Still in Barbados after Ross' keynote address, the friends cope with a variety of dilemmas. Ross has kissed his colleague Charlie Wheeler, although she is still officially dating Joey. Joey and Rachel have kissed as well, but they agonize over how to tell Ross. Phoebe's former boyfriend, Mike, has followed Phoebe to the island and proposed marriage to her, despite his being in a relationship with someone else. And Monica has developed really big hair, due to the humidity. Chandler's problem is that he can barely restrain himself from making fun of his wife. Phoebe, Monica and Chandler learn about all the romantic drama by listening through the thin hotel room walls to hear Joey and Rachel's amorous conversation on one side and Ross and Charlie's on the other. Feeling as if he is betraying Joey, Ross seeks him out to confess that he wants to date Charlie.
Rachel, Joey and Charlie (recurring guest star AISHA TYLER) attend an uncomfortable dinner party at Ross' apartment, but they fear for his state of mind when Ross uncharacteristically overindulges in wine, song and laughter. Meanwhile, Chandler commits an unpardonable act when he and Monica visit a couple who have adopted a cute boy. And former surrogate mother Phoebe is visited by her brother, Frank Jr. (recurring guest star GIOVANNI RIBISI - "Saving Private Ryan"), who is desperate because he can no longer cope with his precocious triplets.
Suave Joey is as confident as usual while preparing to make love with Rachel for the first time. But he soon becomes uncharacteristically clumsy, and Rachel feels uneasy as well. They wonder how Chandler and Monica transitioned from friends to lovers so easily. Meanwhile, Monica and Phoebe's annoying friend Amanda (JENNIFER COOLIDGE - "Best in Show") visits, causing a rift between the women. And Ross goes to a spray-on tanning salon but fails to follow the simple directions properly.
On Emma's first birthday, Rachel convinces Monica and Chandler to delay their long-anticipated trip to Vermont to stay for the party. But complications ensue when the infant falls asleep--and a racy, adult birthday cake arrives. Meanwhile, when Ross dashes out to help Rachel, he leaves Joey in charge of keeping everybody locked in the apartment until they return with the right cake.
Rachel feels like her annoying, self-indulgent younger sister, Amy (recurring guest star CHRISTINA APPLEGATE, who won an Emmy Award for her previous "Friends" guest appearance), is finally on the verge of making a major change in her attitude. In order to help Amy become a more responsible person, Rachel overrides Ross' strong protests and allows Amy to baby-sit Emma. She soon regrets that decision. Meanwhile, Phoebe unknowingly thwarts Mike's (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD) "anniversary" surprise for her. Also, Monica and Chandler become concerned when Joey tries to use big words in a recommendation letter on their behalf to a child adoption agency.
Oscar nominee GREG KINNEAR - "As Good As It Gets," "Talk Soup"), for an esteemed paleontology grant. Unfortunately, Hobart also happens to be Charlie's (recurring guest star AISHA TYLER - "Talk Soup") obsessed ex-boyfriend. Hobart offers the grant to Ross on the condition that he break up with Charlie. Meanwhile, Phoebe tries to give a hideous painting she created to an extremely reluctant Monica and Rachel. Also, Joey is offended when Chandler lies about viewing Joey's bizarre audition tape reel.
Monica and Chandler nervously prepare for a visit from an adoption worker, Laura (MARIA PITILLO), who will decide if they would be suitable parents. Unfortunately, Laura horrifies the uptight couple when she confesses that she was once romanced by a cad named Joey, who lives in the same building and never returned her calls. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD) opt to have a small wedding and donate the extra money to a children's charity--only to demand it all back later. And Ross tries to help Rachel overcome her irrational fear of swing sets so baby Emma can enjoy herself at the playground.
Monica prepares a fabulous Thanksgiving feast for the gang, but she becomes furious when everyone arrives late to the gathering. Ross and Joey tried to go to a hockey game first, and Phoebe and Rachel secretly took Emma to a baby beauty contest. Bigger problems ensue when Monica refuses to let the famished guests into her and Chandler's apartment.
Nervous and excited, Monica and Chandler travel to Texas to meet a young pregnant woman, Erica Simmons (recurring guest star ANNA FARIS - "Scary Movie" films), who is considering allowing them to adopt her child when it's born. Monica and Chandler like Erica, and she likes them. The only problem is that, due to a mix-up at the adoption agency, Erica thinks Monica is a reverend and Chandler is a doctor--and the eager couple hesitates to correct her. Meanwhile, Joey dates Phoebe's friend but annoys her with his territorial eating habits. And after succumbing to a sexy and persuasive salesgirl, Ross ends up in a unique new wardrobe. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directed the episode.
