Friendship Trust Quotes Biography
He was born to Jack and Judy Geller and raised by them on Long Island, New York. He is the older brother of Monica, and attended the same high school as Rachel (as did Monica) where he eventually developed a crush on her which he kept to himself. He befriended a student named Will Colbert, who was frequently bullied by Rachel. Dealing with the fact that she never seemed to notice his feelings for her in a very immature way, Ross co-founded a "We-Hate-Rachel" Club with Will. To spite her, the two of them spread a rumour about her that everyone in the entire high school (apart from Rachel herself) heard about, the rumour in question being that she, as Ross put it, "had both male and female reproductive parts" and that, as Will put it, "her parents flipped a coin and decided to raise her as a girl." Ironically, Rachel unknowingly returned the favour in a way after catching Ross making out with Lincoln High School's fifty year old librarian, when she spread a rumour regarding this all over the high school (although Ross apparently didn't know that she'd seen him doing this or that everyone in the high school knew about it until many years later). In college, he met Chandler, and they became best friends. Later in life, Ross met and fell in love with Carol Willick. Drifting apart from Rachel over time, he and Carol were happily married until she fell in love with another woman, culminating in their divorce.
Ross is depressed over his divorce from Carol, until he is reunited. Ross realizes that he still has feelings for his high school crush, and he plans on telling her how he feels. His plans are ruined when Rachel meets Paolo, an Italian man living in the same building as her and Monica. They begin a relationship which causes Ross to become jealous and take a deep dislike to Paolo. The exception is when he overdoses on medicine during his Nana's funeral and says to Rachel, "I love you the most." Rachel, believing their relationship to be strictly platonic, tells Ross that she loves him as well. Frustrated, Ross exclaims, "You don't get it!" before he passes out with his head on Rachel's lap. His hatred for Paolo is so great that Chandler's mom, Nora Tyler-Bing, comforts him and tells him that someday he and Rachel will end up together. Ross ends up kissing Nora, which upsets Chandler. Rachel eventually breaks up with Paolo after he makes a move on Phoebe. Ross tries to tell Rachel how he feels, but changes his mind when Rachel tells him that she is sick of men. When the men and women play poker, Ross and Rachel become extremely competitive. When Rachel is told that she did not receive her dream job, she becomes depressed. Ross, feeling sympathy for the woman of his dreams, allows Rachel to win the game. Ross allows Rachel to monkey-sit Marcel, and he becomes angry when he learns that she lost his pet. His anger dissipates when Rachel gets the monkey back, and Ross decides to tell Rachel how he feels. His attempt is interrupted when Barry, Rachel's ex-fiancee', arrives at the apartment to tell Rachel that he can't marry Mindy because he may still be in love with Rachel. The next time he attempts to make a move on Rachel, he is interrupted by the announcement that Carol has gone into labor. While his ex-wife is in labor, Ross becomes involved in an argument with Susan Bunch, Carol's partner, about the name of the baby. The fight leads a disturbed Phoebe to drag them into a janitor's closet so they can talk it out. Unfortunately, all three are locked inside the closet. Phoebe puts on the janitor's uniform and climbs into an air vent, while Ross and Susan are let out in time for them to get to Carol. The name tag on the janitor's uniform has the name Ben on it, which leads Ross and Susan to agree on a name for the baby.
Ross leaves for China, shortly before Rachel's birthday. During Ross's absence, Chandler lets it slip that Ross is in love with Rachel. Reluctant to get into a relationship with Ross, Rachel decides to move on and forget the whole thing. But during a date with Carl, Rachel finds herself fantasizing about Ross. Ross's apparition convinces her to give it a shot. Rachel rushes to the airport to pick up Ross, not realizing that he is getting off the plane with his girlfriend.
Ross is happy with Julie, his new girlfriend, and he manages to temporarily forget about his feelings for Rachel. Due to a message that a drunken Rachel leaves on his answering machine, Ross learns that Rachel has feelings for him. Ross confronts her in Central Perk and storms out, only to return a few moments later to share a kiss with Rachel. With help from Chandler, Ross makes a list of pros and cons for both Rachel and Julie so he can decide which woman he wants to be with. He finally chooses and picks Rachel over Julie. But unfortunately, Rachel finds the list, gets mad at Ross and their friendship becomes strained. In The One With The Prom Video, when Rachel sees a video of Monica and herself getting ready for prom, Rachel's date, Chip Matthews didn't show up, Ross decided to go as her backup; but when he tried to ask her, it was too late... Chip showed up and left with Rachel, Monica and Monica's date, Roy Gublik, leaving Ross heartbroken. After Rachel sees this, she walks up to Ross and kisses him, causing her to forgive for the list and they finally start a relationship.
Ross and Rachel's relationship becomes strained when Mark Robinson offers Rachel a job at Bloomingdale's. Ross is convinced that the reason why Mark offered Rachel this job is because he's interested in her, and he becomes insanely jealous. When Rachel is forced to work on their one-year anniversary, Ross brings a picnic basket with food and candles to Rachel's office. After Rachel kicks him out of the office, Ross retreats to Monica's apartment. Rachel returns a few hours later, and they become involved in a heated argument. Tired of dealing with Ross's jealousy, Rachel suggests that they should take a break. Convinced that his relationship with Rachel is over, Ross gets drunk and has a one-night stand with Chloe. Rachel announces that she wants to work on their relationship, and Ross does what he can to hide his indiscretion from Rachel. His attempts fail, and Rachel breaks up with him. Embittered by the events that led up to their break-up, Ross and Rachel argue so much that their friends become caught in the crossfire. Eventually, Ross and Rachel begin to accept the fact that their relationship is over
After breaking up with Bonnie and sending her home, Ross pursues a relationship with Rachel. Rachel has written a 18-page letter, saying that she wants him to take full responsibility for everything that went wrong in their relationship. A very tired Ross falls asleep while reading the letter, so he agrees to it without having read it. After Rachel highlights again how much Ross has grown, he can't take it any longer and yells out that he does not agree with taking responsibility. Once again, their relationship comes to an end. Ross and Rachel start power games again, which results in a number of humorous events, including Rachel making Ross apologize to a cat.
Rachel talks a reluctant Ross into taking Emily Waltham, her boss's niece, to the opera. Rachel quickly regrets asking Ross to do this, as he and Emily fall for each other and end up spending the night in Vermont. The relationship develops very quickly, but Ross has problems with Emily having to go back to her home in England. He solves the dilemma by proposing to her, so she can move to the U.S. They arrange a wedding in London, but at the altar, he says Rachel's name instead of Emily's.