Ellen clip - starring Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis, Jeremy Piven.
Monica is distraught after her break-up with Richard. Phoebe unsuccessfully tries to raise her spirits, but ultimately it's Mr. Geller who comforts his daughter. Chandler and Janice begin seeing each other again and Joey can't stand it. The two plan a 'day of fun' to try and overcome Joey's aversions, resulting in Joey's tolerance of Janice--for Chandler's sake. Rachel tells the women about a fantasy of Ross' involving Princess Leia.
Phoebe forgets to tell Joey about an audition but makes up for it by calling the casting director and pretending to be an agent; She's so good at it that Joey asks her to represent him full time. Phoebe tries it, but can't handle the amount of rejection Joey receives. Ross cannot accept that Ben enjoys playing with Barbie dolls and pushes masculine toys onto him. Chandler's fear of commitment may cause Janice to leave him. Rachel and Monica convince him to pass through the metaphorical tunnel towards commitment. Chandler does just that, but to an extreme and he scares Janice away. Rachel and Monica welcome Chandler, who's now alone, to their side of the tunnel. Chandler then calls Janice and confesses his true feelings. All is forgiven.
Joey convinces Chandler to double date with him, and as Chandler's bad luck would have it, his date turns out to be Janice. Chandler and Janice get drunk and sleep together, and when Chandler tries to break up with her, yet again, she horrifies him by responding that she's okay with it, because she knows they are each other's 'destiny.' Meanwhile, Monica, Rachel and Phoebe have a 'Bad Boyfriend Cleansing Ritual,' in which they burn all reminders of their bad ex-boyfriends. The fire gets out of control, and three firemen come save the day. Three women, three firemen and dates are made. Little do the women know the guys are all jerks. Across town Ross and Kristen, his first date in nine years, run into Carol and Susan at a restaurant. When Susan is called away, Ross invites Carol to join them, and the two of them wind up driving Kristen away with their reminiscing.
Joey tells Chandler that Janice is back with her husband. Chandler wants to confront Janice but Joey tells him he should bow out and let Janice try to make things work with her husband (and their child). Chandler speaks with Janice, tells her to go back to her husband, then begs her to stay with him. Ultimately, Janice returns to her husband. Rachel and Monica have to take care of Ben and Monica accidentally bangs Ben's head on the ceiling. They try to hide it from Ross, but he manages to find out. Phoebe won't see a dentist because she's convinced people die when she does. The friends convince her that she's being silly. She goes, and the friends notice that Ugly Naked Guy has been awfully still on his hammock. Phoebe's convinced he's dead. They construct a giant poking device out of chop sticks to prod him and see if he's alive. He is, and they wake him up.
Ross gets a new pet monkey (Marcel), with which he experiences the typical struggles of a new 'relationship.' In order to avoid having to find dates for New Year's Eve, the gang decides to throw a 'dateless' party at Monica's; one by one they all (except Ross) end up bringing dates, each of which turns out badly. Meanwhile, Phoebe falls in love with a physicist named David who must choose between realizing his life's dream of participating in a prestigious research project in Minsk or staying in New York to be with Phoebe.
The gang has a flashback to three years ago (one year before the pilot was supposed to have happened) where we see how everyone's lives were beginning to come together. Phoebe is moving out of Monica's apartment because Monica's too anal retentive. Chandler is searching for a new roommate, who ends up being Joey. Joey soon hits on Monica. Monica bumps into Rachel, whom Chandler has just tried to pick up, at their favorite bar--which we learn is about to become a coffee shop--and Rachel speaks of her recent engagement. And Ross learns that Carol is really a lesbian. Ross is devastated, and Phoebe tries to help. The two end up in a passionate kiss, but the moment is broken when the other friends show up.
Joey's ex, Angela, shows up at the coffee house looking gorgeous, prompting Joey to want her back. She refuses, telling him she is now seeing Bob. Joey arranges a 'double date' and gets Monica to go along under the pretense that she is being set up with Angela's 'brother' Bob. Monica wises up to the scam during dinner and in the end Joey and Monica break up Angela and Bob. Meanwhile, Chandler and Phoebe make a date to break up with their respective dates at the coffee house. Phoebe is able to dump her guy in twenty seconds, but Chandler can't seem to do it. He has too many espressos, and finally Phoebe steps in and takes over for him. Ross and Rachel have a laundry date together. Rachel is a laundry virgin, and Ross helps her through this first experience.
