Friends (season 5)

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Friends season 5
Friends Season 5 DVD.jpg
Friends Season 5 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) – May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)
Region 2 May 29, 2000 (2000-05-29)
Region 4 October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)
Season chronology
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List of Friends episodes

The fifth season of Friends, an American situation comedy created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on September 24, 1998. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 24 episodes and concluded airing on May 20, 1999.

Season synopsis[edit]

Season five features Monica and Chandler trying to keep their new relationship a secret from their friends. Phoebe gives birth to triplets in the show's one hundredth episode. She gives birth to a boy, Frank Jr. Jr., and two girls: Leslie, and Chandler. (They had originally thought that there were two boys and one girl, but decided to keep the name Chandler, despite the baby turning out a girl.) Ross and Emily's marriage is called off as Emily is intimidated by Rachel, and Ross is unwilling to give up his friendship with her as Emily demands. Phoebe starts a relationship with police officer Gary (Michael Rapaport). Monica and Chandler go public with their relationship, to the surprise of their friends. They decide to get married on a trip to Las Vegas, but change their plans after witnessing Ross and Rachel drunkenly stumble out of the wedding chapel.

Cast and characters[edit]

(In particular, either List of Friends characters#Introduced in season 5 or #Only in season 5)

Main cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
98 1 "The One After Ross Says 'Rachel'" Kevin S. Bright Seth Kurland September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) 467651 31.1[1]
After having said the wrong name at the altar, Ross tries to patch up things with Emily. Monica and Chandler try to find some alone time in London but can't seem to get any. Upon returning to New York, the couple attempt to put their brief fling behind them only to find that some feelings can't be ignored. A prank : to Monica's and Chandler's utter dismay, the film My Giant has kept them from having sex, in London as well as on the plane to USA. 
99 2 "The One with All the Kissing" Gary Halvorson Wil Calhoun October 1, 1998 (1998-10-01) 467652 25.4[2]
Monica and Chandler try to hide their relationship but kiss in front of the others, accidentally. Chandler then kisses Rachel and Phoebe, which Monica then explains as his 'European thing.' Eventually all three girls put a stop to it (this includes Monica). Monica is put in charge of Rachel's love life because Rachel believes that she makes bad decisions, and Phoebe's water breaks and is upset that her bond with the triplets is coming to an end but glad she no longer has to do "pregnant stuff." Rachel tells Ross she is still in love with him, however once she does the two of them realize how ludicrous the situation is and decide not to do anything. 
100 3 "The One Hundredth"
"The One with the Triplets"
Kevin S. Bright David Crane & Marta Kauffman October 8, 1998 (1998-10-08) 467653 26.8[3]
Phoebe gives birth to her brother's triplets. Joey gets sick at the hospital, with kidney stones. Chandler tells Monica that he is just goofing around in their relationship and Monica threatens to date one of Phoebe's male nurses, but they kiss and make up at the end. 
101 4 "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Shelley Jensen Michael Curtis October 15, 1998 (1998-10-15) 467654 24.1[4]
Joey gets a job at a PBS telethon which prompts Phoebe to reveal that she hates PBS. He tells her that there is no such thing as a selfless good deed and she tries to find one to prove him wrong. Emily finally contacts Ross and they decide to give their relationship another try and she agrees to come to New York – if Ross promises to stop being friends with Rachel. Ross doesn't immediately answer, but when Rachel (not knowing Emily's demand) tells him that he needs to do whatever he needs to in order to get his wife back Ross agrees. When Rachel reveals that Monica said her new "secret boyfriend" (who is Chandler) was the "best sex she ever had", Chandler begins to gloat, much to Monica's dismay. 
102 5 "The One with the Kips" Dana DeValley Piazza Scott Silveri October 29, 1998 (1998-10-29) 467655 25.9[5]
