Four episodes from the fourth series of the popular American sitcom. In 'The One with Rachel's Crush', Rachel tries to get one of her clients to ask her out. 'The One with Joey's Dirty Day' sees Joey caught in a compromising situation on the first day of his new movie - by none other than Charlton Heston! In 'The One with All the Rugby', Chandler is forced to lie to get rid of annoying former girlfriend Janice, while Ross tries to impress Emily by playing rugby. 'The One with the Fake Party' sees Rachel inadvertently ruining Ross's romantic weekend with his new girlfriend (Helen Baxendale).
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