The main cast members were familiar to television viewers before their roles on Friends, but were not considered to be stars. The cast members made efforts to keep the ensemble format and not allow one member to dominate; they entered themselves in the same acting categories for awards, opted for collective instead of individual salary negotiations, and asked to appear together on magazine cover photos in the first season.
The cast members became best friends off-screen, and one guest star, Tom Selleck, reported sometimes feeling left out. The cast remained good friends after the series' run, notably Cox and Anniston, with Anniston being godmother to Cox and David Arquette's daughter, Coco.
In the official farewell commemorative book Friends 'Til the End, each separately acknowledged in his/her interview that the cast had become his/her family. In their original contracts for the first season, the main cast were paid $22,500 per episode.
The cast members received different salaries in the second season, ranging from $25,000 to $40,000 per episode, with Jennifer Aniston and David Swimmer being the highest paid. The actors were given the salary of the lowest paid cast member, meaning Anniston and Swimmer received pay cuts.
The main cast were paid $75,000 per episode for the third season, $85,000 for the fourth, $100,000 for the fifth, and $125,000 for the sixth. The cast also receive syndication royalties beginning with the fifth season.
Rachel is introduced into the series in the first episode after she leaves her fiancé, Barry, at the altar, and attempts to live independently without financial support from her parents. She flees from her almost-wedding to New York City to find Monica Geller, her friend from high school.
Rachel moves into Monica's apartment and meets Phoebe Buffy and Joey Ribbing. Rachel already knows Ross Geller, Monica's brother, as all three went to the same high school.
In the first episode, she is also introduced to Chandler Bing, Ross's college buddy; however, later episodes recon this, and she is shown to have met Chandler on previous occasions whilst Ross was at college. Rachel's first job is as a waitress at Central Perk coffee house.
She later begins to work in fashion, becoming an assistant buyer, and later a personal shopper, at Bloomingdale's. A great deal of Rachel's life throughout the series revolves around her relationship with Ross Geller.
At the end of season seven, during Monica's and Chandler's wedding, it is revealed that Rachel is pregnant from a one-night stand with Ross. Initially, Rachel is determined to raise the baby on her own, but later she realizes she needs Ross's help.
She states in the beginning of season nine that (Emma) is what she wanted to name her daughter. Rachel really liked the name, so Monica gives it to her indicating her love of their friendship.
During the tenth season, Rachel is offered a job with Louis Vuitton in Paris. However, in the series finale, she declines the job offer and famously “gets off the plane”.
Monica Geller Monica E. Geller (Courtney Cox) is the younger sister of Ross and best friend of Rachel, the latter of whom she allows living with her after Rachel forsakes her own wedding. Monica is often jokingly teased by the others, especially Ross, for having been extremely overweight as a child.
In the second season, Monica falls for her father Jack's (Elliott Gould) friend, Richard Burke (Tom Selleck). Despite the twenty-one-year age difference, Monica and Richard are happy, and her parents accept their relationship.
However, as a result of Monica yearning for a family but Richard having already had one, they break up at the end of the second season. Monica then pursues a chain of various men until she unexpectedly begins a relationship with her longtime friend, Chandler Bing, at the end of the fourth season, during her brother Ross' wedding to Emily Waltham in London.
Monica and Chandler try to hide their relationship from the rest of the group for much of the fifth season, but eventually everyone finds out. After celebrating their first anniversary in Las Vegas, they move in together and get engaged by the sixth-season finale.
After their marriage, Monica and Chandler try to conceive children, only to discover that they are unable to do so. In the final season of the series, they adopt new-born twins, whom they name Erica and Jack.
Phoebe Buffy Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan (Lisa Burrow) is an odd, dizzy albeit sweet-natured masseuse who grew up homeless, sometimes telling her friends outlandish tales of life on the street. She is an aspiring musician who plays the guitar and sings songs with somewhat unusual lyrics at the coffee shop.
She has an identical twin sister, Ursula Pamela Buffy (also played by Burrow), who is just as odd as Phoebe and appeared as a recurring character on Mad About You. After a series of dates and relationships with a number of men, Phoebe meets Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd) in season nine, whom she eventually marries in season ten.
She also became a surrogate mother for her half-brother Frank Jr. (Giovanni Ribs), giving birth to his triplets in the fifth season. Joey Ribbing Joseph Francis “Joey” Ribbing Jr. (Matt Leblanc) is a good-natured but not-so-bright struggling actor and food lover, who becomes mildly famous for his role as Dr. Drake Ra moray on a fictionalized version of Days of Our Lives.
Joey is a womanizer, with many girlfriends throughout the series, often using his catchphrase pick-up line “How are you doing'?” Chandler Bing Chandler Muriel Bing (Matthew Perry) is an executive in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration for a large multi-national corporation.
He later quits his job and becomes a junior copywriter at an advertising agency. At the end of series, he and Monica adopt twins, whom they name Jack and Erica.
Like Anniston, Perry had already appeared in several unsuccessful sitcom pilots before being cast. Ross Geller Ross Estate Geller (David Swimmer) is a paleontologist at a museum of prehistory, and later a professor of paleontology at New York University.
Considered by some to be the most intelligent of the six main characters, but at the same time a clumsy, quirky man, Ross is known for being a smart, know-it-all who prides himself on his rationality, despite his clear hopeless romanticism. Ross is Monica's older brother, Chandler's college roommate, and Rachel's on-again, off-again boyfriend.
His first marriage has already failed by the time the show begins, with his second lasting mere weeks. The second divorce seemed to greatly depress him and make him quick-tempered near the start of season five, such as when he screams at his colleague for taking his sandwich and throwing it away.
After he gets Ugly Naked Guy's apartment, he is offered to return to work, but he loses his temper again when he sees Chandler and Monica having sex through his window, becoming the last one to find out about their relationship. He also drunkenly married Rachel in Las Vegas, after which they unsuccessfully tried to annul it and had to settle for a divorce, which became Ross' third one.
Ross's relationship with Rachel is a major storyline throughout the series. He is also the father of his ex-wife Carol's son, Ben, and Rachel's daughter, Emma.
Before being cast in Friends, Swimmer played minor characters in The Wonder Years and NYPD Blue ; his first regular series role was in the sitcom Monty. Swimmer is the only cast member native to New York City.
Ross Geller was also voted as the best character on Friends in a poll conducted by Comedy Central UK. Temperamental, promiscuous and not particularly bright but very street-wise, Gina is a caring but over-protective and domineering mother.
She and Joey are friends in addition to being siblings, both having the gift of being extremely appealing to the opposite sex, with numerous lovers. In season two she starts dating Michael's father Jimmy once again.
In the Season 2 episode “Joey and the Holding Hands”, it is implied that Gina may be bisexual. Initially intimidated, but also intrigued by Joey's tough street-wise older sister Gina, the two women eventually become friends, and she becomes more bold in the way she dresses and acts, thanks to Gina's influence.
She is puzzled but impressed by Joey's intuitive gift at being able to know when she is wearing thong panties and spends most of her time hanging out at Joey and Michael's apartment. Her husband is a professional orchestra musician and is away from home most of the time, and she confides her problems with her marriage in Joey.
At the end of season one, she and Joey become romantically involved during her separation from her husband. In season two, Alex becomes romantically interested in Joey and has a crush on him for a long period.
Alex and Joey start dating in Season 2 and shortly before the final episode they become engaged. Matt Leblanc and Andrea Andes dated in real life for several years after the cancellation of Joey.
Michael Ribbing Michael Ribbing (Paulo Costansó) is Joey's nephew who idolizes his Uncle Joey's ability to date many women, and who himself is sheltered and nervous around girls. Early in the second season of Joey it is revealed that Michael has Asperger syndrome.
He is extremely intelligent, an aerospace engineer, attends Caltech and specializes in applied thermodynamics, works with his rival Seth frequently on engineering projects, and is an obvious direct opposite to his more street-wise mother and uncle. He turns to Joey as a big brother and substitute father figure, even after his biological father Jimmy re-enters mother Gina's love life.
