Rachel agrees to be maid-of-honor at her ex-fiancé's wedding, but a wardrobe malfunction focuses attention away from the bride. To get a role in Warren Beatty's new movie, Joey needs to practice kissing, except with guys. Monica ponders her future with Richard who doesn't want to have any more children and Chandler falls for a mystery woman in an online chat-room.moreless
Phoebe catches chicken pox from Ben just as her old flame Ryan arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Ryan has never had chicken pox either, so they and up spending their time together resisting the urge to scratch. Chandler gets Joey a job as a data-processer at his office and immediately regrets it when Joey decides to see it as an acting challenge. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have any quirks.moreless
The gang plans a surprise party for Rachel, but the real surprise is when her parents, who recently separated, both end up attending. The gang thinks fast and throws two separate parties, but complications inevitably ensue.
Chandler and Ross run into two bullies in Central Perk, one of whom steals Chandler's hat. Monica, down to her last few dollars of savings, plays the stock market based solely on the ticker symbols. Phoebe makes multiple attempts to go visit her birth father. Monica, now flat broke following her failed stock ventures, is forced to take a demeaning job as a waitress at a 50's-themed diner.moreless
Having been shielded from sad movie endings by her mother, Phoebe's world-view is shattered when she learns how the movie "Old Yeller" actually ends. Monica becomes jealous when Richard begins seeing other people, namely Joey and Chandler. The question of Richard's and Monica's significant age difference comes up. Rachel feels boxed-in when she learns that Ross has planned their entire future together.moreless
Creeped out by his bizarre new roommate, Chandler demands he move out. Even though Eddie agrees, he doesn't seem to understand what "moving out" actually entails. Joey has trouble coming to grips with the death of Dr. Drake Ramoray and the accompanying change in his financial status. A new book on empowerment for women inspires the girls to have a "goddess meeting."moreless
In an interview, Joey inaccurately boasts that he contributes dialogue to the Days of Our Lives scripts and the offended writers of the show respond by having his character fall down an elevator shaft. Phoebe helps Chandler bond with his new roommate, Eddie, much to Chandler's horror. The very active sexual history of Monica and Rachel becomes a topic of concern to their relatively inexperienced boyfriends, Richard and Ross.moreless
Phoebe is discovered by a record producer who wants to make a "Smelly Cat" video. Ross's new relationship with Rachel and his resulting constant presence in Monica's apartment, revives some old sibling rivalries. Joey considers moving back in with Chandler but discovers that Chandler has a new roommate.
After a squabble with Chandler, Joey decides to move to a fancy new apartment, but almost immediately starts missing his old friend and roommate. Rachel and Phoebe decide to get tattoos. At his birthday party, Jack Geller receives the unsettling news that his best friend, Richard, and his daughter, Monica, are dating.moreless
Joey buys a big screen TV and two leather recliners with his newfound money and he and Chandler become almost literally glued to the television. Monica is given a catering job for a friend of her parents, the attractive Dr. Richard Burke. Ross and Rachel attempt to have their first real date, but Rachel finds intimacy with a long-time friend awkward.moreless
Now making good money on Days of Our Lives, Joey pays Chandler back the $812 he's borrowed and gives him an embarrassingly gaudy, gold bracelet as a gift. An unemployed Monica is hard up for money and ultimately turns to Ross for a loan. Monica and Rachel's prom video reveals Monica's former girth, Rachel's former nose and the way Ross has always felt about Rachel.moreless
Ross and the gang go to visit Marcel on the set of his new movie. Rachel and Monica compete for the affections of its star, Jean-Claude Van Damme. While there, Chandler runs into a former schoolmate, now a makeup artist, who seems to have the hots for him. Ross and Marcel go on a whirlwind tour of the city and Joey is excited to get a small part in the Van Damme flick.moreless
While on a trip to California, Ross goes to visit Marcel at the zoo but discovers that his old pal is now working in television commercials and in the movies. Now a soap star, Joey gets his first stalker and ends up dating her. Phoebe is asked to sing for the children at the library but the frankness of her lyrics ends up shocking their parents.moreless
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 died in the middle of a session. Rachel's mom comes to visit and drops a bombshell.
It's almost Christmas and an out-of-work Monica and underpaid Rachel tip Treeger, the paperboy and the mailman with cookies instead of cash--with mixed results. Phoebe learns that the guy in the pictures her grandmother has been showing her of her dad is just a model, which inspires her to track down her real father. Chandler and Joey wait too late to do their Christmas shopping, so end up giving some unusual presents.moreless
Ross must choose between Rachel and Julie, so seeks Joey and Chandler's help in making a list of the pros and cons of each. He ultimately chooses Rachel, but when she accidentally sees a copy of the list, she is hurt and offended and dumps him. Meanwhile, Monica gets a job trying to create tempting recipes for a synthetic chocolate substitute called "Mockolate".moreless
Rachel is upset to learn that Ross and Julie's relationship is escalating when they decide to get a cat together. Monica sets her up on a date to help make her feel better. It doesn't help. Rachel gets drunk and leaves a message on Ross's answering machine revealing her true feelings for him. Meanwhile, Monica, now jobless, gives herself something to do by helping Chandler lose a few extra pounds. Phoebe is concerned when her new boyfriend doesn't seem to want to sleep with her.moreless
When Ross has an allergic reaction to Monica's kiwi-lime pie and has to go to the doctor's, Chandler and Joey are asked to baby-sit Ross's son, Ben. They make good use of Ben in their efforts to pick up girls, but end up leaving him on a bus. Rachel goes to bat for her when Phoebe loses her Central Perk singing gig to a professional singer.moreless
When a sexy woman calls the wrong number, Chandler seeks to make the most of the situation. Income issues divide the friends: the well-off Ross, Chandler and Monica versus the not-so-well-off Phoebe, Rachel and Joey. Monica gets a promotion at the restaurant where she works, but it turns to unemployment when she accepts a personal gift of five steaks from a meat supplier.moreless
The gang is shocked to learn that Phoebe married a gay Canadian ice dancer to help him get his green card. Ross seeks relationship advice from Rachel after revealing that he and Julie have not yet slept together. It comes out that Chandler has a third nipple and that Joey once acted in a porno movie.moreless
Mr. Heckles dies and leaves all his belongings to Monica and Rachel. Chandler questions his rejection of women for superficial reasons, then in going through Heckles' personal effects, discovers remarkable similarities between the late eccentric and himself. Ross and Phoebe disagree over the question of evolution.
Ross, Chandler and Rachel are grossed out when Phoebe tests bottled breast milk by tasting it. Rachel fears she will lose Monica to Julie when she discovers they've gone shopping together. Meanwhile, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Joey competes with a cowboy cologne-spritzer for turf as well as the affections of a beautiful co-worker.moreless
Rachel, having found out that Ross loves her, has gone to meet him at the airport. To her shock and embarrassment, he returns from his trip with a new girlfriend. After cutting Joey and Chandler's hair, Phoebe is persuaded to give Monica a haircut, but it's not quite the one she asked for. Joey's tailor measures Chandler for pants using a uniquely personal method.moreless