When Phoebe and Rachel see Chandler getting into a car with a pretty woman during work hours, they follow him to the suburbs and witness him going inside a large house with the woman. Fearing that Chandler is cheating on Monica, they inform her--and learn that the woman is a real estate agent. The pair has been secretly shopping for houses and struggling with how to tell their best friends that they are leaving the City. In an emotional montage, clips from previous episodes highlight many of the experiences the friends have shared in Monica and Chandler's apartment.
Joey appears as a celebrity contestant on "The $100,000 Pyramid," with its actual host, DONNY OSMOND (himself), but Joey's dubious IQ costs his partner the prize money. Meanwhile, Monica and Rachel hire an ungainly stripper, Roy (DANNY DeVITO - "Taxi"), without seeing him first, for Phoebe's bachelorette party. Also, Chandler and Ross attend a college reunion and meet an attractive woman they both promised not to date during school.
In a special milestone episode, Phoebe's wedding planner, Monica, makes everyone around her crazy--until Phoebe fires her. Phoebe's big day becomes disastrous as deliveries go awry and a blizzard forces the plans to change. Meanwhile, as a substitute for Phoebe's incarcerated father in the ceremony, Joey takes his role much too seriously. Also, Chandler and Ross lobby Rachel to choose one of them as a last-minute replacement for a groomsman in what promises to be a most unorthodox wedding procession.
Monica and Chandler show Erica (recurring guest star ANNA FARIS - "Scary Movie 3"), who is the mother of the unborn baby they want to adopt, the sights of New York, and they also learn more facts about her--such as the baby's biological father might be a convict who killed his father with a shovel. Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel grow closer after her sarcastic father, Dr. Green (recurring guest star RON LEIBMAN - "Norma Rae"), suffers a heart attack. And Joey implores Francophile Phoebe to teach him French before an important audition, but she quickly becomes exasperated with the gibberish coming out of Joey's mouth.
Rachel nearly gags on her meal when she secretly meets at a restaurant for a job interview and sits right next to the table where her current boss is dining. Phoebe considers legally changing her married name to something more exotic. Meanwhile, Joey feels abandoned when Monica and Chandler try to buy a house, but Joey finds solace with the sellers' precocious 8-year-old daughter, Mackenzie (DAKOTA FANNING - "The Cat in the Hat").
When Rachel makes a startling announcement, Ross secretly schemes to get her former job back for her. Meanwhile, Joey is so flustered by all of the upheaval in his friends' lives that Phoebe prevents him from learning about the sudden death of his agent. And Monica and Chandler check out the house for sale next door to their new home--and make a stunning discovery.
As Rachel prepares to leave for Paris, the gang hosts a farewell party for her. Instead of facing them all together, she takes each person aside to offer a private good-bye. But one friend is offended when he is excluded. Meanwhile, Monica barks out strict orders as she precisely packs for her new life in the suburbs with Chandler, and they keep a watchful eye on the extremely pregnant mother, Erica (recurring guest star ANNA FARIS), of their future adopted child. Also, while cleaning the apartment, Chandler finds a surprising item that belonged to one of the previous occupants of his and Monica's guest room.
Filled with humor and bittersweet emotion, the series finale of "Friends" finds Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross embarking on the next chapters in their lives. The six of them have been there for one another through all the ups and downs of becoming adults. Now it's their last day together, and it's one of momentous events and last-minute surprises. Even as the friends make major decisions about their futures, they share a bond that will last forever--no matter where their paths lead.
Because of a misunderstanding, Rachel Green (series star JENNIFER ANISTON) finds herself engaged to marry Joey Tribbiani (series star MATT LEBLANC)--instead of Ross Geller (series star DAVID SCHWIMMER), who was planning to propose--soon after she gives birth to her and Ross' baby girl. The situation gets even more confusing when Phoebe Buffay (series star LISA KUDROW) talks to Rachel and mistakenly assumes that Ross is the one who proposed. Meanwhile, Joey can't help sneaking a peek as Rachel tries unsuccessfully to nurse her baby. And, inspired to have a baby of their own, Monica Geller Bing (series star COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE) and Chandler Bing (series star MATTHEW PERRY) return to a hospital supply closet for a little privacy. Recurring guest star ELLIOTT GOULD appears as Jack Geller.
Joey's futile attempts to gain Ross' forgiveness for mistakenly asking Rachel to marry him only result in emergency hospitalization. Meanwhile, an exhausted Rachel desperately searches for any remedy to quell baby Emma's nonstop crying.
Rachel's constant calls to her baby Emma's pediatrician force him to reject her as a patient. Ross becomes uncomfortable when Rachel seeks his childhood doctor as a replacement--mainly because he is still Ross' doctor. Meanwhile, Chandler plans to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for work but worries about whether or not career-minded Monica is still willing to join him. And Joey and Phoebe agree to find each other companions for a double date. When Joey forgets to do his part, he panics and invites a stranger, Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD - "The Cider House Rules").