Bobbie Morgan stern Roberta “Bobbie” Morgan stern (Jennifer Coolidge) is Joey's oversexed agent whom he hires after Estelle Leonard's death, and reportedly the twelfth most powerful woman in Hollywood. She often entertains herself by making her office assistant do funny tricks, or shocking herself with a stun-gun.
She is brash, forward, aggressive, highly entertaining and slightly dizzy, laughing at everything and at anyone's expense, including her client Joey's. Zach Miller Zach Miller (Miguel A. Núñez Jr.) is an actor who joins the cast and becomes one of Joey's best friends in the second season of Joey.
Zach does not appear to have a home; he was seen at one time living in Joey's trailer while working on a major blockbuster movie. Zach's final appearance was in Joey and the Big Move “.
Núñez was absent from the last five episodes, including the finale of the series, because he found another job. Gunther Gunther (James Michael Tyler): The manager of the Central Perk coffee house, who first appears as a background character in “The One with the Sonogram at the End”.
He is a former actor who once played Bryce on All My Children before that character was “killed in an avalanche.” Gunther develops an unrequited crush on Rachel in the third season, which he keeps to himself until The Last One “.
In “The One With The Stain”, Gunther is shown to be fluent in Dutch (although with a strong American accent), calling Ross an eel as he converses with him. James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who could competently work the cappuccino machine on the Central Perk set.
Judy often makes condescending remarks about Monica's lack of a love life and sometimes forgets her daughter even exists, while simultaneously favoring Ross. Jack is more balanced in his attention and care towards both Ross and Monica.
After the Geller's sell their house in season 7, it is revealed that Jack has used boxes of Monica's old stuff to block rainwater from getting to his Porsche. Due to his gnawing guilt, Jack develops a secret smoking habit and decides to gift Monica the Porsche.
Despite being favored throughout his entire childhood, this makes Ross insanely jealous. Despite each of them having their own quirks, however, they are both occasionally dumbfounded by the crazy antics of their son and daughter, such as Ross' disastrous wedding to Emily and Monica's ridiculous speech at their 35th anniversary party.
They are also sometimes bemused by the antics of the other four friends, such as idiotic or crazy comments from Phoebe and/or Joey, a revolting trifle cooked by Rachel which Joey is happy to eat and Chandler entering a coed whirlpool alongside Jack without wearing anything underneath the towel wrapped around his waist. Barry, an orthodontist, decides to go on his and Rachel's honeymoon with her maid of honor Mindy, and soon begins a relationship with her.
Their relationship hits a rough patch when he and Rachel consider getting back together. Rachel is invited to the wedding, but receives a cold reception for jilting Barry while she is there, and a ridiculous speech from Ross which bemuses everyone in the room does not exactly improve the situation for her, until she, in a desperate attempt to salvage some pride, walks onto the stage where the microphone is and starts singing the Copacabana.
Named as an homage to long-time NY talk show host Barry Farmer. Carol Gillick and Susan Bunch Carol Gillick (Anita Barony for character's debut episode, Jane Gibbet thereafter) and Susan Bunch (Jessica Heart): Carol is Ross' lesbian ex-wife, who came out before the pilot, and Susan is her partner.
In the second episode of the series, Carol tells Ross that she is pregnant with his child, and is having the baby with her partner Susan, though she wishes Ross to be part of the baby's life. Carol and Susan are often bemused by Ross' behavior throughout his onscreen appearances with them.
Although Susan and Ross are initially, naturally enough, often at odds, they briefly put aside their differences when Carol gives birth to a boy, whom they all agree, after weeks of argument, to name Ben. Ross initially hesitant to see his ex-wife remarry, finds himself in the position of being the one to encourage her to go ahead with the ceremony despite her parents' opposition.
At the reception, Susan thanks Ross for his part in saving the wedding, and offers to dance with him; he agrees, apparently resolving their strained relationship. Carol and Susan were based on creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane's best friends in New York: “We didn't create them for any particular political reason or because of lesbian chic.
The characters were called a positive example of a gay couple on television by GLAND. Jessica Heart originally auditioned to play Monica.
Marcel (live animal actor): A Capuchin monkey that Ross initially keeps as a pet, and who provides comic relief for his geeky master. After unsuccessfully trying to prevent animal control officer Luisa (Megan Kavanaugh) from discovering that they are harboring an illegal exotic animal and bemusing her with their wacky behavior throughout these unsuccessful attempts, Rachel, Monica, Ross and Phoebe learn that Luisa is a former classmate of Rachel's and Monica's who upon recognizing Rachel attempts to spite her for snubbing her in high school by attempting to confiscate Marcel.
She has a nasal voice, a machine gun laugh (similar to Boccie from Only Fools and Horses) and a thick New York accent that sounds so irritating that it makes Chandler want to break up with her, but at the same time he does not want to hurt the nonetheless good-natured Janice's feelings. While making a hand gesture in the midst of an attempt to break up with her without upsetting her, he accidentally pokes her in the eye in “The One with the East German Laundry Detergent” and although Phoebe is eventually able to explain to Janice on his behalf that he wants to end their relationship and get her to agree to break up with him without upsetting her in the process, he gets back together with her for New Year's and for Valentine's.
When Chandler, in the wake of Mr. Heckles' death, resolves not to die alone, he calls Janice, but is disappointed to discover that she is married and pregnant. In “The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding”, Chandler arranges a meeting with a mystery woman over the Internet, who turns out to be Janice.
Their relationship lasts into the third season, when Janice decides to leave her husband to be with Chandler. Later, Joey sees Janice kissing her husband, who runs a mattress business, while in the midst of their divorce.
When Chandler finds out about this in “The One with the Giant Poking Device”, he tells Janice that she should go back to her husband, not wanting to destroy their family together. When Janice returns to his life, having gotten divorced, Chandler, who eventually comes to find her insufferable due to the irritating sound of her voice, pretends to be moving to Yemen to get away from her.
In a later episode, the tables are turned on the annoying nature Janice when she has a brief fling with Ross shortly after he has broken up with Emily, as he is unhappy and spends the entire date complaining about everything, causing her to find him insufferable and leave him (Ross had expected the reverse to eventually happen, but had been happy to date someone who listened so well to him in the meantime). She also makes a cameo on a “discovered” mixtape that Chandler plays for Monica, not knowing Janice's voice is on it.
She also strongly advises Rachel that Ross may not be around to raise the baby with her as she thinks. As Monica and Chandler make plans to have children, they walk into a fertility clinic where Janice and her husband are coincidentally visiting.
To get rid of her, Chandler pretends he still loves her, causing her to (as he had hoped) become fearful that he will end up ruining his marriage, and she will end up ruining her own (as she still loves Chandler as well) if she lives next door to him, so she decides not to buy the house after all and walks out of Chandler's life seemingly for good, but does kiss him one last time before she does, much to his surprise. Presumably due to being amused by their wacky, quirky, goofy personalities, Janice seems to enjoy spending time with the six friends, which is somewhat ironic and very much inconvenient for them since none of them can stand to be around her (although she seems to be completely blind to the fact that they feel this way, showing almost no awareness whatsoever of the fact that they hate having to put up with her), due to the unbearably irritating nasal New York accent she speaks with, and her annoying machine gun laugh.
The Seattle Times ranked Janice as the best guest character of the series in 2004. Mr. Heckles Mr. Heckles (Larry Rankin): Monica and Rachel's downstairs neighbor, a domineering, highly unusual elderly man who constantly complains about the noise, even though the six friends are being perfectly decent in volume whenever he claims that they are disturbing him.
His reason for this is never revealed, until “The One Where Mr Heckles Dies”, in which the group discovers that the noises being made in their apartment are apparently amplified in his, and when Chandler hears banging coming from the above room while in Heckles' apartment (although it is never revealed exactly what the people upstairs were doing to cause the banging) it annoys him so much that he inadvertently imitates Heckles by banging on the roof with his broom. As a last spiteful act, he leaves all of his junk to “the noisy girls in the apartment above mine”.
