"The One With Ross' New Girlfriend" is the second season premiere of Friends, which aired on September 21, 1995. Rachel tries to cope with Julie, Ross' new girlfriend, Phoebe gives Monica a bad haircut, and Chandler has an uncomfortable experience with Joey's tailor.
Having decided to tell Ross that she loves him (continuing from the cliff-hanger ending in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out"), Rachel goes to the airport to wait for him with a bunch of flowers for him. But Ross is not alone - he has a new girlfriend, Julie. We soon learn the two met in graduate school and reconnected in China. Rachel is crushed by the sight of her and tries to leave the airport, but falls and draws the attention of Ross and Julie, who greet her. Out of embarrassment, Rachel tries to make nice with Julie (who is American) by pretending that her flowers are for her, to make her feel welcome into the country.
Back at Monica's, the guys are waiting for Rachel and Ross to arrive from the airport. Monica notices the guys' new haircuts, which Phoebe did for them. Rachel arrives out of breath, visibly distressed, and tries to alert the rest about Ross and Julie, but fails to explain in time and Ross and Julie enter. Knowing her intentions when she left for Ross' arrival, the friends could not help but empathize with the difficulty of Rachel with the new situation.
Later at Central Perk, Rachel asks Chandler to talk with Ross to get an explanation of how everything happened and how it's going with Julie. Chandler's talk with Ross fails to console Rachel, as Ross confirms that he's having a great time with Julie. When he starts receiving lovey-dovey phone calls from her at Monica and Rachel's apartment, Rachel can't deal with it and leaves to go somewhere unknown.
The next morning, Rachel reveals what she "did" last night - Paolo. The friends aren't too happy to see Paolo, especially Ross, who is even less amused to hear what he was doing ("I do Raquel").
Meanwhile, Monica talks Phoebe into doing her hair. Phoebe is initially reluctant since she is worried that she won't live up to Monica's strict standards. Monica asks Phoebe to cut her hair like Demi Moore. However, Phoebe messes up the hairdo by confusing Demi Moore with actor Dudley Moore, giving Monica a short, mannish cut. Phoebe describes what she did to her to the guys, and makes Ross see her first to try and comfort her. With Ross out of the room, Joey takes the opportunity to talk to Rachel about how she's feeling and makes her see sense by making her go for Ross. He points out that Ross had loved her for a decade, while he's only been with Julie for a couple of weeks.
Chandler, who needs some new pants, goes to Joey's tailor, Frankie, who inappropriately grabs Chandler by the crotch to "measure the in-seam". Chandler becomes uncomfortable with this and tells Joey about it, describing Frankie as "a very bad man". Joey laughs Chandler off by telling him that that's how tailors measure pants, but Chandler and Ross make Joey reflect on it, shocking him.
Rachel finally talks to Ross about Paolo and how last night was just a fling. Ross gets his feelings for Paolo, specifically that he's "scum", off his chest. He talks to Rachel how he thinks she should be with someone who considers himself lucky to have her - like he is with Julie. When she hears this, Rachel has nothing more to say to him, realizing that Ross is truly happy with Julie. Ross comes in to find Joey telling his father "that's not how they measure pants!"
Phoebe asks Rachel how Andie MacDowell, who Julie asked the former to cut her hair like, wears her hair. Rachel gets her revenge by describing Andie MacDowell as "the guy from Planet Of The Apes".
Cast and Crew
- This is the last appearance of Cosimo Fusco as Paolo.
- This is one of the few episodes to not feature an opening scene instead the opening theme plays then goes directly to the first scene.
- The DVD versions however have Phoebe doing a recap of previous episodes at Central Perk.
- This is the first time Ross is picked on for his hairstyle. This would become a running joke over the years.
- This is the first time Monica shrieks out her notorious catchphrase "I know!"
- Rachel asks Ross if he and Julie are getting a cat together; which they almost do in "The One Where Ross Finds Out" (S2E7).
- This is the only season premiere that picks up immediately after the last episode where the writers bother to explain the different looks of the actors, in this case the shorter hair of Matt Le Blanc and Matthew Perry. In future seasons, continuity was ignored.
- Ross is the only one whose hair stays the same; all the other friends have shorter hair.
- This is the first episode to be shot from the larger Stage 24 at Warner Bros. Studios, which was renamed The Friends Stage after the series finale.