Phoebe fears losing her latest prospective boyfriend, Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD), and her self-doubt is only worsened by Ross' foolish comments. Meanwhile, Chandler is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on a work assignment. When Monica surprises him in his hotel room, she mistakenly frets that he has a sexual fetish for sharks. And Joey becomes upset because his date doesn't remember previously having sex with him.
While Phoebe and Joey giddily wait at a fancy restaurant for their friends' arrival to celebrate Phoebe's birthday, Rachel is delayed because she is afraid to leave her infant with a baby-sitter. Monica and Chandler also fail to arrive on time after they fight over Chandler's urge to resume smoking--and then yield to other urges. Rachel, Ross, Monica and Chandler continue to encounter delays, and famished Phoebe and Joey must struggle to retain their excellent table at the restaurant. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directed the episode.
In the Emmy Award-winning comedy's 200th episode, Ross jealously mocks Rachel's choice of an oversensitive male nanny, Sandy (FREDDIE PRINZE, JR. - "Scooby Doo," "I Know What You Did Last Summer"), for Emma. Meanwhile, Phoebe must choose between two ardent suitors: new boyfriend Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD) or visiting former boyfriend David (recurring guest star HANK AZARIA). And Chandler feels threatened by Monica's constant chatter about a male co-worker whose sense of humor outwits his.
When Chandler's former romantic rival intends to sell his apartment, insecure Chandler persuades Joey to help him secretly inspect it. The guys are aghast to discover an old videotape that might feature Monica having sex with her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Ross accidentally discovers that singing the suggestive lyrics to "Baby Got Back" is the only way to get baby Emma to sleep, but he fears telling Rachel about the trick. And Phoebe fails to impress the uptight parents of her boyfriend, Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD).
On the night before Thanksgiving, Rachel's self-centered younger sister, Amy (CHRISTINA APPLEGATE - "Jesse," "Married... With Children"), ruins everyone's holiday dinner with her uncensored observations. Amy is upset to learn that Rachel would not want her to care for her baby if she and Ross were to die. Chandler is also offended that he is not considered the best adoptive parent either. Meanwhile, Monica obsessively protects her good wedding china. And Joey forgets to join his television cast mates in the big Thanksgiving parade.
Rachel and Phoebe go out for a night together. After Rachel impulsively gives a handsome restaurant patron her telephone number, she worries that he'll call when Ross is in their apartment. While the women are away, Phoebe's boyfriend, Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD), helps Ross baby-sit for Rachel's baby--and the guys desperately try to find something in common to talk about. Also, still working in Tulsa, Chandler returns to New York to visit Monica, but he must hide from Joey after rejecting his offer of free basketball tickets.
Chandler must remain in Tulsa during Christmastime because of a big deadline at work. Monica suspects the worst when she discovers that he will be joined by a beautiful co-worker, Wendy (SELMA BLAIR - "Legally Blonde"). While he toils, Chandler recalls some of the more embarrassing moments from previous holidays shared with his friends.
When Rachel visits her workplace to show off baby Emma, she is surprised to find a handsome temporary worker, Gavin (DERMOT MULRONEY - "About Schmidt"), who has been doing her job while she was on maternity leave. Their immediate war of wills prompts Rachel to make a rash decision that she could regret. Meanwhile, Joey arranges for Phoebe to get a job as an extra on his daytime drama series, but she wreaks havoc on the set. And, having quit his job, Chandler must get another--fast--because Monica desperately wants a family.
Rachel is irritated to learn that her handsome new workplace rival, Gavin (recurring guest star DERMOT MULRONEY), has been invited to her birthday party. Meanwhile, Ross struggles to keep lascivious Joey away from Emma's beautiful new nanny, Molly (MELISSA GEORGE - "Thieves"). Also, Phoebe coaxes her boyfriend, Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD), into helping her care for a litter of baby rats that were born in her cabinet.
While Rachel sorts out her conflicted feelings for her handsome co-worker Gavin (recurring guest star DERMOT MULRONEY), Ross recruits Chandler to help him meet attractive women in order to make Rachel jealous. Meanwhile, Phoebe regrets bringing Monica to karaoke night when Monica takes the microphone and delights in the applause--unaware that the guys in the audience are cheering because they can see through her dress. And Joey submits to painful eyebrow waxing before a photography session. Recurring guest star MELISSA GEORGE appears as Molly.
Joey and Phoebe conspire to arrange awful dates for both Rachel and Ross, hoping that appreciation of their former relationship will cause them to reunite. Rachel's date is a pitiful former restaurant owner, Steve (recurring guest star JON LOVITZ - "Saturday Night Live"). Meanwhile, the ovulating Monica wants to get intimate with Chandler while they baby-sit Emma--but they can't leave the infant alone, or she will scream.