Chandler and Monica go away for the weekend but spend the entire time fighting after Monica insists on constantly changing rooms due to her high standards whilst Chandler tries to watch a car chase on TV. Ross tells Rachel about his agreement with Emily, and he and Rachel get into a fight. After Monica tells Rachel that she's lost her eyelash curler, Joey realises that Monica and Chandler are in a relationship (as the manager of the hotel in which Chandler stayed in had informed Joey that there was an eyelash curler left in Chandler's room). He is happy for them but shocked, and begrudingly agrees to keep the secret. 
103 6 "The One with the Yeti" Gary Halvorson Alexa Junge November 5, 1998 (1998-11-05) 467656 25.0[6]
Phoebe receives a fur coat from her mother. At first she wants to get it cremated, but then starts to get attached to it. Monica and Rachel look for a waffle maker in the basement, the light falters and they see a very hairy guy, who they mistake for a yeti. He then turns out to be their new neighbor, Danny. Emily's demands start to get more and more unreasonable as Ross is forced to move out of the apartment and sell his furniture as Emily doesn't want him living anywhere near Rachel or own anything that's been touched by her. As he enjoys dinner with the gang, Emily calls Ross and her reaction upon learning Rachel is there makes him realize she doesn't trust him. In the end, the two agree that their marriage is over. 
104 7 "The One Where Ross Moves In" Gary Halvorson Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein November 12, 1998 (1998-11-12) 467657 24.4[7]
Having already given up his apartment and with Emily's cousin kicking him out, Ross is homeless. Chandler and Joey are more than happy to let him move in with them but when he starts to get on their nerves they start to show him unsuitable apartments in an attempt to get him out. Phoebe dates a health inspector who keeps shutting the restaurants they go to. At first she revels in his power, but begins to tire when he starts shutting down her favourite restaurants and when it appears Central Perk is going to suffer the same fate Phoebe decides enough is enough. Rachel and Monica are invited to their new neighbor Danny's party but Rachel is reluctant to go. 
105 8 "The One with All the Thanksgivings" Kevin S. Bright Gregory S. Malins November 19, 1998 (1998-11-19) 467659 23.9[8]
It's Thanksgiving, and everybody has flashbacks of their worst thanksgiving. Phoebe recalls her Thanksgiving in 1862, which happened in one of her "past lives". Rachel reveals Monica's worst Thanksgiving, at which Monica accidentally cut off Chandler's little toe. When Monica tries to get Chandler to forgive her, he accidentally reveals that he's in love with her and quickly tries to retract it. 
106 9 "The One with Ross's Sandwich" Gary Halvorson Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich December 10, 1998 (1998-12-10) 467658 23.0[9]
With his second marriage having failed before it began and currently homeless, Ross can feel the stress building up. When his boss eats (and throws away some of) his last Thanksgiving sandwich at work he erupts and earns himself indefinite leave. Joey, still the only person aware of Monica and Chandler's secret relationship, finds himself constantly having to cover for them after Chandler's underwear is found in Monica's apartment and a nude picture of Monica is left in his kitchen. He is embarrassed, but manages to get his revenge by saying that Monica had slept with him in London, and kept "his" underwear and left the nude picture of her to try and seduce Joey, as she has been stalking him ever since London, trying to get him into bed. Phoebe attends literature classes which she wants to learn seriously but Rachel, who accompanies her takes it as nothing more than some fun. Later Monica takes the class with Phoebe and incidentally turns it into a very competitive class much to everyone's annoyance. 
107 10 "The One with the Inappropriate Sister" Dana DeValley Piazza Shana Goldberg-Meehan December 17, 1998 (1998-12-17) 467661 23.7[10]
Phoebe volunteers to help collect money for the poor during Christmas time but finds that many people take advantage of the tin either to get change or to dispose of trash, causing her to call upon 'Street Phoebe' to deal with them. Ross, with nothing to do now he's not working, helps Joey write a screenplay. However, his constant pushing of Joey sparks up an argument with Chandler. Rachel starts dating Danny, but is put off by his very close relationship with his sister. 
108 11 "The One with All the Resolutions" Joe Regalbuto Story: Brian Boyle
Teleplay: Suzie Villandry
January 7, 1999 (1999-01-07) 467660 27.0[11]
The gang makes New Year's resolutions: Chandler cannot make fun of his friends, Rachel will gossip less, Ross will do something new daily, Joey will learn to play the guitar, Phoebe will pilot a commercial jet and Monica resolves to take more pictures of all the friends together. However, Chandler and Rachel struggle to keep to theirs, as Rachel finds out about Monica and Chandler, and sneakily tries to see if Joey knows, while as a result of the other friends' resolutions Chandler finds it hard to keep to his. Ross decides to wear leather pants to a date but this backfires as the pants shrink and he finds himself unable to put them back on during a date after he has gone to the bathroom. 
