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The One Where Rachel Smokes

Episode 5.18

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Ben auditions for a soup commercial and Joey comes along to try for a part as well. Things are going great until Joey gets paired with another child and it gets competitive. Joey has a little trouble with his line, however. Rachel starts her new job at Ralph Lauren; she soon feels left out because all the decisions get made on smoking breaks, and she doesn't smoke. She tries to solve the problem by taking up the habit; it doesn't work out too well, so she convinces her co-workers to quit... but that lasts about a day. Phoebe and Monica plan a surprise birthday party for Rachel. Monica, in her usual fashion, takes over completely, leaving Phoebe in charge of only cups and ice. Phoebe decides to make the most of it; she makes everything imaginable out of cups, and serves every kind of ice.

The one where they said....

Monica: I bet it's gonna be weird seeing some actor pretending to be Ben's dad.
Ross: Yeah.
Chandler: Weirder than seeing his two moms make out?

Ross: Seriously, that's a lot of cups.
Phoebe: Yeah well, that's 'cause I'm in charge of cups and ice, and Monica is gonna rue the day that she put me in charge of cups and ice.
Chandler: You know, I rued the day once... didn't get a whole lot else done.

Joey: Hi, Ben! So, you wanna be an actor, huh? I gotta tell ya, it's no picnic. There's tons of rejection. No stability. I mean, one day you're Dr. Drake Ramoray, the next day you're eating ketchup right out of the bottle.

Joey: Uh-oh.
The Casting Director: Is there a problem?
Joey: Well, this is noodle soup and, uh, I've been working with tomato, so.... But it's okay, no problem. No problem. Mmm, noodle soup.
The Casting Director: You know, that's... that's fine, but the line is, "Mmm, soup."
Joey: Oh. What did I say?
The Casting Director: Mmm, noodle soup.
Joey: How's that different?

Phoebe: Check it out! Cup hat; cup banner; cup chandelier; and the thing that started it all: The cup!


Written by Michael Curtis
Directed by Todd Holland
Joanna Gleason as Kim Clozzi
Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick
Megan Ward as Nancy
Judy Kain as The Casting Director
Jim Wise as Kyle
Jack Allen as Ben
Charlie Allen as Ben
Matt Weinberg as Raymond
Aired 4/8/99, 8/12/99