Friends: Season 8 (2001 - 2002)


Season 8
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Air date: Sep 26, 2001

Monica and Chandler's wedding reception is almost upstaged by the news that Rachel is pregnant. Elsewhere at the party, Ross tries to impress a pretty single woman; Chandler has trouble on the dance floor; and Joey hopes to impress an important Broadway producer who is dating Chandler's mother.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2001

As they prepare to leave the wedding hotel, an excited Monica and Phoebe speculate about who might be the father of pregnant Rachel's baby. Rachel wonders if she should even tell the unsuspecting dad. Meanwhile, Joey mistakenly thinks Phoebe is pregnant and makes a gallant gesture. Ross and Chandler frantically try to restage generic wedding photos with other couples at the hotel when Chandler loses the film from his own ceremony. And Monica can't wait to open her tantalizing wedding gifts.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2001

Everyone seems to know who the father of Rachel's unborn baby is except for the man himself: Ross. When he finds out, he is more concerned with other matters than his relationship with Rachel. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Joey fib about a gas leak to gain entry to Monica and Chandler's apartment.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2001

Ross and Rachel's attempt to explain to everyone how they ended up in bed together six weeks earlier quickly devolves into an argument over who pursued whom. Then, Ross shocks them by announcing that he has the whole encounter on videotape. Meanwhile, Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon, excited at the prospect of socializing with another recently married couple whom they met on the flight home . . . until they discover that their newfound "friends" gave them a fake phone number.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2001

Ross is horrified to learn that Rachel is going on a date with a handsome actor, Kash (JOHNNY MESSNER), especially since she is pregnant with Ross' child. Meanwhile, Phoebe becomes attracted to a cute but clumsy chef, Tim (KEVIN RAHM - "Jesse"), and protests when Monica wants to terminate him.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2001

At Monica's Halloween party, Phoebe meets the friendly fiancé, Eric (special guest star SEAN PENN - "Dead Man Walking"), of her flighty twin, Ursula. Phoebe becomes alarmed when she learns that her sister has misrepresented herself to the trusting guy--and Phoebe finds herself attracted to him as well. Monica comes disguised as Catwoman and wonders if she could defeat Phoebe's Supergirl character. Chandler arrives as a pink bunny and mistakes Ross' giant "Spudnik" costume for something found on a sidewalk. Also, Rachel gives away all the candy and guiltily resorts to writing checks for the trick-or-treaters.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2001

Ross is happy to learn that pregnant Rachel wants to find her own apartment. He suggests a vacancy in his building but later discovers that the elderly occupant is not dead yet, as he had assumed. Ross gets some tough competition from Rachel's roommate, Joey, who creates a nursery in their apartment to persuade her to stay. Meanwhile, Phoebe is ecstatic when Eric (recurring special guest star SEAN PENN) ends his relationship with her twin sister, Ursula (also played by series star LISA KUDROW), and chooses Phoebe instead. Monica becomes agitated when she suspects that her new maid is stealing her jeans, among other things.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2001

Rachel nervously tells her short-tempered father, Dr. Leonard Green (recurring guest star RON LEIBMAN - "Norma Rae"), that she is pregnant with Ross' baby. Dr. Green then confronts Ross in his apartment, just as Ross is beginning to snuggle up with his new girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE - "Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story"). Meanwhile, Monica feels guilty for denying Chandler a real bachelor party, so she arranges to have a stripper perform at a belated party for him and his friends. Unfortunately, the woman that arrives is definitely not what Monica ordered. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directed.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2001

In this Thanksgiving episode, special guest star BRAD PITT plays Will, Monica's high school friend who was the only student fatter than Monica was. She invites him to Thanksgiving dinner with the gang, unaware that he isn't exactly fond of Rachel. Meanwhile, Chandler and Phoebe pretend to be enthralled with a televised football game in order to avoid helping Monica in the kitchen. And Joey vows to devour the entire turkey single-handedly.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2001

Chandler becomes upset when Monica spends a fortune on a luxurious pair of black boots. After she discovers that the sexy new shoes hurt her feet, Monica continues to wear them, rather than admitting that Chandler was right to be concerned. Meanwhile, celebrity-obsessed Phoebe learns that Ross' son, Ben (recurring guest star COLE MITCHELL SPROUSE), attends the same school as the son of rock star Sting. She tries to meet Sting and get tickets to his upcoming concert--until she encounters his suspicious wife, TRUDIE STYLER (herself). Also, Rachel tries to mediate between an angry Joey and his pregnant younger sister, Dina (MARLA SOKOLOFF - "The Practice").

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In the eighth exceptional season that won the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Friends continues to play at the top of its game with these 24 outstanding episodes.

Critic Reviews for Friends Season 8

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

[This finale was] difficult to believe as a plot movement given Rachel refused Joey's marriage proposal a season earlier, but this episode is saved by...Chandler and Monica trying to conceive but being sprung by her father...