Joey develops an unusual acting method in order to impress a famous, pompous fellow actor, Leonard (JEFF GOLDBLUM - "Jurassic Park"), during an audition for an important stage role. Meanwhile, Ross is horrified to discover who mugged him when he was a child. And an unemployed and humbled Chandler accepts an internship at a shoe company, where the youthful interns make him feel extremely old.
Phoebe asks her boyfriend, Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD), to move in with her, but coming so close to married life might cause trouble in their relationship. Meanwhile, since Monica and Chandler are financially unstable, she secretly asks Joey for a large loan. But when the unsuspecting Chandler also approaches his pal for some cash, Joey accidentally betrays Monica's confidence and tries to recover with an outrageous story. Also, Rachel's efforts to make the apartment safe for her baby make Joey crazy.
When Chandler jokingly posts an outrageous biography about Ross on Ross' college alumni Web site, Ross retaliates by finding Chandler's alumni site and doing the same about Chandler. An Internet war between the two friends ensues. Meanwhile, Monica gets extremely vigilant after weak-willed Phoebe asks for help in preventing her from contacting Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD) after their relationship ends.
Hoping to win a huge jackpot, the friends pool their money and buy dozens of lottery tickets. However, they bicker over how to spend the fortune if they win, and Monica irritates everyone else by buying tickets just for her and Chandler. Exasperated, Phoebe takes the bowl of everyone's tickets and threatens to throw it off the balcony. The others reconcile, but a pigeon startles Phoebe, causing her to drop the bowl anyway. Meanwhile, Chandler excitedly awaits his company's decision about his future. And Ross calls Rachel "Mommy" in order to teach the word to Emma.
Nervous because his daytime drama role requires him to act as if he is deeply in love with a woman, Joey rehearses with Rachel. Later, she observes the taping of the emotional scene and has a surprising dream that night about Joey. Meanwhile, Chandler makes a nonrefundable reservation at a Vermont country inn to surprise Monica. Unfortunately, she is too busy with her job, so Ross accompanies Chandler to the romantic hideaway. Also, Monica must find a tactful way to ask Phoebe to stop performing her disturbing folk music in front of Monica's restaurant.
Ross is excited when he meets fellow paleontology professor Charlie Wheeler (recurring guest star AISHA TYLER - "Talk Soup"), a stunning beauty. But when he takes her to Joey's rooftop party to meet the stars of Joey's daytimedrama, "Days of Our Lives" (real-life "Days of Our Lives" stars KYLE LOWDER, MATTHEW ASHFORD, FARAH FATH and ALEXIS THORPE as themselves), she intimidates him with her impressive list of former boyfriends. Meanwhile, Rachel and the intoxicated Monica behave foolishly at the gathering, chasing the handsome actors. And Chandler attends a disturbing one-woman play.
Ross is in agony because brilliant, beautiful professor Charlie (recurring guest star AISHA TYLER)--who usually prefers paleontologists--is instead dating shallow Joey. Nevertheless, Ross helps the desperate Joey pretend to be intelligent to impress Charlie--with mixed results. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica's nervous visit to a fertility clinic is made even more uncomfortable by the unexpected appearance of Chandler's annoying ex-girlfriend, Janice (recurring guest star MAGGIE WHEELER). And Rachel argues with Phoebe over a corporate-owned spa chain that Phoebe detests.
Disappointed to learn that they cannot conceive a baby naturally, Monica and Chandler mull their options. When Chandler brings home a handsome, unknowing co-worker, Zack (JOHN STAMOS - "Full House," "Thieves"), for dinner, Monica and Chandler embarrassingly "interview" him as a potential sperm donor. Meanwhile, while shopping with Phoebe, Rachel confides that she is enamored with Joey. Unfortunately, Joey's current girlfriend, Charlie (recurring guest star AISHA TYLER), overhears. And Phoebe encounters a boyfriend, David (recurring guest star HANK AZARIA), from long ago.
In Part I, when Chandler accidentally erases the only version of Ross' speech from his laptop computer, Charlie must help Ross reconstruct it--and in the process, they discover that they have much more in common than their profession. Meanwhile, Joey and Rachel get drunk together after impersonating pharmacists and infiltrating a medical conference for the free drinks. And Phoebe is shocked when Mike unexpectedly travels to the island to talk to her. In Part II, despite the fact that it is the first sunny day since their arrival, everyone attends Ross' speech, which is enthusiastically received by his doring fellow scientists. Later, Monica and Mike (recurring guest star PAUL RUDD) take part in an extremely competitive, marathon ping-pong match, alarming Chandler but arousing Phoebe. And Ross' and Joey's fortunes change after revelations by Charlie and Rachel. (Part 1 & 2)
Monica and Chandler's wedding reception is almost upstaged by the news that Rachel is pregnant. Elsewhere at the party, Ross tries to impress a pretty single woman; Chandler has trouble on the dance floor; and Joey hopes to impress an important Broadway producer who is dating Chandler's mother.
