One of the main plot points of Friends is the struggle to find love. The following is a list of relationships the six main characters have had throughout the series, sorted by character.
Barry Farber was engaged to Rachel in 1994, but Rachel leaves him at the altar when she realizes she doesn't love him after finding herself more turned on by a gravy boat. Barry and Rachel briefly reconcile towards the end of season one after the former announces his engagement to Mindy Hunter. Barry and Rachel split up once again when Barry chooses to marry Mindy. Barry marries Mindy in the season two finale, "The One With Barry and Mindy's Wedding", where Rachel makes an appearance as one of Mindy's bridesmaids. Barry and Mindy get divorced in season six when Barry cheats on Mindy again.
Paolo dated Rachel for a while during season one. A dark, Italian man who could not speak English very well. Rachel's relationship with Paolo was based merely on sex. Rachel refers to her relationship with Paolo as the complete opposite of her relationship with Barry. Throughout the relationship, Ross was jealous of Paolo and constantly tricked him into calling himself mean names. Paolo would constantly buy Rachel jewellery, clothes, or shoes while he was in Italy. Rachel has Phoebe give Paolo a massage, but when Paolo makes a pass at her, Rachel breaks up with him. In season two, after Rachel finds out Ross is dating Julie, heartbroken and drunk, she has a one night stand with Paolo, but it doesn't amount to anything further than that.
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In "The One With Russ", Rachel dates a man named Russ, who to the bewilderment of her friends looks and acts eerily similar to Ross. Rachel bizarrely does not see the multiple similarities between Ross and Russ, and even more bizarrely, neither do either of them. Rachel dates Russ as a rebound relationship after breaking up with Ross upon learning of a list of her pros and cons he had written up while trying to decide whether to date her or Julie, but the fact that she would date a man who resembles him so much - even if she hasn't noticed the aforementioned resemblances - seems to strongly imply that she is still attracted to him, and the other friends actually suggest this theory to her. Eventually, when Rachel sees the two arguing, she finally sees the similarities between them and walks away, disturbed. She later breaks up with Russ, who consequently becomes depressed and one day while hanging out at the coffee shop is spotted by Ross' ex-girlfriend Julie, who is likewise depressed after Ross broke up with her. Julie is attracted to Russ as soon as she sees him, and when she speaks to him, they begin a relationship. However, Julie, like Rachel at first, most likely hasn't noticed how much Russ resembles Ross.
Rachel dates Joshua Burgin for 5 episodes in Season 4. The two of them meet for the first time while she is working as a personal shopper at Bloomingdale's. Joshua comes in after his ex-wife burns all of his clothing and he needs a whole new wardrobe. (No mention as to what he did to deserve this) Rachel develops a crush on Joshua and sends him a number of signals, all of which slip by him completely. Rachel gets him two Knicks tickets so they can go on a date but Joshua thinks she is giving the tickets to him, so he says he will take his nephew to the game. At the end of S4 E13 a wallet is found at Bloomingdale's, which the driver's license reveals is owned by "Joshua Burgin," to which Rachel plays kissy face with her own license. Rachel then invites Joshua to a fake party at Monica and Rachel's apartment with the friends where Rachel wears her High school cheerleading outfit, which leads Joshua to fall for her. The two finally date, but break up after Rachel hastily proposes to Joshua after 4 dates in "The One With All The Wedding Dresses". Rachel calls Joshua to apologize to him but when he arrives at her apartment, Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe are all wearing wedding dresses which freaks Joshua out and he leaves again.
Paul appears in 3 episodes in Season 6. He is the father of Elizabeth Stevens, Ross' student who he ends up dating. Rachel meets him when the whole gang accompanies Ross to meet him, as he is nervous about meeting him. Paul ends up falling in love with Rachel despite their age difference, and Rachel returns the feelings. They go on a double date with Ross and Elizabeth. Later, Paul ends up bringing Rachel on a date to his country house. Unbeknownst to Paul, Ross and Elizabeth are there too, and while Ross is hiding under the bed, he hears Paul give himself a pep talk which implies he is nervous about pleasing Rachel. He convinces himself that Rachel likes him and that he's "the man." In The One With The Ring, Rachel reveals that while she is enjoying her relationship with Paul, she feels she doesn't know much about him. She eventually convinces an originally unwilling Paul to tell her more about himself, but he goes a little too far, as he begins sharing childhood memories that were particularly traumatizing for him. He begins crying, and doesn't stop for hours, delaying their date and making an unappealing night for Rachel. This turns Rachel off, and she breaks up with him.
