Season 3 Episode 6

The One with the Flashback

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary


When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever "almost" slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before.

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  • "Ten bucks says, I never see that woman again in my life." - Monica

    Just another day at Central Perk and Janice wonders how many of the friends have almost slept together. The Friends get very awkward as we flashback to three years earlier.

    Ross was still married to Carol but they we're having problems. Monica and Phoebe still lived together but Monica was driving Phoebe crazy, Chandler was looking for a roommate and Rachel was still engaged to Barry.

    Turns out that in 1993 Central Perk was a bar where they use to hang out. Rachel and her screaming friends go there for a drink and she runs into Monica and Chandler, who makes himself look really stupid. I love it when Monica says 'ten bucks says I'm never gonna see that woman again in my life'. I guess that's ten bucks she lost.

    Chandler is interviewing roommates and becomes friends with a photographer, but thanks to Mr. Heckles Joey becomes his new roommate.

    Ross and Carol are having problems so Ross suggest she has a girls night out. Carol finds out she's a lesbian and Ross and Phoebe almost have sex on the pooltable wich is a suprise because they both have a very differant look on things.

    Monica invites Joey over for a drink which he thinks means Let's have sex. Well that's our Joey. Chandler and Joey bond over watching Baywatch which is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

    Phoebe decides to live with her grandmother because Monica's obsessive behavior drives her crazy. Monica starts to wonder why she doesn't have a boyfriend and there is a little hint of a Chandler Monica relationship as they share a hug.

    Rachel ends up having this weird fantasie about Chandler and a pooltable. I guess you really don't want to get married if you have those kind of fantasies.

    So that's basically how our gang was in 1993.moreless
  • what happened before the show started

    When Janice asks the guys who "almost had sex" with each other, we see a flashback of what happened a year previous the premiere of the series.

    Friends Episode 6 "The One with the Flashback" tells the story of how Joey ended up being Chandler's roommate (thanks to Mr. Heckles), how did Ross discovered Carol is a lesbian, how Monica met with Rachel before they met in the show's premiere after years after high school. It also tells how Ross almost slept with Phoebe, how Monica almost slept with Joey, and how Chandler almost slept with Rachel. This episode is an amazing episode. With everything oging on, and was so funny! Season 3 is great!moreless
  • Everyone almost did it.

    This episode was great to see. It really put things in to perspective. This is before season one. I like how Monica & Chandler bump in to Rachel at the bar. Soon to be coffeehouse, I like all the jokes they make, like when Ross says how Carol meeting Susan was great. How Monica bets she will never see Rachel again. it is fun to see the past since we already know everything that is going to happen. Monica & Chandler, Chandler & Rachel, Monica & Joey, and Ross & Phoebe all almost sleep together. The funniest was Rachel & Chandler. It was very fun to watch.moreless
  • laugh from start to finish

    When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before. revealing some of the things we didnt know about their relationships. Ross and Phoebe together, chandler gets a new roommate who gets naked in monicas appartment, rachel comes into the coffee house(although at the time its a bar) and then daydreams about being with chandler, who has a moment with monica..... anyway alot happens in a short time but it works and is an absolute laugh all the way through one of the best in my eyes for suremoreless
  • A different perspective of our FRIENDS

    Another great episode of Friends showing us what happened before the show started. Monica and Joey almost hook up as do Ross and Phoebe. Rachel and Chandler have an encounter as well as Chandler and Monica. Inventive idea.

    Janice's question about were there any close encounters with each other inspires this slightly different episode. Three years earlier and everything is different. Phoebe is still living with Monica, Ross is still with Carol and doesn't know she is a lesbian, Chandler is interviewing Joey as a potential roommate and Rachel is looking forward to marrying Barry.

    Ross is happy his wife, Carol, has met a woman at the gym named Susan who she has become friends with, whilst Monica is driving Phoebe nuts with her obsessive cleanliness, so much so, that she has moved in with her grandmother but has yet to tell Rachel.

    Monica and Chandler are hanging out in a bar, which will later become Central Perk when Monica bumps into her old school friend Rachel Greene who announces her engagement.

    Chandler decides his new roommate will be a photographer named Roger whose sister is a porno star, but thanks to the intervention of Mr Heckles, Chandler ends up with Joey and a love of Baywatch instead.

