Friends - Season 8

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Episode Guide

  • 5/16/02
    9.2

    After seeing five other mothers come and go--the last being Janice--Rachel is finally ready to deliver. Phoebe manages to bond with her new hospital guy. The gang all gathers to congratulate Rachel. Aunt Monica provides her new niece with a name, "Emma". Chandler and Monica try to conceive in a janitor's storage closet. Rachel must deal with the possibility that as a new mother, she may be entirely on her own, so when Joey "seems" to propose, she accepts.

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  • 5/16/02
    9.2

    Rachel gets to share the miracle of birth with a variety of annoying couples, all of whom come and go while she is waiting for her own miracle to begin. Phoebe meets a handsome stranger. Ross's mother brings Ross his grandmother's engagement ring in the hopes that he will consider proposing to the girl who's about to have his baby. Meanwhile, in an environment filled with babies, Monica and Chandler are inspired to make one of their own.

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  • 5/9/02
    8.9

    Joey's blockbuster movie is premiering but he only has one extra ticket, so must choose which of the five friends to bring as his guest. Rachel's due date comes and goes and everyone is wondering when the baby will be born. Phoebe and Monica decide to make it interesting by placing bets; soon, Ross and Rachel join in. Rachel's doctor advises several home remedies for inducing labor; the most effective, in her experience, being sex.

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  • 5/2/02
    8.7

    Monica's restaurant gets a bad review in the Post. She and Joey confront the critic who wrote it at The New School where he teaches and end up taking a cooking class. Chandler is nervous about an interview for a better job, so Phoebe helps him prepare. Ross and Rachel go to a baby-furniture store where Rachel must watch as the salesgirl flirts shamelessly with Ross.

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  • 4/25/02
    8.9

    The girls throw Rachel a baby shower, but Monica forgets to invite Rachel's mother until the very last minute. Rachel is starting to worry that she may be ill-prepared for motherhood. Meanwhile, Joey has a chance to host a new game show called "Bamboozled!", so enlists the help of Ross and Chandler to play a practice game.

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  • 4/4/02
    8.2

    Joey is to be interviewed by Soap Opera Digest. His last interview was a disaster and got him fired, so he enlists the help of his friends to be there making sure he doesn't screw up again. During the interview, we see clips of Joey from past episodes that illuminate his answers. Questions cover topics such as his acting, what he does in his spare time, diet and exercise, his friends, his sexual orientation and his romantic life.

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  • 3/28/02
    9.0

    As the gang heads to Massapequa for the Geller's 35th anniversary party, they're introduced to Phoebe's new boyfriend Parker, who is just a little too positive about most anything. At past anniversaries, Ross has always given the speech and it's never failed to reduce everyone to tears. This time, Monica has decided to do the honors, going to any length to create the sob-fest of all time. Ross and Rachel discover at the party that Jack and Judy have told all their friends that the soon-to-be parents are married.

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  • 3/7/02
    8.8

    Joey has been avoiding Rachel, embarrassed about his confession of love for her that got him shot down. Monica suggests to Rachel that she ask Joey for help with a problem as a way of getting to talk with him again. In reading her own tea leaves, Phoebe is pleased to learn that she is about to meet the man of her dreams. Following their less-than-amiable break-up, Ross is reluctant to pick up a favorite shirt he left at Mona's.

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  • 2/28/02
    8.9

    Ross is beside himself when learning that Joey is in love with Rachel. After discussing it, however, he softens and convinces Joey to tell Rachel of his love for her. Much to Chandler's consternation, Phoebe has met a guy she believes to be Monica's soul mate.

  • 2/7/02
    8.9

    Phoebe tries to cheer up a depressed Joey by lending him the world's happiest dog. Phoebe leaves a videotape of her friend giving birth for Monica to pass on to Rachel. When Chandler mistakes it for a porno tape, he is horrified when watching it. Monica's plans for a romantic Valentine's Day with Chandler are destroyed when she also watches the tape. Mona comes to Ross's to make him a romantic dinner and discovers that Rachel is now living with him.

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  • 1/31/02
    8.9

    Phoebe talks Monica into letting her give her a massage but becomes disconcerted when Monica seems to become sexually aroused by it. Joey dreams about being with Rachel and betraying Ross. Chandler becomes obsessed with seeing what's in Monica's closet by the bathroom. Rachel feels her baby kick for the first time and Ross is bothered by the fact that he's missing all the baby "firsts".

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  • 1/17/02
    9.0

    Monica turns Chandler on to the concept of a bath to relax, complete with scented oils and candles. Ross and Rachel toss baby names back and forth while deciding whether or not to learn the baby's sex. Joey has a major crush on Rachel, a fact that Monica, Chandler and Phoebe discover through a little detective work.