Tag appears in 7 episodes between Season 7 and Season 8. Rachel's hires him as her assistant at Ralph Lauren and they eventually date. Rachel and Tag enjoy the sex and Tag is five years younger than Rachel. Tag gets along with Rachel's friends. On Rachel's thirtieth birthday, Tag tries to cheer Rachel up since she feels middle aged and he warns her friends what not to say to her. The relationship ends on Rachel's thirtieth birthday in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" when Rachel breaks up with Tag because he's too young and not ready for a serious relationship. Rachel briefly regrets leaving Tag but shrugs it off. In season eight, after Rachel is revealed to be pregnant, Phoebe recognizes a red sweater that the father of Rachel's baby wore and thought it was Tag's. They invite Tag to Central Perk when it turns out that Tag already had his sweater. Tag tells Rachel he wants to get back together but when she reveals to be pregnant he takes it back and leaves. Ross is revealed to be the father.
Gavin appears in 3 episodes in Season 9. He works as Rachel's replacement at Ralph Lauren during her maternity leave. When Rachel returns to work, she fears that Gavin is trying to take over her job. After a rocky start, the two end up kissing on Monica and Chandler's balcony in "The One With Phoebe's Rats". They break it off the next day after Rachel has trouble deciding where she is in her relationship with Ross and doesn't feel the timing is right for a new relationship.
Main Article: Joey and Rachel
In season 8, Joey develops feelings for Rachel after they had gone out on a date. When Joey tells Rachel about his feelings, Rachel turns him down and Joey soon gets over those feelings. Later, in season 9, Rachel has a romantic dream about Joey and can't get over her feelings. When Joey starts to date a girl named Charlie, Rachel starts to get jealous in Barbados and can't hold her feeling much longer. So when she tells Joey her feelings after him and Charlie break up, he is surprised and turns Rachel down because he couldn't do that to Ross. A minute after Joey talks to Rachel he sees Ross and Charlie kissing, so Joey goes up to Rachel's room and starts to kiss her for a while. When everybody heads back to New York, Ross tries to tell Joey what happened between him and Charlie. Joey also tries to tell Ross what happened between him and Rachel, but his plan backfires later. Joey and Rachel can't take it anymore so they start to kiss, when Ross catches them. Ross acts strangely about adjusting to this, constantly insisting that he is "fine!". However, Ross thinks it is time for all of them to move on. The next day Joey and Rachel try to make love for the first time, but they are both nervous.The second time they attempt it, they still feel uncomfortable and Rachel accidentally hurts Joey, so they give up and decide to remain as close friends.
Paul the Wine Guy was the first date of Monica's featured on the show. He appears in "The Pilot" in Season 1. Paul wins Monica's approval and a night in her bed when he feeds her a line about not being able to perform sexually since his wife left him. Later, she learns she's not the first of his dates to hear that line and dumps him, stomping on the watch he left on her floor for good measure.
Monica dates Alan in The One With The Thumb. The rest of the gang love him, so it is difficult for Monica to tell them when she decides to break up with him. However, Alan reveals to Monica during the break-up that while he really likes Monica, he can't stand her friends.
Fun Bobby makes appearances in Season 1 and then again in Season 2. In The One With The Monkey, he shows up at Monica's New Years Party. Everyone's excited to see "Fun" Bobby who doesn't live up to his name when he becomes depressed about the death of his grandfather. In Season 2, Monica gets back together with Fun Bobby, who now has problems with alcohol. Monica successfully tries to help him give up drinking, but once he does, he becomes dull Bobby and breaks up with Monica for developing a drinking habit of her own to combat Bobby's dullness.
Ethan appeared in "The One With The Ick Factor". Monica dated him under the impression that he was a senior in college. Ethan dated her under the impression that she was 22. Before sleeping together, Ethan tells Monica that he is a virgin. Afterwards, Monica tells him that she is really 26 to which he reveals that he is really a senior in high school. Monica is repulsed at what she has done and stops calling him.
Ethan shows up at Central Perk to try and persuade her to change her mind, but she tells him that "it's icky". They come to the conclusion that they could have had something special if their age gap wasn't so drastic, or if they lived in "Biblical times".