He makes a final cameo appearance in “The One with the Flashback”, set in 1993, where he complains that Phoebe's noise is disturbing his oboe practice (even though he does not actually play the oboe), and inadvertently (and cruelly) causes Joey to be Chandler's roommate. He also likes to bang on the ceiling with a broom when he feels people are being too loud.
His first appearance in the series was in Season 1, “The One With the Blackout”, where he is credited simply “as the Weird Man”. She dumps him after he gropes Phoebe but has a last one-night stand with him in “The One with Ross's New Girlfriend”.
In the Italian version of the show, Paolo's name is changed to Pablo and his nationality is Spanish. Terry (Max Wright): the original manager at Central Perk before Gunther takes the title, who does not hide the fact that he thinks Rachel is a terrible waitress and Phoebe is so bad” as a musician.
He denies Rachel an advance on her wages in “The One Where Underdog Gets Away” and hires a professional musician, Stephanie Stiffer (played by Christie Hyde of The Pretenders), to replace Phoebe in “The One with the Baby on the Bus”. He presumably retires in season 4 and from this point onwards Gunther becomes the sole manager at Central Perk.
The role of Terry was intended by the NBC producers to be much bigger. They saw him as an older character who would provide advice to the six friends, but NBC were talked out of it by the show's creators.
Monica tries to wean him off drinking but regrets it when he becomes extremely boring. Monica then begins drinking on their dates, so that she could sit through his mind-numbingly dull stories.
Bobby then breaks up with Monica, stating that he is not strong enough for a co-dependent relationship. It is revealed in the episode “The One with Phoebe's Husband” that the underwear on the telephone pole was Monicas when she was having sex with Fun Bobby on the terrace.
Hank Azania played David, Phoebe's recurring love interest, in 1994, 2001 and 2003 David, “the Scientist Guy” (Hank Azania): a physicist with whom Phoebe falls in love in “The One with the Monkey”, when he receives an academic grant for a three-year research trip to Minsk (incorrectly -- and consistently -- described in the scripts as being in Russia, rather than Belarus). After a quarrel with his research partner Max (Wayne Père), Phoebe urges him to take the trip, even though it breaks her heart.
Seven years later, he returns to New York for a brief visit and shares an evening with Phoebe, at the end of which he wants to say he loves her, but chooses not to as it will make it harder for him to leave. Two years later, he returns for another visit in “The One with the Male Nanny”, where he kisses Phoebe before she admits she is seeing Mike Hannigan, who catches them together.
Nora Tyler Bing Nora Tyler Bing (Morgan Fair child): Chandler's mother, a best-selling erotic novelist whose works include Euphoria Unbound, Euphoria At Midnight and Mistress Bitch. She first appears in “The One with Mrs. Bing”, where she meets the gang while on a book tour in New York.
The Seattle Times ranked Nora and her ex-husband jointly as the fifth best guest characters in 2004. Burrow originated the role of Ursula in the sitcom Mad About You, playing her as an inept waitress at Riff's who frequently forgets orders.
Ursula is every bit as odd as Phoebe is, but, unlike her sister, Ursula is a selfish, amoral, abrasive, brazen and hedonistic individual who is so self-absorbed and self-centered that she often forgets things, usually treats Phoebe with disdain and is not liked by anyone who truly knows her. She first appears in Friends in “The One with Two Parts”: Chandler and Joey are eating at Riff's and mistake Ursula for Phoebe.
Ursula tells Phoebe that she is bored with Joey and claims that he is smart enough to figure this out on his own without her having to actually tell him, so Phoebe pretends to be her sister to let Joey down gently. In the same episode, Helen Hunt and Leila Gentle cameo as their Mad About You characters Jamie Bushman and Fran Delano, in a scene where they mistake Phoebe for Ursula in Central Perk.
Ursula next appears briefly in “The One with the Jam”, where she is being stalked by Malcolm (David Marquette) who mistakes Phoebe for her. Phoebe naively begins a relationship with the man in question, but ends it with him when he cannot get over his obsession with Ursula.
In “The One Where Chandler Can't Cry”, Phoebe starts getting unwanted attention from men, and discovers that Ursula is starring in pornographic films using Phoebe's name, including a film called “Buffy The Vampire Layer”. Phoebe gets revenge by claiming Ursula's checks and embarrassing her many male fans.
Flashbacks in “The One Where They All Turn Thirty” reveal that Ursula sold Phoebe's birth certificate to a Swedish runaway, and that both sisters are 31, not 30. In “The One with the Halloween Party”, Ursula introduces Phoebe to Eric (Sean Penn), her fiancé.
Phoebe is horrified that Ursula has lied to Eric that she is a teacher, a member of the Peace Corps, a non-smoker, and attends a church group; so she tells Eric the truth, upon which he breaks up with Ursula. The series finale of Mad About You, set 22 years into the future, reveals that Ursula becomes Governor of New York.
Ben (Various actors, 1995–1999; Cole Spouse, 2000–2002): Ross and Carol's son, born during The One with the Birth “. Ben is played as an infant by Michael Gunderson, by brothers Charles Thomas Allen and John Christopher Allen from Season 3 to 5, and by Cole Spouse from Season 6 to 8.
His last name is never revealed although in publicity he's called Ben Geller. Julie (Lauren Tom): an old graduate school colleague of Ross', whom he meets again while on a trip to China ; she first appears in the final scene of the Season 1 finale.
They start dating but break up soon after, when Ross reveals he loves Rachel. This made Rachel's feelings for Ross grow at a fast rate, making her jealous of Julie's relationship with him.
After her break-up, she is then shown to meet Russ, a Ross doppelgänger also played by David Swimmer, and begin a romance. Steve (Jon Loving): a restaurant owner and drug addict whom Phoebe knows.
In 1995, Monica tries to impress him in an attempt to get a job at his restaurant, and Phoebe tells him he is welcome to go to her apartment and try her food there, but he gets stoned on the journey there and consequently acts obnoxious. At the end of the episode, Phoebe punishes him by giving him a very painful massage.
For many years, the identity of the actor that played him in his extremely limited appearances was a mystery. It was speculated that Michael G. Haggerty, the actor who played Mr. Trigger, was Ugly Naked Guy.
On May 31, 2016, an article was published by Todd Van Ruling in The Huffington Post, detailing his search for the identity of Ugly Naked Guy. His article revealed that an actor named Jon Hagen played the role.
He next appears in “The One with Phoebe's Dad”, where Monica thinks he is playing hardball by not mending her broken radiator, and Trigger is left bewildered as Ross, Monica and Rachel repeatedly attempt to convince him to have it fixed despite his attempts to explain that he will not be able to replace the knob Ross accidentally broke off because the shop does not open until the following Tuesday. Later, when Joey rebuffs him for putting down Rachel, he threatens to have Monica and Rachel evicted unless Joey helps him practice ballroom dancing to impress a woman (as Monica is illegally subletting the apartment which actually belongs to her late grandmother, to Trigger's irritation).
In “The One with the Free Porn”, he cleans the shower drain of Chandler and Joey's newly-won apartment, and warns them never to turn off their TV after they start receiving free porn. In his final on-screen appearance, he has a fireman break down the door to Monica's apartment after Joey tells him he smelled gas while she and Chandler are away on their honeymoon.
He is mentioned in the series finale when Monica said to everyone he needs their keys to her and Rachel's apartment. Gable's first appearance as Estelle, in “The One with the Butt”, was cut for time, though the character appears off-screen when she signs Joey and lands him his first film role, playing Al Pacino's butt-double.
When Gable auditioned for the role, she played Estelle quite plainly and was encouraged to “go away and do something with her”. She returned to the audition room wearing a “fat suit” and eating a sandwich from a delicatessen, which she stubbed out a cigarette on.
In 2004, The Seattle Times ranked Estelle as the sixth-best guest character of the series. Gable also plays the nurse who delivers Ben in “The One with the Birth”.
He and Monica break up in “The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding” when he tells her he does not want more children, his own having already grown up. Despite the two still being in love, they cannot reconcile this difference, and are both devastated for months.
