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School time friends begin to live together in two flats in New York City, but their emotions from the past begin to affect their present love and career choices.
The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy
Ross reveals his sexual fantasy to Rachel, which involves her being dressed up as Princess Leia from Star Wars. Monica suffers from insomnia after her breakup with Richard. And Chandler, willingly back together with Janice, wants Joey to bond with her.
The One Where No One’s Ready
Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for an important banquet at the museum but everyone keeps delaying. Monica freaks when she hears an answer phone message from Richard, and Joey and Chandler fight over a chair.
The One with the Jam
Phoebe is stalked by a man who mistakes her for her twin sister. Ross and Rachel give Chandler "boyfriend" lessons. Monica uses her free time after breaking up with Richard to make jam and considers artificial insemination through a sperm bank.
The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel
Phoebe pretends to be Joey’s agent and has some success in getting him auditions. Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit. Chandler is advancing in his relationship with Janice and, realizing that he has a fear of commitment, goes to the girls for advice.
The One with Frank Jr.
Phoebe’s half-brother visits and she offers to give him a massage, but they have trouble bonding. Joey attempts to build an entertainment center. Ross is challenged to name the five celebrities he’d like to sleep with most. Guest star Isabella Rossellini.
The One with the Flashback
When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before, where some dark secrets are revealed among other, that Ross kissed Phoebe, Joey got naked in front of Monica, and Chandler and Rachel both wanted to have sex with each other (but didn’t).
The One with the Race Car Bed
When Monica buys a new bed from Janice’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, "The Mattress King", the wrong one is delivered. When she and Joey try to take it back, Joey sees Janice and The Mattress King in his office, kissing. Rachel tries to have her father and Ross bond by going to dinner but when Rachel’s father tips only 4%, Ross adds 20 dollars to it and Rachel’s father thinks that Ross thinks he is cheap. Rachel sets up a brunch the day after but things go wrong when both men bond by criticizing her. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class when a student gets the same audition as Joey, forcing Joey to make a desperate decision.
The One with the Giant Poking Device
When Chandler is about to buy Janice an expensive gift, Joey tells him that he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Monica accidentally bumps Ben’s head into a post. Phoebe is convinced that she is cursed because every time she goes to the dentist, someone around her dies, and a toothache is forcing her to make another visit. After returning, she frantically tries to figure out who must have died. Everyone is accounted for until Joey notices that the "ugly naked guy" who lives in the building across from theirs isn’t moving. In an attempt to see if he’s dead or just sleeping, they tape together chopsticks to make a long stick with which they poke him through his window from the balcony.
The One with the Football
Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving as Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a Dutch model and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry.
The One Where Rachel Quits
Rachel quits her job, when Chandler and Joey tell her that she needs "the fear" of being unemployed to be able to pursue a career in fashion. Phoebe tries to help Joey when he gets a job selling Christmas trees. Ross accidentally breaks a girl’s leg, and attempts to make it up to her by helping her sell cookies to win a trip. So Rachel ends up making coffee at her new job and Ross makes up for the loss so she enjoys her own mock space camp at Joey and Chandler’s place.
The One Where Chandler Can’t Remember Which Sister
Ross is suspicious about Rachel’s possible job offer from a good-looking stranger. A drunken Chandler fools around with one of Joey’s sisters, but can’t remember which one.
The One with All the Jealousy
Ross becomes jealous when he thinks he catches Rachel’s new coworker Mark whispering sweet nothings in her ear. After Joey lies on his resume, he is forced to teach a very hard dance to an entire Broadway cast. Monica dates a busboy from the diner.
The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends
Monica’s will power is tested when she runs into Richard at the video store. Joey agrees to read Little Women while Rachel agrees to read The Shining. Phoebe’s athletic date has a problem with short shorts—he is "coming out".
The One with Phoebe’s Ex-Partner
Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner (Elizabeth Daily), who thinks "Smelly Cat" has hit potential. Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg (Sherilyn Fenn). And Rachel’s new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross.
The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break
Chandler and Joey ponder a possible threesome with Chloe (Angela Featherstone), "the hot girl from the copy place, with the belly button ring". Ross seeks solace at a party after a bitter fight with Rachel (he thinks her work involvement robs him of his girlfriend) and ends up in the arms of Chloe. Phoebe, after giving free massages "to promote world peace" in front of the UN building, dates an eastern Europe diplomat who needs an interpreter to communicate with her.
The One the Morning After
Ross tries to prevent Rachel from learning that he slept with Chloe, the copy store employee. When she finds out anyway and they go back to her apartment and have a fight, the other four friends are trapped in Monica’s bedroom, forced to listen in as Rachel decides to break up with Ross. This episode yielded Ross’ famous "We were on a break" line.
The One Without the Ski Trip
Ross and Rachel compete to spend time with their other friends. When a lonely Ross is excluded from Rachel’s ski trip with her pals, he visits Carol. Meanwhile, Chandler starts smoking again.
The One with the Hypnosis Tape
A desperate Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers, who turns out to be very well off (Pete, played by Jon Favreau). Phoebe freaks when she finds out that her 18 year-old brother is planning to wed a woman more than twice his age (Debra Jo Rupp). Chandler uses a hypnosis tape to quit smoking, but it is meant for women, which causes Chandler to act feminine.
The One with the Tiny T-Shirt
Rachel goes on her first date after splitting from Ross, with Mark from her office. Joey develops a crush on Kate (Dina Meyer), his costar in his new play. Monica continues to date Pete, even though she is still not attracted to him.
The One with the Dollhouse
Rachel regrets making a date for Chandler and her boss, Joanna. Joey’s interest in Kate intensifies after they sleep together. Monica’s aunt dies, leaving her a beautiful antique dollhouse, but it’s too elaborate to play with, so Phoebe makes her own dollhouse, but it meets a sad end.
The One with a Chick and a Duck
Monica considers a dream job in Pete’s new restaurant, but Phoebe senses there is more to the deal. Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. Ross misses a panel for the Discovery Channel to help Rachel, who may have a broken rib.
The One with the Screamer
Rachel dates a man (Ben Stiller) who turns out to be an aggressive, testosterone-fuelled bully who frightens and intimidates anyone who irritates him by viciously screaming at them. Joey and Kate break up when she gets a big job in Los Angeles and takes it. Phoebe is on hold for days with a company she needs to talk to before her phone warranty expires.
The One with Ross’ Thing
Afflicted with a mysterious skin condition on his behind, Ross seeks advice from Phoebe’s herbalist (Kevin McDonald). Phoebe can’t choose between dating a fireman or a Kindergarten teacher and attempts to date both behind each other’s back. Monica can’t decide what to do about Pete when she thinks he is going to propose.
The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion
To Monica’s horror, Pete plans to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and when he can’t win but won’t give up, she must decide her future with him. Chandler has a problem when his new boss keeps slapping him on the butt. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date with a woman who used to be bald. This episode features a cameo skit by Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.
The One at the Beach
The gang goes to the beach. In search of a woman who was friends with her mom, Phoebe meets the woman (who is also named Phoebe) with links to her family’s past, who may know more than she’s letting on. Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him, and must choose between sex-crazy, but bald, Bonnie (Christine Taylor), and Rachel, the love of his life.