The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies

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"The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies"
Friends episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 18
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Story by Alexa Junge
Teleplay by Michael Borkow
Production code 457318
Original air date March 21, 1996
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"The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies" is the eighteenth episode of the second season of the television situation comedy Friends and 42nd overall.


Joey does an interview with Soap Opera Digest, wherein he claims that he makes up most of his lines on Days of Our Lives. The writers get wind of this, of course, and decide to exact revenge: they kill off Joey's character, Dr. Drake Ramoray, by having him fall to his death down an elevator shaft. Meanwhile, Monica and Rachel both intend to have sex with their respective boyfriends, Richard and Ross, but argue with each other when they find out they have only one condom. Rachel gets the condom after she wins a game of rock, paper, scissors against Monica.


This episode forms the basis of a study published in Pediatrics on "the impact of condom-efficacy messages in an episode of Friends on teens".[1] During a discussion about v-chips, Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman told series co-creator Marta Kauffman that he was appalled by the scene where Monica and Rachel fight over the last condom and turned off his television. Kauffman dismissed Lieberman's comments because he misunderstood the scene; the characters were advocating safe sex by agreeing that whoever did not have the condom could not have sex.[2]


  1. ^ Collins, et al (November 2003). "Entertainment Television as a Healthy Sex Educator: The Impact of Condom-Efficacy Information in an Episode of Friends". Pediatrics 112 (5): pp. 1115-1121.
  2. ^ Wild, David (2004). Friends ...'Til the End. London: Headline. p. 216. ISBN 0-7553-1321-6.

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