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Friends - The Complete First Season


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The first season introduces the six main characters: Rachel Karen Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Muriel Bing and Ross Geller. Rachel, who left her fiance at the altar on her wedding day, has come to New York and ends up living with Monica. It establishes early on in the season that Ross has been infatuated with Rachel since the two characters attended high school. Several episodes revolve around his attempts to tell her how he feels. Meanwhile, Ross's estranged lesbian wife Carol is pregnant with his baby. This puts him and Carol's lesbian life partner, Susan (played by Jessica Hecht), in an awkward position. When the baby is born at the end of the season, Ross, Carol, and Susan agree to name him Ben: after a nametag on a janitor's uniform worn by Phoebe. The episodic nature of the season sees the other characters having multiple dates, many of which go wrong (Monica dates a minor in one episode). The recurring character of Janice (played by Maggie Wheeler) is introduced as a girlfriend Chandler breaks up with in an early episode but frequently returns to through the ensuing ten seasons. At the end of the season, Chandler lets it slip that Ross loves Rachel. Rachel is caught off guard but finds that she feels the same way.



Friends Season 1 Episode Guide

Episode Description
#1The Pilot (The One Where It All Began)
Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" by helping her after she leaves her fiance at the altar.
#2The One with the Sonogram at the End
Ross finds out his estranged lesbian wife and her girlfriend are going to have his baby.
#3The One with the Thumb
Phoebe discovers a human thumb floating in her can of soda and gets compensation of seven thousand dollars, which goes against all of her beliefs, so gives it to Chandler to convince him to stop smoking.
#4The One with George Stephanopoulos
The girls spy on the sexy politician across the street (George Stephanopoulos), while the boys go to a hockey game which leads to Ross breaking his nose and wearing unattractive headgear.
#5The One with the East German Laundry Detergent
Ross and Rachel wash their dirty laundry in public, where Rachael gets into a fight with a woman
#6The One with the Butt
Joey finally gets a film role as a stand-in for Al Pacino's butt which he never actually does because he "Acted too much".
#7The One with the Blackout
During a power outage, Rachel falls for the owner of a lost kitten, a dark, attractive Italian guy. Meanwhile, Chandler is trapped in an automated-teller vestibule with Jill Goodacre.
#8The One Where Nana Dies Twice
Ross and Monica go to the bedside of their dead grandmother, who momentarily returns to life. Chandler questions his sexual persona when a colleague wants to arrange a date for him with a man.
#9The One Where Underdog Gets Away
Monica plans a lovely, quiet Thanksgiving feast for 2 in her apartment but her plans go awry. Joey modells for an embarrasing poster, Rachel misses her flight home and the food burns when Chandler (who dosen't "do" Thanksgiving) distracts the friends with a break-away balloon which leads to the friends eating sandwiches.
#10The One with the Monkey
Ross arrives at the New Year's Eve party with his new companion, a monkey named Marcel, who seems to take no interest in Ross at all.
#11The One with Mrs. Bing
Chandler's flamboyant romance-novelist mother (Morgan Fairchild) comes to New York for a visit, and Ross makes the mistake of kissing her whilst being drunk. Monica and Phoebe cause a traffic accident.
#12The One with the Dozen Lasagnas
Everyone knows the sex of Ross's baby except for Ross, who doesn't want to find out until it's born. Rachel's relationship with Paulo hits a snag when he makes a pass at Phoebe. Monica makes a dozen lasagnas for her aunt, only to discover that her aunt doesn't eat meat.
#13The One with the Boobies
After Chandler accidentally sees Rachel wandering around topless after her shower, a chain reaction of nudity ensues when she tries to even the score by seeing his penis. Joey finds himself playing parent when he has to decide whether to hide his father's affair from his mom. And no one can stand Phoebe's new boyfriend, an irritating psychologist named Roger.
#14The One with the Candy Hearts
Ross's first date in nine years is on Valentine's Day with a beautiful neighbour. Susan and Carol, also out on a romantic date; end up at the same restaurant. Joey sets Chandler up on a blind date - with Janice. And Phoebe, Rachel and Monica decide to spend the holiday burning mementos of their past boyfriends.
#15The One with the Stoned Guy
Monica cooks a gourmet meal for a restaurateur looking for a new chef. Unfortunately, he's stoned and would just as well eat taco shells as her haute cuisine. After working as a data processing permanent temp for five years, Chandler gets promoted to data processing supervisor, then quits. And Ross has a date with a beautiful colleague named Celia and gives new meaning to the term "spanking the monkey," when he brings her back to his place to meet Marcel. Celia is willing to have sex with him, but only if he'll talk dirty to her.
#16The One with Two Parts, Part One
Joey falls for Phoebe's twin sister, Ursula, making Phoebe feel neglected. Meanwhile, Chandler finds himself between a rock and a hard place, when he is told to fire an employee he is attracted to. And Ross has doubts about parenthood when he attends Lamaze classes with Carol and Susan.
#17The One with Two Parts, Part Two
After weeks of procrastinating, Rachel finally takes down the Christmas light on their balcony, only to fall off the balcony and sprain her ankle. At the hospital, Rachel who has no health insurance cajoles Monica into trading identities so she can use Monica's coverage. Ross doubts that he will ever feel like a father.
#18The One with All the Poker
Tired of being referred to by customers as "Excuse me," Rachel interviews for a job as an assistant buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. She also sees another side of the usually docile Ross when the girls face the boys during a not-so-friendly game of poker.
#19The One Where the Monkey Gets Away
The gang searches frantically for Marcel, who slipped out of the apartment while Rachel was baby-sitting him. After Marcel is found and safe, Ross finally gets up the courage to try to woo Rachel. But just when it looks like the two might actually spend a romantic evening alone together, Barry, Rachel's ex-fiance, barges into the apartment declaring his love for her.
#20The One with the Evil Orthodontist
Rachel and Barry start dating again, which is kind of awkward because he's now engaged to Mindy, who wants Rachel to be her maid of honor. But when Rachel finds out that Mindy and Barry had an affair while she was engaged to Barry, the two women decide to call Barry out on it. Meanwhile, Chandler goes nuts when a woman he likes won't return his phone calls and the gang become annoyed at discovering that a person in Ugly Naked Guy's building is spying on them with a telescope.
#21The One with the Fake Monica
When Monica's credit card is stolen, she, along with Phoebe and Rachel, decide to catch the thief. Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. And when Ross finds out that Marcel has reached sexual maturity and needs to be with other monkeys, he tries to get him accepted into the "Harvard of zoos", with an emotional goodbye.
#22The One with the Ick Factor
After losing his virginity to her, Monica's boyfriend Ethan reveals that he's a high school senior, not a college senior. Rachel has erotic dreams about Joey and Chandler, making Ross both disgusted and envious. And when Phoebe temps as Chandler's secretary, she finds out that no one at work likes him anymore.
#23The One with the Birth
Carol goes into labor, prompting Monica to begin thinking about having a baby of her own. When Ross and Susan can't stop bickering over who gets to help Carol more, Phoebe drags both of them into a closet to settle their differences - but all three end up getting locked in just as Carol is about to give birth to the baby. Rachel flirts with an OB/GYN who has a love-hate relationship with women's private parts due to seeing them everyday at work. The sight of lots of new-born babies makes Monica worry that she may never have one.
#24The One Where Rachel Finds Out
Joey's new girlfriend wants to go to bed with him, but Joey's participation in a fertility study is preventing this. During Rachel's birthday party, Chandler accidentally lets it slip that Ross is in love with her, and a big decision presents itself in front of her.
Friends Season 1 Episode Guide Content licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.



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