216 of 222 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2003
"Friends - The Complete Third Season" is a must-have for any Friends fan! I consider this to be one of Friends' best seasons for two reasons. One, being the sharp and very witty dialogue and happenings (Chandler & Joey acquiring a duck & a chick, Phoebe's boyfriend's "hanging" problem, Chandler acting like a woman, etc.). The second, is Ross and Rachel's breakup. David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston were heartbreakingly believable in the parting of one of TV's greatest couples ever.
In this collection, you get the following episodes:
1. "The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy"- Monica's still gloomy over her breakup with Richard. Ross tells Rachel about his Princess Leia fantasy.
2. "The One Where No One's Ready"- Ross and Phoebe are the only one's dressed 30 minutes before a museum fundraiser.
3. "The One With the Jam"- Monica tries to get over Richard by making jam. Then she decides that she wants to have a baby on her own, so she gets a list of sperm donors, only to discover Joey is on the list.
4. "The One With the Metaphorical Tunnel"- Ross is shocked when Ben plays with a Barbie doll. Chandler decides to "go through the tunnel" and make a commitment to Janice.
5. "The One With Frank Jr."- Phoebe reunites with her half brother, Frank Jr. The gang discusses who would be on their freebie list (five celebrities they'd be allowed to sleep with and not jeopardize their relationship).
6. "The One With the Flashback"- Janice asks everybody if they've ever almost hooked up, causing the gang to have a flashback to three years earlier. We see Chandler searching for a roommate & hitting on Rachel (who's having cold-feet over her impending marriage), Ross making out on a pool table with Phoebe after he learns his wife is a lesbian and Monica with a crush on Joey.
7. "The One With the Race Car Bed"- Ross is dreading a dinner with Rachel's father. Joey goes with Monica to return a race car bed that was accidentally delivered to her apartment.
8. "The One With the Poking Device"- Rachel and Monica baby-sit Ben for the afternoon, but Monica leaves a knot on his head after bumping him into the wall. Joey tells Chandler that he caught Janice kissing her ex-husband.
9. "The One With the Football"- It's Thanksgiving and the gang goes over to the park to play football and some sibling rivalry between Ross and Monica is reawakened.
10. "The One Where Rachel Quits"- Just before Christmas, Gunther tells Rachel she needs to be retrained as a waitress, so she quits. Monica gets hooked on Mint Treasures that Ross is selling.
11. "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister"- A drunk Chandler hooks up with one of Joey's sisters, but he can't recall which one. Rachel meets Mark, who helps her get a job at Bloomingdale's.
12. "The One With All the Jealousy"- Ross gets jealous over the fact that Mark takes Rachel to lunch. Monica goes out with Julio, a hunky co-worker at the 50s diner.
13. "The One Where Monica & Richard Are Friends"- Monica runs into Richard at the video store. Phoebe's new boyfriend unknowingly "hangs out of his shorts," to Chandler's horror.
14. "The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner"- Phoebe reunites with a former musical collaborator. Chandler meets Ginger, the girl whose wooden-leg Joey threw in a fire.
15. "The One Where Ross & Rachel Take A Break"- After Rachel tells Ross she has to cancel their anniversary plans, he shows up at her office with a picnic basket. She tells him they need to take a break from their relationship and he then sleeps with Chloe, the hot girl from the copy store.
16. "The One With the Morning After"- Ross frantically tries to keep Rachel from finding out what he did, but Gunther spills the beans.
17. "The One Without the Ski Trip"- Rachel invites everybody besides Ross on a ski trip. On their way, the gang gets locked out of the car at a desolate rest stop.
18. "The One With the Hypnosis Tape"- Chandler has been listening to a hypnosis tape that's supposed to help him stop smoking. The only problem is, the tape's geared toward women and he starts acting very feminine.
19. "The One With the Tiny T-Shirt"- Mark confesses his crush to Rachel and asks her out. Ross and Rachel return each other's belongings.
