The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate (a.k.a. The One Where It All Began)
We're introduced to the gang as they hang out at one of two places: their favorite java hut, Central Perk, or Monica's apartment. Make that Monica and Rachel's apartment. After Rachel leaves her Mr. Potato Head-look-alike fiancé Barry at the altar, she moves in with Monica and discovers that independence sucks when you don't have Daddy's credit cards to rely on.
Ross's ex-wife, Carol, tells him she is pregnant and wants to give the baby both her and her female lover's last names, but not Ross's. Monica goes on a manic cleaning spree to impress her parents, who favor Ross. Phoebe notes, "You're all chaotic and twirly--and not in a good way." Meanwhile, Rachel finds out that the man she left at the altar went on "their honeymoon" with her maid of honor, Mindy.
Chandler's reunited with his beloved cigarettes, which the rest of his friends can't stand. Monica dates a man all her buddies love but with whom she's bored. And poor, honest Phoebe can't deal with the fact that her bank gave her one thousand dollars that isn't hers, plus a soda company gives her seven thousand more unwanted bucks after she finds a dismembered thumb in a can of soda.
When a pizza guy accidentally delivers a pizza meant for George Stephanopoulos--who lives across the street--to the female friends, the women decide to peek at the towel-clad former White House advisor with their binoculars. Meanwhile, Chandler and Joey take Ross, who is mourning the night he lost his virginity to Carol, to a hockey game.
Joey wants to get back together with a former girlfriend he dumped, so he tricks Monica into posing as his new gal pal. Ross helps Rachel, a laundry virgin, do her first load of wash. And Chandler has a difficult time breaking up with his annoying girlfriend, Janice.
Joey dobi vlogo v filmu Ala Pacina, kjer pa igra - njegovo rit!Chandler has second thoughts about an exotic married woman who wants him to be her sex toy. And Monica tries hard to prove to her friends that she really doesn't have a type-A personality and can be as kooky as the next anal-retentive chef.
Just as Phoebe's about to sing miserable folk songs at Central Perk, New York has a blackout. The gang returns to Monica and Rachel's apartment, where Ross is about to tell Rachel he likes her. Meanwhile, Chandler is stuck in an ATM vestibule with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, whom he desperately tries to impress.
Monica and Ross mourn the death of their grandmother Nana, and Monica and Mrs. Geller come to an unspoken understanding about the relationship between mothers and daughters. Meanwhile, Chandler is irritated by office speculation that he's gay.
Monica's first Thanksgiving dinner for the gang burns when they all run to the rooftop to see the runaway Underdog balloon from the parade. Joey wins his first modeling gig as the poster boy for VD. And Ross competes with Susan to "communicate" with his unborn baby.
The gang makes and breaks a pact to celebrate New Year's Eve without dates. Ross compensates for his loneliness by getting a roommate--a monkey named Marcel whom everyone adores. Well, everyone except Monica, who can't get past the feces-throwing thing. And Phoebe faces a difficult decision when she meets a shy physicist who's thinking about giving up a fellowship in Minsk to stay with her.
Chandler's romance novelist mom comes to New York to visit him and he's not sure how he feels about it, especially after Joey catches Mrs. Bing and Ross kissing. Meanwhile, Monica and Phoebe compete for the "attention" of Coma Guy, who gets hit by an ambulance after Monica woo-woo's at him on the street.
Everyone knows the sex of Ross's baby (it's a boy), except for Ross, who doesn't want to find out until it's born. Rachel's relationship with Paolo ends after he makes a pass at Phoebe. And though Monica hates him, she sends him off with one of the dozen lasagnas she made for her aunt, who doesn't want them anymore because they've got meat in them. Meanwhile, Chandler and Joey go shopping for a new kitchen table and come home with a Foozball table instead.
After Chandler accidentally sees Rachel wandering around topless after her shower, a chain reaction of nudity ensues when she tries to even the score by seeing his penis. Joey finds himself playing parent when he has to decide whether to hide his father's affair from his mom. And no one can stand Phoebe's new boyfriend, an irritating guy named Roger.
Ross's first date in nine years is on Valentine's Day with a beautiful neighbor. Susan and Carol, also out on a romantic date; end up at the same restaurant. Joey sets Chandler up on a blind date--with Janice. And Phoebe, Rachel and Monica decide to spend the holiday building a boyfriend bonfire in their apartment.
Monica cooks a gourmet meal for a restaurateur looking for a new chef. Unfortunately, he's stoned and would just as well eat taco shells as her haute cuisine. After working as a data processing permanent temp for five years, Chandler gets promoted to data processing supervisor, then quits. And Ross has a date with a beautiful colleague named Celia and gives new meaning to the term "spanking the monkey," when he brings her back to his place to meet Marcel. Celia wants to meet his pee-pee, but only if he'll talk dirty to her.
Joey falls for Phoebe's twin sister, Ursula, making Phoebe feel neglected. Meanwhile, Chandler finds himself between a rock and a hard place, when he is told to fire an employee he is attracted to. And Ross has doubts about parenthood when he attends Lamaze classes with Carol and Susan.
After weeks of procrastinating, Rachel finally takes down the Christmas light on their balcony, over to fall off the balcony and sprain her ankle. At the hospital, Rachel--who has no insurance--cajoles Monica into trading identities so she can use Monica's coverage. When Ursula breaks Joey's heart, Phoebe tries to fix it.
Tired of being referred to by customers as "Excuse me," Rachel interviews for a job as an assistant buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. She also sees another side of the usually docile Ross when the girls face the boys during a not-so-friendly game of poker.
The gang searches frantically for Marcel, who slipped out of the apartment while Rachel baby-sat him. After Marcel is found and safe, Ross finally gets up the courage to try to woo Rachel. But just when it looks like the two might actually spend a romantic evening alone together, Barry, the ex-Mr. Potato Head, barges into the apartment declaring his love for her.
Rachel and Barry start dating again, which is kind of awkward because he's now engaged to Mindy, who wants Rachel to be her maid of honor. But when Rachel finds out that Mindy and Barry had an affair while she was engaged to Barry, the two women decide to give Barry what for. Meanwhile, Chandler goes nuts when a woman he likes won't return his phone calls.
When Monica's credit card is stolen, she, along with Phoebe and Rachel, decide to catch the thief. Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. And when Ross finds out that Marcel has reached sexual maturity and needs to be with other monkeys, he tries to get him accepted into the Harvard of zoos.
After losing his virginity to her, Monica's boyfriend Young Ethan reveals that he's a high school senior. Rachel has erotic dreams about Joey and Chandler, making Ross both disgusted and envious. And when Phoebe temps as Chandler's secretary, she finds out that no one at work likes him anymore.
As Monica's biological clock ticks away like a time bomb, Carol goes into labor. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences--but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to deliver the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OB-GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts.
Joey's new girlfriend wants to go to bed with him but he can't yet. He's participating in a fertility study. During Rachel's birthday party, Chandler accidentally lets it slip that Ross is in love with her. However, Ross is on his way to China to identify a bone for the museum. Monica is excited about becoming friends-in-law with her roommate but gets defensive when Rachel can't decide about whether she wants to be more than friends with Ross. But when she finally makes up her mind, it may be too late. Returning from China, with Rachel waiting at the gate, Ross is with another woman with whom he is obviously involved.
Rachel waits patiently at the airport for Ross, not knowing he is returning with a new girlfriend, Julie. Meanwhile, after giving Joey and Chandler new haircuts, Phoebe is persuaded to cut Monica's hair, but gives her an awful haircut. And Joey learns that his tailor is a very naughty man.
The guys are uncomfortable with Carol's breast milk and Rachel is uncomfortable with Monica's growing friendship with Julie. Meanwhile, Joey competes with a fellow cologne spritzer for the affections of a beautiful colleague.
After Mr. Heckles dies and leaves all his belongings to Monica and Rachel, Chandler discovers eerie similarities between the late eccentric man and his own life. Ross and Phoebe have a dispute over the progression of evolution.
The gang is amazed to learn that Phoebe married a gay Canadian ice dancer to help him get his green card. And Ross seeks relationship advice from Rachel after revealing that he and Julie have yet to consummate their relationship.
When a sexy woman calls the wrong number, Chandler seeks to make the most of the situation. And income issues divide the friends: the well-off Ross, Chandler and Monica versus the not-so-well-off Phoebe, Rachel and Joey. This all changes, however, when Monica is accused of taking kickbacks and fired.
Chandler and Joey baby-sit Ross's son Ben and accidentally lose him while scoping babes on a bus. Phoebe loses her Central Perk singing gig to a professional singer. And Ross has an allergic reaction to Monica's kiwi-lime pie.
A drunken Rachel is persuaded to call Ross and reveals her feelings for him on his answering machine. And when he finds out, he must make the choice between her and Julie. Meanwhile, Monica finds work as Chandler's personal trainer and Phoebe has a hard time trying to get her boyfriend to have sex with her.
Ross must choose between Rachel and Julie and enlists Joey and Chandler's help in making a list of the pros and cons of each. Big mistake. Meanwhile, Monica gets a job making food with a synthetic chocolate substitute called Mockolate.
It's Christmas time and Monica tries tipping with cookies, rather than cash, with mixed results. Phoebe learns that the guy in the picture frames her grandmother keeps around is not her father and tries to track down her real father. And Chandler and Joey wait too late to shop for presents.
Monica gets back together with Fun Bobby, but discovers that when he's not drinking, he's not so fun. Joey wins the role of Dr. Drake Ramoray, a neurosurgeon, on Days of Our Lives. And Rachel, dating a guy named Russ, can't see his uncanny resemblance to Ross.
Ross's ex and her lesbian lover tie the knot, providing Monica with a job: catering the wedding. Phoebe is possessed by the spirit of an eighty-two year old massage client who dies in the middle of a session. Mrs. Adelman cannot depart until she's "seen everything" (needless to say, her spirit departs after the lesbian wedding). And Rachel's mom comes to visit and drops a bombshell: she's getting divorced from Rachel's dad.
Ross goes to visit Marcel while on a trip to California, and finds that the monkey is working in commercials. Joey gets his first fan letter and ends up dating the woman, who turns out to be a stalker who thinks that the happenings on Days of Our Lives are real. Phoebe is asked to sing for the children at the library, but their parents are horrified by her lyrics.
Rachel and Monica compete for the affections of Jean-Claude Van Damme after meeting him on a movie set. Chandler meets a former schoolmate, a makeup artist, who seems hot for him. An excited Joey gets a role as an extra in the movie. And Ross and Marcel go on a whirlwind tour of the city.
