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"The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy"
Friends episode
Leia fantasy
Ross and Rachel (as Princess Leia)
Season 3x01
Episode no. 49
Written by Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins
Directed by Gail Mancuso
Guest stars Elliott Gould - Jack Geller
Christina Pickles - Judy Geller
Maggie Wheeler - Janice
Original airdate September 19, 1996
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"The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy" is the third season premiere. It aired on NBC on September 19, 1996. It was written by Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins and directed by Gail Mancuso.

Ross's secret fantasy doesn't stay secret for long after he confides in Rachel. Chandler begins to rekindle his relationship with ex-girlfriend Janice.

PlotEdit

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Joey tries convincing the group to get rid of Janice again.

Opening SceneEdit

The episode begins with the group walking into Central Perk and discovering that their couch is already occupied. They stand at the doorway for a moment, before slowly walking back out the door.

PlotEdit

Monica is still crushed by her break-up with Richard. She hasn't slept in days and keeps remembering him over things such as hair he left in the drain and a box of video tapes about the Civil War she picked up for him at the post office. Ross even picks her up from the Szechwan Dragon when she believes she works there. When her father Jack drops by to talk to her, he reveals to her that Richard is also a mess - much more than he was after his marriage - which is good enough for Monica to start getting some closure with him. She finally falls asleep.

Joey cannot stand that Chandler is dating Janice again. He tries to talk to the group about how to get rid of her, but they seem to have accepted her into the group more easily than he actually is. Eventually, Chandler finds out how Joey has a problem with Janice and tells her about this. Janice talks to Joey about this and drags him with her and hangs out with him for a whole day. Although Joey pretends to have had fun, he still can't stand the woman, but Chandler appreciates his gesture and his efforts to like her.

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Ross can't help but see Judy as Princess Leia.

Rachel tries to spice up Ross by requesting any sexual fantasies he might have. He recounts the Return Of The Jedi moment where Princess Leia is shown as Jabba's prisoner wearing her notorious gold bikini. She tells Phoebe about this, and whether it's worth going with, but Phoebe mocks Rachel about this in front of Ross while holding two buns to the side of her head to look like Leia. Although at first appalled that Rachel shared his private fantasies with her friends, Ross tries to do the same with Chandler, but Chandler scares him off when he tells him how he imagines his mother when he's having sex with a girl (something which Joey does too, albeit with Chandler's mom in his head and not his own mother).

Closing SceneEdit

Ross is about to fulfill his fantasy with a Rachel dressed exactly like Princess Leia, but Chandler's scary sexual fantasy kicks in and he start seeing his mother Judy in the Leia outfit. As Ross states about Chandler, "that bastard ruined my [his] life".

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

Elliott Gould - Jack Geller
Christina Pickles - Judy Geller
Maggie Wheeler - Janice Litman

Crew Grip  Gerald DrakeEdit

Directed By:
Gail Mancuso

Written By:
Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins

TriviaEdit

GeneralEdit

  • Rachel mentions the military uniform that Ross rented in "The One With The Chicken Pox" (S2E23).
  • This is the only season premiere that doesn't pick up immediately after the events of the previous season finale.

GoofsEdit

  • Monica is supposed to be very depressed in this episode, because of her breakup with Richard. But in the very first scene she looks perfectly fine when walking into Central Perk discovering the people sitting in their sofa. Possibly because her mind is distracted so she isn't thinking about Richard.
  • In the scene where Janice tells Chandler about Joey and Janice's Day of Fun the position of her hair changes from in front of her shoulders to behind between shots.
  • When Ross and Rachel come back to her apartment after he has found out she told Phoebe, Ross gets a chocolate bar out of the fridge and takes a bite, however when the shot goes back to him a few seconds later the chocolate bar is whole.
  • When Rachel is dressed up as Princess Leia, she uses the legendary metal bikini, but she also is with the "cinnamon bun" hairstyle. In Return of the Jedi, Leia's hair while in the metal bikini was a pony tail. Although inaccurate, the "cinnamon bun" hairstyle is her most iconic look so that may be why they do that.
  • When Rachel and Ross are talking about the most romantic song ever, in the first shot, Rachel's elbow is on the table. In the next shot, is not anymore.
  • When Phoebe says "and disappear into the night." she's not holding anything, but in the next shot, she's holding a cup on her left hand.
  • When Joey thinks Chandler made pancakes, Chandler says "Yeah, like there's any way I could ever do that". In The One With Ross' Library Book Joey tells Rachel she should make pancakes for Erin, adding that Chandler would make pancakes for Joeys' girls the day after.

ContinuityEdit

  • At the end of the episode, Monica and Ross' father Jack smokes the cigar Monica left on the coffee table. As his wife is away on bridge night, Monica is asleep and Ross isn't there, this implies that he smokes secretly. This he does at least once again in The One Where Rosita Dies, where he lights up a cigarette out of guilt of ruining Monica's childhood memories by blocking the flood with her boxes.

Episode NavigationEdit

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Preceded by
"The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding"
"The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy" Followed by
"The One Where No One's Ready"

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