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"The One With All The Wedding Dresses" is the twentieth episode of the fourth season of Friends, which aired on NBC on April 16, 1998.


"Joey! Joey!"

Joey is snoring so loudly it wakes up Chandler who is sleeping in the other room. Chandler tries to wake Joey up by repeatedly saying his name, only to have Joey repeatedly say his name as well but in his sleep, but then resumes his snoring again. Finally, Chandler wakes Joey up by slamming the door and saying "Oh, did I wake you?".

As Chandler gets another cup of coffee, he attempts to talk to Gunther, who then replies that Chandler doesn't need to fill the silences. Chandler tells the group that he's drinking so much coffee because Joey has started snoring and it's so loud that he can't sleep. Chandler wants Joey to go to a sleep clinic, but Joey doesn't want to go to one. Joey believes that he doesn't have a problem and that Chandler's just being a baby. Monica suggests that next time Joey starts to snore, to just roll him over. Ross then comes in and asks if anyone has seen Rachel. Monica complains that Rachel is upstairs "not doing the dishes". Ross then asks Monica if she can pick up this dress that Emily really wants, but can't get in London. Chandler then comments that Ross is whipped or "wah-pah!".

Rachel is upstairs reading a magazine instead of doing the dishes. However, she hears a noise and runs to the sink to start doing the dishes, as she thinks it's Monica coming home. After she realizes it's Ross, she stops. He talks to her about the engagement and says that he thinks that it will happen for her too. Rachel says that her and Joshua are right there too and that their relationship was pretty serious. Ross says he has to go to work and turns to leave, but before he does he asks Rachel if she wants to go on a double date with him and Emily. She agrees and he leaves.

Monica tries on Emily's wedding dress.

Monica goes to pick up Emily's dress and the owner mistakes her for Emily and asks her if she'd like to try the dress on. Monica agrees and tries it on. Monica is standing in front of the mirror in the dress when the owner comes to tell her that she has to close up the store. She also asks for her ring back because Monica borrowed it to put on her ring finger. Joey is snoring again so Chandler tries to roll him over only to discover that Joey is not wearing any underwear. He tells him that he has to go to a clinic, and a pajama store.

Phoebe shows up wearing a wedding dress to find Monica already in one, as well.

Monica is drying dishes complaining because Rachel did not do them. She turns and sees Emily's wedding dress. Then, Monica is seen drying dishes again, wearing Emily's wedding dress and pretending to thank guests at her wedding. Someone knocks at the door and Monica tries to get out of the dress. However, it is only Phoebe at the door and she convinces Monica to let her in right away. Phoebe is also wearing a wedding dress just like Monica.

Joey is complaining because he has to stay up all night before he goes to the sleep clinic even though it is only six o'clock. Rachel comes over to get something from the fridge and the guys comment that they are glad that Rachel is going on a double date and that she is handling it really well. She dismisses them and says that she'd only have a problem if it wasn't for her relationship with Joshua. (After all, she likes him a lot, her and Ross' relationship ended a year ago and it wasn't a pleasant breakup for either of them.) Rachel thinks that Ross and Emily aren't even going to get married. Ross comes in and says that they have picked a date for the wedding and that it will be in four weeks. The place that Emily wants to get married in is going to be torn down, so they decide to get married before it can be.

Rachel asks Joshua to marry her.

Rachel meets Joshua at Central Perk and tells him that she thinks that they aren't crazy enough and that they should get married. He freaks out because he's in the middle of a divorce and tells her no. Gunther then yells at him "You idiot". Joey and Chandler are at the sleep clinic. The woman is asking Joey some questions about the preparation for the sleep study when he falls asleep and starts to snore. Chandler sees a really pretty girl come in and sit down. He tells Joey who agrees but then falls back asleep. Joey then starts to hit on the entire room by yelling out "How you doin?". Chandler leaves Joey to sleep and goes over to the girl. He introduces himself and sits down next to her. He learns that she talks in her sleep to which he replies that he "listens" in his sleep. Joey, still sleeping, again comes on to the entire room.

Joey gets a mouth guard for his snoring.

Monica throws a bouquet of fake flowers to Phoebe. Then Phoebe throws the bouquet of flowers to Monica. Then Monica thinks that they have lost it and that it would be a good idea to take off the dresses, but then adds "in like a half an hour?". Phoebe and Monica are in Central Perk and Phoebe says that she hates wearing her regular clothes now. Monica says that it was fun for a while, but then she felt kind of silly. She then crosses her legs and Phoebe sees a garter on her leg. Chandler comes in with news that Joey is going to stop snoring and that Chandler got a date with the woman he met there. The girls ask how that could have happened when he tells them that he got the date because Joey was asleep. Joey comes in wearing a mouth guard so he'll stop snoring. Monica says that he doesn't have to wear it right now because he's not asleep, but Joey says that he wants to wear it because it tastes good.

The girls hang out in wedding dresses.