Monica decides the best way to get over Richard is to keep herself busy. She develops a 'jam plan,' -- hoping the distraction of cooking will divert her attention. After making jars and jars of jam Monica decides she still wants to have a baby. So she begins searching for a sperm donor, where she comes across Joey's file. Phoebe is mistakenly stalked by a man who thinks she's Ursula. The two date until, fearing that he still likes Ursula, Phoebe begins stalking her stalker. Chandler gets advice from Ross on how to avoid cuddling in bed and sparks a tiff between Ross and Rachel.
Ross struggles with the conflict between his own interest in Charlie and Joey's desire to impress her. He coaches Joey on doing and saying things that she'll appreciate. Rachel has a gift certificate for a free massage at a big corporate massage chain; Phoebe makes her promise not to go. She goes anyway, and discovers that Phoebe works there. Monica and Chandler go in for fertility testing and bump into Janice. Later, the doctor calls and tells Chandler that he and Monica both have fertility problems.
Ross takes Chandler to the university library to find his doctoral dissertation.
Monica attends one of Chandler's work parties, where she is exposed to his fake work laugh. Laughing at his bosses lame jokes, Chandler insists that it's just something he has to do. The two then play a tennis game with Chandler's boss and his wife, bringing out the ultra-competitive side of Monica. After pummeling their opponents in the first games, Chandler asks Monica to let his boss win a game. Monica refuses, so Chandler must make an effort to lose the game. When he succeeds, his boss invites he and Monica over for dinner. Once again Chandler fake laughs at all his bosses jokes, until Monica tells him that she can't stand seeing him this way. Chandler finally stands up to his boss and doesn't laugh at his joke, which greatly upsets his boss. Realizing he's in trouble, Monica jumps in and 'explains' the joke to Chandler, then they both fake laugh for his bosses benefit. Meanwhile, Rachel tries to get Monica to admit her romance with Chandler. But Monica continues to lie to her in an effort to keep the relationship a secret. Frustrated, Rachel finally goes over to Chandler's apartment to confront them, and overhears Monica telling Chandler how difficult it is to keep lying to Rachel, since she's her best friend. Touched by what she's overheard, Rachel decides to leave quietly, but accidentally trips over a cord and knocks a lamp over on her way out. Monica comes out of Chandler's room and sees Rachel, then both women make up lies to conceal what they're really doing there. Rachel' pretends she doesn't know that anything's going on, and Monica pretends that she's there cleaning.
Rachel and Phoebe are taking a self-defense class. Eager to help, Ross offers to teach them a concept he learned in karate called 'Unagi', a state of total awareness. Determined to pass along his philosophy to the girls, Ross decides to surprise attack them to prove just how much they need his help. This set off a string of surprise attacks against each other. Ross's antics are brought to an end when he accidentally accosts two strangers on the street, having mistaken them for Rachel and Phoebe. Joey is broke and tries to earn money as a medical research volunteer. In attempt to get $2000 for an identical twin study, he persuades a fellow actor to pretend to be his twin. Monica and Chandler celebrate Valentine's Day a few weeks late and decide to give each other handmade presents. Monica feels guilty because Chandler gives her a mixed tape of romantic songs and she didn't make a gift. She attempts to make it up to him until she finds out that the mixed tape was an old birthday gift to Chandler from Janice.
Monica buys a bed from a store run by Janice's ex-husband. The store mistakenly delivers the wrong bed -- a children's race car bed--and Phoebe signs for it. Monica goes to the store with Joey and the two catch Janice kissing her ex-husband. Ross has dinner with Rachel and her father, but commits a foux-pas when he tries to augment Dr. Green's incredibly small tip. He and Dr. Green make up when the two discover they have a common interest--nagging Rachel. Joey teaches an acting class for soap operas, but soon has a conflict when he and a student are up for the same role.
Ross and Emily run into a couple of her friends from London - they invite Ross to partake in a 'friendly' game of rugby the next day. Because one of the guys makes a point of mentioning his past fling with Emily, Ross feels determined to play and kick ass (particularly his ass!) While Emily warns Ross of the dangers of rugby, he goes for it anyway and nearly dies in the process. With a couple of pointers from his girl, Ross pulls some smooth moves and ends up proving himself with a vengeance. Ross realizes more than ever that he truly adores Emily and would do anything for her. Meanwhile, Chandler runs into a divorced Janice and she immediately assumes her old post as his obnoxious girlfriend. In an effort to get rid of her once and for all, Chandler lies and says he's relocating to Yemen for work. When Janice sees him off at the airport, Chandler must do one of two things: either fess-up or fly to Yemen ... he boards the plane. Monica tears the apartment apart while tracking an electrical wire that leads to a switch without an outlet.
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