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The fifth season of Friends, an American sitcom 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.

Friends (season 5)
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Friends season 5 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) –
May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)
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List of Friends episodes



Collider ranked it #2 on their ranking of the ten Friends seasons, and chose "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" as its best episode.[1]

Cast and charactersEdit

(In particular, Introduced in season 5 or Only in season 5)


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
981"The One After Ross Says Rachel"Kevin S. BrightSeth KurlandSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)46765131.1[2]
After Ross mistakenly says Rachel's name instead of Emily's at the altar, he tries to patch things up with her but she goes into hiding. Monica and Chandler are desperate to hook up again. Rachel debates whether she should confront Ross about his mistake. Ross persuades Rachel to go with him on his Ross and Emily's canceled Greece honeymoon but he abandons her at the last minute, and she unintentionally goes alone.
992"The One with All the Kissing"Gary HalvorsonWil CalhounOctober 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)46765225.4[2]
Phoebe feels left out when the other friends talk about their London trip. Rachel arrivess back home, livid that Ross abandoned her on the plane to Greece when he attempted to reconcile with Emily. Monica and Chandler struggle to refrain their feelings for one another.
1003"The One Hundredth"
"The One with the Triplets"
Kevin S. BrightDavid Crane & Marta KauffmanOctober 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)46765326.8[2]
Phoebe's water breaks and the gang head to the hospital: Rachel asks out a pair of male nurses for her and Monica in an attempt to get over Ross. This causes friction between Monica and Chandler. At the hospital, Joey, in pain, is diagnosed with kidney stones while Phoebe gives birth to Frank and Alice's triplets: Frank Jr. Jr, Leslie and Chandler. Phoebe has difficulty giving them up.
1014"The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS"Shelley JensenMichael CurtisOctober 15, 1998 (1998-10-15)46765424.1[2]
Chandler starts behaving rather arrogantly after learning Monica thinks he is the best sex she has ever had. Phoebe does her best to find a selfless good deed. Ross finally makes contact with Emily and tries to work things out. Joey lands a job on a PBS telethon much to Phoebe's disapproval.
1025"The One with the Kips"Dana DeValley PiazzaScott SilveriOctober 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)46765525.9[2]
Ross breaks the news to Rachel that Emily does not want him to see her anymore and Rachel worries about being phased out of the group entirely much like Chandler's old roommate and seeks help from Phoebe while Monica and Chandler escape for a weekend away together and end up fighting - Joey eventually puts two and two together and realises the truth about their relationship.
1036"The One with the Yeti"Gary HalvorsonAlexa JungeNovember 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)46765625.0[2]
Phoebe's mother sends her a fur coat causing her to rethink her views but finally has it cremated. Emily's demands on Ross become more unreasonable to the annoyance of his friends, causing him to make a huge decision about his marriage. Monica and Rachel encounter what they think is a yeti in the storage room leading to an unexpected outcome.
1047"The One Where Ross Moves In"Gary HalvorsonGigi McCreery & Perry ReinNovember 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)46765724.4[2]
Rachel tries acting indifferent to Danny despite liking him. Phoebe begins dating Larry, a health inspector, but her friends soon become annoyed when he shuts down all their favorite restaurants. After Ross is evicted, Joey and Chandler invite him to move in with them but soon regret this and want to get rid of him.
1058"The One with All the Thanksgivings"Kevin S. BrightGregory S. MalinsNovember 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)46765923.9[2]
Monica cooks Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. When they are too full to do anything else, they share stories of their worst-ever Thanksgivings: Chandler learned of his parents' divorce; Joey got a turkey stuck on his head; years before, when Monica tried seducing Chandler, she accidentally cut off his toe tip with a sharp knife.
1069"The One with Ross's Sandwich"Gary HalvorsonTed Cohen & Andrew ReichDecember 10, 1998 (1998-12-10)46765823.0[2]
Phoebe takes a literature class and regrets bringing Rachel along so has a little fun of her own. Joey tires of covering up Monica and Chandler's secret relationship. Ross is advised to take time off work after losing his temper when a colleague eats his Thanksgiving leftover sandwich.
10710"The One with the Inappropriate Sister"Dana DeValley PiazzaShana Goldberg-MeehanDecember 17, 1998 (1998-12-17)46766123.7[2]
During his time off work, Ross, bored, encourages Joey to write and star in his own movies, ultimately causing friction between the three guys. Phoebe encounters problems while collecting money for the poor in the run up to Christmas. Monica sets Rachel up on a date with Danny but Rachel quickly loses interest after seeing the overly-intimate way Danny interacts with his sister.
10811"The One with All the Resolutions"Joe RegalbutoStory by : Brian Boyle
Teleplay by : Suzie Villandry
January 7, 1999 (1999-01-07)46766027.0[2]
The gang decide to make some New Year resolutions: Rachel promises to stop gossiping, Monica tries to be less clean and tidy (which ultimately fails, so she starts taking more group photos). Phoebe wants to pilot a commercial aircraft, and Joey would like to learn the guitar. Chandler must stop making jokes and Ross wants to try something new each day. Phoebe's attempt to teach Joey the guitar ends badly. Ross encounters a few problems when he goes on a date wearing a new pair of leather pants. Rachel receives a shock when she picks up the phone at the apartment.
10912"The One with Chandler's Work Laugh"Kevin S. BrightAlicia Sky VarinaitisJanuary 21, 1999 (1999-01-21)46766324.8[2]
Monica is dismayed by how Chandler kisses up to his boss at work. Rachel tries to get Monica to confess her secret to her. However, when she does not, 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, as she ironically "can't take another second of [his] whining."
11013"The One with Joey's Bag"Gail MancusoStory by : Michael Curtis
Teleplay by : Seth Kurland
February 4, 1999 (1999-02-04)46766224.9[2]
Phoebe's grandmother dies, and she is shocked when her father turns up at the funeral (When he identifies himself as "Frank Buffay," there is an audible gasp from the studio audience.). Wanting to know more about him, she decides to arrange an encounter without telling him her identity. With an audition coming up, Joey wants to look good, but doesn't feel he has a 'style'. Rachel steps in to help out and convinces Joey to start carrying a "man's bag" to help him get the part. Joey soon starts loving the bag, but to everyone else he just looks like a man carrying a purse. 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."
11114"The One Where Everybody Finds Out"Michael LembeckAlexa JungeFebruary 11, 1999 (1999-02-11)46766427.7[2]
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 he soon finds out.
11215"The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey"Kevin S. BrightAdam ChaseFebruary 18, 1999 (1999-02-18)46766529.3[2]
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).
11316"The One with the Cop"Andrew TsaoStory by : Alicia Sky Varinaitis
Teleplay by : Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein
February 25, 1999 (1999-02-25)46766626.0[2]
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'.
11417"The One with Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss"Shelley JensenAndrew Reich & Ted CohenMarch 18, 1999 (1999-03-18)46766724.5[2]
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' 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.
11518"The One Where Rachel Smokes"Todd HollandMichael CurtisApril 8, 1999 (1999-04-08)46766821.9[2]
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.
11619"The One Where Ross Can't Flirt"Gail MancusoDoty AbramsApril 22, 1999 (1999-04-22)46766920.9[2]
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-minute role while everybody is watching the show. Monica asks Phoebe for a pair of earrings she lent her, but Phoebe has lent them to Rachel, who lost one.
11720"The One with the Ride-Along"Gary HalvorsonShana Goldberg-Meehan & Seth KurlandApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)46767019.6[2]
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' 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.
11821"The One with the Ball"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Scott Silveri
Teleplay by : Gregory S. Malins
May 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)46767120.9[2]
Phoebe learns that Gary is planning to ask her to move in with him and freaks out. She asks Chandler, as a commitment-phobe, to put him off however he can't bring himself to do it after seeing the depth of Gary's feelings. Phoebe ends up warming to the idea and agrees to move in, however the relationship ends on their first morning together when Gary shoots a bird tweeting outside the bedroom window. Rachel buys a hairless Sphynx cat for $1,000 but quickly regrets her purchase when all her friends make fun of it and the cat itself doesn't like her. She eventually unloads the creature on Gunther, making a profit. 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.
11922"The One with Joey's Big Break"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Teleplay by : Wil Calhoun
May 13, 1999 (1999-05-13)46767221.3[2]
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 learns that Joey won't get paid unless the movie is successful and remarks that he doesn't think the movie will be the big break he is looking for. Furious at Chandler's apparent lack of faith, he kicks him out of the cab and leaves him stranded on the bridge. Feeling guilty, Chandler later phones Joey and apologizes, however Joey doesn't tell Chandler that he was right... production has been shut down due to lack of funds forcing him to get 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 can't remember why, but refuses to make up leaving it to Ross to find out how he upset her.
"The One in Vegas"Kevin S. BrightTed Cohen & Andrew Reich
Gregory S. Malins & Scott Silveri
May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)[a]467673
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 releaseEdit

