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Friends
Frequently Asked Questions -- Updated May 28, 2014
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Questions

Questions listed in bold are new or updated recently.
0.0 Meta-Questions about this FAQ
0.01 Where can I find this FAQ?
0.02 Who wrote this FAQ?
0.03 All about our contacts at Friends
0.04 I have a question about X...

1.0 Filming, Writing, Distribution, and other Production Issues
1.00 Where can I get copies of episodes on Video and DVD?
1.01 When can I see Friends?
1.02 All about attending tapings
1.03 All about the episode titles (What's 'TOW' mean?)
1.04 How far in advance are storylines planned?
1.05 All about submitting or acquiring scripts
1.06 How is the stage set up?
1.07 All about the theme song
1.08 How did they tape the opening to "The One with the Boobies"?
1.09 What is the life-cycle of a typical show?
1.10 Was Marcel dancing or was that a tape loop?
1.11 Flubs, gaffes, and improvisations
1.12 How did the cast/crew feel about the move to 8PM?
1.13 Who are the writers for the show?
1.14 Who are the directors for the show?
1.15 Where is the fountain from the opening credits located?
1.16 Who is in the black and white poster in Chandler and Joey's apartment?
1.17 Where did the furniture from Central Perk and Monica's apartment come from?
1.18 Where can I get other information about the character's clothes, set pieces, decorations, paint colors, etc.?
1.19 What happened to the wooden-beam support framework that was between the kitchen and living room of Monica's apartment?
1.20 Where can I get a penguin doll like Joey's Hugsy?
1.21 Who draws the pictures on the Magna-Doodle by Joey's door?
1.22 How many Emmy awards did the show or it's cast win?
1.23 Will there ever be a Friends reunion show or Friends movie?

2.0 Character/Actor Information
2.01 All About the Main Characters
2.02 Supporting Cast & Guest Stars
2.03 Bios of the six main stars
2.04 Filmographies of six main stars
2.05 What does the cast think of all the fan stuff on the Internet?
2.06 How did all the characters meet, and how did Monica get that apartment?
2.07 All about Marcel
2.08 How do I write to the cast?
2.09 How do I write to the writers/producers?
2.10 Where in New York City do the characters live?
2.11 Are Ross and Monica Jewish or Christian? What about Rachel?
2.12 Was "The Girl who Hits Joey" (episode 515) really Punky Brewster?
2.13 Is Rachel's last name spelled "Green," or "Greene"?
2.14 What are their middle names?
2.15 Why did Anita Barone leave the show after only one episode as Carol?
2.16 What is special about the cross-dressing waiter (waitress?) in TOW Chandler's Dad?
2.17 Who is Regina Phalange? And Ken Adams?
2.18 What episodes feature "Fat Monica"?
2.19 What are the chick's and the duck's names?
2.20 What are the names of Joey's seven sisters?
2.21 Who is Denise, the roommate that Phoebe mentioned in episode 603 & 605?
2.22 What's up with the episode where all the cast has "-Arquette" attached to their names?
2.23 What are all their children's names?
2.24 Who is "Snaro" (credited as Russ in The One With Russ)?
2.25 Who played baby Emma?
2.26 What happened to Emma? Why wasn't Rachel taking her to France at the end of season 10?
2.27 Who played Phoebe's triplets in episode 6.05?

3.0 Plot Questions
3.01 All about Ross and Rachel
3.02 Is Chandler gay?
3.03 All about the Phoebe-Ursula Connection
3.04 Will there be a follow-up to the Joey-Phoebe Kiss from 'Two Parts'?
3.05 How could Monica not remember Ross was allergic to kiwi?
3.06 Who is Ugly Naked Guy based on? What episodes mention or feature him?
3.07 What do W.E.N.U.S and A.N.U.S. stand for?
3.08 Am I crazy, or did the apartment numbers change?
3.09 What is the English translation of the scene in Spanish that was shown during the ending credits of TOW Two Parts, Part II?
3.10 What was the name of the Female Empowerment book in The One Where Eddie Won't Go (ep 2.19)?
3.11 Who is Frankie, and why does he want me to RELAX? (from TOW the Tiny T-Shirt)?
3.12 What happened to the chick and the duck? We never see them anymore!
3.13 Was Ian Thorpe, Australian Olympic triple-gold medalist, in TOW Ross's Library book?
3.14 What is the English translation of the Dutch in TOW The Fake Monica and TOW The Stain?
3.15 Did Joey's toilet move? And Monica's?
3.16 What was the significance of Ross's T-shirt in The One With The Tea Leaves (ep 8.17)?
3.17 What did Joey mumble to Chandler over the phone in TOW the Blackout?
3.18 What is that hand gesture Ross keeps doing?
3.19 In TOW All the Poker, was that a trick deck, or can Jennifer Aniston really do that nifty shuffle trick?
3.20 Why did Chandler's and Joey's recliners change from black to brown?
3.21 How many foosball tables have they had? Why is it called foosball?
3.22 What is the english translation of the Chinese in TOW the Ultimate Fighting Champion?
3.23 In the pilot, what is meant by "Billy, Don't Be a Hero"?
3.24 In episode 4.08 (TOW Chandler in a Box), what Italian phrase did Joey and Rachel use?
3.25 In episodes 9.24 and 10.01, what did Rachel's t-shirt (with the lips) say?
3.26 In TOW the Cake, what story did Joey read for Emma's birthday?
3.27 What character originated the exclamation, "We were on a break!"?
3.28 What is the english translation of the french dialog in TOW Joey Speaks French?
3.29 In opening credits for the second half of season 2, you see a clip of Chandler jumping into Joey's arms. What episode did that come from?
3.30 In 4.11 (TOW Phoebe's Uterus), what were the 7 erogenous zones Monica taught Chandler about?
3.31 In 8.04 (TOW the Video Tape), what's the end of Joey's European back-packing story?
3.32 Which grandmother lived in Monica's apartment, before her?
3.33 In Which episode is Ross trying to move up a new couch? (Pivot!!!!)
3.34 What is the english translation of Paolo's Italian in TOW the Blackout (episode 1.07)?
3.35 In what hotel were Chandler and Monica married?
3.36 In what Las Vegas wedding chapel were Ross and Rachel married (Episode 5.24)?

4.0 Music in Episodes
I have separated this section of the FAQ into a document of it's own. Please go to http://www.friends-tv.org/music.html for this information.

5.0 Internet Information
5.01 The Friends World Wide Web Pages
5.02 Episode notes and cross references
5.03 The Friends Newsgroup
5.04 Friends on IRC
5.05 How do I contact the cast and/or crew via the net?

Answers

0.0 Meta-Questions about this FAQ

0.01 Where can I find this FAQ?

This document's official home (where the latest version may always be found) is
http://www.friends-tv.org/faq.html
This document may be copied provided no changes are made to it in any way.

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0.02 Who wrote this FAQ?

This FAQ was written by many people in collaboration. Beginning in spring 1998, it is being maintained and updated by Darcy Partridge. Andy J. Williams (now Andy Affleck) was originally responsible for the bulk of it, but much extra material and suggestions come from members of the Friends mailing list and newsgroup.

Many additional comments are included from Friends' Season 1 Supervising Producer Jeff Greenstein and Friends' Senior Script Editor Alexa Junge.

Please see question 0.03 for further information about our informants.

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0.03 All about our contacts at Friends

We currently have NO contact at Warner Bros. or NBC.

During the first season of the show, then-Supervising Producer Jeff Greenstein contacted the original author of this FAQ and began a two-way dialogue about the show. Over time, an arrangement evolved in which the author would collect questions from the readers of the mailing list and newsgroup, send them on to Jeff who would in turn answer them and mail back his responses. Those "online interviews" have all been rolled into this FAQ. At the end of the first season, Jeff left Friends to work on his new sitcom "Partners" for FOX (which aired for the 1995-96 season) and Senior Script Editor Alexa Junge took over as our contact at the show under the same arrangement. (Note: I briefly corresponded with Jeff more recently... he was one of the writers of Desperate Housewives at the time.)

Later, Alexa turned over the role of contact to Mark Kunerth, one of the writers, but also instructed us that we would no longer enjoy the privilege of submitting questions. We occasionally received information in advance about upcoming show titles, air-date, and credits, but this was a one-way flow of data.

Mark has been involved in Friends and other shows (I believe he wrote for Veronica's Closet), and due to his busy schedule, he passed the torch on to another. However, communication with our new contact was sporadic. Eventually, it was rare to hear from him, so we gave up trying to maintain an official contact.

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0.04 I have a question about X...

If you have a question about the show that is not answered in this FAQ or in the accompanying Episode Guide:

Keep in mind that since we can no longer submit questions to the production team, we may not be able to give you an answer.

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1.0 Filming, Writing, and other Production Issues

1.00 Where can I get copies of episodes on Video or DVD?

USA \ Canada

Find out about season-by-season video releases and other Friends video collections through this link:
https://www.friends-tv.org/videos.html

U.K./Europe

If you are in the UK or Europe and want Friends on DVD or VHS, follow this link!

Elsewhere

Well, Friends can be purchased all over the world, so I'll leave the searching up to you!

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1.01 When can I see Friends?

Friends originally aired Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern/Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain/Central on NBC. Now, it can be seen in various times and places through syndicated reruns, and various online services like Amazon on demand.

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1.02 All about attending tapings

How sad, there are no more tapings! Normally, tickets for all television shows are free. The only catch is that tickets for popular show are usually "sold out" many months in advance. In fact, Warner Bros did not make tickets for the 9th or 10th season available to the general public.

The company that handled tickets for Friends is "Audiences Unlimited." They have a helpful Web Site at http://tvtickets.com. They also handled tickets for the short-lived spin-off, "Joey." They still handle tickets for many other shows.

You can also call Audiences Unlimited (818) 506-0067.

Audiences Unlimited.
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 153
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-0067

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1.03 All about the episode titles (What's 'TOW' mean?)

The episode guide lists all the titles, gives plot synopses, quotes, and credits.

All "Friends" episodes all begin with "The One with...", "The One Where...", "The One At..." ("TOW" or "TOA"). As to why, Jeff Greenstein had this to say:

Jeff Greenstein: "When Marta & David & Jeff & I did 'Dream On', we used to spend a lot of time thinking about titles, because they were on-screen at the top of each episode. On "Friends", we decided that was a waste of time. We figured, why not name each episode after the thing that people will ostensibly be talking about around the water-cooler the next day?"

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1.04 How far in advance are storylines planned?

Jeff Greenstein: "We knew there was going to be a Phoebe/Ursula story [See 3.03] from the get-go. In the case of Paolo, we started that "arc" without knowing exactly where or when it would end up -- the decision to have him make a pass at Phoebe [1.12] was actually arrived at pretty late in the game. However, an upcoming two-part arc involving Rachel, Barry [Rachel's ex-fiancé and Mindy [Rachel's Bridesmaid & Barry's girlfriend] was conceived of all at once.

"To answer your initial question, then... it varies. "

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1.05 All about submitting/acquiring scripts

On submitting scripts:

Jeff Greenstein: "We only accept script submissions through agents. Sorry. That's the standard deal."

On acquiring scripts:

Alexa Junge: "If you are interested in plot synopses and the like, the best thing would be getting the 'Friends Companion' or to read the Episode Guide. If you are looking for script format because you're interested in writing for TV, there are loads of books that can fill you in. You might also try contacting the Writers' Guild (though I don't know if they'll be much help if you're not a member) or the Museum of Broadcasting in New York."

You can sometimes find unofficial transcriptions of scripts on the Internet, but WB Studios is tracking down most of those sites and closing them down.

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1.06 How is the stage set up?

First, here's the answer from producer / writer Jeff Greenstein regarding season 1:

Jeff Greenstein: "There are two standing sets -- Monica and Rachel's apartment, which occupies the center of our stage, and the coffee house, which is stage right. Those stay up all the time, 'cause they're in every show.

"Stage left is a space where we put our larger 'swing sets' (sets that are only needed for one episode). In any given week, that could be Chandler and Joey's apartment, Carol and Susan's apartment, or the fancy restaurant in 'Candy Hearts' [1.14].

"Those three sets face the audience. There's additional space for sets off to the side and behind -- if we have to build sets there, we feed the scene live to the audience on overhead monitors."

Second, here's a rough drawing (not totally accurate or to scale) and description based on a visit to the set during season 9. Specifically, it was on October 11, 2002, for the taping of episode 907, The One With Ross's Inappropriate Song.

Monica's apartment and Central Perk are still as described above by Jeff Greenstein, with the apartment being central in front of the audience, and Central Perk being stage right. Joey and Chandler's apartment is still stage left, with the hallway separating the apartments. I believe Joey's apartment is mostly left up all the time now, rather than being a "swing set" because that set was still up during the recent filming of an episode, even though the set wasn't used at all for that episode. But I suppose it still depends on how much space might be needed for temporary sets.

The space wrapping around to the sides of the audience is used as well. At the October 11 visit, the side on the audience's right was occupied by Ross's apartment, and by the living room of Richard's apartment. I think they had to move some of Ross's apartment, between scenes, to have Richard's living room fully set up. The space on the audience's left was used for Mike's (Phoebe's boyfriend) parent's apartment. I believe that space is often used for Phoebe's apartment, because I saw a set-dresser touching up the paint on the floor with a can labelled, "Phoebe's Apt." Mike's parents set was quite large, with several rooms, hallways, etc. In fact, it was so large that I'm sure it slightly encroached on the space normally used for Joey and Chandler's apartment, although we could still see most of their apartment back there. Incidentally, between almost every scene, several crew members would hang out at Joey's and play foosball. I have a feeling the crew leaves Joey's apartment in place as much as possible, at least for this reason.

Incidentally, Monica's "secret closet" is usually a door to the backstage area. The shelves of junk that were in it for episode [8.14] (The One With The Secret Closet) was just a one-time arrangement.

Other interesting set facts:

The purpose of the big poster behind Monica's TV is to hide a large rectangular hole, through which the crew sometimes films. Similarly, there is a section of wall next to Monica's front door which detaches so cameras can be set up there. Although that hole is completely replaced when so used for getting those camera angles, it has a poster mounted on it to help hide the seams.

The street outside of Central perk is indeed part of the set (not filmed outdoors). The street, apartments across the street, cars, and live pedestrians were visible during shooting.

Monica's guest bedroom (formerly Rachel's room) is usually not set up. A fake entry to it is there, and at times a camera films action in the living room from "inside" that entry way. Monica's room is not normally set up, either. Most likely, when those rooms are needed, they are actually set up elsewhere. Otherwise, part of Central Perk would have to be taken down to make room.

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1.07 All about the theme song

The theme song is called "I'll Be There For You." For information about the Soundtrack Albums, see section 4.00.

There was a great deal of debate on the internet over whether the first line was "So no one told you life was gonna be this way" or "So no one told you that was gonna be this way." Alexa Junge put the argument to rest with the following:

Alexa Junge: "the lyric question is 'No one told you LIFE was going to be this way...' But it's not a dumb [question] - there was momentary debate even between Marta [Kauffman] and David [Crane] who didn't want to believe they wrote two consecutive lines with the word 'Life' in them. But they did."

Also: There are only four claps; and D.O.A. stands for "dead on arrival."

The Theme song is sung by the Rembrandts. An extended version can be found on their 1995 album, "L.P." The music is by Michael Skloff and the lyrics by Allee Willis

So no one told you life was gonna be this way [four claps]
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A.
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year

CHORUS:
but I'll be there for you
(When the rain starts to pour)
I'll be there for you
(Like I've been there before)
I'll be there for you
('Cause you're there for me too)

Then, the extended version continues with:

You're still in bed at ten and work began at eight
You've burned your breakfast; so far, things are going great
Your mother warned you there'd be days like these
But she didn't tell when the world has brought you down to your knees

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me
Seems you're the only one who knows what it's like to be me
Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with
Someone I'll always laugh with
Even at my worst, I'm best with you
Yeah!

It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, but

CHORUS

Carl Sobeski figured out the following guitar chords:

             Fret                Fret                Fret
     A                   G                  C#m
+---------+         +---------+         +---------+
1 | | | 1 1  5th    1 | | | 1 1  3rd    | 1 | | | 1  4th
+---------+         +---------+         +---------+
| | | 2 | |         | | | 2 | |         | | | | 2 |
+---------+         +---------+         +---------+
| 3 4 | | |         | 3 4 | | |         | | 3 4 | |


    Bm                   D                   E
+---------+         +---------+         +---------+
| 1 | | | 1  2nd    | 1 | | | |  5th    | | | 1 | |  1st
+---------+         +---------+         +---------+
| | | | 2 |         | | | | | |         | 2 3 | | |
+---------+         +---------+         +---------+
| | 3 4 | |         | | 3 3 3 |         | | | | | |


A                                         G
So no one told you life was gonna be this way

A                                                     C#m
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A.

G                Bm              A
It's like you're always stuck in second gear

         G               D                    E
And it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year

     A       D         E
But, I'll be there for you (When the rain starts to pour)

A       D         E
I'll be there for you (Like I've been there before)

A       D         E                  G                 A
I'll be there for you ('Cause you're there for me too)

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1.08 How did they tape the opening to "The One with the Boobies"?

The opening scene to "The One with the Boobies" [1.13] has Chandler walking in on a topless Rachel. Jennifer Aniston was not topless in front of the studio audience. The scene was pre-shot on a closed set (just the cameraman and director) and a cut-together version of the scene was shown to the audience on show night. (That's where the laughs came from.)

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1.09 What is the life-cycle of the typical show?

Jeff Greenstein:

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1.10 Was Marcel dancing or was that a tape loop?

One scene in "The One with all the Poker" [1.18] shows Marcel dancing to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

Jeff Greenstein: "It's a tape loop. Monkey's a very talented monkey, but she ain't no dancer."

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1.11 Flubs, gaffes, and improvisations

One reader asked if the pillow falling from the balcony in TOW George Stephanopoulis [1.04] was scripted or a just wonderful flub by JA.

Alexa Junge: "The pillow falling thing evolved on the stage. It may have come from the director, James Burrows or the actors or as a result of all their comic heads working together. I don't know for sure. All I know is we came by to see a run-through and were surprised by the wonderful bit and it stuck.

"Actual flubs are rare, but every so often something unexpected will happen at a taping that's too precious to pass up. In a recent episode (TOW 5 Steaks & an Eggplant) [2.05] Matt was supposed to go to the phone and say 'Bob, here' but he fell so fantastically, that's the take that ended up on the air."

