|The One With The Ick Factor|
|Season 1, episode 22|
|22nd overall episode of Friends|
|Monica and Ethan in bed.|
May 4, 1995
Monica is dating Ethan and the relationship seems to be going pretty well. When she tells the gang he's a senior in college, they also find out that she's told Ethan that she's 22—a bit more than a white lie considering that Monica is 25 and 13 months at the time. On "the night", Ethan admits that he's a virgin and has been saving himself for the right person. That doesn't deter Monica, though, and the two have sex. Afterwards, Monica feels compelled to admit that she's not really 22. She's relieved when Ethan takes the news well, but her relief soon turns to disgust when Ethan reveals a secret of his own. He's a senior... in high school. Ethan contends that the two can continue their relationship even though he's 17, but Monica is having none of it, disgusted by their relationship. When Ethan asks her why she's breaking it off she tells him "...it's icky", hence making the episode's title.
Phoebe temps as Chandler's secretary, which brings out the fact that his former work colleagues don't like him anymore due to his promotion. Chandler does all he can to fix the situation, but Phoebe makes him see that they will never look at him as a friends because he's their boss now. Phoebe mentions how his former work friends now imitate his odd speaking patterns. Chandler uses this to his advantage to cut some work off his shoulders and tighten project deadlines on his old friends, while also accenting his speaking in order to get a laugh out of them.
Rachel has erotic dreams about the guys, starting off with sex on the coffee house table with Chandler. This makes Ross jealous. Some time later, Rachel fantasizes about Joey and Chandler (pointing out that "there were times where it wasn't even me", implying homosexual tendencies between the two men). Ross can't be more jealous of the guys for "sleeping" with Rachel. Meanwhile, Ross gets a pager at the number "55JIMBO" to receive notice when Carol goes into labor. People keep paging him with requests for man named "Andre", who is seemingly a gigalo at the number "55JUMBO".
Things are starting to calm down in the lives of the friends, when Ross eavesdrops on Rachel fantasizing about him in her dreams. His euphoria is such that he starts jumping on the table, but slips and lands on Rachel, waking her up. Just as things may finally get started between the two, Ross' pager beeps, this time with the real thing - Carol's in labor, she's about to give birth - Ross is about to become a father.
Cast and Crew
- Phoebe (reading the job offers in the newspaper): Can you see me operating a drill press?
Joey: I don't know, what are you wearing?
- In reality, Stan Kirsch, who plays Ethan, is only 4 years younger than Courteney Cox. He is actually 1 year older than Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.
- When the episode was aired, Stan Kirsch was almost 27, that is 8–10 years older than an actual high school senior student.
- Courteney Cox was 31 years old in 1995 when she portrayed Monica, who was 26.
- In the uncut episode, Chandler mentions Lowell and Shelley, characters that appeared in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" (S1E8).
- Ross and Monica's cousin Nathan was previously mentioned in "The One With All The Poker" (S1E18).
- Ross later becomes the butt of the gang's jokes in season 6 when he starts dating Elizabeth, who is much younger than him. Rachel also dates Josh in season 4 who's also much younger than her until she discovers he's stealing from her (and Monica).
- This is the first time Chandler is picked upon for his mis-accentuation of sentences ("Could that report be any later?"), a running gag in the series.
- Rachel's erotic dreaming about the guys is featured again in "The One With Rachel's Dream" (S9E19).
- Contrary to this episode, in the "The One With Rachel's Dream", Rachel uses the dream to act upon her feelings and tell Joey of her crush. In this one, she neither has the time (as with Ross) nor the will (as with Chandler and Joey) to act upon her feelings.
- Rachel has a daydream of Ross in "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", and eventually acts on it.
- Some broadcasts omit Rachel's fantasy involving the threesome with Joey and Chandler.
- In "The One With The Flashback", it is revealed that Rachel previously had another erotic dream with Chandler (in that case, a daydream) one year before the events of "The Pilot".
- When Ross is ushering Monica, Rachel, Chandler, and Joey out of their apartments, Rachel puts on lipstick, explaining "there might be cute doctors there!". Indeed in the next episode, Rachel flirts with Carol's doctor.
- Rachel's comment about doctors is pretty poignant as, while not yet acknowledged, she's actually talking to a doctor as Ross is a doctor in Paelentology.
- After Ethan tells Monica his true age, she briefly states she feels like "one of those ladies who has a guy named Chad." Alluding to her being a cougar. Courteney Cox would later on star in the television comedy "Cougar Town."
- Monica says she's like Joan Collins. Dame Joan Collins is currently married to Percy Gibson 31 years her junior.
- As Ross puts the comforter on Rachel, he touches her shoulder. As Rachel has her eyes closed, this is likely the cue to start making the sounds of them making out in her erotic dream but she would also have felt the comforter being laid on her.
- The comforter Ross puts on Rachel is the same one Rachel covers herself with when Chandler sees her topless in "The One With The Boobies".
- Chandler is seen to have a Magic Eight ball on his desk, which was previously seen in his cubicle. Later in the series Ross uses one to help choose between his marriage to Emily and friendship with Rachel. However it proved to be broken.
- Chandler's grip on his coffee cup changes between shots when Phoebe says she needs some short-term work.
- Just as Ross mentions cousin Nathan, Rachel comes to stand behind him with a coffee and Ross is holding a magazine with both hands but in the next shot (showing Ethan arriving) he's putting it down on the coffee table.
- When Ethan shows up at the coffee house, and Ross puts his black mug down to go to the bathroom and give them privacy, he puts it down on the corner of the table. When Ethan and Monica sit down, it is in the middle of the table.
- When Rachel and Monica are discussing whether "tonight could be the night", stage lights can be seen reflected in the pans behind Monica.
- In the opening scene Rachel pours a cup of coffee and then sits on the couch holding the mostly full pot in the palm of her hand.
- When Monica takes off her belt, she throws it onto the couch and when it lands, it overhangs the back but in the next shot it's lying on the cushion next to Rachel.
- When Monica and Ethan discuss sleeping over, the amount of wine in her glass increases when she puts her right arm around him and then back to the original level when she puts the glass down.
- Transcript of the episode including the deleted scenes
- "The One with the Ick Factor" at the Internet Movie Database
| Preceded by|
""The One With The Fake Monica""
|Series One Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One With The Birth"
|Episode Guide||Season 1||Season 2 >>|
|#01||"The Pilot"||#09||"The One Where Underdog Gets Away"||#17||"The One With Two Parts, Part 2"|
|#02||"The One With The Sonogram At The End"||#10||"The One With The Monkey"||#18||"The One With All The Poker"|
|#03||"The One With The Thumb"||#11||"The One With Mrs. Bing"||#19||"The One Where The Monkey Gets Away"|
|#04||"The One With George Stephanopoulos"||#12||"The One With The Dozen Lasagnas||#20||"The One With The Evil Orthodontist"|
|#05||"The One With The East German Laundry Detergent"||#13||"The One With The Boobies"||#21||"The One With The Fake Monica"|
|#06||"The One With The Butt"||#14||"The One With The Candy Hearts"||#22||"The One With The Ick Factor"|
|#07||"The One With The Blackout"||#15||"The One With The Stoned Guy"||#23||"The One With The Birth"|
|#08||"The One Where Nana Dies Twice"||#16||"The One With Two Parts, Part 1"||#24||"The One Where Rachel Finds Out"|