He makes a brief voice cameo in The One Where No One's Ready “, and later they briefly attempt to rekindle their romance as friends before accepting that the reasons they broke up remain valid. Monica does not feel anything for Richard but refrains from telling Chandler because of their upcoming anniversary.
When he learns the truth, they fight for most of the episode until Monica assures Chandler that she will never see Richard again. While Chandler is planning to propose but pretends to be against marriage because he “wants it to be a surprise”, Richard stuns Monica by telling her that he still loves her, and wants to marry her and have kids with her.
Monica rejects him but later arrives at his apartment, frustrated with her own situation. Eventually, Chandler comes to his apartment searching for Monica and tells Richard of his own proposal plan.
All of Select's entrances in Season 2 had to be refilled after the audience left because “it was like The Beatles with the screaming and the applause”. Select was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2000 for his appearance in “The One with the Proposal”.
In 2004, The Seattle Times ranked Richard as the third-best guest character of the series. Sandra Green Carlo Thomas played Sandra Green, Rachel's mother, who divorced Rachel's father in Season 2, and appears in various episodes from then on Sandra Green (Carlo Thomas): Rachel's overprotective mother.
In “The One with the Two Parties”, she arrives at Rachel's birthday party and is unaware for the whole night that her ex-husband is also there, as the six friends successfully prevent them from finding out each other are there by setting up two different parties, bemusing them both with their strange, wacky behavior in the process; Joey even ends up kissing Sandra to distract her from her ex-husband's departure. When Rachel was planning to move to Paris, Sandra would fly out with Emma a few days later.
Though the character appears in only one episode, she is mentioned in a few more, including in season 5's “The One with Joey's Bag”, where it is revealed that she has recently died and Phoebe plans her funeral. Phoebe inherits her grandmother's yellow taxi and apartment.
In “The One with the Bullies”, Phoebe meets him after finding the courage to knock on her father's suburban door, but learns from Frank Jr.'s mother (played by Loraine Newman) that her father walked out several years ago. Despite not finding her father, she connects with Frank Jr. who later visits the city where he hits on Jasmine, one of Phoebe's coworkers, and mistakes her massage parlor for a whorehouse.
He eventually falls in love with and becomes engaged to Alice Knight (Debra Jo Rump), his former home-economics teacher who is 26 years his senior. In “The One With Phoebe's Uterus”, Frank and Alice ask Phoebe to be a surrogate mother for their child, and she later gives birth to their triplets, whom she then says goodbye to in an emotional scene in The One Hundredth “.
Frank makes a final appearance in “The One Where Ross is Fine”, when he and the triplets meet Phoebe at Central Perk. In the episode, he claims he “hasn't slept in four years” and is so exhausted with raising the triplets he even proposed that Phoebe take one for her own.
However, he soon realizes he loves his children too much to give any of them up; Phoebe proposes to start babysitting them so that Frank and Alice can enjoy some more time off. Previously, Ribs appeared in “The One with the Baby on the Bus” as a stranger who leaves a condom rather than money in Phoebe's guitar case when she is singing on the street, then comes back to retrieve it.
It was never addressed if this was intended to be the same character as Frank, who had not yet been introduced by name. In 2004, The Seattle Times ranked Frank as the fourth-best guest character of the series.
He takes an instant dislike to his daughter's boyfriend Ross when the latter refers to Green's profession as “a game.” Later, when Ross and Rachel conceive a child (Emma), he becomes furious that they're not engaged because he does not want his grandchild to be a bastard and ends up going to Ross' apartment and shouting at him because Rachel (who is afraid of Leonard's anger) lied to him and claimed that Ross refused to ask her to marry him, leading Rachel to eventually clarify the situation for him.
As of 2020, Ron Layman is the only one of the actors playing the group's parents to have died. Ross is jealous of Mark as he mistakenly suspects that he and Rachel are having an affair.
His fears are amplified when although Mark quits for a different job in “The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner”, he and Rachel make plans to attend a fashion seminar together, prompting a jealous Ross to volunteer to go in his place with her. It is Mark's presence at Rachel's apartment after he offered to provide her with comfort after her fight with Ross which leads Ross, overhearing his voice in the background after phoning Rachel and mistakenly thinking he is there to have sex with her, to become convinced that his relationship with her is now over and, after angrily hanging up, get drunk and sleep with Chloe ultimately ending Ross and Rachel's relationship.
That is the last time Mark is seen until “The One with Princess Consuela”, where he encounters Rachel and Ross after she has been fired from Ralph Lauren, and takes her out to dinner where he offers her a new job with Louis Vuitton in Paris. Ross fails to recognize him but becomes jealous all over again once reminded, even declaring his extreme hatred of Mark and forbids Rachel of going to dinner with him and with both of Ross and Rachel's breakups in Seasons 3 and 4, both of which Mark was responsible for, oddly being unmentioned.
After deliberately sabotaging Rachel's promotion in order to keep her, she finally offers Rachel a promotion within her own department, but is knocked down and killed by a cab before she can effect it. Douglas “Doug” (Sam Murray): Chandler's new boss in “The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion”.
Monica and Chandler play a game of tennis with Doug and his wife, who are left exhausted, irritated and bewildered by Monica's ridiculously overly-competitive attitude in “The One with Chandler's Work Laugh” (January 21, 1999; Season 5, No. In this episode, it is implied that he, his wife, and the rest of Chandler's co-workers all dislike Joey, whom Chandler claims damaged his reputation in their eyes (presumably with all his stupidity) after he invited him to a work office party, damage repaired by Monica when he invited her to a different one.
In “The One with Ross's Step Forward” (predate December 13; 2001; Season 8, No. 11), he invites Monica and Chandler to dinner to celebrate his divorce.
To get out of it, Chandler pretends that he wants to be on his own because he and Monica have split up, but it backfires when Doug, who despite his seemingly cheerful and relieved attitude towards his divorce is in reality clearly depressed over it, tries to cheer Chandler up by taking him to strip clubs, drunkenly throwing cans at birds and throwing (Doug's) wedding ring into the gutter (Chandler had refused Doug's offer at first, but then made the mistake of thoughtlessly stating his reason for this as being that Monica would not appreciate it, only to then be forced to correct himself upon seeing Doug's confused expression). It is also revealed in this episode that he urinated on an ice sculpture during Monica and Chandler’s engagement party, and this is why he was not invited to the wedding.
Bonnie (Christine Taylor): Phoebe's formerly bald friend, first mentioned in episode “The One with the Candy Hearts” (although referred to as 'Abby' then), whom she sets up with Ross in “The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion”. Rachel met Bonnie two years prior to the events of this episode, and remembers her as a “weird bald chick”; however, when Rachel meets her she is horrified to see that her hair has actually grown back, and she is actually a very attractive woman.
Since Rachel still has feelings for Ross, she, in a successful attempt to sabotage his relationship with Bonnie, convinces her to shave her hair off again in “The One at the Beach” (predate May 15, 1997; Season 3, No. She makes a brief appearance at the beginning of “The One with the Jellyfish”, when Ross decides to dump her and get back together with Rachel.
He implies that he made a dreadful mess of breaking up with her, both upsetting and enraging her in the process. Phoebe tracks her down in “The One at the Beach”, believing her to be a friend of Lily's.
She reveals her parentage at the end of the episode and makes amends with Phoebe in “The One with the Jellyfish”. Later, when Phoebe wants to be a surrogate mother for Frank and Alice's child, she lends Phoebe her puppy to demonstrate how difficult it is to give up children after carrying them.
“, Joey adopts a chick from an animal sanctuary, misunderstanding a news report about people who buy chicks and then find they cannot properly care for them. Chandler briefly names the chick “Yasmine”, after Baywatch actress Yasmine Fleet (the chick later, however, turns out to be a rooster, not a hen); and in “The One With Ross's Thing”, Chandler refers to the possible offspring of the duck and the chick as “Dick”, while Joey refers to it as “Chuck”.
