The One In Vegas, Part 1
Season 5, episode 23
120th overall episode of Friends
Ross seeing Rachel naked – His inner voice.
Episode Information

May 20, 1999

Written by

Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen

Directed by

Kevin S. Bright

Episode Guide

The One With Joey's Big Break


The One In Vegas, Part 2


"The One In Vegas" is the single episode season finale of the fifth season of Friends. Both parts aired as a one episode on May 20, 1999.



The friends discover Joey's movie has been shut down.

Joey calls Phoebe; refusing to take Chandler's apologies for not believing in his film, he barks for him to not come over- he's working as a gladiator in armor at Caesar's Palace. Monica tells Phoebe, who may not tell Chandler, that she met and lunched with Richard, but felt nothing. Monica decides to give Chandler one anniversary present a day early: tickets for Las Vegas; Phoebe insists everyone goes, to make up for her missing London (she was pregnant with triplets at the time). Ross and Rachel have previous engagements but decide to follow the next day.

On the plane, as Phoebe goes to the restroom, Chandler realizes he forgot the anniversary present, but Monica immediately forgives him. Chandler replies, "This is the worst anniversary ever" the minute Phoebe returns, making Phoebe believe that Monica told him about Richard, saying, "So you told him about the Richard thing." In Vegas, Chandler and Monica fight whether she may see Richard again.


Ross, thinking that Rachel wants to have sex with him.

As Phoebe put the idea in her head, Rachel tests out walking around alone and naked; Ross sees her and comes over, thinking it was a sexual invitation; this misunderstanding escalates on the plane to embarrassing each-other in outrageous ways, including Rachel spilling a drink on Ross' crotch and Ross drawing a moustache and beard on Rachel while she slept.

In Vegas, Joey must admit he's just earning cash while the movie is delayed lacking funds. Joey loses his only tip in one hand, but thinks he'll make a fortune because he found the dealer to be his "identical hand twin", and demands Chandler is supportive this time. The dealer eventually asks Joey to leave him alone, angrily.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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 Cast

Thomas Lennon - Randall
Rick Pasqualone - The Croupier
Todd Glass - The Airplane Guy
Baillie Gerstein - The Tourist
Lisa Cash - The Flight Attendant
Paul Gebeau - Man kissed on the plane
Joel Heyman - Guy on Plane
James Paradise - Casino Boss


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich


  • Rachel: (takes off her robe) Oh! Look what happened! {Don't get your hopes up guys, we only get to see her from the back or from the neck up. Its times like these I wish that the networks would broadcast some nudity other than Denis Franz's butt.} (In her head.) Huh, check me out! I'm in my kitchen…naked! I'm picking up an orange. (Does so) I'm naked! (Goes into the living room) Lighting the candles, naked, and carefully. (She backs anything that might have a point like a candle on her body away.)
  • [Cut to Ross's apartment, he's sitting by his window looking at an art book. As he's turning the page, he glances up and notices something.]
  • Ross: (in his head) Oh my God! That's Rachel naked! I can't look at that! I am looking at this. (Looks back at his book.) Okay, vivid colors, expressive brush strokes—Unless she wants me to be looking at that. She knows I'm home. She knows I can see her. What kind of game is she playing? I think maybe someone's lonely tonight. Oh-ho, Dr. Geller! Stop it! You're being silly! Or, am I?



  • This episode is one of the few titles that doesn't begin with "The One Where..." or "The One With..."
  • Prior to The Pilot, the main cast were taken to Las Vegas as they were told that it would be their last chance at anonymity.
  • When Joey calls Phoebe to find out his ATM PIN, she reminds him it is 5-6-3-9. On an alphanumeric keypad, this spells J-O-E-Y.
  • This is the only time throughout all ten seasons the Central Perk set was taken down. It was turned into Caesars Palace for this episode.
  • The music which plays when Chandler comes into the casino looking for Monica is It's Not Unusual sung by Welsh singer Tom Jones.
  • When Ross is talking to Phoebe after arriving in Vegas with Rachel, he mentions that his nana was a lurker. He goes on to almost let slip about his dance lessons but changes quickly to karate. In The Last One Part Two (S10E18) Monica tells the gang that he lived with their grandmother whilst taking dance lessons.
  • Jennifer Aniston did the entire naked sequence herself.
  • Matthew Perry would later co-star with Thomas Lennon in a remake of The Odd Couple.
  • When Phoebe and the lurker are "lurking", the music which plays is The Pink Panther Theme.
  • This episode aired on TV on the 35th anniversary of the 1964 Elvis Presley musical film, Viva Las Vegas, the title song of which plays just after Chandler and Monica look stunned at seeing Ross and Rachel stumble out of the chapel married.
  • In the last scene where Ross and Rachel drunkenly leave the chapel after getting married you can tell the "ok" Rachel says and the noises Ross makes as they go out the door are voice overs done by Aniston and Schwimmer.


  • When Rachel looks through the the peephole she sighs to indicate that Ross is ruining her naked-alone time, but when she opens the door he is leaning on the door jam and would have been out of the frame of the peephole.
  • When Ross and Rachel are discussing why they can't go tomorrow, Rachel moves to stand in front of the blue cupboard. The shot switches to Phoebe then straight back to a wider view of the kitchen and Rachel is standing behind the chair but with no time to move there.
  • When Phoebe says "It's only Chandler." Monica turns to her and her hand is on the straw. In the next shot, her hand is next to her hair.
  • Chandler claims that if he won $5,000 he would join a gym, however in an earlier episode it is shown that he was unable to "quit the gym", meaning he is a member of a gym.


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Preceded by
"The One With Joey's Big Break"
"The One In Vegas, Part 1" Followed by
"The One In Vegas, Part 2"