Monica has a very brief stint with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Season 2 after seeing him on the set of Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan. Too nervous to talk to him, she makes Rachel do it for her. Jean-Claude is instead interested in Rachel. After fighting with Monica, Rachel sets her and Jean-Claude up on a date, maliciously telling Jean-Claude that Monica wanted to have a threesome with him and Drew Barrymore.
Monica's longtime boyfriend Richard Burke, twenty-one years her senior, was introduced to her when she was a child as her old optician and family friend. Later, they meet at his optometrist party where she and Phoebe are catering. Monica and Richard date for a long time, keeping it secret from her parents as she knew that they would be shocked. They eventually find out and after initial shock, accept the relationship. They eventually break up because Richard does not want to have children again, whereas Monica does.
In "The One With All The Jealousy", Monica hooks up with "poet" and busboy Julio from work. He writes a poem called "The Empty Vase" and Phoebe postulates that the poem is about Monica being "empty." Monica confronts Julio and finds out the poem is not about her, but about ALL women, "especially all American women". She dumps Julio and puts the icing on the cake by sending a barber shop quartet to the diner to sing him an insulting break up song.
Millionaire who invented MOS-865 (Friends universe alternative to MS-DOS). At first, Pete has feelings for Monica that she does not reciprocate, despite attempts on her part to force herself to feel this way. Later he offers her a job in a restaurant he bought, hoping to win her affection. After a lot of denial from Monica, they start to date when he kisses her goodbye, and she realizes she is attracted to him. Monica eventually breaks up with him, because Pete refuses to give up his dream of being the Ultimate Fighting Champion and she cannot bear to see him get hurt in the ring as he is clearly not cut out for the sport.The One With The Cat", Monica goes on a date with Rachel's old high school boyfriend Chip Matthews. Chip ditched Rachel at the prom for some other girl. Monica dumps Chip after the first date when she learns that he has not matured at all since high school. She later reflects on how she had wanted to go out with Chip Matthews in high school, and then in a reference to Chip's immaturity, quipped that she HAS gone out with "Chip Matthews in high school." But she is satisfied that she has dated and broken up with "Chip Matthews in high school".
In "The One With Chandler In A Box", Monica runs into Richard's son, Timothy, but it doesn't go far after their first kiss reminds Monica of Richard and Timothy of a younger version of his mother. Monica still had feelings for Richard and couldn't go through with the relationship.
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Monica and Chandler get together at her brother's wedding. They agree it's only a London fling but when they come back they can't stay apart. They later get married in season 7. The Series finally ends when a teen mother, Erica, delivers Monica and Chandler's babies, Jack and Erica Bing.
Phoebe and the sweet, geeky David meet when he was arguing with colleague Max during her song at the coffee house. She uses her intimidating presence to force David to explain and he blurted out that he was commenting that she was "the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen and was luminant with an unearthly grace". They stay together until New Year's Eve, when he is given the opportunity to go to Minsk to research 'distillation of sub-atomic particles'. He originally refuses because of his commitment to Phoebe, but she tells him he had to go because she realizes how much it had torn him and Max apart. David briefly returns from Minsk twice, as a break and after he discovers that his sub-atomic particle research is impossible. The first time they have a date and spend the evening together. The second time he proposes to Phoebe, but Phoebe has already accepted Mike's proposal.
Phoebe dates Roger in The One With The Boobies. Roger is a psychologist. He upsets the rest of the gang when he is able to predict all their feelings and determine why they act a certain way; for example, he determines that Chandler's parents were divorced and suggests that Ross may have intentionally married a lesbian to make Monica, the less favored sibling, feel better about herself. They all coin the phrase, "I hate that guy." Phoebe decides she hates him too and breaks up with him when he does the same thing to her.
In "The One With Phoebe's Husband", it is revealed that Phoebe married her supposedly homosexual friend, Duncan, from Canada because he needed a green card. The events of the episode take place six months after this ceremony, when he re-enters Phoebe's life and tells her that he has decided that he is straight and needs a divorce because he is getting married to another woman. Phoebe is very upset by this because she was beginning to fall in love with him. Monica states that after Duncan left (the first time) that she stayed in her pajamas for a month and that she even saw her eat a cheeseburger.
Phoebe signs the divorce papers and gives Duncan one last kiss before asking "So, your brother is straight, huh?"
In "The One With Ross' Thing", Phoebe dates a firefighter and a Kindergarten teacher at the same time since she's "playing the fields". Vince is the firefighter that she dates. They break up because Phoebe had a candlelit picnic dinner with Jason in the park, and Vince says he can't be with someone who would "have a flame in the middle of a wooden area."