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  • 1/10/02
    9.0

    Phoebe gets Monica and Chandler a Ms. Pacman arcade game as a belated wedding present. Thanks to a professor's retirement, Ross gets to teach a graduate seminar in paleontology, but getting there on time proves to be a challenge. Because of her pregnancy, Rachel misses dating, so Joey takes her out for a platonic night on the town to make her feel better.

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  • 12/13/01
    8.7

    Mona suggests that she and Ross send out a holiday card as a couple. Chandler's newly-divorced, obnoxious boss invites Chandler and Monica to dinner. Rachel, in her fourth month of pregnancy and with hormones raging, wants to sleep with just about any guy she sees.

  • 12/6/01
    8.7

    Chandler is peeved when Monica splurges on an expensive pair of boots. Phoebe learns Ross's and Sting's children attend the same school and she angles to meet the celebrity and get concert tickets. Joey's sister Dina expresses an interest in fashion to get Joey to introduce her to Rachel, but it turns out that it wasn't about fashion at all. What she really needed was the advice of an older single woman who is also pregnant.

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  • 11/22/01
    9.3

    Will, a formerly-fat high school friend of Monica's, is now thin, rich and gorgeous. Monica runs into him and invites him to Thanksgiving dinner. Rachel is understandably attracted to the guy, not realizing that he used to be a fat kid that she abused in high school. It turns out that Will and Ross had once formed "The I Hate Rachel Green Club" and had spread a rumor that she was a hermaphrodite. Meanwhile, Joey is committed to eating almost an entire turkey by himself.

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  • 11/15/01
    9.1

    Rachel enlists Phoebe's help in breaking the news of her pregnancy to her father at dinner. When Chandler learns that Monica had a bachelorette party, she tries to make it up to him by throwing a belated bachelor party for him, including a stripper. Rachel's father, having learned that Ross is the father of her baby and is not going to marry her, shows up at Ross's apartment to give him a piece of his mind. Unfortunately, Mona is also there.

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  • 11/8/01
    8.8

    Chandler hires a maid whom Monica suspects of 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. Rachel is looking for an apartment so as not to burden Joey with the addition of a high-maintenance infant.

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  • 11/1/01
    9.0

    Monica and Chandler decide to throw a costumed Halloween party. Phoebe runs into her twin-sister Ursula, who is now engaged to be married, and invites her and her fiancé to the party. Ross invites Mona. Meanwhile, Rachel, soon to be a parent herself, begs Monica to let her give out the candy to the trick-or-treating children.

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  • 10/25/01
    8.8

    Phoebe begins dating Monica's sous-chef, causing a problem when Phoebe wants to dump him on the same day Monica plans to fire him. A co-worker of Chandler's has been calling him Toby for five years. Chandler has learned to live with it, but it becomes a real problem when the guy wants to get transferred to Chandler's department. Joey sets Rachel up on a date with one of his co-stars from Days of Our Lives.

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  • 10/18/01
    9.4

    Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon with stories of a couple that they met on the flight back, but soon discover that the couple gave them a fake number. Ross and Rachel disagree over who came onto whom when they hooked up. Ross says he can prove that it was Rachel and reveals that he captured the encounter on videotape.

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  • 10/11/01
    9.1

    Chandler and Monica are off on their honeymoon as Rachel prepares to tell Ross that he's the father of her baby. Phoebe and Joey need to get into Monica's apartment, but not having keys, they fake a gas leak to get Treeger to let them in. Much to Monica and Chandler's consternation, another newlywed couple, always just one step ahead of them, keeps getting free stuff that they do not. Rachel gets a sonogram, but is upset that she can't make out her baby in the image.

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  • 10/4/01
    9.2

    Rachel refuses to reveal the name of her baby's father until she tells him first. Joey produces a red sweater left behind by a gentleman caller Rachel had about a month earlier. Phoebe thinks she knows who it belongs to. Chandler can't locate the disposable cameras that he was in charge of, so he and Ross elect to put on their tuxes and retake all the pictures at someone else's wedding reception. Monica can't resist the temptation to open wedding presents before Chandler gets home.

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  • 9/27/01
    9.1

    At the wedding reception, Rachel is not ready to admit to her pregnancy so Phoebe pretends that she is the one who's pregnant. Ross meets a beautiful colleague of Monica's, but has trouble pursuing her. Chandler has been taking dance lessons so as not to embarrass Monica during their first dance together as husband and wife, but the slippery soles of his new shoes are forcing him to sit it out. Joey turns his wedding toast into an audition for a Broadway director.

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