Delve into the hearts and minds of six friends living in New York City as they explore the anxieties and absurdities of true adulthood. This smart, sophisticated series offers a hilarious take on dating and working in the big city. As Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross realize, the search for happiness often seems to turn up more questions than answers.
But while they look within for fulfillment, they also look out for one another during this exciting time when everything seems possible - as long as they've got Friends. Emmy Awards for: Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Jennifer Aniston.
Monica and Chandler's wedding reception is almost upstaged by the news that Rachel is pregnant. Elsewhere at the party, Ross tries to impress a pretty single woman; Chandler has trouble on the dance floor; and Joey hopes to impress an important Broadway producer who is dating Chandler's mother.
As they prepare to leave the wedding hotel, an excited Monica and Phoebe speculate about who might be the father of pregnant Rachel's baby. Rachel wonders if she should even tell the unsuspecting dad. Meanwhile, Joey mistakenly thinks Phoebe is pregnant and makes a gallant gesture. Ross and Chandler frantically try to restage generic wedding photos with other couples at the hotel when Chandler loses the film from his own ceremony. And Monica can't wait to open her tantalizing wedding gifts.
Everyone seems to know who the father of Rachel's unborn baby is except for the man himself: Ross. When he finds out, he is more concerned with other matters than his relationship with Rachel. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Joey fib about a gas leak to gain entry to Monica and Chandler's apartment.
Ross and Rachel's attempt to explain to everyone how they ended up in bed together six weeks earlier quickly devolves into an argument over who pursued whom. Then, Ross shocks them by announcing that he has the whole encounter on videotape. Meanwhile, Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon, excited at the prospect of socializing with another recently married couple whom they met on the flight home . . . until they discover that their newfound "friends" gave them a fake phone number.
Ross is horrified to learn that Rachel is going on a date with a handsome actor, Kash (JOHNNY MESSNER), especially since she is pregnant with Ross' child. Meanwhile, Phoebe becomes attracted to a cute but clumsy chef, Tim (KEVIN RAHM - "Jesse"), and protests when Monica wants to terminate him. Chandler sabotages the promotion of a quirky co-worker, Bob (CHRIS PARNELL), who has been mistakenly calling him Toby for five years.
At Monica's Halloween party, Phoebe meets the friendly fiancé, Eric (special guest star SEAN PENN - "Dead Man Walking"), of her flighty twin, Ursula. Phoebe becomes alarmed when she learns that her sister has misrepresented herself to the trusting guy - and Phoebe finds herself attracted to him as well. Monica comes disguised as Catwoman and wonders if she could defeat Phoebe's Supergirl character. Chandler arrives as a pink bunny and mistakes Ross' giant "Spudnik" costume for something found on a sidewalk. Also, Rachel gives away all the candy and guiltily resorts to writing checks for the trick-or-treaters.
Ross is happy to learn that pregnant Rachel wants to find her own apartment. He suggests a vacancy in his building but later discovers that the elderly occupant is not dead yet, as he had assumed. Ross gets some tough competition from Rachel's roommate, Joey, who creates a nursery in their apartment to persuade her to stay. Meanwhile, Phoebe is ecstatic when Eric (recurring special guest star SEAN PENN) ends his relationship with her twin sister, Ursula (also played by series star LISA KUDROW), and chooses Phoebe instead. Monica becomes agitated when she suspects that her new maid is stealing her jeans, among other things.
Rachel nervously tells her short-tempered father, Dr. Leonard Green (recurring guest star RON LEIBMAN - "Norma Rae"), that she is pregnant with Ross' baby. Dr. Green then confronts Ross in his apartment, just as Ross is beginning to snuggle up with his new girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE - "Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story"). Meanwhile, Monica feels guilty for denying Chandler a real bachelor party, so she arranges to have a stripper perform at a belated party for him and his friends. Unfortunately, the woman that arrives is definitely not what Monica ordered. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directed.
