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Recap / Friends S 2 E 1 The One With Ross's New Girlfriend

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Picking up from the first season finale, Rachel has arrived at the airport to greet Ross and tell him she likes him back, only to discover that he has moved on and brought home his new girlfriend Julie. Monica asks Phoebe to cut her hair, but is not happy with the results. Chandler has an unfortunate experience when going to Joey's family tailor.


  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?:
    Monica: Pheebs! Y'know what I'm thinkin'?
    Phoebe: Oh, okay! [thinks] How... it's been so long since you've had sex, you're wondering if they've changed it?
    Monica: … no. Although now that's what I'm thinking...
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  • Black Comedy Rape: Joey's tailor groping Chandler (and, it turns out, Joey and Joey's father) while measuring him is Played for Laughs.
  • The Bus Came Back: Paolo. Rachel hooks up with him again when trying to get even with Ross.
  • Dirty Old Man: Frankie, Joey's tailor, as Chandler finds out when he measures his inseam and goes too far.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Subverted. The tailor molesting Chandler and Joey, as well as Joey's realization that he's been clueless about being sexually abused as a minor is Played for Laughs. Though Ross is visibly and vocally appalled by it.
  • Exposition Already Covered: Rachel is so upset over Ross having a new girlfriend named Julie, when Ross and Julie try to talk about their horrible bus ride, Rachel immediately gives away the ending to the story under the excuse that the story was just so good, it was all she could think about, leaving Ross and Julie just a bit irritated with her.
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  • Gag Haircut: Phoebe tries to cut Monica's hair, but she gets Monica's directions wrong.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Having never met Julie before and since Ross came from China, Rachel mistakenly believes the Asian Julie was native to China.
    Rachel: Welcome, to, our country.
    Julie: Thank, you! I'm, from, New, York.
  • Late to the Realization: It apparently never occurred to Joey that his tailor was feeling him up until Chandler points it out. He's later seen calling his dad about it, implying that he didn't realize it either.
  • Like a Surgeon: Monica wants Phoebe to cut her hair. Phoebe doesn't want to do it because she knows how OCD Monica is. Finally Phoebe agrees to do it, too bad she was confused as to which celebrity Monica wanted to look like. The aftermath is treated like family members questioning a doctor after surgery...
    Rachel: How is she?
    Phoebe: It's too soon to tell. She's resting, which is a good sign.
    Ross: How's the hair?
    Phoebe: I'm not gonna lie to you, Ross. It doesn't look good. I put a clip on one side, which seems to have stopped the curling.
    Joey: Well, can we see her?
    Phoebe: Your hair looks too good, I think it would upset her. Ross, why don't you come on in?
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  • No, You Hang Up First: Ross and Julie start doing this over the phone. After a few rounds of it Rachel snatches the phone from Ross and hangs up for him with a not very convincing "I'm sorry, I thought you were talking to me". Ross then calls Julie back to pick up where they left off.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Monica and then Phoebe when they realize Phoebe got Demi Moore mixed up with Dudley Moore while doing Monica's haircut.
    • Chandler when he realizes what Joey's tailor is really doing when he measures his inseam. And then Joey when he realizes that's not how it's normally done.
  • Playing the Victim Card: After Monica gets upset at her haircut, Phoebe sheepishly reminds her that "y'know, my mom's... dead."
  • Previously On…: Phoebe provides a recap of what happened between Rachel and Ross in the last episode which she ends in a typical Phoebe-ish way.
    Phoebe: But enough about us, so how have you been?
  • Recognition Failure: Monica asks Phoebe for a haircut similar to that of Demi Moore, but she thought Monica meant Dudley Moore. Later, Rachel invokes this confusion when Phoebe is about to do Julie's hair like Andie MacDowell, "correcting" her to make her think it's Roddy McDowall.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Rachel has finally learned of Ross's feelings for her and realized she returns them. Unfortunately for her he doesn't know she found out and now has a new girlfriend.

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