Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Race Car Bed 

Joey becomes a learning extension teacher in soap acting, and loves the respect from even more clueless kids. Monica chooses a ridiculously cheap bed from Janice's ex; Phoebe signs for her ... See full summary »


Gail Mancuso


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »

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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
Ron Leibman ... Dr. Leonard Green
Khalil Kain ... Cal
Maggie Wheeler ... Janice
Mark Cohen ... Mattress King
Andre Rosey Brown ... Delivery Man (as Rosey Brown)
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther
Simon Harvey ... Jester
Shashi Bhatia Shashi Bhatia ... Acting Student #1
Steven Harad Steven Harad ... Acting Student #2


Joey becomes a learning extension teacher in soap acting, and loves the respect from even more clueless kids. Monica chooses a ridiculously cheap bed from Janice's ex; Phoebe signs for her at delivery- of another bed, a childish race car! Rachel convinces Ross to dine with her dad, who takes him down even worse then he feared; the next day Ross and Dr. Green find each-other making fun about Rachel's chiropractor and various lack of good sense. When Joey hears one of his students also auditions for the same role he wants, he tries to eliminate him by bad advice to play the boxer gay, but the effect surprises him, though less then what he sees at the Mattress King when trying to get Monica's original bed. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

7 November 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?


This is the first episode where we hear about Gunther's love for Rachel. See more »


At the beginning of the episode Phoebe says that she cannot say "croissant" but later in the series it is revealed that Phobe speaks French fluently. See more »


Phoebe: I'm not sure about buying a mattress from Janice's ex-husband. It's like betraying Chandler.
Monica: Not at these prices.
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »


Baby Elephant Walk
Hummed by Matt LeBlanc
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Matt Le Blanc Is Brilliant Here
17 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I was going to rate this episode as 7/10, but I'm giving it an extra bonus point just for how awesome Matt Le Blanc was in this episode. His acting class is the stuff of great TV and is certainly classic "Friends" Plot In A Paragraph: Joey starts teaching a soap opera class at the local college, but when he finds out one of his students is up for the same role as him, he tries to sabotage his student. Monica buys a bed from Janice's ex "The Mattress King" for a ridiculous price and Ross endures a horrible time when he goes out for a meal with Rachel and her Dad.

The revelation at the end of the episode will obviously have a baring on the future plots.

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