109 12 "The One with Chandler's Work Laugh" Kevin S. Bright Alicia Sky Varinaitis January 21, 1999 (1999-01-21) 467663 24.8[12]
Monica finds out that Chandler kisses up to his boss at work and starts to lose respect for him, but behind her back, Rachel is trying to get Monica to confess her secret. However, when she doesn't, Rachel feels hurt that Monica is apparently unwilling to confide in her. Ross learns Emily is engaged again, and has a one-night stand with someone the group is all too familiar with, Janice. Later, Janice breaks up with him though, as she ironically "can't take another second of [his] whining." 
110 13 "The One with Joey's Bag" Gail Mancuso Story: Michael Curtis
Teleplay: Seth Kurland
February 4, 1999 (1999-02-04) 467662 24.9[13]
Phoebe's grandmother dies, and she meets someone she's been looking for since childhood. Rachel convinces Joey to start carrying a "man's bag" to help him get a part in a movie, to the amusement of the other friends. Monica is upset that Chandler doesn't like her massages, but her competitive nature is placated when Chandler says she gives the "best bad massages." 
111 14 "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" Michael Lembeck Alexa Junge February 11, 1999 (1999-02-11) 467664 27.7[14]
It's a sad day as Ugly Naked Guy is moving out, and Ross decides to apply to sublet his apartment. Phoebe finds out about Monica and Chandler after seeing them through Ugly Naked Guy's window and although Joey is happy that now they can just confront them, Rachel and Phoebe instead decide to pretend Phoebe is romantically interested in Chandler, so as to make them confess. Monica and Chandler realize something's up so they play along. Ross finds out that quite a few people are interested in Ugly Naked Guy's apartment and goes to extremes to win him over. Eventually the competition between Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Rachel comes to a head, and Chandler and Monica admit that they love each other. Despite this, they still wish to keep their relationship a secret from Ross ... but it isn't long before he finds out too. 
112 15 "The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey" Kevin S. Bright Adam Chase February 18, 1999 (1999-02-18) 467665 29.3[15]
Ross is initially furious upon learning of Chandler and Monica's relationship, but quickly comes round when he learns it is serious. Joey dates a girl who likes to punch him (Soleil Moon Frye). Ross gets off on the wrong foot with his new neighbors when he, not unreasonably, refuses to contribute towards the retiring superintendent's collection. Chandler and Monica have problems with their relationship after everyone jokes around about marriage. Monica is upset that Chandler refuses to consider getting married one day, and he becomes so worried about losing her that he hastily proposes. Monica turns him down telling him that while she wants him to be open to the idea of getting married one day, they certainly aren't ready yet (much to Chandler's relief). 
113 16 "The One with the Cop" Andrew Tsao Story: Alicia Sky Varinaitis
Teleplay: Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein
February 25, 1999 (1999-02-25) 467666 26.0[16]
Phoebe finds a police badge at the coffeehouse and has fun pretending she's a cop – until she pulls it on the owner, a cop named Gary, who later successfully asks her out for dinner. Ross buys a new couch, but refuses to pay the huge delivery fee. As a result, he and Rachel struggle to lift it up to his apartment and Ross soon wishes he'd just paid the money. Joey thinks he is in love with Monica, after having a romantic dream about her. However, Monica later reasons with him that this is not the case, and that Joey actually wants a serious relationship, similar to Monica and Chandlers'. 
114 17 "The One with Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss" Shelley Jensen Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen March 18, 1999 (1999-03-18) 467667 24.5[17]
Rachel interviews with Ralph Lauren and accidentally kisses her interviewer and prospective boss – Mr. Zelner. Monica wants to prove that she and Chandler are a hotter couple than Phoebe and her new boyfriend. Joey flirts with a girl across the street—in Ross's building, but when he goes to meet her, he instead ends up visiting Ross all the time, due to a miscalculation with the floor number. 
115 18 "The One Where Rachel Smokes" Todd Holland Michael Curtis April 8, 1999 (1999-04-08) 467668 21.9[18]
