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The One with the Ick Factor 

Monica gets a shock when she finds out her boyfriend is a high school student. Chandler finds out his colleagues don't like him when Phoebe temps as his secretary.


Robby Benson


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
Stan Kirsch ... Ethan
Brian Buckner Brian Buckner ... Office Worker #2
Darryl Sivad Darryl Sivad ... Office Worker #3


Rachel had a dream about her and Chandler having sex and Ross is jealous. Monica's boyfriend Ethan is a senior at college but their age difference is no problem because Monica told him she was 22. Phoebe fills in for Chandler's secretary but tells Chandler that nobody likes him. Ethan and Monica have sex after Ethan tells her he is a virgin and Monica confesses to being 26. Ethan then tells her that he is a senior in high school and Monica freaks out. Rachel has another dream about Chandler - but this time Joey was there too. Chandler accompanies Phoebe to a party with people from work even though he was not invited but they still don't like him. Monica tells Ethan she loves him but can't be with him. Rachel has a dream about Ross while Ross is there and she yells out his name. They share an almost intimate moment when Ross gets beeped that Carol is in labor. Everybody leaves for the hospital. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

4 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The One with the Ick Factor See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actor who played Young Ethan, Stan Kirsch, was almost 27 at the time this aired. Kirsch is actually a year older than Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry, both born in 1969. See more »


Monica states that she might be a felon after sleeping with Ethan, who is 17 years old. While the age of consent is 18 in California where the show was filmed, it is 17 in New York, where it is set. See more »


Phoebe: [imitating Chandler] OK, could that report BE any later?
Chandler: I don't sound like that.
Joey: Oh, yes you do.
Ross: The hills are alive with the sound... OF music.
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References Muppet Babies (1984) See more »

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Perry Saves This Episode
27 November 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Another so so episode helped out greatly by Matthew Perry as Chandler.

Plot In A Paragraph: Chandler gives Phoebe a temp job whilst his secretary has an operation, but he is horrified to find out that none of his friends at work like him, now he is boss. Ross gets jealous when Rachel has a dirty dream about having sex with Chandler, then Chandler and Joey. Meanwhile Monica is dating a guy known as "Young Ethan".

I'll start with the negative. The actor who played "Young Ethan", Stan Kirsch, is clearly mid to late 20's at the time this episode was made. Ross gets ridiculously jealous and heaves stupidly about Rachel's dreams making a big deal about pretty much nothing.

Matthew Perry is great as Chandler again. Probably my favourite male character of the first season. With Aniston being my favourite female.

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