#20. The Dirty Apartment

Published: 6.24.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 4:51
Accent: American
Source: Friends [S4 E06]

From Friends, Ross dates a girl with an extremely dirty apartment.



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  • homo erectus [n] - an early human form [image]
  • Cinnamon Fruit Toasties [n] - a breakfast cereal
  • take (this) the wrong way [exp] - become angry/offended
  • do it [exp] - have sex
  • sloppiness [n] - being dirty or messy
  • endearing [adj] - causing love
  • the department of sanitation [n] - the government office that picks up garbage
  • freak out [phv] - get scared
  • anthropologist [phv] - a scientist who studies prehistoric humans

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


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Ross Joey Monica
  • Ross is on a date with Cheryl.
  • Joey is one of Ross's best friends.
  • Monica is Ross's sister.
  • Monica is a very clean person (neat freak).


  1. Why does Ross mention homo erectus?
    Because he is an anthropologist.
    Because he wants to come into her apartment.
    Because he is making a sexual joke.

  2. Why does Ross stop when he enters Cheryl's apartment?
    Because the apartment is so messy.
    Because Cheryl is so beautiful.
    Because Cheryl is too aggressive.

  3. Who is Mitzi?
    Cheryl's roommate
    Cheryl's cat
    Cheryl's hamster

  4. Why does Ross mention Cinnamon Fruit Toasties?
    He loves breakfast cereal
    He is hungry.
    He wants to move the date to his apartment.

  5. Why doesn't Cheryl want to go to Ross's apartment?
    Because it is only their first date.
    Because Ross's apartment has a bad smell.
    because she doesn't like Ross romantically.

  6. What did Ross do next?
    He left.
    He tried to kiss Cheryl.
    He helped Cheryl clean her apartment.

  7. What does Ross tell Joey about Cheryl?
    He wants to see her again.
    Her apartment is garbage piled on garbage.
    Her sloppiness in endearing.

  8. What does Ross think his apartment smells like?

  9. What advice does Joey give Ross?
    Break up with her.
    Have sex with her in the messy apartment.
    Help her clean the apartment.

  10. What does Joey compare Cheryl to?
    a model
    a rat
    a pig

  11. What does Ross do with his jacket?
    He takes it off.
    He brushes away some mess.
    He sits on it.

  12. What does Ross sit in the mess?
    Because he is excited about kissing Cheryl.
    Because he wants to prove the mess doesn't bother him.
    Because he is tired.

  13. What disgusting things does Ross find/see while he is making out with (kissing) Cheryl?
    peanut butter
    chocolate sauce
    dirty pots
    sandwich meat
    something moving in a potato chip bag

  14. What does Cheryl think is in the potato chip bag?
    her hamster
    a rat
    potato chips

  15. What is actually in the potato chip bag?
    her hamster
    a rat
    potato chips

  16. When Cheryl talks to Monica, how does she feel about Ross?
    She seems quite angry.
    She seems a little disappointed.
    She seems very sad.

  17. Why does Monica visit Cheryl's apartment?
    She is angry at Cheryl.
    She wants to get Ross's jacket.
    She wants to clean Cheryl's apartment.

triangle Discussion

  1. What was your first thought when you saw Cheryl's apartment?
  2. What is the worst part about Cheryl's apartment - the dirty clothes, the food, the hamster, the rat?
  3. Do you think Ross is overreacting? What would you do in Ross's situation?
  4. Which is worse - a messy apartment or an apartment with bad smell?
  5. Are you more of a neat freak (a very clean person) or a slob (a very dirty person)?
  6. Could you date a really messy person like Cheryl?
  7. If you were dating Cheryl (or a man like Cheryl), how could you encourage her (him) to be cleaner?


Cheryl: Um, would you like to come in?

Ross: Did homo-erectus hunt with wooden tools?

Cheryl: According to recent findings!

Cheryl: Here Mitzi! Here Mitzi!

Ross: Mitzi is.....

Cheryl: My hamster. I hope she's okay, I haven't seen her in a while. Have a seat.

Ross: Uh... Oh hey, do you, uh ...do you have any, um, Cinnamon Fruit Toasties?

Cheryl: What?

Ross: Well, I do! Why don't we go back to my place, light a couple of candles, break open a box of Cinnamon Fruit Toasties, uh...

Cheryl: I'd rather not.

Ross: Oh, yeah, why not?

Cheryl: Okay, um, don't take this the wrong way, but your place kinda has a weird smell.

Joey: So, you just left? Her place was really that bad?

Ross: You know how you throw your jacket on a chair at the end of the day?

Joey: Yeah.

Ross: Well, like that, only instead of a chair, it's a pile of garbage. And instead of a jacket, it's a pile of garbage. And instead

of the end of the day, it's the end of time, and garbage is all that has survived! Here.

Joey: Wow. Thanks. So, uh, what happened?

Ross: What do you mean? Nothing happened! I had to get out of there.

Joey: All right, so... next time, you take her to your place.

Ross: No, I tried that. She says it has a weird smell.

Joey: What kind of smell?

Ross: I don't know. Soap?

Joey: All right, listen, Ross... you like this girl, right?

Ross: Yeah.

Joey: You wanna see her again, right?

Ross: Yeah.

Joey: So you're gonna have to do it in the mess!

Ross: Yeah, okay you're right.

Joey: Yeah.

Ross: I mean, uh, who... who cares about a little sloppiness?

Joey: Yeah!

Ross: It's, uh... it's endearing, really.

Joey: All right! Now you go get that beautiful pig! (Ross hesitates, looks unsure) Oink!

Cheryl: So you want to come inside?

Ross: Yes. Yes I do.

Cheryl: I'll be right back. Make yourself comfortable.

Cheryl: Guess who?

Ross: Department of Sanitation?

Cheryl: It's me!

Ross: Oh! Ah. Aw!

Cheryl: What?

Ross: Ah, Cheryl!

Cheryl: Oh, Ross!

Cheryl: Wait! No! No! It's my hamster! It's Mitzi!

Ross: Oh my god! I'm so sorry, Cheryl. I must have freaked out.

Cheryl: Oh, thank god, it's not Mitzi. It's just a rat.

Monica: Hi. Uh, you... you don't know me, I'm Monica Geller... Ross's sister.

Cheryl: Oh, yeah. Oh, you know, that's too bad that didn't work out.

Monica: Yeah. Anyway, he told me about your apartment. And, um, I couldn't sleep, thinking about it. So, uh, would it be okay if I cleaned it?

Monica: No?

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