10), Stu leads a kitchen staff rebellion against Monica (his motivation being partly that she had written an extremely critical review of the restaurant's food and service in the paper prior to being hired to work there herself, which he and the rest of the staff had felt publicly humiliated by and partly that a member of his family lost his job after she replaced him as the head chef), locking her in a cold storage room and writing insults on her chef's hat. 23 & 24), and Ross accidentally says Rachel's name at the altar, humiliating Emily in front of her friends and family.
She aims to reconcile with him at the airport in “The One After Ross Says Rachel” (predate September 24, 1998; Season 5, No. She agrees but makes him promise to get rid of everything Rachel has ever come into physical contact with, in the friends apartments, which would be virtually impossible, and she demands that he never see Rachel again.
Rachel accidentally deletes the message, but tells Ross about it and convinces him not to respond to it. Emily's surname is that of the city where both creators of the show attended college.
Patsy Ken sit was originally approached to play the role but turned it down. Emily and Ross's marriage was intended to last much longer in the series, but Helen Glendale became pregnant prior to Season 5 and was unable to travel for the show; hence, her limited appearances after Season 4.
Helen Glendale was asked to reprise the role in Season 10, but turned it down to star in the West End play After Miss Julie, and because she did not want the same level of tabloid attention she received in 1998. Stephen and Andrea Waltham Stephen (Tom Cont) and Andrea Waltham (Jennifer Saunders): Emily's father and shrewish stepmother, introduced in “The One with Ross's Wedding, Part 2”.
Stephen's final words onscreen, to Andrea in response to her flirting with Ross, are “You spend half your life in the bathroom-why don't you ever go out the bloody window?!” Mr. Elder Mr. Elder (Steve Ireland): an executive at Polo Ralph Lauren, who interviews Rachel while at the same time finding her quirks hard to deal with in “The One with Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss”.
In “The One with Princess Consuela”, he fires Rachel after overhearing her interview with a Gucci representative. Kim (Joanna Gleason): a colleague of Rachel's at Polo Ralph Lauren.
She tries to take up smoking, so she can stay in the loop but is unsuccessful when Kim, initially bewildered by Rachel's wacky behavior throughout her attempts to join her while she is smoking, threatens to fire her if she keeps damaging her health. After unsuccessfully trying to deny the affair, Rachel pretends Ralph dumped her.
Kim believes her when she sees what she thinks is a cold look from Ralph (appearing as himself) in the elevator. Tag Jones Eddie Cahill recurred as Tag Jones in six episodes of Season 7 and one episode of Season 8Tag Jones (Eddie Cahill): Rachel's inexperienced but attractive new assistant at Polo Ralph Lauren.
In “The One Where They All Turn Thirty” Rachel breaks up with Tag when she realizes that their six-year age difference makes him too young and immature for her to be dating if she intends to follow her marriage schedule. He reappears in “The One with the Red Sweater” in season eight when Phoebe thinks he is the father of Rachel's unborn baby.
Charles Bing/Helena Handbasket Charles Bing/Helena Handbasket (Kathleen Turner): Chandler's gay drag-queen father and Nora's ex-husband, regularly referred to as an unseen character in previous seasons. Determined to invite him to their wedding in “The One with Chandler's Dad”, Monica drags Chandler to Charles' burlesque show in Las Vegas, where he is seen for the first time, performing under the name “Helena Handbasket”.
He does not appear at the reception in “The One After 'I Do'”, though a deleted scene reveals he is upstairs crying after Joey accidentally ruined his dress. Though Ross had originally wanted to name his daughter “Isabella,” Rachel wound up in tears when she decided that the name did not suit the baby and was dismayed by her other remaining choice, Delilah.
Monica graciously suggests “Emma,” the name she had chosen for her own future daughter when she was fourteen, but concedes that since Nothing goes with 'Bing', so I'm screwed,” Rachel can give the name to her own daughter. Mike Hannigan Paul Rudd played the recurring character Mike Hannigan, boyfriend and husband of Phoebe, throughout Seasons 9 and 10Michael “Mike” Hannigan (Paul Rudd): Phoebe's boyfriend and later husband: in “The One with the Pediatrician” (predate October 10, 2002; Season 9, No.
A flattered Phoebe does not turn him down when he asks her out on a second date, which is equally bad thanks to Ross, who accidentally upsets Phoebe before it can begin, causing her to spend rather a lot of the night crying on Mike's shoulder. Ross goes to Mike's house and tries to explain to him that he had accidentally upset Phoebe, which sets off a chain of ridiculous events that result in Mike ultimately deciding he still has feelings for Phoebe, and eventually, they decide to move in together; Phoebe suggests that one day they could get married, but he tells her that, after his messy divorce, he never wants to get married again, which results in them breaking up.
Emotionally unable to be apart from each other, they reconcile in “The One with the Memorial Service” (predate March 13, 2003; Season 9, No. In “The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits” (predate October 30, 2003; Season 10, No.
He makes a brief appearance in “The Last One”, bringing over a “Welcome to the World, Baby Bing” banner to Monica and Chandler's and tells Phoebe that he wants to have a baby, too, to which Phoebe agreed. Theodore and Bits Hannigan Theodore and Bits Hannigan (Gregory ITIN and Christine Rose): Mike's rich, haughty parents.
He introduces Phoebe to them, and soon after they make it clear that they do not approve of Phoebe due to being both irritated and bewildered by her odd quirks, but Mike defies them and declares his love for her in front of his parents and their two “sinfully boring” friends (who are likewise bemused by the odd quirks of Phoebe). They later meet Joey, who confuses and bemuses them with his comments about how nice it is that “their little ones are growing up” (Phoebe had told him he was “like a dad” to her) and later attend the wedding in “The One with Phoebe's Wedding”.
His father “crushes a pill” into his wife's drink at the wedding so that she does not create a scene, and she appears happy and carefree. Amy Green Amy Green (Christina Applegate): one of Rachel's two sisters, who first appears in “The One with Rachel's Other Sister” (predate November 21, 2002; Season 9, No.
She arrives at Monica and Chandler's for Thanksgiving dinner, where she is annoyed that she would not get custody of Emma if Rachel and Ross died. A boorish, hedonistic, brazen, dimwitted, amoral, materialistic and utterly unlikable bully who could not care less about other people's feelings, she greatly irritates the friends with her cruelly honest opinions of them and selfish, self-absorbed attitude; though seems a little afraid of Monica, convinced that she is crazy (after witnessing Monica's bizarre rules when it comes to eating off the china plates she and Chandler received as a wedding present).
When Rachel and Amy later have a fight after the former feels the latter has insulted Emma, which results in them accidentally breaking one of Monica's plates (causing her to nearly pass out), Chandler firmly tells both of them off as a father would do, and demands that Amy apologize for ruining Thanksgiving, for which she does. Rachel also makes up with Amy after offering to let her use her Ralph Lauren employee discount.
Rachel tries to teach her responsibility by letting her babysit Emma (who Amy calls 'Ella', insisting it is prettier), and tries to convince her to stop being so selfish and do something nice for another person. Eventually, Amy decides to take Rachel's advice and do something nice for Emma.
Only trouble is, the utterly self-absorbed and self-centered Amy decides to get Emma's ears pierced. Ross and Rachel are horrified and angry at Amy, especially as she reveals she plans on becoming a baby stylist.
However, Amy and Rachel make up at the end of the episode when they gossip about their sister Jill gaining a ton of weight. This was an oblique reference to Reese Witherspoon (who played Jill) being pregnant.
Although Amy, like her father Leonard, was a deliberately unpleasant and unlikable character, the comic relief she provided caused her to, again like her father Leonard, become memorable as a character that fans “loved to hate”. In 2003, Applegate won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance in “The One with Rachel's Other Sister” and was nominated again for her appearance in “The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits”.
Charlie Wheeler Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler): an attractive paleontology professor (goes to Woodruff school) whom Ross falls for in “The One with the Soap Opera Party” (predate April 24, 2003; Season 9, No. Initially angry, he eventually accepts Joey and Charlie's relationship and helps Joey come up with intelligent places to take her on dates in “The One with the Fertility Test”.
