The BEST episodes of Friends season 3

Every episode of Friends season 3, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Friends season 3!

Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay are six 20 something year-olds, living off one another in the heart of New York City. Over the course of ten years, this average group of buddies goes through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend.

Last Updated: 4/11/2023Network:NBC
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The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy
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7.85
3529 votes

#1 - The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/16/1996

Monica suffers from insomnia and depression following her breakup with Richard. Joey struggles to accept Chandler and Janice's relationship. Ross confides in Rachel about one of his fantasies.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
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The One with the Flashback
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7.84
3347 votes

#2 - The One with the Flashback

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/31/1996

When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to three years earlier.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
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The One with the Morning After (2)
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7.84
3269 votes

#3 - The One with the Morning After (2)

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/20/1997

Ross is guilt-ridden and tries to prevent Rachel from learning about what he did. When she finds out anyway, they have a fight. The other four friends are trapped in Monica's bedroom, forced to listen in.

Directors: James Burrows
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The One at the Beach
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7.81
3069 votes

#4 - The One at the Beach

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/15/1997

The gang goes to the beach and Phoebe meets a family friend with links to her past. Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him and must choose between her and Bonnie.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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The One Where No One's Ready
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7.81
3330 votes

#5 - The One Where No One's Ready

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/1996

A stressed Ross desperately and insistently tries to get the rest of the gang ready for a black tie event at the museum, while Joey and Chandler clash over personal belongings and personal space.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
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The One with the Chick and the Duck
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7.80
3103 votes

#6 - The One with the Chick and the Duck

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/17/1997

Monica considers a dream job in Pete's new restaurant. Joey buys Chandler an unusual pet. Ross makes a sacrifice for Rachel.

Directors: Michael Lembeck
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The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break (1)
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7.77
3107 votes

#7 - The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break (1)

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/13/1997

Ross seeks solace at a party after a bitter fight with Rachel. Phoebe dates a diplomat who needs an interpreter to communicate with her.

Directors: James Burrows
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The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister
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7.71
3084 votes

#8 - The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/9/1997

Ross is suspicious about Rachel's possible job offer from a good-looking stranger. And a drunken Chandler fools around with one of Joey's sisters, but can't remember which one.

Directors: Terry Hughes
Writer: Alexa Junge
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The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends
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7.71
3033 votes

#9 - The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/30/1997

Monica's willpower is tested when she runs into Richard. Joey agrees to read Little Women while Rachel agrees to read The Shining. Phoebe's athletic date has a problem with his shorts.

Directors: Robby Benson
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The One with the Hypnosis Tape
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7.67
3169 votes

#10 - The One with the Hypnosis Tape

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/13/1997

Monica agrees to a date with one of her restaurant customers. Phoebe's half-brother visits and announces he is getting married. Chandler uses a hypnosis tape to quit smoking, with surprising results.

Directors: Robby Benson
Writer: Seth Kurland
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The One with the Tiny T-Shirt
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7.65
3062 votes

#11 - The One with the Tiny T-Shirt

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/27/1997

Rachel goes on her first date after splitting from Ross. Joey develops a crush on his costar. Monica continues to date Pete, even though she is still not attracted to him.

Directors: Terry Hughes
Writer: Adam Chase
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The One with the Football
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7.64
3100 votes

#12 - The One with the Football

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/21/1996

Old sibling rivalry between Monica and Ross resurfaces and postpones Thanksgiving dinner when the gang decide to play a game of "touch" football.

Directors: Kevin S. Bright
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The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel
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7.63
3221 votes

#13 - The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/10/1996

Chandler tries to get over his fear of commitment. Phoebe poses as Joey's agent after she forgets to tell him about an audition. Ross panics after seeing Ben play with a Barbie doll and tries to convince him to play with more manly toys.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writer: Alexa Junge
Watch Now:iTunes
The One with the Giant Poking Device
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7.63
3167 votes

#14 - The One with the Giant Poking Device

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/14/1996

Chandler is devastated after Joey tells him he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Monica accidentally bumps Ben's head. Phoebe is paranoid about going to the dentist.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writer: Adam Chase
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The One Where Rachel Quits
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7.62
3034 votes

#15 - The One Where Rachel Quits

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/12/1996

Rachel makes a rash decision after Gunther tells her she needs to be retrained. Phoebe tries to help Joey when he gets a job selling Christmas trees. And Ross accidentally breaks a girl's leg and tries to make it up to her.

Directors: Terry Hughes
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The One with All the Jealousy
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7.62
3065 votes

#16 - The One with All the Jealousy

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/16/1997

Ross becomes jealous of Mark. After Joey lies on his resume, he is forced to teach a dance to a Broadway cast. Monica dates a busboy who hates Americans.

Directors: Robby Benson
Writer: Doty Abrams
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The One with the Jam
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7.61
3502 votes

#17 - The One with the Jam

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/1996

Phoebe dates a man who thinks she is her twin sister. Monica uses her free time to make jam in an effort to get over Richard and considers insemination through a sperm bank.

Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writer: Wil Calhoun
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The One with Frank Jr.
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7.61
3158 votes

#18 - The One with Frank Jr.

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/17/1996

Phoebe's half-brother visits, but they have trouble bonding. Joey attempts to build an entertainment center. Ross is challenged to name the five celebrities he'd like to sleep with most.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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The One Without the Ski Trip
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7.59
3069 votes

#19 - The One Without the Ski Trip

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/6/1997

Ross and Rachel compete to spend time with their friends following their break-up.

Directors: Sam Simon
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The One with the Race Car Bed
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7.58
3317 votes

#20 - The One with the Race Car Bed

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/7/1996

Monica buys a new bed from Janice's soon-to-be-ex-husband, but the wrong one is delivered. Rachel's attempts to have her father and Ross bond. Joey gets a job teaching a soap opera acting class.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writer: Seth Kurland
Watch Now:iTunes
The One with the Screamer
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7.58
2841 votes

#21 - The One with the Screamer

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/24/1997

At the premiere of Joey's big play; Ross concludes that Rachel's date is insane. Joey gets upset when Kate is offered a job in Los Angeles. Phoebe is placed on hold by her phone company.

Directors: Peter Bonerz
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The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner
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7.57
3025 votes

#22 - The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/6/1997

Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner. Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg. Rachel's new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross.

Directors: Robby Benson
Writer: Wil Calhoun
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The One with Ross's Thing
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7.54
2979 votes

#23 - The One with Ross's Thing

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/1/1997

Afflicted with a mysterious skin condition, Ross seeks medical help. Phoebe can't decide between two guys. Monica can't decide what to do about Pete when she thinks he is going to propose.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
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The One with the Dollhouse
star
7.49
3114 votes

#24 - The One with the Dollhouse

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/10/1997

Rachel regrets setting up Chandler with her boss, Joanna. Monica's aunt dies and leaves her an antique dollhouse.

Directors: Terry Hughes
Writer: Wil Calhoun
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The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion
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7.49
2897 votes

#25 - The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/8/1997

Pete wants to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion, but Monica struggles to support him. Chandler has a problem with his new boss. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date.

Directors: Robby Benson
Watch Now:iTunes

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