Season 3 Episode 25

The One at the Beach

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 15, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The gang goes to the beach. In search of her father, Phoebe meets a family friend with links to her family's past, who may know more than she's letting on. Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him, and must choose between sex-crazy, but bald, Bonnie and Rachel, the love of his life. After the gang plays strip poker, Joey winds up sleeping naked on the beach. And Chandler wonders why Monica doesn't think he's serious after he asks her if she would ever go out with him.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • what is beach

    beach show warner
  • I don't like the Rachel/Ross storyline. But you can see this episode as beginning of the story between Chandler and Monica.

    This is the first episode when I was really bored with the on and off of Ross and Rachel. Rachel is jealous and makes his new girl friend shave her head. Ha-ha. This is an re-enactment when she said Phoebe how to cut the hair of Julie. Not very convincing, not so funny. But the other stuff is good. The search for Phoebes mother takes an unexpected turn and brings the story forward. Joeys obsession with strip poker takes a funny turn, too. And most important: you can see the first signs of the love story between Chandler and Monica.moreless
  • A lot of jaw dropping things happen in this finale.

    Well the first moment that was jaw dropping in the finale was Phoebe's mom still being alive, and Lilly wasn't her mom. Guess we will find out how that would happen in next season's premiere. So that is a good cliffhanger. Another great cliffhanger, who will Ross choose? Bald Bonnie, or Rachel? Another great cliffhanger, which door did he enter? Ross & Rachel kiss! Rachel making Bonnie being bald cause of Rachel reminded me of the Julie storyline when Rachel wanted to mess up her hairdo. History repeats itself. This episode had a lot of Mondler moments too. You could see that somewhere along the lines, they would date, two more years! Can't wait for next season! Amazing cliffhangers!moreless
  • a good episode

    all of the friends go to the beach to find out about pheobes dad. whilst there the gang is rained in and they go to play strip poker but instead strip happy days game. in the game joey loses all of his clothes except his boxers and ross and rachael flirt with each other after a half undressed monica tells her. all is fine untill ross's girlfriend walks in , pheobe finds her birth mother and rachaels tells ross's girlfriend to shave her head, much to ross's dissapointment. also chandler tries to impress monica by being a gentleman, it all creates a great cliffhanger.moreless
  • Great

    The gang head to the beach in this episode - Phoebe finds out where her real mother's best friend might be, so the gang decide to head to the beach to check it out. Chandler says if the worst comes to the worst he'll be Monica's boyfriend. Then they head to the beach-house, it's covered in sand. Then Phoebe goes to see her and talks for a long time. The gang are bored and Joey wants to play strip poker, while Rachel wants to give Ross a pedicure. They play strip poker, Joey end up naked. Bonnie arrives. Joey falls asleep naked. Then Rachel stays back to read, when Bonnie comes back she is persuaded by Rachel to shave her hair. Phoebe's in a bad mood with the other Phoebe because she won't tell her where her father is. The gang is shocked when they find out Bonnie's shave her head. Ross gets mad with Rachel when he finds out she was the one who told Bonnie to shave her head. Ross and Rachel have a passionate kiss when they discover they're both still in love. Phoebe sneaks into the other Phoebe's house to look for stuff about her father, she gets discovered. Over at the beach-house Ross is trying to decide whether to get back with Rachel. Once upstairs he is faced which room to go in between Bonnie and Rachel.moreless
Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor


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Teri Garr

Teri Garr

Phoebe Abbott Sr.

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James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


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