20. "The One With the Dollhouse"- Monica inherits her Aunt Sylvia's dollhouse. Rachel's boss expresses her interest in Chandler.
21. "The One With A Chick & A Duck"- Joey gets a baby chicken (that Chandler names Yasmine). Chandler tries to dump the chick off at a shelter, but ends up bringing home a duck instead.
22. "The One With the Screamer"- Rachel's new boyfriend (Ben Stiller) turns out to have a raging temper, but it only shows in front of Ross.
23. "The One With Ross's Thing"- Ross discovers a growth on his lower back and he goes to see Phoebe's herbalist. Pheeb's is juggling two guys: a firefighter and a teacher.
24. "The One With the Ultimate Fighting Champion"- Pete, Monica's boyfriend, gets whipped in his Ultimate Fighting match. Phoebe asks Rachel if she can set Ross up with her friend, Bonnie, who used to be bald.
25. "The One At the Beach"- Phoebe and the gang head to Montauk, New York, so she can meet an old friend (also named Phoebe) of her mother's. During the trip, Rachel tricks Bonnie into shaving her head, which is a total turn-off for Ross, who ends up kissing Rachel.
95 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2003
The Complete Third Season of 'Friends' is coming in April, and this review will make you remember all the great episodes, and if you are new to the show, it will give you an idea what happened in the series.
The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy
Ross reveals a fantasy to Rachel involving a certain "Star Wars" character. Monica suffers from insomnia after her breakup with Richard. And Chandler, back together with Janice, wants Joey to bond with her.
The One Where No One's Ready
Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for an important banquet at the museum but no one is co-operating. Chandler and Joey fight over who gets to sit in a comfortable chair. Monica acts goofy over a message on the answering machine from Richard. Rachel can't decide what to wear and Phoebe (the only one ready on time) gets a spot on her dress.
The One With The Jam
Phoebe dates a man who thinks he's stalking 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 insemination through a sperm bank.
The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel
Phoebe pretends to be Joey's agent and has some success in getting him auditions. Ultimately, however, she is unable to deal with the rejection that comes with acting, and quits. Ross is upset when Ben brings a Barbie doll on his weekend visit. He spends the time trying to get him to give up the doll and eventually replaces it with a G.I. Joe. When Carol and Susan come to pick up Ben, Monica tells them that Ross used to dress in his mother's clothes and play tea party. Chandler is advancing in his relationship with Janice and, realizing that he has a fear of commitment, goes to the girls for advice. When he decides to become super-committed, he ends up scaring Janice. He ends up just coming clean and being himself and the relationship survives.
The One With Frank Jr.
Phoebe's half-brother visits and she offers to buy 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.
The One With The Flashback
When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before.
The One With The Race Car Bed
When Monica buys a new bed from Janice's soon-to-be-ex-husband, "The Mattress King," the wrong one is delivered. Rachel's attempts to have her father and Ross bond fail, until she stops trying. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class.
The One With The Giant Poking Device
When Chandler is about to buy Janice an expensive gift, Joey tells him that he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Chandler confronts Janice and she admits that she is confused about what she should do and can't chose between the two men. After much soul-searching and some advice from Joey, Chandler realizes he has to let her go back and try to make things work with her husband. While Rachel is babysitting Ben, Monica accidentally bumps his head into a post. The girls attempt to hide the bump under a hat but Ben keeps saying "Monica bang." When Ross finds the bump, he assumes that it was Rachel's fault, but she rats out Monica. Ross then gets to torture her by pretending Ben is seriously injured. Phoebe is convinced that she is cursed because every time she goes to the dentist, someone around her dies. After she is forced to go to the dentist, she calls everyone she knows and they are all alive. Ugly Naked Guy, however, has been lying in the same position without moving all day. The friends tie together a bunch of chopsticks into a giant poking device that they use to prod Ugly Naked Guy. He turns out to be alive and not very happy about being poked.
