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The One With The Stain
Season 8, episode 7
177th overall episode of Friends
Monica checks out Brenda's crotch.
Episode Information

November 8, 2001

Written by

R. Lee Fleming Jr.

Directed by

Kevin S. Bright

Episode Guide

The One With The Halloween Party


The One With The Stripper


"The One With The Stain" is the seventh episode of the eighth season of Friends, which aired on November 8, 2001.


Chandler hires a maid, Brenda, to clean the apartment and after enough persuading, Monica agrees to give her a chance, but then believes that she has stolen her jeans that she lost. To prove it, Monica goes between her legs while she's cleaning behind the cabinets to look for a noticeable stain on the crotch, leading Brenda to believe she's a lesbian. Later on when Chandler gets home, Monica tells him what she did but then thinks that Brenda is wearing her bra that also went missing. She persuades Chandler to see if it is and Brenda prominently quits just as Monica learns that Rachel took her jeans and that all along, she was in fact wearing that bra.

Rachel is looking for a new apartment and Ross tells her that a woman died in his building that morning. They go to check out the place but the woman's daughter says she was a fighter and managed to pull through. Ross pretends to know her and begins to learn Dutch, due to their Dutch lineage, he also gets verbally insulted by Gunther who is fluent in Dutch. Joey meanwhile, wants Rachel to stay and does his best to persuade her. After proving to her he'll be alright with the baby living there and even claims he'll not bring women home if they have a problem with the baby, Rachel decides to stay just as the woman does pass away and Ross fulfills her dying wish by kissing her.

Phoebe is asked out by Eric who breaks up with Ursula, upon learning she was lying to him in the previous episode. However, he can't stand to look at Phoebe because it reminds him of Ursula but manages to kiss her and they have fun until Phoebe has to leave. When she gets back she learns that Eric had sex with Ursula while she was gone, thinking it was Phoebe. The two agree they shouldn't see each other again.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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 Cast

Arden Myrin - Brenda
Sean Penn - Eric
Dale Raoul - Mrs. Verhoeven
James Michael Tyler - Gunther


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
R. Lee Fleming Jr.



  • It is revealed in this episode that Gunther either has relatives in the Netherlands, is Dutch, or learned Dutch, as he speaks it.
  • Earlier in the series it's said that Monica does not like that people clean her apartment because they change everything and yet in the beginning of this episode she is happy that Chandler cleaned.


  • Monica tells Chandler that the pants and bra the maid supposedly stole from her have an ink stain and a rip, respectively. Monica wanting to keep these items seems somewhat out of character for her since she is neurotic about structure and cleanliness. Chandler seems flustered upon learning of this in this episode to the point where he comments "You need new clothes."
  • When Eric is taking out his contact lenses, he only takes out one.
  • When Monica grabs her top after the maid compliments it, you see that her bra strap is white. Later, Rachel points out her pink bra strap.
  • The maid says she is going to the laundry room, yet in Season 1 we learn that Monica and Rachel's building does not have a laundry room (The One With the East German Laundry Detergent)
  • Ross says that he heard a woman died while he was on the elevator. In The One With The Cop in season 5, we learn that the building doesn't have an elevator (Although it may have had one installed since then).

Dutch translations

Mrs. Verhoeven: Ik ben vereerd om een vriend van mijn moeder te ontmoeten.
Translation: I'm honored to meet a friend of my mother.
Ross: Bedankt voor de koffie
Translation: Thanks for the coffee
Gunther: Je spreekt Nederlands! Dat is te gek. Heb je familie daar?
Translation: You speak Dutch! That's awesome. Do you have any relatives living there?
Gunther: Jij hebt seks met ezels!
Translation: You have sex with donkeys!

Episode Navigation

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Preceded by
"The One With The Halloween Party"
Series Eight Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Stripper"

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