In "The One With Ross' Thing, Phoebe dates a Kindergarten teacher and a firefighter at the same time because she is "playing the fields". Jason breaks up with Phoebe when he catches her cheating on him with the firefighter Vince. Phoebe planned on breaking up with one of her two boyfriends but couldn't decide who since Vince was tough and manly and Jason was sweet and down-to-earth.
When Phoebe first meets Gary, she's running around with his police badge (which she found in a chair at the coffee shop), abusing his power in nature's defense. Gary is one of her victims, which she promptly orders to park his car off the pavement, stating she's a cop. When she learns that Gary's also a cop, he starts asking her trick questions to prove her occupation, leaving her with no choice but to drop the badge and run away. After tracking her old address (i.e. Monica's apartment) he asks her out for a date.
Not much is known about his relationship with Phoebe, but it is mostly based on sex. He tries to make things move forward with her when he asks her to move in. She is reluctant at first because he asks too soon, but after Chandler's talk with Gary and Gary's interrogation of Phoebe, she accepts. The moving-in lasts only one day, however, as on the very first morning, he shoots a bird just because it's chirping too loudly. Phoebe is very disturbed by this and breaks up with him.
Phoebe dates Parker for two episodes in Season 8. He is overly enthusiastic and excited about everything. The rest of the gang do not like Parker because they find this quality annoying. Phoebe is initially angry at her friends but soon becomes irritated by Parker's enthusiasm, too, and when she, out of frustration with him, tells him she wants him to be "much less happy" he responds by breaking up with her.
Mike was one of Phoebe's serious relationships and one of her only long-lasting, committed, stable relationships. Mike and Phoebe meet in Season 9, and get married at the end of Season 10. Mike is a piano player with his own piano bar, and was married once before he married Phoebe.
Phoebe meets Mike by accident in "The One With The Pediatrician". She and Joey agree to set each up on blind dates, but Joey forgets, and when Phoebe asks for more information about her date, Joey says his name is Mike on the spot. He goes into Central Perk, and yells out, "Mike!" and Mike Hannigan just happens to be in there and answers him. Joey brings him on the date and pretends Mike is an old friend of his. The truth soon slips out, and Phoebe leaves angrily. However, when speaking to Mike later on in Central Perk, she realizes how much she likes him and they set up another date. Soon, they begin a steady relationship that lasts throughout much of Season 9. The relationship is, in fact, so serious that Mike introduces Phoebe to his parents in "The One With Ross' Inappropriate Song". At first, the evening does not go well, as Mike's parents are unimpressed with Phoebe. However, Mike tells them off, saying that what they think does not matter because he loves Phoebe.
Phoebe and Mike further enhance their relationship by deciding to move in together in "The One With The Boob Job". Phoebe thinks this step will bring them closer to marriage, which is something she really wants. However, she learns that Mike has no interest in marrying again, as his divorce from his first wife was so painful. At first, Phoebe acts as if she does not want marriage either, but her true feelings are obvious. She and Mike end their relationship.
In "The One With The Donor", Phoebe is getting prepared to attend the same party as Mike and it is obvious she still has feelings for him. She ends up missing the party when she runs into her old boyfriend, David, who is back from Minsk for good. Phoebe immediately begins dating David again, but it is clear she still has feelings for Mike when she repeatedly calls David "Mike." David decides to propose to Phoebe in "The One In Barbados, Part 1". Monica calls Mike to tell him, as she knows Phoebe really has feelings for him. Mike acts as if he does not care, but he shows up in Barbados just as David is about to propose to Phoebe. Mike proposes first, but Phoebe declines. She wants a relationship again, not a marriage. Although she is not marrying him (yet), they immediately begin dating again and Mike stays in Barbados with Phoebe for the remainder of the trip.