As they prepare to leave the wedding hotel, an excited Monica and Phoebe speculate about who might be the father of pregnant Rachel's baby. Rachel wonders if she should even tell the unsuspecting dad. Meanwhile, Joey mistakenly thinks Phoebe is pregnant and makes a gallant gesture. Ross and Chandler frantically try to restage generic wedding photos with other couples at the hotel when Chandler loses the film from his own ceremony. And Monica can't wait to open her tantalizing wedding gifts.
Everyone seems to know who the father of Rachel's unborn baby is except for the man himself: Ross. When he finds out, he is more concerned with other matters than his relationship with Rachel. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Joey fib about a gas leak to gain entry to Monica and Chandler's apartment.
Ross and Rachel's attempt to explain to everyone how they ended up in bed together six weeks earlier quickly devolves into an argument over who pursued whom. Then, Ross shocks them by announcing that he has the whole encounter on videotape. Meanwhile, Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon, excited at the prospect of socializing with another recently married couple whom they met on the flight home . . . until they discover that their newfound "friends" gave them a fake phone number.
Ross is horrified to learn that Rachel is going on a date with a handsome actor, Kash (JOHNNY MESSNER), especially since she is pregnant with Ross' child. Meanwhile, Phoebe becomes attracted to a cute but clumsy chef, Tim (KEVIN RAHM - "Jesse"), and protests when Monica wants to terminate him. Chandler sabotages the promotion of a quirky co-worker, Bob (CHRIS PARNELL), who has been mistakenly calling
At Monica's Halloween party, Phoebe meets the friendly fiancé, Eric (special guest star SEAN PENN - "Dead Man Walking"), of her flighty twin, Ursula. Phoebe becomes alarmed when she learns that her sister has misrepresented herself to the trusting guy--and Phoebe finds herself attracted to him as well. Monica comes disguised as Catwoman and wonders if she could defeat Phoebe's Supergirl character. Chandler arrives as a pink bunny and mistakes Ross' giant "Spudnik" costume for something found on a sidewalk. Also, Rachel gives away all the candy and guiltily resorts to writing checks for the trick-or-treaters.
Ross is happy to learn that pregnant Rachel wants to find her own apartment. He suggests a vacancy in his building but later discovers that the elderly occupant is not dead yet, as he had assumed. Ross gets some tough competition from Rachel's roommate, Joey, who creates a nursery in their apartment to persuade her to stay. Meanwhile, Phoebe is ecstatic when Eric (recurring special guest star SEAN PENN) ends his relationship with her twin sister, Ursula (also played by series star LISA KUDROW), and chooses Phoebe instead. Monica becomes agitated when she suspects that her new maid is stealing her jeans, among other things.
Rachel nervously tells her short-tempered father, Dr. Leonard Green (recurring guest star RON LEIBMAN - "Norma Rae"), that she is pregnant with Ross' baby. Dr. Green then confronts Ross in his apartment, just as Ross is beginning to snuggle up with his new girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE - "Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story"). Meanwhile, Monica feels guilty for denying Chandler a real bachelor party, so she arranges to have a stripper perform at a belated party for him and his friends. Unfortunately, the woman that arrives is definitely not what Monica ordered. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directed.
In this Thanksgiving episode, special guest star BRAD PITT plays Will, Monica's high school friend who was the only student fatter than Monica was. She invites him to Thanksgiving dinner with the gang, unaware that he isn't exactly fond of Rachel. Meanwhile, Chandler and Phoebe pretend to be enthralled with a televised football game in order to avoid helping Monica in the kitchen. And Joey vows to devour the entire turkey single-handedly.
Chandler becomes upset when Monica spends a fortune on a luxurious pair of black boots. After she discovers that the sexy new shoes hurt her feet, Monica continues to wear them, rather than admitting that Chandler was right to be concerned. Meanwhile, celebrity-obsessed Phoebe learns that Ross' son, Ben (recurring guest star COLE MITCHELL SPROUSE), attends the same school as the son of rock star Sting. She tries to meet Sting and get tickets to his upcoming concert--until she encounters his suspicious wife, TRUDIE STYLER (herself). Also, Rachel tries to mediate between an angry Joey and his pregnant younger sister, Dina (MARLA SOKOLOFF - "The Practice").
Ross becomes nervous when his new girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE), wants to mail cute Christmas cards with both of their pictures on it. When Rachel starts feeling the hormonal effects of her pregnancy, she desperately searches for possible romantic partners--including the always accommodating Joey. Meanwhile, newlyweds Chandler and Monica must deal with Chandler's boss, who is enduring a divorce.
