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The One With The Tea Leaves
Season 8, Episode 17
Air date 7 March 2002
Written by Story: R. Lee Fleming Jr.

Teleplay: Steven Rosenhaus

Directed by Gary Halvorson
Episode guide
The One Where Joey Tells Rachel
The One In Massapequa
Janice litman

Phoebe decides to speak to a man she has been seeing everywhere while out on her errands, who asks her out despite being bemused when she misunderstands the pretty obvious meaning of a remark he makes. When they go on the date however, he quickly falls away from his initially polite and friendly demeanour and intiimidates her with a number of highly inappropiate and rude vulgar comments, seemingly just to amuse himself. He also claims, most likely lying in yet another attempt to intimidate her, to be a writer of "erotic novels for children" which are "wildly unpopular." Rachel invents a crazy work problem to reduce the awkwardness of hanging out with Joey, since he confessed his feelings for her. Ross tries to retrieve his 'faded salmon' shirt from Mona's apartment.