Friends

Season 1 Episode 23

The One with the Birth

5
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 11, 1995 on NBC
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8.9
out of 10
Average
343 votes
  • Ross' baby boy is finally born, but he & Susan become trapped in a broom closet during Carol's labor. Will they make it on time to witness the birth? Meanwhile Joey helps a single woman give birth to a baby girl.

    10
    This is a definite tear-jerker. This is classic friends, but with a softness around the edges. I may even be so bold as to say this is the
    'beginning' of MOnica & Chandler's attraction to each other. She keeps getting choked up when she sees women walking with their tiny babies. So he promises that when they are both 40, if neither are married, he will propose to her and they will start a family. Also, when she calls her mother, she gets choked up again at the sight of another baby. Chandler takes the phone from her. Nothing romantic, but the seeds have been planted in this episode for their romance to blossom in future seasons. Even Joey is soft as he helps a single mother give birth. We get to see a side to his character that is rarely shown and it is very sweet.
  • A episode that is always good to watch.

    8.6
    This episode is definitely a series classic. It contains everything you want within an episode, some humor, some really special moments, and something that you will always remember. I love the fact that they show some sides to some characters that you may have never seen if they didn't do the episode like this. Only Ross and Susan (along with Pheobe) would get stuck in the closet while Carol is giving birth. Since they seem to end up with all the bad luck. I'm just glad that they can finally agree on a name. This episode will always be a good one to watch.
  • Carol gives birth.

    10
    Leah Remini guest stars, in this riveting episode. Leah did a very good job, I personally thought that Joey & Lydia should of hooked up. They looked perfect for each other. Lydia's last line. "Eh, there not so bad" (talking about Joey's basketball team) To bad her loser boyfriend showed up. Rachel is in a pickle when her OB/GYN hate woman's private parts. Sort of awkward. I like how she tried to impress him throughout the episode though. Susan and Ross fighting ending up in a closet with Phoebe. Like Phoebe's song when in the closet. "And they found their bodies the following day, lalalalala" I laughed so hard. I also like the ending when it's that babies point of you. The gang is all there looking at the baby, talking. Great ending! Perfect flawless episode.
  • Carol finally has her and ROss\'s baby in the hospital. However, Ross gets stuck in a closet with Susan and Phoebe. It all ends well in the end as the whole group along with Susan is there to watch the beautiful birth of Ross and Carol\'s son.

    10
    This episode is a great episode and of course a landmark. The writers know exactly how to create a plot twist by getting Ross and Susan stuck in that closet. It is perfect because you know throughout the series they probably wont like eahc other, but being together like that really brought them closer. This also is great because it shows the other side of Joey. For the whole first series we had been wondering is he a pig? We finally find the other side of him, and also the \"beginning\", you could say, of Monica and CHandler.
  • "And they found their bodies the very next day, they found their bodies the very next day, la la la, la la la, la la la..."

    9.8
    Carol goes into labor so the whole gang goes up to the hospital to wait for the babies birth. While waiting the birth Phoebe sings a song:
    They're tiny and chubby and so sweet to touch,
    and soon they'll grow up and resent you so much.
    Now they're yelling at you and you don't know why,
    and you cry and you cry and you cry.
    And you cry and you cry and you cry and you cry... Ross and Susan can't stop fighting over who gets to help Carol more and carol kicks them out of the room. Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences, but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. They still can't agree on a name for the baby and end up picking Ben from the uniform Phoebe puts on.
  • ...

    9.7
    A great Storyline and a really entertaining episode with great amouns of humour, and several funny and enjoyable parts! A definate must see episode if you are in the mood for a laugh! Brilliant! A great Storyline and a really entertaining episode with great amouns of humour, and several funny and enjoyable parts! A definate must see episode if you are in the mood for a laugh! Brilliant! A great Storyline and a really entertaining episode with great amouns of humour, and several funny and enjoyable parts! A definate must see episode if you are in the mood for a laugh! Brilliant!
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    9.6
    As Monica's biological clock ticks away like a time bomb, Carol goes into labour. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts.

    Sometimes with shows, they have a really good episode before the final episode.

    This is what this is. The reason why this episode was not the final is because the writers were looking for a Rachel cliffhanger which they could not do on this episode.
  • Great

    9.5
    This is a really great episode and we see some character development from both Susan and Ross. Susan and Ross both learn to cope with each other and get along, Ross also is happy to be a father. Everyone rushes to the hospital when Carol goes into labour. Phoebe sings a song called babies, which only annoys Ross. Rachel hits on a cute doctor. Joey helps a cute girl through labour, but runs when the father comes along. Phoebe locks Susan and Ross in a cupboard to resolve their issues and they narrowly get out in time for Carol's birth of Ben.
  • excellent

    9.5
    Carol finally goes into labour much to the exciment of Ross and Susan.But When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more and of course the babys name, Phoebe drags both of them into a cleaning closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts. Thank fully Ross and Susan make in in time for the arrival of their son and decide and agree on a babys name awww.
  • ross n susan get lokd in a closet wiv phoebe whil carol is avin th baby n phoebe finds a suit wiv th name ben on it.elswer monica is scard she wont hav kids n on th fone 2 hr mum she gets so upset tht chandler has 2 hang up the fone 4 her, is this a sign?

    9.4
    Ross's son is born, but while carol is in labour, susan and ross get locked in a cupboard because phoebe wants them to be quiet and get on, but accidentally locks all three of them in the cupboard. Meanwhile, Joey finds a woman who is a fan of basketball and holds her hand while she gives birth, showing his more sensitive side. Unfortunately, her husband turns up after the girl is born and they get back together, leaving joey with only a balloon for company. Elsewhere, Monica is feeling like she will never have kids and Chandler vows that if neither are married by the time theyre 40 they should get together. Monica takes this the wrong way and calls her mum. She sees another woman and her baby and gets upset. Chandler comes over and makes crackling noises and hangs up the phone. He hugs her then Joey appears. Phoebe finds a boiler suit with the name Ben on it and wears it to escape through the shaft overhead. The janitor opens the door and Ross and Susan rush to be at Carols side. They witness the birth and decide to call the baby ben.... At the end, the crowd gather round baby ben and coo, commenting on his every move, united as they would be, unbeknowingly, for the next nine years.
  • Terrific!!

    9.2
    This is my favorite show!! Carol finally goes into labor much to the exciment of Ross and Susan.But When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more and of course the babys name, Phoebe drags both of them into a cleaning closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OBG who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts. Thank fully Ross and Susan make in in time for the arrival of their son and decide and agree on a babys name.
  • Great episode last scene was awesome.

    9.0
    As Monica's biological clock ticks away like a time bomb, Carol goes into labor. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol's about to give birth to the baby. And Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts. Loved the last scene in this episode with the gang. The whole episode was quality comedy a great episoe that I will rate with a 9 out of 10
  • Awesome.

    10
    Carol goes into labor, prompting Monica to begin thinking about having a baby of her own. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differencesâ€"but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol is about to give birth to the baby. Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts due to seeing them every day at work. The sight of lots of new-born babies makes Monica worry that she may never have one. The babye is born, bringing smile and adoration from everyone. I love the scenes with Ross and Susan and then Phoebe too - I love her song in the sloset - so funny! I also love the ending!
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