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The tenth season of Friends aired from September 25, 2003 to May 6, 2004 on NBC in the US and is the last of the series. It is the shortest season of Friends, only having 17 episodes as opposed to the usual 24.

Season summary[]

Joey and Rachel decide to begin a relationship and, although initially upset, Ross gives the two his blessing. However, the budding romance is cut short when they find they are unable to consummate the relationship. The two decide they were better off being friends and break up. Ross also begins dating Charlie, but this relationship is also short-lived; she returns to an ex-boyfriend, Benjamin Hobart, unceremoniously dumping him.

Monica and Chandler prepare to adopt a baby and are cleared by the adoption agency before being selected by a girl from Ohio named Erica. With this development, Monica and Chandler decide they don't want to raise their child in the city and buy a house in the suburbs.

Phoebe and Mike continue their revived relationship, and a few months later Mike decides to propose again. This time Phoebe accepts and the two get married soon after.

Rachel loses her job at Ralph Lauren, but is offered a better one in Paris. Ross is upset about this and feels even worse when Rachel doesn't say a proper goodbye to him at her leaving party despite giving one to everyone else. A hurt and angry Ross confronts Rachel, and she tells him that saying goodbye to him is too hard. They end up sleeping together, but Rachel remains determined to move to Paris.

Erica gives birth but to twins, a boy and a girl. Monica and Chandler adopt both and prepare to move out of the city. Ross, along with Phoebe, realizes he is still in love with Rachel, rushes to the airport, confesses his feelings and begs her to stay. She tearfully apologizes and gets on the plane anyway. Heartbroken, Ross returns to his apartment where he gets an answering machine message from Rachel who realizes she feels the same way. The message cuts off as she attempts to get off the plane, just as Rachel appears in the doorway. The two finally get back together, determined to make their relationship work this time. The final scene takes place in Monica's apartment, now empty, as the gang prepare to move on with their lives. The series ends with them going to Central Perk for one last coffee together.


Main Cast[]

Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Greene
Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay 
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer as Ross Geller

Recurring Cast[]

Paul Rudd as Mike Hannigan
Aisha Tyler as Charlie Wheeler
Anna Faris as Erica

Special Appearances[]

Christina Applegate as Amy Greene
Greg Kinnear as Benjamin Hobart
Danny DeVito as Roy "Goodbody"


Visual effects comparisons[]

See also[]

Episode List[]

