First Season Plots
Rachel leaves Barry at the alter and moves in
with Monica. Monica goes on a date with Paul the wine guy, who
turns out to be less than sincere. Ross is depressed about his
failed marriage. Joey compares women to ice cream. Everyone watches
Spanish soaps. Ross reveals his high school crush on Rachel.
102 The One With the Sonogram
at the End
Ross finds out his ex-wife (Carol) is pregnant,
and he has to attend the sonogram along with Carol's lesbian life-partner,
Susan. Ugly Naked Guy gets a thigh-master. Ross and Monica's parents
come for dinner, which stresses Monica out. Ross and Rachel console
each other. Rachel returns the ring to Barry, who is much less
upset about the break-up than expected.
103 The One With the Thumb
Ross discovers the fate of his childhood pet,
Chichi. Chandler starts smoking again; when the group complains,
he diverts their attention to their own faults. Phoebe gets money
she doesn't want; she complains and gets more; she gives it away
and gets a can of soda in return... which contains a thumb. The
beverage company gives her $7000. Monica's new boyfriend (Alan)
is a hit with her friends, but Monica's not too sure.
104 The One With George Stephanopoulos
Ross, upset about it being the anniversary of
his first time with Carol, goes to a hockey game with Chandler
and Joey and gets a puck in the face; they end up at the hospital,
where Ross reveals that Carol is the only woman he's even been
intimate with. Rachel gets a visit from her old friends, which
depresses her about her life. The women have a slumber party,
which isn't very fun until they spy on George Stephanopoulos.
105 The One With The East-German
Chandler and Phoebe decide to break up with Janice
and Tony on the same night; Phoebe's goes really well but Chandler
has a harder time. Ross arranges to do laundry with Rachel and
Monica; Monica cancels, leaving just the two of them; Rachel reveals
she's never done laundry before... and accidentally dyes all her
white clothes pink. Joey wants his ex-girlfriend (Angela) to break
up with her boyfriend (Bob), so he arranges for Monica and him
to double date with them... but he tells Monica that Angela and
Bob are siblings. Ugly Naked Guy lays kitchen tile. Janice buys
Chandler Bullwinkle socks. Rachel is so happy about her laundry
experience that she kisses Ross.
106 The One With the Butt
Everyone attends Joey's new musical, Freud!
While there, Chandler meets a beautiful and exotic woman, Aurora,
and begins dating her. Joey gets picked up by the Estelle Leonard
Talent Agency, which gets him a job as Al Pacino's butt double.
However, he loses the job by overacting. Rachel cleans the apartment
by herself for the first time; however, she moves the green ottoman,
which starts Monica obsessing. Chandler finds out Aurora is married
and already has another boyfriend. When she picks up still
another, Chandler isn't sure he can take it.
107 The One With the Blackout
New York City is blacked out (due to a mishap
on Mad About You). Chandler is trapped in an ATM vestibule
with Jill Goodacre. The rest of the gang hangs out at Monica and
Rachel's apartment. Ugly Naked Guy lights a bunch of candles and
has a slight accident. While trying to share his feelings with
Rachel, Ross is attacked by a cat. While searching for the cat's
owner, Rachel and Phoebe meet "the Weird Man", known in later
episodes as Mr. Heckles. He tries to claim the cat, but it obviously
isn't his. The cat turns out to belong to Paolo, an Italian hunk
who lives in the building and doesn't speak much English.
108 The One Where Nana Dies Twice
Chandler finds out a lot of people think he's
gay when they first meet him; he tries to find out why. Paolo
gives Rachel calls and shoes from Rome. Ross and Monica's grandmother
dies... twice; At the funeral, Joey watches a football game on
a portable TV; Ross falls into an open grave and hurts his back,
then gets a bit loopy on muscle relaxers. Monica tries to deal
with her mother's criticisms.
109 The One Where Underdog Gets
Joey poses for a health poster, but later finds
out he's become the V.D. poster boy. Ross finds out Susan is reading
to the unborn baby and decides he must, too. Ross and Monica plan
their own Thanksgiving dinner because their parents are away;
Phoebe joins them, because she celebrates with her grandmother
and her grandmother's boyfriend... in December... because he's
lunar; Joey joins in because his family thinks he has V.D.; Monica
has to make three kinds of potatoes. Chandler plans to boycott
Thanksgiving because his parents announced their divorce on that
day; Rachel has plans to go to Vale to be with her family. The
Underdog balloon breaks free during the parade; everyone goes
to the roof to watch but they get locked out of Monica's apartment;
the dinner is burned and Rachel misses her flight. Everyone ends
up eating Chandler's cheese sandwiches and Funyuns for Dinner.
Ugly Naked Guy has Thanksgiving dinner with Ugly Naked Gal, and
there's Ugly Naked Dancing.
