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The One with the Ball 

Gary asks Phoebe to move in with him but she's reluctant to and to overcome boredom, Ross and Joey start throwing a ball to each other. Rachel buys an expensive cat but it doesn't behave as she hoped it would.

Director:

Gary Halvorson

Writers:

David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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
Michael Rapaport ... Gary
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther
Victoria Kelleher ... Woman #2 (as Victoria L. Kelleher)
Antoinette Spolar ... Woman #1
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Storyline

Gary wants to ask Phoebe to move in with him. Phoebe is freaked because it's so soon and asks Chandler to make him afraid of commitment so Gary won't ask her. Joey and Ross throw a ball back and forth without dropping it for hours. Rachel buys a very expensive naked cat. Monica joins the boys in their ball throwing game. Rachel's cat isn't as cute as Rachel thought it would be but the store won't take it back. Phoebe agrees to move on with Gary. Rachel sells the cat for $1,500 to poor Gunther. . Phoebe breaks up with Gary because he shot a bird. Monica, Chandler, Joey and Ross have been throwing the ball all night when Phoebe puts down the ball, refusing to play. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

ball | cat | game | bird | sphynx cat | See All (27) »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(episode #5.21), Chandler visits Phoebe's boyfriend Gary (Michael Rapaport) at his precinct. When they sit at Gary's desk, a blackboard with names written in blue chalk is prominent behind his head. All of the names on the blackboard are references to or characters from the films of Stanley Kubrick (Alex, Dim, Hal, Kissoff, even Redrum). See more »

Goofs

When Gary takes Phoebe inside the interrogation room, the first shot has the window blinds behind Phoebe closed, the camera switches to Gary and in the next shot the blinds are open behind her as she asks him for some water. See more »

Quotes

Monica Geller: I made this game what it is.
Chandler Bing: Not fun anymore?
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Connections

References Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

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