In this Thanksgiving episode, special guest star BRAD PITT plays Will, Monica's high school friend who was the only student fatter than Monica was. She invites him to Thanksgiving dinner with the gang, unaware that he isn't exactly fond of Rachel. Meanwhile, Chandler and Phoebe pretend to be enthralled with a televised football game in order to avoid helping Monica in the kitchen. And Joey vows to devour the entire turkey single-handedly.
Chandler becomes upset when Monica spends a fortune on a luxurious pair of black boots. After she discovers that the sexy new shoes hurt her feet, Monica continues to wear them, rather than admitting that Chandler was right to be concerned. Meanwhile, celebrity-obsessed Phoebe learns that Ross' son, Ben (recurring guest star COLE MITCHELL SPROUSE), attends the same school as the son of rock star Sting. She tries to meet Sting and get tickets to his upcoming concert - until she encounters his suspicious wife, TRUDIE STYLER (herself). Also, Rachel tries to mediate between an angry Joey and his pregnant younger sister, Dina (MARLA SOKOLOFF - "The Practice").
Ross becomes nervous when his new girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE), wants to mail cute Christmas cards with both of their pictures on it. When Rachel starts feeling the hormonal effects of her pregnancy, she desperately searches for possible romantic partners - including the always accommodating Joey. Meanwhile, newlyweds Chandler and Monica must deal with Chandler's boss, who is enduring a divorce.
In order to prepare Joey for his big date the following night, Rachel eagerly agrees to accompany him for an evening out. However, when they become pleasantly surprised by their newfound compatibility, they begin to regard each other in a way no one could have predicted. Meanwhile, Chandler proudly scores a record number of points on Monica's new Ms. Pac-Man video game machine, but Phoebe vows to regain the top spot. And Ross is finally allowed to teach an honors class, but its cross-town location means he must break land speed records to get there on time. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directs.
As Joey agonizes over his secret affection for Rachel, Monica mistakenly thinks that he is infatuated with Phoebe. When Monica reveals her suspicion to Phoebe, the confusing romantic situation becomes chaotic. Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel agree not to learn the sex of their unborn child, but Rachel sneaks a peek at the doctor's confidential folder. Monica urges a reluctant Chandler to enjoy the soothing pleasures of a scented bath, but soon she can't get him out of the bubbles.
When a concerned Joey takes Rachel to the hospital because of pain relating to her pregnancy, he realizes that his intense romantic feelings for her are excluding Ross from the joys of impending fatherhood. Joey reluctantly makes a gallant suggestion that could change all of the friends' lives. Meanwhile, Chandler becomes obsessed with finding out what is behind the locked door of Monica's forbidden, secret closet. And Monica agrees to let Phoebe massage her - but Phoebe regrets doing so when Monica ecstatically responds with suggestive grunts and groans.
Monica playfully prepares a special Valentine's Day for Chandler, complete with sexy lingerie and racy entertainment. However, Chandler is too shocked to respond favorably after accidentally viewing the wrong videotape: a birthing video meant for Rachel. Meanwhile, Ross has difficulty informing his girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE), that Rachel has moved in with him. His scheme to gain Mona's favor with a perfect Valentine's Day date is thwarted when Mona arrives at his apartment unannounced. Also, Phoebe tries to enliven a depressed Joey by bringing him the world's most cheerful dog.
Guilt-ridden Joey finally confesses his love for Rachel to the flabbergasted Ross. The guys agree that Joey should tell Rachel during dinner, regardless of the potential consequences. Meanwhile, Chandler becomes nervous because Phoebe's handsome new boyfriend, Don (HARRY VAN GORKUM), shares numerous personality traits with Monica.
Feeling awkward after revealing his romantic feelings to Rachel, Joey avoids contact with her. Rachel hopes to restore their friendship by telling Joey a big lie about her unborn child. Meanwhile, after studying tea leaves, Phoebe believes she will encounter the man of her dreams - and she soon meets a very handsome guy, Parker (recurring guest star ALEC BALDWIN - "Pearl Harbor"). And Ross tries to recover his favorite pink shirt from the apartment of his former girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE).
