This season follows Ross and Rachel living together with baby Emma after she and Joey clear up the misdirected proposal. Rachel soon moves back in with Joey after a fight with Ross, discovering that she has feelings for Joey.
Aisha Tyler portrays Charlie Wheeler, a paleontologist that Ross meets and becomes attracted to. When Ross and Rachel decide to kiss their love interests, they find both Joey and Charlie kissing at Joey's rooftop party.
Monica and Chandler, inspired by Ross and Rachel, decide to conceive a child of their own. They seek medical advice after several episodes of trying for a baby. Upon discovering that it is unlikely that they will be able to conceive through natural means, they decide to adopt a child.
Paul Rudd appears in the recurring role of Mike Hannigan, a new boyfriend for Phoebe. When Mike tells Phoebe that he never wants to marry again, Hank Azaria returns as David "the scientist guy," a character originated in the first season. Phoebe becomes conflicted when both men propose to her. She chooses Mike over David, but decides not to marry him.
The finale is set in Barbados, where the group goes to hear Ross give a keynote speech at a paleontology conference.
Not only do Charlie and Joey find out they have nothing in common, but Charlie also finds herself eventually becoming attracted to Ross. After Charlie dumps Joey, Joey and Rachel's feelings for each other return. They agree to clear it with Ross first, until Joey catches Ross kissing Charlie. The finale ends with Joey and Rachel kissing.
- Many fans of the series consider this to be the worst season of the show.
|1||195||"The One Where No One Proposes"||Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer||Kevin S. Bright||September 26, 2002|
|Due to a misunderstanding, Rachel finds herself engaged to Joey instead of Ross. Things get more confused when Phoebe mistakenly assumes that Ross is the one who proposed.|
|2||196||"The One Where Emma Cries"||Dana Klein Borkow||Sheldon Epps||October 3, 2002|
|Joey's attempts to gain Ross's forgiveness for mistakenly asking Rachel to marry him only result in emergency hospitalization. A weary Rachel seeks any remedy to quell baby Emma's nonstop crying.|
|3||197||"The One With The Pediatrician"||Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones||Roger Christiansen||October 10, 2002|
|Rachel's constant calls to her pediatrician force him to drop Emma as a patient. Ross becomes uncomfortable when Rachel seeks his childhood doctor as a replacement - mainly because he is still Ross's doctor.|
|4||198||"The One With The Sharks"||Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen||Ben Weiss||October 17, 2002|
|Worried she may lose her latest boyfriend, Phoebe's self-doubt is worsened by Ross's foolish comments. Monica mistakenly fears Chandler has an unnatural fetish for sharks.|
|5||199||"The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner"||Scott Silveri||David Schwimmer||October 31, 2002|
|While Phoebe and Joey await their friends at a fancy restaurant, Rachel frets about leaving Emma with a sitter. Monica and Chandler are also running late due to a heated spat.|
|6||200||"The One With The Male Nanny"||Marta Kauffman & David Crane||Kevin S. Bright||November 7, 2002|
|Rachel's choice of an oversensitive male nanny sparks Ross's mockery. Phoebe must choose between two ardent suitors: new boyfriend Mike or visiting former boyfriend David.|
|7||201||"The One With Ross' Inappropriate Song"||Robert Carlock||Gary Halvorson||November 14, 2002|
|When Chandler's former romantic rival intends to sell his apartment, Chandler and Joey secretly inspect it...and make a shocking discovery. Ross discovers that singing rap is the only way to get baby Emma to laugh.|
|8||202||"The One With Rachel's Other Sister"||Shana Goldberg-Meehan||Kevin S. Bright||November 21, 2002|
|On the night before Thanksgiving, Rachel's self-centered younger sister Amy ruins everyone's holiday dinner with her uncensored observations.|
|9||203||"The One With Rachel's Phone Number"||Mark Kunerth||Ben Weiss||December 5, 2002|
|While out with Phoebe, Rachel impulsively gives a handsome guy her phone number - then worries he'll call when Ross is in. Mike and Ross desperately try finding something to talk about while baby-sitting Emma.|
|10||204||"The One With Christmas In Tulsa"||Doty Abrams||Kevin S. Bright||December 12, 2002|
|Chandler must stay in Tulsa over Christmas due to work deadlines. Monica suspects the worst when she learns that his beautiful co-worker Wendy will join him.|
|11||205||"The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work"||Teleplay by Peter Tibbals, Story by Judd Rubin||Gary Halvorson||January 9, 2003|