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1.12 How did the cast/crew feel about the move to 8PM Pacific/Eastern?

Alexa Junge: "Last year, the show benefited enormously from following both 'Mad About You' and 'Seinfeld' [at 9:30PM Pac/East on Thursdays]. Once 'Friends' was a hit, the move [to 8PM Pac/East on Thursdays] was a terrific compliment since now we could actually help 'anchor' the night's prime-time lineup. As for the ratings, they've been fantastic. If you all keep watching, we should be okay..."

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1.13 Who are the writers for the show?

Here is a complete listing of the Writers, and the shows they wrote:

Note: An * means more than one group worked on it, usually meaning one did the "story" and the other the "teleplay".

Marta Kauffman/David Crane:
TOW: Pilot, Sonogram at the End, Nana Dies Twice, Two Parts part 1 and part2, The Birth*, The List, Flashback, The Morning After, The Triplets (aka The One Hundredth), That Could Have Been--part 2, Monica's Thunder*, Monica & Chandler's Wedding Part 2, After "I Do", Rachel Has a Baby part 2, The Male Nanny, In Barbados part 2, The Stripper Cries, Estelle Dies*, The Last One, part 1 and part 2

Jeffrey Astrof/Mike Sikowitz:
TOW: Thumb, Blackout, Dozen Lasagnas*, All the Poker, Monkey Gets Away, Ross's New Girlfriend, Phoebe's Dad, After the Super Bowl part I

Alexa Junge:
TOW: George Stephanapoulos, Mrs Bing, Boobies, Ick Factor, Phoebe's Husband, Prom Video, Dr Ramoray Dies*, Two Parties, Metaphorical Tunnel, Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister, The Yeti, Everybody Finds Out

Jeff Greenstein/Jeff Strauss:
TOW: East German Laundry Detergent, Underdog Gets Away, Stoned Guy, Birth*

Adam Chase:
TOW: Butt*, Monkey*, Dozen Lasagnas*, Fake Monica*, Breast Milk*, Eddie Moves In, Old Yeller Dies*, The Giant Poking Device, Tiny T-shirt, The Beach, Chandler Crosses The Line, All The Wedding Dresses*, The Girl Who Hits Joey, After Vegas, That Could Have Been--part 1*, Unagi*

Ira Ungerleider:
TOW: Butt*, Monkey*, Dozen Lasagnas*, Fake Monica*, Breast Milk*, Russ, Barry & Mindy's Wedding*, No One's Ready, The Football

Bill Lawrence:
TOW: Candy Hearts

Doty Abrams:
TOW: Evil Orthodontist, Lesbian Wedding, All The Jealousy, Ross Can't Flirt, Mac & C.H.E.E.S.E., The Vows, Joey's Interview, Christmas in Tulsa, Chandler Gets Caught

Chris Brown:
TOW: Rachel Finds Out, Five Steaks & an Eggplant, A Chick And A Duck

Michael Curtis:
TOW: Heckles Dies*, Ross & Rachel... You Know*, Eddie Won't Go*, Old Yeller Dies*, Princess Leia*, Rachel Quits*, Joey's New Girlfriend*, All The Wedding Dresses*, Worst Best Man Ever*, Phoebe Hates PBS*, Rachel Smokes

Greg S. Malins:
TOW: Heckles Dies*, Ross & Rachel... You Know*, Eddie Won't Go*, Old Yeller Dies*, Princess Leia*, Rachel Quits*, Joey's New Girlfriend*, All The Wedding Dresses*, Worst Best Man Ever*, Phoebe Hates PBS*, All The Thanksgivings, The Ball*, In Vegas Part 2*, Ross Got High, That Could Have Been Part 1*, The Holiday Armadillo, Chandler's Dad*, Monica & Chandler's Wedding Part 1

Betsy Borns:
TOW: Baby on Bus, Joey Moves Out

Michael Borkow:
TOW: Ross Finds Out, After the Super Bowl part II, Dr Ramoray Dies*, Monica and Richard Are Just Friends, Ross And Rachel Take A Break, Chandler In A Box, Ross's Wedding part 1

Sebastian Jones/Brian Buckner:
TOW: The Bullies, The Nap Partners, Rosita Dies*, The Truth About London*, The Cheap Wedding Dresses*, Chandler's Dad*, Rachel's Date, Monica's Boots*, The Secret Closet, The Cooking Class*, The Pediatrician, Phoebe's Rats, The Memorial Service, The Lottery*, Ross's Tan (BB only), Ross's Grant (SJ only)

Brown Mandell:
TOW: Chicken Pox, Barry & Mindy's Wedding*

Wil Calhoun
TOW: The Jam, Phoebe's Ex-Partner, Dollhouse, The Jellyfish, Joey's Dirty Day, All The Rugby*, All The Haste*, All The Kissing, Joey's Big Break*, Monica's Thunder*, All The Candy

Scott Silveri
TOW: Frank, Jr.*, The Ski Trip*, Screamer*, Ultimate Fighting Champion*, Dirty Girl*, Girl From Poughkeepsie, Fake Party*, All The Haste*, Ross's Wedding part 2*, The Kips, The Inappropriate Sister, The Ball*, In Vegas Part 2*, On The Last Night, Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad*, The Proposal part 1, Ross's Library Book, Rachel's Big Kiss*, The Video Tape, Rachel Has a Baby part 1, Phoebe's Birthday Dinner, The Fertility Test, In Barbados part 1*, The Birth Mother

Shana Goldberg-Meehan
TOW: Frank, Jr.*, The Ski Trip*, Screamer*, Ultimate Fighting Champion*, Dirty Girl*, Rachel's Crush, Fake Party*, Ross's Wedding part 2*, The Ride Along*, Joey's Big Break*, Ross Hugs Rachel, All the Cheesecakes, Rachel's Big Kiss*, The Rumor, Rachel is Late, Rachel's Other Sister, The Soap Opera Party*, In Barbados part 1*, The Late Thanksgiving

Seth Kurland
TOW: The Racecar Bed, Hypnosis Tape, 'Cuffs, Phoebe's Uterus, Invitation, Worst Best Man Ever*, After Ross Says Rachel, Joey's Bag, The Ride-Along*, Ross's Denial, Rachel's Sister, Ross Dates a Student, Joey's Fridge

Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
TOW: Ross's Thing, Ballroom Dancing, They're Going to PARTY!, All The Rugby*, Rachel's New Dress*, Ross's Sandwich, Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss, In Vegas Part 1, Joey Loses His Insurance, Ross's Teeth, The Joke, Chandler Can't Cry, The Ring, The Proposal part 2, Rachel's Book, Joey's New Brain*, The Cheap Wedding Dresses*, Ross and Monica's Cousin, The Stripper, Joey Tells Rachel, The Sharks, The Soap Opera Party*, The Donor, After Joey and Rachel Kiss, Rachel's Going Away Party

Mark J. Kunerth
TOW: The Ultimate Fighting Champion*, The Beach*, Free Porn*, The Halloween Party, In Massapequa*, Rachel's Phone Number, The Boob Job, Rachel's Dream, The Home Study, Estelle Dies

Pang-ni Landrum
TOW: The Ultimate Fighting Champion*, The Beach*

Jill Condon and Amy Toomin
TOW: The Cat, Embryos, Rachel's New Dress*, Ross's Wedding part 2*

Alicia Sky Varinaitis
TOW: Fake Party*, Chandler's Work Laugh, The Cop*

Richard Goodman
TOW: Free Porn*

Perry Rein & Gigi McCreery
TOW: Ross Moves In, Joey's Porsche, Ross's Teeth*

Suzie Villandry
TOW: All The resolutions*

Brian Boyle
TOW: All The Resolutions*, The Routine, The Apothecary Table, Rachel's Assistant, Joey's Award*

Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein
TOW: The Cop*, Joey's Fridge*

Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer
TOW: Phoebe Runs, Rachel's Sister*, Paul's the Man*, Phoebe's Cookies, Rosita Dies*, They All Turn Thirty*, Joey's New Brain*, Joey's Award*, Rachel Tells..., Joey Dates Rachel, The Baby Shower, No One Proposes, Monica Sings*, The Blind Dates, The Lottery*, Ross is Fine, Joey Speaks French

Zachary Rosenblatt
TOW: Unagi*, They're Up All Night, The Truth About London*

David J. Lagana
TOW: Ross meets Elizabeth's Dad*

Brian Caldirola
TOW: Paul's the Man*

Patty Lin
TOW: The Engagement Picture*, Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs

Earl Davis
TOW: The Engagement Picture*

Vanessa McCarthy
TOW: They All Turn Thirty, Chandler Takes a Bath

Dana Klein Borkow, aka Dana Klein
TOW: The Red Sweater, The Cooking Class*, Emma Cries, Phoebe's Rats, Rachel's Dream, Rachel's Sister Baby-sits, Phoebe's Wedding*

R. Lee Fleming, Jr.
TOW: The Stain, The Tea Leaves*

Robert Carlock
TOW: Monica's Boots*, The Video Tape, Ross's Inappropriate Song, The Memorial Service, The Fertility Test*, The Cake, Phoebe's Wedding, Princess Consuela*

Steven Rosenhaus
TOW: The Tea Leaves*, Monica Sings*

Peter Tibbals
TOW: In Massapequa*, Rachel Goes Back to Work*, The Mugging

Judd Rubin
TOW: Rachel Goes Back to Work*

Tracy Reilly
TOW: Princess Consuela*

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1.14 Who are the Directors for the show?

Here is a complete listing of the Directors, and the shows they directed:

James Burrows:
TOW: Pilot, Sonogram at End, Thumb, George Stephanopoulus, Blackout, Nana Dies Twice, Underdog gets Away, Mrs. Bing, Candy Hearts, Poker, Birth, Prom Video, Ross And Rachel Take A Break, The Morning After, All The Rugby

Pamela Fryman:
TOW: East German Laundry Detergent, The Beach

Arlene Sanford:
TOW: Butt

Peter Bonerz:
TOW: Monkey, Monkey Gets Away, Evil Orthodontist, Ross Finds Out, Flashback, Screamer, 'Cuffs, Chandler In A Box, They're Going To PARTY!, Joey's Dirty Day, Invitation, Worst Best Man Ever

Paul Lazarus:
TOW: Dozen Lasagnas

Alan Myerson:
TOW: Boobies, Stoned Guy

Michael Lembeck:
TOW: Two Parts parts I & II, Ross' New Girlfriend, Breast Milk, After the Super bowl parts I & II, Ross & Rachel..You Know, Joey Moves Out, Eddie Moves In, Dr. Ramoray Dies, Eddie Won't Go, Old Yeller Dies, Bullies, Two Parties, Chicken Pox, Barry & Mindy's Wedding, A Chick And A Duck, Fake Party, Free Porn, Everybody Finds Out, That Could Have Been--part 1, That Could Have Been--part 2, Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad, Rachel's Book

Gail Mancuso:
TOW: Fake Monica, Phoebe's Husband, Baby on Bus, Princess Leia, No One's Ready, Racecar Bed, Giant Poking Device, Ballroom Dancing, Joey's New Girlfriend, Rachel's New Dress, All The Wedding Dresses, Joey's Bag, Ross Can't Flirt, Ross Hugs Rachel

Robby Benson:
TOW: Ick Factor, All The Jealousy, Monica And Richard Are Just Friends, Phoebe's Ex-Partner, Hypnosis Tape, Ultimate Fighting Champion

Kevin S. Bright:
TOW: Rachel Finds Out, Heckles Dies, Phoebe's Dad, Jam, Football, Chandler Crosses The Line, Embryos, All The Haste, Ross's Wedding part 1, Ross's Wedding part 2, After Ross Says Rachel, The Triplets (aka The One Hundredth), All The Thanksgivings, Chandler's Work Laugh, Girl Who Hits Joey, In Vegas Part 1, In Vegas Part 2, After Vegas, Ross Got High, The Routine, The Apothecary Table, Chandler Can't Cry, Mac & C.H.E.E.S.E., The Proposal part 1, The Proposal part 2, Monica's Thunder, Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs, They're Up All Night, Joey's New Brain, The Cheap Wedding Dresses, Chandler's Dad*, Monica & Chandler's Wedding Part 1 & Part 2, After "I Do", The Video Tape, The Stain, Monica's Boots, The Secret Closet, The Baby Shower, Rachel Has a Baby part 1 & part 2, No One Proposes, The Male Nanny, Rachel's Other Sister, Christmas in Tulsa, In Barbados part 1 & part 2, After Joey and Rachel Kiss, The Home Study, The Stripper Cries, Phoebe's Wedding, The Last One, part 1 & part 2

Ellen Gittelsohn:
TOW: Five Steaks & Eggplant

Mary Kay Place:
TOW: The List

Thomas Schlamme:
TOW: Russ, Lesbian Wedding

Steve Zuckerman:
TOW: Metaphorical Tunnel, Frank, Jr.

Terry Hughes:
TOW: Rachel Quits, Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister, Tiny T-shirt, Dollhouse, Rachel's Dream

Sam Simon:
TOW: The Ski Trip

Shelly Jensen:
TOW: Ross's Thing, The Jellyfish, The Cat, Dirty Girl, Phoebe Hates PBS, Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss

Gary Halvorson:
TOW: Girl From Poughkeepsie, All The Kissing, The Yeti, Ross Moves In, Ross's Sandwich, The Ride-Along, The Ball, Joey's Big Break, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Ross's Denial, Joey Loses His Insurance, Joey's Porsche, Phoebe Runs, Ross's Teeth, The Joke, Rachel's Sister, Unagi, Ross Dates a Student, Paul's the Man, The Ring, Phoebe's Cookies, The Engagement Picture, The Nap Partners, The Holiday Armadillo, All The Cheesecakes, Joey's Award, Ross and Monica's Cousin, Rachel's Big Kiss, The Vows, Chandler's Dad*, Rachel's Date, The Halloween Party, The Rumor, The Video Tape, The Tea Leaves, In Massapequa, Joey's Interview, The Cooking Class, Rachel is Late, Ross' Inappropriate Song, Rachel Goes Back To Work, Monica Sings, The Blind Dates, The Mugging, The Boob Job, The Memorial Service, The Lottery, The Fertility Test, Ross's Tan, The Cake, The Late Thanksgiving, Chandler Gets Caught, Joey Speaks French, Princess Consuela, Estelle Dies, Rachel's Going Away Party

David Steinberg
TOW: Phoebe's Uterus

Dana J. DeVally, aka Dana DeVally Piazza
TOW: Rachel's Crush, The Kips, The Inappropriate Sister

Joe Regalbuto
TOW: All The Resolutions

Andrew Tsao
TOW: The Cop

Todd Holland
TOW: Rachel Smokes

David Schwimmer
The One On The Last Night, Rachel's Assistant, Ross's Library Book, All The Candy, The Truth About London, The Red Sweater, The Stripper, Joey Dates Rachel, Phoebe's Birthday Dinner, The Birth Mother

Ben Weiss
TOW: Joey's Fridge, They All Turn Thirty, Chandler Takes a Bath, Joey Tells Rachel, The Sharks, Rachel's Phone Number, Phoebe's Rats, The Donor, Ross is Fine, Ross's Grant

Stephen Prime
TOW: Rosita Dies

Sheldon Epps
TOW: Rachel Tells..., Emma Cries, The Soap Opera Party

Roger Christiansen
TOW: The Pediatrician, Rachel's Sister Baby-sits

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1.15 Where is the fountain from the opening credits located?

The fountain is located inside Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, California, 91522. That exterior set is known as Park Blvd.

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1.16 Who is in the black and white poster in Chandler and Joey's apartment?

The black and white poster (with 2 men, one with a white cloth tied around his head) is of comedians Laurel and Hardy. The shot is apparently from the 1928 film, "Leave 'em Laughing," in which Hardy's teeth are mistakenly removed. (Thanks to John H. for identifying the movie).

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1.17 Where did the furniture from Central Perk and Monica's apartment come from?

I don't have much of this type of information. When the show was still in production, I would have suggested you write to someone like the Set Decorator, care of the Friends office at Warner Bros. Studio. However, that's not a valid approach anymore. Sorry!

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1.18 Where can I get other information about character's clothes, set pieces, decorations, paint colors, etc.?

I don't have much of this type of information. When the show was still in production, I would have suggested you write to people like the Costume Designer, Set Decorator, Prop Master, etc., care of the Friends office at Warner Bros. Studio. However, that's not a valid approach anymore. Sorry!

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1.19 What happened to the wooden-beam support framework that was between the kitchen and living room of Monica's apartment?

Originally, there was a support framework in Monica's apartment, built from dark wooden beams, that came up vertically next to the refrigerator, then horizontally across the "ceiling" toward the audience, then vertically back down to the floor. James Burrows, the director of the pilot and a number of other episodes, said in an interview he originally had it in for visual reasons - to make it more interesting and give the eye something to see in the foreground. Where did it go?

Well, it's not completely gone. The vertical section next to the refrigerator is still there, as is about 2 feet of the horizontal section. But the rest of the horizontal section was removed, as was the vertical post nearer the audience.

The framework was interfering with production. It cast odd shadows, it interfered with the boom mike, and it was often blocking certain camera shots and angles.

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1.20 Where can I get a penguin doll like Joey's Hugsy?

The Hugsy used originally in episode 5.14 is a bit different from the Hugsys used later in episodes 8.07, and 9.17. Both are Mummford the Penguin, created by Debbie Mumm. In 5.14 it had a hat and scarf, and was relatively standard looking. I think this was the original Mummford. I've seen this kind on eBay occasionally. The ones used later had a gold vest, a different hat, goggles, and no scarf. This type was sold at Mervyns in 1999... maybe other times and places as well.

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1.21 Who draws the pictures on the Magna Doodle by Joey's door?

Here's comments on this by Todd Stevens, Friends Supervising Producer, and Greg Grande, Set Decorator:

Todd: Over time various cast members and crew have contributed to the drawings on JOEY's apartment door. Two of our crew artists are Greg Bruza who is a set dresser and another is Paul Swain in our electrical dept. Sometimes the drawings do represent some inside information that even I am not aware of. The actual piece of set dressing is a "TYCO MAGNA-DOODLE".

Greg Grande: Yes, the Magna Doodle, most weeks, is done by our resident electrician Paul Swain. He seems to be the cartoonist on the crew. However, over the past several years we have had participation from other crew members, and yes, even the cast a few times early on. Early on Greg Bruza and myself as well as others had contributed to the doodle board. Lately it's been Paul Swain."