The One With The Football
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 model and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry.
The One Where Rachel Quits
Rachel makes a rash decision after Gunther tells her she needs to be retrained. Phoebe tries to help Joey when he gets a job selling Christmas trees. And Ross accidentally breaks a girl's leg and tries to make it up to her.
The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister
Ross is suspicious about Rachel's possible job offer from a good-looking stranger. And a drunken Chandler fools around with one of Joey's sisters, but can't remember which one.
The One With All The Jealousy
Ross becomes jealous when he thinks he catches Rachel's new coworker 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. And Monica dates a busboy who hates Americans.
The One Where Monica And Richard Are Just Friends
Monica's willpower is tested when she runs into Richard at the video store. Joey agrees to read "Little Women" while Rachel agrees to read "The Shining." And Phoebe's athletic date has a problem with short shorts.
The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner
Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner, who thinks "Smelly Cat" has hit potential. Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg. And Rachel's new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross.
The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break (1)
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. And Chandler and Joey ponder a m?nage a trois with a woman who seems hot for both of them.
The One The Morning After
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.
The One Without The Ski Trip
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.
The One With The Hypnosis Tape
A desperate Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers, who turns out to be very, very well-off. Phoebe's half-brother visits and announces he is getting married to a much, much older woman. And Chandler uses a hypnosis tape to quit smoking, with surprising results.
The One With The Tiny T-Shirt
Rachel goes on her first date after splitting from Ross...and it's with Mark. Joey develops a crush on his costar in his new play. And Monica continues to date Pete, even though she is still not attracted to him.
The One With The Dollhouse
Rachel regrets making a date for Chandler and her boss, Joanna. Joey's interest in Kate intensifies after they sleep together. And Monica's aunt dies, leaving her an antique dollhouse, with which Monica doesn't want Phoebe to play with.
The One With A Chick And A Duck
Monica considers a dream job in Pete's new restaurant, but Phoebe fears there is more to the deal. Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. And Ross misses a panel for the Discovery Channel to help Rachel, who may have a broken rib.
The One With The Screamer
At the premiere of Joey's big play; Ross alone concludes that Rachel's date is insane. Joey falls in love with Kate, but she gets a big job in Los Angeles and takes it. And poor Phoebe is on hold for days with a company she needs to talk to before her phone warranty expires.
The One With Ross's Thing
Afflicted with a mysterious skin condition on his butt, Ross seeks advice from Phoebe's herbalist. Phoebe can't decide whether to date a sensitive, muscular fireman or a sensitive, muscular schoolteacher. And Monica can't decide about Pete when she thinks he is going to propose.
The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion
To Monica's horror, Pete plans to be in an ultimate fight, 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 is slaphappy. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date with a woman who used to be bald. And the friends are intrigued by a conversation between two strangers in Central Perk.
The One At The Beach
The gang goes to the beach. In search of her father, Phoebe meets a family friend 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 and Rachel, the love of his life. After the gang plays strip poker, Joey winds up sleeping naked on the beach. And Chandler wonders why Monica doesn't think he's serious after he asks her if she would ever go out with him.
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2003
Definitely one of the best and most exciting seasons of Friends, it's the season where Ross and Rachel are; still dating, break-up, and eventually decide to get back together by the season's end. In between lots of events take place, e.g. Monica gets a new boyfriend (Pete the millionaire) and Joey &Chandler buy birds (a chick and a duck). The season features some of the all-time favourite Friends episodes! I love the packaging! You take it out of the cover and the DVD version is like a folder. It opens up into like 6 pages with the DVDs and episodes listings. I got this for a more expensive price so this price is a lot better! You can also choose to have subtitles (choice is from 4 different languages) or you can choose to have none.
The episodes are:
The one with the Princess Leia Fantasy- Ross' secret fantasy doesn't stay secret for long after he confides in Rachel. Chandler begins to rekindle his relationship with ex-girlfriend Janice.
