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The One Where The Monkey Gets Away

Episode 1.19

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Rachel finds out Barry is engaged to Mindy, her former bridesmaid; she begins to show interest in dating again, so Ross decides to ask her out. However, before he gets the chance, she loses Marcel while monkey-sitting, which temporarily drives a wedge between them. Mr. Heckles is missing a waffle and saw Regis Philbin once. Rachel, not knowing Marcel is a illegal exotic animal, calls Animal Control; the animal-catcher turns out to be Luisa, who went to high-school with Monica and Rachel. Luisa's memories of high school aren't favorable toward Rachel, so she decides not to cut them any breaks. While looking for Marcel, Joey and Chandler meet some hot girls (Samantha and Tia) with a broken radiator. Luisa tries to shoot Marcel with a tranquilizer but hits Phoebe instead. A delivery of bananas leads everyone to Mr. Heckles apartment; he claims the monkey as his own until Luisa shows up. Rachel pleads with Luisa to let Ross keep Marcel, but it's only the threat of reporting her for shooting Phoebe that convinces her. Ross and Rachel finally sit down for some wine, but before Ross can ask Rachel out, Barry barges in, saying he's still in love with her.

The one where they said....

Rachel: Okay, okay, I checked. We have: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Cinnamon Stick, Camomile, Mint Medley, Blackberry, and, uh... oh, wait, there's one more, um... Lemon Soother. You're not the guy that asked for the tea, are you?

Ross: Marcel, bring me the rice, come on. Bring me the rice. Come on. Good boy, good boy. Come here, gimme the rice. Thank you, good boy. Well, I see he's finally mastered the difference between, "bring me the..." and "pee in the...."

Ross: Alright, I've gotta go. Come on, Marcel! Come on! We're gonna go take a bath. Yes we are, aren't we? Yes, we are.
Chandler: They're still just friends, right?

Ross: Well, I think it's perfect. You know, it's just gonna be the two of us; she spent all day taking care of my monkey...
Chandler: I can't remember the last time I got a girl to take care of my monkey.
Ross: Anyway, y'know, I figured after work I'd go pick up a bottle of wine, go over there and, uh, try to woo her.
Chandler: Hey, y'know what you should do? You should take her back to the 1890's, when that phrase was last used.

Joey: All right, all right. You're a monkey; you're loose in the city. Where do you go?
Chandler: Okay, it's his first time out, so he's probably gonna wanna do some of the touristy things. I'll go to Cats, you go to The Russian Tea Room.

Luisa: Okay, are you aware that possession of an illegal exotic is, uh, punishable by up to two years in prison and confiscation of the animal?
Phoebe: Oh my God, you'd put that poor little creature in jail?
Monica: Pheebs, you remember how we talked about saying things quietly to yourself first?
Phoebe: Yes, but there isn't always time!

Luisa: Well, maybe that's because you spent four years ignoring me. I mean, would it have been so hard to say, "Morning, Luisa." Or, "Nice overalls."

Luisa & Phoebe:

Samantha: No. No, haven't seen a monkey. Do you know anything about fixing radiators?
Joey: Um, sure! Did you, uh, did you try turning the knob back the other way?
Samantha: Of course.
Joey: Oh. Then no.

Phoebe: Oh, this is so intense. One side of my butt is totally asleep, and the other side has no idea.

Ross: Alright, I want my monkey.
Luisa: No!
Rachel: Oh, come on, Luisa!
Luisa: Sorry, Prom Queen.
Ross: You had to be a bitch in high school, you couldn't have been fat!


Written by Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Mitchell Whitfield as Barry Farber
Megan Cavanagh as Luisa Gianetti
Larry Hankin as Mr. Heckles
Angela Visser as Samantha
Elisabeth Sjoli as Tia
Aired 3/9/95, 7/13/95