Friends (season 7)

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Friends (season 7)
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Friends season 7 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12) –
May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17)
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List of Friends episodes

The seventh season of Friends, an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on October 12, 2000. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 24 episodes and concluded airing on May 17, 2001.


Collider ranked it #4 on their ranking of the ten Friends seasons, and cited "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding" as its best episode. They also wrote that "The One with the Engagement Picture" and "The One with the Vows" were other highlights.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

(In particular, Introduced in season 7 or Only in season 7)


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1471"The One with Monica's Thunder"Kevin S. BrightStory by : Wil Calhoun
Teleplay by : David Crane & Marta Kauffman
October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)22640125.54[2]
The gang prepare to celebrate Monica and Chandler's engagement. However, when Monica opens the door to Ross kissing Rachel in the hall, Monica accuses them of stealing her thunder. Ross and Rachel had been planning a "bonus night", where two exes have a one-night stand. Meanwhile, Chandler has bedroom-related problems, Joey auditions to play as a 19-year-old, and Phoebe is desperate to be asked to play her guitar at the wedding.
1482"The One with Rachel's Book"Michael LembeckAndrew Reich & Ted CohenOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)22640227.93[2]
Monica learns her parents have spent her wedding fund but soon perks up when she learns Chandler has saved enough money to pay for her dream wedding. However, Chandler isn't keen on spending all of the money on the wedding when he'd rather save it for their future. Joey finds an erotic novel Rachel's been reading and mocks her. Phoebe moves temporarily into Ross' apartment bringing her massage clients with her, leading Ross to end up massaging an old man in a failed pass at a woman.
1493"The One with Phoebe's Cookies"Gary HalvorsonSherry Bilsing & Ellen PlummerOctober 19, 2000 (2000-10-19)22640522.70[2]
Phoebe wants to give Monica her grandmother's secret cookie recipe – but the recipe was destroyed in the fire. Later, the two make many test cookies, only to realize the true recipe comes from Nestle Toll House. Rachel tries to teach Joey how to sail, but to no avail. Rachel's demanding manner on the boat makes her realize she can be like her father. Meanwhile, Chandler gets new glasses and a mishap in a steam room results in Chandler sitting on his future father-in-law's nude lap.
1504"The One with Rachel's Assistant"David SchwimmerBrian BoyleOctober 26, 2000 (2000-10-26)22640322.66[2]
Rachel must choose between a hunky young guy, Tag, or an experienced and well-qualified woman, for the job of executive assistant. Joey is offered the part of Dr. Stryker Ramoray, the twin of his old character Dr. Drake Ramoray, on Days of Our Lives but is offended when he is asked to audition. However, when Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. is cancelled, Joey finds himself crawling back to the producers. Monica, Chandler and Ross (who wore leg warmers) all reveal secrets to each other. Monica tells Chandler about Phoebe's secret of an employee getting fired, and Chandler tells about his trip to Disney with Ross who ended up ill on a ride after eating tacos. Ross tells Monica about the Atlantic City trip in which Chandler's secret by accidentally kissed a guy. Monica ate her macaroni diorama. Ross ended up kissing a cleaning lady.
1515"The One with the Engagement Picture"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Earl Davis
Teleplay by : Patty Lin
November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02)22640424.43[2]
Chandler can't seem to photograph well. Joey teaches Tag to pick up women, much to Rachel's annoyance. Ross and Phoebe date a couple who are divorcing.
1526"The One with the Nap Partners"Gary HalvorsonBrian Buckner & Sebastian JonesNovember 9, 2000 (2000-11-09)22640622.01[2]
