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 After Vegas
Ross and Rachel deal with the aftermath of their drunken escapade. Phoebe and Joey take a road trip back to New York in Phoebe’s grandmother’s cab. Monica and Chandler ponder the idea of marriage and decide to take their relationship forward a step.
The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel
Monica and Chandler tell Rachel and Joey that they’re moving in together. Joey takes the news badly, and Chandler reassures him that their friendship won’t be affected. On the other hand, Rachel takes the news surprisingly well, but only because she doesn’t realize that if Chandler is moving in, she will have to move out. Eventually when Monica explains the situation, Rachel is distraught and seeks comfort from Ross. Phoebe thinks Ross still loves Rachel because he didn’t get the annulment, and her belief is strengthened when Ross hugs Rachel in an attempt to comfort her and smells Rachel’s hair.
The One with Ross’s Denial
Ross tries to deny he still has feelings for Rachel, yet invites her to move in with him. When Monica flatly dismisses Chandler’s idea to turn the spare bedroom into a game room, the two get into a fight when Chandler worries that she’ll still consider it to be her apartment.
The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance
Joey’s health benefits lapse just as he develops a hernia. Unable to afford the treatment and not wanting to borrow the money from Chandler, he takes on an acting role to allow him to renew his insurance, during which the hernia helps out with an uncooperative child star. Ross is given a professorship at NYU and, eager to impress his students, he puts on a fake English accent. Rachel finds out that she and Ross are still married.
The One with Joey’s Porsche
Rachel forces Ross to get an annulment, but Ross is unwilling, as he doesn’t want to get divorced for the third time. When Rachel finds out that Ross didn’t get the annulment, in retribution she fills out the form saying Ross is gay, mentally unstable and addicted to intravenous drugs, resulting in the judge (burly Conchata Ferrell) disallowing an annulment, which leads to Ross and Rachel, both disgruntled, seeking a divorce. Ross is miserable about now having three failed marriages, but cheers up when Rachel confesses that getting married was her idea. Joey pretends to be the owner of a Porsche whose owner left its keys in Central Perk. Phoebe babysits the triplets and ropes in Monica and Chandler, but Chandler swallows a toy gun and has to be taken to the hospital, leaving Phoebe alone.
The One on the Last Night
It’s the final night before Chandler moves in with Monica. When Chandler tries to give Joey money, and Joey refuses, Chandler makes up a fake game and ’loses’ the money to Joey only for Joey to lose the money to Ross in the same game. Upon finding out Rachel hasn’t packed, Monica and Phoebe agree to help her move, however, when the two start to get emotional, Phoebe suggests they think of the things they don’t like about each other. But this plan backfires when the two then get into a massive argument.
The One Where Phoebe Runs
Rachel and Phoebe start living together. However, Rachel is embarrassed by Phoebe’s odd running style and attempts to avoid her during her morning jogs through Central Park. Joey takes in a new roommate: dancer Janine (played by Elle Macpherson). Chandler wants to impress Monica by cleaning the apartment but forgets how everything is supposed to look.
The One with Ross’s Teeth
Ross goes too far while trying to impress a date by over-whitening his teeth. Phoebe may or may not have made out with Ralph Lauren, which gets Rachel into trouble with her boss.
The One Where Ross Got High
Ross is forced to tell Chandler why Jack and Judy don’t like him. It turns out that in college, Ross experimented with pot, and blamed the smell on Chandler, who had supposedly jumped out of the window because he was stoned. Rachel tries to make dessert, but because the recipe book’s pages were glued together, she makes half of an English trifle and half of a shepherd’s pie. Phoebe develops a crush on Jack Geller after a sensual dream. Joey and Ross try to get out of Thanksgiving when they are invited to hang out with Janine and her dancer friends.
The One with the Routine
Janine gets a job dancing for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and invites Joey, Ross and Monica to come with her. While there, Joey tries to ensure he gets a kiss at midnight while Monica and Ross try to ensure they get on camera, leading them to pull out an old dance routine. Meanwhile, Phoebe, Chandler and Rachel look for Monica’s Christmas presents so that they can buy her something suitable in return.
The One with the Apothecary Table
Janine and Joey are finally dating, only for Janine to tell Joey she doesn’t like Monica and Chandler, forcing him to choose between them. Meanwhile, Rachel buys an apothecary table from Pottery Barn, a store that Phoebe hates, and pretends she got it at a flea market. Her plan is then thrown into jeopardy when Phoebe sees the same table at Ross’s apartment.
The One with the Joke
Chandler is upset when Playboy prints Ross’s joke; both he and Ross claim to have originated the joke. Meanwhile, Joey reluctantly takes a waiter job at Central Perk but is fired by Gunther when he closes the shop to go to an audition, causing Rachel to stand up for him. Phoebe says she would choose Rachel over Monica as a girlfriend because she is high-maintenance, but also that Rachel is a pushover, causing tension between the girls.
The One with Rachel’s Sister
Joey uses his position as waiter to give all the pretty female customers free things at the coffee house, but quickly gets in trouble with Gunther. Monica is sick and won’t admit it. Rachel’s sister Jill (Reese Witherspoon) shows up because she’s been financially cut off and has to try to make it on her own.
The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry
Chandler admits that not much makes him cry, resulting in his friends trying everything to get him to do so. Larry Joe Campbell makes an appearance as Phoebe’s fan asking for her autograph and later tells Joey that he has watched all of her porn movies. Phoebe discovers that Ursula has been in pornographic movies under Phoebe’s name, but Phoebe gets her back by having all of Ursula’s paychecks sent to her own address. Ross and Jill continue their relationship, although it soon becomes clear Jill is only pursuing Ross because it irks Rachel.
