The gang go to the beach to learn more about Phoebe's family, where a jealous Rachel sabotages Ross and Bonnie's relationship.



(created by), (created by) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video





Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)


Phoebe finds out about an old friend of her parents, Phoebe Sr., so she decides to go and ask her about her father. All the friends go to the beach together looking for her, but Ross's girlfriend Bonnie can't come. While Phoebe is away, Rachel flirts with Ross, Chandler tries to convince Monica that he is boyfriend material and Joey wants to get everyone to play strip poker. They end up playing strip Happy Days game. Phoebe Sr. doesn't know where Phoebe's father is, but she reveals to her that she is her biological mother. Rachel convinces Bonnie to shave her head and tells Ross about her feelings. He has to choose between the two girls. Written by Pruneau

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

cliffhanger | bald girl | vacation | See All (3) »


Comedy | Romance


TV-PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 May 1997 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In all of Bonnie's scenes in which she has her head shaved, she is always shown wearing a towel around her neck. The towel hides her real hair, which otherwise would be visible coming out of the back of the latex bald cap she's wearing. See more »


When Phoebe goes to visit her mum for the first time, before she takes the photo off the fridge the cookie jar has its lid on. After she has taken the photo off the fridge, the lid has come off the cookie jar though there is no way Phoebe senior could have taken it off. See more »


Chandler Bing: Besides, worse comes to worse, I'll be your boyfriend.
Monica Geller: [laughs] Yeah, right.
Chandler Bing: [puzzled] Why is that so funny?
Monica Geller: [amused] You made a joke, right? So I laughed.
Chandler Bing: [nervous laugh, then totally serious] A little too hard. What, am I not boyfriend material?
Monica Geller: [still amused] No, your Chandler. You know, Chandler?
[punches Chandler on the arm]
Chandler Bing: [pretending to be joking] Okay, so we've established my name, and hit me.
[then serious]
Chandler Bing: But theoretically, you know, I mean, say we weren't friends, it's a blind date, I show...
See more »


Featured in Friends: The One with the Invitation (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The One at the Beach
4 July 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Phoebe goes with her friends to the beach house to meet old friend phoebe of her mother in hopes she will tell her where her father is. This leads to some great fun story. This Phoebe is a very special character and at the end she tells Phoebe an amazing secret

And it gets interesting between Rachel and Ross again. They have a conversation after Rachel convinces Bonnie to shave her head again. It is kind of sad to be reminded again that Friends are a shallow close minded, conservative crowd for whom a woman shaving her head is such a big deal. But the sad truth is that out of all of them Phoebe is the only one who didn't get brainwashed by the society. But this shallowness leads to something good. We get to hear a great dialogue between Ross and Rachel. And at the end we get a nice cliffhanger when Ross chooses whose room to go into and we don't know whose it is

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How do you think Phoebe and Monica met? whichinvisiblelion
Chandler n Monica jastrait78
Phoebe and evolution - S02-Ep03 Molon_Labe
Ross and the stripper tiffanypaige05
TOW Russ maxihadda-73173
What's the deal with Phoebe? deaththekid90
Discuss The One at the Beach (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page