Friends - Season 5

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  • 5/20/99
    9.3

    Rachel and Ross's airplane silliness escalates with the infusion of alcohol. Chandler and Monica's relationship is enhanced Las Vegas-style. Phoebe picks up a pest and Joey becomes one when he discovers his "identical hand twin".

  • 5/20/99
    9.2

    As a one-year anniversary present, Monica gives Chandler and herself a trip to Vegas, which coincidentally, gives Chandler a chance to mend his relationship with Joey. Phoebe is determined not to be left out of yet another adventure, and before long, everyone ends up going. Phoebe accidentally lets it slip that Monica had lunch with Richard. The night before they leave, Ross mistakes Rachel's playful behavior as a come-on. His resulting embarrassment leads to a battle of wits.

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  • 5/13/99
    8.8

    Joey seems to have finally hit big when he gets offered a lead part in a movie shooting outside of Las Vegas, however, when Chandler begins expressing doubts about the film's legitimacy, it causes a rift in their friendship. A simple eye-infection gives Rachel more trouble than she bargained for. Phoebe isn't speaking to Ross, but can't remember why.

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  • 5/6/99
    9.0

    Rachel buys a psychotic Sphynx cat. Phoebe learns that Gary is going to ask her to move in with him. Thinking this is way too fast, she tries to get Chandler to talk him out of it. Ross and Joey start throwing a ball while they are bored but it changes from a time-filler to a super-competitive obsession when Monica joins in.

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  • 4/29/99
    8.8

    Emily's imminent marriage has Ross feeling down. When Monica and Rachel raid Ross's apartment for margarita ingredients, they overhear a message from Emily suggesting she is having second thoughts. The boys go for a ride-along with Gary the cop and when they hear what they believe to be a gunshot, Joey throws himself over Ross, making Chandler jealous.

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  • 4/22/99
    8.9

    Joey lands a role on Law & Order, so his Italian-speaking grandmother comes over to watch his network debut. When he realizes that his scenes have ended up on the cutting-room floor, he must improvise a solution. In getting ready for her and Chandler's ten-month anniversary, Monica is reminded once again that you should never lend anything to Rachel. Meanwhile, Ross's ineptitude at flirting becomes painfully obvious when he tries it on the pizza delivery girl.

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  • 4/8/99
    8.6

    Rachel pretends to be a smoker in order to join in on valuable outdoor discussions with her boss, herself an avid smoker. Ben gets offered an audition for a soup commercial and Joey auditions to be his father in the ad. Monica and Phoebe plan a surprise birthday party for Rachel, but when Monica leaves Phoebe only two menial chores to take care of, Phoebe makes the most of them.

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  • Monica tries to prove that she and Chandler are as hot and heavy as Phoebe and Gary. Rachel inadvertently kisses her job interviewer at Ralph Lauren. Joey tries to meet a hot girl living in Ross's building.

  • 2/23/99
    9.1

    Joey has a dream that it is he, not Chandler, who is in a loving relationship with Monica. Phoebe finds a police badge under her seat at Central Perk which inspires her to become personally involved in law enforcement. When she encounters the cop whose badge it is, he seems more interested in Phoebe herself than in her criminal behavior. Ross buys a sofa and rather than pay the exorbitant delivery fee, enlists the help of his friends in getting it home.

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  • 2/18/99
    8.9

    Ross is delighted to discover that his best friend and his sister are in love, not merely fooling around. Joey starts dating Katie, a little girl who packs a mean punch. When Ross, being new to his apartment building, refuses to contribute to the retirement fund of the building's maintenance man whom he's never even met, he ends up alienating the other tenants. Chandler suffers from a fear of commitment and comes up with a unique way of apologizing to Monica for his resultant behavior.

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  • 2/11/99
    9.5

    When Ross discovers that Ugly Naked Guy is moving out of his apartment, he leaps at the chance to sublet it for himself. Phoebe is shocked to learn of Monica and Chandler's relationship and with Rachel and Joey's help, tries to trick them into admitting to it. Ross, from the perspective of his new apartment, is the last one to learn about his best friend and his sister.

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  • 2/4/99
    8.7

    Joey tries to change his image to land an acting job playing a sophisticated gentleman. Rachel offers to help by dressing him in style, including the latest accessory, a leather unisex shoulder bag. When her grandmother passes away, Phoebe holds a memorial service which her biological father ends up attending. Monica discovers, to her horror, that Chandler and the rest of the gang hate what she has always believed to be her superior massages.