After getting his big break, with Days of Our Lives, Joey pays Chandler back with $812 and an extremely tacky bracelet. Also, an unemployed Monica is hard up for money. And Monica and Rachel's prom video reveals Monica's former girth, Rachel's former nose and the way Ross has always felt about Rachel. This video brings Rachel to forgive Ross for the list.
Joey buys a big screen TV and two leather recliners with his newfound money. He and Chandler then spend a day refusing to leave the chairs. They even have food delivered to the girls apartment so they don't have to answer the door. Monica has a catering job for a friend of her parents, the attractive Dr. Burke. She ends up kissing him the next day at an un-needed eye exam and though there is a 21-year age difference between them, they begin dating. Ross and Rachel attempt to have their first real date, but Rachel laughs every time they kiss. When they try again the next evening, they are interrupted when Ross is called into the museum. It's too late to go to the restaurant so they have a picnic in the planetarium and end up waking up the next day naked in the display area with a group of Catholic school children looking in.
After having a fight with Chandler, Joey decides to move out. Rachel and Phoebe decide to get tattoos. And on his birthday, Mr. Geller receives the unsettling news that his best friend, Richard, and his daughter, Monica, are dating.
Phoebe is discovered by a record producer who wants to make "Smelly Cat" a video. Ross's new relationship with Rachel makes Monica feel like she's living with her brother again...and she hates it. And Joey considers moving back in with Chandler, but Chandler has a new roommate.
Joey finds out the hard way that it's not wise to boast false things: His soap opera character gets dropped down an elevator shaft. Phoebe helps Chandler bond with his new roommate...much to Chandler's horror. And sexual history dominates the discussion between two couples--Monica and Richard, and Ross and Rachel.
Creeped out by his bizarre new roommate, Chandler demands he move out. Eddie agrees...but doesn't go. Joey has trouble coming to grips with the death of Dr. Drake Ramoray and the accompanying change in his lifestyle. And a new book on employment for women inspires the female friends to have a "goddess meeting."
Phoebe's world view is shattered when she learns how "Old Yeller" really ends. Monica becomes jealous when Richard begins going out with other people, namely Joey and Chandler. And Rachel becomes upset when she learns that Ross has planned their whole life together.
Chandler and Ross run into two bullies at the coffee shop; one of whom steals Chandler's hat. After trying to avoid them, the guys confront the bullies and are ready to fight. When a thief steals their stuff, the bullies join Ross and Chandler in trying to get it back. Monica, down to her last few dollars of savings, plays the stock market based solely on the ticker symbols. After she loses it all she's forced to take a job at a 50s theme restaurant where she'll have to dance and wear "flame retardant boobs." Phoebe makes multiple attempts to go visit her birth father and when she finally does, she finds out he's no longer there. She does meet her half-brother, though.
The gang plans a surprise party for Rachel, but the real surprise is when both of her estranged parents show up. "Think!" urges Chandler. "What would Jack and Chrissy do?" Why, split it into two parties, of course--one for each parent. But complications inevitably ensue...
Phoebe catches chicken pox just as her old flame Ryan arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Even though he hasn't yet had chicken pox, he can't stand to be apart and they both spend the rest of the time trying to not scratch. Joey gets a job at Chandler's office but decides to play it as a role. The character he creates, Joseph, has a wife and kids and ultimately blames Chandler for his own screwup. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have a "thing": an unexplainable quirk. He eventually comes up with one to ease her mind.
Rachel agrees to be maid of honor at her ex-fiancé's wedding, but a fashion faux pas focuses attention away from the bride. To get a role in Warren Beatty's new movie, Joey needs to practice kissing...guys. Monica ponders her future with Richard and Chandler falls for a mystery woman on the Internet...who turns out to be Janice!
Ross reveals a fantasy to Rachel involving a certain "Star Wars" character. Monica suffers from insomnia after her breakup with Richard. And Chandler, back together with Janice, wants Joey to bond with her.
Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for an important banquet at the museum but no one is co-operating. Chandler and Joey fight over who gets to sit in a comfortable chair. Monica acts goofy over a message on the answering machine from Richard. Rachel can't decide what to wear and Phoebe (the only one ready on time) gets a spot on her dress. When Ross gets so upset that no one is ready that he yells at Rachel. She is so upset that she decides to not go. Ross apologizes and is ready to drink a glass of fat to prove he is sorry when Rachel accepts the apology.
Phoebe dates a man who thinks he's stalking her twin sister. Ross and Rachel give Chandler "boyfriend" lessons. Monica uses her free time after breaking up with Richard to make jam and considers insemination through a sperm bank.
Phoebe pretends to be Joey's agent and has some success in getting him auditions. Ultimately, however, she is unable to deal with the rejection that comes with acting, and quits. Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit. He spends the time trying to get him to give up the doll and eventually replaces it with a G.I. Joe. When Carol and Susan come to pick up Ben, Monica tells them that Ross used to dress in his mother's clothes and play tea party. Chandler is advancing in his relationship with Janice and, realizing that he has a fear of commitment, goes to the girls for advice. When he decides to become super-committed, he ends up scaring Janice. He ends up just coming clean and being himself and the relationship survives.
Phoebe's half-brother visits and she offers to buy him a massage, but they have trouble bonding. Joey attempts to build an entertainment center. Ross is challenged to name the five celebrities he'd like to sleep with most.
When Monica buys a new bed from Janice's soon-to-be-ex-husband, "The Mattress King," the wrong one is delivered. Rachel's attempts to have her father and Ross bond fail, until she stops trying. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class.
When Chandler is about to buy Janice an expensive gift, Joey tells him that he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Chandler confronts Janice and she admits that she is confused about what she should do and can't chose between the two men. After much soul-searching and some advice from Joey, Chandler realizes he has to let her go back and try to make things work with her husband. While Rachel is babysitting Ben, Monica accidentally bumps his head into a post. The girls attempt to hide the bump under a hat but Ben keeps saying "Monica bang." When Ross finds the bump, he assumes that it was Rachel's fault, but she rats out Monica. Ross then gets to torture her by pretending Ben is seriously injured. Phoebe is convinced that she is cursed because every time she goes to the dentist, someone around her dies. After she is forced to go to the dentist, she calls everyone she knows and they are all alive. Ugly Naked Guy, however, has been lying in the same position without moving all day. The friends tie together a bunch of chopsticks into a giant poking device that they use to prod Ugly Naked Guy. He turns out to be alive and not very happy about being poked.
Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving as Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a model and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry.
Rachel makes a rash decision after Gunther tells her she needs to be retrained. Phoebe tries to help Joey when he gets a job selling Christmas trees. And Ross accidentally breaks a girl's leg and tries to make it up to her.
Ross becomes jealous when he thinks he catches Rachel's new coworker whispering sweet nothings in her ear. After Joey lies on his resume, he is forced to teach a very hard dance to an entire Broadway cast. And Monica dates a busboy who hates Americans.
Monica's willpower is tested when she runs into Richard at the video store. Joey agrees to read "Little Women" while Rachel agrees to read "The Shining." And Phoebe's athletic date has a problem with short shorts.
Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner, who thinks "Smelly Cat" has hit potential. Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg. And Rachel's new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross.
Ross seeks solace at a party after a bitter fight with Rachel and ends up in the arms of another woman. Phoebe dates a diplomat who needs an interpreter to communicate with her. And Chandler and Joey ponder a ménage a trois with a woman who seems hot for both of them.
Ross tries to prevent Rachel from learning that he slept with Chloe, the copy store employee. When she finds out anyway and they go back to her apartment and have a fight, the other four friends are trapped in Monica's bedroom, forced to listen in as Rachel decides to break up with Ross.
A desperate Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers, who turns out to be very, very well-off. Phoebe's half-brother visits and announces he is getting married to a much, much older woman. And Chandler uses a hypnosis tape to quit smoking, with surprising results.
Rachel goes on her first date after splitting from Ross...and it's with Mark. Joey develops a crush on his costar in his new play. And Monica continues to date Pete, even though she is still not attracted to him.
Rachel regrets making a date for Chandler and her boss, Joanna. Joey's interest in Kate intensifies after they sleep together. And Monica's aunt dies, leaving her an antique dollhouse, with which Monica doesn't want Phoebe to play with.
Monica considers a dream job in Pete's new restaurant, but Phoebe fears there is more to the deal. Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. And Ross misses a panel for the Discovery Channel to help Rachel, who may have a broken rib.
At the premiere of Joey's big play; Ross alone concludes that Rachel's date is insane. Joey falls in love with Kate, but she gets a big job in Los Angeles and takes it. And poor Phoebe is on hold for days with a company she needs to talk to before her phone warranty expires.
Afflicted with a mysterious skin condition on his butt, Ross seeks advice from Phoebe's herbalist. Phoebe can't decide whether to date a sensitive, muscular fireman or a sensitive, muscular schoolteacher. And Monica can't decide about Pete when she thinks he is going to propose.
To Monica's horror, Pete plans to be in an ultimate fight, and when he can't win but won't give up, she must decide her future with him. Chandler has a problem when his new boss is slaphappy. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date with a woman who used to be bald.
The gang goes to the beach. In search of her father, Phoebe meets a family friend with links to her family's past, who may know more than she's letting on. Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him, and must choose between sex-crazy, but bald, Bonnie and Rachel, the love of his life. After the gang plays strip poker, Joey winds up sleeping naked on the beach. And Chandler wonders why Monica doesn't think he's serious after he asks her if she would ever go out with him.
Ross chooses between Rachel and his bald-headed girlfriend Bonnie. Phoebe discovers that her mother's friend is actually her mother. And Joey, Chandler and Monica accidentally do something they shouldn't (namely, pee on each other to relieve the pain of jellyfish stings).
Phoebe believes that her adoptive mother's spirit resides in a cat that jumped into her guitar case in Central Perk. Monica goes on a date with Rachel's hunky high-school boyfriend, who was cool in high-school, but a failure now. And when Joey and Chandler decide to sell the entertainment center, Joey takes stupidity to a new level.
Monica caters a party for her mother, who still doesn't quite know how to talk to her daughter. Chandler's encounter with Rachel's boss leads to an embarrassing situation. And an encyclopedia salesman takes advantage of Joey.
Chandler hits on a woman at Central Perk, not realizing she is Joey's new girlfriend. He soon realizes he is very attracted to, possibly in love, with her. Ross and Rachel play the jealousy game in their relationships. And Phoebe desperately tries to catch a cold after discovering that her voice is sexier and her singing better when she has phlegm in her throat.