    Everyone is having problems. Monica is upset Phoebe has moved out and shares a long hug with Chandler, Ross is depressed his wife is a lesbian, and ends up kissing Phoebe on a snooker table. An invitation from Monica for lemonade leads Joey to believe she wants to have sex with him and Rachel daydreams about a strange man (Chandler) she met in the bar.moreless
Michele Maika

Michele Maika


Guest Star

Marissa Ribisi

Marissa Ribisi


Guest Star

John Lehr

John Lehr


Guest Star

Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Mr. Heckles

Recurring Role

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Janice: Who of the six of you has slept with who of the six of you?
      Phoebe: Wow, it's like a dirty math problem.

    • Janice: I'm sorry, I find it hard to believe that a group of people that spend this much time together as you guys do, have never bumped uglies.

    • Phoebe: (looking out the window) Wow, Cute Naked Guy's really starting to put on weight.

    • Chandler: I'm never gonna find a roommate, ever.
      Phoebe: Why, nobody good?
      Chandler: Well let's see, there was the guy with the ferrets. That's plural. The spitter. Oh, and the guy who enjoyed my name so much he felt the need to make a little noise every time he said it. "Nice to meet you Chandler Bing, BING!" "Great apartment Chandler Bing, BING!"
      Ross: So how many more do you have tomorrow?
      Chandler: Two. This photographer, who seemed really dull. And this actor guy, who I'm not sure about, because when he called and I answered the phone "Chandler Bing," he said "Whoa, short message."

    • Monica: Ross, foot on the floor, or come over no more.

    • Joey: Don't worry, I'm totally okay with the gay thing.
      Chandler: What gay thing?
      Joey: Uh, just... you know, the whole people being gay... thing... totally cool with it.

    • Monica: Get ready for me to whip your butt!
      Chandler: Okay, but after that, we're shootin' some pool!

    • Rachel: (to the waitress) Excuse me. Hello. My friend ordered an onion, not an olive, and I ordered a rum and Diet Coke, which I don't think this is.
      Waitress: I am so sorry.
      Rachel: That's all right. (to her friends) I mean, how hard is it to get a couple of drinks right, huh?

    • Phoebe: (answers the door to find Heckles looking disturbed) No, no! Mr. Heckles, no one is making any noise up here!
      Mr. Heckles: You're disturbing my oboe practice.
      Phoebe: You don't play the oboe.
      Mr. Heckles: I could play the oboe...
      Phoebe: Well, then I'm going to have to ask you to keep it down. (slams the door)

    • Phoebe: Do you know that I couldn't sleep for, like, a month because I got a dot of ink on one of the sofa cushions?
      Monica: Well, you could have just turned the cushion over.
      Phoebe: I would have, except I had a big spaghetti stain on the other side.
      Monica: What?!
      Phoebe: See, this is what I'm talking about. I need to live in a land where people can spill!
      Monica: You can spill... in the sink.

    • Ross: My marriage... I think my marriage is, um... kind of over.
      Phoebe: Oh, no... Why?
      Ross: Because Carol's a lesbian... and I'm not one... And apparently it's not a mix-and-match situation.

    • Ross: (about Carol) Maybe this wouldn't have happened if I'd been more nurturing, or I'd paid more attention, or I had a uterus.

    • Ross: (his foot gets caught in the pool table's pocket while making out with Phoebe) I can't get it out.
      Phoebe: That's not something a girl wants to hear.
      Ross: Sorry... Ow!
      Phoebe: What?
      Ross: Stupid balls are in the way...

    • Rosss: My wife's a lesbian.
      Joey: Cool!

  • NOTES (7)


    • Rachel: Don't say anything. I don't wanna speak. I don't wanna think. I just want you to take me and kiss me and make love to me right here right now. (Rachel hits the jukebox and the music starts playing).

      On the TV show Happy Days, Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli would hit the jukebox to make the music play.

    • Chandler: So, uh, what are you watching?
      Joey: Baywatch.
      Chandler: What's it about?
      Joey: Lifeguards.
      Chandler: Well, it sounds kind of stu--. Who's she?
      Joey: Nicole Eggert. We like her.

      Baywatch was a popular American television series about the lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of California. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Baywatch is the most watched TV show in the world of all time.
      Nicole Eggert is an American actress who jumped to fame with her role as Summer Quinn on Baywatch.

    • Monica: (referring to Rachel's wedding ring) You can't even see where the Titanic hit it!
      The Titanic was supposed to be an unsinkable liner but struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Its fate has been turned into an Academy Award-winning film Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.