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1.22 How many Emmy awards did the show or it's cast win?

Friends won 3 Emmys:

Outstanding Comedy Series, 2003
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, Jennifer Aniston, 2002
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, Lisa Kudrow, 1998

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1.23 Will there ever be a Friends reunion show or Friends movie?

When asked about the possibility of a reunion show, of the creators of Friends said that nothing was in the works [at that time], but, "Anything is Possible."

I doubt that a Friends feature film will come along. And as far as I can tell, any statements online about a Friends movie in development have always been false rumors. There is probably a slightly better chance of a reunion show on TV -- although I personally think that as more time passes, the likelihood of that decreases.

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2.0 Character/Actor Information

2.01 All About the Main Characters

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller
Courteney Cox as Monica Geller
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani
Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Karen Green
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay
The main characters are detailed here. Facts about them are followed by a Episode Guide link into the episode from which the information was gleaned.

Ross Geller (David Schwimmer): Ross is Monica's brother. He has a Ph.D. in paleontology. Originally in the series, he worked for a museum [1.02]. He lost that job in season 5, due to his "rage problem." Later he became a guest lecturer at NYU (episode [6.04]). This led to a full-time teaching position there.

Ross's wife divorced him after she realised/decided that she was a lesbian [1.01]. Much of season one involved her pregnancy (discovered in episode 1.02). She finally gave birth to Ross' son Ben [1.23] and both she and her partner want Ross to be involved with the child to some degree [1.02] despite the fact that he doesn't really get along with his ex-wife's wife. But that may be changing. He not only gave away the bride at her wedding but he even danced with her new wife. [2.11]

Ross speaks very precisely [1.03] and is somewhat shy. He had a pet monkey named Marcel [1.10] who he had to send to zoo when it hit puberty [1.21].

Ross has been madly in love with Rachel since the ninth grade. At the end of the first season, he gave up on Rachel and began seeing Julie, whom he knew in Grad School and re-met on a trip to China [2.01]. When he found out that Rachel was interested in him, he broke up with Julie but blew it with Rachel when "the list" he made to help him decide between Julie and Rachel fell into Rachel's hands. [2.08] But they got over their differences and became a couple [2.14]. However, they broke up because their relationship was stressed by Rachel's busy schedule and Ross's jealousy [3.12][3.15]. The next morning Rachel changed her mind and a reconciliation looked likely, until she found out that Ross has slept with Chloe, the navel-ringed copy store girl [3.16]. Rachel couldn't forgive Ross but he claimed innocence since they were on a break. Because of their strong feelings, they briefly got back together at the beach [3.25] but it wasn't long before they right back to the same arguement (We were on a break!) [4.01]. In season 4, Ross met Emily Waltham [4.14], a woman visiting from London, and after a very hasty courtship, they decided to get married [4.19]. However, at the wedding in London, Ross accidently spoke Rachel's name instead of Emily's [4.23][4.24]. Although they still went through with the wedding, their relationship quickly disintigrated. Emily decided she can never trust Ross, so they got divorced.

Ross and Rachel's friendship began improving again, and in the final episode of the fifth season, they got drunk in Las Vegas and ended up getting married [5.24]. Early in the sixth season that was corrected with a divorce. Another notable occurance was when Rachel and Ross arranged to be their "backups" if they weren't married by the time they're 40 [6.25].

In early season 8, we learned that Ross fathered Rachel's child during a "one-night stand." Both have internal conflicts about where they want or think the relationship should go, but neither one seems to admit that they still want to be together. At the end of season 8, after the baby is born, Ross was apparently ready to propose to Rachel. However, a strange turn of events led Rachel to agree to marry Joey, even though he didn't really ask (nor did he intend to).

In season 9 Joey backed out of the picture so Ross could have another chance with Rachel, but that didn't go to well and by the end of season 9, a relationship between Joey and Rachel began.

By the beginning of the 10th season, Ross will be 35, based on his statement about 9 years earlier in the pilot episode, "I'm only 26 and I'm divorced!", and his consistent statement in episode [5.09], "I am 30 years old, and I'm about to be divorced twice." In episode [9.02] his birthday is stated as October 18th. That is consistent with episode [2.05], which aired in October 1995, had him celebrating his birthday at the Hootie concert. But I don't blame Joey for thinking Ross' birthday was in Maytember, because I'm not sure anyone really could keep track of it. In episode [1.04], which takes place on October 20, 1994 (Ross's anniversary of his "first time" with Carol), Ross stated his birthday was "7 months ago," which would place it in March. And Ross told Gunther his birthday was in December, in episode [4.05]. Maybe Ross just likes getting presents all year round?

Monica E. Geller (Courteney Cox): Monica is Ross' sister. She was a cook at a trendy restaurant, Iridium, on 65th and Broadway [1.01] until she was fired for accepting a kickback, which was against restaurant policy [2.05]. She's had a few different chef positions througout the rest of the series, including head chef at Alessandros, and in season 9, head chef at Javu.

She rents the apartment where much of the show's action takes place. It is quite an amazing apartment for someone with her career history. Jeff Greenstein suggested that it might be an illegal sublet (see question 2.06), and this was confirmed in "TOW the Ballroom Dancing" [4.04].

She cannot seem to get her mother to approve of her at all [1.02][1.08]. The others consider her to be very bossy, anal-retentive, competitive, and controlling.

Monica has dated a number of men in the show, usually with bad luck. If she likes them, they turn out to be schleps [1.01]. If she doesn't like him, her friends love him [1.03]. And, just once, he turned out to be way too young [1.22]. And sometimes too old. She dated her father's friend Richard Burke (played by Tom Seleck) who is much older than she is [2.15] but they broke up [2.24]. Then she dated Pete Becker, a millionaire in the computer software industry [3.18]. Eventually, things were going very well for them (he even bought her a restaurant [3.21]). However, she broke it off when she discovered he's an obsessively stubborn person who doesn't know when to quit [3.24]. After she left Pete she had a brief catering business with Phoebe [4.06], but then got the position of head chef at Alesandro's restaurant (which she had given a bad review, so all the staff hate her) [4.09]. She briefly dated Richard Burke's son [4.08], but it was too weird. She and Chandler ended up in bed together in London, after spending most of Ross' rehearsal dinner (for his wedding to Emily) consoling each other [4.24]. That these two would get together has been desired by fans and hinted by various sub-plots. I.E. [3.25], [4.01].

Monica and Chandler continued their romance and tried to keep it a secret. But eventually everyone found out [5.14]. While in Las Vegas, they decide to get married. While waiting their turn at the chapel, they discovered Ross and Rachel (who were very drunk) had just been married [5.24]. That derailed everything (they weren't ready anyway) but they decided to move in with each other early in the sixth season. At the end of season 6, Chandler finally proposed again (although it almost didn't happen)[6.24]. They were married at the end of season 7. Their wedding date is May 15th, 2001 even though the marriage episode aired on May 17th. This is known from a statement Monica made in episode [7.17].

Monica will be approximately 34 at the start of season 10. This is based upon her statement that she was 28 during season 3, and that she was "25 and 13 months" (26 for those who are slow) in "TOW The Ick Factor" [1.22] (near the end of season 1).

Chandler Muriel Bing (Matthew Perry): Chandler was a data processor who didn't care for his job. However, in the middle of the first season he recevied a promotion [1.15] to be manager over other data processors. His job was officially, "Statistical analysis and data reconfiguration." In Season 9 he quite that job and is now a Junior Copywriter at an advertising agency. Some of this co-workers in season 1 thought he was gay, as did some women in college [1.08]. So did Mr. Heckles, the former neighbor who lived (and died) downstairs [2.03]. Chandler has a very hard time asking women out [1.06] as well as breaking up with them, I.E. the horrid Janice [1.05]. He seems to get stuck with Janice repeatedly [1.10] [1.14][2.24-3.08][4.15]. Chandler enjoyed a long (by his standards) and promising relationship with Kathy, who was originally Joey's girlfriend but was a much better match for Chandler. Unfortunately, it didn't last [4.05-4.13]. He and Monica ended up in bed together in London, after spending most of Ross' rehearsal dinner (for his wedding to Emily) consoling each other [4.24]. That these two would get together has been desired by fans and hinted by various sub-plots. I.E. [3.25],[4.01].

Monica and Chandler continued their romance and tried to keep it a secret. But eventually everyone found out [5.14]. While in Las Vegas, they decide to get married. While waiting their turn at the chapel, they discovered Ross and Rachel (who were very drunk) had just been married [5.24]. That derailed everything (they weren't ready anyway) but they decided to move in with each other early in the sixth season. At the end of season 6, Chandler finally proposed again (although it almost didn't happen)[6.24][6.24]. They were married at the end of season 7. Their wedding date is May 15th, 2001 even though the marriage episode aired on May 17th. This is known from a statement Monica made in episode [7.17].

Chandler's mother writes romance novels and embarasses Chandler greatly [1.11]. He used to smoke and sometimes still has trouble [1.03][3.17][3.18][9.05]. He lived with Joey across the hall from Monica and Rachel, until he moved in with Monica is season 6.

Chandler's age, as of early season 10, will be 35. This is based on the fact that in episode [4.07] (6 years earlier) he mentioned he was 29: "I'm 29. Who needs a savings account?"

Joey (Joseph) Francis Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc): At first, Joey lived with Chandler across from Rachel and Monica. He still lives there, but his roommate has changed frequently. He is an aspiring actor who continually gets rather pathetic roles. These include Pinocchio in a children's production [1.01] as well as Sigmund Freud in a musical of Freud's life [1.06]. He was also the poster boy for VD [1.09]. His almost-breakthrough role (which he messed up) was as Al Pacino's butt-double in a movie [1.06]. He finally got a break and appeared on Days of our Lives as a doctor [2.10], until the writers killed him off [2.18]. But later in his career he got hired back to play the same character (turns out he wasn't dead, just in a coma). Later, astonishingly, his character received a brain transplant from another character that was being killed off. How can he still be Dr. Drake Ramorey without his original brain?

He had a part in a movie with Charles Heston [4.14]. Near the end of season 5, he got the lead in a movie called Shutter Speed [5.22]. However, when he got on location in Las Vegas for filming, he found the film had been closed down due to lack of funds. So he got a job a Caesar's Palace. Joey's presence in Vegas is what leads to everyone else coming to Vegas for a weekend, which was were the final episodes of season 5 took place[5.23][5.24]. Joey also had a big part in a War movie (Over There) later in season 7, which was released late in season 8.

Joey is kinda slow intellectually. He is quite active with the females, but never has a lasting relationship. He was also ordained a minister, over the internet.

During season 8 Joey developed feelings for Rachel, but help them back because he didn't want to interfere with chances of Rachel and Ross getting together. Once Ross told him to go ahead and tell Rachel, he did... but found out Rachel didn't feel the same way. At the end of season 8, a strange turn of events led Rachel to believe Joey was proposing marriage to her... and she accepted. But that was sorted out and their relationship was back to normal - - that of friends. But late in season 9, Rachel developed feeling for Joey, and by the end of season 9, they got together during the gang's trip to Barbados.

Sometime during the 10th season, Joey should turn 36, since he was 28 as of "The One Where Joey Moves Out", a 2nd season episode). This is confirmed in episode [6.19] when (during a discussion of Spring Break) it was mentioned that he was 13 in spring of 1981. That makes him 34 in spring of 2002, and on schedule to turn 36 during season 10. However, there are inconsistencies. In episode 7.01 it's mentioned that he's 31 (which would make him 34 at the beginning of season 10). That seemed to be confirmed the next year in episode [8.02], where Chandler reminds Joey that he is 32. But then again, in 7.14 it's established that Joey is older than Chandler (whom we already know is 35). So which episodes do you believe? (Hint: None of this is real, so you don't have to believe any of them if you don't want to.)

Rachel Karen Green (Jennifer Aniston): Rachel, until the start of the series, had never held a job and had always lived off daddy's money [1.01]. At the start of the show she had just left Barry, her husband-to-be, at the altar and ran to (and moved in with) the only friend she could think of (at least the only friend who wasn't invited to the wedding): Monica [1.01]. It took her a while to get into the groove of living and working in the big city. She worked as a waitress until mid-third season, when she quit [3.10], then got a job at Bloomingdale's [3.11]. Later she got a job at Ralph Lauren [5.17][5.18] as the Coordinator of the Women's Collection. But late in Season 10, her boss caught her pursuing work at Gucci, and she got fired. She didn't get offered the job at Gucci, either. But then Mark (same guy that got her the job at Bloomingdale's) offerred her a job at Louis Vuitton, in Paris.

Rachel has dated many guys (much to Ross' chagrin), including Paolo, an Italian man who could barely speak English [1.07-1.12], and much later, Joshua, a well-to-do young customer at Bloomingdales [4.13-4.20]. For all of the first season, she was oblivious to Ross' crush on her. At the end of the season Chandler let it slip and she decided to go for it. However, by that time Ross had found a new girlfriend (Julie). When she got drunk and told Ross that she was over him, he decided to leave Julie. However, a list [2.08] of pros and cons about Rachel (which Ross was using as part of his decision between her and Julie) upset her and she turned away (but, of course, later forgave him and they got together). However, they broke up because their relationship was stressed by Rachel's busy schedule and Ross's jealousy [3.12][3.15]. The next morning Rachel changed her mind and a reconciliation looked likely, until she found out that Ross had slept with Chloe, the navel-ringed copy store girl [3.16]. Rachel couldn't forgive Ross, but he claimed innocence since they were on a break. Because of their strong feelings, they briefly got back together at the beach [3.25] but it wasn't long before they broke up (still arguing about the alleged "break" they were on [4.01]. In season 4, Ross met Emily Waltham [4.14], a woman visiting from London, and after a very hasty courtship, they decided to get married [4.19]. However, at the wedding in London, Ross accidently speaks Rachel's name instead of Emily's [4.23][4.24]. While they still went through with the wedding, this event planted the seed which eventually led to their divorce.

Ross and Rachel's friendship began improving again, and in the final episode of the fifth season, they got drunk in Las Vegas and ended up getting married [5.24]. Early in the sixth season that was corrected with a divorce. Another notable occurance was when Rachel and Ross arranged to be their "backups" if they weren't married by the time they're 40 [6.25].

At the end of season 7, we learned Rachel is pregnant. In early season 8, we learned that Ross is the father. Both have internal conflicts about where they want or think the relationship should go, but neither one seems to admit that they still want to be together. At the end of season 8, after the baby is born, Ross is apparently ready to propose to Rachel. However, a strange turn of events led Rachel to agree to marry Joey, even though he didn't really ask (nor did he intend to). That was sorted out and everything went back to the status quo. But during seasons 8 and 9 there has been signs of a possible relationship between Rachel and Joey, which finally happens during the gang's trip to Barbados at the end of season 9.

Rachel's parents have problems of their own as well. Her mother (having married her own "Barry") envied Rachel's free life, and for that and several other better reasons has divorced her husband [2.11][2.22].

Rachel's age is a bit... um... flexible? She should be about 34 by the end of the 9th season, even though the writers claim she only turned 30 in episode [7.14]. My figure of 34 is based on several things:

We know her birthday is on May 5th, because Gunther asked her in episode [4.05]. This is further confirmed by the fact that she has had several birthday parties near the end of several seasons [1.24] [2.22] (and seasons usually end around May). Rachel stated that she is 28 in episode [4.16] and therefore would have turned 29 at the end of that same season.

I suppose you could argue that she was rounding up to the nearest full year. But, hey, women don't do that.... especially women like Rachel. Maybe you could say season 4 was a bit out of sequence, and ep 416 was after her birthday (breaking with the precident of seasons 1 and 2). After all, in seasons 7 and 9 she had her birthday parties in mid season, instead of the end of the season. But even if we adjust the calculations down by a year to account for this, there's still an additional year discrepancy. One other inconsistency in her birthday information is that in episode [7.22], the cop looking at her driver's license commentented that she is an Aquarius, but that would put her birthday in January or February. Rachel, if born May 5th, would be a Taurus. Maybe the writers or Jennifer Aniston thought that having Rachel be a bull was not consistent with her character.

In season 9, Rachel's birthday was celebrated during the January 16, 2003 episode 9.12. This isn't very consistent with May 5th, but it is definately consistent with being an Aquarius.

Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow): Phoebe is way out in left field most of the time. Often the cause of strange looks and shrugs from the others, Phoebe left home early in life after her mother committed suicide; she moved to the city where her albino male roommate committed suicide; she got her act together when she discovered aroma-therapy [1.01]. She is a masseuse [1.12] and also sings at Central Perk, often about death. She is very spiritual (not necessarily in a religious sense). She cleanses auras [1.01] and believes she can sometimes read thoughts of people or sense the presence of departed friends or family. She once was inhabited by the spirit of an old lady who died on her massage table [2.11]. She had a friend whom she believes was reincarnated as a pencil [1.08]. She lived with her grandmother [1.04] for much of the show, but her Grandmother died [5.13]. Phoebe still lives in the apartment she shared with her.

Her sister, Ursula Pamela Buffay, is a waitress at Riff's, a restaurant featured in 'Mad About You' [1.02], but they do not get along [1.16-1.17].

Many plots that focus on Phoebe involve her complicated family relationships. In addition to Ursula, we have had episodes that centered around her husband [2.04], her search for her father [2.09], her brother (Frank, Jr.) [3.05], Frank Jr.'s wife and home-ec teacher (Alice) [3.18], her discovery of her birth mother [3.25][4.01], and the surrogate pregnancy she went through for Frank, Jr. and Alice [4.11]-[5.03], and finally meeting her father at her grandmother's memorial service [5.13].

Phoebe hadn't had many long term relationships until season 9, when she met Mike Hanigan. That relationship lasted several months until she decided there wasn't a future in it, because he's been through a painful divorce and never wanted to be married again. But at the end of season 9 he decided he'd be open to the idea, as a reaction to news that David (the Scientist Guy) was going to propose to her. Mike proposed first. Phoebe turned him down, because she doesn't need to marry him right away... she only wanted to know there was a possible future.

