The One With Chandler's Work Laugh
Season 5, episode 12
109th overall episode of Friends
Ross slept with Janice.
Episode Information

January 21, 1999

Written by

Alicia Sky Varinaitis

Directed by

Kevin S. Bright

Episode Guide

The One With All The Resolutions


The One With Joey's Bag


"The One With Chandler's Work Laugh" is the twelfth episode of the fifth season of Friends, which aired on January 21, 1999. Monica uncovers the fake laugh Chandler reserves for his boss's bad jokes. Rachel is upset that Monica hasn't 'fessed up about her affair.' Word comes of Emily's remarriage plans.


Rachel wants to know all details about Chandler and Monica, and since Joey paid attention to none, she's all over Monica at Central Perk and at home, but nothing makes her spill any beans. Ross' ex Emily is going to marry; so he smashes a scone in a moment of anger while ranting about this, to the bewilderment of everyone who sees him do it at the coffee shop.  

Chandler and Monica enjoy being a couple at his office party; as his boss Doug and Doug's wife, Kara, love her, they are invited to play tennis at Doug's place, where Chandler goes to great lengths to let Doug win, despite Monica's overly-competitive attitude, which both irritates and bemuses Doug and Kara. Monica is furious that Chandler's such a suck-up at work; they get a dinner invitation, and Monica angrily tells Chandler not to suck up to Doug anymore. But as a consequence of all the sucking up he'd already done, he inadvertently comes across as being rude and offensive to Doug when he stops, and he is forced to quickly start sucking up again.  

With Joey not being a useful font of knowledge about the subject, Rachel tries to get Monica to open up about her secret relationship with Chandler. When Monica still acts like nothing is going on, even when confronted with her earlier phone conversation, Rachel begins feeling hurt that her best friend has chosen not to trust her. Rachel later goes to confront them while they're together, but then overhears Monica stating how much she hates lying to her roommate and decides to allow them to keep their relationship secret.  

Ross is so frustrated he goes out with Janice, who still thinks Chandler is in Yemen. Ross claims to be amazed at how well she listens to him, but all his whining is too much even for her. When Ross apologizes to Chandler for having gone out with his ex, Chandler assures Ross that he doesn't have a problem with that and laughs, until Ross brings up "the rules" where you shouldn't date ex-girlfriends or relatives of your friends, at which point Chandler realizes he is doing the same thing but with Monica, and panics as he realizes that Ross will be angry when he discovers this. He does some quick thinking however and pretends that he actually is angry with Ross for going out with Janice before stating he forgives him, while giving him money and reminding him he's letting him live in his apartment rent-free. 

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

Maggie Wheeler - Janice
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Sam McMurray - Doug
Lise Simms - Kara


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
Alicia Sky Varinaitis


  • Chandler boarded a plane to Yemen in order to escape Janice 11 months earlier in The One With All The Rugby.
  • When Joey tries to convince Ross to come to the movie with him and Phoebe he says "Sure you don't want to come? It's Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, they get mail and stuff!". He's referring to the movie "You've Got Mail" starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
  • In this episode, Janice doesn't say her catchphrase: "Oh my God!"
    • Ross, however, does say Janice's catchphrase "Oh my God!" in an impersonating voice.
  • It is unknown what Chandler is referring to, but it is possible he meant The One With The Chicken Pox where Joey almost cost him his job.
  • In the first scene in Joey and Chandler's apartment, the Magna-Doodle says "Joey, Call Kim." The next time we see the Magna-Doodle it says "J - Kim called Again!"


  • When Monica and Rachel are in the coffee house, Monica's muffin falls over even though Monica hasn't touched it.
  • When Chandler says "Are you sure you never played pro?" in this shot, he holds the racket with his left hand, but in the next shot, he holds it with his right hand.
  • When Ross is in the apartment Rachel is standing in line with Phoebe. Joey says "tell us about her" and Rachel turns back to face Ross. Janice enters the apartment and Rachel steps forward. Janice says "hey you guys" and Rachel is still forward of Phoebe. We get a quick shot of the gang, back to Janice and straight back to the gang and Rachel is in line again; there wasn't time for Rachel to move that quick.
  • The apartment door behind Janice keeps changing how far open it is even though nobody's moved.
  • When Janice is dumping Ross in the coffeehouse and Ross says "I annoy you, Janice?," he is holding a coffee cup with his left hand and gesturing towards Janice with his right hand. When the camera angle changes, he is gesturing with his left hand, and holding the cup with his right hand.
  • In this episode, Joey apologizes to Rachel for his crassness when describing Monica and Chandler's relationship and corrects himself, correctly using air quotes as he says the two are "making love". However, a few years later, in "The One Where Emma Cries", he tells Ross that he's never known what people mean when they use air quotes, and proceeds with a running joke in which he uses them incorrectly.
  • In the scene where everyone (minus Chandler) is waiting for Ross to come home, there is a visible silver strip running across the crack in Chandler's bedroom door (possibly masking tape). Once Ross has entered, the strip is not visible and the door appears undamaged. This is also missing when Ross is telling Chandler about Janice.
  • When Chandler asks Rachel if she has a tennis racket he can borrow, if you listen carefully, he calls her Phoebe, saying "Hey Phoebes, do you have a tennis racket?"


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Preceded by
"The One With All The Resolutions"
"The One With Chandler's Work Laugh" Followed by
"The One With Joey's Bag"