Friends: Season 3, Episode 6

The One with the Flashback (31 Oct. 1996)

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The friends remember the events three years earlier, when several of them almost slept together.

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After Janice asks about past relationships between the friends, we go back three years earlier. Phoebe and Monica live together, but Phoebe is moving out - without Monica knowing. Chandler is looking for a roommate, but his first choice, a photographer who works with models, is frightened away by Mr. Heckles, so Joey moves in instead. It turns out that living with Joey isn't that bad after all, and Monica fancies him, leading Joey to get naked in her apartment. Rachel is engaged to Barry, but she wants one last meaningless relationship, and Chandler is just the man she needs. Ross is happy his wife finally has a friend, until he finds out they are lesbians. Phoebe consoles him, and they almost sleep together. Written by Pruneau

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"The One With The Flashback" (episode #3.6), was partly the idea of the cast to see how audience responded to certain couplings, the main one of these being Rachel and Chandler. The audience didn't like seeing these two together, so they never were. See more »

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Throughout the earlier seasons little mention is made of Monica/Rachel/Ross and Chandler's relationships prior to the start of the series, this is clearly something added in later. For example in a flashback episode Rachel remembers meeting Chandler in a bar (which is now Central Perk) and she fantasizes about kissing him, however they should have recognized each other from all the Thanksgivings they spent together in the late 80's. In a later flashback we also see Chandler and Rachel kissing at a college party. Also in the Pilot episode Rachel obviously remembers Ross but there is no mention of her having met Chandler before. See more »

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Joey Tribbiani: Don't you want to ask me some questions?
Chandler Bing: What's up?
Joey Tribbiani: I'm an actor and don't worry, I'm totally okay with the whole gay thing.
Chandler Bing: What gay thing?
Joey Tribbiani: You know in general, the whole "people being gay," I'm totally cool with that.
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Spoofs The Last Picture Show (1971) See more »

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17 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A classic Friends episode.

Plot In A Paragraph: After Janice asks about past relationships between the friends, we go back three years earlier. Phoebe and Monica live together, but Phoebe has moved out (without Monica knowing). Chandler is looking for a roommate, it seems his choice is easy, a photographer who works with models, or Joey who is "ok with the whole gay thing". It turns out Monica fancies Joey, and urges Chandler to pick him. Rachel is engaged to Barry, but she wants one last meaningless relationship, and Chandler thinks he is just the man she needs. Ross is happy his wife finally has a friend, "Susan something from the gym" until he finds out they are lesbians.

I loved the scenes with Chandler comforting Monica and him bonding with Joey over 'Baywatch'


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