Friends (season 6)

The sixth season of Friends, an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on September 23, 1999. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 25 episodes and concluded airing on May 18, 2000.

Friends
Season 6
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Friends season 6 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 23, 1999 (1999-09-23) –
May 18, 2000 (2000-05-18)
Season chronology
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List of Friends episodes

ReceptionEdit

Collider ranked it #5 on their ranking of the ten Friends seasons, and wrote that "The One Where Ross Got High" was its best episode.[1]

Cast and charactersEdit

(In particular, Introduced in season 6 or Only in season 6)

EpisodesEdit

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
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U.S. viewers
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1221"The One After Vegas"Kevin S. BrightAdam ChaseSeptember 23, 1999 (1999-09-23)22555127.8[2]

In Vegas, Ross and Rachel initially have no memory of getting married the previous night, then must deal with the aftermath of their drunken escapade. Phoebe and Joey drive back to New York in Phoebe's cab. She becomes angry when Joey sleeps most of the way rather than playing his promised fun road trip games; she unnerves Joey by picking up a hitchhiker while he was napping. Back at home, Monica and Chandler ponder the idea of marriage and decide to take their relationship forward a step by living together.


Opening Credit Gag: Courteney Cox married David Arquette between seasons 5 and 6 and she changed her last name to Cox-Arquette. As a tribute to them, Courteney Cox-Arquette was given top billing for the episode, and "-Arquette" was added to every cast member's last name in the opening credits.
1232"The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel"Gail MancusoShana Goldberg-MeehanSeptember 30, 1999 (1999-09-30)22555223.0[3]
Ross promises Rachel to get their Vegas marriage annulled, only to shock Phoebe by confessing he cannot go through with it, unable to handle another failed marriage. Whilst he and Phoebe consuel other women to see whether they would date him after three divorces, one of the women hypothesises that Ross is still in love with Rachel, to which Phoebe agrees. Ross adamantly denies this and unsuccessfully attempts to secretly annul the marriage himself. Monica and Chandler announce they are moving in together. Joey reacts badly to the news, though Chandler reassures him their friendship will remain the same. Rachel mistakenly believes all three will be living together until Monica explains Rachel has to move out. Rachel then upsets Monica by her blasé reaction, convinced Monica and Chandler will never go through with it. When Monica assures her they will, Rachel becomes distraught and seeks comfort from Ross, just as he is about to tell her the truth about their marriage.
1243"The One with Ross's Denial"Gary HalvorsonSeth KurlandOctober 7, 1999 (1999-10-07)22555321.6[4]
Ross denies to Phoebe that he loves Rachel, yet invites her to move in with him, all while Rachel is unaware they are still legally married. Monica flatly dismisses Chandler's idea to turn the spare bedroom into a game room. Chandler claims Monica still considers it only her apartment, resulting in a fight and Ross being the mediator. Meanwhile, Joey has trouble finding a new roommate.
1254"The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance"Gary HalvorsonAndrew Reich & Ted CohenOctober 14, 1999 (1999-10-14)22555421.1[5]
Joey's health benefits lapse just as he develops a hernia. Unable to afford treatment and unwilling to borrow the money from Chandler, he takes on an acting role to renew his insurance, during which the hernia helps out with an uncooperative child star. Ross is given a guest professorship at New York University and, eager to impress his students, inexplicably lapses into a fake English accent. While he tries to tone down the accent and pleads with his students to help him get a permanent teaching job at the university, Rachel discovers she and Ross are still married, and charges into his class yelling at him.
1265"The One with Joey's Porsche"Gary HalvorsonPerry Rein & Gigi McCreeryOctober 21, 1999 (1999-10-21)22555522.4[6]
