescope. When Joey gets the phone number, he discovers that Sidney is a woman. It only takes a few words over the phone for their rage to go away, as they find her compliments charming enough to hold a civil conversation with her.

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

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 CastEdit

Jennifer Grey - Mindy
Mitchell Whitfield - Barry Farber
Christopher Miranda - Bobby
Lynn Clark - Danielle
James Michael Tyler - Gunther (uncredited)


Directed By:
Peter Bonerz

Written By:
Doty Abrams



  • Rachel attends Barry and Mindy's wedding as Mindy's maid of honor in "The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding" (S2E24).
  • The young boy that visits Barry for a check up is the same boy from "The One With The Sonogram At The End" (S1E2).
  • In the uncut DVD version of the episode, when Barry suggests to Mindy they go back to Aruba, Rachel asks Barry "What is it with you and Aruba? I mean, do you, like have a deal with the airlines?"
  • Jennifer Grey, who played Francis "Baby" Housman in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing guest starred as Mindy in this episode. She was then replaced by another actress for Mindy's second, and final on-screen appearance, in The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding (S2E24).
  • Jennifer Grey played Jeannie Bueller, in the film Ferris Beuller's Day off. Four years before Friends, Jennifer Aniston played the role of Jeannie in the short lived TV version of the film. The series only lasted one season. This episode saw the meeting of the two Jeannies.


  • When the gang are gathered at the window to look at the person with the telescope, Phoebe, Rachel, and Chandler's positions change between shots.
  • Joey says that he saw the person with the telescope looking at him while he was in his apartment but there is no way someone across the street from Monica's apartment could see into Joey's.
  • When the intro is over and there is a shot looking into Central Perk from the outside, you can see an older couple sitting on the couch. When the shot changes to inside, it's the gang sitting there, with Chandler on the arm.

Episode NavigationEdit

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Preceded by
"The One Where The Monkey Gets Away"
"The One With The Evil Orthodontist" Followed by
"The One With The Fake Monica"