Rachel bizarrely does not see the multiple similarities between Ross and Russ, and even more bizarrely, neither do either of them.Rachel dates Russ as a rebound relationship after breaking up with Ross upon learning of a list of her pros and cons he had written up whilst trying to decide whether to date her or Julie, but the fact that she would date a man who resembles him so much - even if she hasn't noticed the aforementioned resemblances - seems to strongly imply that she is still attracted to him, and the other friends actually suggest this theory to her.Paul ends up falling in love with Rachel despite their age difference, and Rachel returns the feelings. Later, Paul ends up bringing Rachel on a date to his country house.Unbeknownst to Paul, Ross and Elizabeth are there too, and while Ross is hiding under the bed, he hears Paul give himself a pep talk which implies he is nervous about pleasing Rachel.
The two of them meet for the first time while she is working as a personal shopper at Bloomingdale's.
In season two, after Rachel finds out Ross is dating Julie, heartbroken and drunk, she has a one night stand with Paolo, but it doesn't amount to anything further than that.
Main Article: Ross and Rachel In "The One With Russ", Rachel dates a man named Russ, who to the bewilderment of her friends looks and acts eerily similar to Ross.
Rachel briefly regrets leaving Tag but shrugs it off.
In season eight, after Rachel is revealed to be pregnant, Phoebe recognizes a red sweater that the father of Rachel's baby wore and thought it was Tag's.