The One where Chandler can't remember which sister

Friends season 3
Friends season 3 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original channel NBC
Original run September 19, 1996 (1996-09-19) – May 15, 1997 (1997-05-15)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 April 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)
Region 2 May 29, 2000 (2000-05-29)
Region 4 October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)
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List of Friends episodes

The third season of Friends, an American situation comedy created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on September 19, 1996. It is usually regarded as some of the series's finest work. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 25 episodes and concluded airing on May 15, 1997.

Season synopsis

This season took on a significantly greater serialized format. Rachel begins working at Bloomingdale's and Ross becomes jealous of her co-worker, Mark Robinson. Ross and Rachel break up after Ross sleeps with the hot girl from the copy shop, Chloe. His insistence that he and Rachel were "on a break" becomes a running gag through the remaining seasons. The two show significant animosity towards each other through the second half of the season, though the cliffhanger ending suggests the two reconcile. Interestingly, the first episode after they break up does not focus on the two of them, but on Chandler, who's having a very hard time dealing with the situation, as it reminds him of his parents' divorce. Also early in the season Chandler and Janice's relationship takes a shocking turn when Joey accidentally sees Janice kissing her ex-husband in his office, which ultimately ends with Janice going back to him. Phoebe Buffay, established as having no family except for an identical twin sister, becomes acquainted with her half-brother, Frank Jr. and in the finale discovers her birth mother she never knew she had. Joey develops a crush on Kate, his acting partner in a new play. At first, she doesn't harbor feelings for him, even after sleeping together. However, after her boyfriend/director dumps her following a scathing review of the play, she turns to Joey for support. The relationship doesn't last long, as she is given an opportunity on a soap opera in Los Angeles. Monica begins a relationship with Pete Becker, a millionaire who has a crush on her. At first, she only sees him as a friend, but eventually, the two begin to date. Preparing for what she thinks is a marriage proposal, Pete confides in her that he wants to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion. After seeing him get beat up badly in two matches, she tells him he has to give it up. Since he won't, she breaks up with him.

Cast and characters

(In particular, Characters of Friends#Introduced in season 3 or #Only in season 3)

Main cast


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491 "The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy" Gail MancusoMichael Curtis & Gregory S. MalinsSeptember 19, 1996 (1996-09-19)46525126.8
Ross reveals his sexual fantasy to Rachel, which involves her being dressed up as Princess Leia from Star Wars. Monica suffers from insomnia after her breakup with Richard. And Chandler, willingly back together with Janice, wants Joey to bond with her. 
502 "The One Where No One's Ready" Gail MancusoIra UngerleiderSeptember 26, 1996 (1996-09-26)46525226.7
Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for an important banquet at the museum but everyone keeps delaying. Monica freaks when she hears an answer phone message from Richard, and Joey and Chandler fight over a chair. 
513 "The One with the Jam" Kevin S. BrightWil CalhounOctober 3, 1996 (1996-10-03)46525325.2

Phoebe is stalked by a man who mistakes her for her twin sister. Ross and Rachel give Chandler "boyfriend" lessons. Monica uses her free time after breaking up with Richard to make jam and considers artificial insemination through a sperm bank.

