Friends

Season 1 Episode 23

The One with the Birth

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 11, 1995 on NBC
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  • 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.

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    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.