Phoebe's age is hard to pin down, but she's probably 35 by the end of season 9. Here's how I come up with that: In TOW They All Turn Thirty, [7.14], there's a flashback (how long back, we don't know) to Phoebe's "30th birthday," where Ursula shows her a birth certificate proving she's really 31 at that time. The previous season (in episode 6.16) Chandler mentioned that Phoebe was 31. This was before she learned she was really a year older than she believed. This means she was really 32 in season 6, and would therefore be 35 in season 9. Phoebe's birthday falls on February 16th, which she tells Frank Jr. in episode [3.05]. However, in episode [9.05] her birthday is celebrated (with a nice dinner out) on Halloween. She admits she couldn't get reservations on the actual night of her birthday, so she got them on Halloween instead. Either the restaurant was booked up for 8 months, or the writers forgot what had been established before.

By the way, Frank Jr's birthday is October 25th.

According to Phoebe, she will die on October 15th, 2032 (revealed in episode [7.03]).

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2.02 Supporting Cast & Guest Stars

Louisa Abernathy..............Lydia [6.18]
Phil Abrams...................The Anxious Wedding Guest [8.02]
Jorge Luis Abreu..............The Waiter [10.09]
Jay Acovone...................Fireman Charlie [1.14]
Scott Adsit...................The Director [7.19]
Nikita Ager...................Hayley's Roommate [9.04]
Lori Alan.....................Sonya [9.13]
Jason Alexander...............Earl [7.13]
Sasha Alexander...............The Interviewer [8.19]
Kristian Alfonso..............Hope Brady [6.15]
Charles Thomas Allen &
   John Christopher Allen.....Ben [2.20][2.24][3.04][3.08][4.05][4.18][5.11][5.18]
Hope Allen....................Karen Lambert [4.04]
Krista Allen..................Mabel [8.12]
Hira Ambrosino................The Nurse [10.13]
Eva Amurri....................Dina [7.15]
Sam Anderson..................Dr. Harad [5.03]
Shayne Anderson...............Customer #1 [9.19]
Dane Anthony..................The Bandleader [8.01]
John Apicella.................Mr. Bowmont [6.24]
Christina Applegate...........Amy Green [9.08][10.05]
Lee Arenberg..................The Man [5.10]
Kristen Ariza.................The Receptionist [9.13]
Allisyn Ashley Arm............Leslie Buffay [10.02]
Jack Armstrong................Bob [1.05]
Alexis Arquette...............The Waiter In Drag [7.22]
David Arquette................Malcolm [3.03]
Lex Arquette..................The Customer [6.13]
Jeffery Asch..................The Writer [7.15]
Matthew Ashford...............himself [9.20]
Jennifer Aspen................Michelle [9.13]
Ethel Ayler...................Hospital Administrator [3.19]
Debra Azar....................The Spa Receptionist [9.21]
Hank Azaria...................David the Scientist Guy [1.10][7.11][9.06][9.22][9.23]
Edo Azran.....................Young Ross [3.04]
Obba Babatunde................The Director [3.12]
Iris Bahr.....................Glenda [10.03]
Tom Bailey....................Bob [5.10]
Bob Balaban...................Frank, Sr. [5.13]
Alec Baldwin..................Parker [8.17][8.18]
Alex Ball.....................The Ralph Lauren Employee [10.14]
John Balma....................Professor Jarvis Oberblau [9.24]
Anita Barone..................Carol Willick[1.02]
Matt Battaglia................Vince [3.23]
Helen Baxendale...............Emily Waltham [4.14]-[4.19][4.21]-[4.24][5.01][5.04][5.06][5.20]
Yasemin Baytok................The Poughkeepsie Woman [4.10]
Heidi Beck....................The Delivery Room Nurse [5.03]
Joel Beeson...................The Hombre Man (Todd) [2.02]
Gina Belafonte................The Second Guest [7.11]
Catherine Bell................Robin [2.06]
Matt Bellner..................The Crew Member [6.04]
Andrea Bendenwald.............Megan Bailey [7.17]
Doug Benson...................Tom [5.07]
Jim Bentley...................Another Tour Guide aka Ted [4.11]
    and also..................Professor Friesen [6.19]
John Eric Bentley.............Waiter #2 [9.14]
Shelley Berman................Mr. Kaplan, Jr. [3.10][3.11]
Warren Berlinger..............Bob [2.16]
Anne Betancourt...............The Saleslady [4.20]
Jack Betts....................Tom [7.15]
Shashi Bhatia.................Acting Student #1 [3.07]
Andrew Biglore................Wayne [6.21]
Tim Bohn......................Jonathan [2.14]
Corrine Bohrer................Melanie [1.24]
Brooke Boisse.................The Potential Roommate [6.03]
Alex Borstein.................Bitter Woman On Stage [9.20]
Vincent Boyle.................Another Passenger [10.17]
Selma Blair...................Wendy [9.10]
Janet S. Blake................Jeweler #2 [6.23]
Tommy Blaze...................Carl [1.24]
Robert Alan Bluth.............Professor Klarik [9.24]
Michael Ray Bower.............Roy Gublick [2.14]
Richard Branson...............The Vendor [4.23]
Steffani Brass................Melinda [8.01]
Andy Brewster.................The Guy In The Library [7.07]
Paget Brewster................Kathy [4.05]-[4.08][4.11][4.13]
Kevin Brief...................Bartender [9.09]
Jackie Bright.................The Janitor [1.23]
   and also...................Mr. Weinberg [2.24]
Patrick Bristow...............The Stage Manager [6.10]
Jason Brooks..................Rick [4.04]
Jeffrey D. Brooks.............Trent [3.18]
    and also..................Stage Manager [3.22]
    and also..................The Male Patron [6.13]
Rosey Brown...................Delivery Man [3.07]
Shannon Maureen Brown.........The Woman On The Train [4.10]
Mongo Brownlee................The Instructor [6.17]
Leesa Bryte...................Leslie [1.04]
Dan Bucatinsky................The Waiter [9.05]
Brian Buckner.................Office Worker #2 (Gerston) [1.22]
Doug Budin....................The Librarian [7.07]
Bruce Buffer..................Announcer [3.24]
Fritzi Burr...................Ms. Tedlock [1.15]
     and also.................Mrs. Weinberg [2.24]
Marc Daniel Cade..............The Doctor [8.23]
Eddie Cahill..................Tag Jones [7.04][7.05][7.08][7.12][7.14]
Lisa Calderon.................The Woman [6.16]
     and also.................Erin [8.20]
     and also.................Michelle's Friend [9.13]
E. J. Callahan................Mr. Simon [4.04]
     and also.................Al Zebooker [10.15]
Daniel Caltagirone............The Waiter [4.24]
Julie Campbell................Whitney [7.05]
Larry Joe Campbell............The Fan [6.14]
Ryan Carlberg.................Pizza Delivery Boy [10.11]
Amanda Carlin.................Dr. Long [8.03][8.13][8.14][8.22][8.23][8.24]
Jane Carr.....................The Ticket Agent [4.24]
Christopher Carroll...........Bank Officer [4.04]
Lisa Jamie Cash...............The Flight Attendant [5.23]
Nancy Cassaro.................Shelly [1.08]
Dan Castellaneta..............Zoo Keeper [2.12]
Megan Cavanagh................Luisa Gianetti [1.19]
Benjamin Caya.................Bratty Boy [1.04]
Laura Cayouette...............Cailin [3.22]
Leslie Charleson..............Herself [10.11]
Lilyan Chauvin................Grandma Tribbiani [5.19]
Brian Chenoweth...............Ken [9.05][9.10]
Spencer Cherashore............Waiter [2.05]
Chip Chinery..................Another Scientist aka Scott [4.11]
Shawn Christian...............Dr. Schiff [8.11]
Anthony Cistaro...............Gate Attendant [10.17]
Ashley L. Clark...............The Man [7.09]
  and also as.................Roger [8.11]
Aixa Clemente.................The Female Guest [8.18]
George Clooney................Dr. Mitchell [1.17]
Karin Co......................Woman with Mild Contractions [8.23]
Hunter Cochran................Guy #1 [6.19]
   and also as................The Second Dorm Guy [6.24]
Mark Cohen....................The Mattress King [3.07]
Wendee Cole...................Marge [7.13]
Joe Colligan..................The Directory [9.19]
Gary Collins..................Himself [5.04]
Jill Connick..................Jill Goodacre [1.07]
Michael Connor................The Singing Man [4.19]
Mark Consuelos................Policeman #1 [7.22]
Tom Conti.....................Steven Waltham [4.24][5.01]
Jennifer Coolidge.............Amanda Bouvamonteezy [10.03]
Sean Corvelle.................The Salesman [7.10]
Robert Costanzo...............Joey Tribbiani, Sr. [1.13]
Larry Cox.....................Arthur [6.16]
Josh Coxx.....................Eldad [6.19]
Joe Coyle.....................Stuart [7.11]
Gene Crane....................Christmas Tree Customer [3.10]
Roark Critchlow...............Dr. Mike Horton of Days of our Lives [2.12][2.18]
Pat Crowley...................Mrs. Burgin [4.18]
Billy Crystal.................Tim [3.24]
E. G. Daily...................Leslie [3.14]
David Dalton..................Guest #1 [5.15]
Hugh Dane.....................Jim [2.06]
Christopher Darga.............The Director [6.04]
Steve Dark....................Phil [3.24]
Anita Dashiell................The Front Desk Clerk [8.03]
Kristin Datillo...............Caitlin [5.19]
Rachel David..................The Ballerina [8.06]
Janice Davies.................Woman on Bench [2.04]
Kimberley Davies..............Adrienne Turner [10.11]
Kristin Davis.................Erin [7.07]
Danny Dayton..................Buddy Doyle [2.03]
Laura Dean....................Sophie [3.15][3.20][4.03][4.09]
Jackie Debatin................The Hooker [8.08]
Tim Dekay.....................Marc [8.23]
Peter DeLuise.................Carl [2.21]
Lea Delaria...................Woman [2.11]
Manao DeMuth..................Ticket Agent [10.17]
Peter Dennis..................Sherman Whitfield [3.02]
Dan Desmond...................Professor Sherman [9.22]
Danny Devito..................Roy (the stripper) [10.11]
Barry Diamond.................Phone Guy [2.07]
Stephanie Dicker..............The Woman [7.22]
Micheal DiMaggio..............Drew [4.10]
Josie DiVencenzo..............Tattoo Artist [2.16]
Lewis Dix.....................Man [2.22]
Elinor Donahue................Aunt Lillian [1.08]
Robyn Donny...................Frannie [7.11]
Tate Donovan..................Joshua Burgin [4.13][4.14][4.16][4.18][4.20]
Anne Dudek....................Precious [10.01]
Tom Dugan.....................The Maitre d' [10.14]
Merrin Dungey.................The Museum Official [6.22]
Brian Dunkleman...............The Customer [6.23]
Steven Eckholdt...............Mark [3.11][3.12][3.14][3.15][3.19][10.14]
Monique Edwards...............Claudia [9.05][9.10]
Helen Eigenberg...............The Realtor [10.14]
Michael Ensign................Dr. Ledbetter [5.09][5.14]
Ethan Erickson................Dirk [9.20]
Roger Eschbacher..............Photographer [7.05]
Peter Eyre....................The Registrar [4.24][5.01]
Patrick Fabian................Dan (male nurse) [5.03]
Morgan Fairchild..............Nora Tyler Bing [1.11][5.08][7.23][7.24][8.01]
Richard Fancy.................Mr. Posner [4.09]
Dakota Fanning................MacKenzie [10.14]
Anna Faris....................Erica [10.09][10.13][10.16][10.17]
Kevin Farrell.................The Maitre d' [9.05]
Jon Favreau...................Pete Becker [3.18][3.19][3.21]-[3.24]
Angela Featherstone...........Chloe [3.15][3.16]
Sherilyn Fenn.................Ginger [3.14]
Sarah F., Duchess of York.....herself [4.23]
Conchata Ferrell..............The Judge [6.05]
Pat Finn......................Dr. Roger [6.15][6.16]
Mark Fite.....................The Salesman [5.16]
Rick Fitts....................The Professor [6.04]
Markus Flanagan...............Robert [3.13]
Jonathan Floyd................Gary [7.09]
Suzanne Ford..................The Female Producer [9.15]
Stuart Fratkin................Lowell [1.08]
Soleil Moon Frye..............Katie [5.15]
Stephon Fuller................Guest #2 [5.15]
Cosimo Fusco..................Paolo [1.07][1.11][1.12][2.01]
June Gable....................Estelle Leonard [2.10][2.19][3.22][5.10][6.04][6.21][7.19][8.22][10.04]
   and also...................Nurse [1.23]
Mo Gaffney....................The Casting Director (Leslie) [7.19]
Stacy Galina..................Julie Graff [7.06]
Mary Gallagher................Tilly [2.18]
Richard Gant..................Dr. Rhodes [3.23]
Robert Gant...................Jason [3.23]
Beverly Garland...............Aunt Iris [1.18]
Lee Garlington................Ronni [1.13]
Teri Garr.....................Phoebe, Sr. [3.25][4.01][4.11]
Willie Garson.................Steve [5.15]
Kyle Gass.....................Lowell [9.15]
Dan Gauthier..................Chip Matthews [4.02]
Rhoda Gemignani...............Mrs. Potter [4.04]
Jason Winston George..........The Fireman [7.12]
Melissa George................Molly [9.12][9.13]
Baillie Gerstein..............The Tourist [5.24]
Ellen Gerstein................Aunt Lisa [8.18]
Zen Gesner....................Dave [5.02]
Linde Gibb....................Guest #2 [5.15]
Chris Payne Gilbert...........Bill [9.09]
Kim Gillingham................Angela [1.05]
Candace Gingrich..............The Minister [2.11]
Maury Ginsberg................Isaac [3.15][3.16]
Ron Glass.....................Russell (Ross' Lawyer) [6.02][6.04]
Todd Glass....................The Airplane Guy [5.23]
Joanna Gleason................Kim Clozzi [5.18][6.08]
Mary Pat Gleason..............Nurse Sizemore [1.04]
Paul Gleason..................Jack [6.16]
Maurice Godin.................Sid [8.24]
Adam Goldberg.................Eddie [2.17]-[2.19]
Jeff Goldblum.................Leonard Hayes [9.15]
Carole Goldman................Pete's Mom (billed as "Woman") [3.23]
Marcy Goldman.................Nurse [4.08]
Marc Goldsmith................The Man [5.17]
Carlos Gomez..................Julio [3.12]
Harry Van Gorkum..............Don [8.16]
Elliott Gould.................Jack Geller [1.02][1.08][1.17][2.14][2.16][3.01][4.24][5.01][5.08][6.09][7.02][7.03][7.13][7.14][7.23][7.24][8.01][8.18][9.01][10.04]
Sandra Gould..................Old Woman [3.10]
Jason Graae...................Casting Director [2.19]
Cynthia Graham................Nurse #1 [7.04]
Beth Grant....................Lizzy [1.03]
Jennifer Grant................Nina Bookbinder aka Michelle Friends [1.16]
Mary-Pat Green................Jeannie [2.23]
Joel Gretsch..................Fireman Ed [1.14]
Jennifer Grey.................Mindy [1.20]
Arye Gross....................Michael [2.07]
Ernie Grunwald................Tom Gordon [9.17]
Carole Gutierrez..............Nurse [10.17]
Joyce Guy.....................The Supervisor [7.13]
Marianne Hagan................Joanne [1.04]
Molly Hagan...................Sarah [8.21]
Daniel Hagen..................The Casting Director [5.13]
Michael G. Hagerty............Mr. Treeger [2.03][2.09][4.04][4.17][8.03]
Alaina Reed Hall..............The Admissions Woman [1.17]
Evan Handler..................The Director [9.11]
Larry Hankin..................Mr. Heckles aka The Weird Man [1.07][1.16][1.19][2.03][3.06]
Steven Harad..................Acting Student #2 [3.07]
   and also...................Clerk [3.13]
   and also...................Emil Alexander [6.24]
Melora Hardin.................Celia [1.15]
Cheryl Francis Harrington.....Interviewer [4.04]
Kim Harris....................Casting Director #1 [6.04]
   and also...................Store Owner [7.17]
   and also...................The Cologne Spritzer [9.22]
Lara Harris...................Obsession Girl [1.09]
Rachael Harris................Julie [8.23]
Simon Harvey..................Jester [3.07]
Michelle Haury................The Waitress [7.22]
Cathy Lind Hayes..............Dr. Beily [10.06]
Kendall Hebert................The Second Girl (Ashley) [8.01]
Gina Hecht....................Richard's Date [3.13]
Jessica Hecht.................Susan Bunch [1.02][1.09][1.12][1.14][1.16][1.23][2.02][2.11][2.20][3.04][4.18][6.16]
Vic Helford...................The Conductor [4.10]
Charlton Heston...............himself [4.14]
Barry Heins..................."Pie in the hood" Man [2.17]
Lynn A. Henderson.............The Ticket Agent [8.03]
Elaine Hendrix................Sally [9.03]
Amy Hill......................The Woman [7.09]
Sierra Dawn Hill..............Young Monica [3.04]
Barry Hines...................the Guy in the coffee house [1.01,uncut version]
Alexandra Holden..............Elizabeth [6.18][6.19][6.21][6.22][6.24]
Ashly Holloway................The Girl in the Doctor's Office [9.03]
Rojai Holloway................The Security Guard [5.24]
Teck Holmes...................Jordan [9.15]
James Hong....................Hoshi [3.24]
Alex Kapp Horner..............Stephanie [6.02]
Kyle Howard...................Alan Lewis [7.18]
Janet Hubert..................Ms. McKenna (Elaine) [9.02]
Logan Hudson..................The Boy in the Doctor's Office [9.03]
Angee Hughes..................The Nurse [9.03]
Helen Hunt....................Jamie Buchman [1.16]
Jana Marie Hupp...............Mindy [2.24]
Tim Hutchinson................Supervisor [2.19]
Chrissie Hynde................Stephanie [2.06]
Steve Hytner..................Mr. Thompson [6.24]
Carlo Imperato................Roy [1.23]
Steve Ireland.................Mr. Zelner [5.17][7.09][8.17][9.11][10.14][10.15]
Brenda Isaacs-Booth...........The Nurse [5.03]
Chris Isaak...................Rob Donan [2.12]
Seth Isler....................Monkey Trainer [2.13]
Gregory Itzin.................Mr. Theodore Hanigan [9.07][10.12]
Marcus D. Jacques.............Waiter [2.07]
Charity Nicole James..........The Woman [6.05]
Gregory Jbara.................Gene Lester [10.11]
Michelle Anne Johnson.........The Casting Director [9.15]
Penn Jillette.................The Salesman [4.03]
Reggie Jordan.................The Front Desk Clerk [8.02]
Shirley Jordan................The Doctor [4.17]
Michael Kagan.................Terry [7.04]
Judy Kain.....................The Casting Director [5.18]
Khalil Kain...................Cal [3.07]
Jamie Kaler...................Mike [4.10]
Mathew Kaminsky...............Tony [4.02]
Darlene Kardon................Aunt Millie [7.11]
Buck Kartalian................Frankie [2.01] 
John Kassir...................Stanley [5.22]
Nicky Katt....................Arthur [2.21]
Cindy Katz....................Dr. Zane [4.12]
Stephen Kearney...............Mischa [3.15]
Caroline Keenan...............Melissa [7.05]
Victoria L. Kelleher..........Woman #2 [5.21]
Cheryl Kennard................Heather [9.12]
Chris Kennedy.................Patrick [6.19]
Jo Nell Kennedy...............Nurse #1 [8.23]
Leila Kenzle..................Fran Devanow [1.16]
Patrick Kerr..................The Restaurant Manager [2.14]
Cleo King.....................Nurse Kitty [9.01]
Matthew Yang King.............The Student [8.12]
Greg Kinnear..................Dr. Benjamin Hobart [10.06]
Stan Kirsch...................Ethan [1.22]
Kerrie Klark..................Flight Representative [1.24]
Robert Koch...................The Doctor [4.22]
Brad Koepenick................The Producer [6.21]
Jason Kravits.................Man in Cab [10.17]
Robin Krieger.................The Realtor [9.07]
Karman Kruschke...............Coma Woman [2.12]
Carlos LaCamara...............The A.D. [4.14]
Michelle Lamar................The Lamaze Teacher [1.16]
Devyn LaBella.................The Little Girl [5.17]
Suzanne Lanze.................The Woman [7.02]
Allison LaPlaca...............Joanna [3.20][4.03][4.09]
Julie Lauren..................Krista [5.10]
Ralph Lauren..................himself [6.08]
Hugh Laurie...................The Gentleman on the Plane [4.24]
Lela Lee......................The Wedding Guest [7.11]
Phil Leeds....................Mr. Adleman [2.11]