The one where no one's ready- Ross gets riled when his friends fail to be ready on time for a museum fundraiser.
The one with the jam- Monica tries to get over Richard by making jam but she gets obsessed. Se decides to get a sperm from a bank to have her own baby.
The one with the Metaphorical tunnel- Ross and Rachel encourage Chandler to commit to Janice.
The one with Frank Jr.- Phoebe invites her bro over for a visit. Ross makes a list of celebrities he's allowed to sleep with and one of them shows up.
The one with the flashback- Janice asks them if they've ever dated each other, they say no but they start thinking of the past (when Joey hits on Monica by stripping and when Chandler tries to make something happen between him and Rachel).
The one with the racecar bed- The 'Mattress King store' sends Monica a wrong bed, a kid's bed.
Special features: Audio commentary by the executive producers.
The 1 with the giant poking device- Phoebe thinks she has killed 'ugly naked guy' so everyone joins in to poke him.
The 1 with the football- the friends play football (Ross and Monica fight like cats and dogs, Rachel hangs along, Phoebe makes t a game of a lifetime for herself, and Joey and Chandler fight over the same woman).
The 1 where Rachel quits- Seeking advice from Chandler, Rachel finally quits her job at Central Perk.
The 1 where Chandler can't remember which sister- Rachel has an interview at Bloomingdales. Chandler sleeps with Joey's sister.
The 1 with all the jealousy- Ross gets really jealous of Rachel's co-worker Mark.
The 1 where Monica + Richard are just friends- they bump into each other at the video store. They do everything they did when they were dating except they say they're 'just friends'.
Special features: audio commentary.
The 1 with Phoebe's ex-partner- Phoebe's old partner returns to Phoebe's life but not for long, she ends up stealing Phoebe's 'smelly cat'. Chandler dates a woman with an artificial leg.
The 1 where Ross+ Rachel take a break- Rachel thinks it's a break; Ross thinks it's a break-up. This is where it started.
The 1 the morning after- Rachel finds out about Ross' one-night stand with the Xerox girl.
The 1 with the ski trip- Rachel invites the gang (excluding Ross) to a ski trip, Ross goes to Carol.
The 1 with the hypnosis tape- Rachel gives Chandler a tape to quit smoking. It works too well but it's for a woman, "you're a strong and confident woman" and Chandler starts to act like 1.
The 1 with the tiny t-shirt- Rachel returns Ross' belongings to him. Ross asks for his t-shirt back in spite. But later Rachel gets it back.
Special features: audio commentary.
1 with the dollhouse- Monica inherits a Victorian dollhouse. But she has competition from a cardboard house that Phoebe has.
1 with the chick and the duck- this is where they get them. They buy a chick and end up with a chick and a duck. Pete wants Monica to be the head chef at his new restaurant.
1 with the screamer- Ben Stiller dates Rachel but he's a loud, angry, malicious maniac and Ross tries to tell everyone.
1 with Ross' thing-Ross finds a 'thing' on him. He goes from doctor to doctor but no one can tell him what it is. It is referred to as a 'coundas' and 'the Ross'. Phoebe plays the field.
1 with the ultimate fighting champion- Pete gets beaten up in public, but he refuses to listen to Monica.
The 1 at the beach- Every1 goes to the beach. Ross and Rachel flirt, Bonnie becomes bald, Chandler wants to know why Monica won't date him, Joey wants to play poker, and Phoebe wants to know her father's location but she finds out her mother's alive.
Special features: This disc has the best special features' options. You can take in an Open house at Joey and Chandler's Bachelor Pad with the interactive menu (you can even flip through a 'Friends' scrap book). 2nd- you can leaf through the Friends of Friends Guest book (e.g. Billy Crystal). 3rd- You can learn what's up with your friends with video guides. 4th- You can do a Rachel-Ross trivia quiz: every right answer brings them closer to each other and every wrong answer moves them apart.