The Complete Fifth Season
Set details[3] Special features[3]
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
November 4, 2003 May 29, 2000 October 4, 2006

Awards and nominationsEdit

Association Category Recipient Results
13th Annual American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series Matt LeBlanc Nominated
Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series Lisa Kudrow Won
11th Annual Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Jennifer Aniston Nominated
3rd Annual Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Comedy Series N/A Won
Best Direction in a Comedy Series Kevin S. Bright
Gary Halvorson
Shelley Jensen
Dana DeValley Piazza
Joe Regalbuto
Gail Mancuso
Michael Lembeck
Andrew Tsao
Todd Holland
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Seth Kurland
Wil Calhoun
David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Michael Curtis
Scott Silveri
Alexa Junge
Gigi McCreery
Perry Rein
Gregory S. Malins
Ted Cohen
Andrew Reich
Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Brian Boyle
Alicia Sky Varinaitis
Adam Chase
Doty Abrams
Best Episode of a Comedy Series
for episode "The One Where Everybody Finds Out"
N/A Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Kudrow Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series N/A Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
for episode "The One Where Everybody Finds Out"
Michael Lembeck Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
for episode "The One Where Everybody Finds Out"
Alexa Junge Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
for episode "The One Hundredth" + "The One Where Everybody Finds Out"
Lisa Kudrow Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series
for episode "The One with All the Thanksgivings"
Debra McGuire Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special
for episode "The One with All the Thanksgivings"
Dana Mark McClure Nominated
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Lisa Kudrow Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
1st Annual Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Series - Comedy N/A Won
15th Annual Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy N/A Nominated
51st Annual Writers Guild Awards Episodic Comedy
for episode "The One Where Everybody Finds Out"
Alex Junge Nominated


  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 "Friends Nielsen Ratings Archive – Season Five". Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Friends – The Complete 5th Season". TV Shows on Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012.

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