Season 10 Episode 19

The Last One (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 06, 2004 on NBC

Episode Recap

The final episode begins with Rachel putting on her shoes … at the foot of Ross' bed. It seems the duo had quite a time since we last spotted them. Ross remarks that a guy at work gave him Sex for Dummies as a joke. He adds, "Who's laughing now?"

Over in the hospital delivery room, Monica, Chandler and birth mother Erica are seconds away from the Bing baby's arrival. Before we know it, the baby's born — and it's a boy! The proud parents admire their child. The doctor looks up.

"The other one will be along in a minute," the doctor says. Cut to commercial.

Yep, that's right — somehow nobody knew it until now, but Erica is about to give birth to twins. Mon and Chan have a minor freak-out, during which Chandler suggests they give each baby half a medallion and reunite them when they're older. But then they agree: Of course they'll keep both babies.

Baby No. 2 is a girl.

Meanwhile, Joey has two housewarming presents for the Bings: a chick and a duck. He introduces them to Phoebe and Ross, who tells them about his perfect evening with Rachel. Now more than ever, Ross doesn't want her to take that plane to Paris. With a little encouragement from Joey and Phoebe, he decides to tell her how he feels at Central Perk.

But there's one thing he didn't count on at the coffee shop … Gunther.

The bald barrista confronts Rach before Ross can even reach her. "I love you," he says. Gunther adds he knows his revelation might not change her plans, but he just had to say something. She kisses him, thanks him and walks out the door. Ross fumes.

And the Bing babies? They're now named Jack and Erica, after Monica's father and the birth mother. In the quickest hospital-to-home turnaround ever, they return to the apartment, and Monica finishes packing.

Rachel says her heartfelt goodbyes to her friends and leaves for the airport. After she's gone, Ross and Joey discuss the wisdom of his decision to let her go. Ross finally admits to himself that he doesn't want to let her go and decides to chase after her and at least tell her how he feels. Phoebe volunteers her cab as a way to get Ross to the airport and they rush out.