James Le Gros.................Jim Nelson [8.17]
John Lehr.....................Eric [3.06]
Mimi Leiber...................Mary Theresa Tribbiani [3.11]
Ron Leibman...................Leonard Green [2.22][3.07][8.08][10.13]
Thomas Lennon.................Randall (Black Jack Dealer, Joey's Hand Twin) [5.23][5.24]
Jay Leno......................himself [1.11]
Ken Lerner....................Professor Spafford [9.20]
Mike Levey....................himself [3.04]
Clea Lewis....................Franny [1.01]
J. D. Lewis...................The Customer [6.12]
Jenifer Lewis.................Paula [1.03]
Mary Margaret Lewis...........Rita [10.14]
Phill Lewis...................Steve [9.11][9.15][9.18]
Megan Linder..................Woman #2 [9.13]
Audra Lindley.................Frances (Phoebe's Grandma) [2.09]
Ming Lo.......................Dr. Li [10.06]
Tembi Locke...................Karin [6.02]
Paul Logan....................The Soap Actor [9.11]
Doug Looperr..................Fireman [3.23]
  and (as Douglas Looper).....The Paramedic [5.08]
  and (as Douglas Looper).....The Vampire [6.14]
Jon Lovitz....................Steve (The Stoned Guy) [1.15][9.14]
Kyle Lowder...................himself [9.20]
Geoffrey Lower................Alan [1.03]
Carolyn Lowery................Andrea [1.08]
Cindy Lu......................The Accountant [7.19]
Allen Lulu....................The Photographer [8.01]
Linda Lutz....................Horrible Woman [2.17]
Mark Lutz.....................Mona's Date [8.17]
Jane Lynch....................Ellen [10.15]
Richard Lyons.................Man [2.02]
Sarah Mac Donnell.............Sandy [1.10]
Tim Maculan...................The Food Critic [8.21]
Elle MacPherson...............Janine [6.07]-[6.11]
Michele Maika.................Kiki [1.04][3.06]
Ivy Malone....................The Cowgirl [8.06]
Lawrence A. Mandley...........Security Guard [2.12]
Louis Mandylor................Carl [6.17]
Alex Craig Mann...............The Casting Assistant [10.13]
Cynthia Mann..................Jasmine aka The Waitress [1.01][1.12][3.05][3.16]
Nina Mann.....................The Attendant [5.24][6.01]
Thea Mann.....................Sleep Clinic Worker [4.20]
Henriette Mantel..............Nurse #2 [8.23]
Ralph Manza...................The Old Man [5.17]
Alec Mapa.....................The Housekeeper [5.08]
Laura Margolis................Woman Giving Birth [8.23]
Alexandra Margulies...........The Waitress [6.25][7.07]
	and.....................Female Extra #1 [9.11]
Miles Marisco.................The Smart Kid [4.11]
Cyndi Martino.................Henrietta Cherry [10.11]
Sean Masterson................"Monkeyshine" Guy [2.12]
Sierra Marcoux................Chandler Buffay [10.02]
Chuck Martinez................Policeman #2 [7.22]
Jill Matson...................The Receptionist [6.17]
Hillary Matthews..............Nancy [3.12]
Debi Mazar....................Evil Bitch [8.23]
John McCarthy.................Referee [3.24]
Eddie McClintock..............Cliff (Clifford Burnett) [8.23][8.24]
Kevin McDonald................Guru Saj [3.23]
Robin McDonald................Ticket Counter Attendant [4.15]
John C. McDonnell.............The Grip [5.22]
Michael McKean................Mr. Rastatter [2.08]
John R. McLaughlin............The PBS Volunteer [5.04]
Rocky McMurray................The Cigarette Guy [4.14]
Sam McMurray..................Doug [3.24][5.12][8.11]
Tori McPetrie.................Sarah [6.24]
Lex Medlin....................The Tall Guy [6.10]
Christy L Medrano.............Waitress [3.06]
Heather Medway................Kristen Riggs [1.14]
Lisa Melilli..................Dina Tribbiani [3.11]
Ian Meltzer...................Alex [6.04]
Alex Meneses..................Cookie Tribbiani [3.11]
Merrill Merkoe................Marska [1.02]
Jack Meskimen.................Bill [10.02]
Johnny Messner................Kash Ford [8.05]
Bess Meyer....................Dana Keystone [6.18]
Dina Meyer....................Kate Miller [3.19][3.20][3.22]
Joe Everett Michaels..........Casting Director #3 [6.04]
    and also as...............Bakersfield Guy [7.22]
    and also as...............The Waiter [9.23]
Ivana Milicevic...............Kori Weston [9.17]
Jeanette Miller...............The Elderly Woman [5.24]
Jennifer Milmore..............Lauren [3.20][3.22]
Christopher Miranda...........Robbie aka Bobby Rush [1.02][1.20]
Sofia Milos...................Aurora [1.06]
Michael Monks.................Dr. Miller [5.22]
Christina Moore...............Marjorie [4.20]
Christopher Liam Moore........The Hotel Clerk [5.05]
David Moreland................Mel [6.18]
Scott Mosenson................The Teacher [5.09]
John C. Moskoff...............Uncle Dan [8.18]
Tahj Mowry....................Little Boy [2.12]
Oliver Muirhead...............The Jeweler [6.23]
Matthew Mullany...............The Patron [6.12]
    and also as...............The Waiter [8.01]
    and also as...............Stage Manager [10.11]
Dermot Mulroney...............Gavin Mitchell [9.11][9.12][9.13]
Harry S. Murphy...............The Man At The Wedding [8.02]
Arden Myrin...................Brenda [8.07]
Laurie Naughton...............The Woman [8.03]
Michael Naughton..............The Student [6.04]
Audrie Neenan.................Emily [2.16]
Taylor Negron.................Allesandro [4.09]
John Allen Nelson.............Paul the wine guy[1.01]
George Newbern................Danny [5.06][5.07][5.10]
Cynthia Newman................Jeanette [9.22]
Laraine Newman................Mrs. Buffay [2.21]
Jonathan Nichols..............Ray [8.20]
Marisol Nichols...............Olivia [9.19]
Tony Nichols..................The Maitre'd [6.24]
Shane Nickerson...............Guy #1 [6.05]
     and also as..............The Man [8.03]
Troy Norton...................Jake [7.18][7.22]
Frank Novak...................The Gambler [5.24]
John O'Brien..................The Airline Employee [8.03]
Joe O'Connor..................Stevens [3.24]
Sarah O'Hare..................The Woman [7.07]
Jim O'Heir....................Adoption Agency Worker [10.09]
Jessica A. O'Sullivan.........The Girl Student [7.07]
Gary Oldman...................Richard Crosby [7.23][7.24]
Jack Ong......................The Older Scientist aka Andrew [4.11]
Emily Osment..................Lelani Mayolanofavich [8.06]
Donny Osmond..................Himself [10.11]
Scott Paetty..................Sebastian [6.19]
Jo Jean Pagano................Customer [1.12]
Brian Palermo.................Airline Passenger [10.17]
Adamo Palladino...............Devon [4.15]
Jimmy Palumbo.................Sick Bastard [8.23]
Sam Pancake...................The Waiter [8.16][9.14]
Janelle Paradee...............Meg [6.02]
James Paradise................The Casino Boss [5.23]
Teresa Parente................The Woman At The Wedding [8.02]
Annie Parisse.................Sarah [10.09]
Steve Park....................Scott [2.23]
Susie Park....................The Dry Cleaner's Wife [6.22]
Chris Parnell.................Bob [8.05]
Rick Pasqualone...............The Croupier [5.23][5.24][6.01]
Dante Pastula.................Frank Jr. Jr. [10.02]
Natasha Pearce................Zoe [6.24]
Evie Peck.....................The Nurse [8.03][8.11]
Robyn Pedretti................Ginger [5.10]
Richard Penn..................The Doctor [8.14]
Sean Penn.....................Eric [8.06][8.07]
Wayne Pere'...................Max [1.10]
Michelle Pereira..............Female Passenger [10.17]
Brien Perry...................Gym Employee [4.04]
John Bennett Perry............Mr. Burgin [4.18]
Sara Rose Peterson............Elizabeth Hornswoggle [5.11]
Dedee Pfeiffer................Mary Ellen [9.03]
Christina Pickles.............Judy Geller [1.02][1.08][2.14][2.16][3.01][4.03][4.24][5.01][5.08][6.09][7.02][7.14][7.23][7.24][8.01][8.18][8.23][9.05][10.04]
Jim Piddock...................Dennis Phillips [8.01]
Steve Pierce..................The Passerby [6.05]
Geoff Pierson.................Mr Franklin [8.05]
Keith Pillow..................Customer #2 [9.19]
Jim Pirri.....................Sergei [3.15]
Maria Pitillo.................Laura [10.07]
Brad Pitt.....................Will Colbert [8.09]
Larry Poindexter..............Fireman Dave [1.14]
Ellen Pompeo..................Missy Goldberg [10.11]
Steven M. Porter..............Security Guard [2.13]
Brian Posehn..................Messenger [2.18]
Brittany Powell...............Jade [2.05]
Kyla Pratta...................Charla Nichols [3.10]
Joshua Preston................Young Chandler [5.08]
Joan Pringle..................Dr. Oberman [1.02]
Freddie Prinze, Jr............Sandy [9.06]
Emily Proctor.................Annabel [2.02]
Missi Pyle....................Hillary [6.08]
Kevin Rahm....................Tim [8.05]
Victor Raider-Wexler..........The Doctor [2.06]
Anil Raman....................The First Dorm Guy [6.24]
Luis Antonio Ramos............The Tanning Salon Guy [10.03]
Dale Raoul....................Mrs. Verhoven [8.07]
Michael Rapaport..............Gary [5.16][5.17][5.20][5.21]
Jim Rash......................Nervous Male Passenger [10.17]
Ron Recasner..................The Doctor [6.17]
Blake Reed....................Chase Lassiter [9.19]
Jim Reilly....................Writer [2.18]
Leah Remini...................Lydia [1.23]
Dee Dee Rescher...............The Record Producer [2.17]
Terry Rhoads..................The Maitre d' [7.10]
Jennifer Rhodes...............Mrs. Lynch [4.09]
Tim Edward Rhoze..............The Director [10.13]
Giovanni Ribisi...............Frank Jr. [2.21][3.05][3.18][4.11][4.12][4.17][5.03][10.02]
    and also..................Guy Who Donates a Condom (uncredited roll) [2.06]
Marissa Ribisi................Betsy [3.06]
Denise Richards...............Cassie (Ross and Monica's Cousin) [7.19]
Scott Richards................The Acting Teacher [8.21]
Cacey Riggan..................The Nurse [6.15]
Mailon Rivera.................The Waiter [7.11]
Richard Roat..................Burt [6.18]
Jennette Robbins..............Cynthia [5.09]
Michael D. Robert.............The Head Librarian [7.07]
Alexia Roberts................The Female Student [5.09]
Julia Roberts.................Susie "Underpants" Moss [2.13]
Lisa Roberts..................Cathy [2.13]
Mark Roberts..................The Director (Aaron)[7.23][7.24]
Craig Robinson................The Clerk [10.14]
Nicole Robinson...............The Smoking Woman [5.16]
Reg Rogers....................The Director (Marshall Talmant) [3.19][3.20][3.22]
Renee Louise Rogers...........Nurse #2 [7.04]
Rebecca Romijn................Cheryl (the Dirty Girl) [4.06]
Christine Rose................Mrs. Bitsy Hanigan [9.07][10.12]
Marc Rose.....................Bobby Corso [8.10]
Romy Rosemont.................Troop Leader [3.10]
Isabella Rossellini...........herself [3.05]
Lisa Rotondi..................The Stripper [4.22]
Steven Rozic..................The "Hey Guy" Guy [7.13]
Nancy Rubin...................Guest [2.22]
John Rubinstein...............The Doctor [10.17]
Paul Rudd.....................Mike Hanigan [9.03][9.04][9.06][9.07][9.09][9.12][9.13][9.16][9.17][9.23][9.24][10.01][10.05][10.07][10.12][10.14][10.17]
Kevin Ruf.....................The Porsche Owner [6.05]
Debra Jo Rupp.................Alice [3.18][4.11][4.12][4.17][4.18][5.03]
Sarah Rush....................Nurse #3 [8.23]
Eric Rutherford...............Stryker Ramoray [7.04]
Winona Ryder..................Melissa Warburton [7.20]
Daryl Sabara..................Owen [10.02]
Stephen Samuels...............Arik [2.16]
Vanessa Sandin................Amber [2.18]
Penny Santon..................Nonna Tribbiani [3.11]
Susan Sarandon................Cecilia Monroe as Jessica Lockhart [7.15]
Jennifer Saunders.............Andrea Waltham [4.24][5.01]
Camille Saviola...............The Horrible Woman [1.05]
Kat Sawyer....................Catherine [8.18]
Joeanna Sayler................The Woman at the Table [6.12]
Wendy Schall..................Jeannine [3.12]
David Sederholm...............Coma Guy [1.11]
Tom Selleck...................Dr. Richard Burke [2.15][2.16][2.18][2.20][2.23][2.24][3.13][6.24][6.25]
Stan Sellers..................Manager [2.02]
Greta Sesheta.................The Receptionist [9.03]
Alison Shanks.................Mrs. Oberblau (Nancy) [9.24]
Claudia Shear.................Fake Monica [1.21]
Harry Shearer.................Dr. Baldharar [1.21]
Charlie Sheen.................Ryan [2.23]
Sherri Shepherd...............The Tour Guide aka Rhonda [4.11]
Wayne Sherwood................The Man in the Sportscar [7.14]
Brooke Shields................Erika Ford [2.12]
Jacqueline Schultz............Lisa [6.24]
Jane Sibbett..................Carol Willick [1.09][1.12][1.14][1.16][1.23][2.02][2.11][2.20][3.04][3.17][4.18][5.18][6.15][6.16][7.16]
Tim Silva.....................The Male Guest [8.18]
Tracy Silver..................Dressing Room Woman [9.22]
Jonathan Silverman............Dr. Franzblau [1.23]
Lisa Simms....................Kara [5.12]
Heather Sims..................Female Extra #2 [9.11]
Gabi Simson...................The Woman Dealer [5.24]
Dennis Singletary.............Guy #2 [6.05]
Darryl Sivad..................Office Worker #3 (Petrie) [1.22]
Elisabeth Sjoli...............Tia [1.19]
Jonathan Slavin...............Manny [9.17]
Susan Slome...................The Prospective Nanny [9.06]
Amy Smallman..................The Kitchen Worker [4.10]
Tucker Smallwood..............Mr. Tyler [8.21]
Alan F. Smith.................Kevin [9.09]
Amber Smith...................Maria [4.04]
Brian "Fish" Smith............Josh [4.05]
Daniel Smith..................Boy in the Cape [8.06]
Peter James Smith.............The Assistant Director [7.23]
Philip Rayburn Smith..........Actor [1.21]
Samantha Smith................The Window Woman [5.17]
Symba Smith...................Chrissy [2.11]
Johnny Sneed..................Customer #3 [9.19]
Rachel Snow...................Gert [8.01]
Rena Sofer....................Katie [8.21]
Marla Sokoloff................Dina Tribbianni [8.10]
Bonnie Somerville.............Mona [8.01][8.05][8.06][8.08][8.11][8.15][8.17]
Jennifer Sommerfield..........Becky [2.06]
Peter Spears..................Joel (Barry's Best Man) [2.24]
Brent Spiner..................James Campbell [10.14]
Kevin Spirtas.................Dr. Wesley [6.15]
Antoinette Spolar.............Woman #1 [5.21]
Gregory Sporleder.............Larry [5.07]
Cole Mitchell Sprouse.........Ben [6.15][7.09][7.10][7.16][8.01][8.10][8.12]
Jean St. James................Hilda [7.04]
John Stamos...................Zack [9.22]
Timothy Starks................The Handyman [9.16]
Claudia Stedelin..............Amanda [7.24]
DeAnna Steele.................The Woman [9.13]
K. J. Steinberg...............Gina Tribbiani [3.11]
Laura Stepp...................Amanda [4.05]
Mindy Sterling................Wedding Planner [2.24]
Fisher Stevens................Roger [1.13]
Bill Stevenson................Rick [6.01]
Scott Stewart.................Waiter [2.10]
Ben Stiller...................Tommy [3.22]
Fred Stoller..................The Waiter, aka Stu [4.10][8.08]
George Stults.................Fredrick [7.15]
Trudie Styler.................herself (Sting's wife) [8.10]
Steve Susskino................The Priest (Father Karamessos) [7.24]
David Sutcliffe...............Kyle [7.05]
Alison Sweeney................Jessica Ashley [7.18]
Karla Tamburrelli.............The Teacher [1.21]
Christine Taylor..............Bonnie [3.24][3.25][4.01]
Adria Tennor..................Katherine [8.20]
Iqbal Theba...................Joey's Doctor [5.03]
Sandra Thigpen................The Stage Manager [5.04]
Lisa Thornhill................Kristen [8.04]
Lou Thornton..................Gail [2.14]
Carly Thomas..................Tabitha [9.12]
Mark Thomas...................Liam [4.15]
Marlo Thomas..................Sandra Green [2.11][2.22][8.20]
Nicholas Thomas...............The Guy Student [7.07]
Lea Thompson..................Caroline Duffy (uncredited cameo) [2.06]
Wesley Thompson...............The Locksmith [8.11]
T.J. Thyne....................Dr. Oberman [5.03]
Patty Tiffany.................Woman [1.16]
Marilyn Tokuda................Nurse [1.08]
Lauren Tom....................Julie [1.24]-[2.02][2.04][2.07][2.08][2.10]
Carla Toutz...................Joan [10.09]
Tammy Townsend................The Teacher [8.10]
Cody Tucker...................Kathy [7.04]
Myra Turley...................The Nurse [9.21]
Kathleen Turner...............Helena Handbasket, aka Charles Bing (Chandler's Dad)[7.22][7.23][7.24]
Aisha Tyler...................Charlie Wheeler [9.20][9.21][9.22][9.23][9.24][10.01][10.02][10.05][10.06]
James Michael Tyler...........Gunther [2.09][2.19][2.21][2.22][3.07][3.08][3.10]-[3.14][3.16][3.18][3.19][3.21][3.22][3.25][4.02][4.05]-[4.11][4.16][4.19][4.20][4.22][5.02][5.06][5.07][5.12][5.21][6.03][6.05][6.10][6.12]-[6.17][6.22][7.10][7.20][7.23][8.06][8.07][8.15][8.16][9.02][9.04][9.18][9.20][10.12][10.14][10.17]
Andy Umberger.................Dr. Connelly [9.22]
Marc Unger....................the Thief [4.02]
Gabrielle Union...............Kristen Lang [7.17]
Brenda Vaccaro................Gloria Tribbiani [1.13]
Nancy Valen...................Lorraine [1.14]
Jean-Claude Van Damme.........himself [2.13]
Michael Vartan................Dr. Tim Burke [4.08]
Vincent Ventresca.............Fun Bobby [1.10][2.10]
Vince Vieluf..................Ned Morris [7.18]
Angela Visser.................Samantha [1.19]
Izia Volok....................The Dry Cleaner [6.22]
Susanna Voltaire..............Margha [3.09]
Caryn Ward....................The Waitress [8.12]
Megan Ward....................Nancy [5.18]
Susan Ward....................Hayley [9.04]
David Warshofsky..............Fireman #2 [6.18]
Audrey Wasilewski.............Sarah [9.23]
Kellie Waymire................Colleen [10.02]
McKenzie Westmore.............The Presenter [7.18]
Sean Whalen...................Pizza Guy [1.04]
Maggie Wheeler................Janice [1.05][1.10][1.14][2.03][2.24][3.01][3.03][3.04][3.06]-[3.08][4.15][5.12][7.07][8.23][8.24][9.21][10.15]
Michael Winters...............The Doctor [5.08]
Ken Weiler....................Peter [4.02]
Matt Weinberg.................Raymond [5.18]
Gregory White.................Dr. Gettleman [9.03]
Irene White...................The Assistant [9.09]
Vanessa White.................The Woman [7.14]
Paxton Whitehead..............Mr. Waltham [4.13][4.14]
June Whitfield................The Housekeeper [4.24]
Mitchell Whitfield............Barry Farber[1.02][1.19][1.20][2.24][6.16]
Mae Whitman...................Sarah Tuttle [3.10]
Barry Wiggins.................The Man [7.10]
Fred Willard..................Mr. Lipson [2.12]
Heathcote Williams............The Older Guest [4.24]
Olivia Williams...............Felicity [4.24]
Robin Williams................Thomas [3.24]
Bruce Willis..................Paul Stevens [6.21]-[6.23]
Lou Wills.....................Customer [2.02]
Dorien Wilson.................Mr. Douglas [1.16][2.23]
Matt Winston..................The Charity Clerk [10.05]
Terence Winter................The Waiter #2 [8.16]
Jim Wise......................Kyle [5.18]
Reese Witherspoon.............Jill Green [6.13][6.14]
Elliot Woods..................Waiter [2.12]
Greg Wrangler.................Fireman #1 [6.18]
Aloma Wright..................The Saleswoman [5.16]
Max Wright....................Terry [1.09][2.06]
Noah Wyle.....................Dr. Rosen [1.17]
Gretchen Wyler................Mrs. Burkart [4.06]
Susan Yeagley.................Woman #1 [6.13]
Chris Young...................Steven Fishman (aka Stevie Fisher)[2.05]
Martin Yu.....................The Waiter [8.08]
Steve Zahn....................Duncan [2.04]