110 The One With the Monkey
Ross gets a monkey named Marcel. Everyone makes
a pact not to bring dates to their New Years Eve Party. While
performing at Central Perk, Phoebe confronts some noisy boys and
ends up dating one of them: David, Scientist Guy. Their relationship
develops well until he gets offered a grant to go to Minsk, and
doesn't know what to do. Everyone breaks the no-date pact except
Ross; Phoebe brings David, Joey brings Sandy, someone he met while
working as an elf in a department store; Rachel plans to bring
Paolo, who's flying in earlier than expected; Chandler snaps and
asks Janice; Monica invites Fun Bobby; Ross just brings Marcel.
However, no one ends up with their date (or monkey) at midnight.
111 The One With Mrs. Bing
Monica and Phoebe distract an attractive guy who
then gets hit by a car and ends up in a coma; they both take care
of him in the hospital but begin getting very competitive and
possessive over him. Chandler's mom (who embarrasses Chandler
with her forwardness) is on Jay Leno and then pays Chandler a
visit. Paolo returns from Rome. Mrs. Bing takes everyone out to
dinner... and ends up kissing Ross. Mrs. Bing gives Rachel advice
on writing romance novels. Ross tells Chandler about the kiss
and convinces him to confront his mother about his feelings.
112 The One With the Dozen Lasagnas
Everyone hums the theme from The Odd Couple.
Monica is stuck with a dozen lasagnas because she didn't know
they were supposed to be vegetarian. Paolo and Rachel prepare
for their first weekend away together; Paolo makes a pass at Phoebe,
which ends his relationship with Rachel. Phoebe makes the best
oatmeal-raisin cookies in the world. Joey and Chandler have to
get a new table, but can't agree on which one; they end up with
a foosball table; Monica rules the foosball field. Carol finds
out the gender of the baby, but Ross doesn't want to know... even
though everyone else knows.
113 The One with the Boobies
Chandler accidentally walks in on Rachel after
a shower and sees her breasts, leading to a series of shower peepings.
Phoebe's new psychiatrist boyfriend, Roger, depresses and angers
everyone. Joey finds out his dad has been having an affair with
Ronni, a pet mortician, for six years; he insists his dad either
break it off or confess, but it turns out his mom already knew--and
didn't want it to stop.
114 The One with the Candy Hearts
Ross goes on a date with a Kristen, a woman from
his apartment building; Carol and Susan show up at the same restaurant;
Susan gets paged and leaves; Ross pays so much attention to Carol
that he doesn't even notice his date has gone. Joey can't go out
with his date, Lorraine, unless he brings a friend for her friend;
Chandler agrees to go, but the date turns out to be Janice; Somehow
they end up together again; Janice buys Chandler candy hearts
for Valentines Day; Chandler breaks up with her--again. Phoebe,
Monica, and Rachel have a cleansing ritual to rid themselves of
bad luck with men, which turns into a small fire; Fireman guys
come to the rescue.
115 The One with the Stoned Guy
Chandler gets offered a promotion at work but
turns it down because he doesn't like his career; his boss, however,
keeps offering more money until Chandler accepts; he spends the
day showing off his new office to Phoebe and his night working
late. A client of Phoebe's needs a new head-chef, so Monica auditions
for him; unfortunately, he's stoned and the evening is a disaster.
Ross goes out with Celia, a woman from the museum, who wants him
to talk dirty; it's a skill he hasn't quite mastered... at first.
116 The One with the Two Parts,
Chandler and Joey meet Ursula, Phoebe's twin sister;
Joey begins dating Ursula, but that bothers Phoebe, who doesn't
get along with her sister very well. Ross attends Lamaze class
with Carol and Susan; Carol isn't sure she can go through with
the delivery; Ross realizes he's really going to be a father.
Chandler can't bear to fire an employee he's attracted to, so
he starts to date her and tells everyone else she's mentally unbalanced,
so it isn't safe to fire her; she begins to notice people treating
her oddly, so Chandler has to come clean. Ross has trouble controlling
his monkey, Marcel, who switches Monica's TV into Spanish mode;
no one can figure out how to switch it back. Mr. Heckles could
have cats. Jamie and Fran (from Mad About You) make an
appearance in Central Perk. Rachel finally gets around to taking
down the Christmas lights, but falls off the balcony in the process,
and ends up hanging upside down outside Mr. Heckles' window.
117 The One with the Two Parts,
Monica takes Rachel to the hospital; Rachel has
no insurance, so she and Monica switch identities--a tricky situation
that is made worse when two cute doctors (guest stars George Clooney
and Noah Wyle) ask them on dates; Monica and Rachel start arguing
and end up listing all their worst qualities in front of their
dates. Ross worries about whether he can be a good father; he
seeks comfort from his friends and advice from his father. Joey
continues to date Ursula, which interferes with his friendship
with Phoebe--he misses her birthday; however, when Ursula stands
Joey up and won't return his calls, Phoebe talks to her and finds
out she isn't even planning to tell Joey it's over; Phoebe pretends
to be Ursula so she can let him down nicely--a ruse which doesn't
last. Marcel chokes on scrabble tiles and has to be rushed to
the hospital; Ross realizes he can cope with the responsibilities
of parenthood. Ugly Naked Guy has a hula-hoop.