Rachel forces Ross to get the annulment, and as retribution for him lying to her, she fills out the annulment paperwork saying Ross is gay, mentally unstable, and addicted to intravenous drugs. When Ross contests the false information and reveals their previous relationship, the judge (Conchata Ferrell) then disallows an annulment and rules they must obtain a divorce. Ross is miserable, but cheers up when Rachel confesses that getting married was her idea. They share a brief moment of thought, confessing they believed that if they ever got married together it would last. Joey tries to impress girls by pretending to own a Porsche, whose owner left its keys in Central Perk. Phoebe recruits Monica and Chandler to help her babysit the triplets, but Monica takes Chandler to the emergency room when he swallows a toy gun, leaving Phoebe alone.
1276"The One on the Last Night"David SchwimmerScott SilveriNovember 4, 1999 (1999-11-04)22555623.6[7]
On the night before Chandler moves in with Monica, Chandler tries to give Joey money to make sure he has enough for his expenses. When Joey refuses, Chandler invents a game called "Cups" and "loses" the money to Joey, only for Joey to later lose it all to Ross in the same game. Discovering Rachel has not packed, Monica and Phoebe offer to help. When the two girls get emotional, Phoebe suggests they think of the things they will not miss about each other, leading to a massive argument and Rachel refusing to leave.
1287"The One Where Phoebe Runs"Gary HalvorsonSherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen PlummerNovember 11, 1999 (1999-11-11)22555722.8[8]
Rachel moves in with Phoebe. However, Rachel is embarrassed by Phoebe's odd running style and attempts to avoid her during their morning jogs through Central Park. Joey takes in a new roommate: dancer Janine (played by Elle Macpherson). Chandler wants to impress Monica by cleaning the apartment but panics when he forgets where everything is supposed to go.
1298"The One with Ross's Teeth"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
Teleplay by : Perry Rein & Gigi McCreery
November 18, 1999 (1999-11-18)22555822.1[9]
Ross wants to impress an impending date by whitening his teeth but overdoes it. Phoebe may or may not have made out with Ralph Lauren, which gets Rachel into trouble with her boss. Joey picks up some feminine tastes from his new roommate Janine, worrying Chandler.
1309"The One Where Ross Got High"Kevin S. BrightGregory S. MalinsNovember 25, 1999 (1999-11-25)22555919.2[10]
Ross is forced to tell Chandler why Jack and Judy dislike him. While in college, Ross experimented with pot and was found out by his parents but he claimed it was Chandler's pot. Rachel makes dessert, but when the recipe book's pages get stuck together, she combines an English trifle with a shepherd's pie. Phoebe has a sensual dream about Jack Geller, Monica and Ross' father. Joey and Ross want to skip Monica's Thanksgiving dinner after Janine invites them to hang out with her and her dancer friends.
13110"The One with the Routine"Kevin S. BrightBrian BoyleDecember 16, 1999 (1999-12-16)22556122.4[11]
Janine is appearing in the pre-recorded Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, and invites Joey, Ross, and Monica to participate in the dancing. While there, Joey wants to ensure a kiss with Janine at midnight, while Monica and Ross wrangle their way onto camera by doing "The Routine", their old high school dance. Meanwhile, Phoebe, Chandler, and Rachel search for Monica's Christmas presents so they can buy her something suitable in return.
13211"The One with the Apothecary Table"Kevin S. BrightStory by : Zachary Rosenblatt
Teleplay by : Brian Boyle
January 6, 2000 (2000-01-06)22556022.3[12]
Janine and Joey are finally dating, only for Janine to tell Joey she does not like Monica and Chandler, forcing him to choose. Meanwhile, Rachel buys an apothecary table from Pottery Barn, a store that Phoebe hates, then pretends she bought it at a flea market. Her story is blown when Phoebe sees the same table at Ross' apartment.
13312"The One with the Joke"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Teleplay by : Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
January 13, 2000 (2000-01-13)22556222.3[13]
Chandler is upset when Playboy prints Ross' joke; both claim they originated the joke. Meanwhile, Joey reluctantly takes a waiter job at Central Perk. When Gunther fires him when he closes the shop to go to an audition, Rachel defends him. Phoebe says she would choose Rachel over Monica as a girlfriend because Monica is high-maintenance, but also says that Rachel is a pushover, causing tension between the girls.