Rachel tries to take up smoking so she'll feel more included at work with her boss and co-worker. Joey auditions for a soup commercial with Ben playing his son, however the director pairs Ben with another father and eventually Joey is left in the uncomfortable position of going up against his friend's son. Monica and Phoebe throw a birthday party for Rachel, and Phoebe gets upset about Monica taking charge, so when they agree to work together, Phoebe goes all out, when she is in charge of cups and ice. 
116 19 "The One Where Ross Can't Flirt" Gail Mancuso Doty Abrams April 22, 1999 (1999-04-22) 467669 20.9[19]
Ross has trouble flirting with the pizza delivery girl. So he orders lots of pizzas to try to gain her attention. Joey invites his grandmother over to watch his role on Law & Order – but his part's been cut. So he films his own 2 min role while everybody is watching the show. Monica asks Phoebe for a pair of earrings that she lent her but Phoebe has lent them to Rachel who lost one. 
117 20 "The One with the Ride-Along" Gary Halvorson Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Seth Kurland April 29, 1999 (1999-04-29) 467670 19.6[20]
Ross, Joey and Chandler go on a ride-along with Phoebe's cop boyfriend Gary, but in an attempt to save his sandwich from a car backfire, Joey unintentionally ends up saving Ross as well. Because of this, Chandler thinks that Joey cares more about Ross than Chandler — until he finds out Joey was only trying to save his sandwich. Meanwhile, stealing margarita ingredients from Ross's apartment, Rachel intercepts a message from Emily who is about to get married but is having second thoughts and is considering giving Ross another chance. When Rachel accidentally deletes it she agonises over if she should tell Ross. 
118 21 "The One with the Ball" Gary Halvorson Story: Scott Silveri
Teleplay: Gregory S. Malins
May 6, 1999 (1999-05-06) 467671 20.9[21]
Phoebe and Gary move in together – then break up after he shoots a bird. Rachel buys a hairless Sphinx cat, which disturbs her. Ross and Joey pass time by tossing a ball back and forth, and subsequently try to make a record of how long they can throw it, without dropping the ball. Their game is disrupted, however, when Monica feels the need to include herself. Chandler is called a 'Dropper' when he wants to join the game. 
119 22 "The One with Joey's Big Break" Gary Halvorson Story: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Teleplay: Wil Calhoun
May 13, 1999 (1999-05-13) 467672 21.3[22]
Joey borrows Phoebe's taxicab to arrive on time at the production set of the upcoming film, located in Las Vegas. Chandler comes along with him, but then in the cab, they argue over the fact that the movie does not give Joey any money unless it is successful. Chandler thinks that the movie will not be the big break Joey is looking for, which causes Joey to leave Chandler stranded on the bridge. When Joey arrives, the production set has been down for budget constraints, and he takes a job as a costumed Roman soldier at Caesars Palace. Meanwhile, Rachel has eye problems but is too resistant to receive eyedrops on her eyes; Phoebe is angry at Ross, and he wants to know why. 
120/121 23/24 "The One in Vegas" Kevin S. Bright Part 1: Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich
Part 2: Gregory S. Malins & Scott Silveri
May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)[a] 467673/467674 25.9[23]
Monica has lunch with Richard but doesn't want to tell Chandler. She and Chandler go to Las Vegas for their anniversary, but Phoebe tags along to make up for her missing out on the London trip. They find out that Joey is working as a gladiator in a casino while the recording for his movie has been postponed. Rachel takes Phoebe's advice and wanders around in her apartment naked, which Ross mistakes as an invitation to "the physical act of love." To get back at Rachel for making fun of him, he attempts to embarrass her on the flight to Las Vegas; mishap ensues. When Ross and Rachel arrive in Vegas, they get drunk. Joey discovers his "identical hand twin" and decides that he can make money off him so he can fund his delayed movie. Phoebe feuds with a slots "lurker" and gets thrown out of the casino, though she returns, posing as "Regina Phalange". Chandler and Monica contemplate marriage, and almost go through with it – until they see Ross and Rachel drunkenly stumbling out of the chapel, with Ross throwing rice and Rachel with a white bouquet of flowers. 

DVD release[edit]

The Complete Fifth Season
Set details[24] Special features[24]
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
November 4, 2003 May 29, 2000 October 4, 2006

References[edit]

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