118 The One with All the Poker
Rachel, tired of being a waitress, sends out resumes;
she gets an interview with Saks Fifth Avenue. Ross pines for Rachel.
The girls decide they want in on the guys' poker games; reluctantly,
the guys accept. The girls don't do so well, but they want a rematch.
Monica's competative side comes out... she may have thrown a plate
once during a Pictionary game, but she insists it was an
accident. Monica inlists the help of her Aunt Iris to give them
some poker tips; the girls still don't do so well. Then
at the third game, the girls are going down again. Rachel gets
some bad news about the job for which she's been interviewing,
and gets aggressive at cards; she taunts Ross into a high stakes
hand... and he lets her win because he wants to see her happy.
119 The One Where the Monkey
Rachel finds out Barry is engaged to Mindy, her
former bridesmaid; she begins to show interest in dating again,
so Ross decides to ask her out. However, before he gets the chance,
she loses Marcel while monkey-sitting, which temporarily drives
a wedge between them. Mr. Heckles is missing a waffle and saw
Regis Philbin once. Rachel, not knowing Marcel is a illegal exotic
animal, calls Animal Control; the animal-catcher turns out to
be Luisa, who went to high-school with Monica and Rachel. Luisa's
memories of high school aren't favorable toward Rachel, so she
decides not to cut them any breaks. While looking for Marcel,
Joey and Chandler meet some hot girls (Samantha and Tia) with
a broken radiator. Luisa tries to shoot Marcel with a tranquilizer
but hits Phoebe instead. A delivery of bananas leads everyone
to Mr. Heckles apartment; he claims the monkey as his own until
Luisa shows up. Rachel pleads with Luisa to let Ross keep Marcel,
but it's only the threat of reporting her for shooting Phoebe
that convinces her. Ross and Rachel finally sit down for some
wine, but before Ross can ask Rachel out, Barry shows up, saying
he's still in love with her.
120 The One with the Evil Orthodontist
The gang argues the virtues of Mr. Peanut and
Mr. Salty. Someone is peeping into the apartment building with
a telescope; Joey discovers it's a woman, and that she's very
complimentary. Ugly Naked Guy gets gravity boots. Chandler has
a good first date with Daniel and then obsesses about trying to
call her again without seeming too needy. Rachel ends up sleeping
with Barry instead of telling him to get lost; but after she and
Mindy (Barry's fiance') get together and talk, Rachel decides
Barry is evil. Joey has a one-track mind after Rachel mentions
that her best friend, Mindy, taught her to kiss. Ross does a crossword
121 The One with Fake Monica
Monica's credit card is stolen; after seeing the
credit card statement, Monica decides the thief lives her life
better than she does. She meets 'Fake Monica' at a dance class
which was charged to her card, and suprisingly they become friends.
As Mononna, she and Fake Monica have a great time... until Fake
Monica is arrested. Ross' monkey, Marcel, reaches sexual maturing
and starts humping everything in site; Ross has to find a zoo
in which to put his pet. Joey tries to chose a stage name.
122 The One with the Ick Factor
Rachel has sex dreams--first about Chandler, then
Chandler and Joey, and finally about Ross. Phoebe looks for supplemental
income, and works part time as Chandler's secretary. This leads
to Chandler's discover that the people at the office don't like
him anymore... and they even mimic his unique way of talking.
Monica dates Ethan, a younger man who turns out to be even younger
than she thought; she breaks up with him because it's just too
icky. Ross gets a beeper so Carol can page him when she goes into
labor; after several false alarms, he gets beeped for the real
thing, and everyone heads to the hospital.
123 The One with the Birth
Everyone arrives at the hospital for Carol's delivery.
Ross and Susan fight; Rachel flirts with the doctor... for a while;
Phoebe sings and makes a lot of sense; Joey helps a single mother
(Lydia) give birth; Monica yearns for a baby of her own; Chandler
tries to comfort her, but isn't totally successful. The baby is
named Ben, after Phoebe.
124 The One Where Rachel Finds
Joey participates in a fertility study, but things
get hard when he has to avoid intimacy with Melanie, his new fruit-basket-making
girlfriend. The gang has a barbecue, but Ross only shows up long
enough to drop off Rachel's birthday present and announce he's
going to China to get a bone for the museum. Later, while Rachel
opens her presents, Chandler lets slip that Ross is in love with
her; she goes to the airport to catch him before he leaves, but
just misses him. While he's gone, she debates what to do do. Finally,
she decides to go for it and goes to the airport for his return.
Unknown to her, however, Ross has become involved with another
woman during his week in China.