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2.03 Bios of the six main stars

Click on any actor's name for a complete filmography

Jennifer Aniston

by Ken Gidley, modified later by the FAQ team.

Jennifer Aniston, who plays Rachel on Friends, was born in CA (the Valley, so yes she's a Val!), and raised mostly in New York. Her father, John Aniston, is an actor on "Days of Our Lives", so young Jennifer was around acting from an early age. Her godfather was Telly Savalas.

Jennifer has Greek ancestors, and actually spent some time in Greece as a child, before settling in New York because of her father's acting career (specifically he landed a role on "Love of Life"). Her family name was originally Anastassakis (yes, that name was used for the Greek wedding in episode [7.24]). She first started acting around age 11, as part of the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club. Jennifer says that she was always interested in acting, but it Rudolf Steiner's free-spirited atmosphere that encouraged her to make it her career.

Jennifer started her professional training at New York's High School for the Performing Arts as a drama student. She graduated in 1987. She appeared in Off-Broadway productions of "For Dear Life" and "Dancing on Checker's Grave", before her first TV role on "Molloy". Other TV shows graced with her presence include "The Edge", "Ferris Bueller" (the TV version), a recurring role on "Herman's Head", and even some guest appearances on "Quantum Leap" and "Burke's Law".

Jennifer is also an artist. At age 11 (busy year), one of her paintings was selected for display in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. She still spends much time on art projects, including charcoal drawings, clay sculptures, and paintings.

Jennifer was born on February 11, 1969. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and getting closer to nature. She currently lives in Los Angeles. In Summer 2000 she married Brad Pitt.

The following additional information was taken from the January 13, 1995 edition of the Blade-Citizen Preview, page 3 article titled, "Jennifer Aniston having fun with NBC's 'Friends,'" Written by Cheryl Lavin, Tribune Media. (Yes, some of this is out of date, since the article was written in 1995. But since I'm quoting someone else's work, I cannot change it.)

1995 Vital statistics on Jennifer Aniston (yes! these are out of date now!):

Lisa Kudrow

by Ken Gidley

Lisa Kudrow was born on July 30, 1963 in Encino, California, (Yes, she too is a Valley girl! Oh-My-God) and was raised Tarzana, CA. She attended Vassar College in New York and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She planned to follow in her father's footsteps (a famous headache expert) and moved back to L.A. to do medical research. She would most likely be doing research now, if not for the encouragement/inspiration of her brother's friend, Jon Lovitz (of Saturday Night Live fame).

Lisa tried out for The Groundlings, a famous improvisational theater group in L.A., but was initially rejected due to her lack of experience. She was referred to a well-known comedy instructor, Cynthia Szigeti, to learn the improvisational trade. While attending this training, she met and became friends with Conan O'Brien, an unknown at the time. In 1989 she went back to The Groundlings and was accepted as a member of the troop, thus fulfilling her dream of being a writer/performer.

In addition to Phoebe on "Friends", Lisa has played other roles on TV including Ursula, the ditzy waitress, on "Mad About You"; a recurring role on "Bob"; and guest appearences on "Cheers", "Coach", "Newhart", and "Flying Blind".

Lisa spends her free time performing with the improv group Transformers and with The Groundlings, where she also teaches. She also played tennis in high school and college, and is known as a pool shark. She apparently grew up with a pool table and has mastered many different trick shots.

Courteney Cox

by Ken Gidley, updated by the FAQ team.

Courteney Cox, who as we all know plays Monica Geller on "Friends", is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to New York City after graduating from high school and did some time with the Ford modeling agency, where she appeared in such glamorous roles as TV commercials for Noxema, Maybelline, and even the New York phone company.

Courteney made her acting debut in 1984 on the daytime soap "As the World Turns", and later that same year, she was in Bruce Springsteen's video for "Dancing in the Dark" (she was the girl pulled from the audience to dance with 'The Boss'). Her most familiar TV series role was as Michael J. Fox's (or rather Alex P. Keaton's) girlfriend Lauren on "Family Ties". Her other TV appearances include being a regular on "Misfits of Science" & "The Trouble with Larry", guest-starring appearances on "Murder, She Wrote", "Seinfeld" (where she played Jerry's pretend wife), and HBO's "Dream On", several TV movies including "Prize Pulitzer", "Battling for Baby", and "Curiosity Kills", and even a mini-series, Judith Krantz's "Till We Meet Again".

Courteney has appeared in several movies, including the wildly successful "Ace Ventura: Pet Dectective" with Jim Carrey, and some not as successful films including "Down Twisted", "Masters of the Universe", "Cocoon: The Return", "Shaking the Tree", "Mr. Destiny", "The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them", and "Blue Desert". Her stage work includes "King of Hearts" at the Tiffany Theatre in L.A., where she starred with Michael Spound.

When Courteney is not working (and it doesn't seem like there's much of that), she enjoys decorating and remodeling homes. Her birthday is June 15, 1964, and she lives in Los Angeles.

Courteney dated Michael Keaton (of "Batman" fame; not to be confused with the character Alex P. Keaton played by Michael J. Fox) for a couple of years. They broke up and Courteney began dating (and later married) her Scream costar, David Arquette. In 2004 they had a baby, Coco Riley (Arquette? Cox-Arquette? Geller-Willick-Bunch?) Around 2010 Courteney and David seperated, then divorced in 2012.

David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer, son of two lawyers, was born on November 12 (year ?) in Queens/NY and raised in Los Angeles. As a teenager attending Beverly Hills High, he portrayed Otto Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank." After studying Speech/Theatre at Northwestern University (he received a B.S.), he co-founded (along with seven classmates from Northwestern University) the Lookingglass Theater, an ensemble of actors, writers and directors. There, he acted in "West," "The Odyssey," "Of One Blood," "In the Eye of the Beholder" and in "The Master & Margarita." Additionally, he directed "The Jungle" (6 Joseph Jefferson Awards), "The Serpent" and "Alice in Wonderland" (performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland).

David's television appearances before "Friends," include "L.A. Law," "Blossom," "NYPD Blue," and as host in "13th Annual Jost For Laughs Festival." In "The Wonder Years," David Schwimmer portrayed Michael, the boy who married Kevin's sister Karen.

David hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1995, near the beginning of "Friends" Season 2.

Matthew Perry

by Michael J. Berquist

Matthew Perry is an only child. His mother Suzanne, a former Canadian TV anchor, is married to Canadian anchorman Keith Morrison and has four children, and his father, John Bennet Perry, has also remarried and has a daughter. The elder Perry is perhaps best known to TV viewers as the guy in the "Old Spice" commercials.

Perry, when growing up, was orginally supposed to become a pro tennis player and was good enough to become the #2 ranked junior player in Canada for a time. However, a disasterous debut match in the US ended that dream and launched him into his father's profession: acting.

Perry auditioned for the movie "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" and won a part beside the late River Phoenix. Perry, like many of his co-stars, Perry has done his share of failed TV sitcoms such as "Boys Will Be Boys", "Home Free" or "Second Chance". He has also appeared on shows like "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Growing Pains".

Before he got the part of Chandler, Matthew Perry had been disgusted by the lack of good parts on TV and had attempted to write a sitcom pilot with a friend of his for NBC called "Maxwell's House". The show's premise (a bunch of twentysomething friends hanging out together) was interesting enough that NBC expressed interest, but decided to pass on the show in favor of something called "Friends". The rest, as they say, is history.

Matt LeBlanc

by Ken Gidley

Matt LeBlanc (aka Joey Tribbiani on "Friends"), at age 8, enjoyed a brief career as an amateur motorcycle racer with aspirations of becoming a pro. However, his mother put the kibosh on that and redirected his talents elsewhere. Matt was trained in carpentry and tried to do it with an artistic flair.

After high school graduation, Matt travelled to New York City to make his fortune. By 1987 he had appeared in several national TV commercials, including ones for Levi's 501s, Coca-Cola, and Doritos. He appeared in a Heinz catsup ad that won the1987 Cannes Film Festival's Gold Lion Award.

Matt began formal acting training in 1988 and within a year found work as one of the stars of the TV series "TV 101". He moved to L.A. and subsequently has appeared in several TV series ("Top of the Heap", "Vinnie & Bobby"), the TV movie "Anything to Survive" (with Robert Conrad), and a guest appearance on cable's "Red Shoe Diaries".

Matt appeared in his first feature film in 1994, a movie entitled "Lookin' Italian" He is also scheduled to star in the last installment of "Rebel Highway", a series of remakes of famous 'teen angst' movies shown on cable.

Over the last 10 years, Matt has developed a passion for photographing landscapes which has taken him to various parts of the world including Amsterdam, Switzerland, Germany, & Vancouver, as well as to many places in the U.S.

Matt's birthday is July 25, 1967. He currently lives in L.A., with one of the first friends he made after arriving in Los Angeles: his dog Lady.

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2.04 Filmographies of the six main stars

Filmographies are available from The Internet Movie Database at http://us.imdb.com/ for all actors in Friends. See Section 2.03 for links.

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2.05 What does the cast think of all the fan stuff on the Internet?

Jeff Greenstein: "I'm the most Netaholic member of the Friends family, though several of the other writers and producers also read the mailing list, as do a few people from Warner Brothers. If I come across anything especially amusing or provocative, I tack it on the bulletin board next to the writers' room.

"For example, somebody recently quoted a line from Mad About You in which Ursula mentioned her brother. Well, if Ursula has a brother, so does Phoebe, and we writers need to be aware of that.

"There was also a post on the newsgroup which confidently asserted that the character of Carol, the pregnant lesbian ex-wife, was 'based on Friends Executive Producer Marta Kauffman.' Marta really got a kick out of that one, as did her husband and two kids.

"I don't think any of the cast members are wired as of yet [that was around 1994 - 95], though I did circulate the internet "Friends Drinking Game" to them. They loved it, and expressed amazement that people knew the show that well."

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2.06 How did they all meet, and how did Monica get that apartment?

If you want the answer that was eventually revealed in episode format, watch episodes [3.06]and [4.04]. Late in the first season, the producers of the show gave us their concept of the "back-story." It was a little different at that time than what was revealed later. Below is their description, intermixed with additional comments to point out some of the differences between fiction and... other fiction.

By the way, Jeff Greenstein is a 1st season producer / writer, and Alexa Junge is another producer / writer Alexa Junge.

Jeff Greenstein: "O.K., here's the quasi-definitive answer as I know it, as we writer folk have discussed it over the course of the season...

"In the pilot, we established that Monica, Rachel and Ross all went to Lincoln High School together. Monica was fat; Rachel was popular and possibly bitchy; Ross was a nerd. Rachel says that she and Monica were close, but in the time since, they've drifted -- enough so that Rachel didn't think to invite Monica to her wedding.

"We also established that Ross had a crush on Rachel back then; she knew this, but thought of him as 'Monica's geeky older brother.'

"During the making of 'The One Where Nana Dies Twice' [1.08], Schwimmer and Perry wondered if Chandler and Ross might have gone to college together. We writers agreed that it might be nice for two of our other characters to have a history together, so we wrote it in.

"Therefore, my guess is that when Monica graduated college and was looking for an apartment, Chandler (who was living with his first roommate Kip -- the one Joey is jealous of in 'Dozen Lasagnas' [1.12]) alerted her to the fact that an apartment was opening up across the hall from him. Monica found Phoebe through a roommate-matching service and moved in.

"One of the ways we've justified -- to ourselves, at least -- this amazing place Monica lives in (on an assistant chef's salary!) is that it's probably an illegal sublet. Several plot lines revolving around this fact were discussed over the course of the season, but never amounted to anything."

(After a while, this aspect of the plot was changed / solidified. Alexa Junge added: "Rachel and Monica live in a rent-controlled apartment Monica's grandmother left her (not Nana - the other one)").
(This was later confirmed in episode [3.06], when Monica tells Joey that the apartment is her grandmother's, who's moved to Florida. Also, in episode [4.04], Monica and Rachel almost get kicked because of the illegal sublet.)
Jeff Greenstein: "Anywaaaaaay... When Kip got married, he moved out and Joey (who Chandler probably also met through a roommate-matching service, or by putting up flyers at the laundromat) moved in. Around the same time, Phoebe's grandmother needed some kind of taking care of, so Phoebe moved out of Monica's to live with her. This is another element we talked about a lot over the course of the season, but it never found its way into a story.

(This was clarified in episode [3.06], where Chandler places an advertisement in the newspaper, to find a new roommate, because Kip has moved out. Plus, Phoebe reveals that she has been slowly moving out because she can't stand Monica's incessant neatness.)

"As for the timing of the events surrounding Ross's divorce, that's something we've consciously avoided getting into. The more you think about it, the more troublesome it becomes: Was Carol already involved with Susan when Ross got her pregnant? We invite viewers to figure this one out for themselves..."

(Episode [3.06] also reveals that point at which Carol starts spending a lot of time with Susan.)