In "The One Where Rachel's Sister Baby-Sits", Mike plans to propose to Phoebe. When they are at a game, someone proposes to someone else on the big screen; Phoebe says this is tacky, and as it turns out, that is how Mike was going to propose. He has one more failed attempt, but finally, he proposes to her successfully at a restaurant and Phoebe accepts. In "The One With Phoebe's Wedding", Phoebe and Mike marry. At first, due to a blizzard, it appears that the wedding may have to be postponed, but Rachel suggests they have an outdoor wedding outside Central Perk, which they do. For her wedding vows, Phoebe tells Mike that growing up, she never had a family and felt like something was missing, but now, she says, "I know I'll have everything I'll ever need. You're my family." After this episode, Mike only appears a few more times, but it is clear the marriage is a happy and interesting one. It is noted in "The One Where Joey Speaks French", that they had an enjoyable and romantic honeymoon with candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach. In "The One With Princess Consuela", Phoebe is going to legally change her name to "Phoebe Hannigan" but ends up changing it to "Princess Consuela Banana hammock." It is clear that Mike is not too happy about this when he sarcastically says he is going to change his name to "Crap Bag." In "The Last One, Part 1", after seeing Monica and Chandler with their twins, Mike tells Phoebe he wants to start a family with her. Phoebe agrees, saying she wants to have a bunch of kids with him.
Joey has not had many long-term relationships due to his commitment issues and lack of morals in that area. However he has repeatedly had one night stands with every woman in New York, or Manhattan at least. Rachel joked that he had gone out with every girl and was going around for a second time. In Central Perk he got the confidence to ask a girl out, but didn't because he remembered he had slept with her.
Joey dates Kathy for two episodes until she leaves him for Chandler. Kathy and Joey have great sex but are never exclusive. Kathy and Chandler start to spend time together and fall in love with one another. Chandler buys Kathy her favorite children's book for her birthday while Joey buys her a pen. Chandler tells Joey to give Kathy the book but later on, Kathy confronts Chandler saying that she knows it was him and he is a great guy. Kathy and Chandler share a kiss behind Joey's back and she breaks up with Joey. He reveals he thinks she has feelings for some other guy. Chandler comes out that he is the other guy and that they kissed. Joey becomes extremely mad at Chandler for betraying his trust. Joey wants Chandler to think about what he's done by sitting in a wooden box for a short period of time to prove how sorry he is for kissing Kathy and Joey eventually gives Chandler his blessing to date her.
Erin dates Joey in "The One With Ross' Library Book". She meets Rachel the morning after she and Joey have slept together and Rachel ends up liking her so much that they spend the whole day together. Rachel and Phoebe think that "Cupid" brought Erin there to be Joey's girlfriend and encourage Joey to seriously date her.
Erin speaks four languages, is a Mets fan, drinks beer at lunch, and likes sandwiches. At first she seems to really like Joey, but after dating him a couple more times she disappoints Rachel and Phoebe by telling them that there's "no spark."
Janine becomes Joey's roommate after Chandler moves out. Joey is immediately attracted to Janine but she tells him that she does not feel the same way. However, they flirt throughout several episodes. In one episode, Janine invites Joey, Monica, and Ross to star as background dancers for the New Years Eve dropping of the ball that is filmed several months before New Years Eve. Joey sees this as his chance to make his move. They nearly kiss but the camera stops since they will film the scene on the real New Year. Janine and Joey are both depressed until they get home and have a real first kiss. Janine and Joey finally become a couple. They break up at the end of the following episode when Joey finds out that Janine does not like Monica and Chandler, due to being irritated by how loud Monica can be "for such a small person" and how, as she puts it, "blah" Chandler can be. After witnessing an argument between her and them, Joey gives her a chance to bury the hatchet with them, but when she ruins this by subsequently insulting Monica again, he ultimately decides he can't choose her over two people he considers family to him and ends it with her, spurring her to move out.
In Season 8, Joey develops feelings for Rachel after they go out on a date when Rachel thinks she won't be able to date after giving birth. Joey's feelings continue and he eventually tells her how he feels, but she politely and lovingly turns him down. In the eighth season finale, Joey finds an engagement ring in Ross' jacket pocket. Joey is on his knees and turns to Rachel holding the ring. Rachel thinks he is proposing and she says yes. In the ninth season premiere, Joey works everything out and they call off the engagement. They pursue a romantic relationship in the beginning of Season 10, but ultimately break it off after friction with Ross and an inability to take their intimate relationship further than making out without feeling uncomfortable.
In "The One With The Soap Opera Party", Ross introduces the friends to Charlie which whom he has a crush on. At the soup opera party Joey threw on the rough, Ross caught Joey and Charlie kissing. In "The One With The Fertility Test", Joey and Charlie become an official couple. Charlie notices that Joey isn't the smartest guy she's ever met and tells Ross that she might break up with him. Ross convinces Charlie to give Joey a chance since he really cares about her and memorized a lot of ancient facts about stuff from the MET. Joey and Charlie break up in "The One In Barbados" when Charlie realizes that she and Joey have nothing in common. Charlie and Ross kiss after she left Joey while meanwhile, Joey was kissing Rachel.
