Friends

Season 9 Episode 23

The One in Barbados (Part 1 & 2)

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 15, 2003 on NBC
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Part 1: Ross has been chosen as keynote speaker at a paleontology convention in Barbados so the whole gang decides to go, including Charlie and Phoebe's current boyfriend, David. On Chandler's suggestion, David decides to propose to Phoebe, but Monica knows that Phoebe's still in love with Mike, so calls Mike to warn him. Chandler inadvertently erases the only copy of Ross's speech from his computer. Charlie helps him recreate it and in the process they discover they have feelings for one another. With Ross and Charlie busy, Joey and Rachel try to find something to do together. They end up posing as pharmacists in order to get free food and drinks at a pharmaceutical convention. Rachel almost lets it slip to Joey that she has feelings for him. David finally gets around to proposing to Phoebe, but before he actually asks her, Mike shows up in Barbados and proposes first. Phoebe chooses Mike, but says no to his proposal, explaining that she didn't want to get married right away; she only wanted to know that it was at least a possibility for their future. Mike tells her they can have any future together she wants.

Part 2: Ross's speech is a big hit--although for Joey and Rachel, the high point is the use of the term "homo erectus". With nothing else to do while it's raining, Monica and Mike end up in a marathon Ping-Pong match. While Chandler is turned off by Monica's competitive nature, Phoebe is turned on by Mike's. Charlie breaks up with Joey, saying they have nothing in common. When Joey tells Rachel about it, she lets it slip that she has feelings for him. He tells her that they can't do anything about it because of Ross. Meanwhile, Charlie tells Ross that she has feelings for him, but he doesn't want to hurt Joey. Ross and Charlie end up kissing anyway, and when Joey sees them, he goes to Rachel's room and kisses her.

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