- To benefit from this location change, a new Central Perk set was built, complete with a real outside street. In the previous set, the street was nothing more than a painted backdrop, and tinted windows and potted plants were used to disguise that fact. With the new set, the windows were made clear and such amenities such as neon sign doors and a newspaper stand as well as the inclusion of more background extras and cars were added to provide extra realism.
- Joey's personal tailor is Celestino Custom Tailor, located in Madison Avenue in New York.
- This is the first episode to have Ross' name in the title.
- Demi Moore is mentioned who starred in the 1990 film Ghost, which also starred Patrick Swayze. Swayze also starred in the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing with Jennifer Grey, who starred as Mindy Hunter in the season 1 episode, "The One With The Evil Orthodontist". Demi Moore and Courteney Cox are considered celebrity doppelgangers.
- Ross says he gives Monica's hair a "10", the name of the film which starred Dudley Moore who Phoebe confused with Demi Moore, and then Chandler quotes from the film's theme, Arthur's Theme by Christopher Cross.
- Demi Moore was married to Bruce Willis, who plays Paul Stevens in three episodes of Season 6, from 1987 to 2000.
- Matthew Perry stated in 2017 that the line "Okay, you have to stop the Q-tip when there's resistance" was his favorite Chandler quip of the series.
- Chandler blames Ross for moving on with Julie when he (and Joey) suggested it, likely to cover for his guilt. In "The One With The List", he doesn't tell Rachel it was his idea.
- Rachel hurriedly leaves the apartment after she can't take any more of Ross on the phone. Ross did the same after learning that Rachel had sex with Barry in "The One With The Evil Orthodontist".
- In the tag scene, Rachel mentions Four Weddings and A Funeral when discussing Andie McDowell. This film also starred Hugh Grant who was in the film the gang (minus Ross and Rachel ) saw in "The One Where The Monkey Gets Away".
- Rachel gets Phoebe to ruin Julie's hair in the tag scene. In "The One At The Beach", she persuades Ross' girlfriend Bonnie to shave her head.
- Lauren Tom pitched the joke where Rachel says to Julie "Welcome to our country!" slowly and loudly, and Julie replies "Thank you, I'm from New York!" in the same manner. This was based on Tom's own experience where people would approach her and react in a similar manner, believing she was a Chinese immigrant.
- In the tag scene when Phoebe asks Rachel about Andie McDowell, Rachel mentions Planet of the Apes. Buck Kartalian who plays the tailor in this episode appeared as an ape in the film series. Another actor who played an ape in the films was Charlton Heston who makes a cameo later in the series.
- The woman next to Rachel and who she almost crashes into when she tries to flee has previously been seen as a customer in Central Perk. She also is seen in the tag scene of "The One With Phoebe's Husband".
- This is the first time the 'reserved' table sign is visible at the friends' table.
- Rachel is wearing a similar, but different dress than the one she wore in the previous episode (which was supposed to be the same day).
- While examining Rachel's cut, Ross smears some of the blood. In the next few shots, the blood is no longer smeared.
- When Monica is trying to convince Phoebe to cut her hair, she says that the last time Paolo was around her hair was "much shorter and cuter". However, Paolo was last present in "The One With The Dozen Lasagnas" when Monica's hair was considerably longer.
- When Paolo appears from Rachel's room, Phoebe stands up and walks away. A second later, viewed from another angle, Phoebe stands up again (this is visible in the wide-screen version of the episode).
- Rachel says she'll use the flowers to stop the bleeding but when she puts them on her forehead, almost none of them touch the cut.
- In the unedited version, when Ross, Joey, and Chandler are discussing how you measure pants, Chandler turns towards Ross while Joey is still speaking and then back to Joey before turning back to Ross, suggesting he turned too soon.
- As Ross goes to talk to Rachel on the balcony, Monica's bedroom door can be seen starting to open by itself.
- Monica's watch switches from her right wrist to her left during the scene where Phoebe is cutting her hair.
- The flowers which Rachel was holding at the airport disappear between the scene at the airport and her arrival in the apartment. However it's possible she threw them away.
- In the scene in Central Perk the lemonade Rachel gives Ross is already on the counter before Rachel deliberately gets him the wrong drink.
- Transcript of the episode including the deleted scenes
- "The One with Ross' New Girlfriend" at the Internet Movie Database
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