In "The One With Two Parts: Part One", Joey asks Phoebe's permission to ask her twin sister, Ursula out on a date. She reluctantly gives her blessing. When she finally decides that she's not okay with it, she finds Ursula at Joey's apartment wearing nothing but a T-Shirt. Ursula naturally was a flake, and when she decided to blow off Joey, Phoebe posed as Ursula to let Joey down easy. Joey realizes this and promises never to sacrifice their friendship.
Chandler has a brief relationship with Aurora. Chandler loves the idea of only having sex with her but they later break up because she wants him to share her with three other men, one of whom is her husband.
Chandler and his whiny nasal ex-girlfriend Janice have been on and off more than Ross and Rachel. Their relationship is one of the show's many signature recurring gags. When the show begins, they are together,but they soon break up as she is driving Chandler crazy. On the New Year's Eve of that year, Chandler is desperate to have a woman to kiss at midnight, so he calls her and they get together again. The same night he breaks up with her again, infuriating her. Two months later, they accidentally meet up again through a double date arranged by Joey, but Chandler breaks up with her again on Valentine's Day due to her annoying character traits. By now though, Janice has wizened up and knows he will be back again, or to put it into her words: "Your voice calls out to me like a foghorn - Jaaaniiice, Jaaaaaaaaaniiice". He eventually begins an online relationship with a woman and when they decide to finally meet, it turns out it is Janice. They begin a romantic relationship where they are both very happy. They eventually break up when Joey catches Janice kissing her ex husband at his mattress store.
After his break up with Kathy, he runs into Janice at a nail salon and she has just gotten divorced. He pretends he has to move to Yemen to avoid breaking up with her. Janice reappears several times throughout the series but does not strike up a relationship again, though when she is in labor for the second time she tells him it is his baby as a joke. Chandler twice employs a trick of pretending he still has feelings for her to get rid of her. When she is staying at the apartment he shares with Monica, he says it to make her leave, and when she wants to buy the house next to their new one, he pretends he has feelings for her and wants to have an affair so he and Monica do not have to run into her every day.
When they meet in Central Perk, Chandler immediately begins to flirt. However, she has already met Joey, who has used his irresistible charm on her. Chandler has an immense crush on her for the next few episodes. They are obviously better matched, and share a kiss on her birthday. He tells Joey and he shuns him. However, when Joey realizes how much they care for each other he gives them his blessing and they form a relationship. They have a fight however when Chandler accuses her of sleeping with a fellow cast mate because of how intimate they seemed in the play. Chandler goes to her place to reconcile, but they break up because she actually does end up sleeping with her co-star in spite of Chandler. After that he is depressed for a couple of episodes and the friends try and help him to get over her.
Chandler reveals to Monica that he dated Julie for two summers when they were about 15, but broke up with her because she had gotten very fat between the second and third summer (gaining 145 pounds). Monica asks him to apologize to her, which he does. She, however does not realize that he broke up with her because of her weight gain. After an awkward pause, Chandler exclaims "Well, I guess my work here is done".
Before Ross' second wedding to Emily Waltham, a drunk man mistakenly thinks Monica is Ross' mother. This remark distresses her greatly, and she gets drunk and looks for comfort in Chandler. They sleep together and embark on a secret relationship for the next half series.
Eventually Joey, Rachel and Phoebe all find out about their relationship, and they take vengeance over the dishonesty by playing mind games with them, during which Chandler accidentally blurts out his love for Monica. Due to Ross' insecurities they still keep the relationship hidden from him. He accidentally sees them having sex through a window, and the secrecy issue is resolved. After getting angry with Chandler, he calms down when he learns that they are in love.
A year later, during the trip to Las Vegas, they toy with the idea of getting married. They decide to go through with it, but are too shocked to continue when they see Ross and Rachel drunkenly burst out of the chapel. After they return home, they decide to move in together. For the next year, they have a steady relationship with a few ups and downs, mainly related to their respective long time exes, Janice and Richard.
Chandler decides to propose to Monica, but at the dinner they are interrupted by Richard. To throw her off the scent, Phoebe advises that he should pretend that he is totally against marriage. However, after this, Richard declares his undying love for Monica and she almost leaves Chandler, but Joey tells her the truth about his opinion on marriage. She then attempts to propose to him instead, but she is too shaken, so Chandler does it.
