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The One With Rachel's Crush
Season 4, episode 13
86th overall episode of Friends
Rachel helps Joshua at her work.
Episode Information

January 29, 1998

Written by

Shana Goldberg-Meehan

Directed by

Dana De Vally Piazza

Alternate titles
Episode Guide

The One With The Embryos


The One With Joey's Dirty Day


"The One With Rachel's Crush" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of Friends, which aired on January 29, 1998.


Bloomingdale's closes down Rachel's department, and she herself is demoted to being a personal shopper for big-spending clients, which she initially finds disgusting and is ready to quit. However, when she meets new client Joshua Burgin, a freshly divorced cute guy who needs to buy an entire wardrobe, she changes her mind about her job. The only problem for Rachel is that she wants to ask him out, which she has never done. Following advice from Phoebe does nothing for her, as she ends up asking him about an inexistent wallet she claims to have found at the store. When she takes heed from Joey and offers him a ticket to the Knicks game, she delivers yet another wrong message to him and Joshua ends up taking both tickets. When Rachel actually finds Joshua's wallet at the store, she takes his license and hers out and fantasizes a kiss with the cards.

"Hey, How you doin' - Joey flirting at Phoebe.

Chandler is annoyed and worried by Kathy's role in a sexual play, in which she plays a prostitute. Following the night's acting, he suspects that she's cheating on him with Nick, her male co-star. Joey assures him that nothing's going on with her and her co-star because the heat they have on-stage is limited to the stage. Chandler, however, can't make his peace with this, and goes to another performance, after which he argues with Kathy about his suspicions. The fight is so brutal that the two don't speak for a while. After getting drunk, he realizes the error of his ways and goes over to her apartment to talk to her, only to find that she has, indeed, slept with Nick, after Chandler sees his pants. This is the second and last fight they have, as the two break up.

Still disappointed of losing her home to the guys, Monica is jealous of Chandler and Joey being the new hosts. Home-baked cookies aren't enough to win the competition with the guy-hosts, so she engages herself in some of the most obsessive cleaning and re-organizing, including a spin on the floor buffer and the installation of wooden floors at apartment 19. At long last, she wins the guys over, even though she's too exhausted to bask in the glory of her triumph.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

Tate Donovan - Joshua Burgin
Paget Brewster - Kathy
Paxton Whitehead - Mr. Waltham
Craig Strong - Nick (voice)


Directed By:
Dana De Vally Piazza

Written By:
Shana Goldberg-Meehan


  • Tate Donovan, who plays Joshua, actually had been Jennifer Aniston's boyfriend but they had just broken up before this episode was recorded.
  • This episode marks the first time Joey mentions his famous pick-up line ("How you doin'?").
  • The Magna Doodle here reads "Have you seen our view?" which shows that Chandler and Joey are completely in love with their new apartment.
  • Ross mentions Alec Baldwin in this episode. Baldwin will appear in the 17th and 18th episodes of Season 8 as Phoebe's extremely enthusiastic boyfriend Parker. Joey also mentions Susan Sarandon who appears in three seasons time in "The One With Joey's New Brain".
  • This is Kathy's last appearance on Friends. Kathy is Chandler's last girlfriend before he gets together with Monica.
  • Rachel tells Chandler that him and Kathy in a fight doesn't justify her sleeping with someone, which in her mind is the same thing that happened with her and Ross in "The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break". To that Ross replies "Well, if she thought they were on a break" since after their fight in which they broke up, he thought he was entitled to sleep with another woman that night.


  • In the scene where Rachel walks into the guys' new apartment and they start talking about Joshua, it cuts to a shot of her profile as she says "It's just so frustrating". Her mouth doesn't move as she says the words.
  • At the start of this episode when Rachel comes in, you can see a bit of wooden floor by the door (carpet's visible in other shots). However, Monica doesn't pull up the carpet until later in the episode.
  • When Chandler is saying all the things that are on the table, in the breakfast, in the first shot, there's nothing on his right hand. In the next shot, a fork appears out of nowhere in his right hand.
  • When Phoebe grabs the pancake, she is holding the plate with only her left hand. In the next shot, she holds it with her two hands.
  • Continuity: In this episode Rachel calls Joshua, Josh. But in "The One With Joey's Dirty Day" she says she doesn't like the name Josh, she likes Joshua. Rachel previously dated a younger man named Josh who stole from her (and Monica).
  • The Season 4 credits include a scene from this episode showing Monica spinning around on the floor buffer from Monica's perspective. However in the actual episode, the shot is from the gang's perspective.
  • When Monica lures the gang over with desserts, Ross and Joey take the brownies back the Joey’s apartment. When Chandler enters the girls apartment to tell them that Kathy was cheating on him, the brownies appear back on the table without Joey or Ross bringing them back over.

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Preceded by
"The One With The Embryos"
Series Four Episodes Followed by
"The One With Joey's Dirty Day"