I highly recommend this season. Not only is the season extremely funny but also I love the packaging and everything. The episodes also have extra footage that you've never seen. Every episode has at least 1 line that had to be cut-off because of limited time when it was aired.
64 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2003
FRIENDS is one of my all-time favorite shows! here, they return for another hilarious Season. buy this DVD and keep adding to your collection of FRIENDS. This is a must-have for any FRIENDS fan! Remember all the great episodes:
The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy..
The One Where No One's Ready..
The One With The Jam..
The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel..
The One With Frank Jr..
The One With The Flashback..
The One With The Giant Poking Device..
The One With The Football..
The One Where Rachel Quits..
The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister..
The One With All The Jealousy..
The One Where Monica & Richard are Friends..
The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner..
The One Where Ross & Rachel Take A Break..
The One The Morning After..
The One Without The Ski Trip..
The One With The Hypnosis Tape..
The One With The Tiny T-Shirt..
The One With The Dollhouse..
The One With A Chick and A Duck..
The One With The Screamer..
The One With Ross' Thing..
The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion..
The One At The Beach..
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2003
Friends is by far one of my favourite TV sitcoms. It's funny and just sooooo entertaining. I could watch it over and over and over again and still get a kick out of it. Season three is one of the funniest Friends seasons, and for that alone, I would buy this DVD boxed set, but there is just soooooo much more. There is at least a few minutes of never before seen footage in each episode, there is the tour of Joey and Chandler's bachelor pad, commentary on three episodes (TOW No One's Ready, TOW All The Football and TOW The Morning After), you can preview each episode before watching it with the special previewing feature, you get a "best of" part with greatest moments of each memeber of Friends during the season and so much more.
The episodes in the season are:
301 - The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy - The season premiere... very very funny... Chandler reveals sexual fantasies with Ross... and ruins his night with Rachel...(5/5)
302 - The One Where No One's Ready - One of my favourites... Everyone is running late when Ross needs to get to a special dinner... (5/5)
303 - The One With the Jam
Joey breaks his arm by... jumping off the bed... and Monica tries to get over Richard by making jam... then has a new plan... CLASSIC!!! (5/5)
304 - The One With the Metaphorical Tunnel
Chandler wants to take a step forward... Ben plays with a Barbie... very funny (4/5)
305 - The One With Frank, Jr.
Not one of the best... but still good... Phoebe gets reunited with her half brother (3/5)
306 - The One With the Flashback
Janice stirs up a convo about the Friend's past... It's okay... it's just a flashback episode... it's okay (3/5)
307 - The One With the Racecar Bed
Very Very Funny... one of my faves... Monica buys a new bed, but Phoebe signs for the wrong bed... Monica Faloola Geller... very very good... (5/5)
308 - The One With the Giant Poking Device
Phoebe thinks she killed Ugly Naked Guy by going to the dentist... It's okay (4/5)
309 - The One With the Football
The Friends take a Thanksgiving detour by playing football... very good (5/5)
310 - The One Where Rachel Quits
I like this episode... Rachel quits her job at Central Perk... and can't find work... (4/5)
311 - The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister
Some may find this episode funny, but I honestly dont... it's not a classic Friends episode (2.5/5)
312 - The One With All the Jealousy
One of the few setbacks of the DVD... this episode is quite boring... and I kinda got sick of it... Ross is jealous when Rachel meets a guy who can help her move along in her career. (2/5)
313 - The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends
Pretty good... Monica and Richard play raquetball... (3.5/5)
314 - The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner
Phoebe reunites with her old singing partner... OK (3/5)
315 - The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break
A classic Ross and Rachel moment... very very sad... and good (4/5)
316 - The One With the Morning After
The continuation of the episode before... still good.. actually better... Monica and Phoebe try out Waxine... (5/5)
317 - The One Without the Ski Trip
They just took off... really good (5/5)
318 - The One With the Hypnosis Tape
Chandler becomes a woman! Very very funni... lot's of never before seen footage... at least like 3 scenes... very funny (5/5)
319 - The One With the Tiny T-Shirt
Good... good... Ross and Rachel are officially through (4/5)
320 - The One With the Dollhouse
Monica inherits a dollhouse... very funni... (5/5)
321 - The One With the Chick and the Duck
Joey and Chandler get the Duck and the Chick... (4/5)
322 - The One With the Screamer
BY FAR THE BEST EPISODE OF THE SEASON!!! Rachel goes out with a "screamer" (Ben Stiller) and is just hilarious!!! (10/5)lol...
