The relationship between protagonists Joey Tribbiani and Rachel Greene first began in season eight. During seasons 5, 7, and early parts of season 8, Joey playfully flirts with Rachel. She never takes this seriously and rebuffs him. As time progresses, she begins to have fun living with Joey so much that she decides to stay with him, after Phoebe's apartment is poorly rebuilt with one bedroom in the season seven episode " The One With The Holiday Armadillo ". In the Season 5 episode " The One With All The Resolutions ", Joey and Rachel kissed on New Year's Day, but this was simply part of a plan to allow Chandler and Monica to kiss despite their currently secret relationship Joey arguing that Ross would prefer that Chandler kiss his sister rather than Joey and Ross reasoning that kissing Phoebe as the ball dropped would be less awkward than Rachel, although Rachel was less bothered than Ross.
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But the mystery still stands: Were Ross and Rachel officially broken up when he hooked up with Chloe from the copy place? In the episode, Ross and Rachel get into a fight when she bails on their anniversary dinner to stay late at work. When they finally hash things out, they both think the other should be the one to apologize. That, to me, is a breakup. Was Ross wrong to hook up with Chloe? Should he have told Rachel what happened right away?
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This relationship is one of the main plot lines of Friends and seems to be the "One True Pairing" or endgame of the show. Ross and Rachel first met when Rachel became friends with Monica at school. Indeed they all attended Lincoln High School at the same time, albeit that Ross was in a higher grade. Rachel was also a frequent visitor to the Geller home as her parents were best friends with Ross and Monica's parents. For a few years Rachel lost touch with Ross and Monica although she did run into Monica 12 months prior to The Pilot, while out celebrating her engagement to Barry Farber, at the bar which was to be converted into Central Perk.
We all cheered when we found out Rachel got off of the plane, but when you really think about it, her relationship with Ross was incredibly unhealthy. If you and your partner are looking for a couple to model yourselves after, then you should take a break from watching Friends. Even though Ross and Rachel made a cute couple, there were way too many problems between them. They rehashed old arguments. Even years after the incident happened, they continued to bring it up.