Four more episodes from the popular US sitcom. In 'The One with the Jellyfish', Ross and Rachel have some work to do if they are to get back together, while Phoebe finds her real mum (played by Teri Garr). In 'The One with the Cat', Joey and Chandler exchange their entertainment centre for a canoe while Phoebe thinks that the soul of her adopted mother is alive in a cat she has found. In 'The One with the Cuffs', Chandler gets himself into a situation with Rachel's boss who handcuffs him, naked, to a chair in her office. Finally, in 'The One with the Ballroom Dancing', the girls receive an eviction notice when Joey offends the block's superintendent. This means Joey has to do some ballroom dancing to make amends.
The New Year begins by telling the fans in no uncertain terms that it's over for Ross and Rachel. There are a few episodes of pure silliness--such as "T.O.W. Chandler in a Box" after he kisses Joey's girlfriend--then two distinct story arcs take over. Usually when an actress falls pregnant, a show will hide them behind objects or in bigger clothes. For Kudrow it was decided to celebrate the fact on-screen by having her carry a child for her brother Frank (Giovanni Ribsi) and his wife. Being Phoebe, it naturally gets weird when "T.O.W. The Embryos" reveals she'll be having triplets. The hilarity resulted in an Emmy for her hard work. Subplot number two came with the arrival of British babe Emily (Helen Baxendale), who rapidly steals Ross's heart. The same episode ("T.O.W. Joey's Dirty Day") also features an amazing cameo from Charlton Heston giving Joey acting tips. But this couldn't have prepared fans for the stars and shocks of the gang's trip to London in the two-part finale "T.O.W Ross' Wedding". Somehow squeezed into the budget were: Richard Branson, Tom Conti, Sarah Ferguson, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Saunders and June Whitfield. At the climax of what should have been the perfect wedding, the year ends by telling the fans in no uncertain terms that it'll never be over for Ross and Rachel. --Paul Tonks