At Ross's conference in “The One in Barbados”, Charlie tells Joey that they have nothing in common and breaks up with him. 6), she breaks up with Ross and gets back together with her old flame, Dr. Benjamin Hobart (Greg Skinnier).
The character of Charlie was created in part to counter criticism the Friends production staff had received for featuring too few characters played by ethnic minority actors. Aisha Tyler was only the second major supporting character to be portrayed by a black actress, following Gabrielle Union's appearance as Kristen Lang in “The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress” (predate March 15, 2001; Season 7, No.
Anna Paris played Erica, a young expectant woman who lets Monica and Chandler adopt her twins in Season 10Erica (Anna Paris): a young girl from Cincinnati who decides to let Monica and Chandler adopt her baby in “The One with the Birth Mother” (predate January 8, 2004; Season 10, No. She visits New York in “The One Where Joey Speaks French” and sees the tourist sites with Monica and Chandler.
She goes into labor at the end of “The One with Rachel's Going Away Party” and gives birth to twin Erica and Jack in “The Last One”. It is revealed that Monica and Chandler did not know they would be having twins until they were born.
Chandler suggests giving one of them up, but Monica refuses, saying, “We cannot split them up. Missy Goldberg Missy Goldberg (Ellen Pompey): a woman from Ross' and Chandler's college, at which they both made a pact to not ask her out, so it would not damage their friendship, introduced in “The One Where the Stripper Cries” (predate February 5, 2004; Season 10, No.
At a reunion, Chandler gives Ross permission to break the pact, now that he is married, where it is revealed that Chandler and Missy made out numerous times during college after school hours in the school's science labs, which Ross calls his “turf”. Benjamin Hobart Benjamin Hobart (Greg Skinnier): Nobel Prize–winning paleontologist and ex-boyfriend of Ross' girlfriend Charlie Wheeler, introduced in “The One with Ross's Grant”.
He and Charlie eventually get back together, after Ross makes him confess his actions in front of her. She picks up a fake English accent and claims to have slept with Even Knievel.
Her inflated ego and utterly self-absorbed attitude cause Monica and Phoebe to find her insufferable, but since they do not want to hurt the nonetheless good-natured Amanda's feelings, they agree to meet up with her in the coffee shop after Chandler ruins their original plan not to take any of her phone calls by doing exactly that and informing her that they are in the house with him, and then bemuses her by informing her that he takes pedicures before handing the phone to Monica. Roy (Danny DeVito): a stripper in “The One Where the Stripper Cries”, who is hired for Phoebe's bachelorette party at the last minute after she expresses disappointment that the party is not “dirtier”.
Put under pressure to quickly hire a stripper by Phoebe (who had forgotten to ask them to hire one prior to when the party actually began) they look through the phone book and call the first stripper whose number they discover, asking him to quickly arrive at Monica's apartment where the party is taking place. When he turns up, the girls are surprised to see that he is at least 50 years old, but also delusional about his physical appearance, as he clearly has trouble accepting the fact that he has not aged gracefully and is not physically appealing to women anymore.
When he sees that Phoebe is not enjoying his performance he gets annoyed, particularly when she claims while cringing that “this is how (she) looks when (she's) turned on.” They have an argument over whether he should be paid for arriving after a rather difficult and rushed journey to the apartment on his part, and when she refuses to allow a sympathetic Rachel and Monica to pay him and also insults him, the sensitive stripper gets upset and cries as he is forced to accept the fact that he is no longer physically attractive, but stripping is all he knows.
In her guilt, Phoebe comforts him and tells him that he should teach stripping instead. She winds up helping Joey deal with his anxieties about Chandler and Monica moving out of the city.
Chandler uses her cell phone to tell Joey and the others, engages in awkward conversion with her, and finally lets her play a “spin the phone pen over your head” game with him. At the end of the episode Monica breaks up with him, and has the break-up talk with the other friends as if they broke up with him, too.
The irony is that Alan is relieved when Monica breaks up with him as 'just can't stand your friends '. Lydia (Leah Gemini): a single mother-to-be whose childbirth Joey assists before going to see Carol give birth to Ben.
Roger (Fisher Stevens): a bully working as a shrink who Phoebe goes out with. Chris Isaac portrays Phoebe's date, Rob Donna, who bans her from the library for singing songs that, as parents claim, offensively influence children.
After Joey, having landed the recurring role Dr. Drake Ra moray on Days of Our Lives, moves into his own apartment, Chandler gets a new roommate. Eddie and Chandler have nothing in common; Eddie hates Baywatch, foosball, and sports in general, and likes to steal mannequins from Macy's and dehydrate fruit.
In “The One Where Dr. Ra moray Dies”, he suspects Chandler of both having sex with his ex-girlfriend Tilly and killing his goldfish, so spites him by stealing his insoles. Later he forgets these events, but Chandler wants him out after learning that Eddie watches him sleep.
Eddie agrees to leave but later denies the conversation took place; he also claims that he and Chandler once took a trip to Las Vegas and genuinely believes it to have happened, confirming Chandler's suspicion that he is mentally ill. Bizarrely, Phoebe finds Eddie's weird behavior attractive. He is never seen again afterwards (although it was humorously noted in a guide to this particular season that Eddie would “probably come back with a gun”).
Chris Isaac's song Wicked Game plays in the background when Rachel and Ross sleep together for the first time. When Marcel is kidnapped and forced into show business, he and the rest of the zoo staff decide to cover up the break-in, out of fear of bad publicity.
Ross later learns the truth about what happened to Marcel from the Zoo Janitor (Dan Castellated), a very unusual man with a strange fascination for the animals in the zoo. Susie Moss Susie “Underpants” Moss (Julia Roberts): an old childhood friend of Chandler, who's working on the production of a movie, and with whom Chandler has a colored history: when they were in elementary school, Chandler pulled up Susie's skirt when she was on stage, revealing her underwear to the entire school, and she never lived it down until she graduated from high school.
Julia Roberts and Matthew Perry briefly dated in real life. When she gets home she and Rachel fight again, but this time end up apologizing to each other, agreeing they should not have let him come between them.
Ryan (Charlie Sheen) arrives in New York on leave from the Navy to see Phoebe, who has chicken pox at the time. He is bewildered to see Phoebe covering her head with a scarf, trying to disguise the fact that she has chicken pox; eventually convincing her to admit this to him, he decides he cannot stand to be apart from her and consequently catches chicken pox from her and they both spend the rest of the time sick and trying to not scratch at the sores.
Duncan Sullivan Duncan Sullivan (Steve Hahn) is a Canadian ice dancer that Phoebe married in order to allow him to get a green card. After witnessing and being bewildered by Rachel's antics with a pigeon (after she trapped it inside a saucepan), he admits to Phoebe the truth about his sexuality.
Jon Favre played Monica's entrepreneur and ultimate fighting boyfriend Pete Becker in six episodes In “The One with the Screamer” (1997), Ben Stiller portrayed Tommy, Rachel's date, whom Ross finds insane for yelling at people whenever angered Robin Williams (far above) and Billy Crystal (above) portrayed credited roles of Tomas and Tim, respectively, in the opening of “The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion” (1997).
Chloe (Angela Feather stone): “The girl from the copy place”, with whom Ross drunkenly sleeps after he and Rachel first break up. Pete tips Monica $20,000 at the Moon dance diner in “The One with the Hypnosis Tape”, which she assumes is a joke.
They start seeing each other but Monica worries about the fact that she is not attracted to him and cannot figure out why. Monica thinks he is going to propose in “The One with Ross's Thing” (predate May 1, 1997; Season 3, No.
He gets badly beaten by Tank Abbott, and Monica reluctantly ends it with him after he refuses to quit. The character of Pete was conceived as “a Bill Gates billionaire genius scientist-type” to whom Monica was not attracted.