Guest star: David Arquette 
524 "The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel" Steve ZuckermanAlexa JungeOctober 10, 1996 (1996-10-10)46525426.1
Phoebe pretends to be Joey's agent and has some success in getting him auditions. Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit. Chandler is advancing in his relationship with Janice and, realizing that he has a fear of commitment, goes to the girls for advice. 
535 "The One with Frank Jr." Steve ZuckermanShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott SilveriOctober 17, 1996 (1996-10-17)46525523.3
Phoebe's half-brother visits and she offers to give him a massage, but they have trouble bonding. Joey attempts to build an entertainment center. Ross is challenged to name the five celebrities he'd like to sleep with most. Guest star Isabella Rossellini
546 "The One with the Flashback" Peter BonerzDavid Crane & Marta KauffmanOctober 31, 1996 (1996-10-31)46525623.3
When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before, where some dark secrets are revealed among other, that Ross kissed Phoebe, Joey got naked in front of Monica, and Chandler and Rachel both wanted to have sex with each other (but didn't). 
557 "The One with the Race Car Bed" Gail MancusoSeth KurlandNovember 7, 1996 (1996-11-07)46525727.4
When Monica buys a new bed from Janice's soon-to-be-ex-husband, "The Mattress King", the wrong one is delivered. When she and Joey try to take it back, Joey sees Janice and The Mattress King in his office, kissing. Rachel tries to have her father and Ross bond by going to dinner but when Rachel's father tips only 4%, Ross adds 20 dollars to it and Rachel's father thinks that Ross thinks he is cheap. Rachel sets up a brunch the day after but things go wrong when both men bond by criticizing her. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class when a student gets the same audition as Joey, forcing Joey to make a desperate decision. 
568 "The One with the Giant Poking Device" Gail MancusoAdam ChaseNovember 14, 1996 (1996-11-14)46525828.7
When Chandler is about to buy Janice an expensive gift, Joey tells him that he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Monica accidentally bumps Ben's head into a post. Phoebe is convinced that she is cursed because every time she goes to the dentist, someone around her dies, and a toothache is forcing her to make another visit. After returning, she frantically tries to figure out who must have died. Everyone is accounted for until Joey notices that the "ugly naked guy" who lives in the building across from theirs isn't moving. In an attempt to see if he's dead or just sleeping, they tape together chopsticks to make a long stick with which they poke him through his window from the balcony. 
579 "The One with the Football" Kevin S. BrightIra UngerleiderNovember 21, 1996 (1996-11-21)46525929.3
Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving as Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a Dutch model and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry. 
5810 "The One Where Rachel Quits" Terry HughesGregory S. Malins & Michael CurtisDecember 12, 1996 (1996-12-12)46526025.1
Rachel quits her job, when Chandler and Joey tell her that she needs the fear of being unemployed to be able to pursue a career in fashion. Phoebe tries to help Joey when he gets a job selling Christmas trees. Ross accidentally breaks a girl's leg, and attempts to make it up to her by helping her sell cookies to win a trip. 
5911 "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister" Terry HughesAlexa JungeJanuary 9, 1997 (1997-01-09)46526129.8
Ross is suspicious about Rachel's possible job offer from a good-looking stranger. A drunken Chandler fools around with one of Joey's sisters, but can't remember which one. 
6012 "The One with All the Jealousy" Robby BensonDoty AbramsJanuary 16, 1997 (1997-01-16)46526229.6
Ross becomes jealous when he thinks he catches Rachel's new coworker Mark whispering sweet nothings in her ear. After Joey lies on his resume, he is forced to teach a very hard dance to an entire Broadway cast. Monica dates a busboy from the diner. 
6113 "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" Robby BensonMichael BorkowJanuary 30, 1997 (1997-01-30)46526528.0
Monica's will power is tested when she runs into Richard at the video store. Joey agrees to read Little Women while Rachel agrees to read The Shining. Phoebe's athletic date has a problem with short shorts- he is "coming out". 
6214 "The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner" Robby BensonWil CalhounFebruary 6, 1997 (1997-02-06)46526628.9
Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner (Elizabeth Daily), who thinks "Smelly Cat" has hit potential. Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg (Sherilyn Fenn). And Rachel's new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross. 