Ross's new girlfriend seems nearly perfect until he visits her house and discovers that her apartment is incredibly dirty. Chandler helps Joey pick out a thoughtful present for Kathy's birthday. Rachel attempts to finish a crossword puzzle by herself. And Phoebe helps Monica cater a funeral.
Chandler must decide between the girl of his dreams and his best friend when he and Kathy share a passionate kiss. Needless to say, Joey is not happy to find out about Kathy and Chandler. And nobody wants to tell Ross how awful his keyboard playing is.
Chandler agrees to spend Thanksgiving in a shipping crate as penance for kissing Kathy. The gang decides to give each other Secret Santa gifts. After Monica gets ice in her eye, she ends up visiting Richard's son, who is as attracted to Monica as his father was.
Chandler and Ross's high-school friend Gandolf is planning to come to town. Gandolf is "the party wizard." Ross and Chandler are very excited until Gandolf cancels. However, they decide to make their own party with Joey's help. Joanna squashes Rachel's chance at a promotion. And when Monica fills in for a friend as food critic for a small newspaper, she must decide between a steady job as head chef of a restaurant she panned or keeping her catering business with her friend Phoebe.
Ross must decide whether to continue dating a girl he must travel two-and-a-half hours to see. Chandler sets Rachel up with a coworker who misunderstands her intentions. Monica is being treated poorly by her new coworkers so she hires Joey just so she can fire him and show who's the boss. And Phoebe tries to write the perfect holiday song.
Phoebe considers her options when her brother visits with his new wife and asks her to carry their child. Joey works as a tour guide at Ross's museum and tries to tear down the walls between tour guides and scientists. And Chandler seeks advice from Monica and Rachel after he fears that he will not live up to Kathy's sexual expectations--especially since the last guy she slept with before him was Joey.
Joey and Chandler guess all the items that Monica and Rachel had in a bag after coming home from the market. This starts a competition between the boys and the girls, a question-answer game created by Ross. The sex that knows the most about the other one wins. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes to the doctor to get the embryos implanted in her uterus. The game ends tied, so Ross prepares the "Lightning Round." Monica and Chandler raise the bet: if the girls win, the boys get rid of the chick and the duck, but if the boys win, they have to switch apartments. At the end, the boys win because the girls don't know Chandler's job. Just when the two couples are changing apartments, Phoebe surprises everyone announcing she is pregnant.
Chandler can't deal with the fact that Kathy simulates sex, half-naked, in a play, with a very handsome man. After Rachel is demoted to personal shopper, she is in a hard place after she discovers that she likes a customer. And Monica wants to play hostess again after telling Joey that since he now has the bigger apartment, he must constantly have company over.
After a three-day fishing trip with his dad, Joey is in a jam when he doesn't have time to take a shower before going to the set of Charlton Heston's new movie. Rachel, continuing to fawn over clothing shopper Joshua, sets Ross up with her boss's niece when she is unable to take her to the opera. Ross ends up spending a weekend in Vermont with the niece, Emily. And while Chandler is despondent after his breakup with Kathy, the girls take him to a strip club.
Ross and Emily run into some of Emily's rugby playing friends from England. After Emily laughs at the idea of Ross playing rugby, he insists on playing even though the others are much bigger and more athletic. He proceeds to get beaten badly until Emily tells him all the other players' physical weaknesses so that he can inflict some pain of his own. Chandler runs into Janice and in an attempt to head off a relationship before it starts says that he is moving to Yemen. Unable to get away from Janice or find a way out of his lie, he ends up packing his belongings and heading out on a flight bound for Yemen. Monica, recently moved into the guys former apartment, goes nuts because she can't figure out what a light switch does. After making holes in the wall to follow the wire and calling the super and an electrician, she gives up. As she flips the switch off and on, we see the TV in the girls old apartment turn off and on.
Chandler and Joey discover that they're getting a free porno station on their TV. Mr. Treeger advises them not to turn it off. Monica convinces Ross to tell Emily how he really feels before her plane leaves. At an OB/GYN appointment, Phoebe discovers that she is carrying triplets. However, Frank Jr. and Alice are not prepared for triplets. Ross tells Emily he loves her, but she gets on her plane anyway. Phoebe looks for ways to make money. Emily calls Ross from London. Monica convinces Ross to go to London. While Ross is in London, Emily shows up at Joey and Chandler's. Over the phone, she tells Ross that she loves him.
A very pregnant Phoebe is asked to name one of the triplets. Emily offers to show Susan around London. Rachel tries to prepare the perfect evening for herself and Joshua. Emily loves Susan. Phoebe decides that the boy will be named either Chandler or Joey. Joey accidentally tells Chandler he has an awful name. The chick and duck wander over to Rachel's apartment and freak out Joshua, so they go to his parents' house. Ross worries about losing another woman to Susan. Joshua's parents come home unexpectedly. Chandler disowns his name and tries to find himself a new name. The girls convince Ross not to let what happened with Carol happen with Emily. In order to keep Chandler from legally changing his name, Phoebe decides to name the baby Chandler. Chandler reveals to Joey that it was all a trick.
Monica and Rachel are tired of their new apartment. Ross, sporting an earring, wants Emily to stay as she prepares to leave again. Phoebe is wearing "Santa" pants. Monica and Rachel try to bribe Joey and Chandler into giving up their apartment for Knicks tickets. They play high card for the apartment and tickets and Joey and Chandler win. Ross asks Emily to move in with him, but changes his mind and asks her to marry him. She says yes. While Joey and Chandler are at the Knicks game, Monica and Rachel switch the apartments. And when Ross and Emily tell the gang, Rachel tries to put on a happy face.
A snoring Joey is keeping Chandler awake. Ross asks Monica to pick up Emily's wedding dress for him. Ross talks to Rachel about the wedding and she says she's fine with it because of Joshua. Monica tries on Emily's wedding dress and keeps it on. Chandler sends Joey to a sleep clinic. Phoebe gets her own wedding dress. Rachel predicts that Ross and Emily will not last because of their hasty engagement; however, Ross announces that they have decided to marry in a month in London. Rachel proposes to Joshua and he turns her down. Chandler meets a woman at the sleep clinic. Phoebe and Monica find life in wedding attire has its charm. Joey gets a mouth guard to stop him from snoring. Rachel confides to Monica and Phoebe that she's not okay with Ross's marriage after breaking up with Joshua. Chandler's new girlfriend screams in her sleep and keeps Joey awake.
Ross and Emily discuss who to invite to their wedding. He wants to invite Rachel while Emily thinks it's odd. Ross sends her an invitation anyway. The gang receives their invitations, all except for Chandler, as they reminisce about Ross and Rachel's up-and-down relationship. However, a very pregnant Phoebe can't go. Rachel wrestles with the idea of going to the wedding and after deciding against it, breaks down and cries on Monica's shoulder.
Phoebe is tired of being pregnant and experiencing major mood swings. Ross chooses Joey as his best man. The girls decide to throw Phoebe a baby shower after they're not invited to the bachelor party. Joey orders strippers after Ross says not to. Monica and Rachel get Phoebe presents that she can use after her pregnancy because she can't keep the babies. Chandler tries to draw attention away from Joey at the bachelor party. Joey sleeps with the stripper and awakes to find Emily's ring missing and the stripper gone. The guys set up a sting to get the ring back. Phoebe experiences false labor. It turns out that the stripper didn't take the ring but the duck ate it. Ross decides to have two best men.
Monica freaks out about the trip to London. Joey annoys Chandler by saying "London, baby," over and over. Ross is annoyed that Rachel won't come. In London, Chandler is embarrassed about touring with Joey. Emily worries about the wedding and Ross reassures her. Rachel tries taking care of Phoebe but Phoebe clues her in to her feelings for Ross. Joey buys an ugly hat and Chandler goes back to the hotel. Monica gives Emily advice, so Emily decides to postpone the wedding and she and Ross argue. Phoebe tries to help Rachel get over Ross. Joey shows Chandler highlights of his trip on videocamera, including his meeting with the Duchess of York. Ross confronts Monica, who agrees to help him. Ross and Emily make up and decide to go ahead as planned. Rachel decides to go to London and Phoebe tries to talk her out of it.
Phoebe calls to warn Emily of Rachel's impending arrival, but can't get through. The parents meet at the rehearsal dinner. Joey is homesick, but one of the bridesmaids fixes that. Rachel forgets her passport, but is soon on her way anyway. Chandler and Joey make toasts as the parents squabble. A drunken Chandler and Monica sleep together. Phoebe talks to Joey and warns him. Monica and Chandler act awkwardly around each other. The bridesmaid distracts Joey and Rachel sneaks through into the church. Ross is surprised but Rachel doesn't tell him of her feelings. Monica and Chandler decide to meet later. While reciting his vows, Ross mistakenly calls Emily "Rachel" as Rachel watches tearfully and the minister asks "Should I go on?"
The ceremony continues and Ross and Emily are married, but Emily is not happy. Phoebe continues to harass Mrs. Waltham via phone. Monica and Chandler try to come to an agreement about their passion, insisting that it won't leave London with them. Ross freaks out while Emily secretly climbs out her bedroom window. Chandler and Monica search for a place to have sex, but keep getting interrupted. Ross begs Emily's parents to tell her that he loves her and to meet him at the airport if she's still interested. Back in New York, Chandler and Monica break their new rule. While waiting on standby, Rachel runs into Ross at the airport. When it appears that Emily isn't coming, he invites her on his honeymoon with him. However, Emily arrives at the last moment and sees Ross about to get on the plane with Rachel. She runs away and Ross chases after her, leaving Rachel alone on a plane to Greece.
Monica and Chandler narrowly escape Joey catching them in the bathtub together. The gang waits at home for Rachel to arrive from Greece, as Ross accidentally refers to her as his wife. Rachel places Monica in charge of her love life. Chandler prepares to go to work and mistakenly kisses Monica in front of Phoebe and Rachel, but quickly kisses them to cover it up. Rachel ignores Monica's advice and neglects a date to cheer up Ross, with further plans to tell him that she still loves him. The next morning, Phoebe is depressed that she didn't get to go to London so the gang decides to go to Atlantic City for the weekend. Rachel finally tells Ross her feelings for him but he says it's just not the time for it. Everybody meets up at Monica and Rachel's to go to Atlantic City, but Phoebe's water breaks.
The gang arrives at the hospital for Phoebe to have the triplets. Phoebe's doctor cannot come because she hit her head in the shower. Joey is having sympathy pains. Phoebe's new doctor is obsessed with Fonzie. Frank Jr. arrives to help with "the LaMazda." Rachel sets Monica and herself up with male nurses. Joey's pain turns out to be kidney stones. Phoebe decides that she wants to keep one of the babies. Joey prepares to pass his stones as Phoebe begins to push the babies out. Three healthy babies are born: Frank Jr. Jr. (not a typo), Leslie and Chandler.
