The second season of Friends aired from September 21, 1995 to May 16, 1996.
This season features more serialized storylines; it begins when Rachel discovers that Ross is dating Julie, a girl he knew from grad school. Julie returns for several episodes early in the season. Rachel's attempts to tell Ross she likes him mirror his own failed attempts in the first season, but she accidentally lets it slip out in a drunken phone message. When Ross finds out, he dumps Julie so he can pursue a relationship with Rachel. But Rachel becomes furious with him when she finds out that he made a list of her bad qualities, comparing her to Julie, and she breaks up with him. Eventually, a prom video reveals that Ross intended to take Rachel to the prom when her prom date was late. Rachel forgives Ross, and they begin a relationship that lasts into the following season.
Joey, who struggled to crack into acting in the first season, gets a part in a fictional version of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. He loses the part soon, as he angers the writers by saying in an interview that he writes many of his own lines, and his character is subsequently killed off.
Tom Selleck begins a recurring guest role as Dr. Richard Burke. Richard, a friend of Monica and Ross' parents who is recently divorced and with grown children, is 21 years older than Monica. Despite their age difference, they date for the second half of the season. In the season finale, they end the relationship when they realize that he does not want any more children and she does. Monica falls in love with him.
The second season also served to deepen Chandler and Joey's friendship. This becomes especially apparent in the episodes in which Joey temporarily moves out and a creepy guy named Eddie Menuek moves in. Chandler is disappointed when he learns that his roommate does not share his interests, such as sports and Baywatch. He is pushed over the edge by the fact that Eddie seems to have some mental issues. Chandler eventually allows Joey to move back in, pretending that Eddie never lived there. Another surprise comes when Chandler falls in love with a woman over the Internet, who turns out to be Janice. Despite the fact that their relationship had failed in the past, they decide to get back together.
- Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Greene
- Courteney Cox as Monica Geller
- Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay
- Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani
- Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing
- David Schwimmer as Ross Geller
- Lauren Tom as Julie
- Tom Selleck as Richard Burke
- Adam Goldberg as Eddie Menuek
- Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick
- Jessica Hecht as Susan Bunch
- This is the only season without a dedicated Thanksgiving episode.
- As of this season all episodes are filmed on Stage 24, which was renamed The Friends Stage after the series finale.
- As from this season, the handle on the green closet door by the bathroom in Monica's apartment is on the right. Unlike in season 1, this door is never seen open until Chandler opens it seven years later in "The One With The Secret Closet".
- In the later Season 2 opening credit sequence, a clip from The One With Phoebe's Husband is shown featuring Monica dancing to the start of Joey's porn movie. However this scene was cut from the broadcast episode.
|1||25||"The One With Ross' New Girlfriend"||Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz||Michael Lembeck||September 21, 1995|
|Rachel gets an unpleasant surprise when Ross returns home. Phoebe has varied success when cutting her friends' hair!|
|2||26||"The One With The Breast Milk"||Adam Chase & Ira Ungerleider||Michael Lembeck||September 28, 1995|
|Monica goes shopping when Ross's new girlfriend and is too afraid to tell Rachel. Joey is troubled when a fellow after-shave salesman outperforms him on the job.|
|3||27||"The One Where Heckles Dies"||Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins||Kevin S. Bright||October 5, 1995|
|The downstairs neighbor dies and bequeaths his strange possessions to Monica and Rachel.|
|4||28||"The One With Phoebe's Husband"||Alexa Junge||Gail Mancuso||October 12, 1995|
|Everyone's surprised when Phoebe's husband shows up.|
|5||29||"The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant"||Chris Brown||Ellen Gittelsohn||October 19, 1995|
|When planning a birthday party for Ross, the six discover money is an issue in life, even among friends.|
|6||30||"The One With The Baby On The Bus"||Betsy Borns||Gail Mancuso||November 2, 1995|
|Joey and Chandler accidentally leave Ben on a bus while babysitting. Phoebe (whose Smelly Cat debuts here) gets fired from her Central Perk singing gig, and is replaced by a professional.|
