The One Where Ross Moves In
Season 5, episode 7
104th overall episode of Friends
Hey Roomies – back view. Ross moves in.
Episode Information

November 12, 1998

Written by

Perry Rein & Gigi McCreery

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

The One With The Yeti


The One With All The Thanksgivings


"The One Where Ross Moves In" is the seventh episode of the fifth season of Friends, which aired on November 12, 1998.


Emily's cousin kicks Ross out, leaving him with no home. He moves in with Chandler and Joey, but they don't get along that well as roommates: he drives them crazy with an air purifier, wanting it to be quiet and a new greeting message on the answering machine. They take Ross to a really small studio, with a kitchen/bathroom, because they want him to go as soon as possible. Back home, they feel really guilty about this, so when the apartment manager calls them (he put them on as references), they make up that he's a tap dancing pimp with a big dog and let him stay at their apartment.

TOWRossMovesIn-Hey Roomies.

Hey roomies – Front view.

A health inspector inspects Monica's restaurant, where he and Phoebe meet. They really like each other, so they start dating. She's really impressed with the fact that he can close restaurants down, but it turns out that Larry can't be just Larry instead of the health inspector guy: he has to close every place they eat at. When he wants to close down Central Perk, Phoebe freaks out about it and convinces him to give them just a warning instead of closing it down.

Rachel starts to like the new neighbor, Danny, but he waits until the last moment to invite her to his house warming party. Because she doesn't want to come off too desperate, she makes up a fake regatta gala she has to go to. At the party, it turns out Danny doesn't like Rachel at all, but he introduces her to a friend of his, with whom he believes she would make a great couple.


Main Cast

Courtney Cox - Monica Geller
 Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller
Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay

Supporting Cast

Gregory Sporleder - Larry
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
George Newbern - Danny
Doug Benson - Tom


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Gigi McCreery & Perry M. Rein


  • The song playing when Rachel and Monica arrive at Danny's house warming party is "Every Word Means No" by Smash Mouth.
  • The tune Ross uses for the basis of the answerphone message is We Will Rock You by Queen.
  • The Magna Doodle has the words "No Girls Allowed" written on it. In the tag scene it has "sorry" and a smiley face.
  • Ross moves in with Chandler and Joey in this episode, remaining there until The One Where Everybody Finds Out (S5E14) when he moves into Ugly Naked Guy's apartment, Rachel briefly joining him as a non-romantic roommate next season.


  • When Ross enters Central Perk, Joey hides the magazine under the couch. In the next shot, his right arm is on the couch's arm. It's impossible that his arm went there that fast.
  • When Rachel runs to hide behind the door, she hurts her wrist as she is seen ringing it after running into the wall very hard.
  • When Chandler and Joey are discussing the Ross situation and Chandler asks "What are we gonna do?", his arms are crossed. When the camera angle changes, his hands are clasped in his lap.
  • In the opening scene when Joey shows Chandler his National Geographic, Chandler's left hand is on his face. When the camera angle changes, his hands are clasped in his lap.
  • When Phoebe and Larry first go to dinner and Larry makes a joke to wash his hands and Phoebe says "you are just non-stop" the water glasses are close together towards the middle of the table, then are at separate ends of the table on the next shot.
  • When Rachel tells Danny that she's going to a Regatta Gala, Danny asks her if she sails. She says no, but later in the series, Rachel teaches Joey to sail when he wins a sail boat at an auction, saying that her dad used to take her sailing all the time and it emerges also went sailing with Ross.
  • Rachel tells Monica that she doesn't go for guys right after they get divorced; however, she actively pursued and briefly dated Joshua, who had just gotten divorced.
  • After Chandler and Joey discuss Ross telling them to be quiet, they decide to play a game of foosball. When they do, they don't actually use a ball to play.
  • When Chandler enters his apartment, Joey jumps up and Chandler is level with the counter, Chandler says his line and takes a step back. Cut to Joey then straight to Chandler and he's behind the counter.
  • If you pay attention to the background at Danny's Housewarming party, when Rachel and Monica are talking about who's court the ball is in, you can see through the crack in the doors on both sides of the hallway. The crack behind Monica, you can make out the purple walls, the lamp, the white couch, and the wood TV stand of Monica's apartment. The party happens on a different floor, but they didn't use a backdrop to hide Monica's apartment.
  • Rachel leaves her apartment with only her left arm in the coat sleeve.
  • When Monica and Rachel are in the coffeehouse, Monica is reading a book but the pages are blank.

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Preceded by
"The One With The Yeti"
The One Where Ross Moves In Followed by
"The One With All The Thanksgivings"