The producers and casting director had difficulty finding an actor to play Pete as they wanted, “someone who was appealing enough that we liked him, so we could root for him, but on the other hand, wasn't so drop-dead male model gorgeous that we would go, 'What's your problem?' Joey falls for her, and she sleeps with him ... but she fails to see any attraction in him and is already dating the director.
The play turns out to be dismal, and after the director dumps her she gets together with Joey in “The One with the Screamer”. Joey is distraught when she leaves for a soap opera role in Los Angeles.
In the episode “The One in Barbados (1)”, Joey and Rachel, in hope of getting into the pharmaceutical convention, use fake IDs in which one of the names is “Kate Miller”. He and everyone else involved in making the play (apart from Lauren) are said to have made fun of Joey after Kate recognized him as a man on TV who was too idiotic to be able to open up a milk carton.
Lauren (Jennifer Gilmore): Kate's understudy in Boxing Day. She is a big fan of Joey from his role as Dr. Drake Ra moray, and ends up sleeping with him.
Joey dumps her after sleeping with Kate, and although she is initially upset (calling him “pig”), she later seems to be fine with him. She takes over the role of “Adrienne” in the play after Kate leaves for Los Angeles.
He was briefly in a relationship with Rachel, doing well throughout this period of time to hide his aforementioned pent-up rage from her, with Ross being the only witness to it after seeing him screaming at an elderly couple who were accidentally in his and Ross' seats shortly after they first met at the theater, and he later screams at Ross just because the latter almost spilled hot coffee on him. Frightening and intimidating people in this manner apparently amuses Tommy, who appears to be in a good mood after screaming at both Ross and the elderly couple.
Ross tries to warn Rachel of what a bully Tommy is, but she does not believe him, assuming he's just making up the stories regarding Tommy's outbursts of anger in order to split them up, so he can have Rachel all to himself (and considering that Tommy had learned of Ross' past with Rachel and witnessed how awkward they were around each other to his own bemusement, it is likely that he guessed after witnessing this that she would jump to this conclusion if Ross ever tried to warn her what a bully Tommy really was). However, his aggressive true colors are exposed to Rachel after she, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Ross witness him lose his temper after Joey and Chandler's pet baby chicken urinates in his hand and, unable to keep his anger in check, he screams at both it and their pet duck when it's quacking irritates him further.
Isabella Rosellini Isabella Rosellini (herself) got bumped off Ross's “freebie list”: Ross and Rachel compile lists, each of 5 people (celebrities) one can have sex with, without incurring the other's wrath. Rachel encourages Ross to pursue her as an “alternate”, knowing he'll get shot down for his efforts after bemusing her with his quirks.
Tomas begins by asking the friends to move over to make room for the pair which they do. Then Tomas complains to Tim about how he thinks his wife is cheating on him with her gynecologist.
Bursting into tears as he absorbs the fact that Tim has been sleeping with his wife, Tomas starts shouting at and insulting Tim, and ends their friendship before leaving the shop in a loud fury, followed by Tim, who gives the six shocked, bewildered friends one last embarrassed, apologetic look before he leaves. Robin Williams and Billy Crystal were filming nearby and alibied all their lines.
Page Brewster played Kathy, an actress who dates and cheats on first Joey, then Chandler in Season 4 Tate Donovan recurred as Rachel's boyfriend Joshua at the same time as he was dating Jennifer AnistonKathy (Page Brewster): Joey's girlfriend, introduced in “The One with Joey's New Girlfriend” (predate October 30, 1997; Season 4, No. A mutual attraction develops between Kathy and Chandler, which manifests as a kiss; after Joey finds out, Kathy decides to leave New York for Chicago, and declares her love to Chandler.
Sometime later in the season, Chandler goes to see Kathy in a play and discovers that it has extreme sexual content with her male co-star, Nick. Realizing that he had come to the wrong conclusions in their argument, Chandler arrives at Kathy's apartment to apologize to and make up with her, only to find himself yelling at her when he finds evidence that she has now slept with Nick after their argument, and they break up.
When Page Brewster arrived for her audition, she believed she was the “runty alternate” and did not have a chance of getting the part. Matthew Perry later told her that the producers knew she was right for the role when she called herself a “runt”.
She spent her first two weeks working on the show believing that she would be fired and the part recast with a better looking actress. Brewster did not want Kathy to be written out by cheating on Chandler.
The Salesman The Salesman (Penn Gillette) sells encyclopedias and attempts to sell one to Joey, finding his stupidity hard to deal with while negotiating with him. He attempts to form a relationship with her, but cannot after being covered with ink and meat whilst making out with her.
After Ross ends it with Cheryl, Monica arrives at the apartment asking to clean it as she cannot sleep thinking about it, only for Cheryl to close the door in disgust. Joshua Bur gin Joshua Bur gin (Tate Donovan): a recently divorced customer who regularly uses Rachel as a personal shopper at Bloomingdale's.
They start dating but break up in “The One with All the Wedding Dresses” (predate April 16, 1998; Season 4, No. Joshua appeared after the time that Jennifer Aniston and Tate Donovan were dating each other in real life.
Chip Matthews Chip Matthews (Dan Gauthier): A man who many years prior to the events of the show had attended the same high school as Rachel, Monica and Ross; although he was outwardly friendly and charismatic enough to become the most popular guy in the high school, he is depicted as being an inwardly selfish, careless and unpleasant person who emotionally hurts and plays immature pranks on other people. His first appearance is a very brief cameo in The One with the Prom Video (predate February 1, 1996; Season 2, No.
14) as Rachel's senior prom date; in this episode he is played by an unknown, credited actor and his face is not seen on screen. He fully appears in the episode “The One with the Cat” (predate October 2, 1997; Season 4, No.
2), where it is revealed that Monica always had a crush on Chip and was saddened by the fact that he would never date her for her obesity throughout her teenage years, even despite the fact that he abandoned and cheated on Rachel at the prom; apparently, she could not find him for two hours because he was having sex with a girl named Amy Welch. Rachel is upset when she learns that Monica intends to date the man who once cheated on her, but she eventually allows this to happen out of sympathy for her formerly obese friend.
She does however react coldly when she answers the door to him when he arrives to pick up Monica, and asks him, “So Chip, how's Amy Welch? Monica's dream is soon shattered when she realizes that not only is Chip as unpleasant as he was back in high school, he has not matured and done nothing to better himself since then.
Rachel convinces Ross to go in her place, which introduces them leading to their eventual relationship. He is absent from Ross and Emily's wedding in London, and although most of Emily's family are angry with Ross and Rachel because Ross said Rachel's name at the altar during their vows, Mr. Waltham lets Rachel keep her job, although she quits in the middle of season 5 to pursue a new career at Ralph Lauren.
Monica, who has an ice chip in her eye while she is taking out the turkey from the freezer, meets him. Bob Balkan played Frank Buffy Sr., Phoebe's father in Season 5Danny (né Daniel) (George Newborn): a man who has been on an around-the-world trip and returns in “The One with the Yeti”.
Rachel and Monica encounter the bearded man in the basement of their building and think he is a Yeti. Rachel is attracted to him but plays hard-to-get by pretending not to be interested in a housewarming party he is throwing.
They eventually get together, but Rachel dumps him when she discovers he has a “special bond” with his sister. A seemingly nice person nonetheless, she appears to like Joey a lot, apparently bemused but also highly amused by wacky antics from him such as “breadstick fangs” but she's so energetic that whenever she playfully punches him on the arm she accidentally hurts him, but seems to be oblivious to this.
When Joey actually tells her, she thinks he is merely making good-natured fun of her small size. Joey eventually decides he wants to break up with her as a result, but worries about hard she will hit him if he in the process of doing so upsets her, but Rachel gives him an easy way out when she retaliates in anger after Katie playfully punches her and accidentally hurts her also by kicking Katie's ankle, and when Joey refuses to stick up for Katie upon witnessing this she, as he had hoped, breaks up with him and leaves.
Gary (Michael Rapport): a cop who accidentally leaves his badge in Central Perk. Phoebe finds it and starts impersonating a police officer.