Joey and Ross accidentally take a nap together and much to their dismay, find that they like it. Phoebe and Rachel compete to be Monica's maid of honor. Meanwhile, Chandler's breakup with a past girlfriend because of weight issues places Monica in doubt about him being committed to their relationship.
1537"The One with Ross's Library Book"David SchwimmerScott SilveriNovember 16, 2000 (2000-11-16)22641023.73[2]
Ross is happy that his dissertation is in the school library until he finds out where it's located: the dead part of the library where people go to hook up. Rachel and Phoebe believe they've found the perfect girl (Kristin Davis) for Joey. Janice invites herself to Chandler and Monica's wedding, and they try to stop her by convincing her Chandler still has feelings for her. Ross, while trying to guard his dissertation from potential lovers, meets a woman who enjoyed his work, and they end up fooling around (and getting caught) in the library.
1548"The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs"Kevin S. BrightPatty LinNovember 23, 2000 (2000-11-23)22640716.57[2]
Phoebe sneaks a dog into the apartment; Chandler reveals that he hates dogs. Ross becomes obsessed with naming all fifty U.S. states in order to earn his Thanksgiving dinner. After revealing Tag broke up with his girlfriend and has nowhere to go for Thanksgiving, Rachel invites him to Monica and Chandler's apartment, and is hesitant on whether to tell Tag her true feelings.
1559"The One with All the Candy"David SchwimmerWil CalhounDecember 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)22640821.08[2]
Monica's plan to get to know her neighbors backfires when she is overworked. Phoebe finally gets her first bicycle, thanks to Ross, but is unable to ride it. Rachel and Tag's relationship is nearly discovered at Ralph Lauren.
15610"The One with the Holiday Armadillo"Gary HalvorsonGregory S. MalinsDecember 14, 2000 (2000-12-14)22640923.26[2]
Ross wants to introduce Ben to Hanukkah but Ben always loved Christmas. Phoebe learns that her and Rachel's apartment has been repaired; however she then fears that Rachel would rather continue to live with Joey instead of her. To prevent this problem she presents Joey with various gifts – a spider that scares Joey more than Rachel and a drum kit that annoys Monica. Ross dresses up as a "Holiday Armadillo" to make Ben excited about Hanukkah.
15711"The One with All the Cheesecakes"Gary HalvorsonShana Goldberg-MeehanJanuary 4, 2001 (2001-01-04)22641224.37[2]
Rachel and Chandler get hooked on cheesecakes meant for someone else. David (Hank Azaria), Phoebe's Scientist Guy, comes into town for just one night and wants to have dinner with Phoebe when she already has plans with Joey. Monica's cousin Frannie, with whom she was once best friends, is getting married, and she is not invited. As it turns out, her husband is Stuart, an old flame who slept with Monica once.
15812"The One Where They're Up All Night"Kevin S. BrightZachary RosenblattJanuary 11, 2001 (2001-01-11)22641322.86[2]
Everyone is awake for the whole night after they try to see a comet on the roof. Monica and Chandler can't seem to sleep, Rachel and Tag search for a business file, Joey and Ross try to get off the roof staying after the others and getting locked out, and Phoebe's smoke detector won't stop beeping, leading to a run-in with a firefighter.
15913"The One Where Rosita Dies"Stephen PrimeStory by : Ellen Plummer & Sherry Bilsing
Teleplay by : Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01)22641522.24[2]
Rachel and Chandler both think they've broken Rosita, Joey's recliner, so Rachel goes out with Joey to buy the La-Z-Boy E-Cliner 3000, while Chandler secretly swaps his recliner with Joey's. Joey believes that Rosita has been healed, so Rachel keeps the luxurious La-Z-Boy for herself (making Joey jealous). Meanwhile, Monica and Ross visit their childhood house, finding out their parents are selling it. However, an incident with the Porsche and a flood leads to Monica's childhood boxes being ruined while Ross' stay dry. Phoebe takes a telemarketing job selling toner and tries to save a man named Earl (Jason Alexander) from committing suicide.
16014"The One Where They All Turn Thirty"Ben WeissStory by : Vanessa McCarthy
Teleplay by : Ellen Plummer & Sherry Bilsing
February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)22641122.40[2]

Rachel frets over turning 30, prompting everyone else to remember what they did when they reached the same milestone. After realizing that Tag is too young and immature, she breaks up with him.

