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Season 8

171. The One After "I Do"
gs: Elliott Gould (Jack Geller) Morgan Fairchild (Nora) Bonnie Somerville (Mona) Jim Piddock (Dennis Phillips) Cole Sprouse (Ben) Allen Lulu (The Photographer) Matthew Mullany (The Waiter) Dane Anthony (The Bandleader) Steffani Brass (Melinda) Kendall Hebert (The Second Girl) Rachel Snow (Gert)

Ross thinks Monica's pregnant, but her denial quickly shifts the focus to Phoebe, taking the heat off of Rachel, who doesn't know what to do. However, when Monica sees Rachel spitting out champagne, she quickly figures out what's really going on. Finally, Rachel takes another pregnancy test, which confirms that she is indeed pregnant. Meanwhile, Chandler's shoes make it difficult to share his first dance with Monica. Joey tries to impress Chandler's mom's date, a Broadway director. Ross tries to impress one of Monica's coworkers, who's attending the wedding.

b: 27-Sep-2001 pc: 227401 w: David Crane & Marta Kauffman d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: "Dedicated to the people of New York City"
Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) appears on-screen, but has no lines, and as such, was uncredited.

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172. The One With The Red Sweater
gs: Eddie Cahill (Tag) Phil Abrams (The Anxious Wedding Guest) Harry S. Murphy (The Man at the Wedding) Teresa Parente (The Woman at the Wedding) Reggie Jordan (The Front Desk Clerk)

Chandler and Ross search for the disposable cameras that were on various tables during the wedding. When they can't find them, they crash another wedding to take more pictures. Meanwhile, Monica can't stop herself from opening wedding presents, something she promised to do with Chandler. And finally, Monica and Phoebe speculate as to who the father of Rachel's baby is. Joey, thinking that Phoebe's pregnant, proposes to her so she won't be a single mom, but Monica quickly tells him the truth. Joey finds a sweater from a one-night stand that Rachel had a month ago, and deduces that it belongs to the father. Phoebe recognizes the sweater as one of Tag's and arranges a meeting for Rachel with him, but he's not the father. Joey proposes again, this time to Rachel. However, Ross discovers the sweater and claims it as his...

b: 04-Oct-2001 pc: 227402 w: Dana Klein Borkow d: David Schwimmer

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173. The One Where Rachel Tells...
gs: Michael G. Hagerty (Mr. Treeger) Amanda Carlin (Dr. Long) Lynn A. Henderson (The Ticket Agent) Evie Peck (The Nurse) John O'Brien (The Airline Employee) Anita Dashell (The Front Desk Clerk) Laurie Naughton (The Woman)

Chandler and Monica prepare to leave for their honeymoon as Rachel prepares to tell Ross that he's the father of her baby. Joey and Phoebe scheme to get inside the newlyweds' apartment after discovering that they don't have a key. Ross thinks that Rachel wants a relationship with him, but is stunned when she gives him the news. Monica and Chandler become jealous of another honeymooning couple who get bumped to first class on the airplane. Rachel goes for her first sonogram, where Ross joins her.

b: 11-Oct-2001 pc: 227403 w: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer d: Sheldon Epps

NOTE: Monica and Chandler's subplot, as originally scripted and filmed, featured the couple unable to board the airplane after Chandler mentioned the word "bomb" in the airport. This was rewritten and reshot in the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks.

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174. The One With The Videotape
gs: Lisa Thornhill (Kristen)

Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon with stories of a couple that they met on the flight back. Ross and Rachel disagree over who came onto whom when they hooked up. He wants to prove it and accidentally reveals that he has the encounter on videotape. Monica and Chandler discover that the other couple gave them a fake number. Ross explains the story of the fateful night: Joey had given him "the magic story you use to have sex" but it didn't work, so Joey let him use his camcorder to practice the story. Ross brings the tape to Monica and Chandler's and the gang watches it. On the tape, Rachel uses Joey's story on Ross, proving that she hit on him first.

b: 18-Oct-2001 pc: 227406 w: Scott Silveri d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: The Magna Doodle, located in Joey and Rachel's apartment, reads:

I love NY.

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175. The One With Rachel's Date
gs: Kevin Rahm (Tim) Chris Parnell (Bob) Bonnie Somerville (Mona) Geoff Pierson (Mr. Franklin) Johnny Messner (Cash)

Phoebe begins dating a guy who works for Monica, causing a problem when Phoebe wants to dump him on the same day Monica plans to fire him. Ross discovers that a coworker of Chandler's has been calling him Toby for five years. However, that turns out to be helpful after Chandler sabotages the guy's promotion. Joey sets Rachel up on a date with one of his co-stars. Ross worries about this and the fact that he doesn't see a future with Rachel anymore; she may feel just the opposite as she watches Ross flirt with a woman at Central Perk.

b: 25-Oct-2001 pc: 227404 w: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones d: Gary Halvorson

NOTE: Chandler's middle name is Muriel.
Dedicated to the memory of Richard L. Cox, Sr.
Music: Semisonic, "Closing Time"

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176. The One With The Halloween Party
gs: Sean Penn (Eric) Bonnie Somerville (Mona) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Daniel Smith (Boy in the Cape) Rachel David (The Ballerina) Emily Osment (Lelani Mayolanofavich) Ivy Malone (The Cowgirl)

Monica and Chandler decide to throw a Halloween party, to which Ross plans to bring Mona. Phoebe runs into Ursula, who's getting married next week, and invites her and her fiance to the party. Rachel's mothering instincts kick in at the party, and she resorts to writing checks for kids when she runs out of candy. Phoebe meets Ursula's fiance, Eric, and discovers that Ursula has told him nothing but lies about herself. Monica and Joey discuss who could kick whose ass among the friends. Ross and Chandler engage in an arm-wrestling competition, which Chandler forfeits so that Ross can impress Mona. Phoebe enlightens Eric about Ursula.

b: 01-Nov-2001 pc: 227405 w: Mark J. Kunerth d: Gary Halvorson

NOTE: The Halloween costumes: Monica (Catwoman), Phoebe (Supergirl), Chandler (The Velveteen Rabbit), Ross (Spudnik), Joey (Chandler).

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177. The One With The Stain
gs: Sean Penn (Eric) Arden Myrin (Brenda) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Dale Raoul (Mrs. Verhoeven)

Chandler hires a maid, whom Monica suspects is stealing her clothing. Eric has broken up with Ursula and is ready to date Phoebe, except for one problem: he can't look at her without seeing Ursula. Ross tries to get Rachel an apartment in his building, but the woman living there isn't in a hurry to die, and Joey wants Rachel to stay with him.

b: 08-Nov-2001 pc: 227407 w: R. Lee Fleming Jr. d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: Dedicated to the memory of Pearl Harmon.

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178. The One With The Stripper
gs: Ron Leibman (Leonard Green) Bonnie Somerville (Mona) Jackie Debatin (The Hooker) Fred Stoller (Stu) Martin Yu (The Waiter)

Rachel prepares to have dinner with her dad and tell him that she's pregnant. When she finally tells him, he assumes that Ross and Rachel will be getting married. Upon finding out that's not true, he confronts Ross at his apartment, interrupting a romantic tryst with Mona. Meanwhile, an unknowing Chandler discovers that Monica had a stripper at her bachelorette party, causing her to try to make it up, by getting him a stripper. However, complications ensue when the "stripper" turns out to be a hooker.

b: 15-Nov-2001 pc: 227408 w: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen d: David Schwimmer

NOTE: Music: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve featuring Gwen Stefani

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179. The One With The Rumor
gs: Brad Pitt (Will [uncredited])

Monica invites an old friend from high school over for Thanksgiving dinner, unaware that Will started a "We Hate Rachel" club with Ross. Meanwhile, Joey vows to eat an entire turkey by himself, and Chandler and Phoebe pretend to watch football to avoid helping in the kitchen.

b: 22-Nov-2001 pc: 227410 w: Shana Goldberg-Meehan d: Gary Halvorson

NOTE: Brad Pitt is Jennifer Aniston's real-life husband.
This episode was voted number 5 in NBC's 6 favorite Friends episodes countdown.

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180. The One With Monica's Boots
gs: Trudie Styler (Herself) Cole Sprouse (Ben) Tammy Townsend (The Teacher) Marla Sokoloff (Dina) Marc Rose (Bobby)

Monica's expensive new boots hurt her feet, but she's determined to prove to Chandler that her purchase was worth it. Phoebe discovers that Ben goes to school with Sting's son and is determined to score concert tickets out of it. Rachel mediates between Joey and his sister Dina, who tells him she's pregnant.

b: 06-Dec-2001 pc: 227409 w: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones s: Robert Carlock d: Kevin S. Bright

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181. The One With The Creepy Holiday Card (a.k.a. The One With Ross's Step Forward)
gs: Bonnie Somerville (Mona) Sam McMurray (Doug) Shawn Christian (Dr. Schiff) Evie Peck (Nurse) Wesley Thompson (The Locksmith) Ashley L. Clark (Roger)

Ross freaks out when Mona wants to send out joint Christmas cards and wants to have "the talk." He ends up giving her a key to his apartment. Meanwhile, Chandler's newly divorced boss takes him to a strip club, thinking that he and Monica are having problems. And Rachel's hormones are acting up, thanks to her pregnancy, leading her to proposition Joey.