13413"The One with Rachel's Sister"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Seth Kurland
Teleplay by : Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer
February 3, 2000 (2000-02-03)22556324.1[14]
Joey uses his position as waiter to give all the pretty female customers free things at the coffee house, but quickly gets in trouble with Gunther. Monica refuses to admit she is sick when she gets a cold. Rachel's sister Jill (Reese Witherspoon) shows up after their father financially cuts her off, and she now has to make it on her own.
13514"The One Where Chandler Can't Cry"Kevin S. BrightAndrew Reich & Ted CohenFebruary 10, 2000 (2000-02-10)22556423.8[15]
Chandler claims there is little that makes him cry, resulting in the friends trying everything to break him down. Larry Joe Campbell appears as Phoebe's fan asking for her autograph and then tells Joey she is a porn star. Phoebe discovers that Ursula is making pornographic movies under Phoebe's name. Phoebe gets her back by having Ursula's paychecks sent to her own address. Ross and Jill begin dating, although it soon becomes clear that Jill's motive is only to spite Rachel.
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"The One That Could Have Been"Michael LembeckGregory S. Malins & Adam Chase
David Crane & Marta Kauffman
February 17, 2000 (2000-02-17)[a]225565
225566
25.9[16]
The gang ponders what might have been if Ross and Carol had stayed married, Monica had never lost weight, Chandler had pursued being a writer, Joey still worked on Days of our Lives, Rachel had married Barry, and Phoebe had become a stockbroker. The story then takes place in an alternate reality. Struggling Chandler becomes Joey's assistant with mixed results. Monica plans to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Roger, but Roger's busy schedule interferes. When Chandler attempts to comfort her, they end up in bed together. Ross attempts to spice up his marriage with Carol by suggesting a threesome, leading to his realization that Carol is a lesbian when he is left out of the action. Rachel instantly falls for Joey after seeing him for the first time in Central Perk, and the two nearly have an affair before Rachel discovers Barry is cheating on her. Phoebe lands in the hospital with a stress-induced heart attack and is subsequently fired after losing her firm millions of dollars.
13817"The One with Unagi"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Zachary Rosenblatt
Teleplay by : Adam Chase
February 24, 2000 (2000-02-24)22556822.1[17]
Rachel and Phoebe take self-defense classes. Ross, who previously practiced karate, stages a surprise mock attack to convince them they lack unagi, supposedly a state of "total awareness", though unagi is Japanese for eel. Chandler and Monica celebrate Valentine's Day several days late, but when they forget to make each other homemade gifts, Monica gives Chandler one of Phoebe's "sock bunnies". Chandler finds a mixtape in the closet and gives it to Monica, unaware it was a present from Janice, complete with her recorded voice. When Joey applies for an identical twin research project that pays $2,000, he recruits someone to play his "twin".
13918"The One Where Ross Dates a Student"Gary HalvorsonSeth KurlandMarch 9, 2000 (2000-03-09)22556720.5[18]
Ross dates a student from his paleontology class, fearing it could jeopardize his career, but amusing the friends. Rachel's and Phoebe's apartment catches fire, causing them to move in with Monica and Joey while it is repaired. Rachel initially stays in Monica's plush new guestroom and Phoebe is with Joey. When it is determined that Phoebe's candles did not cause the fire but was actually Rachel's fault, the two switch so that Phoebe gets the nicer room. Rachel finds herself preferring Joey's easygoing nature while Phoebe chafes over Monica's neat-freak ways. Chandler helps Joey get an audition in an upcoming Al Pacino movie.
14019"The One with Joey's Fridge"Ben WeissStory by : Seth Kurland
Teleplay by : Gigi McCreery & Perry Rein
March 23, 2000 (2000-03-23)22556921.5[19]
