The One With The Fake Monica
Season 1, episode 21
21st overall episode of Friends
Ross, Chandler and Joey thinking about Marcel's sexual maturity.
Episode Information

April 27, 1995

Written by

Adam Chase & Ira Ungerleider

Directed by

Gail Mancuso

Episode Guide

The One With The Evil Orthodontist


The One With The Ick Factor


"The One With The Fake Monica" is the twenty-first episode of the first season of Friends, which aired on April 27, 1995.


Monica's credit card is stolen, and along with Phoebe and Rachel, she decides to catch the thief. The thief turns out to be so charming and inspiring that, instead of reporting her to the police, she hangs out with her, gatecrashing parties, auditioning for Broadway musicals, and getting drunk. When the fake Monica is arrested, Monica tells her everything, including who she really is, and confides in her how she doesn't want to go back to being who she was. The fake Monica makes the real Monica see that she can't change her personality.

When Marcel starts to hump everything in sight and in reach, Ross finds out that the monkey has reached sexual maturity. He submits several applications to zoos, none of which are accepted. Just as he's on the verge to give up Marcel to an animal-fighting ring owner, Dr. Baldharan, Joey and Chandler bring news - Marcel has been accepted to the San Diego Zoo. Ross prepares everything he needs, and shares a last moment at the airport with Marcel, who gives him a goodbye by humping his leg.

Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. Chandler sarcastically comes up with Joseph Stalin. Joey misses the sarcasm and chooses it as his stage name. Of course, this does not get him far, and he eventually discovers the true story of Joseph Stalin. Not long after, he presents himself to a Romeo & Juliet audition for the role of Mercutio as Holden McGroin ("holding my groin"), another joke name.

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

Claudia Shear - Fake Monica
Karla Tamburrelli - The Teacher
Harry Shearer - Dr. Baldharan
Anthony Backman - Coffee shop patron
Kevin Bright, David Crane, Marta Kauffman - Casting directors


  • In the uncut DVD version of the episode, the opening scene is different. Monica is having lunch with her mother and asks her not to talk about her career, love life and that she is doing fine. Monica insists on paying for lunch and hands the waiter her credit card, who returns to say that it's been declined. Judy then gleefully pulls out her credit card to pay.
  • Monica was never shown drunk again until The One Where They All Turn Thirty. (S7E14)
  • This is the first episode with one of the main characters' names in the title.
  • The casting directors at Joey's audition for the role of Mercutio in the closing scene are the three writers of the show - David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Kevin Bright.
  • When Ross tells Joey and Chandler he has to give away Marcel, the three of them are shown covering their eyes, ears, and mouth, respectively, a reference to the Three Wise Monkeys of the Japanese popular culture.
  • The fake Monica speaks Dutch, asking Monica "Mag ik deze dans van u?", or, "Would you like to dance with me?"
  • Just before a drunken Monica walks in, the interior of her secret closet can be seen and unlike in The One With The Secret Closet, it is clean and tidy.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With The Evil Orthodontist"
"The One With The Fake Monica" Followed by
"The One With The Ick Factor"