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"The One With Ross' Denial" is the third episode of the sixth season of Friends, which aired on October 7, 1999.


Rachel is looking for a room and wants to move in with Phoebe, but Phoebe tells them that she already has a roommate, Denise. Joey offers her Chandler's old room, but scares her away by talking about "naked Thursday". Ross hasn't told Rachel that they are still married, which leads to conflicts between him and Phoebe, who says that he loves her. Ross denies having feelings for Rachel and says he only hugged her for comfort. Joey places an ad in the paper for a "female roommate, non-smoker, non-ugly", but no one suitable reacts. Rachel also still has problems finding a place to live, which results in Ross offering her to move in with him, just seconds after he promised Phoebe that he wouldn't do anything stupid.

Ross asks Rachel to move in with him.

Monica and Chandler have a fight about what to do with Rachel's old room, which is spare now. Monica wants to make a beautiful guest room out of it, while Chandler wants to make it a game room. Monica instantly says no and Chandler is annoyed at how she dismisses the idea without discussing it, but agrees to drop the idea. However the argument flares up again when Monica reveals she doesn't want Chandler to bring the barcalounger with him and he accuses her of thinking of it as 'her' apartment instead of theirs. However, Ross (desperate to have Rachel move in with him) convinces them that it is just silly: love is more important than a stupid room, after which Monica and Chandler make up. Later, Rachel opens his eyes by talking about dating others because of how awkward that will be, he tries to split them up again, but that horribly fails. In the end, Monica sees Chandler's point and makes a space for the barcalounger but draws the line at a huge sign saying 'Merge' above their bed.

In the tag scene, Joey's potential roommate turns up for her final test that Joey has come up with where he says a word and she must reply with the first word that comes up in her mind. He says pillow, she says fight, he says G, she says string, he says doggy and she says kitten which was not the word he was expecting. Joey then immediately proceeds to throw the dumbfounded girl out of his apartment.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Brooke Boisse - The Potential Roommate


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Seth Kurland


  • Rachel, unaware she's still married to Ross, moves in with him in this episode.
  • In this episode, Monica and Chandler argue over how the apartment will be furnished, with Monica being very controlling over the apartment. Monica and Rachel had a similar argument in "The One Where Heckles Dies", with Monica refusing to let Rachel furnish the apartment with her items.
  • Phoebe tries to get Ross to admit that he loves Rachel. He finally admits to Phoebe that he loves her shortly after the birth of Emma, his daughter with Rachel, in "The One Where Rachel Has A Baby", although he'd already told her father months earlier. Rachel and Ross don't actually admit to each other they still love each other until "The Last One".


  • In this episode Phoebe talks about her roommate Denise a lot. In "The One in Vegas, Part 1", Phoebe confirms she lives alone.
    • However, it is highly unlikely that Phoebe is telling the truth and that Phoebe made her up so Rachel wouldn't move in with her and in "The One With Joey's Porsche", Phoebe felt so bad for Rachel that she made up Denise moving as an excuse for Rachel to be able to move in.
  • When Joey is talking to Rachel at the beginning of the episode, he opens the conversation with "Hey Grace" instead of "Hey Rach."
  • When Phoebe enters the coffeehouse to speak to Ross, he has the book open and she sits down. They say one line each which shows the book still open but in the next shot its closed, showing an edit.
  • When Joey is interviewing the potential roommate and says that he's very safety conscious, his hand switches from by his chest with his palm down to by his waist with his palm up.
  • When Monica and Chandler are eating, Monica's plate holds a sandwich and chips. When Joey comes in, Monica's plate contains no chips, and when he leaves the chips are back again.
  • Chandler tells Monica "Asteroids is the oldest game". Asteroids is not the oldest arcade game, Periscope was released and popular 12 years earlier. While inspired by a number of earlier electronic arcade games, "Asteroids", along with "Space invaders", was released in the beginning of a period known as the "Golden age of arcade video games".
  • When Monica is showing Chandler the taped off space for his Chair, she mentions that it will be within "walking distance of the kitchen." However, any seat in the entire apartment would be within walking distance of the kitchen.

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Preceded by
"The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel"
The One With Ross' Denial Followed by
"The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance"