September 16, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
September 26, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
October 3, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
October 10, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
October 17, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
October 31, 1996 8:00 pm
When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before.
November 7, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
November 14, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
November 21, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
December 12, 1996 8:00 pm
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.
January 9, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
January 16, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
January 30, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
February 6, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
February 13, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
February 20, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
March 6, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
March 13, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
March 27, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
April 10, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
April 17, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
April 24, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
May 1, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
May 8, 1997 8:00 pm
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.
May 15, 1997 8:00 pm
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.