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  • 1/21/99
    8.8

    Monica goes to a party with Chandler where he works, delighted that they don't have to hide their relationship from anyone there. She learns, however, that Chandler manifests a different, more annoying personality when he's around his boss. Meanwhile, Ross learns that Emily is getting remarried and in his misery finds a sympathetic ear (and shoulder) in Janice. Rachel, now aware of Monica and Chandler's relationship, tries to get Monica to admit to it.

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  • 1/7/99
    9.2

    As 1999 begins, the gang makes resolutions, most of which will require a lot of willpower to keep. For instance, Rachel vows to stop gossiping, a resolution that is put to the test when she learns about Monica and Chandler's relationship. Chandler's resolution to not make fun of his friends proves equally difficult to keep, since Ross's resolution is to try something new each day.

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  • 12/17/98
    8.7

    Rachel has second thoughts about getting involved with Danny when she observes his uncomfortably close relationship with his sister. Following his suspension from the museum, to fill his empty days, Ross takes charge of Joey's career by getting him to write a play for himself. Joey and Chandler invent a game called "Fireball". Phoebe gets a job as a Christmas charity donations collector and typical of Phoebe, goes to extremes.

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  • 12/10/98
    9.2

    Joey starts to get uncomfortable with protecting Monica and Chandler's secret, especially when it places him in embarrassing situations. Meanwhile, Ross becomes so enraged at work when someone steals his turkey sandwich, it results in his suspension. Phoebe is taking a class in literature at The New School and to her regret, asks Rachel to take it with her.

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  • 11/19/98
    9.3

    Although the Thanksgiving meal was great, Chandler is still suffering from his traditional holiday blues over the memory of his parents' divorce. Ross is not the least bit thankful for his second divorce and subsequent eviction. The group then begins to share memories to determine whose was the worst Thanksgiving, which leads Monica to reveal to Chandler a shameful secret.

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  • 11/12/98
    8.8

    After Ross's marriage to Emily falls apart, followed by his resulting eviction from her cousin's apartment, Chandler and Joey let Ross move in with them. His annoying habits, however, soon begin to get on their nerves. Meanwhile, Phoebe gets involved with a local health inspector and Rachel becomes convinced that Danny is trying to seduce her with mind games.

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  • 11/5/98
    8.7

    Emily decides that the only way to continue her marriage with Ross is to have him get rid of all traces of Rachel in his apartment--including his apartment. Meanwhile, in the darkened basement, Rachel and Monica mistake a long-haired, bearded neighbor for a yeti. Phoebe's birth mother sends her a mink coat.

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  • 10/29/98
    9.1

    Monica and Chandler plan a romantic getaway to New Jersey in order to have an intimate weekend without their friends knowing. Meanwhile, Ross prepares himself to tell Rachel that he can never see her again because of a promise he made to Emily. The gang worries that with Ross not being able to see Rachel anymore, it will ultimately divide them all.

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  • 10/15/98
    8.9

    Joey participates in a PBS telethon to aid his career, but it reignites an old hatred Phoebe has towards the network. To hide her relationship with Chandler, Monica convinces Rachel that her secret lover is someone from work. To Chandler's delight, it gets back to him that Monica's secret lover is "the best she's ever had". Joey insists there is no such thing as a selfless act and Phoebe sets out to prove him wrong.

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  • The One Hundredth
    Episode 3
    10/8/98
    9.3

    Phoebe is rushed to the hospital for the birth of her brother's triplets. Joey winds up with severe sympathy pains that turn out to be kidney stones. When Rachel tries to set Monica up on a date with a male nurse, it leads to Monica and Chandler having a pointed discussion about the nature of their relationship. Rachel becomes nervous when Phoebe suggests that she'd like to keep one of the triplets for herself.

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  • 10/1/98
    9.2

    Ross continues trying to rescue his marriage to Emily. When the gang catches Chandler kissing Monica goodbye, he tries to divert suspicion from their relationship by kissing the other girls goodbye, too. Phoebe feels left out when the gang starts sharing stories about their London experiences, so they plan a new adventure that includes her. Their plans are interrupted, however, when Phoebe's water breaks.

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  • 9/24/98
    9.1

    In the aftermath of his Freudian slip, Ross tries to rescue his and Emily's marriage. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica try to find a moment alone in order to continue their secret affair, but their plans are constantly thwarted by a frantic search for Emily who has gone missing. Rachel comforts Ross at the airport about Emily not showing up for their honeymoon to Greece and Ross suggests that Rachel use Emily's ticket herself.

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