In order to prepare Joey for his big date the following night, Rachel eagerly agrees to accompany him for an evening out. However, when they become pleasantly surprised by their newfound compatibility, they begin to regard each other in a way no one could have predicted. Meanwhile, Chandler proudly scores a record number of points on Monica's new Ms. Pac-Man video game machine, but Phoebe vows to regain the top spot. And Ross is finally allowed to teach an honors class, but its cross-town location means he must break land speed records to get there on time. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directs.
As Joey agonizes over his secret affection for Rachel, Monica mistakenly thinks that he is infatuated with Phoebe. When Monica reveals her suspicion to Phoebe, the confusing romantic situation becomes chaotic. Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel agree not to learn the sex of their unborn child, but Rachel sneaks a peek at the doctor's confidential folder. Monica urges a reluctant Chandler to enjoy the soothing pleasures of a scented bath, but soon she can't get him out of the bubbles.
When a concerned Joey takes Rachel to the hospital because of pain relating to her pregnancy, he realizes that his intense romantic feelings for her are excluding Ross from the joys of impending fatherhood. Joey reluctantly makes a gallant suggestion that could change all of the friends' lives. Meanwhile, Chandler becomes obsessed with finding out what is behind the locked door of Monica's forbidden, secret closet. And Monica agrees to let Phoebe massage her--but Phoebe regrets doing so when Monica ecstatically responds with suggestive grunts and groans.
Monica playfully prepares a special Valentine's Day for Chandler, complete with sexy lingerie and racy entertainment. However, Chandler is too shocked to respond favorably after accidentally viewing the wrong videotape: a birthing video meant for Rachel. Meanwhile, Ross has difficulty informing his girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE), that Rachel has moved in with him. His scheme to gain Mona's favor with a perfect Valentine's Day date is thwarted when Mona arrives at his apartment unannounced. Also, Phoebe tries to enliven a depressed Joey by bringing him the world's most cheerful dog.
Guilt-ridden Joey finally confesses his love for Rachel to the flabbergasted Ross. The guys agree that Joey should tell Rachel during dinner, regardless of the potential consequences. Meanwhile, Chandler becomes nervous because Phoebe's handsome new boyfriend, Don (HARRY VAN GORKUM), shares numerous personality traits with Monica.
Feeling awkward after revealing his romantic feelings to Rachel, Joey avoids contact with her. Rachel hopes to restore their friendship by telling Joey a big lie about her unborn child. Meanwhile, after studying tea leaves, Phoebe believes she will encounter the man of her dreams--and she soon meets a very handsome guy, Parker (recurring guest star ALEC BALDWIN - "Pearl Harbor"). And Ross tries to recover his favorite pink shirt from the apartment of his former girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE).
Monica becomes inarticulate while giving her toast at a 35th wedding anniversary party for her parents, Jack (recurring guest star ELLIOTT GOULD) and Judy (recurring guest star CHRISTINA PICKLES), and regrets volunteering to make the speech instead of Ross. Phoebe brings her latest boyfriend, Parker (recurring guest star ALEC BALDWIN), an effusive optimist who is so enthusiastic about everything that he makes people crazy. Meanwhile, Ross is astounded when Jack and Judy ask him and the pregnant Rachel to pretend to be married, in order to prevent a potential scandal.
Now that he has returned to starring in the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives," Joey is thrilled when his name is used in a Soap Opera Digest crossword puzzle. However, he is reluctant to let the magazine do a profile of him, because his last interview got him into so much trouble that he was terminated from his previous engagement with the show. Eager to see her own name in print, Rachel persuades him to reconsider so he can mention her, but Joey insists that all of his friends be present at the interview to ensure that he doesn't say anything controversial this time. The friends reminisce about Joey's past indiscretions in a series of clips from prior episodes. SASHA ALEXANDER ("Presidio Med," "Dawson's Creek") guest stars.
Rachel panics during a party in anticipation of her baby's birth when she realizes how totally unprepared she is to care for an infant. She reluctantly agrees to allow her frustrating mother, Sandra (recurring guest star MARLO THOMAS - "That Girl"), to move in to help her, upsetting Rachel's roommate, Ross. Meanwhile, Monica tries to atone for forgetting to invite Sandra to the party. Chandler and Ross exhaust themselves by repeatedly playing a befuddling game in an effort to help Joey prepare to audition as a television game show host.
When Monica's cooking at the restaurant is harshly criticized in a newspaper, she goes to a criticism class taught by the reviewer, hoping to convince him to reconsider his opinion. However, after he rejects Monica, she transfers to a beginners' cooking seminar, where she is hailed as a culinary genius. Meanwhile, Rachel gets upset when a cute salesgirl, Katie (RENA SOFER - "General Hospital"), flirts with Ross while he and Rachel are shopping for baby supplies. Also, nervous about a major job interview, Chandler receives some questionable coaching from Phoebe.
