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Holy Shit, It's Been 20 Years Since Rachel Told Ross "We Were On A Break!"

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On Feb. 20, 1997, Friends aired its 64th episode titled "The One With the Morning After" and with one line, a TV pop culture staple was born.

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Let's take a look back at how this magical one-liner came to be. And what's a trip down memory lane without Ross and Rachel's song? Press play and proceed.

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Ross was becoming more and more jealous of Mark, Rachel's boss, which resulted in a huge fight on their anniversary. Sick and tired of fighting, Rachel suggested they take a break.

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That night, after Ross leaves, Mark comes over to console Rachel and then won't keep his damn mouth shut when Ross calls to apologize.

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Assuming that his suspicions about Mark were right all along, Ross ends up sleeping with Chloe, the girl from the Xerox place.

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Ross spends the entire next day making sure that Rachel doesn't find out about his night with Chloe — which of course she does.

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After a night of arguing, they ultimately end up breaking up for good.

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It's also the night that "We were on a break!" was mentioned for the first time. And funny enough, despite it being Ross's line throughout the series, Rachel is actually the first one to say it.

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For the next seven seasons, "We were on a break!" became one the the series' most used running gags.

Here's a look back at all the times the iconic line came up:

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  1. But now, the real question: Were they actually on a break?

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But now, the real question: Were they actually on a break?
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    Yes, totally!
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    No, they totally weren't!
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    It's more complicated than that. I'll explain in the comments.