Ross tries to track down Emily by phone. Joey thinks he's hosting a telethon for PBS; this brings up bad memories for Phoebe. Ross talks to Emily. Monica tells Rachel she has a secret boyfriend, who's the best she's ever had. Chandler overhears this and can't stop asking questions about himself, taking advantage of their situation. Emily wants Ross to move to London. Joey turns out to be a pledge-taker, competing for on-air time. Phoebe tries to find a selfless good deed because Joey told her she couldn't. Emily agrees to come see Ross and try to make their marriage work, but only if he doesn't see Rachel anymore. Phoebe donates money to the pledge drive as a selfless good deed. Without knowing what she's helping with, Rachel talks Ross into giving into Emily's decision.
Monica and Chandler prepare to go away together to Atlantic City. Ross prepares to tell Rachel that he can't see her anymore. Things keep interrupting Ross when he tries to tell Rachel. In Atlantic City, Monica wants to switch rooms because of cleanliness factors, while Chandler wants to watch TV; they have a fight. When Ross finally tells Rachel, she gets mad. The hotel almost blows Chandler and Monica's cover. Ross's decision threatens to split the group apart. Joey figures out who Chandler's been seeing and Chandler and Monica swear him to secrecy.
Joey is uncomfortable with Monica and Chandler making out in the guys' apartment. Emily thinks that Ross should get rid of all of his old possessions, as well as his old apartment. Monica and Rachel think that Bigfoot has moved into their building. Phoebe's mom gives her a fur coat, leaving Phoebe upset until she has a change of heart. Ross says goodbye to his old apartment while Joey voices his opinions about Emily. Ross tells Joey and the rest of the gang off. "Bigfoot", no longer with the beard, argues with Rachel after insulting her; they end up going for pizza together. Ugly Naked Guy returns. Rachel eats with the gang and when Emily calls, Ross tells her that Rachel is there after she gets upset. Emily tells Ross that she can't trust him and they decide to end the marriage.
Ross has been kicked out of his apartment so Chandler and Joey offer him a place to stay until he gets back on his feet. Phoebe is interested in the health inspector at Monica's restaurant. Ross moves in and immediately starts annoying Chandler and Joey; likewise, Chandler and Joey annoy him. Phoebe goes out with the inspector. Rachel's playing games with Danny from across the hall. Phoebe's inspector keeps shutting the gang's favorite restaurants down but she tells him to stop after he nearly shuts Central Perk. Chandler and Joey try to get Ross to move out by making him look at apartments but then decide that they want him to stay.
The One With The Thanksgiving Flashbacks (a.k.a. The One With All The Thanksgivings)
The gang is relaxing after Thanksgiving dinner. Ross's bitching about his second divorce prompts the gang to reminisce about past bad Thanksgivings. In 1978, Chandler learns that his father has been sleeping with the Bing's pool boy. In 1862, Phoebe experiences war (past-life). In 1992, Joey gets Monica's turkey stuck on his head. In 1987, a fat Monica meets Chandler (complete with flock-of-seagulls hair) for the first time and he accidentally insults her. The next year, in 1988, a much slimmer Monica plans to get back at Chandler but accidentally drops a knife on his toe, severing it. Back in present day, when Chandler gets mad about the reasons behind the knife incident, Monica puts a turkey on her head to get him happy and he unintentionally says "I love you" to her.
Joey makes himself look stupid covering up Chandler and Monica's relationship. Phoebe convinces Rachel to take a literature class with her. Someone at the museum ate Ross's prized sandwich; Phoebe writes a threatening note for his next lunch. Rachel steals Phoebe's thoughts and looks smart, making Phoebe mad. As a result of Phoebe's note, Ross is now called "Mental" Ross at the museum. Joey looks stupid again. Ross's boss ate the sandwich; Ross goes mental and is suspended and sent to anger management therapy. Phoebe tricks a dumb Rachel. Chandler's nudie picture of Monica ends up in Joey's hands as all of the friends arrive to see. However, Joey covers by saying that he and Monica slept together once--in London--and that Monica is a sex addict.
Joey teaches Ross how to be unemployed. Phoebe is working for the Salvation Army during the holidays. Monica is tired of Rachel's obsessing about Danny and asks him to go out with her. Ross convinces Joey to write a play about himself. Phoebe is distressed after finding out that New Yorkers are mean. Rachel meets Danny's sister and is dismayed when the two seem a little too playful. Phoebe vows a return to "Street Phoebe."
With the New Year, the friends make New Year's resolutions. Ross resolves to try a new thing every day. Chandler resolves to not make fun of his friends for a week. Joey resolves to learn how to play the guitar, with Phoebe as his teacher. Rachel resolves to give up gossiping. Chandler nearly goes insane holding it all in. Ross is stuck in a sticky situation at his date's apartment, in constricting and hot leather pants. Rachel discovers a big secret (Monica and Chandler) that threatens to spoil her resolution.
An upset Ross announces that Emily is getting married again. To cope with this, he hooks up with the dreaded Janice. However, Ross drives Janice crazy. At an office party, Monica discovers Chandler's "work laugh," an obnoxious fake laugh invented to laugh at unfunny jokes. She then becomes further disturbed after discovering how much he sucks up. Rachel finds it hard to pretend that she doesn't know about Monica and Chandler and finally tells Monica that she knows. Monica plays it off, albeit poorly, so Rachel lets her keep the secret.
Monica gives Chandler a painful massage. Joey wears a top hat for an audition. A disgusted Rachel offers to dress him. Phoebe's grandmother died. Rachel hooks Joey up with a "shoulder bag." Phoebe tells Ursula, who is disinterested. At the memorial service, Phoebe meets her father, who plays it off and runs away. At his audition, Joey's bag distracts the casting people. Phoebe and her father talk at Central Perk.
Ugly Naked Guy is moving out and Ross thinks it would be neat to have his apartment. While checking out the vacant apartment, Phoebe accidentally sees Monica and Chandler "together" through the window. Rachel, Joey and Phoebe decide to use the "secret" to their advantage and play a joke on the two lovebirds. So, Phoebe hits on Chandler just to make them jealous. However, it gets complicated when Monica and Chandler figure out that Phoebe and Rachel know and decide to turn the tables. Until Rachel and Phoebe figure out that Monica and Chandler know that they know. It all culminates in everybody finding out. Ross, however, doesn't find out till he's moved into his new apartment and gets an eyeful the same way that Phoebe did.
Ross confronts Chandler about his sister but decides he's okay with it. Joey's new girlfriend gets a little slaphappy. Ross insults the head of the tenant's association by refusing to donate $100 to the retiring janitor, causing the whole building to hate him. Chandler is worried about people jinxing the relationship with endless talk of babies and weddings. Monica asks for some time after Chandler obsesses too much. Ross throws a party to win his neighbors over, but it's a bust. Rachel kicks Joey's girlfriend after she gets slaphappy with her. Chandler proposes to Monica from a bout of self-pity; she talks him out of it and makes a joke of it.
Joey has a dream about Monica. Phoebe finds a police badge under her seat at Central Perk and uses it to go on missions of mercy. Ross buys a sofa but has trouble moving it up the stairs into his new apartment.
Monica and Chandler try to prove that they're more hot and heavy than Phoebe and Gary. Rachel accidentally kisses her job interviewer at Ralph Lauren. Joey tries to meet a girl living in Ross's building, but Ross meets her first.
Ben gets the opportunity to audition for a soup commercial. Joey uses it as a chance to get his own audition as the father in the commercial. It's Rachel's first day at Ralph Lauren. Monica and Phoebe plan a surprise birthday party for her. Rachel's new coworkers and boss smoke, making important decisions outside on the terrace. Chandler reminisces about his smoking days. Monica changes all sorts of stuff for the party without consulting Phoebe. Ben and Joey get called back for another audition but find out they'll be competing with different partners. Rachel begins smoking and her boss tries to get her to quit.
Monica and Chandler are about to celebrate their 10-month anniversary. Chandler flirts with the pizza delivery girl. Joey is going to appear on Law & Order and brings his grandmother over to watch. Rachel searches for a pair of earrings belonging to Monica that she lost. Ross tries to flirt with the delivery girl. Joey was cut out of the show and tries to hide it from his grandmother. Ross fails at flirting. Monica discovers a double standard--Chandler thinks it's okay for him to flirt with other people, but not for her. Rachel secretly talks to the delivery girl and convinces her to give Ross her number.
It's the day before Emily is scheduled to get married again and Ross is nervous. Gary offers to take the guys on a ride along in his police car. Rachel goes to Ross's to get Monica's blender while he's on the stakeout and hears a message from Emily while she's there. While on the ride along, a car backfires and mistaking it for a gunshot, Joey jumps to save Ross, causing jealousy from Chandler. Rachel accidentally erases the message but tells Ross anyway. Ross wants to call Emily but Rachel talks him out of it.
Gary is planning to ask Phoebe to move in with him. Rachel buys herself a hairless sphinx cat named Mrs. Whiskerson. Ross and Joey are playing a friendly game of catch, where they haven't dropped the ball for an hour. Chandler goes to talk Gary out of asking Phoebe, but talks him into it. Monica interrupts the game of catch and joins in. Rachel's cat is mean. Gary asks Phoebe; she says yes because he looked sad when she said no at first. Rachel tries to sell her cat and finds a buyer: Gunther. Monica makes the game too competitive. Gary shoots a bird, Phoebe moves out and while telling the gang, interrupts the 10-hour game of catch.
Rachel is developing an eye infection. Phoebe is mad at Ross but won't say why. Joey gets the lead in a movie filming in Las Vegas and decides to take a road trip with Chandler on the way out there. Monica drags Rachel to the eye doctor because she's nervous. In the car, playing a mind game of Phoebe's, Joey tricks Chandler into telling him that he doesn't think the movie will be Joey's big break. Joey lets Chandler out of the car and goes on alone. Rachel is given eye drops but doesn't want to use them. Joey arrives on set to find out that the movie has shut down because of funds and he gets a job at Caesar's to help finance it.
