Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Blackout 

When New York suffers from a blackout, Ross tries to tell Rachel that he likes her, and Chandler gets stuck in an ATM vestibule with a model.


James Burrows


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 7 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Jill Goodacre ... Jill Goodacre (as Jill Connick)
Larry Hankin ... The Weird Man
Cosimo Fusco ... Paolo


When a power-cut blacks out most of New York City, Chandler, to his delight finds himself trapped inside an ATM vestibule with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre. She lets him use her cell-phone, and offers him gum which he instantly regrets refusing. He accidentally spits out her gum which he finally accepted, then picks up some to put back in his mouth and begins to choke when he realizes it wasn't the original gum. The others kill time in Monica's apartment, lit by the light from a Menorah, telling stories of the weirdest places they ever had sex. Joey tells Ross he waited too long moving onto Rachel and is now too far into the 'friend's zone.' Ross still tries to make a move on Rachel while stargazing on the balcony. Joey keeps the other girls inside by pretending Ross prepares a birthday surprise party for Monica. A wandering cat scratches Ross. Rachel and Phoebe go knocking on their neighbor's doors to find the cat's owner, seeing through odd neighbor Mr. Heckles's who lies ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

3 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In at least 5 episodes (4, including this one) viewers see Phoebe writing left-handed. This is because Lisa Kudrow is left-handed in real life. See more »


When the girls knock on Heckles' door to ask if he's the owner of the cat, they are acting as if they have never met him before. His character doesn't even have a name at this point. However, in "The One with the Flashback," which took place before this episode, Heckles is complaining about the noise that he thinks the girls are making, and the girls clearly know who he is. See more »


Rachel: When he smiled at me, those first three seconds were more exciting than three weeks in Bermuda with Barry.
Phoebe: Now, did you ride mopeds?... 'cause I heard... oh, I see, it's not about that right now.
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Featured in Friends: The One with the Invitation (1998) See more »


Top of the World
Written by John Bettis and Richard Carpenter
Performed by Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc & Lisa Kudrow
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Breakout Episode
18 January 2019 | by routhandineshSee all my reviews

This is the episode where you actually start to like Friends. Before this I was thinking of stop watching friends because it was not looking so great but this episode hold me. If I had watched all the 10 friends seasons 6 times, It wouldn't be possible without this episode.

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