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Friends - The Complete Second Season

Season Details
The second season features more serialized storylines; it begins when Rachel discovers that Ross is dating Julie (played by Lauren Tom), someone he knew from grad school. Julie returns for several episodes early in the season. Rachel's attempts to tell Ross she likes him mirror his own failed attempts in the first season, though the characters eventually begin a relationship that lasts into the following season. Joey, a struggling actor in the first season, gets a part in a fictionalized version of the soap opera Days of our Lives but loses the part soon after when he angers the writers by saying in an interview that he writes many of his own lines. Tom Selleck begins a recurring guest role as Dr. Richard Burke. Richard, a friend of Monica and Ross' parents who is recently divorced and with grown children, is 21 years older than Monica but despite this they date for the second half of the season. In the season finale, they end the relationship when they realize that he does not want any more children and she does. The second season also served to deepen Chandler and Joey's friendship. This becomes especially apparent in the episodes in which Joey temporarily moves out and a creepy guy named Eddie (Adam Goldberg) moves in.

Friends Season 2 Episode Guide

Episode Description
#1The One with Ross's New Girlfriend
Rachel decides to tell Ross that she loves him and waits for him at the airport, not knowing he is returning with a new girlfriend, Julie (Lauren Tom). Chandler feels guilty because he told Rachel that Ross loves her and had advised Ross to get over his feelings for Rachel. Joey and Chandler get their hair cut by Phoebe. Monica wants her to cut her hair but Phoebe gives her an awful haircut. Chandler needs a suit, so Joey takes him to his tailor, who touches Chandler inappropriately. Chandler tells Joey of this, but Joey insists that that is how pants are measured. Ross annoys everyone by talking about Julie, and Rachel becomes so desperate and upset that she spends the night with an old friend, Paulo, an italian 'stud' from Series 1, 'The One With the Blackout'.
#2The One with the Breast Milk
The guys are uncomfortable with Carol breast feeding Ben and the situation is made worse by Joey & Pheobe tasting it, and Rachel is uncomfortable with Monica's growing friendship with Julie. Meanwhile, Joey competes with a fellow cologne spritzer for the affection of a beautiful colleague (Emily Procter).
#3The One Where Heckles Dies
Chandler refuses a date with a woman from work, claiming that it is because her nostrils is too big, but truthfully he is trying to escape a potentially serious relationship. After Mr. Heckles dies and leaves all his belongings to Monica and Rachel, Chandler discovers eerie similarities between the late eccentric man and his own life. Not wanting to end up alone like Mr. Heckles, he calls Janice in hopes to rekindle their relationship, only to learns that she is married and is pregnant. Ross and Phoebe have a dispute over the progression of evolution with Pheobe say it's 'Too Easy'.
#4The One with Phoebe's Husband
The gang is amazed to learn that Phoebe married a gay Canadian ice dancer to help him get his green card. Phoebe thinks that she still loves him. The guy returns and wants to divorce, because he is not really gay and wants to marry again. Interesting facts are revealed about the others, too: Joey starred in a porn film and Chandler has a third nipple. Ross seeks relationship advice from Rachel after revealing that he and Julie have yet to consummate their relationship. Rachel, because she still loves Ross, gives him bad advices hoping that they will break up as a result.
#5The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant
When a sexy woman calls the wrong number, Chandler seeks to make the most of the situation. Income issues divide the friends: the well-off Ross, Chandler and Monica versus the not-so-well-off Phoebe, Rachel and Joey. Monica loses her job after accepting dodgy food from her work.
#6The One with the Baby on the Bus
When Ross has an allergic reaction to Monica's kiwi-lime pie, Chandler and Joey are asked to baby-sit Ross's son, Ben. They use Ben to help them try to pick up girls. They leave him accidentally on the bus, they later find him, but they are not sure the baby is really Ben as there are two similar babies in the room. Phoebe loses her Central Perk singing gig to a professional singer, and she becomes a street singer in front of the café.
#7The One Where Ross Finds Out
A drunken Rachel is persuaded to call Ross and reveals her feelings for him on his answering machine. When he finds out, he must make the choice between her and Julie. Meanwhile, Monica finds work as Chandler's personal trainer and Phoebe has a hard time trying to get her boyfriend to have sex with her. Ross and Rachel argue, Ross says that he is with Julie and it's too late for a relationship between them.At the end of the episode, Ross and Rachel have their Emmy Award winning kiss.
#8The One with the List
Ross must choose between Rachel and Julie and enlists Joey and Chandler's help in making a list of the pros and cons of each. He chooses Rachel, but she finds the list and gets angry with Ross. Meanwhile, Monica gets a job making food with a synthetic chocolate substitute called Mockolate.
#9The One with Phoebe's Dad
It's Christmas time and Monica tries tipping with cookies, rather than cash, with mixed results. Phoebe learns that the guy in the pictures her grandmother keeps around is not her father but he is a model who comes in Macy's photo frames, so she tries to track down her real father, but in the end she feels that she is not ready for meeting him. Chandler and Joey wait too late to shop for presents, and are forced to buy gifts from a gas station. Ross asks Rachel to make a list about him, but he feels bad about it.
#10The One with Russ
Monica gets back together with Bobby, who has problems with alcohol. Monica successfully tries to help him give up drinking, but once he does, he is not happy and funny anymore. Joey gets chosen to play the role of Dr. Drake Ramoray, a neurosurgeon, on Days of our Lives. Rachel begins dating a guy named Russ, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ross (both roles were played by David Schwimmer, although Russ was credited as 'Snaro').
#11The One with the Lesbian Wedding
Carol and Susan get married, providing Monica with a job: catering the wedding. Phoebe is possessed by the spirit of an eighty-two year old massage client who dies in the middle of a session. Rachel's mother comes to visit and announces that she has decided to divorce her husband, Rachel's father.
