Despite knowing that Paolo has the sexual self-control of a one-year-old Dalmatian at the dog park for the first time, Rachel decides it would be a great idea to tell him that Phoebe is a masseuse and where she works. He makes an appointment with her without asking her beforehand if she'd be comfortable massaging him, which she visibly isn't. He drops his robe in front of her, revealing he's totally naked; not even a courtesy towel around the waist. By the look on his face, he enjoys her discomfort.
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What's a little sexual harassment between friends?
As soon as Phoebe gets within groping distance, Paolo begins stroking her leg, and then grabs her butt with both hands. According to Section 130.52 of the New York state penal code, unwanted physical contact with a person's bathing suit areas is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail. But don't worry about the mood being ruined -- the moment (along with him showing off his concealed boner) evokes a huge laugh from the studio audience.
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Sexual assault in the workplace! *cue laugh track*
Phoebe is clearly very affected by this, as she tells all her friends at Central Perk what happened. Everyone except Rachel, of course. Instead of calling the police, or at least having him banned from the spa, or at even leaster calling Rachel immediately, Phoebe is just worried about Rachel being mad at her ... for ... cheating with her boyfriend? It's such a bizarre moment to watch, now that sexual assault is a thing. Ross encourages her to tell Rachel because it's "a feminist issue," but his tone makes it unclear if he means standing up for herself or letting her gal pal know that her boyfriend is a philandering dog.
But one thing's for sure: They all know for a fact that Rachel will be mad ... at Phoebe. Observe this interaction:
PHOEBE: She is gonna HATE me.
ROSS: Yeah, well ...
What. The. Hell.
If you were assaulted by a friend's romantic partner, that incident would be enough to tarnish that friendship for a long time, if not forever, regardless of how well each party handles it. The guilt of knowing you brought a predator into your close circle of friends, the regret of your friend losing someone they were falling for, the trauma of being violated in your workplace, the mutual shame of the whole moment. And that's without the added layer of being certain that your friend would blame it on you. That's a "see you never" moment if there ever was one.