Note: In episode 3.10 “The One Where Rachel Quits”, set in December 1996, Chandler says Rachel is 28 and so she should turn 33 in this episode, set in early 2001. Moreover, it is previously said (elsewhere in seasons 4 and 5) that Rachel was born on May 5th and not in the wintertime.
16115"The One with Joey's New Brain"Kevin S. BrightStory by : Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
Teleplay by : Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15)22641621.75[2]

Joey's Days of our Lives character has another character's brain transplanted into his body, and tells the actress, Cecilia Monroe (Susan Sarandon) by accident. Using his charm, Joey and Cecilia work to maintain the character's legacy, and they sleep together. Ross cooks up a special surprise for the wedding: dreadful bagpipe playing. Meanwhile, after finding a cute guy's phone, Phoebe and Rachel compete over who gets to keep the phone to start 'a fairytale for the digital age'. Later, an elderly gentleman claims the phone, and Phoebe happily goes to dinner with him, finding him more attractive than the young man whose phone they thought it was.

Note: Matt LeBlanc was nervous about performing with Susan Sarandon. Similarly, Kevin Bright was cautious about directing, as Tim Robbins attended the studio recording.
16216"The One with the Truth About London"David SchwimmerStory by : Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
Teleplay by : Zachary Rosenblatt
February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22)22641721.22[2]
Rachel teaches Ben practical jokes, which angers Ross. However, Ross and Ben get back at Rachel with a prank of their own. Chandler learns that Monica was actually planning on sleeping with Joey the night they first got together, making Chandler paranoid that she would leave him for Joey. Joey becomes ordained over the Internet in preparation to officiate Monica and Chandler's wedding.
16317"The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress"Kevin S. BrightStory by : Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
Teleplay by : Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
March 15, 2001 (2001-03-15)22641420.84[2]
Monica beats another bride-to-be in a fight over a wedding dress; however she is forced to reconsider her victory when the other bride-to-be books Chandler's favorite band on the same day as her wedding and holds them as ransom for the dress. Joey and Ross fight over the same girl (Gabrielle Union) they met and go to drastic measures to win.
16418"The One with Joey's Award"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
Teleplay by : Brian Boyle
March 29, 2001 (2001-03-29)22641817.81[2]
Joey is nominated for a "Soapie" but loses, much to his chagrin. But when he accepts a different award on behalf of a co-star, he finds himself unwilling to hand it over. One of Ross' male students claims he is in love with him to get a higher mark on a test. It is revealed by another student that he is straight and has fooled other professors in a similar manner. The student ends up with a C after some of Ross' colleagues overhear a conversation that made it seem that Ross and the student dated.
16519"The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin"Gary HalvorsonAndrew Reich & Ted CohenApril 19, 2001 (2001-04-19)22642116.55[2]

Ross and Monica's gorgeous cousin, Cassie (Denise Richards) comes to visit, and Chandler, Ross, and Phoebe become attracted to her. Rachel and Phoebe quickly throw together a bridal shower for Monica. Joey auditions for a part which is perfect for him, apart from the fact it calls for an uncircumcised actor (which Joey is not). Upon finding out he lied about his 'downstairs' area, Monica tries to fix it so he can still get the part, using a variety of methods including Silly Putty and cold cuts.

Note: The sub-plot where Joey auditions for the role of an uncircumcised man was originally written for The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding but the story was changed on the advice of network censors, who thought it was tasteless.[3][page needed]
16620"The One with Rachel's Big Kiss"Gary HalvorsonScott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-MeehanApril 26, 2001 (2001-04-26)22641916.30[2]
Rachel runs into Melissa (Winona Ryder), a former sorority sister with whom she once had a passionate kiss. However, with Melissa denying it and Phoebe unable to believe Rachel is capable of something like that, Rachel decides to recreate the kiss with surprising results: Melissa was faking and has feelings for Rachel. Meanwhile Chandler is excited when he rents the same tuxedo that Pierce Brosnan wore as James Bond, but feels outdone when Ross claims to have tried the same tux Val Kilmer wore in Batman Forever.
16721"The One with the Vows"Gary HalvorsonDoty AbramsMay 3, 2001 (2001-05-03)22642415.65[2]

Chandler and Monica struggle to write their wedding vows. The group remember the journey Monica and Chandler have made the past few years via flashbacks.