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2.07 All about Marcel

Jeff Greenstein: "Marcel is actually played by two female monkeys named Monkey and Katie. Both appear in 'Outbreak' and have made several appearances in television shows, movies and commercials over the past few years.

"In fact, when we were initially casting Marcel, we were told that no capuchins were available because all of them were in Malta shooting 'Outbreak.'"

[See also 1.10]

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2.08 How do I write to the cast?

Now that the show has ended, I'm not sure the best way to write to the stars. But I suspect that you could still write to Matt LeBlanc the same way as in the past, since he's continuing on in the new spin-off series, "Joey."

Try the following:

Matt LeBlanc
c/o Studio Fan Mail
1122 S. Robertson
Los Angeles, CA 90035

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2.09 How do I write to the writers/producers?

Since the show is no longer in production, the following information is probably no longer valid:

If you want to write to the Friends office in general:

Friends
Warner Bros. Studio
4000 Warner Blvd.
Building 160, Suite 750
Burbank, CA 91522

If you want to write to a specific writer / producer / staff member, add that person's name and "c/o" (care of):

(person's name)
c/o Friends
Warner Bros. Studio
4000 Warner Blvd.
Building 160, Suite 750
Burbank, CA 91522

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2.10 Where in New York City do the characters live?

Before I answer the question, did you know that you can take tours to see TV and Movie sites in New York, including going by the Friends apartment building, an other Friends locations? I can even give you a promo code (FRIENDSTV) for 10% off! For more information, click here.

Now, on to the answer: The building that is shown as a lead-in to scene's at the Friends apartment building is located at the corner of Grove and Bedford in the West Village. Please remember that you will not find Monica's apartment inside that building, nor will you find the real "Central Perk," because it does not exist. Those were sets at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California. This answer is just to inform where certain footage was obtained.

Here's a picture of the buildling, as well as a shot of the Lucille Lortel theatre, which I'm told is "just down the street" and has been featured in the show (Joey performed in plays there).

Also, comments from our friends at the studio:

Alexa Junge: "Ross [originally] live[d] across town [from Monica's apartment]. Phoebe lives nearby."
(Ross moved across the street from Monica in season 5.)

Alexa Junge: "It's 'less than a hundred steps' [from Monica's building to Central Perk] because Joey has counted them."

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2.11 Are Ross and Monica Jewish or Christian? What about Rachel?

Ross and Monica may be a bit of both. I can't find the original source of this information, but I recall reading once that one of their parents is Jewish, and one is Christian. I think this info came from one of the writers / producers during season 1 or 2. They definately have Jewish heritage, which they celebrate. This was a major point in episode [7.10, The One With the Holiday Armadillo.]. But that wasn't the first reference to their Jewish heritage. For example, in episode [2.16], when Ross, Monica, and Richard are about to go into the Gellers' house, you can see a mezuzah (traditional Jewish doorway ornament) on their doorframe. Most recently, in episode [10.09], when Monica asks, "Why couldn't I be a reverend," Chandler answers, "You're Jewish." So that much is very well established.

To support the idea of mixed heritage, we've seen plenty of years when Monica decorates a Christmas tree and puts a lot of emphasis on Christmas. But I'm not sure whether this should be taken as proof of mixed heritage, or just to illustrate that many modern Jews join in with their friends in celebrating Christmas. The shows creators are very interested in exploring mixed Jewish / Christian families, or non-Christian families who deal with a predominantly Christian society, where Christmas is huge. These concepts are discussed in the DVD audio commentary of episode 7.10.

Regarding Rachel: On the US Friends DVDs, episode 7.10, commentary by Debra McQuire (Costumer) mentioned that Rachel's character is the "Jewish Princess from Long Island." Some magazine articles and other sources back when the show first came out also made reference to Rachel's character being created in that type. "Jewish Princess" or "Jewish-American Princess" is a term often (but not exclusively) used for Jewish-American girls raised in a well-to-do family, and often a little spoiled. But I'm told that term isn't necessarily used literally anymore. Moving on...

Phoebe's first version of her Holiday song included the line, "Spin the dreidel, Rachel." Rachel objected to that, but only because it didn't rhyme very well. That could suggest she's Jewish, but again, it isn't really proof. Another item that suggests she's Jewish is that fact that in episode [9.09] Rachel mentioned her "bubbe," which is the yiddish word for Grandmother. This suggests that Rachel's heritage is at least partially Jewish. But since we know some of the shows creators / writers are Jewish, this could be less about the character and more about the writers.

For the argument that Rachel is not Jewish:
A representative of the show was asked which characters were Jewish or part-Jewish, and the answer (in July 19, 2001 online Friends newsletter) was "Ross and Monica." (Maybe the answer was incomplete?) In episode 222, The One With Two Parties, Rachel refers to what life will be like if her parents divorce. She says, "I mean, this is what my life is gonna be like. My mom there, my dad there. Thanksgiving, Christmas. She gets the house, he's in some condo my sister's gonna decorate with wicker." Why would she mention Christmas instead of Hanukkah, in relation to family holidays, if she were Jewish? But again, that could be answered by the fact that the shows creators are very interested in exploring mixed Jewish / Christian families, or non-Christian families who deal with a predominantly Christian society.

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2.12 Was "The Girl who Hits Joey" (episode [5.15]) really Punky Brewster?

The actress was Soleil Moon Frye; and yes, as a child she played Punky Brewster, in the sit-com of the same name.

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2.13 Is Rachel's last name spelled "Green," or "Greene"?

It's been spelled both ways. The credits of any episode where her parents appeared list their last name as "Green." But in "The One With The Invitation," Ross's envelope to Rachel, as well as her RSVP note, spell it "Greene." Then in episode 10.04, "The One With the Cake," the box with Emma's cake had "Green" written on it.

Whom shall we assume knows how to spell her name better? Ross or Rachel? Or the prop master who prepared those envelopes? The guy at the cake shop (who didn't even give Rachel the right cake)? Or the people who prepare the show's credits? Don't get too hung up on things like this.

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2.14 What are their middle names?

We don't know them all. Here's a few:

Rachel's is Karen [1.11].

Joey's is Francis [7.11].

Chandler's is Muriel [8.05].

Monica's starts with E [2.21]. One person e-mailed saying it's Erica, but as far as I can tell, there is no episode which confirms that. In fact, when Monica and Chandler named their adopted daughter Erica, she was named after the surrogate birth mother. No connection was made to suggest this is Monica's middle name.

Ursula's middle name is Pamela [7.14], and in that same episode Phoebe mentions that she doesn't know her middle name (although originally the writers speculated that it would be Rose).

Other early speculation from the writers gave Ross the middle name Eustace. The Friends Trivia game also lists that as his middle name. But no episode actually confirms that, as far as I know. I believe it was in the script sometime in season 1, but that scene didn't get filmed or didn't make through editing. In my view, unless it's revealed in an episode, it's not official (just like Phoebe's middle name of Rose got dropped before it was ever revealed).

Some people mistakenly believe that Monica's middle name is Velula, because Phoebe signed for a delivery as "Monica Velula Geller" in episode 307. However, Phoebe's statements around that make it clear she wasn't sure whether Monica had a middle name. She was just making it up.

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2.15 Why did Anita Barone leave the show after only one episode as Carol?

Anita auditioned for one of the 3 female leads in the show, but didn't get the part. The producers did offer her ther recurring character of Carol. However, after one episode as Carol, she decided she was looking for a more full-time role, so she went on to look for other opportunities.

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2.16 What is special about the cross-dressing waiter (waitress?) in TOW Chandler's Dad?

Oh, honey, lots of things. The credits billed that role as "Waiter in Drag," and listed the actor as "Alexis Arquette." People with a keen eye may remember that back in episode [6.13] there was another small part (a customer in Central Perk) played by "Lex Arquette." When questioned, an unofficial source at Warner Bros. said yes, they are one and the same person, and yes, he is related to Courteney (through her marriage to David Arquette).

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2.17 Who is Regina Phalange? And Ken Adams?

Phoebe uses "Regina Phalange" as a psuedonym (fake name). She's used it in episodes [5.01], [5.24], [7.20], [8.04], and [8.21], and [10.13].

We don't know for certain whether Phoebe made the name up or borrowed it from someone. The first time she used it was when talking to Emily's mother just after Ross's wedding, trying to do damage control as Ross's brain doctor, Dr. Phalange.

"Phalange" was also used by Phoebe in the finale, as the part of Rachel's plane she claimed had a problem -- the left phalange.

Ken Adam's is Joey's fake name (revealed in episode [8.04]).

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2.18 Which episodes feature "Fat Monica"?

I think this list is complete, but if I've missed one, let me know:

2.14 The One With the Prom Video
5.08 The One With All the Thanksgivings
6.15 The One That Could Have Been
10.11 The One Where The Stripper Cries

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2.19 What are the chick's and the duck's names?

In episode 3.21, The One With a Chick. And a Duck, we learned that Chandler refers to the chick as "Little Yasmine," a reference to Yasmine Bleeth of "Baywatch". Near the end of episode 3.23, The One With Ross's Thing, Chandler refers to the duck as "Dick." (This, after earlier in that same episode, Joey and Chandler speculated that if the duck and chick had a baby, they could call it Chuck or Dick.

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2.20 What are the names of Joey's seven sisters?

Six names were mentioned is episode 3.11: Gina, Dina, Mary Angela, Mary Theresa, Cookie, and Veronica. And one more was mentioned in episode 1.13: Tina.

There is controversy, however, about whether Veronica was really meant to be taken as one of his sisters names in episode 3.11. Chandler, while trying to remember which sister he made out with, said the following:

Chandler: Veronica! Look, it's got to be Veronica--the girl in the red skirt. I definitely stuck my tongue down her throat.
Monica: That was me.
Chandler: Oh. Look, when I've been drinking, sometimes I tend to get a little overly friendly, and I'm sorry.
Monica: That's okay.
Rachel: That's alright.
Ross: That's okay.

To me, this means that "Veronica" was the closest thing Chandler could remember to the fact that he kissed "Monica." See how similar the names are? He was so drunk, he was hardly aware of everyone he was kissing; he kissed Monica, but remembered the name slightly wrong: Veronica.

There is no indication that Chandler actually associated the name "Veronica" with one of Joey's sisters. The dialog only indicates that he thought Veronica was a girl in a red skirt, whom he tongue-kissed. And Monica identified that as herself. Later in that episode, when Chandler visited Joey's house, none of the girls there was identified as "Veronica."

However, in the spin-off series "Joey," episode 19, all of Joey's sisters were named and the list included "Veronica." So I guess I will accept that the "Joey" writers consider that to be true. However, I'm going to be stubborn and point out that this does not prove the writers of Friends episode 3.11 originally intended this interpretation.

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2.21 Who is Denise, the roommate that Phoebe mentioned in episode 603 & 605?

I think Phoebe made her up in episode 603 when Rachel asked whether she could move in with Phoebe. However, I'll acknowledge that doesn't quite fit with Phoebe's reactions during the Denise-conversation in episode 605.

But one way or the other, there is no Denise. Friends supervising producer Todd Stevens was quoted in WB's Friends Newsletter as saying, "It was a joke. There is no Denise. That is all the information that I have. Thanks for asking."

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2.22 What's up with the episode where all the cast has "-Arquette" attached to their names?

That was a celebration of Courteney Cox's marriage to David Arquette. Since Courteney became "Cox-Arquette," they did the same to everyone else's name, just for fun. This can be seen on Season 6, Episode 1, The One After Vegas.

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2.23 What are all their children's names?

Ross and Rachel's daughter is Emma. His son (with Carol) is Ben.
Monica and Chandler's adopted daughter and son are Erica and Jack.
Phoebe's surrogate children that she carried for Frank Jr. and Alice are Chandler and Leslie (both girls) and Frank Jr. Jr. (boy).

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2.24 Who is "Snaro" (credited as Russ, in The One With Russ)?

Russ was played by David Schwimmer, but the credits listed "Snaro as Russ." The exact significance behind that is unknown, but the limited explanation we obtained was that "Snaro" is in some way a tribute to a friend of David's.

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2.25 Who played baby Emma?

According to a website specializing in twin information (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_twins):

"Elizabeth and Genevieve Davidson played Ross and Rachel's baby Emma on Friends from September 2002 to January 2003."

"Alexandra and Athina Conley played Ross and Rachel's baby daughter Emma on Friends from January to March 2003."

"Cali and Noelle Sheldon were born June 17, 2002 in USA. They began acting at a early age, making their TV debut as baby Emma Geller Green on Friends in the season 9 pilot in May 2003. They then went on to appearing in four episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful as little Hope Logan in June and July 2003, before they returned to Friends for the 10th season. Their last episode as Emma aired in April 2004."

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2.26 What happened to Emma? Why wasn't Rachel taking her to France at the end of season 10?

Rachel stated (early in The Last One, part 1) that Emma was staying with Rachel's mother, and would be brought to France after Rachel had a chance to settle in.

I'm not sure why I get this question so much. Maybe this line got cut for time in the syndicated reruns. The final 2-part episodes did go slightly over an hour, which means to fit it into two 30 minute slots they would have had to cut out more than usual (they always cut a little in syndication).

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2.27 Who played Phoebe's triplets in episode 6.05?

The information I received from a fan of the show is that the babies used as the triplets were really quadruplets, and were played by Paul, Alexis, Cole, and Justin Cimoch.

I don't know if these infants played the triplets in any other episodes. Different actors played the more-grown up triplets in episode 10.02.

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3.0 Plot Questions

3.01 Ross and Rachel

One of the larger on-going plots of the series is the Ross and Rachel romance. It has become so complex that we will no longer try to describe it here. Summaries can be found in the Ross and Rachel sections of 2.01.

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3.02 Is Chandler gay?

In episode [1.08], one of Chandler's co-workers mistakes him for being gay while trying to fix him up with someone at work. This started a lot of speculation that Chandler was repressed in some way. By now, this issue has been put to rest. As Jeff Greenstein put it way back then:

Jeff Greenstein: "Oh, come on. Chandler's not gay. Though back in college, there were a lot of girls who thought he was..."

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3.03 All about the Phoebe-Ursula Connection

Phoebe and Ursula are twin sisters born on February 16 (year unknown). Lisa Kudrow plays Phoebe on Friends as well as Ursula on Mad About You. Both characters are similar in their air-headed nature (though Phoebe is far more developed owing to it being a larger role than Ursula).

Jeff Greenstein: "The Phoebe/Ursula thing (which precipitated the Helen Hunt/Leila Kenzle crossover from Mad About You) was necessitated by the fact that Lisa Kudrow was playing two different roles on back-to-back sitcoms. Rather than just pretend Mad About You didn't exist, it was decided to make Phoebe Ursula's twin sister, and deal with the issue head-on in the 2/23/1995 episode. [1.16][1.17]

Other episodes which Ursula appears in are: [3.03] [4.01] [5.13] [6.14] [7.14] [8.06]

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3.04 Will there be a follow-up to the Joey-Phoebe Kiss from 'Two Parts'?

The original answer from the production staff in 1995 was:
Jeff Greenstein: "Probably not. We were actually quite surprised that people thought we were opening up the possibility of a Joey/Phoebe romantic thing with that kiss. To us, it was a wonderful one-time thing between two friends who care about each other very much."

However, slowly over the course of the show, more has developed between Joey and Phoebe. They kissed again in TOW Barry & Mindy's Wedding [2.24] when Joey needs kissing practice. In episode [6.02] Phoebe foretells she and Joey will be married eventually, and have Chandler's money and Rachel's kids. At the end of season 6 [6.25], we find out that Joey is Phoebe's "backup," and they plan to get married if neither of them is hitched by age 40. Season 7 and 8 have contained many more signs of deepening friendship and hints of future developments. Joey gave Phoebe her "perfect kiss" in TOW They All Turn Thirty [7.14]; Joey proposed marriage to her when he thought she was pregnant in episode [8.01].

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3.05 How could Monica not remember Ross was allergic to kiwi?

Alexa Junge: "She spaced it. It hadn't come up since they were kids."

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3.06 Who is Ugly Naked Guy based on? What episodes mention or feature him?

Alexa Junge: "Originally, he was pure conjecture - based on various Ugly Naked Guys many of the writers had lived across from (especially those who'd lived in New York city). However, we received a letter from a woman who grew up in the building you see in the stock footage shot of M,R,C & J's building who said there was, in fact, an authentic Ugly Naked Guy living across from her and 'how did we know?' Life is crazy, huh?"

In "The One With The Flashback"[3.06] we find out that Ugly Naked Guy was previously known as Cute Naked Guy, but then he started putting on weight.

The full list of episodes where he is mentioned are:
[1.02] [1.05] [1.07] [1.09] [1.17] [1.20] [2.09] [2.11] [3.06] [3.08] [5.06] [5.14]

Usually Ugly Naked Guy is only mentioned, not seen. But parts of Ugly Nakes Guy's body were seen in 2 episodes, [3.08] (The One With the Giant Poking Device) and [5.14] (The One Where Everybody Finds Out).

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3.07 What do W.E.N.U.S and A.N.U.S. stand for?

W.E.N.U.S. = Weekly Estimated Net Usage Statistics

A.N.U.S = Annual Net Usage Statistics

Jeff Greenstein: "As written in 'Stoned Guy' [1.15], it was 'Weekly Estimated Net Usage Statistics'. Matthew said 'Systems' instead of 'Statistics', but we decided to let it go because basically the joke was over as soon as he said the word 'WENUS'.

"Then, when we did the WENUS/ANUS call-back in 'Two Parts' [1.16 & 1.17], we decided to go back to 'Statistics' 'cause it makes more sense -- knowing full well that sharp-eared 'Netters would probably catch us at it."

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3.08 Am I crazy or did the apartment numbers change?

Initially, Chandler and Joey's apartment number was 4, and Monica and Rachel's was 5. During season one, it was decided that the apartment building where much of the show takes place was too big to have upper apartments with numbers as low as 4 & 5, so the numbers changed to 19 and 20. However, the transition to those numbers didn't happen smoothly because there's often a difference between the order of the episodes as aired (the generally accepted episode number) the order as produced (the production number), and the order in which the ficticious events occur.

