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Season 3

49. The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy
gs: Maggie Wheeler (Janice) Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) Elliott Gould (Jack Geller)

Ross reveals a fantasy to Rachel involving a certain "Star Wars" character. Monica suffers from insomnia after her breakup with Richard. And Chandler, back together with Janice, wants Joey to bond with her.

b: 16-Sep-1996 pc: 465251 w: Michael Curtis & Greg Malins d: Gail Mancuso

NOTE: Chandler and Ross mention "the girl from the Xerox place with the belly button ring" for the first time in this episode. She would be mentioned a few more times before her first appearance in "TOW Ross and Rachel Take A Break".
This episode runs 24:39 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


50. The One Where No One's Ready
gs: Peter Dennis (Sherman Whitfield)

Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for an important banquet at the museum but no one is co-operating. Chandler and Joey fight over who gets to sit in a comfortable chair. Monica acts goofy over a message on the answering machine from Richard. Rachel can't decide what to wear and Phoebe (the only one ready on time) gets a spot on her dress.

When Ross gets so upset that no one is ready that he yells at Rachel. She is so upset that she decides to not go. Ross apologizes and is ready to drink a glass of fat to prove he is sorry when Rachel accepts the apology.

b: 26-Sep-1996 pc: 465252 w: Ira Ungerleider d: Gail Mancuso

NOTE: This episode takes place in real time. The writers wanted to pay homage to Seinfeld.
This episode runs 23:51 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
This episode was voted number 3 in NBC's 6 favorite Friends episodes countdown.


51. The One With The Jam
gs: David Arquette (Malcolm) Maggie Wheeler (Janice)

Phoebe dates a man who thinks he's stalking 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 insemination through a sperm bank.

b: 03-Oct-1996 pc: 465253 w: Wil Calhoun d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: David Arquette is Courteney Cox's future husband.
This episode runs 22:48 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


52. The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel
gs: Jane Sibbett (Carol) Jessica Hecht (Susan) Maggie Wheeler (Janice) Charlie Allen (Ben) Jack Allen (Ben) Edo Azran (Young Ross) Sierra Dawn Hill (Young Monica)

Phoebe pretends to be Joey's agent and has some success in getting him auditions. Ultimately, however, she is unable to deal with the rejection that comes with acting, and quits. Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit. He spends the time trying to get him to give up the doll and eventually replaces it with a G.I. Joe. When Carol and Susan come to pick up Ben, Monica tells them that Ross used to dress in his mother's clothes and play tea party. Chandler is advancing in his relationship with Janice and, realizing that he has a fear of commitment, goes to the girls for advice. When he decides to become super-committed, he ends up scaring Janice. He ends up just coming clean and being himself and the relationship survives.

b: 10-Oct-1996 pc: 465254 w: Alexa Junge d: Steve Zuckerman

NOTE: This episode runs 23:47 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


53. The One With Frank Jr.
gs: Isabella Rossellini (Herself) Giovanni Ribisi (Frank Jr.) Cynthia Mann (Jasmine)

Phoebe's half-brother visits and she offers to buy 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.

b: 17-Oct-1996 pc: 465255 w: Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan d: Steve Zuckerman

NOTE: In this episode, Phoebe states that her birthday is on February 16th.
This episode runs 24:18 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


54. The One With The Flashback
gs: Larry Hankin (Mr. Heckles) John Lehr (Eric) Michele Maika (Kiki) Marissa Ribisi (Betsy) Maggie Wheeler (Janice) Christy L Medrano (Waitress)

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

b: 31-Oct-1996 pc: 465256 w: Marta Kauffman & David Crane d: Peter Bonerz

NOTE: Music: "Time of the Season," The Zombies
This episode runs 23:35 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


55. The One With The Race Car Bed (1)
gs: Ron Leibman (Leonard Green) Khalil Kain (Cal) Maggie Wheeler (Janice) Mark Cohen (The Mattress King) Rosey Brown (Delivery Man) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Simon Harvey (Jester) Shashi Bhatia (Acting Student #1) Steven Harad (Acting Student #2)

When Monica buys a new bed from Janice's soon-to-be-ex-husband, "The Mattress King," the wrong one is delivered. Rachel's attempts to have her father and Ross bond fail, until she stops trying. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class.

b: 07-Nov-1996 pc: 465257 w: Seth Kurland d: Gail Mancuso

NOTE: This episode runs 23:28 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


56. The One With The Giant Poking Device (2)
gs: James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Maggie Wheeler (Janice) Charlie Allen (Ben) Jack Allen (Ben)