323 - The One With Ross's Thing
Funny... good... Ross has a "thing" (4/5)
324 - The One With the Ultimate Fighting Champion
Pete wants to fight... pretty good (4/5)
325 - The One At the Beach
They all go up to a beach house... Ross and Rachel... you know... (5/5)
As you may see, I didn't divulge that much info about the episodes... if you want to see how good they really are... buy this... it's awesome!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2003
The Complete Third Season of Friends surprised me as being one of the greatest seasons of the show. It doesn't seem to be considered that by others, however, I just couldn't stop laughing while watching this season. To save you the time of reading the rest of this if you just want a brief interview, the bottom line is that this season is very hilarious and yet at the same time there are plenty of moments that will have you in tears as well. A definite must for Friend's fans!!!
Now on to the episodes and instead of summarizing them, I will rate them based on how funny they were and/or how emotional they were [5 being highest, 1 being lowest - it will be (funny)-(emotional) with possibly a comment]:
1. The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy: 4-2
2. The One Where No One's Ready: 5-1; also is an episode on the Best of Friends DVD Collection.
3. The One With the Jam: 5-2
4. The One With the Metaphorical Tunnel: 4-1
5. The One With Frank Jr.: 4-2
6. The One With the Flashback: 5-0; very creative episode and also very hilarious!
7. The One With the Race Car Bed: 5-3
8. The One With the Poking Device: 4-3
9. The One With the Football: 5-1; also was on the Best of Friends DVD collection.
10. The One Where Rachel Quits: 5-1
11. The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister: 5-1
12. The One With All the Jealousy: 5-3
13. The One Where Monica & Richard Are Friends: 4-3
14. The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner: 4-2
15. The One Where Ross & Rachel Take A Break: 4-3
16. The One With the Morning After: 3-5; a lot of emotion in this one and not quite that funny, yet very emotional.
17. The One Without the Ski Trip: 4-3
18. The One With the Hypnosis Tape: 5-2
19. The One With the Tiny T-Shirt: 5-3
20. The One With the Dollhouse: 4-2
21. The One With A Chick & A Duck: 5-1
22. The One With the Screamer: 5-1; Ben Stiller is great even in Friends!
23. The One With Ross's Thing: 5-2
24. The One With the Ultimate Fighting Champion: 4-3; a very sad episode for Monica
25. The One At the Beach: 5-2; suspense can be hard to deal with sometimes!
There ya' go, hopefully you can add up all the laughter and see if you wanna roll on the floor as well! Until next time ...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2004
This season is by far the best in my book simply because of 3 episodes that prove the talents of the writers & the actors:
1) The One Where No One's Ready-- Joey & his lunges bring great comedic relief while all of us can sympathize with either Ross or Rachel during their fight over whether Rachel's presence or her attire is more important. It's a fight that's realistic & brings you closer to the characters.
2) The One Where Ross & Rachel Take A Break-- Your heart goes out to both of them. Rachel feels controlled & Ross feels unloved. You just want to give Ross a huge hug...until...