Joey is still mad at Chandler. Monica has lunch with Richard after running into him on the street and doesn't feel anything. Everybody decides to go to Vegas to surprise Joey except Rachel and Ross, who will go out together a day later. Phoebe keeps score with the Vegas trip vs. the London trip (which she didn't get to go on). Chandler and Monica celebrate their one-year anniversary on the plane while Phoebe accidentally tells him about Monica's lunch with Richard. Rachel uses the empty apartment to walk around naked but Ross can see and thinks she's baiting him. Both are embarrassed when he goes across the street. The gang runs into Joey dressed as a gladiator at the casino. Monica and Chandler argue. Joey meets his identical "hand twin." Rachel and Ross keep trying to embarrass each other. After seeing Monica happy (winning at dice) after Phoebe told him she was unhappy, Chandler walks away.
Ross draws a mustache on Rachel's face, which won't come off. Chandler prepares to go back to New York but Monica stops him. Joey tries to find his hand twin. Rachel refuses to leave her room and Ross desperately tries to make it up to her. Monica and Chandler are on a big roll. Chandler proposes to Monica; her response will be based on a throw of the dice. She rolls a hard eight and says yes. Rachel and Ross get drunk; he paints his face and they leave the room together. Phoebe gets kicked out of the casino but comes back in to annoy the "hand twin." Monica and Chandler go to the chapel to get married...only to find out that the drunk Ross and Rachel got there first...
Phoebe argues that Ross and Rachel aren't really married. The two wake up together. Joey's movie was canceled and he invites Phoebe to drive the cab back to New York with him. Ross and Rachel don't know that they're married. Monica and Chandler don't want to get married anymore. Ross won't annul the marriage. Chandler asks to move in with Monica and she says yes. Ross tells Rachel he got the annulment but then confides in Phoebe that he didn't really.
Phoebe yells at Ross but decides not to tell. Chandler tells Joey that he's moving out; Joey is not happy. Everybody knows about the move except for Rachel, who learns on a very bad day. Rachel doesn't understand and thinks she will be able to stay. Phoebe asks some girls whether they would date Ross; one thinks Ross is still in love with Rachel. Ross's divorce lawyer is in disbelief, but can't do the annulment without Rachel. Monica tells Rachel that she has to move out but is upset that Rachel isn't. Rachel thinks Monica will waffle and change her mind. Ross realizes he's still in love with Rachel.
Rachel prepares to move in with Ross. Ross is asked to give a lecture at NYU. Phoebe's psychic tells her that she will die before the end of the week. Ross practices his lecture for the gang but it's really boring. Joey's SAG health insurance has lapsed due to his lack of work. Ross's lecture goes well, without jokes or "naked chicks." Joey gets a hernia working out for auditions. Rachel and Monica discover that Ross is interesting because he uses a British accent. Joey won't go to the hospital and Phoebe's psychic dies instead of her. Ross's lawyer calls for him and Rachel talks to him, discovering that they're still married.
The gang is mad at Ross. Joey tries to find the owner of a Porsche who left their keys in Central Perk. Monica and Chandler agree to baby-sit Frank and Alice's triplets for Phoebe. Rachel decides to move in with Phoebe. The Porsche owner finds Joey. Rachel and Ross see the judge. Rachel's allegations are untrue, so the annulment can't be granted. Joey buys Porsche clothes. Chandler gets a toy stuck in his throat and goes to the hospital with Monica, leaving Phoebe alone with the mischievous triplets. Rachel and Ross sign divorce papers.
Chandler and Monica are moving in with each other, which means Rachel is moving in with Phoebe and Joey will be without a roommate. Meanwhile Ross doesn't want to help with the packing so he stays at home with Ben, or so they think. Joey doesn't know how to live by himself, so Chandler decides to "lose" money to him in various games.
Rachel and Phoebe decide to start running together, but Rachel is thrown off by the fact that Phoebe runs like a four-year-old. Joey finds a sexy new female roommate. Chandler decides to surprise Monica by cleaning the apartment, but forgets where everything goes. Ross tries to help him fix the apartment before Monica gets home.
Ross bleaches his teeth for a date with Monica's coworker. The only problem is that they now glow in the dark. Chandler convinces Joey that Janine is trying to take over his apartment. Phoebe makes out with the copy guy at Rachel's office. Rachel spreads rumors about Phoebe but her boss thinks that Rachel slept with Ralph Lauren.
Monica's parents come for Thanksgiving, which is a problem because, not only do they not like Chandler, they don't know where he's living. Rachel makes a dessert--with beef. Phoebe develops a crush on Mr. Geller. Joey and Ross can't wait for dinner to end so they can go to Janine's "Thanksgiving with models."
The One With The Routine (a.k.a. The One With The Rockin' New Year)
Joey is beginning to like Janine more. She gets an invitation to dance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and invites Joey, Monica and Ross to join her. Monica and Ross are a little TOO happy. While Monica is at the taping, Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler search for their Christmas presents. Joey and Janine kiss.
Rachel orders an apothecary table from Pottery Barn, which is a problem because Phoebe hates the mass-producing company. After Janine and Joey double date with Chandler and Monica, Janine tells Joey that she thinks the other two are boring. Ross buys a new apothecary table too, which causes problems for Rachel. After a confrontation with Monica and Chandler, Joey breaks up with Janine and she moves out.
Joey gets in trouble for giving female customers free food at Central Perk. A sick Monica desperately tries to convince Chandler that she's not sick. After her father cuts her off, Rachel's sister Jill comes to town. Rachel talks Jill into asking Ross out. Ross and Jill return to his apartment and he closes the drapes as Rachel looks on from Monica and Chandler's...
Chandler admits that he hasn't cried since he was a child. Phoebe discovers that Ursula is starring in porno movies using her name. Rachel desperately tries to stop Ross and Jill from starting a relationship.
Barry and Mindy's impending divorce prompts the gang to fantasize about what their lives might be like if they'd all taken different courses. Ross is still married to Carol, and Rachel is married to Barry, but fawning over famous soap star Joey Tribbiani. Monica is still fat and dating a doctor. Chandler is an aspiring writer; so broke that he takes a job as Joey's assistant. Phoebe is a Wall Street shark for Merrill Lynch who has a heart attack. Ross tries to make Carol want him again. Chandler sells a story to Archie Comics. It turns out Monica is still a virgin. Phoebe is fired from her job. Rachel makes plans to go to Joey's.
Carol and Ross decide to have a threesome to spice up their marriage. Rachel goes to Joey's and kisses him. Chandler and Monica have sex and end up together anyway. Susan meets Carol. Rachel catches Barry cheating.
The One With Unagi (a.k.a. The One With The Mix Tape)
Joey needs money for new headshots. Rachel and Phoebe are taking a self-defense class. Chandler needs a homemade present for Monica's Valentine's Day present. Joey tries to enter a medical study to make money. Ross tries to give Rachel and Phoebe a lesson in Unagi. Joey finds a twin to take place in a study with him, but he's not identical. Chandler finds a mix tape in his closet and gives it to Monica, who didn't get him anything and goes nuts trying to make amends.
Ross gets his student evaluations; one student wrote that he's hot. Even though it could cost him his job, he considers dating her. An ex-girlfriend of Chandler's from college is directing the new Al Pacino movie; Joey wants an audition. Phoebe and Rachel's apartment burns down. Originally thinking it was her incense; Phoebe goes to live with Joey while Rachel goes to Chandler and Monica's. The girls end up switching however, when it turns out that Rachel's hair straightener ignited the blaze. Rachel gets the better end of the stick though when she begins living the way she has always wanted, while Phoebe is stuck being mothered by Monica.
Phoebe and Monica & Chandler compete to get Rachel a date for a charity ball. Joey's fridge is broken and he tries to cajole his friends into helping him buy a new one. Elizabeth tells Ross her intention to visit Daytona Beach for spring break, making him nervous.
Joey gets an audition for the lead character in a new TV show. When he questions his ability as an actor, we see flashbacks of his past acting jobs. Joey complains to the friends that they don't understand job stress and we get more flashbacks. While Chandler is over at the guys' old apartment visiting the duck and chick, he gets a call changing the time for Joey's second audition. He goes to write the message but is interrupted. Joey misses the appointment and is upset when the job goes to another actor. Chandler complains that he's entitled to one mistake (flashback to Chandler's past goofs) and that Joey has made mistakes too (more flashbacks). Chandler gets yet another call that the part is again open and this time Joey gets the message and the job.
Ross asks his friends to keep him company when he meets Elizabeth's dad for the first time. Paul ends up hitting it off with Rachel. Phoebe decides to write "another" book, about Monica and Chandler. Joey may be fired from his sitcom when he has a fight with C.H.E.E.S.E.'s operator.
While visiting the museum, Monica puts her name on a two-year waiting list to use the museum for a wedding. Chandler finds out and pretends to freak out to distract Monica, while confiding in Phoebe that he plans to propose to Monica. Joey wants to get his picture on his dry cleaner's wall of fame, which is a problem because his show hasn't aired yet, not to mention the fact that he slept with the dry cleaner's wife. Paul threatens to get Ross fired if he doesn't stop seeing Elizabeth. Ross and Elizabeth take a trip to the mountains but Paul and Rachel show up. Ross blackmails Paul into letting him keep his job.
Chandler and Phoebe shop for a ring for Monica. Chandler finds the perfect one but Phoebe accidentally lets it get away. Rachel wants Paul to open up, but he opens up a bit too much. Ross and Joey think that Chandler's mad at them because he's preoccupied with the ring.
Chandler plans to propose to Monica at dinner. Phoebe and Joey join Rachel at a charity auction. Ross breaks up with Elizabeth because she is too immature, having a water-balloon fight in her dorm room. Joey mistakenly buys a boat for $20,000. Richard and a date show up at the restaurant just as Chandler begins to propose. Joey decides to keep his boat. Chandler makes Monica think that he doesn't want to get married, so that she will be surprised. Richard shows up at her job and tells Monica that he loves her, wants to marry her and wants to have kids with her.
Rachel is mad that Phoebe has a marriage backup (Joey) if she's not married when she's 40. Joey is determined to become a captain. Rachel tries to get Ross as her marriage backup, but Phoebe is his too. After Monica tells him, Joey tells Chandler about Richard's proposal and he goes out looking for her. Monica visits Richard and tells him she needs some time to think. Phoebe must pick between Joey and Ross, while both of them want to switch to Rachel. Chandler visits Richard and explains the situation; Richard tells him to go for it and never give her up. Chandler arrives at the apartment where Monica drops to one knee and begins proposing. She can't get the words out so he proposes to her and she accepts.
Everybody toasts the engagement. Phoebe wants to be the musician at the wedding. Joey prepares for an audition where he must play a 19-year-old. After Chandler can't get it up for Monica, he worries about the consequences. Ross and Rachel debate a "bonus night." Monica catches them kissing and thinks Rachel is trying to steal her night.