When Chandler is about to buy Janice an expensive gift, Joey tells him that he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Chandler confronts Janice and she admits that she is confused about what she should do and can't chose between the two men. After much soul-searching and some advice from Joey, Chandler realizes he has to let her go back and try to make things work with her husband. While Rachel is babysitting Ben, Monica accidentally bumps his head into a post. The girls attempt to hide the bump under a hat but Ben keeps saying "Monica bang." When Ross finds the bump, he assumes that it was Rachel's fault, but she rats out Monica. Ross then gets to torture her by pretending Ben is seriously injured. Phoebe is convinced that she is cursed because every time she goes to the dentist, someone around her dies. After she is forced to go to the dentist, she calls everyone she knows and they are all alive. Ugly Naked Guy, however, has been lying in the same position without moving all day. The friends tie together a bunch of chopsticks into a giant poking device that they use to prod Ugly Naked Guy. He turns out to be alive and not very happy about being poked.

b: 14-Nov-1996 pc: 465258 w: Adam Chase d: Gail Mancuso

NOTE: This episode runs 23:07 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


57. The One With The Football
gs: Susanna Voltaire (Margha)

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 model and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry.

b: 21-Nov-1996 pc: 465259 w: Ira Ungerleider d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: This episode runs 24:44 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


58. The One Where Rachel Quits
gs: Mae Whitman (Sarah Tuttle) Shelley Berman (Mr. Kaplan Jr.) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Kyla Pratt (Carla Nichols) Romy Rosemont (Troop Leader) Gene Crane (Christmas Tree Customer)

Rachel makes a rash decision after Gunther tells her she needs to be retrained. Phoebe tries to help Joey when he gets a job selling Christmas trees. And Ross accidentally breaks a girl's leg and tries to make it up to her.

b: 12-Dec-1996 pc: 465260 w: Michael Curtis & Greg Malins d: Terry Hughes

NOTE: This episode runs 22:40 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


59. The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister
gs: Steven Eckholdt (Mark) Shelley Berman (Mr. Kaplan Jr.) Mimi Lieber (Mary Therese) Alex Meneses (Cookie) Penny Santon (Nonna) K.J. Steinberg (Gina) Lisa Melilli (Dina) Holly Gagnier (Mary Angela [uncredited])

Ross is suspicious about Rachel's possible job offer from a good-looking stranger. And a drunken Chandler fools around with one of Joey's sisters, but can't remember which one.

b: 09-Jan-1997 pc: 465261 w: Alexa Junge d: Terry Hughes

NOTE: This episode runs 22:57 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


60. The One With All The Jealousy
gs: Steven Eckholdt (Mark) Obba Babatunde (The Director) Carlos Gomez (Julio) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Wendy Schaal (Jeanine) Hillary Matthews (Nancy)

Ross becomes jealous when he thinks he catches Rachel's new coworker 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. And Monica dates a busboy who hates Americans.

b: 16-Jan-1997 pc: 465262 w: Doty Abrams d: Robby Benson

NOTE: This episode runs 23:19 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


61. The One Where Monica And Richard Are Just Friends
gs: Tom Selleck (Dr. Richard Burke) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Markus Flanagan (Robert) Gina Hecht (Richard's Date) Steven Harad (Clerk)

Monica's willpower is tested when she runs into Richard at the video store. Joey agrees to read "Little Women" while Rachel agrees to read "The Shining." And Phoebe's athletic date has a problem with short shorts.

b: 30-Jan-1997 pc: 465265 w: Michael Borkow d: Robby Benson

NOTE: This episode runs 23:46 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


62. The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner
gs: Sherilyn Fenn (Ginger) Steven Eckholdt (Mark) Elizabeth Daily (Leslie) James Michael Tyler (Gunther)

Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner, who thinks "Smelly Cat" has hit potential. Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg. And Rachel's new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross.

b: 06-Feb-1997 pc: 465266 w: Wil Calhoun d: Robby Benson

NOTE: This episode runs 23:02 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


63. The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break (1)
gs: Steven Eckholdt (Mark) Stephen Kearney (Mischa) Jim Pirri (Sergei) Angela Featherstone (Chloe) Laura Dean (Sophie) Maury Ginsberg (Isaac)

Ross seeks solace at a party after a bitter fight with Rachel and ends up in the arms of another woman. Phoebe dates a diplomat who needs an interpreter to communicate with her. And Chandler and Joey ponder a ménage a trois with a woman who seems hot for both of them.

b: 13-Feb-1997 pc: 465263 w: Michael Borkow d: James Burrows

NOTE: Music: Chaka Khan, "Never Miss The Water"; U2, "With or Without You"
This episode runs 23:01 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


64. The One The Morning After (2)
gs: Angela Featherstone (Chloe) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Maury Ginsberg (Isaac) Cynthia Mann (Jasmine)

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.

b: 20-Feb-1997 pc: 465264 w: Marta Kauffman & David Crane d: James Burrows

NOTE: This episode runs 23:31 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


65. The One Without The Ski Trip
gs: Jane Sibbett (Carol)

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.

b: 06-Mar-1997 pc: 465267 w: Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan d: Sam Simon

NOTE: This episode runs 22:47 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


66. The One With The Hypnosis Tape
gs: Jon Favreau (Pete) Giovanni Ribisi (Frank Jr.) Debra Jo Rupp (Alice) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Jeffrey David Brooks (Trent)

A desperate Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers, who turns out to be very, very well-off. Phoebe's half-brother visits and announces he is getting married to a much, much older woman. And Chandler uses a hypnosis tape to quit smoking, with surprising results.

b: 13-Mar-1997 pc: 465269 w: Seth Kurland d: Robby Benson

NOTE: This episode runs 23:34 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
The exterior used for the diner that Monica works at is the same restaurant that Mary-Jane Watson works at in the movie Spider-Man.


