Ross goes to visit Marcel whilst on a trip to California and discovers he is working in commercials. Joey receives a fan letter from an attractive but unstable woman. Phoebe is asked to sing for children at a library.
Joey buys two armchairs and a big screen TV and they never want to get up from the armchairs again. Ross and Rachel have their first official date and sleep together at Ross's museum. Monica is dating a friend of her parents who is 21 years older than her.
Phoebe talks Rachel into getting a tattoo despite, or rather because of, Ross's disapproval. At dad Jack Geller's birthday party, Dr. Richard Burke has some trouble hearing comments about his unspecified date, Monica more hearing about hers and the worst when she's accidentally in the bathroom while her parents get intimate. After a tiny row about using each-others stuff, even soap, Joey considers moving out of Chandler's apartment to live alone for the first time now he has a good contract and another actor moves to an even posher one.
Joey shows the friends his new apartment. Chandler and Joey miss each other and watch Baywatch in their apartments while talking on the phone together. Phoebe gets a chance to record "Smelly Cat" but can't cope with the background singers. Ross is driving Monica crazy because he is so much at Monica's and Rachel's place Monica feels like 16 again living with her brother. Chandler finds a new roommate called Eddie. Chandler is shocked to find that Eddie doesn't like foosball nor Baywatch...
Chandler finds out Eddy is not only much less fun then Joey, but positively crazy and frighteningly suspicious and inconsistent. Ross is stressing out to learn Rachel has 'animal sex' with Paolo; Richard and Monica are uncomfortable to learn she is only his second lover, he the last in a long row; there's a logistical dilemma for both couples' make up-sex. After Joey told a TV digest he 'rewrites some of his dialogs', an insulted scenarist writes his character Dr. Drake Ramoray to fall to his death, ending his DOOL-career.
Phoebe's world view is shattered when she learns how Old Yeller really ends. Monica becomes jealous when Richard starts hanging out with Chandler and Joey. Rachel panics when she learns that Ross has planned their whole life together.
Chandler and Ross run into two bullies at Central Perk. Monica tries her luck at the stock market to avoid taking a job at a tacky 1950s themed diner. Phoebe drives upstate for a second time to meet her father.