The One With Five Steaks and an Eggplant: Chandler gets calls from an intriguing woman (Jade) looking for someone named Bob. On the phone, he pretends to be Bob and arranges to meet her, so he can console her when “Bob” stands her up. Their relationship seems to be going very well, until she calls “Bob” back and complains of Chandler’s sexual inadequacies. Chandler plans a big birthday hoopla for Ross, but the expense involved touches a nerve with Phoebe, Joey, and Rachel, who don’t make as much money as the others. Monica, Chandler, and Ross celebrate his birthday by attending Hootie and the Blowfish in concert; they end up partying backstage afterwards with the band. Monica gets a new position as Head Lunch Chef, also in charge of purchasing, who has her own little desk (when Roland’s not there), and a beeper. However, she is soon fired for accepting a gift from the restaurant’s new meat supplier.
The One With The List: Chandler gets a new computer. Ross is depressed about having to chose between Julie and Rachel. Chandler suggests they make a list of pros and cons, which somehow never makes it past the cons. Ross choses Rachel, but then she finds the list and decides she doesn’t want to be with Ross anymore. Monica’s finds a new job creating Thanksgiving recipes for Mockolate, a synthetic chocolate substitute.
The One With Russ: Joey gets bad reviews for his latest play and decides to quit show business… until his agent gets him an audition for a soap opera. He finds out, however, that he’d have to sleep with the casting director to get the part. Monica starts dating Fun Bobby again; she notices he seems to have a drinking problem. She confronts him and he decides to quit, after which Monica notices he’s no longer any fun. Rachel dates Russ, who bears a striking resemblence to Ross.
The One With The Prom Video: Joey, now earning money, gives Chandler an expensive (and gaudy) gold bracelet. Joey is hurt when he finds out Chandler doesn’t like it. Monica has a job interview with a restaurant manager who has a salad fetish. Rachel’s starting to date again, which prompts Ross to interfere… until she makes it clear that they are never going to get together. Phoebe shares her “lobster” theory. Jack and Judy Geller come by to drop off some of Monica’s things; they’re turning her room into a gym. Monica tells them about losing her job, but she just can’t get the courage to ask them for money. Amongst Monica’s items from home is a video of herself and Rachel preparing for their Senior Prom. Rachel’s pre-surgery nose, Monica’s large stature, and Ross’ “Mr. Kotter” look are featured. In the video, Rachel’s date doesn’t show up and she’s distraught about having to miss her own Prom. Ross prepares to take her, but just before this is revealed, Rachel’s date shows up. Rachel, watching the video for the first time, is so moved by Ross’ compassion for her that she forgives him for “the list” and kisses him passionately. Monica discovers some unexpected footage of her parents at the end of the video tape.
The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies: Chandler’s roommate, Eddie, begins to show signs of instability: He’s obsessed with his ex-girlfriend; he accuses Chandler of sleeping with her, and of killing his fish. Richard wonders how many men Monica’s been with, after Phoebe announces that it’s been “a lot.” This leads Ross and Rachel to a similar discussion. Monica has Richard sleep over on the same night that Rachel has Ross sleep over. Unfortunately, there’s only one condom in the apartment. Joey’s claim in Soap Opera Digest that he writes a lot of his own lines angers the show’s writer, who decides to have Dr. Ramoray fall down an elevator shaft.
The One With The Bullies: Monica notices a stock with her initials (MEG), and decides to try to make a living on the stock market rather than take a demeaning job at a 50’s theme diner. She doesn’t do so well. Phoebe decides it’s time to meet her father, but accidentally runs over his dog. After getting it back from the vet, she delivers it home, only to find that Frank Buffay hasn’t been there for four years. However, she discovers she has a half-brother, Frank Junior. Ross and Chandler get intimidated out of their seats, a hat, and the coffee shop, by a couple of bullies. As they’re about to have a final showdown, someone steals from all of them, so Ross, Chandler, and the bullies band together to kick butt.
The One With Two Parties: Rachel’s surprise birthday party is split in two to keep her divorcing parents from running into each other. Monica makes flan instead of cake. Phoebe smuggles guests out of Monica’s boring party and into Chandler and Joey’s raging celebration.