Ross takes this to mean that they've broken up, and sleeps with another woman.
Rachel gets back together with Ross the next day, but breaks up with him upon learning of his infidelity.
Critical reception towards Rachel has remained consistently positive throughout Friends decade-long run, with The A. Club attributing much of the show's early success to the character.
However, some of her storylines have been criticized, specifically her romantic relationship with her friend Joey during season ten.
Introduced in the show's pilot as a naive runaway bride who reunites with her childhood best friend Monica and relocates to New York City, Rachel gradually evolves from a spoiled, inexperienced "daddy's girl" into a successful businesswoman.
Portrayed by actress Jennifer Aniston, the character was created by show creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, and appeared in each of the show’s 236 episodes during its decade-long run, from its premiere on September 22, 1994 to its finale on May 6, 2004.
Rachel indirectly contributes to the demise of Ross and Emily's relationship when he accidentally utters Rachel's name while exchanging their wedding vows.
In season six, their annulment request is denied because of Rachel having leveled unfounded allegations against Ross, forcing the two to file for a divorce instead.
Rachel and Ross live together as non-romantic roommates during the first half of season nine.
At the end of season nine, Joey confesses that he has feelings for Rachel, and they decide to try dating.
When she goes to tell him, however, she finds that he has begun a relationship with a woman named Julie (Lauren Tom).
culminating in Rachel deciding that they should "take a break" from their relationship.
Rachel's popularity established her as the show's breakout character, who has since been named one of the greatest television characters of all time, while the character's second season haircut spawned an international phenomenon of its own.
Named the "Rachel" after her, the character's shag continues to be imitated by millions of women around the world and remains one of the most popular hairstyles in history, in spite of Aniston's own resentment towards it.
Rachel meets and befriends Monica’s friends Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt Le Blanc), and Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), while reuniting with Monica's older brother Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), who has harbored unrequited romantic feelings for her since high school.
Having previously relied on her parents' money her entire life with a sole goal of marrying wealthy, Rachel attempts to reinvent herself as an independent young woman by waitressing at Central Perk, a coffeehouse where her new friends regularly socialize.