Friends: Season 1, Episode 23

The One with the Birth (11 May 1995)

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As Carol goes into labor; Ross and Susan argue, Rachel flirts with Carol's doctor, and Joey assists a pregnant single mother.



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When Ross' ex wife Carol is rushed to the hospital to have their baby, all the friends come along, but prove less then helpful. Rachel only has eyes for the unmarried obstetrician; Chandler and Monica worry if time is passing by for them to find partners and become parents. When Joey has an argument with a single pregnant woman, he finds himself the only available birth coach. After Carol throws Ross and her lesbian life-partner Susan out for bickering, Phoebe manages, while lecturing the pair, to lock all three of them in a janitorial closet. Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


When Joey is talking to Lydia's mother on the phone he tells her he is 25 years old. In the episode before this one, "The One with the Ick Factor" Monica states that she is 26 years old. Later on in season 7, it is stated that Joey is 31 years old which is the same year Rachel turns 30. Rachel and Monica are the same age which makes Joey older than both of them - which makes the fact that Joey tells Lydia's mom that he's 25, a mistake. See more »


The woman who plays Joey's agent also played the nurse in the hospital when Ben was born. See more »


Monica: Seriously! Hypothetically, why won't I have a baby by the time I'm 40?
Chandler: Oh dear God... This parachute is a backpack!
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And They Found Their Bodies the Very Next Day
Performed by Lisa Kudrow
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The Baby Is Born
28 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very mediocre episode as season one is heading towards its end.

Plot In A Paragraph: Carol has gone in to labour with Ross's baby, so all the gang (why??) rush to the hospital. As tensions run high between Ross and Susan, Joey befriends a soon to be single mother, Rachel flirts with a cute doctor and Monica freaks out at not having any kids yet.

Why would all of the friends go to the hospital when she is in labour?? (other than for obvious plot reasons of having the friends in one place) I found the whole Ross and Susan story annoying and frustrating. The Joey storyline was sweet And Chandler gives the first indication that he may have a thing for Monica when he suggest they make a pact and get together and have a kid at a certain age.

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