Throughout season seven, Monica plans their wedding. Their wedding is not the most perfect day however. Chandler gets cold feet at the last moment and Phoebe is led to believe that Monica is pregnant. Phoebe and Ross find Chandler and convince him to go through with the wedding and it is later revealed that Rachel is the one who is really pregnant. Monica and Chandler get married and in the eighth season finale, they decide to have their own baby. In season nine, Monica and Chandler are not able to have a baby so they choose to adopt. In season ten, they adopt from a pregnant woman named Erica. Erica gives birth to twins in the series finale. Erica did not know she would have twins but Monica and Chandler agreed to keep both babies. They name the boy Jack, after Monica's father, and they name the girl Erica, after the birth mom.
Carol is Ross' lesbian ex-wife, who came out before the pilot. Carol tells Ross that she is pregnant with his child in "The One With The Sonogram At The End" and is going to raise the baby with her partner, Susan Bunch. Carol and Susan were based on Marta Kauffman and David Crane's best friends in New York: "We didn't create them for any particular political reason or because of lesbian chic. It was just an opportunity to tell a really interesting story." Carol and Susan get married in season two and Ross gives Carol away since her parents are against the lesbian wedding. Carol and Ross have maintained a good friendship since their divorce and Ross has been able to put aside his differences with Susan. On Valentines Day in season one, Ross sees Carol alone at dinner and he comforts her leading to the exposure of his old feelings for her. Ross attempts to reconcile but she refuses saying that he has to move on and that the right woman will come along for him.
Julie and Ross went to graduate school together and hadn't seen each other since until the season two premiere. Ross spends one week in China where they catch up and eventually start a romantic relationship. They return from China as a couple and Rachel is depressed by this as she was going to confront Ross about their feelings for each other. Rachel hates Julie but Monica and Julie become good friends since Julie is her brother's girlfriend. Julie and Ross decide to adopt a cat together and have it live with both of them since they want to take their relationship further. Rachel decides to confess her love for Ross at Central Perk one night. Ross is furious and decides not to get a cat with Julie. Ross and Rachel share a passionate kiss together and Ross decides to make a list of who to stay with. He has a lot of reasons to stay with Julie but his one reason to pick Rachel overpowered them all. He decides that he is in love with Rachel and breaks up with Julie. When Rachel finds out about the list, she breaks up with Ross, but they reunite in "The One With The Prom Video". Julie later starts to date Ross' look-alike, Russ.
Bonnie is a friend of Phoebe's and is bald prior to being introduced to Ross. By the time of the episode's events, her hair has grown backs and she is consequently a very beautiful woman which makes Rachel extremely jealous. The gang go to the beach but Bonnie cannot join them due to work. While at the beach, Ross and Rachel start to flirt but Bonnie shows up since she was able to leave work early. Bonnie comes back from swimming in the ocean and she tells Rachel how she's considered re-shaving her head since it was so much easier to take care of that way. Rachel deviously encourages her to go through with it and Ross is disturbed to later learn that she has indeed shaved her head. Ross and Rachel kiss and reconcile which leads to Ross breaking up with Bonnie, but Rachel breaks up with Ross again when he refuses to take full responsibility for everything that went wrong in their relationship.
Emily is Ross' second wife and they are married for the shortest time. Ross and Emily meet when Rachel is suppose to take her boss, Mr. Waltham's niece out on a tour of New York. Rachel cancels at the last minute and Emily is furious. Ross agrees to take her out but everyone hates Emily from the first impression, thinking she is a cold hearted, hateful person. Ross and Emily spend the night together and wake up at a Bed and Breakfast in Vermont and instantly fall in love. They agree not to get serious since they only have two weeks together. However, Ross tries to persuade Emily to move to New York and be with him. Emily refuses since she thinks that it would be taking things too quickly, but tells them things would be different if they were engaged. Ross decides to propose to Emily and she happily agrees. Ross and Emily plan to wed in England where Emily's father married his first wife/her mother. Ross and Emily are very happy together but their wedding is a complete disaster. Ross' parents clash with Emily's father and stepmother; the building that Ross and Emily want to get married in is being torn down; Emily nearly backs out of the wedding; and during the vows, Ross says Rachel's name instead of Emily's.
