- Friends -All The Episodes Referenced In The 'Friends' Reunion
There were 236 episodes of Friends. That means that, yes, you have spent a grand total of 121 hours watching the series. Or, 123, once you count HBO's long-awaited Friends reunion, a two-hour event packed with more nostalgia than Chandler's ill-advised bowling shirts.
Though the cast had a lot of ground to cover when discussion the 10 seasons of the series, not all episodes were created equal, with 33 taking center stage. Below, for your binge-watching needs, are all the episodes referenced in the Friends reunion, because what's another 16.5 hours? Could you be any more excited to rewatch these episodes?
The One Where Ross And Rachel... You Know (Season 2, Episode 15)
Though the reunion set didn't come equipped with quite the same chairs (opting for beige leather, versus these black La-Z-Boys), Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry eased back into their roles by reclining — and recalling. Perry remembered thinking this episode was "so stupid," before LeBlanc convinced him to have fun with it, helping him literally more comfortable with the moment.
The One With The Ball (Season 5, Episode 21)
Remember when they couldn't drop the ball? Few of the actors at the reunion, besides LeBlanc, did.
The One With The Embryos (Season 4, Episode 12)
It's fitting that a reunion full of so many factoids would make Friends' iconic trivia episode the center of the action, with David Schwimmer recreating the moment and quizzing his co-stars. Another fun fact? This episode was Courteney Cox's favorite.
The One With The Blackout (Season 1, Episode 7)
The reunion came complete with a surprise appearance by character actor Larry Hankin, otherwise known as Mr. Heckles (and not Mr. Wiggles, as Jennifer Aniston called him), who made his first appearance in the blackout episode.
The One With Phoebe's Uterus (Season 4, Episode 11)
Of course Cox remembered it was seven.
The One With The Jellyfish (Season 4, Episode 1)
Not only was the 18-page letter (front and back!) referenced during trivia (Aniston recalled the number of pages correctly), but the episode served as a basis of a table reading at the reunion. (Want to relive that episode? Read Brian Moylan's Retro Recap!)
The One With All The Jealousy (Season 3, Episode 12)
Aniston came close to remembering the lyrics to Ross' barbershop quartet, which showed up for a surprise appearance during reunion trivia.
The One With Rachel's Sister (Season 6, Episode 13)
Reese Witherspoon appeared on the reunion to discuss her stint as Rachel's sister (Jill, the spoiled one). The highlight of her appearance? According to Witherspoon, it was being the recipient of one of Joey Tribbiani's classic "how you doin'"s.
The One With Unagi (Season 6, Episode 17)
Fun fact revealed in the reunion: Louis Mandylor, who played Joey's "identical twin," was one of the actors considered to play the role that eventually went to LeBlanc.
The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate (Season 1, Episode 1)
Cast and crew alike at the reunion discussed the instant chemistry of the cast, clear from the very first moment of shooting.
The One In Vegas (Season 5, Episode 24)
Thomas Lennon, also known as Reno 911's Lieutenant Dangle and Joey's hand twin, popped up as an answer during the reunion's trivia.
The One With The Proposal (Season 6, Episode 24)
It's an episode that left so many Friends fans in tears — and inspired. One real-life fan featured in the reunion said she mimicked the moment for her own proposal. The episode also served as the basis of another trivia question about Monica choosing Chandler over Richard, leading to a Tom Selleck cameo that eventually revealed that, still, no one knows Chandler's career. (Nope, not a transponder.)
The One Where Eddie Moves In (Season 2, Episode 17)
Lisa Kudrow dueted with Lady Gaga on a rendition of "Smelly Cat," complete with a gospel choir familiar to anyone who remembers Phoebe's music video.
The One With The Routine (Season 6, Episode 10)
Turns out, this is Malala Yousafzai's favorite episode. It also turns out that Malala is a Joey.
The One Where No One's Ready (Season 3, Episode 2)
Probably the most referenced episode in the reunion, "The One Where No One's Ready" turned out to be notable for several reasons:
- It's David Beckham's favorite episode.
- It's one of the show's few "bottle episodes" — a type of episode filmed in one location to save costs.
- It featured a scene in which Joey actually pulled his arm out of his socket. (The reunion's got the footage, and it's not for the squeamish.)
- We got to relive the moment again, when LeBlanc modeled the look on the Friends reunion runway. Could that have been a better moment?
The One With The Jam (Season 3, Episode 3)
LeBlanc's injury forced the cast and crew to film parts of the next episode before completing "The One Where No One's Ready" — and forced writers to create a storyline in "The One With The Jam" that would feature Joey in a sling.
The One After Vegas (Season 6, Episode 1)
The reunion used this episode — and the moment featured above — to showcase the behind-the-scenes writing process. Sometimes, episodes would come together literally last-minute, with writers changing lines in the script when they wouldn't get a big enough laugh from the studio audience.
The One With Ross' Wedding (Season 4, Episode 24)
At first, Chandler and Monica were supposed to be a short-lived fling. But seeing how the studio audience responded to this moment — just listen to how long the laughter lasts — producers decided they needed to reconsider their plans for the couple.
The One With All The Kissing (Season 5, Episode 2)
It's Mindy Kaling's favorite.
The One Where Everybody Finds Out (Season 5, Episode 14)
During the reunion, the cast used this script for another table read.
The One With All The Resolutions (Season 5, Episode 11)
One of several episodes used to reference the actors' commitment to physical comedy.
The One With The Cop (Season 5, Episode 16)
Further showcasing the actors' skills as performers, the reunion showed the script for this iconic scene — which featured little stage direction. But the cast translated it into high comedy, helping it become a favorite episode for many, including, as it turns out Kit Harington.
The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies (Season 2, Episode 18)
A notable episode only for those behind the scenes, who remember LeBlanc continuously missing his mark and falling down while trying to show Phoebe a Soap Opera Digest.
The One With The Candy Hearts (Season 1, Episode 14)
Maggie Wheeler, otherwise known as Janice, showed up to talk about channeling her Long Island girl within for lines like, "You love me, Chandler Bing."
The One With Joey's New Girlfriend (Season 4, Episode 5)
And we also said hello to James Michael Tyler via Zoom, and remembered his obsession for Rachel.
The One Where Ross Finds Out (Season 2, Episode 7)
The most explosive revelation during the reunion was, of course, the fact that Schwimmer and Aniston crushed on one another during the first season of the series, making the moment when Ross and Rachel first kiss even more explosive. After hearing about the romance that didn't, Schwimmer and Aniston's table read of this moment hit different.
The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break (Season 3, Episode 15)
All the cast members agree: Ross and Rachel were on a break.
The One Where The Stripper Cries (Season 10, Episode 11)
And now comes the celebrity portion of the reunion, which kicked off with recollections of Danny DeVito's stripper...
The One With The Screamer (Season 3, Episode 22)
Ben Stiller's maniac...
The One After The Super Bowl, Part 1 (Season 2, Episode 13)
Julia Roberts' romance with Chandler...
The One With The Halloween Party (Season 8, Episode 6)
Sean Penn as Phoebe's Halloween date... (As Schwimmer said, he starred with the "greatest actor in the world and I'm a fucking potato.")
The One With The Rumor (Season 8, Episode 9)
And, of course, Brad Pitt's cameo, featuring, as Schwimmer said to Aniston, "Your fella brad."
The Last One (Season 10, Episode 17 & 18)
And, of course, the reunion closed out with memories of the finale, which truly would be "the last one" — as Kudrow said, there won't be another episode or movie, or anything involving the six characters. "I don't want anyone's happy ending unraveled."
The reunion, though? A good consolation prize.