Monica becomes inarticulate while giving her toast at a 35th wedding anniversary party for her parents, Jack (recurring guest star ELLIOTT GOULD) and Judy (recurring guest star CHRISTINA PICKLES), and regrets volunteering to make the speech instead of Ross. Phoebe brings her latest boyfriend, Parker (recurring guest star ALEC BALDWIN), an effusive optimist who is so enthusiastic about everything that he makes people crazy. Meanwhile, Ross is astounded when Jack and Judy ask him and the pregnant Rachel to pretend to be married, in order to prevent a potential scandal.
Now that he has returned to starring in the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives," Joey is thrilled when his name is used in a Soap Opera Digest crossword puzzle. However, he is reluctant to let the magazine do a profile of him, because his last interview got him into so much trouble that he was terminated from his previous engagement with the show. Eager to see her own name in print, Rachel persuades him to reconsider so he can mention her, but Joey insists that all of his friends be present at the interview to ensure that he doesn't say anything controversial this time. The friends reminisce about Joey's past indiscretions in a series of clips from prior episodes. SASHA ALEXANDER ("Presidio Med," "Dawson's Creek") guest stars.
Rachel panics during a party in anticipation of her baby's birth when she realizes how totally unprepared she is to care for an infant. She reluctantly agrees to allow her frustrating mother, Sandra (recurring guest star MARLO THOMAS - "That Girl"), to move in to help her, upsetting Rachel's roommate, Ross. Meanwhile, Monica tries to atone for forgetting to invite Sandra to the party. Chandler and Ross exhaust themselves by repeatedly playing a befuddling game in an effort to help Joey prepare to audition as a television game show host.
When Monica's cooking at the restaurant is harshly criticized in a newspaper, she goes to a criticism class taught by the reviewer, hoping to convince him to reconsider his opinion. However, after he rejects Monica, she transfers to a beginners' cooking seminar, where she is hailed as a culinary genius. Meanwhile, Rachel gets upset when a cute salesgirl, Katie (RENA SOFER - "General Hospital"), flirts with Ross while he and Rachel are shopping for baby supplies. Also, nervous about a major job interview, Chandler receives some questionable coaching from Phoebe.
When Rachel's pregnancy goes beyond her projected delivery date, the pain makes Rachel increasingly irritable - and willing to try anything that might speed the baby's arrival. Meanwhile, Monica and Phoebe place bets concerning the date of the birth. Also, Joey can only take one guest to the premiere of the World War I film in which he stars, and he chooses Chandler. Unfortunately, Chandler falls asleep during the screening, incurring Joey's wrath.
In the one-hour season finale, Rachel waits in the hospital maternity ward with the anxious Ross. However, numerous other pregnant women are wheeled in while Rachel's painful labor continues. Inspired to conceive a baby of their own, Chandler and Monica search for a private room in which to get romantic. Meanwhile, Phoebe is attracted to a handsome patient, Cliff (recurring guest star EDDIE McCLINTOCK). She asks Joey to pose as his daytime television drama character, Dr. Drake Ramoray, and interrogate Cliff about his background.
Rachel is still waiting impatiently for her labor to begin. After posing as his daytime television drama character, Joey pronounces a handsome patient, Cliff (recurring guest star EDDIE McCLINTOCK), suitable for Phoebe to pursue romantically. Unfortunately, Cliff sees Joey on television and finds out about the ruse. Monica and Chandler make love after trying several locations in the hospital. Finally, Rachel gives birth to a beautiful girl - and Ross kisses Rachel. Both hiding their feelings, they wonder how to proceed. Recurring guest star CHRISTINA PICKLES appears as Monica's mother, Judy, and recurring guest star MAGGIE WHEELER appears as Chandler's ex-girlfriend, Janice.