b: 13-Dec-2001 pc: 227411 w: Robert Carlock d: Gary Halvorson

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182. The One Where Joey Dates Rachel
gs: Cole Sprouse (Ben) Krista Allen (Mabel) Matthew Yang King (The Student) Caryn Ward (The Waitress)

Phoebe gets Monica and Chandler a Ms. Pacman arcade game for a wedding present. Everybody soon becomes addicted to it, but Chandler finds himself in trouble after giving all of the high scores dirty words, especially when Ben is coming over to play. Ross gets to teach an important class because of a retiring professor--the only catch is that the class is across town and he has 10 minutes to get there. Joey wants to take Rachel to dinner on a pretend date to practice his dating skills. However, he begins to develop feelings for her which may interfere in their friendship.

b: 10-Jan-2002 pc: 227412 w: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer d: David Schwimmer

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183. The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath
gs: Amanda Carlin (Dr. Long)

Monica turns Chandler on to the concept of a bath to relax, complete with scented oils and candles. However, luring him out of it proves to be a worthy task. Ross and Rachel toss baby names back and forth while deciding whether to learn the baby's sex. (It's a girl, by the way). And Joey still likes Rachel, a fact that Monica, Chandler and Phoebe discover by a little detective work. Joey tries to convince himself that it's just a crush.

b: 17-Jan-2002 pc: 227413 w: Vanessa McCarthy d: Ben Weiss

NOTE: Music: Enya, "Only Time"

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184. The One With The Secret Closet
gs: Amanda Carlin (Dr. Long) Richard Penn (The Doctor)

Phoebe talks Monica into letting her give her a massage but becomes disconcerted when Monica begins making sexual noises. Joey dreams about being with Rachel and betraying Ross. He takes Rachel to the hospital when she has stomach pains, and suggests that Rachel should move in with Ross so that he can be more involved. Chandler realizes he's never seen what's in the closet by the bathroom and tries to break in.

b: 31-Jan-2002 pc: 227414 w: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones d: Kevin S. Bright

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185. The One With The Birthing Video
gs: Bonnie Somerville (Mona) James Michael Tyler (Gunther)

Phoebe tries to cheer up a depressed Joey by lending him the world's happiest dog. Ross has yet to tell Mona that Rachel's living with him. Monica and Chandler's romantic Valentine's Day is interrupted when they watch a videotape of Phoebe's friend giving birth. After being dumped by Mona, Ross gives Joey advice on his love life, helpful until Joey reveals that he's in love with Rachel.

b: 07-Feb-2002 pc: 227415 w: Dana Klein Borkow d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: Music: "Fallin," Alicia Keys

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186. The One Where Joey Tells Rachel
gs: Harry Van Gorkum (Don) James Michael Tyler (Gunther) Sam Pancake (The Waiter) Terence Winter (I) (The Waiter #2)

Ross has trouble understanding Joey's revelation, as does Gunther. However, he comes to his senses and convinces Joey to tell Rachel how he feels. Joey takes her out to dinner and tells her, as she thinks it's a joke. She doesn't feel the same way, but they pledge to remain friends. Meanwhile, Phoebe meets Monica's soulmate.

b: 28-Feb-2002 pc: 227416 w: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen d: Ben Weiss

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187. The One With The Tea Leaves
gs: Alec Baldwin (Parker) Bonnie Somerville (Mona) James LeGros (Jim) Steve Ireland (Mr. Zelner) Mark Lutz (Mona's Date)

Joey has been hiding from Rachel, so she invents a problem at work ("My boss wants to buy my baby!") to draw him into conversation. Phoebe's tea leaves tell her that she's going to meet the man of her dreams, except that the man she meets is a nightmare. Later on though, she does meet a nice guy. Ross tries to retrieve his favorite shirt from Mona's, interrupted when she returns home with a date.

b: 07-Mar-2002 pc: 227417 w: Steven Rosenhaus s: R. Lee Fleming Jr. d: Gary Halvorson

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188. The One In Massapequa (a.k.a. The One With The Zesty Guy)
gs: Alec Baldwin (Parker) Elliott Gould (Jack Geller) Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) Kat Sawyer-Young (Catherine) Ellen Gerstein (Aunt Lisa) John C. Moskoff (Uncle Dan) Tim Silva (The Male Guest) Aixa Clemente (The Female Guest)

Everybody prepares to go out to Long Island for the elder Gellers' 35th wedding anniversary party. Monica wants to write a toast to make everybody cry like Ross's toasts do. Ross and Rachel discover that his parents have told people they're married. Ross describes how he would propose to Rachel, and she seems intrigued. Phoebe invites her new boyfriend, Parker, who is extremely enthusiastic.

b: 28-Mar-2002 pc: 227418 w: Mark J. Kunerth s: Peter Tibbals d: Gary Halvorson

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189. The One With Joey's Interview
gs: Sasha Alexander (The Interviewer) James Michael Tyler (Gunther [uncredited])

Joey prepares for an interview with Soap Opera Digest, although he's afraid of appearing stupid, so he enlists his friends to make sure things go well. During the interview, he reminisces about his past acting experiences, what he does in his spare time, eating and exercising right, his friends, his homosexual tendencies, and his romantic life.

b: 04-Apr-2002 pc: 227424 w: Doty Abrams d: Gary Halvorson

NOTE: Clip Show #4.

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190. The One With The Baby Shower
gs: Marlo Thomas (Sandra Green) Jonathan Nichols (Ray) Adria Tennor (Katherine) Lisa Calderon (Erin)

Rachel panics during her baby shower when she realizes how totally unprepared she is to care for an infant, and reluctantly goes along with her icy mother Sandra's plans to move in and help out—which hardly makes roommate Ross jump for joy. Meanwhile, as Monica tries to atone for forgetting to invite Sandra, an exhausted Chandler and Ross help Joey prepare for his audition as a new game show host by playing the befuddling game over and over.

b: 25-Apr-2002 pc: 227421 w: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer d: Kevin S. Bright

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191. The One With The Cooking Class
gs: Molly Hagan (Sarah) Rena Sofer (Katie) Tucker Smallwood (Mr. Tyler) Tim Maculan (The Food Critic) Scott Richards (The Acting Teacher)

Monica's restaurant gets a bad review in the Post. After confronting the critic who wrote it, she decides to join a cooking class, with Joey in tow. Ross goes on a date with a clerk from a baby store, making Rachel jealous. Chandler prepares for a job interview after Phoebe tells him that he makes a bad first impression.

b: 02-May-2002 pc: 227419 w: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones s: Dana Klein Borkow d: Gary Halvorson

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192. The One Where Rachel Is Late
gs: June Gable (Estelle) Amanda Carlin (Dr. Long)

With the release of Joey's movie approaching, he must decide which friend to invite to the premiere. Unfortunately, his pick, Chandler, falls asleep during it. Monica and Phoebe bet on when the baby will be born as Rachel's due date comes and goes. The doctor tells Ross and Rachel that sex may help speed things along. Just as they start to do it, Rachel's water breaks.

b: 09-May-2002 pc: 227420 w: Shana Goldberg-Meehan d: Gary Halvorson

NOTE: A nice bit of continuity: Joey stated in the 7th season finale that his World War I-themed movie would be released on Memorial Day 2002.

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193. The One Where Rachel Has A Baby (1)
gs: Amanda Carlin (Dr. Long) Debi Mazar (Evil Bitch) Eddie McClintock (Cliff) Rachael Harris (Julie) Tim DeKay (Marc) Jo Nell Kennedy (Nurse #1) Henriette Mantel (Nurse #2) Maggie Wheeler (Janice) Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) Mark Daniel Cade (The Doctor) Laura Margolis (Woman Giving Birth) Karin Co (Woman with Mild Contractions) Jimmy Palumbo (Sick Bastard) Sarah Rush (Nurse #3)

Rachel and Ross arrive at the hospital; she's upset to get a semi-private room. Monica and Chandler decide to have a baby and right away. Mrs. Geller turns up to give Ross her mother's engagement ring; she wants Ross to marry Rachel. Joey can't understand why somebody wouldn't want to be married to Rachel. Phoebe meets a handsome stranger, but can't quite get his room number, so she gets Dr. Drake Ramoray to get it. She also gets him to find out some personal info from the guy. As Rachel waits for her own baby, various other pregnant women come and go, until Janice shows up.

b: 16-May-2002 pc: 227422 w: Scott Silveri d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: This is Jennifer Aniston's favorite episode.

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194. The One Where Rachel Has A Baby (2)
gs: Amanda Carlin (Dr. Long) Eddie McClintock (Cliff) Maurice Godin (Sid) Maggie Wheeler (Janice)

Drake reports to Phoebe. Chandler and Monica look for a room in the hospital to use for a tryst. After 21 hours of labor, Rachel's ready to have the baby. Joey blows it for Phoebe but fixes it just as quickly. The baby is in breach, but comes out okay. After Ross and Rachel kiss, the baby is named Emma Geller Green. Monica and Chandler find a janitor's closet. Janice convinces Rachel that she needs a guy who will be around. Ross still isn't interested, but Phoebe talks him into it. Joey finds the engagement ring. Rachel thinks he's proposing and says yes, as Ross walks down the hall with flowers.

b: 16-May-2002 pc: 227423 w: David Crane & Marta Kauffman d: Kevin S. Bright

NOTE: Music: Eric Clapton, "River of Tears"; Bob Dylan, "Sign on the Window"
This is Jennifer Aniston's favorite episode.



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