6315 "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break" James BurrowsMichael BorkowFebruary 13, 1997 (1997-02-13)46526327.3
Ross seeks solace at a party after a bitter fight with Rachel and ends up in the arms of another woman. Phoebe dates a diplomat who needs an interpreter to communicate with her. Chandler and Joey ponder a possible threesome with Chloe, "the hot girl from the copy place, with the belly button ring". 
6416 "The One the Morning After" James BurrowsDavid Crane & Marta KauffmanFebruary 20, 1997 (1997-02-20)46526428.3
Ross tries to prevent Rachel from learning that he slept with Chloe, the copy store employee. When she finds out anyway and they go back to her apartment and have a fight, the other four friends are trapped in Monica's bedroom, forced to listen in as Rachel decides to break up with Ross. This episode yielded Ross's famous "We were on a break" line.[1] 
6517 "The One Without the Ski Trip" Sam SimonShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott SilveriMarch 6, 1997 (1997-03-06)46526725.8
Ross and Rachel compete to spend time with their other friends. When a lonely Ross is excluded from Rachel's ski trip with her pals, he visits Carol. Meanwhile, Chandler starts smoking again. 
6618 "The One with the Hypnosis Tape" Robby BensonSeth KurlandMarch 13, 1997 (1997-03-13)46526928.1
A desperate Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers, who turns out to be very well-off (Pete, played by Jon Favreau). Phoebe freaks when she finds out that her 18 year-old brother is planning to wed a woman more than twice his age (Debra Jo Rupp). Chandler uses a hypnosis tape to quit smoking, but it is meant for women, which causes Chandler to act feminine. 
6719 "The One with the Tiny T-Shirt" Terry HughesAdam ChaseMarch 27, 1997 (1997-03-27)46526823.7
Rachel goes on her first date after splitting from Ross, with Mark from her office. Joey develops a crush on Kate (Dina Meyer), his costar in his new play. Monica continues to date Pete, even though she is still not attracted to him. 
6820 "The One with the Dollhouse" Terry HughesWil CalhounApril 10, 1997 (1997-04-10)46527024.4
Rachel regrets making a date for Chandler and her boss, Joanna. Joey's interest in Kate intensifies after they sleep together. Monica's aunt dies, leaving her a beautiful antique dollhouse, but it's too elaborate to play with, so Phoebe makes her own dollhouse, but it meets a sad end. 
6921 "The One with a Chick and a Duck" Michael LembeckChris BrownApril 17, 1997 (1997-04-17)46527123.2
Monica considers a dream job in Pete's new restaurant, but Phoebe senses there is more to the deal. Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. Ross misses a panel for the Discovery Channel to help Rachel, who may have a broken rib. 
7022 "The One with the Screamer" Peter BonerzShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott SilveriApril 24, 1997 (1997-04-24)46527222.6
Rachel dates a man (Ben Stiller) who turns out to be an aggressive, testosterone-fuelled bully who frightens and intimidates anyone who irritates him by viciously screaming at them. Joey and Kate break up when she gets a big job in Los Angeles and takes it. Phoebe is on hold for days with a company she needs to talk to before her phone warranty expires. 
7123 "The One with Ross's Thing" Shelley JensenTed Cohen & Andrew ReichMay 1, 1997 (1997-05-01)46527424.2
Afflicted with a mysterious skin condition on his behind, Ross seeks advice from Phoebe's herbalist (Kevin McDonald). Phoebe can't choose between dating a fireman or a Kindergarten teacher and attempts to date both behind each other's back. Monica can't decide what to do about Pete when she thinks he is going to propose. 
7224 "The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion" Robby BensonStory: Pang-Ni Landrum & Mark Kunerth
Teleplay: Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri
May 8, 1997 (1997-05-08)46527323.1
To Monica's horror, Pete plans to compete in the "Ultimate Fighting Championship", and when he can't win but won't give up, she must decide her future with him. Chandler has a problem when his new boss keeps slapping him on the butt. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date with a woman who used to be bald. This episode features a cameo skit by Billy Crystal and Robin Williams
7325 "The One at the Beach" Pamela FrymanStory: Pang-Ni Landrum & Mark Kunerth
Teleplay: Adam Chase
May 15, 1997 (1997-05-15)46527528.8
The gang goes to the beach. In search of a woman who was friends with her mom, Phoebe meets the woman (who is also named Phoebe) with links to her family's past, who may know more than she's letting on. Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him, and must choose between sex-crazy, but bald, Bonnie (Christine Taylor), and Rachel, the love of his life. 


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