He tracks her down and, not wanting the fact that he left his badge behind in a coffee shop to get out, decides not to arrest Phoebe and, feeling attracted to her, asks her out to dinner, and they start dating. He takes Ross, Joey and Chandler on a ride-along while at the same time being irritated by their quirks, and asks Phoebe to move in with him.
She leaves him after he shoots a bird on his windowsill just because it was irritating him by chirping too loudly. He shows up at Phoebe's adoptive grandmother's funeral looking for his late wife, Lily.
Bruce Willis appeared in three episodes of Season 6 and donated his fee to five charities Janine Delacroix Janine Delacroix (Elle MacPherson): Joey's female roommate after Chandler moves in with Monica. Joey places an ad for a new roommate in “The One Where Phoebe Runs”; attractive Australian dancer Janine applies and Joey immediately gives her the room without knowing anything else about her.
Their father has cut off Jill's supply of money and sent her to stay with Rachel, “the only daughter he's ever been proud of”. She dates Ross to spite Rachel and is occasionally bewildered by quirks from both of them but leaves in the subsequent episode after Ross rejects her, and she destroys his slide projector in her rage.
Jill is mentioned in Season 10 when Amy gleefully reveals she has gotten fat, having gained fifteen pounds (a reference to Witherspoon's pregnancy). Elizabeth Stevens Elizabeth Stevens (Alexandra Holden): one of Ross's students, whom he starts dating in “The One Where Ross Dates a Student”, mistakenly believing it is not against university rules.
Paul Stevens Paul Stevens (Bruce Willis), Elizabeth's highly strange father, who takes an instant dislike to his daughter's boyfriend Ross, stating the reason for this as being the age gap between her and him. He is seemingly impossible for Ross to please and brazenly crude, rude and abrasive towards him.
He eventually threatens to have Ross fired from the university unless he ends his relationship with Elizabeth, as Elizabeth is a student at the university and Ross will be sacked if it emerges he is in a relationship with one of his students. After she joins him for dinner to talk up Ross's good side, he and Rachel start dating, making him somewhat of a hypocrite as he is considerably older than she is.
Rachel feels that Paul is too secretive for her liking and attempts to get him to open up emotionally but does too good a job when in the midst of conjuring up memories of his troubled childhood with her, he starts crying and will not stop. Eventually pulling himself together, he apologizes to Rachel for overwhelming her with all his crying, and they make up and have sex.
Her daughter, Dina, was seeing a man named Frederick, of whom she did not approve. She was thrown off a horse and onto an electric fence, an accident set up by Frederick and Dina.
After handing over the role of Jessica Lockhart to Joey, Cecilia Monroe sleeps with Joey causing minor hysteria for Rachel and Monica, who both are big fans of Days. She then takes a role in Mexico, resulting in her and Joey breaking up and her disappearance from the show.
Cassie Geller Cassie Geller (Denise Richards): a cousin of Ross and Monica who comes up to stay with Monica and Chandler. As the little girl has grown into a supermodel, with mesmerizing hair, since they last saw her, the engaged Chandler, her cousin Ross and the otherwise heterosexual Phoebe are all attracted to her.
Initially, Chandler's constant staring requires her to stay at Ross's apartment instead. While watching a movie, Ross convinces himself that she “wants it” too, and makes a move.
At the end of dinner, Rachel kisses her again to prove to Phoebe that she can do something crazy. Melissa is extremely embarrassed and tries to act as if she was kidding, saying, “I'm not in love with you.
I don't picture your face when I make love to my boyfriend...” Melissa leaves, but not before asking for another kiss goodbye, which she does not get. Richard Crosby Richard Crosby (Gary Oldman): a pedantic actor with whom Joey shares scenes in a wartime drama, also from “The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding” (he appears in parts 1 and 2).
He gets a bad first impression of Joey when the latter irritates him by congratulating him for winning an Oscar he actually had not won. Crosby later shows up drunk for work, arousing concern whether Joey will complete his scenes in time to attend the wedding.
They later get reacquainted in “The One with Rachel's Date” (predate October 25, 2001; Season 8, No. Their relationship is troubled from the start due to Ross being the father of Rachel's baby; in “The One with the Stripper”, Leonard Green calls her a “tramp” after Ross does not propose to Rachel, and Ross regularly forgets dates with her when Rachel has problems with the baby.
They eventually break up in “The One with the Birthing Video” (predate February 7, 2002; Season 8, No. 15) after Rachel lets slip that she is moving in with Ross until the baby is born.
Dina says that Joey is her favorite guy in the world and that she was more scared to tell him that she was pregnant than anyone else. Bobby (Marc Rose): Dina Ribbing's boyfriend and her unborn child's father.
Eric (Sean Penn): Ursula Buffy's boyfriend, whom she brings to Monica's Halloween party in “The One with the Halloween Party” (predate November 1, 2001; Season 8, No. He dumps her and in “The One with the Stain” and tries to get together with Phoebe, but cannot stand to look at her as she reminds him of her sister.
Phoebe is able to convince him to see past that, and after she leaves for a massage client after their make-out session, she comes back only to find that Eric had sex with Ursula thinking she was Phoebe. Penn got the role after he made several visits to the Friends set with his children, who were fans of the show.
Monica invites him over for Thanksgiving dinner in The One with the Rumor (predate November 22, 2001; Season 8, No. Here they find out that Will hates Rachel due to all the bullying he had suffered at her hands in high school and had co-founded the “I Hate Rachel Green Club” with Ross and spread rumors about her being a hermaphrodite.
He is last seen looking bemused but amused when Joey enters the room wearing Phoebe's maternity pants (under the deluded belief that he would need to change into a new pair of pants to achieve his goal of eating an entire turkey all by himself). Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston in real life at the time, and his given name is in fact “William”.
Jim Nelson Jim Nelson (James Negros): a bully who asks Phoebe out on a date, then to amuse himself intimidates her with a number of creepy, vulgar comments, causing her to walk out on him. Parker (Alec Baldwin): an extremely (and constantly) energetic and optimistic man Phoebe meets at the dry cleaner in “The One with the Tea Leaves”.
18), where he meets the other five friends and gives them a bad first impression of him with his habit of making a big fuss of everything, even the most trivial things, which they find annoying. At Jack and Judy Geller's anniversary party, which he is invited to as a guest by Phoebe, he drives everyone crazy by getting excited by anything and everything he sees.
Unable to listen to him anymore, Phoebe snaps and shouts at him, and when she angrily tells him she wants him to be “much less happy” he breaks up with her. His glee finally wavering, Parker angrily storms out of the room...but not for long, as he then returns, excited, to compliment the argument they just had.
Although Parker is, in spite of his annoying nature, depicted as being an outwardly friendly and nice guy, his attitude towards his break-up with Phoebe shows that he had trouble taking their relationship seriously even though she did before she began to find him annoying. “Sick Bastard” and “Evil Bitch” “Sick Bastard” (Jimmy Plumb) and “Evil Bitch” (Debt Mizar), the couple who are having a child and with whom Rachel, who is waiting to have her baby delivered, shares a semi-private room.
Their working relationship has improved by “The One with Phoebe's Rats”, and they kiss at her birthday party. 13), Rachel tells Gavin that, although she likes him, a relationship would be difficult because of her history with Ross.
Appears in “The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work”, “The One with the Mugging” and “The One with the Lottery”, when he offers Chandler the job of junior copywriter. Molly (Melissa George): Emma's hot nanny, whom Ross gets to hire since Rachel does not see it in her.
When Joey sees her, his ladykiller instinct kicks in. Ross wants Chandler to watch Joey and make sure he does not go after Molly.
Molly makes one more cameo appearance, in “The One Where Monica Sings” (predate January 30, 2003; Season 9, No. After unsuccessfully interviewing several female nannies, both Ross and Rachel are surprised to see that Sandy is male.
During the interview he wins Rachel over, and she hires him despite Ross not being keen. Zach (John Stamps), a prospective sperm donor for Monica, who finds out that Chandler cannot get her pregnant.
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