Everybody begins planning for the wedding. Phoebe moves in with Ross. Napping in Rachel's bed because the duck threw up in his, Joey discovers that Rachel has been reading a trashy romance novel. Phoebe moves her massage parlor in Ross's apartment. Monica's parents spent her wedding money on a beach house, but Chandler has enough saved for a decent wedding.
While hiring a new assistant, Rachel is torn between hiring a much more qualified woman, or a handsome but inexperienced young man. Monica, Chandler and Ross engage in a war of secret sharing after Monica and Chandler vow to be more honest. Joey has problems when his TV show is cancelled after just one airing.
While taking an engagement picture for himself and Monica, Chandler cannot make anything but a weird face. Rachel enlists Joey to take Tag out for a night on the town. Phoebe and Ross date a couple in the middle of a divorce.
Rachel and Phoebe compete to be Monica's maid-of-honor. Joey and Ross find themselves in awkward positions after a nap. Monica insists that Chandler apologize to an ex-girlfriend for dumping her because of a weight gain.
Rachel and Phoebe convince Joey to keep dating a girl that they are like. However, the girls must decide whether to tell Joey when they find out that she's not interested in a serious relationship with him. Monica unintentionally invites Janice to her wedding and she and Chandler are unable to tactfully uninvite her. Ross is proud to find his thesis in the library but gets upset when he discovers it is in a section that is so deserted that students go there to make out.
Ross drives himself insane when he can't name all 50 states in a simple game. Tag joins the gang for Thanksgiving dinner, where Joey accidentally spills the beans about Rachel's crush on him. Phoebe sneaks a dog into the apartment, making Chandler extremely nervous.
When Phoebe tells the gang about how she was too poor to have a bike as a child, Ross goes out and buys her one. Phoebe loves the bike but the gang soon discovers that she doesn't know how to ride a bike. Ross decides to teach her. Rachel writes a playful work evaluation of Tag that he accidentally turns in to human resources. Rachel fears for her job but Tag is able to cover by claiming that he wrote the review himself as a joke. Monica decides to make candy and leave it outside her door as a way to meet the neighbors. The candy is a huge hit and people start dropping by at all hours to get more. Eventually Chandler convinces her that she's trying to buy the friendship of the neighbors and it's not working since they love the candy but don't even know her name.
Ross's plans to teach Ben about Hanukkah are continually thwarted when the young boy can't get his mind off of Santa. Phoebe prepares to move back into her refurbished apartment, with or without Rachel. However, she'll stop at nothing to get Rachel to go with her, including buying Joey a drum set. Monica is mystified by Chandler's inability to tip properly.
Phoebe gets angry with Joey when he blows off dinner with her for a date. The tables are turned however when her scientist boyfriend David returns to town for one night--the same night when she's scheduled to go to dinner with Joey. Monica is upset by her lack of invitation to a cousin's wedding, especially when she finds out that Ross was invited "with guest". She convinces Ross to take her as his guest, only to find that the cousin had a good reason to not invite her--she had previously slept with the groom. Chandler accidentally gets a cheesecake delivered that was intended for another apartment. When he and Rachel start eating it, they are unable to stop and refuse to give it back. In fact, the cheesecake is so good, they take the replacement delivery as well.
Ross assembles the gang on the roof to watch a meteor shower. They all decide to leave, however. Ross becomes trapped on the roof with Joey; the two try to escape using the fire escape. Rachel and Tag argue over which one of them forgot to send a package at work. Phoebe's fire alarm won't stop beeping. Chandler and Monica can't seem to fall asleep together, so they keep waking each other up.
In an attempt to make up for her slow massage business, Phoebe takes a job as a telemarketer for an office supply company. When her first call is to a despondent office manager, she takes it upon herself to convince him to not kill himself. Monica and Ross discover that their parents are selling their house. When they go to collect their stuff, they find that Mr. Gellar used Monica's boxes to stop flood water from getting to his Porche and all her things are ruined. While attempting to re-arrange the furniture, Rachel breaks Joey's favorite chair (that he's named Rosita).
When Rachel turns 30, the gang reminisces about their 30th birthdays. While trying to patch things up with Ursula, Phoebe discovers that she is 31. Ross buys a sports car to look cool. Monica gets drunk in front of her parents. Rachel breaks up with Tag because she is looking for commitment, while he is not.
Ross plans a surprise for Monica and Chandler's wedding--he wants to play the bagpipes. Drake Ramoray is coming out of his coma on Days of Our Lives. A diva will be killed off and her character's brain will be transplanted into Drake's. Joey and the diva hook up. Phoebe and Rachel fight over a guy who left his cell phone in Central Perk.
Chandler becomes upset after learning that Monica only came to his room in London looking for Joey on the first night they were together. Joey is ordained as a minister through the Internet so that he can officiate the wedding. Phoebe becomes upset after taking headache medicine. Ross becomes upset after a baby-sitting Rachel teaches Ben how to play pranks.
Joey is nominated for a Soapie Award, and will go to any length to get the award. One of Ross's students convinces him that he failed his midterm because he's in love with Ross. When a guy hits on Phoebe instead of her, Monica realizes that Chandler is the only one left in her life to kiss, sleep with, and so on.
Joey auditions for a big movie role which will require him to appear naked. A problem arises, however, when the part calls for an uncircumcised man. Rachel and Phoebe plan Monica's wedding shower at the last minute. Ross and Monica's cousin visits and Ross becomes attracted to her for some reason.
Rachel's friend, Melissa, from college shows up at the coffee house which brings back memories of their "closer" days. Then when Melissa can't remember that special night in their senior year, Rachel goes to great lengths to prove to Phoebe that there was really a kiss. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross argue for possession of Val Kilmer's tuxedo. Also, Joey drives Monica crazy when he insists that the wedding be arranged around his parents' schedule.
With four weeks left before the wedding, Chandler and Monica are faced with the issue of their wedding vows. With each person dealing with their own problems in writing the vows, they turn to memories of past events to help them. In the end, the only real problem is who will be saying the vows first.
Monica's Porsche shows up again, and becomes a conflict when Rachel finds out she is the only one who hasn't driven it. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica go off to Vegas to find Chandler's dad and invite him (or her) to the wedding. Back at home, Joey proves his masculinity to Phoebe, while Ross and Rachel hit the freeway in the "bad boy."
Monica and Chandler prepare for their wedding. During the rehearsal dinner with their families gather the night before for the rehearsal, Chandler's tie get's tighter and tighter until he can't take it anymore and he disappears. Meanwhile, Joey is starring in a movie with a prestigious actor with a spitting problem.
Joey encounters problems trying to get off the movie set to officiate the wedding when the star turns up drunk. Meanwhile, Ross desperately searches for the missing Chandler as Rachel and Phoebe try to keep Monica from finding out. While the girls are searching, they come across a positive pregnancy test in a garbage can which they assume is Monica's. However, it turns out that it may actually belong to Rachel...
Ross thinks Monica's pregnant, but her denial quickly shifts the focus to Phoebe, taking the heat off of Rachel, who doesn't know what to do. However, when Monica sees Rachel spitting out champagne, she quickly figures out what's really going on. Finally, Rachel takes another pregnancy test, which confirms that she is indeed pregnant. Meanwhile, Chandler's shoes make it difficult to share his first dance with Monica. Joey tries to impress Chandler's mom's date, a Broadway director. Ross tries to impress one of Monica's coworkers, who's attending the wedding.
Chandler and Ross search for the disposable cameras that were on various tables during the wedding. When they can't find them, they crash another wedding to take more pictures. Meanwhile, Monica can't stop herself from opening wedding presents, something she promised to do with Chandler. And finally, Monica and Phoebe speculate as to who the father of Rachel's baby is. Joey, thinking that Phoebe's pregnant, proposes to her so she won't be a single mom, but Monica quickly tells him the truth. Joey finds a sweater from a one-night stand that Rachel had a month ago, and deduces that it belongs to the father. Phoebe recognizes the sweater as one of Tag's and arranges a meeting for Rachel with him, but he's not the father. Joey proposes again, this time to Rachel. However, Ross discovers the sweater and claims it as his...
Chandler and Monica prepare to leave for their honeymoon as Rachel prepares to tell Ross that he's the father of her baby. Joey and Phoebe scheme to get inside the newlyweds' apartment after discovering that they don't have a key. Ross thinks that Rachel wants a relationship with him, but is stunned when she gives him the news. Monica and Chandler become jealous of another honeymooning couple who get bumped to first class on the airplane. Rachel goes for her first sonogram, where Ross joins her.
Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon with stories of a couple that they met on the flight back. Ross and Rachel disagree over who came onto whom when they hooked up. He wants to prove it and accidentally reveals that he has the encounter on videotape. Monica and Chandler discover that the other couple gave them a fake number. Ross explains the story of the fateful night: Joey had given him "the magic story you use to have sex" but it didn't work, so Joey let him use his camcorder to practice the story. Ross brings the tape to Monica and Chandler's and the gang watches it. On the tape, Rachel uses Joey's story on Ross, proving that she hit on him first.
Phoebe begins dating a guy who works for Monica, causing a problem when Phoebe wants to dump him on the same day Monica plans to fire him. Ross discovers that a coworker of Chandler's has been calling him Toby for five years. However, that turns out to be helpful after Chandler sabotages the guy's promotion. Joey sets Rachel up on a date with one of his co-stars. Ross worries about this and the fact that he doesn't see a future with Rachel anymore; she may feel just the opposite as she watches Ross flirt with a woman at Central Perk.
Monica and Chandler decide to throw a Halloween party, to which Ross plans to bring Mona. Phoebe runs into Ursula, who's getting married next week, and invites her and her fiance to the party. Rachel's mothering instincts kick in at the party, and she resorts to writing checks for kids when she runs out of candy. Phoebe meets Ursula's fiance, Eric, and discovers that Ursula has told him nothing but lies about herself. Monica and Joey discuss who could kick whose ass among the friends. Ross and Chandler engage in an arm-wrestling competition, which Chandler forfeits so that Ross can impress Mona. Phoebe enlightens Eric about Ursula.
Chandler hires a maid, whom Monica suspects is stealing her clothing. Eric has broken up with Ursula and is ready to date Phoebe, except for one problem: he can't look at her without seeing Ursula. Ross tries to get Rachel an apartment in his building, but the woman living there isn't in a hurry to die, and Joey wants Rachel to stay with him.
Rachel prepares to have dinner with her dad and tell him that she's pregnant. When she finally tells him, he assumes that Ross and Rachel will be getting married. Upon finding out that's not true, he confronts Ross at his apartment, interrupting a romantic tryst with Mona. Meanwhile, an unknowing Chandler discovers that Monica had a stripper at her bachelorette party, causing her to try to make it up, by getting him a stripper. However, complications ensue when the "stripper" turns out to be a hooker.