3) The One With the Morning After-- This is by far the best episode of the season. Aniston & Schwimmer's acting as a duo is at its best. You really feel what they feel. And just when you feel like you can no longer hold the tears back, you crack up as the rest of the gang contemplates eating the "organic" wax for survival. Though I've seen the Finale, & know how everything ends, I cry everytime I watch this episode. (And believe me, I've watched it more than a few times.) You feel as if this could be your best friend, & you're watching her giving up with a broken heart & crushing her true love's heart with those 3 words that seem to bring such finality: "You should go." This episode brings a connection because it goes beyond laughs...it goes into tears. The actors feel it, so you can feel it.
Without watching this season, you can never know the full humor of the phrase, "We were on a break!" The rest of the season may as well be lost on you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2003
The Third season of Friends would always be remembered as the year Ross and Rachel broke up,showing that the writers would shake up the show to keep it fresh and on it's feet.
In this season,the ups and downs of love effects the other characters.Monica's heartbreak after the break up with Richard,Chandler's short term relationship with Janice,Lothario Joey falling for his play's co-star(Dina Meyer),and even Phoebe reunites with her musical partner(E.G. Daily).
The best episodes includes The One with The Princess Leia Fantasy,..Where No One's Ready(Going Commando),..with the Flashback,...the Giant Poking Device,...the Football, .. where Chandler can't Remember which Sister,..without the Ski Trip,and..Ultimate Fighting Champion.
The unofficial two part The One where Ross and Rachel Take a Break/ the Morning After was the high point of the season in which Ross and Rachel take a break,only to break up when Ross spends the night with Chloe,"The copy girl".The episode includes some of the funniest moments as well as the most heartbreaking.
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The third season of Friends is most notable for the breakup of the Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) relationship that had been a large part of the first two seasons. As with most TV shows, complacency is the quickest root to cancellation, so the instead of keeping the two together, they break them up. During the course of the first half of the season Rachel leaves her job as a waitress and meets a good looking guy, Mark (Steven Eckholdt, who now stars on My Big Fat Greek Life), who helps get her a job a Bloomingdale's. Ross is immediately jealous as he says to Rachel no guy helps a girl just out of the goodness of his heart. Rachel thinks he is being ridiculous and Ross' impending jealousy puts a strain on their relationship. The breaking point comes when Rachel tells Ross she has to cancel their anniversary plans because she has to work late, he shows at her office with a picnic style dinner. Rachel is incensed and she says they should take a break. Ross goes to a party with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) & Chandler (Matthew Perry) and ends up sleeping with Chloe (Angela Featherstone) a girl who works at a copier store that both Joey and Chandler have the hots for. Ross tries to hide the affair from Rachel, but eventually she finds out from Gunther (James Michael Tyler), which to an all-night fight that ends up with Rachel leaving Ross. Ross explains his infidelity by saying "we were on a break", which would become a much repeated line that would surface in most subsequent seasons. The rest of the season deals with the breakup until the season ending episode where the gang goes to the beach in search of Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) father and Ross finds out that Rachel still has feelings for him. While the main plot line is the Ross-Rachel relationship, there are plenty of other great episodes including a flashback episode where we go back to a time set one year before the series began, the introduction of the duck & chick into Chandler & Joey's apartment, a hilarious Thanksgiving episode in which Monica's (Courtney Cox) and Ross' old sibling rivalry comes out in a touch football game, Ben Stiller has a great guest spot as a new boyfriend of Rachel's who screams at Ross and no one believes him about it, Chandler starts smoking again and an episode where he uses a hypnosis tape to help him quit, but it is geared towards women and an early season episode that shows the true greatness of the show in which the entire episode is spent with Ross trying get everyone ready for an important banquet. It shows the subtly and genius of the actors and writers to take such a simple plot and expand it out over the course of a half-hour with hilarious results. Season three is bogged down a bit by the heaviness of the breakup and also a ridiculous plot line involving Monica and Pete (Jon Favreau). Monica first meets Pete at a diner she is working at and doesn't think much of him, but she goes out with even though she's not all that interested. It turns out that Pete is a software mogul who incredibly rich. She dates him and when Monica thinks he's bought her a ring, it turns out he is going to fulfill his dream by entering the extremely violent Ultimate Fighting Championship. The relationship doesn't really click at all from the start and the ridiculous fighting championship plot is not up the usual high standards of the show. That being said, Season three is still first rate and continues to include excellent performances by all of the cast members.