When Rachel's pregnancy goes beyond her projected delivery date, the pain makes Rachel increasingly irritable--and willing to try anything that might speed the baby's arrival. Meanwhile, Monica and Phoebe place bets concerning the date of the birth. Also, Joey can only take one guest to the premiere of the World War I film in which he stars, and he chooses Chandler. Unfortunately, Chandler falls asleep during the screening, incurring Joey's wrath.
In the one-hour season finale, Rachel waits in the hospital maternity ward with the anxious Ross. However, numerous other pregnant women are wheeled in while Rachel's painful labor continues. Inspired to conceive a baby of their own, Chandler and Monica search for a private room in which to get romantic. Meanwhile, Phoebe is attracted to a handsome patient, Cliff (recurring guest star EDDIE McCLINTOCK). She asks Joey to pose as his daytime television drama character, Dr. Drake Ramoray, and interrogate Cliff about his background.
Rachel is still waiting impatiently for her labor to begin. After posing as his daytime television drama character, Joey pronounces a handsome patient, Cliff (recurring guest star EDDIE McCLINTOCK), suitable for Phoebe to pursue romantically. Unfortunately, Cliff sees Joey on television and finds out about the ruse. Monica and Chandler make love after trying several locations in the hospital. Finally, Rachel gives birth to a beautiful girl--and Ross kisses Rachel. Both hiding their feelings, they wonder how to proceed. Recurring guest star CHRISTINA PICKLES appears as Monica's mother, Judy, and recurring guest star MAGGIE WHEELER appears as Chandler's ex-girlfriend, Janice.
Rachel and Phoebe compete to be Monica's maid of honor--but Monica doesn't want to make the decision. Phoebe eventually allows Rachel to fulfill the duty. Chandler tries to apologize to a girlfriend from his youth.
Ross discovers that his dissertation is in a section of the library where students go to have sex. Chandler's ex-girlfriend Janice manipulates Monica and Chandler into inviting her the wedding. Rachel and Phoebe meddle in Joey's relationship with Erin.
Chandler and Rachel can't help eating the irresistible cheesecakes intended for a neighbor. Phoebe's former boyfriend returns for one night only, but Joey could ruin the romance. Monica plots revenge on her cousin's wedding day.
As the relatives gather for Monica and Chandler's wedding, Chandler finally realizes the magnitude of what he's doing. Joey finds out that he must choose between a major film role and attending the nuptials.
Chandler is upset when a men's magazine prints Ross' cartoon; both Chandler and Ross claim to have originated the joke. Phoebe antagonizes Monica and Rachel with her candor. Joey reluctantly takes a waiter job at Central Perk.
Rachel tries to help her pampered younger sister, Jill, find independence--but Jill flirting with Ross is not part of the plan. Monica won't admit that she is sick and continually tries to seduce Chandler.
Angry that Rachel interfered in her relationship with Ross, Jill sets out to seduce him. When Joey learns that people think Phoebe is a porn star, he rents "Buffay, The Vampire Layer," and the gang discovers that it is Ursula. Chandler has trouble expressing emotion.
Contemplating how differently their lives could have turned out, the friends fantasize that Rachel and Ross are in respective loveless marriages; Monica is an overweight virgin; poor Chandler works for television star Joey; and Phoebe is an overstressed stockbroker.
In the friends' continuing speculative fantasy, Ross initiates a threesome with his wife and her female friend--and gets left out. Chandler and Monica help each other overcome loneliness. Rachel learns the truth about her husband. Phoebe sneaks out of the hospital.
Chandler and Monica agree to give each other homemade presents for their six-month anniversary, but neither of them has anything prepared. Ross tries to teach martial arts to Rachel and Phoebe. Joey hires a look-alike.
While Ross and Elizabeth are on a romantic weekend getaway at her family's cabin, Elizabeth's father and Rachel show up unexpectedly. Chandler pretends to get upset when Monica puts her name down on a wedding list, but secretly he is planning to propose.
Chandler's romantic marriage proposal is ruined when Monica's former boyfriend (TOM SELLECK) returns. Joey accidentally buys a boat. A dormitory incident reminds Ross of how young his girlfriend is. (Part 1)
Rachel and Phoebe choose "backup" husbands. Chandler fools Monica into believing he hates the idea of marriage--and she seeks consolation with Richard. However, Monica and Chandler finally become engaged. (Part 2)
Ross and Emily get married, but Emily cannot forgive him for calling her Rachel during the vows. Rachel ends up going on the trip that Ross and Emily intended to be their honeymoon. After agreeing that they would stop seeing each other upon returning home, Chandler and Monica search for a place to have sex.
Chandler kisses both Rachel and Phoebe in order to cover up a kiss he gave to Monica. Rachel finally tells Ross her feelings, but he replies that this isn't the appropriate time since he is now married to Emily. Phoebe goes into labor.