Monica invites an old friend from high school over for Thanksgiving dinner, unaware that Will started a "We Hate Rachel" club with Ross. Meanwhile, Joey vows to eat an entire turkey by himself, and Chandler and Phoebe pretend to watch football to avoid helping in the kitchen.
Monica's expensive new boots hurt her feet, but she's determined to prove to Chandler that her purchase was worth it. Phoebe discovers that Ben goes to school with Sting's son and is determined to score concert tickets out of it. Rachel mediates between Joey and his sister Dina, who tells him she's pregnant.
The One With The Creepy Holiday Card (a.k.a. The One With Ross's Step Forward)
Ross freaks out when Mona wants to send out joint Christmas cards and wants to have "the talk." He ends up giving her a key to his apartment. Meanwhile, Chandler's newly divorced boss takes him to a strip club, thinking that he and Monica are having problems. And Rachel's hormones are acting up, thanks to her pregnancy, leading her to proposition Joey.
Phoebe gets Monica and Chandler a Ms. Pacman arcade game for a wedding present. Everybody soon becomes addicted to it, but Chandler finds himself in trouble after giving all of the high scores dirty words, especially when Ben is coming over to play. Ross gets to teach an important class because of a retiring professor--the only catch is that the class is across town and he has 10 minutes to get there. Joey wants to take Rachel to dinner on a pretend date to practice his dating skills. However, he begins to develop feelings for her which may interfere in their friendship.
Monica turns Chandler on to the concept of a bath to relax, complete with scented oils and candles. However, luring him out of it proves to be a worthy task. Ross and Rachel toss baby names back and forth while deciding whether to learn the baby's sex. (It's a girl, by the way). And Joey still likes Rachel, a fact that Monica, Chandler and Phoebe discover by a little detective work. Joey tries to convince himself that it's just a crush.
Phoebe talks Monica into letting her give her a massage but becomes disconcerted when Monica begins making sexual noises. Joey dreams about being with Rachel and betraying Ross. He takes Rachel to the hospital when she has stomach pains, and suggests that Rachel should move in with Ross so that he can be more involved. Chandler realizes he's never seen what's in the closet by the bathroom and tries to break in.
Phoebe tries to cheer up a depressed Joey by lending him the world's happiest dog. Ross has yet to tell Mona that Rachel's living with him. Monica and Chandler's romantic Valentine's Day is interrupted when they watch a videotape of Phoebe's friend giving birth. After being dumped by Mona, Ross gives Joey advice on his love life, helpful until Joey reveals that he's in love with Rachel.
Ross has trouble understanding Joey's revelation, as does Gunther. However, he comes to his senses and convinces Joey to tell Rachel how he feels. Joey takes her out to dinner and tells her, as she thinks it's a joke. She doesn't feel the same way, but they pledge to remain friends. Meanwhile, Phoebe meets Monica's soulmate.
Joey has been hiding from Rachel, so she invents a problem at work ("My boss wants to buy my baby!") to draw him into conversation. Phoebe's tea leaves tell her that she's going to meet the man of her dreams, except that the man she meets is a nightmare. Later on though, she does meet a nice guy. Ross tries to retrieve his favorite shirt from Mona's, interrupted when she returns home with a date.
The One In Massapequa (a.k.a. The One With The Zesty Guy)
Everybody prepares to go out to Long Island for the elder Gellers' 35th wedding anniversary party. Monica wants to write a toast to make everybody cry like Ross's toasts do. Ross and Rachel discover that his parents have told people they're married. Ross describes how he would propose to Rachel, and she seems intrigued. Phoebe invites her new boyfriend, Parker, who is extremely enthusiastic.
Joey prepares for an interview with Soap Opera Digest, although he's afraid of appearing stupid, so he enlists his friends to make sure things go well. During the interview, he reminisces about his past acting experiences, what he does in his spare time, eating and exercising right, his friends, his homosexual tendencies, and his romantic life.
Rachel panics during her baby shower when she realizes how totally unprepared she is to care for an infant, and reluctantly goes along with her icy mother Sandra's plans to move in and help outwhich hardly makes roommate Ross jump for joy. Meanwhile, as Monica tries to atone for forgetting to invite Sandra, an exhausted Chandler and Ross help Joey prepare for his audition as a new game show host by playing the befuddling game over and over.
Monica's restaurant gets a bad review in the Post. After confronting the critic who wrote it, she decides to join a cooking class, with Joey in tow. Ross goes on a date with a clerk from a baby store, making Rachel jealous. Chandler prepares for a job interview after Phoebe tells him that he makes a bad first impression.
With the release of Joey's movie approaching, he must decide which friend to invite to the premiere. Unfortunately, his pick, Chandler, falls asleep during it. Monica and Phoebe bet on when the baby will be born as Rachel's due date comes and goes. The doctor tells Ross and Rachel that sex may help speed things along. Just as they start to do it, Rachel's water breaks.
Rachel and Ross arrive at the hospital; she's upset to get a semi-private room. Monica and Chandler decide to have a baby and right away. Mrs. Geller turns up to give Ross her mother's engagement ring; she wants Ross to marry Rachel. Joey can't understand why somebody wouldn't want to be married to Rachel. Phoebe meets a handsome stranger, but can't quite get his room number, so she gets Dr. Drake Ramoray to get it. She also gets him to find out some personal info from the guy. As Rachel waits for her own baby, various other pregnant women come and go, until Janice shows up.
Drake reports to Phoebe. Chandler and Monica look for a room in the hospital to use for a tryst. After 21 hours of labor, Rachel's ready to have the baby. Joey blows it for Phoebe but fixes it just as quickly. The baby is in breach, but comes out okay. After Ross and Rachel kiss, the baby is named Emma Geller Green. Monica and Chandler find a janitor's closet. Janice convinces Rachel that she needs a guy who will be around. Ross still isn't interested, but Phoebe talks him into it. Joey finds the engagement ring. Rachel thinks he's proposing and says yes, as Ross walks down the hall with flowers.
Following Rachel's acceptance of Joey's accidental proposal, confusion reigns as Rachel wonders whether it was the right thing to do and Phoebe can't seem to mind her own business. Finally, Rachel, Ross and Joey get together in a room and figure out that no one was actually going to propose. Mr. Geller walks in on Monica and Chandler doing it in a closet. Joey tries to avoid watching Rachel breastfeed.
Chandler, having trouble getting enough sleep at home, falls asleep in a meeting and accidentally agrees to run his company's Tulsa office. Emma won't stop crying after Rachel interrupts her nap; Monica and Phoebe try to help get her back to sleep. Ross is still mad at Joey, and breaks his finger trying to punch him.
Unable to get out of moving to Tulsa, Chandler and Monica agree to move together so that Chandler can be the president of his company in Tulsa. However, at the last minute, Monica is offered a great job as a chef at a very famous Manhattan restaurant. The decision is made: Monica accepts the job while Chandler agrees to work in Tulsa four days a week and spend the remaining three days in New York. Rachel's pediatrician drops her as a client for constantly calling him about concerns with Emma. Ross informs Rachel that he had a great pediatrican (who is now dead) as a child, but Monica later claims that he is still alive. When Rachel takes Emma to the new pediatrician, she discovers that Ross is still a patient. Joey and Phoebe agree to find dates for each other and double date together. On the night of the date, Joey has forgotten all about the deal, while Phoebe has already made her choice for Joey. At the last minute, Joey finds a guy named Mike at Central Perk and asks him to act like he and Joey have known each other for years. Eventually, Phoebe discovers the truth and storms out of the date. Later, Mike admits to having a good time on the date and asks Phoebe for a second one. (Thanks to Ben Quan for filling in the gaps)
Phoebe has a talk with Ross that prompts her to realize that she's never had a long term relationship. Monica makes a startling discovery while visiting Chandler in Tulsa. Joey's date's apartment seems really familiar, although he doesn't remember sleeping with her before.
The friends are looking forward to getting together to celebrate Phoebe's birthday as it will be a rare opportunity for them to all be together. Monica plans to sleep with Chandler when he arrives since she's ovulating but the two fight when she learns he was smoking. Rachel is worried about leaving Emma with Ross's mother. When Mrs. Geller is late, Ross accidentally locks himself and Rachel out of the apartment with Emma inside. All this leaves Phoebe and Joey alone with a table for six.
Ross mocks Rachel's new male nanny. Chandler becomes upset when Monica says that somebody from her job is the funniest guy she's ever met. Phoebe and Mike exchange apartment keys, only to get a surprise visit from Phoebe's ex-boyfriend David.
Ross makes Emma laugh by singing "Baby Got Back." Joey and Chandler, viewing Richard's old apartment, discover what they think is a tape of Richard having sex with Monica. Phoebe goes to dinner with Mike and his parents, where they encourage him to date somebody else. He tells them he loves Phoebe though.
Rachel's sister Amy tags along for Thanksgiving at Monica's place, because her (married) boyfriend cancels their plans. While watching the parade, Joey realizes that he forgot to show up for the Days of Our Lives cast float, and he asks Phoebe how to lie to his boss so he won't get in trouble. Monica obsesses about anybody damaging her best china. Amy, who is self-absorbed and can't remember anybody's correct names, thinks that if Rachel and Ross die, she will then get custody of Emma, but Rachel and Ross tell her that Monica and Chandler are going to get Emma. Arguments ensue, and Chandler tries to prove that he would be a good parent, even if Monica weren't around.
Rachel visits work and finds out that a guy named Gavin has been "temporarily" assigned to take over her job, and she becomes desperate to get back to work right away for fear they'll dump her. Gavin turns out to be a nice guy and offers to take care of Emma while Rachel gives her presentation. Meanwhile, Joey has to deal with Phoebe acting like...well, Phoebe, when he gets her a job as an extra on her soap, and Chandler and Monica deal with the fact Chandler doesn't have a job and now might not be the right time to start a family.
A night at Mike's piano bar gives Monica a very showy moment in the spotlight. Ross works on trying to move on after he witnesses Rachel and Gavin's kiss. Meanwhile, Chandler employs his secret skill to repair Joey's botched eyebrow-waxing job.
Joey and Phoebe conspire to set up Rachel and Ross on their worst blind dates ever, hers being a pitiful lug, as they hope to reunite them out of mutual appreciation for what they had together. Meanwhile, while babysitting Emma, an ovulating Monica wants to become romantically intimate with Chandler but their privacy is compromised because they can't leave the infant alone or she'll scream bloody murder.