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While Friends has always struck me as a show that hit the ground running, the third season is where it really hits its stride. It's at this point that the show becomes about more than funny episodes as it's the season when we really start to learn a lot about the characters. Perhaps reviewing this season is most easily done by highlighting the episodes that contribute to each character's story arc.
Monica's season is off to a bad start as she does her best to try to get over Richard. It's also the first time that we really begin to see just how desperately she wants to have children, as evidenced by "The One with the Jam". This is a theme that becomes very central to her character, all the way up until the show's final episode. We also get to see Monica fall in love with a guy to whom she is initially not attracted and who seems to be the perfect man until he begins to pursue a rather suicidal goal. "The One with the Tiny T-Shirt", "The One with a Chick and a Duck" and "The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion" are central to this story arc.
For Rachel, everything seems to be going really well--except for her job. The much celebrated Ross and Rachel relationship is in full swing at the start of the season but things start to break down in episodes like "The One with All the Jealousy" where Ross can't deal with Rachel's handsome new coworker and friend. I particularly like how Rachel begins to come into her own this season and realize that she can follow her passion in life rather than marking time at the coffee shop. While she is happy with Ross, she also begins to appreciate the value of having her own career and of doing something solely for her own fulfillment.
Phoebe begins to learn more about her origins in this season and her storyline is very much enhanced by the priceless episodes in which guest star Giovanni Ribisi plays her half brother, who she meets in "The One with Frank Jr." We also find out about Phoebe's past musical career aspirations in "The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner" whose ending is simply classic as said partner sells Phoebe out once more, this time by pitching "Smelly Cat" to a kitty litter company. By the end of the season, Phoebe learns the shocking truth about her parents in "The One at the Beach", which is a packed episode due to its advancing multiple plotlines.
Joey shows unexpected sensitivity this season when he falls in love with a haughty co-star and then has his heart broken. It's particularly funny to watch him call all of the women he has slept with in the past ("The One with the Dollhouse") so that he can apologize to them for treating them the way he himself has just been treated. "The One with the Screamer" is also classic Joey because we are treated to a snippet of a scene from one of the downright awful plays in which he has the lead role.
Chandler's on-again-off-again relationship with the sweet but irritating Janice continues into this season with the particularly funny "The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel" in which Chandler gets a bit overzealous in his rush to prove he's over his fear of commitment and then commiserates with Rachel and Monica. Janice exits the scene once more when Joey witnesses something in the hilarious "The One with the Race Car Bed" that will ultimately lead to the dissolution of that relationship. In typical Chandler fashion, he then finds himself finding fault with yet another woman in "The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner", though he is mature enough to admit that he's being rather terrible for it. At the end of the season, we begin to get a hint of the crush Chandler seems to be developing on Monica when in "The One with the Beach" he offers to be her boyfriend if she can't find another.
This is also a good season for the development of Ross and we begin to see just how petty he can be--but his pettiness is in equal measure to his kindness. He lets his outrageous jealousy get the best of him in "The One with All the Jealousy" and then he refuses to listen to Rachel and humiliates her at work in "The One Where Ross & Rachel Take a Break"--and then follows this up by sleeping with another woman. However, in "The One with the Tiny T-Shirt" we see how kind he can be and he follows this up with a selfless act which results in his missing his much-anticipated chance to be on the Discovery Channel.
Though there are so many varied plotlines during this season, we are shown over and over examples of the devotion these six people have to one another and I think it can't help but make the average viewer feel a bit envious.