|Rachel meets her handsome rival Gavin, who has covered her job while she's been on maternity leave. Their immediate war of wills prompts her to make a rash decision that she could regret. Meanwhile, Phoebe works as an extra on Days Of Our Lives|
|12||206||"The One With Phoebe's Rats"||Teleplay by Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones, Story by Dana Klein Borkow||Ben Weiss||January 16, 2003|
|Rachel is peeved to learn that Gavin is invited to her birthday party. Ross struggles to keep lascivious Joey away from Emma's beautiful new nanny. Phoebe coaxes Mike into helping care for a litter of baby rats.|
|13||207||"The One Where Monica Sings"||Teleplay by Steven Rosenhaus, Story by Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer||Gary Halvorson||January 30, 2003|
|As Rachel sorts out her feelings for Gavin, Ross recruits Chandler to help him meet attractive women to make her jealous. Monica's see-through dress is a big hit when Phoebe brings her to karaoke night!|
|14||208||"The One With The Blind Dates"||Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer||Gary Halvorson||February 6, 2003|
|Joey and Phoebe conspire to arrange awful dates for both Rachel and Ross, hoping that appreciation of their former relationship will cause them to reunite.|
|15||209||"The One With The Mugging"||Peter Tibbals||Gary Halvorson||February 13, 2003|
|To impress a pompous fellow actor during an audition, Joey develops an unusual acting method. Ross is horrified to discover who mugged him when he was a child.|
|16||210||"The One With The Boob Job"||Mark Kunerth||Gary Halvorson||February 20, 2003|
|Phoebe asks Mike to move in with her, but coming so close to married life may spell trouble. The financially strapped Monica and Chandler separately and unknowingly ask Joey for loans.|
|17||211||"The One With The Memorial Service"||Teleplay by Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones, Story by Robert Carlock||Gary Halvorson||March 13, 2003|
|When Chandler jokingly posts an outrageous biography of Ross on his college alumni website, Ross retaliates in similar fashion - triggering an Internet war between the two friends.|
|18||212||"The One With The Lottery"||Teleplay by Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer, Story by Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones||Gary Halvorson||April 3, 2003|
|Hoping to win a huge jackpot, the friends pool their cash and buy dozens of lottery tickets. But bickering over how to spend potential winnings and other disagreements cause a lotto tension.|
|19||213||"The One With Rachel's Dream"||Teleplay by Mark Kunerth, Story by Dana Klein Borkow||Terry Hughes||April 17, 2003|
|Nervous about an upcoming romantic scene, Joey rehearses with Rachel. After watching the show's taping, Rachel has a surprising dream about Joey.|
|20||214||"The One With The Soap Opera Party"||Teleplay by Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen, Story by Shana Goldberg-Meehan||Sheldon Epps||April 24, 2003|
|Ross is excited when his paleontology colleague Charlie is also a stunning beauty. But the excitement fades when she discusses her impressive list of ex-boyfriends at Joey's rooftop party for his Days of Our Lives castmates.|
|21||215||"The One With The Fertility Test"||Teleplay by Robert Carlock, Story by Scott Silveri||Gary Halvorson||May 1, 2003|
|Ross is hurt when brilliant Charlie starts dating shallow Joey. However, Joey asks him for advice on how to impress her. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica have a chance encounter at a fertility clinic.|
|22||216||"The One With The Donor"||Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen||Ben Weiss||May 8, 2003|
|Sad to learn that they cannot conceive naturally, Monica and Chandler mull their options. Chandler brings home a handsome, unknowing co-worker for dinner to "interview" him as a potential sperm donor. After deciding that having a sperm donor is not right for them, they decide to adopt.|
|23||217||"The One In Barbados, Part 1"||Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri||Kevin S. Bright||May 15, 2003|
|Ross procures free passes for his friends to a paleontologists' convention in Barbados, then scrambles to reconstruct - with Charlie's help - his keynote address after its accidental erasure from his computer. Mike arrives to win Phoebe back.|
|24||218||"The One In Barbados, Part 2"||Marta Kauffman & David Crane||Kevin S. Bright||May 15, 2003|
|Monica and Mike play a heated game of ping pong. Rachel can't hide her feelings for Joey any longer...|