The One That Could Have Been, part 1
The gang ponders what might have been if Ross and Carol had stayed married, Monica had still been fat, Chandler had become a struggling writer, Joey had still worked on Days of our Lives, Rachel had married Barry and Phoebe had become a stockbroker. Fat virgin Monica is dating Roger and considers having sex with him for the first time. Ross attempts to spice up his marriage with Carol and ends up suggesting a threesome. Rachel instantly falls for Joey after seeing him for the first time in Central Perk, while Chandler attempts to cope with being Joey’s assistant, with mixed results.
The One That Could Have Been, part 2
Phoebe ends up in the hospital because of a mishap at work and a heart attack. Rachel almost has an affair with Joey, and finds Barry cheating on her. Ross realizes Carol is a lesbian by partaking in a threesome with Susan only to find himself very much left out. Phoebe is very stressed because of her time away from work; she has a heart attack and is subsequently fired. Monica’s attempts to sleep with Roger go awry, due to Roger’s busy schedule, and when Chandler attempts to comfort her, they end up in bed together.
The One with the Mix Tape
Rachel and Phoebe take self-defense classes. Ross, who had previously practiced karate, tries to attack them by surprise and convince them that they lack unagi, supposedly a state of "total awareness". In reality, as pointed out by Phoebe and Rachel, unagi is just a Japanese dish (in karate, zanshin is the state of total awareness). Chandler and Monica celebrate Valentine’s Day several days after the actual date because of their schedules, but they forget to make each other homemade gifts: Monica gives Chandler one of Phoebe’s "sock bunnies", and Chandler gives Monica a mixtape, which was originally a present from Janice. Joey decides to get money through medical research, but learns that the only study available is for identical twins, which pays $2,000. As a result, Joey tries to find someone to play his twin.
The One Where Ross Dates a Student
Ross starts dating a student from one of his paleontology classes, much to his friends’ amusement, although he has fears about how the relationship may jeopardize his career. Rachel’s and Phoebe’s apartment catches fire, causing them to move in with Monica and Joey. At first it appears that Rachel will get to live with Monica and Phoebe will be forced to live with Joey when it appears that Phoebe’s candles caused the fire. However, when it emerges that the fire was actually Rachel’s fault, the two switch and Rachel finds herself preferring Joey’s easygoing nature while Phoebe chafes over Monica’s desire to keep her apartment clean.
The One with Joey’s Fridge
Joey’s refrigerator breaks, but he can’t afford a new one so he tries desperately to get one of his friends to pay for it. Ross’s student girlfriend prepares to head to Miami for spring break and Ross tries to contain his paranoia over what she might do there. Meanwhile, Rachel asks Phoebe, Chandler and Monica to find her a date to attend a Ralph Lauren ball, which sparks a competition between them so fierce that when Rachel finds her own date the three scare him off.
The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.
Joey gets his hopes up over his first significant acting job since Dr. Drake Ramore. He has the part of science fiction hero Mac Machiavelli, the crime-fighting partner of a cool robot, C.H.E.E.S.E., which stands for Computerised Humanoid Electronically Enhanced Secret Enforcer. Monica bursts into the apartment making Chandler forget to finish a note for Joey that his decisive second audition has been moved two hours earlier. The friends reminisce about other instances when they have messed up. By miracle Joey gets another chance, which Chandler writes down correctly.
The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad
Ross is nervous when he meets Elizabeth’s father Paul (Bruce Willis) for the first time; Paul shows interest in Rachel. Joey begins working on Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. but doesn’t get along with the operator of the robot sidekick who has the power to get Joey fired. Phoebe writes a book based on Monica and Chandler.
The One Where Paul’s the Man
Paul tells Ross that he disapproves of Ross’ relationship with Elizabeth and threatens to have him fired if they continue seeing each other. Deciding to continue their relationship, Ross and Elizabeth sneak away to her family’s cabin, not knowing Paul and Rachel have the same idea. The girls put their names down on a wedding list that gets back to Chandler, who promptly bolts. Eventually Monica finds him and calms him down, little realizing that Chandler is actually planning to propose.
The One with the Ring
Chandler and Phoebe go looking for an engagement ring, and Chandler finds the perfect one but does not have the money with him to purchase it. When he gets his hands on the cash and returns to the store, he is dismayed to find Phoebe allowed the ring to be sold, so he tries to track it down. Meanwhile, Rachel attempts to get Paul to open up emotionally but does too good a job when Paul starts crying and won’t stop. Joey and Ross are upset that it appears that Chandler prefers to spend time with Phoebe, so they decide to close Chandler out.
The One with the Proposal, part 1
Chandler takes Monica out to dinner where he plans to propose. However, as Chandler starts to broach the subject, Richard suddenly turns up at the same restaurant and the moment is lost. Returning to the apartment, Chandler starts to worry that Monica may be getting suspicious and, desperate to surprise her, pretends that he isn’t interested in settling down. Ross finds himself rethinking his relationship with Elizabeth because of her immaturity, and when he finds himself in the middle of a water balloon fight, his fears are confirmed and he breaks up with her. Joey accidentally buys a boat at a silent auction, falls in love with the idea of being a sailor, and decides to keep the boat.
The One with the Proposal, part 2
Richard reveals he’s still in love with Monica and is willing to give her the marriage and children she wants if she is willing to take him back. Chandler begins his attempts to make Monica believe he isn’t interested in ever settling down, however this backfires and she begins to reconsider their relationship. Eventually, Chandler is led to believe that Monica has left him but then discovers that she has planned the perfect proposal for him, while she proposes to him, she cries and says "there’s a reason why girls don’t do this!". Chandler finally asks Monica to marry him and she accepts.