Friends (season 4)

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Friends (season 4)
Friends Season 4 DVD.jpg
Friends season 4 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25) – May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)
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List of Friends episodes

The fourth season of Friends, an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on September 25, 1997. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 24 episodes and concluded airing on May 7, 1998.

Reception[edit]

It was one of three seasons included on TV Guide's list of the Top 100 TV Seasons.

Collider ranked it #8 on their list of the ten Friends seasons, and cited "The One with the Embryos" as its best episode.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

(In particular, Introduced in season 4 or Only in season 4)

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
741"The One with the Jellyfish"Shelley JensenWil CalhounSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)46660129.4[2]
Ross is torn between Rachel and Bonnie and ultimately regrets his decision. Phoebe receives a shock and is angry when Phoebe Abbott reveals her true identity. Monica has to resort to drastic measures when a jellyfish stings her.
752"The One with the Cat"Shelley JensenJill Condon & Amy ToominOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)46660225.5[2]
Monica is delighted when Rachel's high school prom date asks her out, causing tensions between her and Rachel (and ultimately Ross). Chandler forces Joey to sell the entertainment unit he constructed. Phoebe is overjoyed when she meets a cat she believes contains her mother Lily's spirit.
763"The One with the Cuffs"Peter BonerzSeth KurlandOctober 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)46660324.0[2]
Joey is enticed when a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman shows up at the apartment. Monica is disappointed at her mother's behavior when she caters a party for her. Chandler is finds himself in a sticky situation when he gets locked in Joanna's office after they make out.
774"The One with the Ballroom Dancing"Gail MancusoTed Cohen & Andrew ReichOctober 16, 1997 (1997-10-16)46660424.3[2]
Phoebe struggles to control herself when it comes to massaging an extremely attractive client. Chandler enlists Ross' help when he decides to quit the gym. Joey attempts to fix things in an unusual way when Mr. Treeger makes Rachel cry.
785"The One with Joey's New Girlfriend"Gail MancusoGregory S. Malins & Michael CurtisOctober 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)46660524.4[2]
Phoebe has a cold which improves her singing and is frustrated when it disappears. Ross attempts to make Rachel jealous, ultimately humiliating himself. Chandler becomes smitten with Joey's new girlfriend, Kathy.
796"The One with the Dirty Girl"Shelley JensenShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott SilveriNovember 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)46660625.7[2]
Phoebe helps Monica cater a funeral, but the widow won't pay them. Chandler struggles to find a birthday present for Kathy from Joey that beats his own gift. Ross cannot come to terms with how dirty his new girlfriend's apartment is. Rachel is determined to complete a crossword.
807"The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line"Kevin S. BrightAdam ChaseNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)46660726.4[2]
Rachel finds a new joy in eating alone at restaurants. Ross starts playing keyboards again leaving the gang (minus Phoebe) unimpressed. Chandler's feelings towards Kathy reach breaking point when they share a kiss, and he vainly tries to fix things after telling Joey the truth.
818"The One with Chandler in a Box"Peter BonerzMichael BorkowNovember 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)46660826.8[2]
During Thanksgiving, Joey decides to punish Chandler for what he did in a very novel way. Ross is shocked when he learns that Rachel exchanges every gift she is given, but Rachel shows Ross that she keeps things that matter. Monica becomes infatuated by Richard's son, also an eye doctor, when she has an appointment with him.
829"The One Where They're Going to Party!"Peter BonerzTed Cohen & Andrew ReichDecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)46660923.9[2]
Monica and Phoebe buy a van for their new catering business, but things are shaken up when Monica writes a critical review of a restaurant called Alessandro's. Rachel interviews for an assistant buyer job in another Bloomingdale's department and is shocked when her boss tries to sabotage the interview. Ross and Chandler become very excited when their friend Mike 'Gandalf' Ganderson plans to come to town.
8310"The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie"Gary HalvorsonScott SilveriDecember 18, 1997 (1997-12-18)46661223.2[2]
Chandler's attempt to set Rachel up with one of his work colleagues goes wrong. Monica uses Joey to show who's boss at her new job at Alessandro's. Ross is torn between a pretty girl who lives nearby and a fun one from upstate. Phoebe sets out to write a Christmas song for her friends and has problems with rhyming words.
8411"The One with Phoebe's Uterus"David SteinbergSeth KurlandJanuary 8, 1998 (1998-01-08)46661023.7[2]
Monica and Rachel offer Chandler some advice when he wants to improve his performance in the bedroom with Kathy. Ross lands Joey a job as a tour guide at the museum, but Joey is disappointed that Ross won't sit with him in the lunch room. Phoebe has a huge decision to make when she learns that her brother Frank and his wife Alice want her to carry their baby.
8512"The One with the Embryos"Kevin S. BrightJill Condon & Amy ToominJanuary 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)46661127.1[2]

