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The One at the Beach 

While at the beach, Phoebe meets a family friend with links to her past; Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him and must decide between her and Bonnie.

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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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At the end of the episode, when Chandler knocks on the front door the second time and Monica opens, he is on his knees and says his name is "Dorf". This is a reference to Dorf, a character by comedian Tim Conway. See more »

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When Joey wakes up all covered in sand, his right "breast" has a big crack. But in the next shot, the crack has gone. See more »

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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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A fun end to series 3
31 May 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is a fun way to end the third series of the show, with the door being left open for a Ross and Rachel reunion.

The Pheobe story line though important for the character overall isn't that funny, despite Lisa Kudrow giving her all as always.

I liked the Monica and Chandler scenes too, and it's interesting to look back at this episode knowing what happens with these characters later on.

I wouldn't say that this is the best episode of the show ever, but it is an improvement on a couple towards the end of series 3 and was enjoyable.


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