Phoebe goes into labor and is stuck with a doctor who is obsessed with the show "Happy Days." While Phoebe delivers triplets, Joey experiences his own pain from kidney stones. Monica plans a date with a male nurse to spite Chandler.
Chandler and Monica plan a trip to Atlantic City for some private time. When Joey discovers that they are dating, they swear him to secrecy. Ross has to tell Rachel that he can't be friends with her anymore, due to Emily.
Phoebe is surprised to discover that she enjoys wearing mink. Ross confronts Emily and refuses to stop associating with Rachel and the other friends. Emily demands a divorce. Monica and Rachel are afraid of a hairy new neighbor--until they find out how handsome he is with his hair cut.
After getting kicked out of his apartment, Ross moves in temporarily with Chandler and Joey, driving all three of them crazy. Phoebe dates a health inspector who keeps closing down all the gang's favorite restaurants.
An upset Ross dates Janice after discovering that Emily is getting remarried. Monica hates the fake laugh that Chandler uses in response to his boss' terrible jokes. Rachel overhears Monica talking about her.
Ross rents an apartment with a window facing Monica and Rachel's place. While checking out the apartment, Phoebe sees Monica and Chandler having sex and learns the truth. Finally, Ross finds out that they are dating as well.
Joey's girlfriend likes to punch him. Ross alienates his new neighbors when he refuses to contribute to the retirement donation for the janitor. Chandler becomes distressed when marriage enters the conversation.
Rachel accidentally kisses the man interviewing her for a job. Joey becomes obsessed with a woman living in Ross' apartment complex. Phoebe and Gary compete with Monica and Chandler over whose relationship is more fulfilling.
Ross tries to flirt with the pizza delivery girl, with horrible results. Rachel loses a pair of earrings that Monica had lent to Phoebe. Joey doesn't know how to tell his grandma that his part in a television show has been cut.
The gang decides to go out to Las Vegas to surprise Joey and to celebrate Monica's and Chandler's one-year anniversary. Things gets rough when a jealous Chandler finds out that Monica had lunch with Richard and everyone discovers that Joey is working in a casino to help finance the movie. Rachel and Ross, who come on a later flight, play practical jokes on each other. (Part 1 of 2)
Monica and Chandler reconcile and, on the roll of the dice, decide to go to a chapel and get married immediately. Once there, they discover that the couple who got married ahead of them is a very drunk Ross and Rachel. (Part 2 of 2)
Phoebe undergoes an embryo transplant and becomes pregnant. A simple challenge escalates into a full-blown contest between the guys and the women--and the result of the bet is that they switch apartments.
Chandler has a hard time handling Kathy's new role in a play, in which she pretends to have sex with a handsome man. Rachel is attracted to a customer when she's demoted to personal shopper, and Monica decides that Joey's new, bigger place is built for entertaining.
Joey has no time to shower after he comes home from a three-day fishing trip and has to head out to the set of Charlton Heston's new movie. Rachel sets Ross up with her boss' daughter, and the girls take a post-breakup Chandler to a strip club to cheer him up.
Chandler runs into Janice, now divorced, and finds her more irritating than ever. Ross plays rugby to impress Emily, and Monica tries to figure out what a mysterious electrical switch in her new apartment does.
The guys realize their TV is picking up a porno station for free, and Phoebe discovers she's carrying triplets. A confused Ross and Emily keep finding themselves on opposite sides of the Atlantic as they try to decide how they feel.
Phoebe gets to name one of her babies. Rachel's plans to seduce her boyfriend go awry, and Joey accidentally tells Chandler he thinks he has a terrible name. Ross worries about his relationship with Emily.
Monica and Rachel will do anything to get their old apartment back from the guys. Ross asks Emily to marry him, and she accepts. The friends worry that it is too early in the relationship for Ross and Emily to marry.
Rachel and the engaged Ross reminisce separately about when they dated each other. The friends get invitations to Ross' wedding--but not all of them are going. Phoebe cannot attend because of her pregnancy, and Rachel would prefer not to be there to see Ross marry someone else.
In London for Ross' wedding, Chandler and Joey argue while sightseeing. After talking with Phoebe, Rachel realizes that she still loves Ross. She leaves for London immediately, to Phoebe's distress. Part 1 of 2
Phoebe tries to warn the friends that Rachel is coming to London. A drunken Chandler and Monica have sex. Ross' father argues with Emily's father about wedding expenses. Rachel sneaks into the church, surprising Ross, but she doesn't tell him that she still loves him. While reciting his vows, Ross mistakenly calls Emily "Rachel." Part 2 of 2
Ross' lesbian ex-wife is pregnant with his child, and he doesn't like her choice of a last name for the baby. Rachel finds out that her ex-fiance went on what would have been their honeymoon with her maid of honor.