Joey's refrigerator breaks, but unable to afford a new one, he tries to con the friends into paying for it. Ross' student girlfriend, Elizabeth, is heading to Miami for spring break, unleashing Ross' paranoia over what she might do there. Meanwhile, Rachel asks Phoebe, Chandler, and Monica to find her a date for the Ralph Lauren Ball, sparking a competition so fierce that when Rachel finds her own date, the three scare him off.
14120"The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E."Kevin S. BrightDoty AbramsApril 13, 2000 (2000-04-13)22557518.8[20]
Joey is up for a role on a low-budget cable TV series, playing the science fiction hero, "Mac" Machiavelli, the crime-fighting partner of a cool robot, C.H.E.E.S.E., which stands for Computerised Humanoid Electronically Enhanced Secret Enforcer. Monica bursts into the apartment, interrupting Chandler as he is writing Joey a note that his second audition has been changed, causing Joey to miss it. The friends reminisce about other instances when they have messed up. Joey gets another audition chance, which Chandler writes down correctly. One of six clip show episodes over the course of 10 seasons.
14221"The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad"Michael LembeckStory by : David J. Lagana
Teleplay by : Scott Silveri
April 27, 2000 (2000-04-27)22557020.6[21]
Ross is nervous meeting Elizabeth's father, Paul (Bruce Willis); Paul dislikes Ross but is interested in Rachel. Joey begins working on Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. but is openly unimpressed with C.H.E.E.S.E. his robot sidekick, a clumsy, slow-moving machine speaking with a distorted voice piped through a mike. This angers the robot's operator, who has the clout to get Joey fired. Phoebe writes a novel based on Monica and Chandler.
14322"The One Where Paul's the Man"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Brian Caldirola
Teleplay by : Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer
May 4, 2000 (2000-05-04)22557120.0[22]
Paul disapproves of Ross' relationship with Elizabeth and threatens to have him fired unless they break up. Meanwhile, Paul and Rachel begin dating. Ignoring Paul's threats, Ross and Elizabeth sneak away to her family's cabin, unaware Paul and Rachel have the same plan. As a lark, the girls put their names down on a popular wedding venue's long waiting list. When the venue happens to get back to Chandler about a cancellation, he panics and promptly bolts. Monica finds him and assures him it was not a serious reservation, little realizing that Chandler is actually planning to propose.
14423"The One with the Ring"Gary HalvorsonTed Cohen & Andrew ReichMay 11, 2000 (2000-05-11)22557220.9[23]
Phoebe helps Chandler look for an engagement ring. Chandler finds the perfect one but does not have the money with him to purchase it. He leaves Phoebe at the store to hold the ring for him. He returns and finds that Phoebe became distracted and allowed the ring to be sold. He then tries to track down the person who bought it. Meanwhile, Rachel urges Paul to open up emotionally but once started, is unable to stop. Joey and Ross are upset that it appears Chandler prefers spending time with Phoebe, so they snub him.
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"The One with the Proposal"Kevin S. BrightShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri
Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
May 18, 2000 (2000-05-18)[a]225573
225574
30.7[24]

Chandler is about to propose to Monica at a fancy restaurant when Richard suddenly appears with a date and joins them. Wanting his proposal to be a surprise at just the right time, Chandler then pretends he has no interest in marriage. Meanwhile, Ross breaks up with Elizabeth, feeling she is too immature for him. He almost reconsiders until she starts throwing water balloons at him. Joey accidentally buys a sailboat at a silent auction, thinking he won it in a contest. He decides to keep the boat. Richard tells Chandler he wants to marry Monica and have children with her. Chandler has made Monica believe he is uninterested in marriage so she reconsiders their relationship. It appears Monica has left him but she surprises him with her own proposal. She starts but becomes emotional so Chandler finishes. The season ends with Chandler and Monica dancing to "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton and the screen fades to black.

Note: This is Tom Selleck's last appearance as Richard.

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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