Joey endures a draining audition at the hands of a pompous actor-director. Ross and Phoebe discover a secret link after being mugged together on the street. Chandler's advertising internship gets off to an impressive start.
When Monica and Chandler are financially strapped, she secretly asks Joey for a large loan. When an unsuspecting Chandler also approaches his pal for some cash, Joey accidentally betrays Monica's confidence and then freaks out Chandler when he covers by saying she wants the money for a breast enhancement. Meanwhile, Phoebe asks her boyfriend Mike to move in with her. But, Phoebe decides not to let Mike move in with her since he does not want to get married again and she wants to get married. Rachel's attempt to baby-proof the apartment tamper with a frustrated Joey's sanity.
Chandler's jokey entry on his and Ross's college website leads to a faux burial service for the allegedly dead and obviously unpopular Gellar. Joey refuses to give Emma his favorite stuffed animal. Phoebe begs Monica to help her avoid a post-breakup tryst with Mike.
Monica leads the gang, except for a scoffing Ross, to purchase a bunch of lottery tickets for the multimillion-dollar powerball jackpot, but while they gleefully plot how to spend their possible shares, a disdainful Phoebe throws caution to the wind. Meanwhile, Chandler frets as he waits for a phone call that could mean a new paying job and Rachel thinks baby Emma is close to saying her first word.
Rachel dreams about a romantic encounter with Joey after a visit to the set of "Days of Our Lives." Chandler buys a non-refundable weekend getaway for himself and Monica, but when she can't get time off at work, Ross joins him. Meanwhile, Phoebe drives people away from Monica's restaurant with her terrible guitar playing.
Joey secretly planned a party on the roof of the building. He invited the "Days of Our Lives" cast but didn't tell his friends because he's ashamed of the girls's behavior when they meet stars. Ross meets a beautiful female professor at the coffee shop and they start talking. Later, Rachel finds out about the party after listening to the answering machine. They are at Monica's when Rachel comes in pretending to be sick so she can go to the party. Soon everyone knows (except for Chandler), and Joey has to invite them. Rachel and Monica go the party and act like crazed fans while Ross is intimidated by Charlie's former boyfrinds. Meanwhile, Chandler is at a play alone. At the end of the party, Rachel is looking for Joey and Ross is looking for Charlie, and they find Joey and Charlie kissing.
Chandler and Monica court embarrassment when they secretly go to a fertility clinic for tests that will determine their family plans until they stumble upon a taunting old acquaintance. While Ross plays Cyrano to a dimwitted Joey as he helps the actor woo the same attractive professor that he wants to date. Elsewhere, Rachel sneaks into a spa for a massage and hopes that Phoebe won't find out and feel betrayed.
When Monica and Chandler learn of their chances for natural conception, they resort to interviewing unsuspecting male candidates to find the perfect match for one who could inseminate her. Elsewhere, Phoebe is in a dither about what to wear to a party where she will meet her ex-boyfriend Mike at least until she bumps into another "ex" in David. Meanwhile, Rachel finds herself being mean to Charlie because of their common romantic interest in Joey and Ross works hard on a boring lecture he hopes to present at a paleontology convention in Barbados.
Chandler gives David advice that culminates in David deciding to propose to Phoebe. However, Phoebe is still in love with Mike. Monica meddles and calls Mike, who shows up in Barbados and interrupts David's marriage proposal with one of his own. Phoebe chooses Mike, although she doesn't accept his proposal. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Ross and Charlie when they spend some time together rewriting his speech, and Rachel struggles with the idea of telling Joey that she's crazy about him.
Charlie and Joey break up, and Rachel finally tells Joey about her crush on him. He decides nothing can happen because Ross is a good friend, but after he sees Ross and Charlie kissing, he heads back up to Rachel's room where the two kiss and shut the door. Meanwhile, Monica and Mike compete at a game of ping pong.
Monica, Chandler and Phoebe discover that they can eavesdrop on Ross & Charlie and Joey & Rachel through the walls of the hotel. Both new couples decide to wait before proceeding with their relationships, until the men can talk to each other. Ross tells Joey on the plane ride back to New York, but Joey can't quite yet. Later, Ross walks in on Joey and Rachel kissing. Meanwhile, Monica combats her poofy hair by getting corn rows put in, and Phoebe discovers that Mike has a girlfriend.
Ross puts on a convincing front and invites Joey and Rachel to dine on fajitas with him and Charlie. He quickly gets drunk and embarrasses everyone. After Rachel and Charlie leave, Joey spends the night and the two talk in the morning. Ross tells Joey he'll work on getting used to him and Rachel. Meanwhile, Frank Jr. visits with his kids and tries to talk Phoebe into taking one of the triplets. Also, Chandler and Monica visit some friends of Phoebe to learn about adoption. However, Chandler accidentally tells their son something he didn't know--that he's adopted.
Joey and Rachel's first date goes well, until they return to their apartment and discover that everything's awkward. They decide that they make better friends than lovers and call off their relationship. Monica and Phoebe try to avoid their annoying friend Amanda, who has returned from living in London with a fake British accent. Ross gets a spray-on tan.
It's baby Emma's first birthday and Rachel won't let the party start until Emma wakes from her nap. However, everybody has places to be: Monica and Chandler want to leave for a weekend getaway in Vermont, Phoebe has a massage client, and Joey has an audition.
Monica and Chandler solicit Joey to write a letter to the adoption agency on their behalf. Joey discovers the thesaurus. Rachel's sister Amy visits and moves in with Rachel and Joey. She babysits Emma and gets the little girl's ears pierced. On their first anniversary, Phoebe spoils Mike's plans to propose, so she proposes to him. That doesn't go well, but the two get engaged anyway.
Rachel and Monica fight over who will receive an ugly painting from Phoebe's apartment when Mike wants her to get rid of it. Chandler gets on Joey's bad side when he lies about watching Joey's audition tape. Ross is up for a big grant, although Charlie's ex-boyfriend is in charge of who gets it. Dr. Hobart tries to trade--Ross breaks up with Charlie and he'll get the grant. Eventually, Charlie and Dr. Hobart reconcile after he reveals his feelings for her.
Phoebe and Mike struggle over their decision to donate their wedding fund to charity. Ross discovers Rachel's irrational fear of swings. The adoption worker in charge of deciding the fate of Monica and Chandler's adoption hopes had a one-night-stand with Joey where he never called her back. Monica and Chandler are approved for adoption.
After Monica announces that she's not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, Phoebe talks her back into it. Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey are all late to the dinner, thanks to a baby beauty contest and a Rangers game, so Monica and Chandler lock them out. The gang is united again when Monica gets a phone call informing her that a pregnant girl from Ohio has selected her to adopt her unborn baby.
Monica and Chandler travel to Ohio to meet a potential mother for their child, but they're put in an uncomfortable situation when the mom-to-be thinks they're a reverend and doctor. Joey's date picks food off his plate. Rachel picks out an outfit for Ross to wear on a date, but accidentally gives him the bag with her purchases instead.
Phoebe and Rachel catch Chandler getting into a car with a blonde woman and think he's having an affair. It turns out that the woman was Monica and Chandler's realtor, and the two are buying a house in Westchester. The friends reminisce about their good times in the apartment.
Phoebe's bachelorette party features a rather unexpected surprise when the stripper shows up. Joey is on "Pyramid." Chandler and Ross flash back to 1987 to reflect on a pact they made when they were in college.
Phoebe asks Joey to give her away at her wedding. Monica's the wedding planner and she's driving Phoebe nuts. Chandler and Ross discover at the rehearsal dinner that neither of them has a part in the wedding. However, Mike needs to replace a groomsman, so he lets Phoebe choose one of them, although she gives the job to Rachel. Joey takes his role as the bride's dad way too seriously. Phoebe fires Monica. The day of the wedding, New York is hit with the worst snowstorm its seen in 20 years. Phoebe rehires Monica, and the wedding ends up taking place in the street outside of Central Perk. When the priest can't make it, Joey steps in for him, and Chandler gives the bride away, while groomsman Ross is stuck taking care of Mike's old dog.
Phoebe tries to teach Joey to speak French for an audition. Surrogate mom Erica is visiting town and tells the Bings that the baby's father may be a shovel killer. Ross and Rachel head out to Long Island after her dad has a heart attack. After Ross rejects an upset Rachel's advances, the two decide never to have sex again, although Rachel suggests it still might happen.
Monica and Chandler visit their house, which is in escrow, where Joey is comforted about losing his friends by the 8-year-old girl who presently lives there. Phoebe learns that she can change her name to whatever she wants, which turns out to be Princess Consuela Bananahammock. After Mike changes his name to Crap Bag, she decides to just be Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan. Ross gets tenure at his job. Rachel's boss is sitting next to her at an interview, and she loses her job. However, she runs into her old friend Mark, who offers her a job in Paris.
Ross tries to get Rachel rehired at Ralph Lauren. He succeeds, but after Rachel tells him how scared she is about moving to Paris, he's convinced she should go. Phoebe discovers that Joey's agent Estelle died and, since his life has been changing so much recently, doesn't want to tell him. Chandler and Monica visit the house next door to theirs and discover that Janice is bidding on it. To get Janice to withdraw her offer, Chandler comes on to her.
The One With Rachel's Going Away Party (a.k.a. The One Where Rachel Goes To Paris)
With Rachel leaving tomorrow, the gang throws her a small going away party. She says goodbye to each of her friends individually, except for Ross. He gets mad and the two of them end up in a passionate kiss after she explains that she was putting it off because of how hard saying goodbye to him would be. Meanwhile, Erica is in town until the baby arrives and she ends up going into labor at the party.
Ross wants to be with Rachel, but she still wants to go to Paris. He tries to tell her about his feelings, but Gunther beats him to it. Rachel leaves for the airport, and Ross decides to catch her at the gate. Meanwhile, Erica turns out to be carrying twins: a boy and a girl. Chandler and Monica name the girl Erica, after her surrogate mother, and the boy Jack, after Monica's father. Mike tells Phoebe that he wants to have babies. Joey buys Monica and Chandler a housewarming present: Chick Jr. and Duck Jr.
Ross and Phoebe chase Rachel to the airport, but end up at the wrong one. They narrowly make it to the right airport, where Ross declares his love for Rachel, but she gets on the plane anyway. A dejected Ross returns home, where he finds a message on his answering machine, revealing that Rachel got off the plane, just as the real thing shows up behind him. They decide to be together. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica finish packing for their move to the suburbs, and Joey loses Chick Jr. and Duck Jr. in the foosball table.