Note: This is the lowest rated episode in the series with only 15.65 million viewers.
16822"The One with Chandler's Dad"Kevin S. Bright & Gary HalvorsonStory by : Gregory S. Malins
Teleplay by : Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10)22642017.23[2]
Chandler tries to reconcile with his estranged father (Kathleen Turner), per Monica's request. Monica and Chandler attend one of Mr. Bing's drag shows, where father and son reconcile and Mr. Bing agrees to attend. Rachel, an irresponsible driver, takes Monica's Porsche for a spin with Ross (much to his fear). Joey takes advice from Phoebe about his masculinity, resulting in him trying on women's underwear. Rachel gets caught driving the Porsche without a license and flirts with the officer to get out of being fined. Later, Ross is pulled over for driving too slow on the freeway, resulting in similar (but unsuccessful) flirtatious attempts.
"The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding"Kevin S. BrightGregory S. Malins
Marta Kauffman & David Crane
May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17)[a]226422
Joey gets a part in a movie and learns the art of enunciation (and therein spitting) from his famous co-star (Gary Oldman). He later finds out he is supposed to work on the day of Monica and Chandler's wedding. Chandler's fear of commitment catches up to him and he runs away from his wedding. Phoebe finds someone's positive pregnancy test in the bathroom trash, and assumes it is Monica's. Joey learns he is only supposed to shoot one scene before he can leave for the wedding, but when his co-star turns up drunk it seems Joey won't make it to the ceremony. Chandler is found but, upon overhearing Phoebe discuss Monica's assumed pregnancy, disappears again. Luckily he turns up again, used to the idea of becoming a father. Joey arrives just in time, still in costume from his war movie. Monica and Chandler become husband and wife, getting married to the tune of the song "Everlong" by Foo Fighters. In the end, it's revealed that the pregnancy test belonged to Rachel.


Special No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
S01"Friends: The Stuff You've Never Seen"February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15)22.50[2]
A 20-minute special hosted by Conan O'Brien.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Category Recipient Results
13th Annual Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Television Show N/A Nominated
5th Annual Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Writing in a Comedy Series Wil Calhoun
Andrew Reich
Ted Cohen
Sherry Bilings
Ellen Plummer
Brian Boyle
Earl Davis
Brian Buckner
Sebastian Jones
Scott Silveri
Patty Lin
Gregory S. Malins
Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Zachary Rosenblatt
Vanessa McCarthy
Doty Abrams
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Jennifer Aniston Nominated
Lisa Kudrow Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Susan Saraondon Nominated
Kathleen Turner Nominated
27th Annual People's Choice Awards Favorite Television Comedy Series N/A Won
Favorite Female Television Performer Jennifer Aniston Won
53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
for episode "The One with Rachel's Assistant" + "The One Where They All Turn Thirty"
Jennifer Aniston Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
for episode "The One with Phoebe's Cookies" + "The One with Joey's New Brain"
Lisa Kudrow Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
for episode "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding Part 1 & 2)"
Gary Oldman Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
for episode "The One with Joey's New Brain"
Susan Sarandon Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series
for episode "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding (Part 1 & 2)"
John Shaffner
Joe Stewart
Greg J. Grande
5th Annual Satellite Awards Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical N/A Nominated
Best Actress in a Series - Comedy or Musical Lisa Kudrow Won
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
3rd Annual Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Series - Comedy N/A Won


  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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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Friends Nielsen Ratings Archive – Season Seven". Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Sangster, Jim; Bailey, David (2000). Friends Like Us: The Unofficial Guide to "Friends" (Revised ed.). London: Virgin. ISBN 0753504391.

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