Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Two Parties 

Chaos ensues when Rachel's recently divorced parents show up at her surprise birthday party, so the gang has to find ways to keep her parents separated otherwise they'll start fighting.


Michael Lembeck


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 5 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
Marlo Thomas ... Sandra Green
Ron Leibman ... Dr. Leonard Green
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther
Nancy Rubin Nancy Rubin ... Guest
Lewis Dix Jr. ... Man (as Lewis Dix)


Planning Rachel's surprise birthday party. To prevent Rachel's parents to be at the same party they have half of the guests in the boys' apartment with Rachel's dad and the other half in the girls' apartment with Rachel's mum. Phoebe smuggles people from Monica's boring party to the boys' great party. Rachel can't cope with their parents separation. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

2 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For Rachel's birthday party all of the main cast wear green in this episode: Monica and Rachel wear green dresses, Phoebe wears a half green/pink blouse and pink slacks, Chandler and Joey wear green shirts, and Ross wears a green tie. Rachel's mom wears a hot pink satin jacket and Rachel's dad wears a red and white nautical outfit. See more »


The gag when Ross is going out of Monica's apartment (wearing Rachel's dad glasses and with the cigarette on his mouth) was that he stands still, but by an editing error it's clearly seen than Ross retakes position and then stand still. See more »


Monica Geller: [Joey is staring at Monica's breasts] Joey, they're not real!
[Joey pays attention]
Monica Geller: I start miles beneath the surface of these things, ok? They're fake. See?
[Monica squeezes one of her breasts]
Monica Geller: Honk, honk!
Chandler Bing: [pause] Wow, it's like porno for clowns!
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References Leave 'em Laughing (1928) See more »


Big Yellow Taxi (Traffic Jam Mix)
Written and performed by Joni Mitchell
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Change Of Pace
12 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

A change in pace as this is more of a serious episode than a funny one, it has it's moments, but that's it.

Plot In A Paragraph: Chaos ensues when both of Rachel's recently divorced parents show up at her surprise birthday party.

There is some fun to be had in this episode, but mostly it looks at the effects the divorce is having on Rachel, and how she sees her future life going with having to keep them both in separate rooms to avoid arguments.

There is also some fun to be had in the difference between the two parties going on at the same time. The boys place is lively and a lot of fun with music and dancing, where as the one at Monica's has games and "controlled fun".

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