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Recap / Friends S 1 E 7 The One With The Blackout

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A blackout occurs in New York City. Chandler is stranded in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre. The other five friends are at Monica's apartment. When they find a stray cat, they go door to door to find its owner. Monica and Rachel meet Paolo, who joins them in the apartment to wait out the blackout. Ross decides to approach Rachel about his feelings, but she and Paolo start kissing.


  • Big Blackout: Chandler gets stuck in an ATM booth with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre (to his great delight) while the others search for the owner of a stray cat that scratches Ross. (The episode was part of a "Blackout Thursday" gimmick from that involved several NBC sitcoms; see Crossover, below.)
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  • Can't Believe I Said That: Chandler gets stuck in an ATM vestibule with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre. She offers Chandler gum and at first he turns it down. Then he realizes that he shouldn't have and tells her:
    Chandler: You know, on second thought, gum would be perfection. (Thinking) Gum would be perfection? Gum would be perfection. Could have said, "Gum would be nice," or "I'll have a stick," but no no no no no. For me, gum is perfection. I loathe myself.

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