Joey and Chandler argue with Monica and Rachel over who knows whom better, so Ross designs a quiz with high stakes: if the men lose, they give up the chick and duck, but if the women lose, they switch apartments with the men. Phoebe goes to the hospital for the embryos to be implanted into her uterus, leading to a tense wait to find out if she is pregnant.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #21 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[3]
8613"The One with Rachel's Crush"Dana DeVally PiazzaShana Goldberg-MeehanJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)46661325.3[2]
Monica is determined to continue being 'the hostess' and strives to succeed since they switched apartments. Chandler becomes concerned when Kathy and a fellow actor get steamy on stage in a play. Rachel receives a shock when she is moved to another department and develops a crush on one of her clients.
8714"The One with Joey's Dirty Day"Peter BonerzWil CalhounFebruary 5, 1998 (1998-02-05)46661425.1[2]
Chandler struggles to get over Kathy and requires a little help from the girls. Rachel becomes double-booked when Joshua invites her to a club opening but her boss also asks her to accompany his niece, Emily, to the opera. Joey develops an unpleasant aroma following a fishing trip with his father and goes to work (where he is starring in a movie alongside Charlton Heston) without taking a shower.
8815"The One with All the Rugby"James BurrowsStory by : Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich
Teleplay by : Wil Calhoun
February 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)46661724.4[2]
Ross wants to prove that he is tough to Emily by playing rugby with some of her British friends. Monica becomes stressed when she discovers a switch in the apartment that appears to have no function. Chandler regrets running into Janice and goes to extreme measures to get away from her.
8916"The One with the Fake Party"Michael LembeckStory by : Alicia Sky Varinaitis
Teleplay by : Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan
March 19, 1998 (1998-03-19)46661523.1[2]
Phoebe, a vegetarian, begins to have cravings for meat thanks to the baby and enlists Joey's help. Ross wants to spend as much time with Emily as possible before she returns to London. Rachel decides to throw a surprise leaving party for Emily as an excuse to see Joshua outside of work in order to seduce him.
9017"The One with the Free Porn"Michael LembeckStory by : Mark Kunerth
Teleplay by : Richard Goodman
March 26, 1998 (1998-03-26)46661623.2[2]
Phoebe is shocked to find out that she is going to have triplets and quickly tries to find a way of financially supporting Frank and Alice. Ross is persuaded by Monica to go after Emily once she has gone to the airport. Chandler and Joey are delighted when they discover a free pornography channel on their TV.
9118"The One with Rachel's New Dress"Gail MancusoStory by : Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
Teleplay by : Jill Condon & Amy Toomin
April 2, 1998 (1998-04-02)46662021.7[2]
Phoebe is allowed to name one of Frank and Alice's unborn triplets, prompting Chandler to have doubts about his own name. Ross worries when Emily and Carol's wife Susan start bonding over in London. Rachel soon realizes she has made a mistake when she wears a revealing dress on a date with Joshua.
9219"The One with All the Haste"Kevin S. BrightScott Silveri & Wil CalhounApril 9, 1998 (1998-04-09)46661821.8[2]
Monica and Rachel make desperate attempts to win their apartment back from Joey and Chandler, including bribing them with Knicks tickets and enlisting Phoebe's help in a game. Ross is once again disheartened at Emily returning to London, so they suddenly decide to get married.
9320"The One with All the Wedding Dresses"Gail MancusoStory by : Adam Chase
Teleplay by : Gregory S. Malins & Michael Curtis
April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16)46662121.9[2]
Chandler grows frustrated by Joey's constant snoring, so takes him to a sleep clinic where he meets an attractive woman. Rachel, struggling to adapt to Ross's engagement, tries to take her relationship with Joshua to another level. Monica and Phoebe collect Emily's wedding dress and have a little fun of their own.
9421"The One with the Invitation"Peter BonerzSeth KurlandApril 23, 1998 (1998-04-23)46661921.5[2]
Phoebe is frustrated that she will not be able to attend Ross's wedding in London due to her pregnancy. Ross surprises Emily by inviting Rachel, causing him to reminisce about their time together. Rachel believes it will be too heart-breaking to watch, so she decides not to go.
9522"The One with the Worst Best Man Ever"Peter BonerzStory by : Seth Kurland
Teleplay by : Gregory S. Malins & Michael Curtis
April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)46662223.2[2]
Rachel and Monica throw Phoebe a baby shower while she is having constant mood swings, starting to feel upset that she'll have to give the babies away. Ross chooses Joey to be his best man, but Joey loses the wedding ring.
96
97
23
24
"The One with Ross's Wedding"Kevin S. BrightMichael Borkow
Story by : Jill Condon & Amy Toomin
Teleplay by : Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri
May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)[a]466623
466624
31.6[2]
Everyone but Rachel and Phoebe goes to London for the wedding of Ross and Emily. Joey bores Chandler while sightseeing in London. Ross and Emily are shocked to discover that their wedding venue is going through a demolition, and Monica tries to persuade Emily to postpone it. Back in New York, Phoebe attempts to make Rachel forget about Ross, but Rachel goes to the airport to inform Ross that she still loves him. Later, Ross and Monica surprise Emily by turning the ruins into a stunning venue. Joey becomes homesick but has one of the bridesmaids to cheer him up. Rachel arrives in London but cannot bring herself to tell Ross the truth. Phoebe repeatedly calls London to try to stop Rachel. Monica and Chandler sleep together, then try to hide that there's anything between them from the other friends. At the altar, Ross says Rachel's name instead of Emily's.

Ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) Weekly
Rank
Ref.
74 1 "The One with the Jellyfish" September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25) Thursdays
8:00 p.m.
19.5/32 29.4 4 [4]
75 2 "The One with the Cat" October 2, 1997 (1997-10-02) 17.6/30 25.5 4
76 3 "The One with the Cuffs" October 9, 1997 (1997-10-09) 16.7/28 24.0 4
77 4 "The One with the Ballroom Dancing" October 16, 1997 (1997-10-16) 16.4/28 24.3 5
78 5 "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend" October 30, 1997 (1997-10-30) 16.3/26 24.4 7
79 6 "The One with the Dirty Girl" November 6, 1997 (1997-11-06) 17.5/28 25.7 5
80 7 "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line" November 13, 1997 (1997-11-13) 18.2/29 26.4 3
81 8 "The One with Chandler in a Box" November 20, 1997 (1997-11-20) 18.4/29 26.8 5
82 9 "The One Where They're Going to Party!" December 11, 1997 (1997-12-11) 16.1/26 23.9 5
83 10 "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie" December 18, 1997 (1997-12-18) 15.2/26 23.2 5
84 11 "The One with Phoebe's Uterus" January 8, 1998 (1998-01-08) 15.7/24 23.7 5
85 12 "The One with the Embryos" January 15, 1998 (1998-01-15) 17.3/27 27.1 4
86 13 "The One with Rachel's Crush" January 29, 1998 (1998-01-29) 16.9/27 25.3 4
87 14 "The One with Joey's Dirty Day" February 5, 1998 (1998-02-05) 17.0/26 25.1 6
88 15 "The One with All the Rugby" February 26, 1998 (1998-02-26) 16.5/26 24.4 5
89 16 "The One with the Fake Party" March 19, 1998 (1998-03-19) 15.9/26 23.1 3
90 17 "The One with the Free Porn" March 26, 1998 (1998-03-26) 15.9/27 23.2 5
91 18 "The One with Rachel's New Dress" April 2, 1998 (1998-04-02) 14.9/24 21.7 3
92 19 "The One with All the Haste" April 9, 1998 (1998-04-09) 15.4/27 21.8 4
93 20 "The One with All the Wedding Dresses" April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16) 15.3/26 21.9 5
94 21 "The One with the Invitation" April 23, 1998 (1998-04-23) 15.3/27 21.5 5
95 22 "The One with the Worst Best Man Ever" April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30) 16.0/27 23.2 5
96 / 97 23 / 24 "The One with Ross's Wedding" May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07) 21.2/35 31.6 3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Category Recipient Results
12th Annual American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series Jennifer Aniston Nominated
Courteney Cox Nominated
Lisa Kudrow Nominated
43rd Annual British Academy Television Awards Best Foreign Television Program N/A Won
57th Annual Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical N/A Nominated
11th Annual Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Jennifer Aniston Nominated
2nd Annual Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Comedy Series N/A Nominated
Best Direction in a Comedy Series Shelley Jensen
Peter Bonerz
Gail Mancusco
Kevin S. Bright
Gary Halvorson
David Steinberg
Dana DeVally Piazza
James Burrows
Michael Lembeck
Nominated
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Wil Calhoun
Jill Condon
Amy Toomin
Seth Kurland
Ted Cohen
Andrew Reich
Gregory S. Malins
Michael Curtis
Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Scott Silveri
Alicia Sky Varinaitis
Mark Kunerth
Adam Chase
Michael Borkow
Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Matthew Perry Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Kudrow Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Series Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
50th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
for episode "The One with Ross's Wedding (Part 1 & 2)"
Lisa Kudrow Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ These episodes originally aired as a single double-length episode but are sometimes split into two episodes for syndication, reruns and DVD presentation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://collider.com/friends-seasons-ranked-from-worst-to-best
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Friends Nielsen Ratings Archive – Season Four". Newmusicandmore.tripod.com. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  3. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nielsen Ratings". http://newmusicandmore.tripod.com/. Retrieved June 2, 2017. External link in |website= (help)

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