Friends Central

The One With The Morning After

1,144pages on
this wiki
"The One The Morning After"
Friends episode
Ross and Rachel breaking up
Season 3x16
Episode no. 64
Written by David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Directed by James Burrows
Guest stars Angela Featherstone as Chloe
James Michael Tyler as Gunther
Maury Ginsberg as Isaac
Cynthia Mann as Jasmine
Original airdate February 20, 1997
Episode List
← Previous Next →
"The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break"
"The One Without The Ski Trip"

"The One The Morning After" is the sixteenth episode of the third season of Friends, which aired on February 20, 1997.


At his apartment, Ross is still in bed, fast asleep, when he's shaken up by the voice of Chloe. As he checks the answering machine for messages, he hears a message from Rachel, saying that she loves him and that she'll drop by his apartment. Ross doesn't get rid of Chloe in time and hides her behind the door as he opens it to find Rachel standing in front of him. Ross promptly agrees to be her boyfriend again.

Ross doesn't waste any time in confessing everything that happened last night to Joey and Chandler. Chandler thinks Ross is crazy for cheating on Rachel, whilst Joey urges Ross to find out "the trail" - the list of people between the girl he slept with and the girl he doesn't want to find out what happened. Ross traces the trail from Chloe to her colleague Isaac, who has a sister Jasmine, who works with Phoebe, who is friends with Rachel. What Ross doesn't trace is the trail from Jasmine to her roommate, Gunther, who without hesitation, tells Rachel everything.

Phoebe and Monica try out Waxine from the TV commercials, but the pain is too much for them. Joey and Chandler rush to their aid, but before they can get out of the room, Rachel storms in the apartment, followed by Ross. Phoebe, Monica, Chandler and Joey stay in the room, unbeknownst to Ross and Rachel. The fight between Ross and Rachel is worse than last night's. Rachel gets even angrier with Ross - she discovers that Chloe was still in the apartment while she was there getting back together with Ross, she's furious for finding out from Gunther and she mocks Ross by trying to fantasize being with Mark in front of him.

Meanwhile, the guys eat the Waxine, which happens to be organic, but not really edible. It's late night now, and Ross is still trying to make Rachel forgive him. Just as it seems that Rachel might try to start thinking about forgiving him, he starts touching and kissing her. She slaps him away angrily and tells him to go. Ross continues to deny the end of everything between them, stating "this can't be it". Rachel sadly replies: "Then how come it is?"

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courtney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting CastEdit

Angela Featherstone - Chloe
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Maury Ginsberg - Isaac
Cynthia Mann - Jasmine


Directed By:
James Burrows

Written By:
David Crane & Marta Kauffman



  • This is the first time that someone utters the classic "we were on a break". However, it is Rachel who says it - Ross first uses it in the next episode.
  • During Ross and Rachel's breakup, the window above Monica's door is seen open later on in the scene, presumably so Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe could eavesdrop.
  • The definitive break-up scene was so emotional that both Schwimmer and Aniston cried after it was shot.
  • The set up for this episode is brought back in "The One With The Kips" (S5E5). While Ross and Rachel talk in the living room, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey are in Monica's room. It's even revealed that Joey hid a "survival kit" under the bed in case that situation happened again.
  • When Rachel leaves a voice message to Ross saying she will be at his apartment at 8:30, Ross looks at his wrist to check the time, expecting a watch to be there, but there was no watch. Later in the episode, Chloe admits to stealing Ross' watch, which explains why the watch was missing from his wrist earlier in the episode.


  • When Monica and Phoebe are pulling the wax strips off each other's legs, you can tell that its not really waxed on since the paper is not fully stuck to their legs. Water was probably used as it would hurt to actually have to wax the same leg every take.
  • Although Ross and Rachel supposedly didn't know the other four were in the apartment while they were fighting, when Ross said 'I don't cheat! I'm not Joey!' he gestures in the direction of the room Joey is in.

Episode NavigationEdit

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Preceded by
"The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break"
Series Three Episodes Followed by
"The One Without The Ski Trip"

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki