Friends: Ross Geller’s 10 Most Memorable Moments. The television sitcom Friends has become a cultural phenomenon from its debut in 1994 until its finale in 2004. Among the cast members, David Schwimmer’s character Ross Geller, the quirky paleontologist inclined to dramatic gestures, has amassed a legion of fans.
With his rough relationship with Rachel and strange management methods, Ross has had numerous unforgettable moments during the show’s decade-long run. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit the 10 most memorable moments of Ross Geller.
Ross Geller’s 10 Most Memorable Moments
This particular Friends episode marks the awkward stage when Rachel and Joey become a couple, creating an uncomfortable dynamic among the group. Ross, dating Charlie then, is having difficulty dealing with Joey’s new role in Rachel’s life.
In an attempt to show that he is okay with the situation, Ross invites them over for a fajita dinner, but the evening quickly turns sour. Ross gets drunk and starts to behave erratically, making it clear that he’s not okay with the new couple. His drunken antics include chugging all the margaritas and holding a hot pan with his bare hands. It’s a cringe-worthy and humorous moment for viewers.
Letting Rachel Win Poker
This scene may appear insignificant, but it serves as a defining moment for Ross’ character. When the girls express their interest in joining the guys for a poker night, they are initially humiliated by the men. However, after the girls receive poker lessons from Aunt Iris and prepare for a rematch, Ross surreptitiously allows Rachel to win when she’s having a difficult time.
In this episode, Rachel is job hunting, and Ross struggles to come to terms with his feelings for her. By letting Rachel win, Ross subtly reveals his affection for her, demonstrating his “nice guy” persona to Chandler and Joey.
The Hockey Puck
Chandler and Joey attempt to cheer up Ross by taking him to a hockey game that ends as a disastrous outing. Ross, who is still upset about the anniversary of his first night with ex-wife Carol, gets hit in the face by a flying puck.
As Ross recovers from his injury in the ER, he opens up to Chandler and Joey about his intimate relationship with Carol. The moment is humorous and poignant, highlighting Ross’Ross’s vulnerability and his past with Carol. It also shows the strong bond between the three friends, who always have each other’s backs in good times and bad.
The Spray Tan
In this episode, Ross tries to get a tan like his sister Monica and goes to a spray tan place. However, his inability to count leads to a mishap. He gets sprayed twice on the front, and in an attempt to even it out, he goes to another place but ends up with even more coats on the show.
Ross is on a mission to get a new couch for his apartment, and Rachel joins him on the trip to the furniture store. However, when Ross finds out about the delivery fee, he will transport it himself. Things go awry when they try to take the couch up the stairs, and they end up triggering the fire alarm.
Chandler joins in to help, but their attempts to move the sofa only result in chaos and damage to the furniture. In the end, the fire department has to cut the couch in half to remove it. Despite all the trouble, Ross still tries to return the sofa because that’s just Ross being Ross.
We were on a break
In the third season finale, the Friends gang goes to a beach house owned by Phoebe’s friends. Ross and Rachel, who had recently broken up, still had unresolved feelings for each other. They eventually share a kiss at the beach house, but Rachel clarifies that they can only get back together if Ross takes responsibility for their past relationship issues.
However, when Ross falls asleep reading Rachel’s lengthy note, he misses that crucial detail. This leads to a heated argument when they return home, with Ross shouting that they are on a break, and they break up again.
Rachel Tells Ross, She’s Pregnant
In this episode, Ross is shocked when Rachel reveals that she is pregnant and he is the father. They had hooked up while sending out wedding invitations for Monica and Chandler’s wedding. Ross initially thinks Rachel wants to get back together, but she drops the bombshell news.
Ross is confused and starts questioning how it could have happened since they used a condom. Rachel explains that condoms are not 100% effective. Ross doesn’t handle this news well and proceeds to call the condom company to complain, leaving Rachel annoyed and bewildered.
The One With All The Resolutions
Despite facing many obstacles of his own making, Ross manages to captivate the audience in one of the best episodes of season 5. After a rough year, Ross sets his New Year’s resolution for 1999 to be happy and try something new every day.
Ross kicks off this challenge by purchasing a pair of leather pants to wear on his first date with Elizabeth but soon finds himself in a sticky situation when he struggles to pull the pants back up after using the bathroom.
Ross Geller’s overconfidence often leads him into trouble, and this is never more evident than in the episode where Phoebe and Rachel sign up for a self-defense class. Instead of being supportive, Ross decides to teach his friends the art of “unagi,” which he describes as a state of total awareness.
To test their skills, he repeatedly tries to scare them, which is all fun and games, until he yells “DANGER” at two women he thinks are his friends. To make matters worse, he later confronts the self-defense teacher and asks for tips on how to attack women, proving that Ross still has a lot to learn about boundaries and appropriate behavior.
In this episode, Ross starts a part-time job as a university lecturer. However, on his first day, he makes a massive mistake by completing the entire lecture with a British accent due to his excitement and nervousness.
Ross regrets his decision immediately and tries to get rid of his accent without the students noticing, but his plan fails. To make matters worse, Rachel storms in during his lecture to confront him about not filing for their annulment, causing Ross to become even more nervous and his British accent to return.