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"The One With The Engagement Picture" is the fifth episode of the seventh season of Friends, which aired on NBC on November 2, 2000.



"Monica and Chandler's" engagement picture.

Monica's mom has arranged to get Monica and Chandler's wedding announced in the paper, but they need to get a picture from a professional photographer as any camera makes Chandler's grin look like a hyena. All her attempts to make him smile go in vain. Joey tries to teach him how to smile for a photograph, but he is no more successful than her.

Phoebe dates Kyle, who knows both Chandler and Ross - who nicknamed him 'Hums While He Pees' - from their basketball club. Ross gets to divert his to-be-divorced wife Whitney by taking her to a ballroom dance-date. He ends up dating her, to Phoebe's annoyance. She keeps reminding him of how Whitney used sex as a weapon and painted her bedroom in bright colors, at which Ross defends Whitney, reminding Phoebe that it is natural that her to-be-ex-husband would complain against her. Ross and Phoebe end up going out of their way to defend Whitney and Kyle, respectively, and start fighting, not realizing that another couple's problems are affecting them. However, Whitney arrives in the coffee house with Kyle, and she agrees to reconcile and get back with him, only for Ross and Phoebe to dismiss them rudely as they understand this is no longer their problem.

Rachel is completely smitten with her office assistant Tag, enough to smell his clothes and be jealous when their colleague Melissa asks him out, for her to reply that Tag is gay. Rachel even pays Joey to take Tag out, first to a basketball game with the New York Knicks, then to a bar where they meet dozens of potential rivals for Rachel. Rachel then bribes Joey with free Ralph Lauren shirts to stop picking up women together so Tag will stop too, but Tag decides to go back to his ex-girlfriend.

The episode ends with Monica showing everyone the wedding announcement, with a photo with Joey posing as Chandler.

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[]

Eddie Cahill - Tag Jones
David Sutcliffe - Kyle
Julia Campbell - Whitney
Caroline Keenan - Melissa
Roger Eschbacher - The photographer
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Heather Sims - Emily


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Earl Davis & Patty Lin


  • The music starts before the title sequence.
  • Tag says he and Joey went after women "kinda old, like 30". Rachel is 29 and turns 30 later this season.
  • Tag is the first person, other than Joey, to use his pick up line, "How You Doin'", successfully.
  • This episode is the first mention of Rachel's crush on Joey that she had in the past.
    • Chandler asks if Rachel had a crush on him too, she says "Sure" but then she and Joey shake their heads and roll their eyes. Rachel did have a sexual daydream about Chandler in "The One With The Flashback".
    • Rachel also had an erotic dream of having sex with Chandler on the coffee table in Central Perk, in "The One With The Ick Factor". After that she had a dream of a bisexual threesome between her, Chandler and Joey, and anothe r erotic dream with Ross.
    • Chandler kissed Rachel, and then she kissed him back, at a college party in 1987, as revealed in a flashback in "The One Where The Stripper Cries" although she was drunk and passed out almost immediately.
  • The Magna Doodle has a drawing of a surfer wiping out with a dog barking at him from the beach.
  • One of the pictures of Monica and Chandler is from Ross and Emily's wedding.
  • This episode was a reunion for Lisa Kudrow and Julia Campbell, who guest starred as Whitney. In 1997, they co-starred in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.
  • As Phoebe leaves the coffeehouse and says "we want the last six years back", Ross turns away from her. This is because in a blooper for this scene Lisa Kudrow cracked up laughing when she saw Ross' face.
  • When Ross corrects Phoebe about the sad men's club actually being a divorced men's club, she replies "potayto potahto". She will use the exact same line when Monica tells her Ross teaches about dinosaurs not dragons in "The One With The Secret Closet".
  • Phoebe is the second member of the gang to ask Ross to do them a favor by taking someone to an event and end up regretting it. Previously Rachel persuaded Ross to take Emily to the opera and they ended up in a B&B in Vermont.
    • In this episode, Rachel also asks Joey to take Tag out then regrets it when she learns that they hooked up with lots of women.


  • In the shot of the paper with the picture of Monica and Joey, the announcement written there starts out fine, but near the end the middle part is just repeated.
    • On the same page there are 2 announcements for weddings of other people. They include the same text repeated multiple times: "The happy occasion was witnessed by a homeless guy, Elvis and some Japanese tourists."
  • In the scene where Rachel is talking to the marketing girl at her office, she is seen wearing a ring on her right hand but it has gone when she returns from work.
  • In the scene where Phoebe and Ross are arguing over Whitney and Kyle for the second time, the magazine Ross holds goes from closed to open and closed again between shots.

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Preceded by
"The One With Rachel's Assistant"
Series Seven Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Nap Partners"