Season five shows a darker side to Emily's personality. After walking up the aisle, Emily punches Ross in the gut. Rachel, Monica, Joey, and Chandler listen in on Emily yelling at Ross during the reception. Ross comes out of the room saying he's going to give Emily some time to calm down. Emily escapes out of the bathroom window and Emily's father alerts Ross that Emily has gone into hiding and never wants to see her estranged husband ever again. Ross tells Emily's parents to tell her that he will be at the airport waiting to go on their honeymoon and that she is still welcome to meet him there. Ross waits for Emily for a long time and he runs into Rachel. He offers to let her come on the honeymoon with him. Rachel agrees and gets on the plane just as Emily arrives. Emily is furious once again and runs away with Ross chasing after her, leading to Rachel going to Greece alone. Ross continually tries to get in contact with Emily but it is hopeless. Emily finally calls Ross to ask him to leave her family alone. Ross convinces Emily to come to New York and be with him on the condition that he never sees or speaks to Rachel ever again. Ross reluctantly agrees. Emily also forces Ross to get a new apartment and all new furniture that is just theirs. Emily calls Ross and realizes Rachel is there and is furious. Ross tells Emily that in order to make their marriage work, she needs to learn to trust him. Emily says she cannot do that and they end up getting divorced. Several months later, Ross learns that Emily is getting remarried and he becomes depressed. Emily calls Ross the day before her wedding saying that she is having second thoughts and wants him to call her back and maybe reconcile. Rachel and Monica hear the message and accidentally delete it. Rachel tells Ross but convinces him not to call her back since she doesn't want him to have to go through with all that again.
Elizabeth is Ross' main love interest throughout season six and his first major love interest since his third divorce. Ross meets Elizabeth at NYU where Ross is her professor. With the semester over and Elizabeth no longer in his class, Elizabeth confesses that she had a crush on him and they begin a secret relationship since it is against the rules for professors to date students. Elizabeth's father disapproves of the relationship and dates Rachel. Elizabeth's father threatens to report Ross to the school board and have him fired. Elizabeth and Ross continue to date despite of what her father threatens to do. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler make fun of Ross dating a girl who is so much younger than him. Ross starts to take their jokes seriously and thinks about Elizabeth's maturity. Ross goes over to Elizabeth's apartment to talk to her when he finds her and her girlfriends having a water balloon fight with some guys across the hall. Ross sees how immature Elizabeth is and he breaks up with her. She apparently takes it well until he goes outside and Elizabeth throws a water balloon at him in retaliation to him dumping her.
Mona is Ross' girlfriend for a large part of season eight. Ross and Mona meet at Monica and Chandler's wedding. Ross attempts to dance with Mona several times but all the little girls want to dance with him first. A large girl called Gert insists on dancing on Ross' feet and he is in too much pain to dance with Mona, so she and Joey have to help him to his hotel room and they begin to flirt. However, Mona is unimpressed by Joey's embarrassingly small feet and walks away. Mona and Ross later meet again at Central Perk and start to date. Their evening is ruined when Rachel's father storms into Ross' apartment, furious with him for getting Rachel pregnant and not marrying her. Ross works everything out and tells Mona the whole story and what is going on. Mona and Ross continue to date. Ross seems to keep forgetting plans made with Mona which becomes a gag in one episode when he always comes to Rachel's side. Mona and Ross decide to take their relationship further by having a Christmas card of them sent out but Ross says they are not at that stage in their relationship yet. When Mona asks Ross what stage they are at, Ross panics and gives Mona a key to his apartment instead. Mona goes to visit her parents for a week and Ross and Rachel decide to move in together so they can raise their baby together, but not as a couple. When Mona returns, she breaks up with Ross due to the situation being too complicated. Mona and Ross meet again in the following episode when Mona reveals that she still has feelings for Ross but they cannot be together because of the situation with Rachel and their unborn child.
When Ross is assigned by work to show new professors around town, he meets the beautiful, smart Charlie. They become friends. He invites her to Joey's roof party, and after being discouraged from making a move on her by her extensive list of extremely intelligent ex-boyfriends, Rachel and Phoebe stir him to give it a shot. However she makes out with Joey before he gets a chance.
Later on, during a trip to Barbados, Joey and Charlie agree to have a friendly break-up due to having nothing in common. Seizing his chance, Ross kisses Charlie and Joey complied, knowing full well that they are perfect for each other.They later break up, when Ross was being harassed by one of Charlie ex-boyfriends who was still in love with her. Charlie later realizes she loves him as well and her relationship with Ross ends.