Unfortunately, Rachel's brave intention to announce her feelings is scuppered in the season opener "T.O.W. Ross' New Girlfriend". It doesn't matter how great her hair looks (a real-life accident when a friend cut it with a razor), or how many sneaky tricks she tries to separate them. Ultimately it takes a peculiar doppelganger to lure the new girl away in "T.O.W. Russ" (Schwimmer credited as "Snaro"). The Friends couldn't be happier to have the angst and tension relieved, and "T.O.W. Ross and Rachel ... You Know" is unsurprisingly an all-time fan favourite. This was straightforward compared to the other side of Ross' love life in "T.O.W. the Lesbian Wedding" though. Initiating another will-they/won't-they subplot was the introduction of Richard (Tom Selleck) as a new flame for Monica. Highlights for the other characters all centred on the Emmy-winning two-part "T.O. W. After the Super Bowl" with a stunning cameo list including Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Dan Castellaneta (Homer from The Simpsons
), Jean-Claude Van Damme and Julia Roberts (whom Perry subsequently dated a short while). Another great highlight was Chandler and Joey's ineptitude in "T.O.W the Baby on the Bus", which also featured Chrissie Hynde giving Phoebe's "Smelly Cat" its best ever rendition on guitar. To leave viewers hanging, the year ended with Rachel in understandable uncertainty over "T.O.W. Barry and Mindy's Wedding" (her ex-fiancé and ex-best friend). --Paul Tonks
Eight more episodes of the popular American sitcom: In 'The One Where Eddie Moves In', Joey and Chandler are pining for each other but won't admit it; 'The One Where Dr Ramory Dies' has Joey on the verge of being written out of his soap opera while Monica has her first row with Richard (Tom Selleck); 'The One Where Eddie Won't Go' features Chandler's struggle to remove his new flatmate so Joey can move back in; in 'The One Where Old Yeller Dies', Phoebe realises that she may well have been over-protected as a child and Richard bonds with Joey and Chandler at a baseball game; in 'The One with the Bullies', Chandler and Joey find themselves being bullied down at the Central Perk; in 'The One with the Two Parties', Rachel is surprised when her parents turn up at her birthday party; in 'The One with the Chicken Pox', Phoebe's chicken pox may ruin her chances with a new, hot date (Charlie Sheen); and finally in 'The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding', Rachel is bridesmaid at the wedding of her best friend and her ex-fiancé.