Friends: Season 10, Episode 9

The One with the Birth Mother (8 Jan. 2004)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance
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After Rachel confirms Joey is more mature in relationships, Phoebe presents him to another friend as date, Sarah, who fails alas to respect his primordial rule by touching food in his plate... See full summary »



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Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Adoption Agency Worker
Jorge Luis Abreu ...


After Rachel confirms Joey is more mature in relationships, Phoebe presents him to another friend as date, Sarah, who fails alas to respect his primordial rule by touching food in his plate. Ross wants fashion advice for his date, so Rachel and Phoebe take him shopping, but after he left the choosing to professional buyer Rachel he accidentally ends up wearing her stuff, despite Joey's 'jealous' warning. Monica let the gang get her hopes up when Chandler and she fly to on adoption agency in Ohio. The pregnant mother, Erica, likes them- but only because their files got mixed up with a doctor and a female minister; Monica throws everything at playing the reverend part, but Chandler tells the truth, so Erica calls it off; Monica's pressing on only makes it worse, but Chandler explains privately... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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The city skyline used in the establishing shot when Monica and Chandler arrive in Ohio is Cincinnati. See more »


When Rachel and Ross mix-up their bags after shopping, Ross mistakenly wears Rachel's shirt, thinking it is one that she picked out for him. However, it fits him perfectly and is obviously not in Rachel's size. See more »


Joey: [seeing he and Ross are wearing the same shirt] Stupid Gap on every corner!
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Spoofs The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


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Written by Marius Constant
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Proof that it never went downhill
27 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If the fact that they managed three strong story-lines interlinking doesn't impress you, then the smart jokes, great writing and - last but by no means least - Chandler's speech most certainly will. Never before or after has a sitcom brought me so close to tears.

Despite Monica and Phoebe being quite annoying during the episode, the rest of the cast played their parts perfectly, including those outside the group of six. Though Rachel's part was the definitely smallest, she pulled off her part beautifully. The introduction of new character was a nice touch as it was apparent from the end of the episode that Erika would be with the group for a few more episodes. In conclusion, this was a great episode and the makers should be proud of it, despite what people say about "Friends" going downhill towards the end.

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