67. The One With The Tiny T-Shirt
gs: Steven Eckholdt (Mark) Jon Favreau (Pete) Dina Meyer (Kate) Reg Rogers (The Director) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Ethel Ayler (Hospital Administrator)

Rachel goes on her first date after splitting from Ross...and it's with Mark. Joey develops a crush on his costar in his new play. And Monica continues to date Pete, even though she is still not attracted to him.

b: 27-Mar-1997 pc: 465268 w: Adam Chase d: Terry Hughes

NOTE: This episode runs 23:41 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


68. The One With The Dollhouse
gs: Alison La Placa (Joanna) Dina Meyer (Kate) Reg Rogers (The Director) Jennifer Milmore (Lauren) Laura Dean (Sophie)

Rachel regrets making a date for Chandler and her boss, Joanna. Joey's interest in Kate intensifies after they sleep together. And Monica's aunt dies, leaving her an antique dollhouse, with which Monica doesn't want Phoebe to play with.

b: 10-Apr-1997 pc: 465270 w: Wil Calhoun d: Terry Hughes


69. The One With A Chick And A Duck
gs: Jon Favreau (Pete) James Michael Tyler (Gunther)

Monica considers a dream job in Pete's new restaurant, but Phoebe fears there is more to the deal. Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. And Ross misses a panel for the Discovery Channel to help Rachel, who may have a broken rib.

b: 17-Apr-1997 pc: 465271 w: Chris Brown d: Michael Lembeck

NOTE: This episode runs 23:07 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


70. The One With The Screamer
gs: Jon Favreau (Pete) Dina Meyer (Kate) Reg Rogers (The Director) June Gable (Estelle Leonard) Jennifer Milmore (Lauren) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Ben Stiller (Tommy) Laura Cayouette (Caitlin) Jeffrey David Brooks (Stage Manager) Peter Bonerz (Theater Patron [uncredited])

At the premiere of Joey's big play; Ross alone concludes that Rachel's date is insane. Joey falls in love with Kate, but she gets a big job in Los Angeles and takes it. And poor Phoebe is on hold for days with a company she needs to talk to before her phone warranty expires.

b: 24-Apr-1997 pc: 465272 w: Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan d: Peter Bonerz

NOTE: This episode runs 23:15 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


71. The One With Ross's Thing
gs: Jon Favreau (Pete) Kevin McDonald (Guru Saj) Matt Battaglia (Vince) Robert Gant (Jason) Richard Gant (Dr. Rhodes) Carole Goldman (Woman) Doug Cooper (Fireman)

Afflicted with a mysterious skin condition on his butt, Ross seeks advice from Phoebe's herbalist. Phoebe can't decide whether to date a sensitive, muscular fireman or a sensitive, muscular schoolteacher. And Monica can't decide about Pete when she thinks he is going to propose.

b: 01-May-1997 pc: 465274 w: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen d: Shelley Jensen

NOTE: This episode runs 23:35 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


72. The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion
gs: Jon Favreau (Pete) James Hong (Hoshi) Christine Taylor (Bonnie) Sam McMurray (Doug) Steve Park (Phil) Joe O'Connor (Stevens) John McCarthy (Referee) Bruce Buffer (Announcer) Robin Williams (Tomas [uncredited]) Billy Crystal (Tim [uncredited])

To Monica's horror, Pete plans to be in an ultimate fight, 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 is slaphappy. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date with a woman who used to be bald.

b: 08-May-1997 pc: 465273 w: Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan s: Mark J. Kunerth & Pang-Ni Landrum d: Robby Benson

NOTE: This episode runs 22:49 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).


73. The One At The Beach
gs: Christine Taylor (Bonnie) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Teri Garr (Phoebe Sr.)

The gang goes to the beach. In search of her father, Phoebe meets a family friend 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 and Rachel, the love of his life. After the gang plays strip poker, Joey winds up sleeping naked on the beach. And Chandler wonders why Monica doesn't think he's serious after he asks her if she would ever go out with him.

b: 15-May-1997 pc: 465275 w: Adam Chase s: Mark J. Kunerth & Pang-Ni Landrum d: Pamela Fryman

NOTE: This episode runs 22:49 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

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