Friends: Season 3, Episode 25

The One at the Beach (15 May 1997)

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



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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

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


This is the second time that the idea of Chandler as Monica's boyfriend is toyed with. The first one was in the episode with Ben's birth. See more »


When Phoebe is crawling through the window, there appears to be nothing but black behind her. However, when she stands up inside the house, there appears to be plants outside behind her. See more »


Phoebe Abbott Sr.: You know this house is an unusual house, because there's three bedrooms, and no bath. But the ocean's right there.
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

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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

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