# Total Image Title Writer Director Original Airdate
1 219 TOAJoeyAndRachel'sKiss "The One After Joey And Rachel Kiss" Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen Kevin S. Bright September 25, 2003
Romantic hookups continue to go astray in Barbados as Monica, Phoebe and Chandler overhear Ross kissing Charlie, while through the room's other wall they can eavesdrop on Joey and Rachel.
2 220 TOWRossIsFine "The One Where Ross Is Fine" Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer Ben Weiss October 2, 2003
Rachel, Joey and Charlie spend an uncomfortable evening with Ross while Chandler commits an unpardonable act when he and Monica visit a couple who have adopted a cute boy. Phoebe is visited by a desperate Frank Jr., who can't cope with his triplets.
3 221 TOWRoss'Tan "The One With Ross' Tan" Brian Buckner Gary Halvorson October 9, 2003
Rachel and Joey nervously anticipate their first real "night" together. Monica and Phoebe try to avoid an obnoxious old friend who puts on airs and a fake accent. Ross envies Monica's sprayed-on tan and enters the tanning booth, where two-toned disaster strikes.
4 222 TOWTCake "The One With The Cake" Robert Carlock Gary Halvorson October 23, 2003
Rachel convinces Monica to delay a long anticipated trip to Vermont. But complications ensue when an X-rated birthday cake arrives.
5 223 TOWRachel'sSisterBaby-Sits "The One Where Rachel's Sister Baby-Sits" Dana Klein Borkow Robert Christiansen October 30, 2003
Rachel convinces spoiled sister Amy to baby-sit Emma over Ross's protests. Phoebe unknowingly thwarts Mike's surprise for her. Joey scares Monica and Chandler with a recommendation letter on their behalf to a child adoption agency.
6 224 TOWRoss'Grant "The One With Ross' Grant" Sebastian Jones Ben Weiss November 6, 2003
Ross interviews with a Nobel Prize-winning scientist for a paleontology grant - but the doctor is Charlie's ex-boyfriend, who offers Ross the grant only if he breaks up with her. Phoebe sends Monica and Rachel screaming with her artistic creation of "Gladys".
7 225 TOWTHomeStudy "The One With The Home Study" Mark J. Kunerth Kevin S. Bright November 13, 2003
Monica and Chandler meet with an adoption worker who will decide if they're suitable parents - and who confesses that she was once romanced by a cad named Joey in the same building.
8 226 TOWTLateThanksgiving "The One With The Late Thanksgiving" Shana Goldberg-Meehan Gary Halvorson November 20, 2003
Monica prepares a Thanksgiving feast and is furious when no one shows up! When Joey gets stuck in the door, Monica and Chandler have the ideal remedy. Phoebe convinces Rachel to enroll Emma in a baby beauty contest.
9 227 TOWTBirthMother "The One With The Birth Mother" Scott Silveri David Schwimmer January 8, 2004
Monica and Chandler travel to Texas to meet a young pregnant woman who is considering allowing them to adopt her child when it's born. Joey dates Phoebe's friend but annoys her with his territorial eating habits.
10 228 TOWChandlerGetsCaught "The One Where Chandler Gets Caught" Doty Abrams Gary Halvorson January 15, 2004
When Phoebe and Rachel see Chandler getting into a car with a pretty woman, they suspect the worst. When they tell Monica, they learn the woman is a real estate agent - and that the couple's been house-hunting outside Manhattan.
11 229 TOWTStripperCries "The One Where The Stripper Cries" Marta Kauffman & David Crane Kevin S. Bright February 5, 2004
Joey is a celebrity guest on Pyramid. When Monica and Rachel throw a "mature" bachelorette party for Phoebe, they're forced to hire a stripper at the last minute. Chandler and Ross attend their college reunion, where they learn a 1987 dating pact was broken.
12 230 TOWPhoebe'sWedding "The One With Phoebe's Wedding" Robert Carlock & Dana Klein Borkow Kevin S. Bright February 12, 2004
Monica's hard-nosed wedding-planner techniques cause Phoebe to fire her. The big day turns chaotic when a blizzard forces a change in plans.
13 231 TOWJoeySpeaksFrench "The One Where Joey Speaks French" Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer Gary Halvorson February 19, 2004
When Phoebe tries teaching Joey to speak French for an audition and fails, she convinces the casting director Joey is retarded. Ross turns down Rachel's request for sympathy sex after her father has a heart attack.
14 232 TOWPrincessConsuela "The One With Princess Consuela" Teleplay by Tracy Reilly, Story by Robert Carlock Gary Halvorson February 26, 2004
Rachel is fired from her job the same day Ross learns that he has gotten tenure. When Phoebe legally changes her name, Mike does so too to teacher her a lesson. Joey goes with Chandler and Monica to check out their new home.
15 233 TOWEstelleDies "The One Where Estelle Dies" Teleplay by Marta Kauffman & David Crane, Story by Mark J. Kunerth Gary Halvorson April 22, 2004
Phoebe tries to protect Joey from the news that his agent Estelle has died. Monica and Chandler check out the house next door to theirs - and discover that Chandler's ex-girlfriend Janice is interested in buying it.
16 234 TOWRachel'sGoingAwayParty "The One With Rachel's Going Away Party" Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen Gary Halvorson April 29, 2004
Ross goes berserk when Rachel decides that Monica's farewell party is the perfect time to share a private, tearful goodbye with each friend - with the single exception of Ross!
- - 10YrsofFriends "The One With All The Other Ones" - - May 6, 2004
A clip show of the past seasons, which aired before The Last One.
17 235 TheLastOne-1 "The Last One, Part 1" Marta Kauffman & David Crane Kevin S. Bright May 6, 2004
Set to embark on the next chapters in their lives, the six friends spend their last day together, and it's one of the momentous events, major decisions about personal futures and last-minute surprises.

Part 1 of 2.

18 236 TheLastOne-2 "The Last One, Part 2" Marta Kauffman & David Crane Kevin S. Bright May 6, 2004
Set to embark on the next chapters in their lives, the six friends spend their last day together, and it's one of the momentous events, major decisions about personal futures and last-minute surprises.

Part 2 of 2.