Rachel calls Joshua to try and convince him that she doesn't want to get married, but she only gets his machine. Rachel realizes that she's upset over Ross' marriage because they've been off again, on again, and she was expecting them to be on again. Ross comes in and tells Rachel that he's got reservations for that date. Rachel tells him that the reservation will only have to be for three because Joshua won't be there. Rachel thinks that Joshua may have broken up with her and that he scares easy. Ross hugs her and then goes to go pick up Emily. Phoebe tells Rachel that she knows what will cheer her up. The scene switches to Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe all wearing wedding dresses. Rachel says that it does make her feel better. Someone knocks at the door and the girls think it's Chandler. Rachel goes to open the door and yells "I do" to scare Chandler. Only it's Joshua at the door, not Chandler. He sees her in the wedding dress and thinking she won't take "no" for answer runs off. She closes the door saying "Yeah, well, that ought to do it".

Chandler is in bed with his date who is talking in her sleep. He hugs her closer when she starts to scream. Joey opens the door and yells through his mouth guard "Dude! I am trying to sleep!"

Cast and Crew

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

Supporting Cast

Tate Donovan - Joshua Burgin
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Christina Moore - Marjorie
Anne Betancourt - The Saleslady
Thea Mann - Sleep Clinic Worker


Directed By:
Gail Mancuso

Written By:
Adam Chase, Gregory S. Malins & Michael Curtis


Magna Doodle changes between shots

  • This is the final appearance of Tate Donovan as Joshua Burgin.
  • Chandler mentions why he doesn't dance at weddings. This is later revisited in "The One After I Do" (S8E1), where Chandler reveals he's secretly taken dancing lessons for his first dance with Monica at their wedding; but his slippery shoes prevent him from dancing very well.
  • In the uncut DVD, Joshua mentions the cheerleading outfit Rachel wore in "The One With The Fake Party" (S4E16).
  • When Rachel meets with Joshua in the coffee house, she is wearing the same outfit she wore in the previous episode, "The One With All The Haste".
  • When Phoebe and Monica are throwing and catching the bouquet, when Monica catches it, she exclaims "I'm getting married next." After Ross' wedding to Emily at the end of the season, Monica will be the next to get married if you don't count Ross and Rachel's drunken marriage in Vegas at the end of season 5.
  • When the girls think Chandler is about to see them in the wedding dresses Phoebe says "the groom cannot see the bride" and Rachel replies "you're not gonna marry Chandler" to Phoebe. In three seasons from now, Monica will in fact be preparing to marry Chandler.
  • Thea Mann, the sleep clinic worker is Lisa Kudrow's real life cousin.
  • Rachel wears a wedding dress similar to but not the same as the one from "The Pilot" (S1E1).
  • If you count Ross and Rachel's major "on-again" moments (when they were sober) as their first year together, their short time together after the beach, the even shorter time when Emma is born, and the finale, Rachel is correct when assuming they'd be "on again...again" as the episode takes place after the beach, putting the second "again" as the finale when they get together for good.
  • Ross tells Rachel that "it'll happen to you someday" in reference to him getting married. Ironically Rachel will marry Ross in just over 12 months time (while drunk).
  • Rachel proposes marriage to Joshua in this episode. She will later reveal to Ross that it was her idea for her and Ross to get married after signing the divorce papers following their drunken marriage in Vegas.
  • Ross announces his wedding to Emily is in four weeks time. By coincidence his marriage to Emily lasts about a month. By further coincidence he and Rachel will sleep together about four weeks before his sister's wedding to Chandler, when Emma is conceived.
  • The Five Card Charlie sign appears for the first time in this episode, on the wall next to the door.
  • Ross suggests that Rachel and Joshua join him and Emily for dinner, something Rachel is less than enthusiastic about. She'll have the same reaction when Ross invites her and Joey to join him and Charlie for dinner at his place in "The One Where Ross Is Fine".


  • When Chandler is in Central Perk complaining about Joey snoring, Monica's coffee mug keeps disappearing and reappearing. Also Chandler's mug changes position in the last shot.
  • Joshua says his divorce isn't yet finalized but in "The One With Rachel's Crush" (S4E13), Phoebe states that he's only just got divorced. It's possible that his divorce has since been held up.
  • When Ross walks into the guy's apartment to tell them he's getting married in a month, the Magna Doodle has the word "Poop". But when the camera returns to him it reads, "Get out!" The Magna Doodle's inscription changes from reading "get out!" to "Poop," then back to "get out!" within a few shots.
  • When Monica puts on Emily's the wedding dress, she is wearing a veil which she also presumably picked up for Emily. Emily did not wear a veil at the wedding. Emily also wears a small coat which Monica didn't pick up.
  • While Rachel, Chandler and Joey are discussing Ross getting engaged, the level in her beer bottle increases after she's taken a drink.


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Preceded by
"The One With All The Haste"
Series Four Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Invitation"