|7||31||"The One Where Ross Finds Out"||Michael Borkow||Peter Bonerz||November 9, 1995|
|Dramatic developments occur in Ross and Rachel's relationship. Chandler regrets asking Monica to help him lose weight.|
|8||32||"The One With The List"||Marta Kauffman & David Crane||Mary Kay Place||November 16, 1995|
|Rachel makes a painful discovery concerning Ross. Monica's new boss gives her an impossible task.|
|9||33||"The One With Phoebe's Dad"||Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz||Kevin S. Bright||December 14, 1995|
|Phoebe learns the surprising truth about her father. Ross makes Monica's Christmas party guests miserable. Rachel gets her revenge on Ross.|
|10||34||"The One With Russ"||Ira Ungerleider||Thomas Schlamme||January 4, 1996|
|After some gentle person persuasion, Joey accepts a great acting job. Rachel dates a guy who looks amazingly like Ross.|
|11||35||"The One With The Lesbian Wedding"||Doty Abrams||Thomas Schlamme||January 18, 1996|
|Carol and Susan prepare for their wedding with help from an uncomfortable Ross.|
|12||36||"The One After The Superbowl, Part 1"||Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz, Michael Borkow||Michael Lembeck||January 28, 1996|
|Ross goes to visit Marcel the Monkey in the San Diego Zoo and finds the simian is pursuing a show-biz career. Joey has a date with a deranged fan. Lembeck won a Best Director Emmy.|
|13||37||"The One After The Superbowl, Part 2"||Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz, Michael Borkow||Michael Lembeck||January 28, 1996|
|Rachel and Monica fight over Jean-Claude Van Damme. Chandler dates a girl he went to elementary school with, with a surprising outcome. Lembeck won a Best Director Emmy.|
|14||38||"The One With The Prom Video"||Alexa Junge||James Burrows||February 1, 1996|
|Monica's old home video elicits the true feelings Ross has for Rachel. Joey gives Chandler a gift.|
|15||39||"The One Where Ross And Rachel... You Know"||Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins||Michael Lembeck||February 8, 1996|
|Ross and Rachel encounter romantic obstacles. Monica falls for a handsome older doctor. Chandler and Joey have new lazy chairs and do not want to get up from them.|
|16||40||"The One Where Joey Moves Out"||Betsy Borns||Michael Lembeck||February 15, 1996|
|Chandler catches Joey licking a spoon and replacing it in the drawer, and a major fight ensues. Monica's parents find out about her new boyfriend.|
|17||41||"The One Where Eddie Moves In"||Adam Chase||Michael Lembeck||February 22, 1996|
|Joey and Chandler pine for each other but neither will admit it. Chandler gets a new roommate. A record company asks Phoebe to make a Smelly Cat music video.|
|18||42||"The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies"||Teleplay by Michael Borkow, Story by Alexa Junge||Michael Lembeck||March 21, 1996|
|Joey's soap character looks set to be killed off after Joey makes some contentious remarks to a fan magazine. Monica and Richard have their first argument.|
|19||43||"The One Where Eddie Won't Go"||Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins||Michael Lembeck||March 28, 1996|
|Chandler battles to get rid of his annoying new roommate and have Joey, who's feeling the crunch of unemployment and mounting debt, move back in. The girls discover a book on personal empowerment.|
|20||44||"The One Where Old Yeller Dies"||Teleplay by Adam Chase, Story by Michael Curtis||Michael Lembeck||April 4, 1996|
|Impressionable Phoebe becomes depressed when it dawns on her that some movies don't end happily. Richard bonds with Chandler and Joey at a basketball game.|
|21||45||"The One With The Bullies"||Sebastian Jones & Brian Buckner||Michael Lembeck||April 11, 1996|
|Chandler and Ross are intimidated by two bullies who take over the friends' Central Perk sofa. Phoebe meets her long-lost family.|
|22||46||"The One With Two Parties"||Alexa Junge||Michael Lembeck||May 2, 1996|
|Rachel gets a real surprise when her parents show up at her birthday party.|
|23||47||"The One With The Chicken Pox"||Brown Mandell||Michael Lembeck||May 9, 1996|
|When Phoebe catches chicken pox, her chances for romance with an ex-love are nearly ruined. Rachel is intrigued by Phoebe's ex-love sailor suit wanting Ross to have one as well. Monica feels she may be too neurotic for straight-arrow Richard.|
|24||48||"The One With Barry & Mindy's Wedding"||Teleplay by Brown Mandell, Story by Ira Ungerleider||Michael Lembeck||May 16, 1996|
|Rachel is a bridesmaid at her ex-fiance's wedding. Monica and Richard's relationship is jeopardized when the subject of children arises.|