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Recap / Friends S 3 E 16 The One The Morning After

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Ross feels bad about sleeping with Chloe and tries to get Rachel to end their "break" so they can start dating again. Then he finds out that news about him and Chloe is getting around, and tries to get to the end of the gossip chain and ask whoever that person is not to tell anyone else. He doesn't succeed. All the rest of the friends end up trapped in Monica's room listening to Ross and Rachel argue.

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  • Armor-Piercing Question: Rachel takes the wind out of Ross's "we were on a break" argument when she asks if he would have forgiven her if the situation were reversed. His answer is not convincing.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Joey states that Phoebe and Monica pulling the wax off hurts them more because women have less resistance to pain than men (this is before the girls make him and Chandler do the same, and the boys get equally as hurt as the girls were). It's actually the other way around: women have more, not less, resistance to pain than men do. Then again, this is Joey we're talking about.
  • Asbestos-Free Cereal: No, something being made with organic products from the Amazon is not necessarily pain-free - quite the contrary, in fact.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Ross repeatedly tries to salvage things when Rachel confronts him about sleeping with Chloe, but most of the things he says, most notably bringing up trying to hide it from her, just make Rachel more angry.
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  • Darker and Edgier: The darkest and most serious Friends episode by a longshot!
  • Downer Ending: Ross and Rachel break up.
  • Improvised Weapon: Hearing Monica and Phoebe screaming because of the painful leg waxing, Joey and Chandler think they are in trouble and rush in holding a pan and a tea kettle respectively.
  • Infomercial: How Monica says she bought the Waxine kit as well as the mop she uses to clean smoothie off her ceiling.
  • Insistent Terminology: A big part of the disagreement between Ross and Rachel is whether "I want a break from us" meant that the relationship was over and thus there was no longer such thing as cheating since at that moment neither of them had a significant other to cheat on.
  • It's All About Me: At 3AM Monica points out that neither Rachel nor Ross have noticed that she apparently hasn't come home and starts ranting about how they aren't thinking about her. Phoebe shuts her down with a sarcastic comment about how self-involved people can be.
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  • Mood Whiplash: Repeatedly. Most of the scenes with the four trapped in Monica's room are played for comedy, while the fighting between Ross and Rachel switches between dramatic and comedic. Eventually, the final scene drops the comedy completely.
  • One Degree of Separation: Or "the Trail," as Joey and Chandler call it. They work out how Ross sleeping with Chloe can be traced back to Rachel, as her coworker Isaac has a sister who works with Phoebe. However, as it turns out, Jasmine is also roommates with Gunther, which is what brings it back to Rachel. Uh-oh!
  • Painful Body Waxing: Monica and Phoebe are doing some home waxing - trying Waxine, a brand of wax made from organic products from the Amazon that is promised to be pain-free (it's actually the exact opposite). After Joey and Chandler are summoned across the hall by the sounds of them screaming, Joey is persuaded to wax the hair off his arms to prove his pain threshold. It is not as high as he had claimed, although he does just whimper rather than cry out as the girls did.
  • Paste Eater: When Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, and Monica are stuck in Monica's room while Ross and Rachel try to work things out, hunger eventually sets in, and Phoebe suggests eating the depilatory wax.
    Phoebe: We could eat the wax! It's organic.
    Chandler: Oh great, food with hair on it.
    Phoebe: No! Not the used wax.
    Chandler: Because that would be crazy?
    They eventually resort to eating the wax after all.
  • Potty Emergency: Joey reveals he needs to use the bathroom really bad in the stinger.
  • Skewed Priorities: While trapped in Monica's room, Joey at one point randomly starts wondering if he should develop a new style of walk. Chandler voices everyone's opinion by expressing disbelief Joey is talking about this in the middle of something important.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the previous episode, Ross and Rachel's relationship becomes strained when she has to work late on their one-year anniversary; Ross tries to make up for it by surprising her with a basket lunch, but Rachel mentions she is busy with her job. They have an argument, with Rachel saying they "need a break". Ross gets drunk at a bar with Joey and Chandler, and ends up sleeping with Chloe, a woman who works at a copy center.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Even though this episode takes place immediately after the previous (hence the title), Phoebe's foreign boyfriend and his translator are never seen or mentioned. This is despite the fact that, at the end of the previous episode, Monica hit it off with the translator. While Phoebe, though clearly disappointed at her boyfriend's poor grasp of the English language, didn't officially break up with him.

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