#12The One After the Superbowl, Part One
Ross goes to visit Marcel while on a trip to California, and finds that the monkey is working in commercials. Joey gets his first fan letter and ends up dating the woman (Brooke Shields) who sent it, who turns out to be a stalker that thinks that the happenings on Days of our Lives are real. Phoebe is asked by a man (Chris Isaak) to sing for the children at the library, but their parents are horrified by her morbid lyrics. However, the kids like the songs and come to the café to listen to her.
#13The One After the Superbowl, Part Two
Rachel and Monica compete for the affections of Jean-Claude Van Damme after meeting him on a movie set. Chandler meets a former schoolmate (Julia Roberts), a makeup artist, who seems to be attracted to him. But it turns out that Chandler once tricked her and she just wants to get revenge. An excited Joey gets a role as an extra in the movie, and Ross and Marcel go on a whirlwind tour of the city.
#14The One with the Prom Video
After getting his big break with Days of our Lives, Joey pays Chandler back with $812 and an extremely tacky gold, engraved bracelet. Also, an unemployed Monica is hard up for money. A home video from Monica and Rachel's prom night reveals that Monica was previously overweight, and that Rachel had a large nose. Rachel seems to be stood up by her prom date, so Ross plans to take her to prom instead, but Rachel's date shows up before she learns of Ross' plans. This video brings Rachel to forgive Ross for the list.
#15The One Where Ross and Rachel...You Know
Joey buys a big screen TV and two leather recliners with his newfound money. He and Chandler sit and watch TV all day. Monica has a catering job for her former pediatrician and a friend of her parents, the attractive Dr. Richard Burke (Tom Selleck). Later they go on a date. Ross and Rachel attempt to have their first real date, but it's difficult for Rachel to overcome their long friendship. As they tried to schedule another date, Ross has an emergency at the museum. The episode introduces Tom Selleck in a recurring guest role that led to an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
#16The One Where Joey Moves Out
Joey thinks he needs to move out of Chandler's apartment and wants to get a new one to 'give him time to think'. Monica struggles to tell her parents about her relationship with Richard.
#17The One Where Eddie Moves In
Phoebe is discovered by a record producer who wants to make her song 'Smelly Cat' a video, but who secretly dubs in the voice of a more talented (but less attractive) woman. Ross's new relationship with Rachel makes Monica feel like she's living with her brother again... and she hates it. And Joey considers moving back in with Chandler, but Chandler already has a new roommate.
#18The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies
Joey finds out the hard way that it's not wise to boast falsely: His soap opera character is scripted to fall down an elevator shaft after he brags of writing his own lines in an interview. Phoebe helps Chandler bond with his new Chandler's horror. And sexual history dominates the discussion between two couples—Monica and Richard, and Ross and Rachel.
#19The One Where Eddie Won't Go
Creeped out by his bizarre new roommate, Eddie, Chandler demands that he move out. Eddie agrees, but doesn't move out — nor does he even remember the conversation. Joey has trouble coming to grips with the death of Dr. Ramoray and the accompanying change in his lifestyle. And a new book on empowerment for women inspires the female friends to have a 'goddess meeting.' Joey moves back to Chandler, they kick out Eddie and they make up with each other.
#20The One Where Old Yeller Dies
Phoebe's world view is shattered when she learns how Old Yeller really ends. She watches all the films her mother didn't let her watch and becomes depressed. Monica becomes jealous when Richard begins hanging out with other people: namely, Joey and Chandler. However, this is short lived as Joey and Chandler confess to thinking of Richard as a fatherly figure, when Richard was under the impression that they were just buddies. Rachel becomes stressed out when she learns that Ross has planned their whole life together.
#21The One with the Bullies
Chandler and Ross run into two bullies at the coffee shop, one of whom steals Chandler's hat. Monica, down to her last few dollars of savings, plays the stock market based solely on the ticker symbols. Phoebe makes multiple attempts to visit her birth father, but instead she meets her half-brother, Frank Buffay Jr., and learns that her father wasn't at home for four years.
#22The One with the Two Parties
The gang plans a surprise party for Rachel, but the real surprise is when both of her estranged parents show up for the same party. 'Think!' urges Chandler. 'What would Jack and Chrissy do?' Why, split it into two parties, of course — one for each parent. Complications ensue.
#23The One with the Chicken Pox
Phoebe catches chicken pox just as her old flame Ryan (Charlie Sheen) arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Even though he hasn't yet had chicken pox, he can't stand to be apart and they both spend the rest of the time sick and trying to not scratch at the sores. Joey gets a job at Chandler's office but decides to play it as a role. The character he creates, Joseph, has a wife and kids and ultimately blames Chandler for his own screwups. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have a 'thing': an unexplainable quirk. He eventually comes up with one to ease her mind.
#24The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding
Rachel agrees to be maid of honor at her ex-fiancé's wedding, but a fashion faux pas focuses attention away from the bride. To get a role in Warren Beatty's new movie, Joey needs to practice kissing guys. Monica ponders her future with Richard and Chandler falls for a mystery woman on the Internet who turns out to be his ex-girlfriend, Janice. Richard doesn't want to have children, but Monica does, so she breaks up with him. (The sub-plot where Joey has to kiss a man was originally intended to be a story about Joey auditioning for the role of an uncircumcised man. The rest of the group then came up with various ways of making him look the part. The story was changed on the advice of network censors, who thought it was tasteless but it was later used in 'The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin'
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