So the transition period, in order of filming, went approximately like this:
Episode 106 (production number 456655): Apt 4 & 5 (TOW the Butt)
Episode 107 (production number 456656): Apt 4 & 5 (TOW the Blackout)
Episode 112 (production number 456658): Apt 4 & 5 (TOW the Dozen Lasagnas)
Episode 108 (production number 456657): Apt 19 & 20 (TOW Nana Dies Twice)
Episode 109 (production number 456659): Apt 19 & 20 (TOW Underdog Gets Away)
Episode 111 (production number 456660): Apt 19 & 20 (TOW Mrs. Bing)
Episode 110 (production number 456661): Apt 19 & 20 (TOW the Monkey)

As you can see, the production numbers are not even in perfect order. If I had to guess (or maybe I'm remembering an old bit of trivia), I'd say that one of the bigger guest stars in production number 456657 (Elliot Gould or Christina Pickles) had a scheduling conflict which forced a relatively late change in the production schedule.

It's also interesting to note that episode 112, where Rachel dumps Paolo for making a pass at Phoebe, was filmed immediately after episode 107, where Rachel first meets Paolo. Paolo is mentioned in many of the subsequent ("in between") episodes, but his only other season 1 appearance is in episode 111 (The One With Mrs. Bing).

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3.09 What is the English translation of the scene in Spanish that was shown during the ending credits of TOW Two Parts, Part II?

Ross: Aqui esta.
[Here it is]
Monica: ¿Y quien pidio el pollo General Tso?
[Who ordered General Tso's chicken?]
Chandler: ¡Pudo haber sido General Tso!
[It could've been General Tso!]
Rachel: ¡Miren, miren! ¡El viejo desnudo esta haciendo el hula hoop!
[Look, look! Ugly Naked Guy is doing the hula hoop!]
Todos: ¡Ewwwwww!
[Ewwwwww!]
Todos: ¡Hola, Joey!
[Hi, Joey!]
Joey: ¡Hola, amigos!
[Hey, everybody!]
Monica: Mira, Ross, Marcel se llevo el control remoto.
[Look, Ross, Marcel has the remote control.]
Ross: ¡Eso que no le gusta la tele!
[And he doesn't even like TV!]

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3.10 What was the name of the Female Empowerment book in The One Where Eddie Won't Go (ep 2.19)?

The book was Be Your Own Windkeeper. I don't know if it's a real book. I couldn't find it at Amazon.com. But I did find a book that looked quite intriguing, called Be Your Own Undertaker.

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3.11 Who is Frankie, and why does he want me to RELAX? (from TOW the Tiny T-Shirt)?

Ross's old T-shirt in this episode said, "Frankie says RELAX." Anyone who has to ask this question obviously isn't from the same generation as our Friends on TV. So on the one hand, I could say, "If you were old enough, you'd understand." Which would be true in more ways than one, if you get my meaning. [But if you did, you wouldn't have to ask this question, would you?]

On the other hand, I suppose I owe a better answer to those of you who think the world didn't really get interesting until 1990. "Frankie" is a reference to the '80s music group "Frankie Goes To Hollywood," and Relax is one of their songs. The "Frankie says RELAX" t-shirts were a major fashion item of the 80s, specifically 1984. It is one of the best-selling rock-related t-shirts of all time. In one 5-week period of 1984, over 125,000 of those shirts were sold. The previous highest-selling rock t-shirt was an Iron Maiden shirt selling 70,000 over the course of a whole year.

And in case you're wondering about the origin of the band's name, it is taken from the title of an article in Variety magazine, about Frank Sinatra moving to Hollywood, and about his career as a movie star.

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3.12 What happened to the chick and the duck? We never see them anymore!

The writers, for the most part, conveniently ignored the chick and the duck during the last 3 seasons. Having them around all the time would get old really fast. Remember how fans got tired of Marcel? Anyway, I did some checking, and the last time both the chick and the duck appeared was in episode 6.20, but the duck (without the chicken) also appeared in episode 7.02.

In one of the final episodes of Friends, we learn that the Chick and Duck died a while ago, but Joey was told they were taken to a farm where they could run and play. I wonder if they ever see Chichi?

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3.13 Was Ian Thorpe, Australian Olympic triple-gold medalist, in TOW Ross's Library book?

Yes, he was. I don't personally know what Ian Thorpe looks like, but I received one email from a fan who said Ian Thorpe was in the background of a scene at Central Perk, while Rachel and Phoebe talked to Joey's girlfriend (Erin) about how the relationship was going. Supposedly, Ian is the one sitting at a table with a brunette woman in a green sweater. Apparently the Australian tabloids and also the Australian promotions for that episode made quite a big deal of the fact Ian was in this episode, even though he was just an extra (no lines, no credits, no interaction with the cast).

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3.14 What is the English translation of the Dutch in TOW The Fake Monica & TOW The Stain?

TOW The Fake Monica:

    Fake Monica:  Mag ik deze dans van u?
    [Can I have this dance with you?]

TOW The Stain:

In Ross's building:
   Mrs. Verhoven: Zeer vereerd een vriend van mijn moeder te ontmoeten.
   [Very honoured to meet a friend of my mother's.]

In Central Perk:
   Ross: Bedankt voor de koffie Gunther.
   [Thanks for the coffee Gunther.]
   Gunther: Je spreekt Nederlands. Dat is te gek. Heb je familie daar?
   [You speak Dutch. That's Cool. Have you family there?]
   Ross: Yeah, we're done.
   Gunther: Ezel!
   [Donkey!]

   Ross: Hey, Gunther. You're an ezel.
   [...donkey.]
   Gunter: Jij hebt seks met ezels.
   [You have sex with donkeys.]

In Ross's building.
   Ross: I brought her some bloemen.
   [...flowers.]

In Joey's and Rachel's appartment.
   Ross: Ezels!
   [Donkeys!]

NOTE: I've been informed that in Dutch, "Donkey" can be slang for "idiot." But I've also been informed that that is very old slang usage... "only our grandparents use that."

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3.15 Did Joey's toilet move? And Monica's?

Hmmm... these have to be the strangest questions. But actually, the answers are yes to both!

At the end of episode 321, we see a view from inside Joey's bathroom. The toilet is on the side of the bathroom that is closest to the kitchen. Much later, in episode 505, there is a scene where Chandler opens the bathroom door to reveal Joey, asleep with a toothbrush in his mouth, sitting on the toilet. In that scene, the toilet is on the side of the bathroom that is furthest from the kitchen.

In episode 305, when Joey shows Monica the problem with her tiles, the toilet is at the foot of the tub. In episode 723, when Phoebe finds a pregnancy test in the bathroom, the toilet is on the left side of the sink.

So now you know.

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3.16 What was the significance of Ross's t-shirt in The One With The Tea Leaves (ep 8.17)?

Ross's t-shirt had two hands interlocked in a certain way. This is the American Sign Language gesture for "Friends."

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3.17 What did Joey mumble to Chandler over the phone in TOW the Blackout?

After Chandler mumbled that he was stuck in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre (underwear model), Joey mumbled back, "See if you can tell what kind of underwear she wears."

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3.18 What is that hand gesture Ross keeps doing?

When he's upset at someone, Ross will often give a hand gesture where he hits his fists together. I think Monica explained it best in episode [4.05]:

"It's this dumb thing that Ross made up because he was trying to fool our parents. It's a way of giving the finger, without actually having to give it. I remember I cried the night he made it up, `cause it was the first time that I realized that I was actually cooler than my older brother."

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3.19 In TOW All the Poker, was that a trick deck, or can Jennifer Aniston really do that nifty shuffle trick?

The original answer from producer Alexa Junge was, "I'm pretty sure Jennifer did that herself."

With all due respect to Alexa (because I'm sure she answered as honestly as possible), we now have the miracle of slow-motion playback, and you can see (if you watch carefully) it must be a trick deck. The cards, while flying from one hand to the other, change the angle of flight in mid-air, and some of them even move backwards as Rachel moves her hands further apart from each other. That could only happen if the cards were connected to each other, for the purpose of the trick.

Additionally, it's been pointed out to me that a connected deck (probably the same one - a re-used prop) appeared in Phoebe's possession in episode 419, The One With All The Haste.

A magician who is familiar with trick decks tells me that even with a trick deck, it takes some skill. He says a few hours of practice would have been needed to get the timing and "snap" needed for her to make it look as good as she did.

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3.20 Why did Chandler's and Joey's recliners change from black to brown?

The black chairs were purchased by Joey in season 2. In episode 4.02, they were stolen (along with most of the furniture). Then in episode 4.07, Chandler bought new brown chairs (and other items for the apartment) because he was feeling guilty about stealing Joey's girlfriend (Kathy).

Why didn't Chandler buy new black chairs? They looked so much nicer! Well, the black chairs made filming the show more difficult, because of the way they absorbed light.

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3.21 How many foosball tables have they had? Why is it called foosball?

The answer to the "how many" question is a little complicated. They've had two tables, but technically three have been used on the show. The original foosball table, purchased in episode 1.12, was stolen in episode 4.02, along with the chairs (see item 3.20 above). In episode 4.07, Chandler buys a new one. It was dark brown with a bold, marble-like pattern on the side. It was still in use until Monica destroyed it to rescue Chick Jr. and Duck Jr, at the end of season 10.

However, there was a different table used at least once. In episode 6.06, Joey was angry about losing to Chandler. He kicked the table and the legs on one end collapsed. That table was black with a more subtle pattern on it. Most likely it was just a "stunt table," for the collapse scene.

They didn't officially clarify the plot as to whether Joey and Chandler fixed or replaced the table after Joey kicked it. But as the same table was used in the episodes preceding and after that one, I think we are to assume they fixed it.

In the US, the name "Foosball" is used for Table Soccer (or Table Football). This comes from the German "Tischfussball" which means Table Football.

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3.22 What is the english translation of the Chinese in TOW the Ultimate Fighting Champion?

Pete tells Monica that his trainer, Hoshi, used to be a paid assassin. Hoshi then yells at him in Chinese (Cantonese), and Pete then claims Hoshi was a house painter. What did Hoshi say?

Hoshi's line translates to: "What the hell are you talking about?" However, the meaning and humor is better understood when you consider that this Cantonese phrase is more commonly used as "shut your mouth." (Thanks HL.)

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3.23 In the pilot, what is meant by "Billy, Don't Be a Hero"?

In Joey's "women are like ice-cream" metaphor, he told Ross to "Grab a spoon," meaning that Ross should seize the opportunity to enjoy life and pursue someone new. Ross said, "Do you know how long it's been since I grabbed a spoon? Do the words, 'Billy, Don't Be A Hero' mean anything to you?"

This is a reference to an old song called "Billy, Don't Be a Hero." Presumably, last time Ross "grabbed a spoon," it was while that song was playing on the radio, or something like that. The timing of the reference is a little off, because that song was popular in the mid-to-late 70s, which would have been a bit too early to accurately fit Ross and Carol getting together. But I suspect that this song was meaningful to one of the episode writers (Marta Kauffman and David Crane), in some kind of "grabbing a spoon" way, and thus they used it.

The song is not necessarily well known to many of the younger Friends fans, so the humor and impact of the line is lost on many people. I've had several people write to me, not believing that this line is a reference to that song, because they never heard of the song and because it's from the 70s. But virtually anyone from (or close to) the same generation as Marta Kauffman and David Crane couldn't possibly see this line as anything other than a reference to the song. It was wildly popular in both the UK (released by the group "Paper Lace," also famous for "The Night Chicago Died") and also in the USA, released by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods.

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3.24 In episode 4.08 (TOW Chandler in a Box), what Italian phrase did Joey and Rachel use?

The phrase was "Vaffannapoli," (originally "va' a fa' a Napoli") . Literally translated it refers to going to Naples, but essentially it means, "get lost."

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3.25 In episodes 9.24 and 10.01, what did Rachel's t-shirt (with the lips) say?

"Save the drama
For your Mama."

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3.26 In In TOW the Cake, what story did Joey read for Emma's birthday?


Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw.
Available in: Hardcover || Paperback || Audio CD with 11 other Stories by the same author

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3.27 What character originated the exclamation, "We were on a break!"

Okay, this one may surprise you. It was actually Rachel. In The One the Morning After, after Rachel found out about Ross and the girl from the copy center, Ross tried to tell her that he wouldn't have done it if he hadn't thought they had broken up. Rachel argued that, "We were on a break!" rather than actually broken up. Oddly, though, when the "break" originally happened, she told Monica that she and Ross didn't make it out to dinner because, "we kinda broke up instead."

So were they really broken up? Looks like they both thought so. But does that mean Ross can expect that Rachel shouldn't mind what he did? Not in a million years.

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3.28 What is the english translation of the french dialog in TOW Joey Speaks French?

Phoebe: Oui, bien sûr je parle français, qu'est-ce que tu penses alors?
(Yes, of course I speak French, what do you think?)

Phoebe: Tout le plaisir est pour moi, mon ami.
(Pleasure's all mine, my friend.)

The lines Joey needs to learn: Je m'appelle Claude" (my name is Claude) and "oh mon Dieu!" (Oh my God).

The french audio tape that Joey listes to: Uun, deux, trois, quatre, cinq. (One, two, three, four, five.)

Phoebe during the audition: Ecoutez, je vais vous dire la vérité. C’est mon petit frère. Il est un peu retardé, alors si vous pouviez jouer le jeu avec lui. Merci, au revoir.
(Okay, I'll tell you the truth. He's my little brother. He's a little retarded. Would you please just humor him? Thank you, goodbye.)

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3.29 In opening credits for the second half of season 2, you see a clip of Chandler jumping into Joey's arms. What episode did that come from?

In a Warner Bros. Friends Newsletter (June 28 or 29, 2001), a representative of the show said this:

"From time to time we shoot something on the stage that has to be cut out of the show for time (NBC has a time format we have to adhere to) and our editors don't like to see great shots like that one on the editing room floor."

I have been trying to identify from which episode this was cut. It has been speculated that this was some alternate footage from The One After the Superbowl, Part 1, where Joey and Chandler are frightened by the arrival of Joey's stalker. However, I checked that scene on DVD and Joey and Chandler are dressed differently than in this clip. In fact, I've checked all of season 2 leading up to that point, and never found scenes where they had on those clothes.

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3.30 In 4.11 (TOW Phoebe's Uterus), what were the 7 erogenous zones Monica taught Chandler about?

The writers only established that Monica talked about seven zones; they did not establish any information about what those zones were. Even in planning this storyline, we can't be sure the writers bothered decide what the 7 zones were. They might have used the number 7 because they believed that number was accurate, or they might have chosen 7 just to make everyone wonder. But I'm sure some people would say there are more than 7.

Since the purpose of my site is to collect established information about the show rather than speculate on things that were not revealed, I am not going to attempt to speculate about what the 7 areas were or how many there really are.

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3.31 In 8.04 (TOW the Video Tape), what's the end of Joey's European back-packing story?

The end of the story was probably never written by the show's writers. It is much easier (and better) to imply that it's an amazing story and then let the audience's imagination and curiosity take effect. Besides, anything the writers would have come up with would probably have not lived up to the hype.

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3.32 Which grandmother lived in Monica's apartment, before her?

It wasn't Nana (Judy Geller's mother), it was the Jack's mother. There were a few questions about that back in season 1 when Nana died (twice). One of the producers, Alexa Junge, confirmed this for us during season 2. It was again confirmed in episode [3.06], when Monica told Joey that the apartment is her grandmother's, who's moved to Florida. (Whereas Nana lived in the New York area until she died.)

There was one inconsistency (read: "glaring error") around this point in episode [10.16], when Chandler found handcuffs in the closet and later everyone found out they belonged to Nana, the former tenant of the apartment. This couldn't have been true, since it wasn't Nana who lived there. But other than this one time, the writers and producers have been pretty consistent about this.

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3.33 In which episode is Ross trying to move up his new couch? (Pivot!!!!)

That's season 5, episode 16, The One with the Cop.

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3.34 What is the english translation of Paolo's Italian in TOW the Blackout (episode 1.07)?

Paolo: Ragazzi, sono appena arrivato e vivo al piano di sotto, quindi ci vedremo molto spesso, penso.
Translation: Hey guys, I've just arrived and my apartment's on the lower floor, so we'll bump into each other quite often, I think.

Paolo: Phoebe, anche tu bellissima. Se siete tutte così belle mi trasferisco proprio qui.
Translation: Phoebe, you're so beautiful too. If you girls are all so gorgeous, I'll move right here.

Paolo and Rachel are looking outside.
Paolo: Guarda la luna, guarda le stelle... Guarda tutte le cose belle.
Translation: Look at the moon, look at the stars... Look at every beautiful thing.

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3.35 In what hotel were Chandler and Monica married?

The hotel shown in the exterior shots was the Pierre Hotel at 2 East 61st Street, New York. (However, I'm pretty sure all the interior scenes were filmed at WB studios in Burbank, California, as usual.)

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3.36 In what Las Vegas wedding chapel were Ross and Rachel married (Episode 5.24)?

The chapel shown in the bumper shot was "A Little White Chapel," at 1301 S Las Vegas Blvd.
It has been the site of many quick celebrity weddings.

I should note, though, this episode was filmed in studio in Burbank, California. The Las Vegas footage you saw was simply stock footage of Vegas, inserted between scenes to create the Las Vegas atmosphere / illusion.

You could read more about this chapel at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_White_Wedding_Chapel
.

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4.0 Music in Episodes

I have separated this section of the FAQ into a document of it's own. Please go to http://www.friends-tv.org/music.html for this information.

5.0 Friends Internet Resources

ATTENTION! Most of the Friends internet resources I used to link to have gone away or are no longer actually "Friends" related. So this section is getting very small. Note, though, that I'm not really interested in building it into a large list of what can currently be found out there. It takes too much time to search for sites, decide whether I want to include them, and then maintain the list as more sites come and go.


5.01 The Friends WWW Pages

The official home of the Original Friends FAQ and Episode Guide is: http://www.friends-tv.org/

There are a great many Friends sites on the internet, and more come and go all the time. Rather than try to list them here, I refer the reader to Yahoo's section on the TV-Show Friends:

http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Television_Shows/Comedy/Friends/

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5.02 Notes cross-referencing episodes, touching on interesting plot points and script inconsistencies

It's an interesting site! http://monicageller.com.

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5.03 The Friends Newsgroup

Friends fans have their own newsgroup at alt.tv.friends.

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5.04 Friends Discussions on IRC

Channels come and go on IRC, but try #Centperk.

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5.05 How do I contact the cast and/or crew via the net?

You don't. None of the cast have publicly known eMail addresses. There has been a lot of talk in the past that people have made net sightings of cast members on services like America Online, etc. These are just posers or people who actually have the same names.

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