Friends: Season 3, Episode 3

The One with the Jam (3 Oct. 1996)

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Monica makes tons of jam to take control of her life and to get over Richard. Monica abandons the jam plan and decides to have a baby instead. Phoebe is dating a guy who used to be obsessed... See full summary »



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Monica makes tons of jam to take control of her life and to get over Richard. Monica abandons the jam plan and decides to have a baby instead. Phoebe is dating a guy who used to be obsessed with her sister and now has a restraining order to keep away from Ursula. Monica doesn't want a child from a sperm donor after all because she wants a family not just a child. Written by Anonymous

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3 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) arm is in a protective sling. In real life, LeBlanc had dislocated his shoulder on set attempting a sight gag. At the beginning of this episode, Chandler overhears Joey bouncing on his bed and falling off. This was written into the story line to explain why the character would be wearing a sling. See more »


David Arquette plays Malcolm, a guy stalking Ursula. In one scene he's talking to Phoebe at the subway but his lips aren't moving. See more »


Monica Geller: I'm sick and tired of being depressed about Richard. I needed a plan. A plan to get over my man! And what's the opposite of man? Jam!
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References Mad About You (1992) See more »

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The One with the Jam
23 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The best part of this episode is when Ross and Rachel give Chandler advice on how to act in the relationship. Especially when he asks how to deal with Janice wanting to cuddle and Rachel says that they are cuddly sleepers. But right after she leaves Ross has some advice for Chandler. Only it doesn't work out and the scene of him trying to roll Janice away is great

The story with Ursula's stalker is less fun. Good work by Lisa Kudrow, but I didn't like David Arquette's character. And this not because he acted badly, but because there wasn't much for him to do with it.

Joey eating Monica's jam all the time caused some funny moments. And also the first scene where he hurts his hand by jumping on the bed

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