She was also involved with an unpleasant-natured fellow high school student named Chip, who arrived late to take her out to the high school prom.
When it appeared that Chip was never going to arrive, Ross, after being encouraged by his parents Jack and Judy, decided to ask her out himself, but missed his chance when Chip arrived before he could ask her.
Ross and Rachel come back in with the cat and Rachel decides to search through the apartment building in a hunt for the cat's owner, which turns out to be a handsome Italian man, Rachel brings Paolo back and introduces the rest of the friends to him-it is clear to them all that she is attracted to him despite the fact that he doesn't speak much English, making Ross jealous.
When the power turns back on, Rachel is kissing Paolo which makes Ross upset.
Rachel's sorority sisters enter Central Perk and they rush over to Rachel and the four ladies reunite and hug.
The sorority sisters catch up and Monica and Phoebe mock the four ladies behind their backs.
Before he can get a chance to inform her of his true feelings however, a cat jumps on to his back, and he panics and flails around, trying to throw off the cat, which has by now dug its claws into him.
As it turns out however, Rachel and the others love Monica's new boyfriend, but unfortunately, Monica herself does not, and consequently breaks up with Alan which upsets Rachel and the others.
Rachel gets her first pay check ever and is excited until she learns that FICA takes most of her money.
She met Monica Geller for the first time when they were both six years old and they quickly became best friends, remaining exactly that from then until attending the same high school.
Rachel also soon met Monica's older brother, Ross, who developed a crush on her which he ultimately decided to keep to himself.