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The One With The Tea Leaves

Episode 8.17

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Joey and Rachel live the with awkward aftermath of the announcement of his feelings. To give them something to talk about, Rachel invents a story that her boss wants to buy her baby. This backfires when Joey visits the office and confronts him. Phoebe reads the group's tea leaves to tell their fortunes. Her own leaves tell her she's about to meet the man of her dreams. She does meet someone (Jim), but her turns out to be a creep. But then she meets another guy (Parker) who seems more promising. Ross realizes he's left his favorite shirt at Mona's apartment. He tries to retrieve it when she's not there, but gets caught. Monica discovers that Chandler doesn't put the CDs back in the right cases, so a project to organization them is undertaken.

The one where they said....

Monica: Okay, I'm done, read mine.
Phoebe: Okay. Oo, I see a ladder, which can mean either a promotion or a violent death.
Monica: I'm the head chef, I can't get promoted.
Phoebe: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. Who's next?

Joey: When you said it was a problem about your boss and the baby, I figured it was something about maternity leave.
Rachel: Oh, yeah. Yeah. That would have been a much simpler problem.

Phoebe: You're coming on a little strong, but I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt, because it seems the universe really wants us to be together. So why don't we just start over, okay? You can just tell me about yourself.
Jim: All right. I write erotic novels... for children.
Phoebe: What?
Jim: They're wildly unpopular.
Phoebe: Oh, my god!
Jim: Oh, also, you might be interested to know that I have a Ph.D.
Phoebe: Wow, you do?
Jim: Yep. A pretty huge...
Phoebe (walking out): All right....

Mr. Zelner: I've asked Lee from Human Resources to be here as a witness to our conversation.
Rachel: Oh, god.
Mr. Zelner: If I, in any way, implied that I wanted to buy your baby, I am sorry. Last week, when I asked you when your due date was, I certainly did not mean that I felt that I was due your baby. Yeah, I want to be very clear that I understand that it's your baby, and that it's not mine to purchase.
Rachel: Well, as long as we are clear about that.

Joey: So, what happenned?
Rachel: It's all going to be okay. They're just so happy that I'm not suing them, that they gave me one extra month paid maternity leave. So long as I understand that the money should not be construed as a down payment on this or any other child that I may bear.


Teleplay by Steven Rosenhaus
Story by R. Lee Fleming, Jr.
Directed by Gary Halvorson
Alec Baldwin as Parker
Bonnie Somerville as Mona
James Le Gros as Jim Nelson
Steve Ireland as Mr. Zelner
Mark Lutz as Mona's Date
Aired 3/7/2002, 8/15/2002