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Heading into its ninth and most likely final season this fall, ''Friends'' has taken every cliché from the ''very special episode'' handbook and through some alchemy of good writing and performing turned hackneyed ideas into funny, energetic, fresh shows.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Season eight is inconsistent, but its highs are oh so high.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the reasons Season 8 works so well is because, possibly more than any other season, this one relies on the ensemble to react as a whole to certain events as opposed to splitting everyone off into little subplots.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Friends fans always loved Joey, but this season finally made him a real human being with feelings.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The familiarity factor can't be discounted, but give Friends more credit: It's reliably amusing.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Friends has been criticized...for its non-realistic depiction of New York....[but] we are learning that not every show must -- or perhaps should -- correspond to social reality.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friends: Season 8

  • Apr 25, 2021
    "I was backpacking across Western Europe and watched a good season of Friends." Friends Season 8 is good but compared to all the others it's not great. Ross and Rachel have their baby but they don't get back together and it's just so artificially stretched out it's ridiculous. On the plus Monica and Chandler are married and they are still amazing together.
  • Apr 11, 2021
    One of the best seasons! The incoming baby and the awkward situation between Joey and Rachel are key highlights.
  • Nov 20, 2020
    Friends continues to offer good laughs and good entertainment throughout the episodes. How can it get better?
  • Jun 15, 2020
    This is where they go down a bit but still great. 'The one where the writers run out of ideas and made Rachel-Joey storyline' -The Good Place It was all about Rachel's baby and love the ones I was hiking in Barcelona story My full review of entire series- I am a gen z 2000s kid and have heard a lot about 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S'. Never gave it a try because it looked the most 90s show ever, and yes it is. Pandemic happened and everybody is worrying and panicking, so I said I will try to watch a sitcom to forget about all the sh!t around me. I watched friends as it had the highest ratings. God was I addicted, 236 episodes in 65 days, people have done better than me but for me this is a lot. Even when I wasn't watching the show I was laughing while playing the clips in my head. Many complain for the use of laugh-track but I see no problem with that, it is a scientific fact that if others laugh around you, you too break into laughter ( I am pretty sure this was the reason old sitcoms had those) My most laugh-out-loud moments that I felt didn't reach high internet fame were -Chandler and Joey with Ben, and Chandler says 'what kind of scary-a$s clown came to your party' -Joey going to Rachel Boss and asking why he wanted to buy Rachel's daughter -Janice showing up In all these scenes I fell from the place I was sitting in laughter I have already made so many great memories with the show, Janice showing up as she dates Ross, I screamed Ohh Myy Goooddd! in the most Janice way possible. My parents on the other room starts scream as to what happened to me. I remember a time when I was having great agony and started watching an episode and just forgot everything I was going through. It actually felt like having Friends in Real life. I knew everything, every secret, every little detail that another friend knows. Loved every stereotypical roles they had, Joey getting dumber as seasons progress was a wise decision as Dumb Joey had more comedic moments that will stick with me forever. Early Jo felt a weaker version of Chandler's Sarcasm. Phoebe being the different friend was fantastic as she brought something different, idk what but she's different and love these kind of characters I relate to mostly Chandler's comedy Ross's geekness Joey's idiotic remarks ( I still regret some of my idiotic moments) Definitely ganna rewatch the show in future and ganna watch it with more time so I live in the friends world for longer One the best time passing shows I have ever seen. All I know is that I will always have Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Dr.Drake Ramoray and Ragina Phalange to make to laugh.
  • Mar 17, 2020
    This season was GREAT! Definitely should watch it! I loved it, and of course, the ending!
  • Nov 25, 2019
    This season just has way too much of Joey. Joey who has in my opinion always been the weakest of the six friends I never minded him before because he wasn't being overused so he still blended in with the others just fine and he made me laugh just enough so I still loved him regardless. But this season gave him way too much spotlight and his crush on Rachel thing just didn't work out at all and is easily the worst and unfunniest thing Friends has ever done. However on to some positives because this isn't a bad season in the slightest. Rachel's pregnancy was a really good idea, Ross is brilliant in this season, Phoebe, Rachel and Monica continue doing what they've always done which is being awesome and Matthew Perry as Chandler is just perfection every line of dialogue this character says is downright hilarious and to me Chandler is the greatest sitcom character of all time.
  • Sep 01, 2019
    Just an amazing dynamic though the six friends.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    Rachel being pregnant isn't as funny as they had hoped but the show is still hilarious overall.
  • Aug 01, 2019
    The show arguably peaked at this season. The two following seasons could not compare to the ones before it. This season brought good laughs and that's more than anybody can say for some other seasons.
  • Jun 26, 2019
    Essa com certeza é minha temporada favorita.

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