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The One With The Birth
Season 1, episode 23
23rd overall episode of Friends
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The three parents decide to name their baby Ben.
Episode Information
Airdate

May 11, 1995

Written by

David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Astrof

Directed by

James Burrows

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"The One With The Birth" is the twenty-third episode of the first season of Friends, which aired on NBC on May 11, 1995.

Plot

When Ross' ex-wife Carol is rushed to the hospital to have their baby, all the friends come along, but prove less than helpful. Rachel only has eyes for the unmarried obstetrician. Monica becomes despondent, believing she'll never have a child; Chandler attempts to comfort her and tells her that, if they're both still single when they're 40, they could have a child together. His good intentions backfire on him when Monica wants to know why he thinks she'll still be single when she's 40. When Joey has an argument with a single pregnant woman, he finds himself the only available birth coach. After Carol throws Ross and her lesbian life-partner Susan out for bickering, Phoebe manages, while lecturing the pair, to lock all three of them in a janitorial closet. While in there, Phoebe responds to Ross and Susan arguing in an unusual way—by telling them how great she thinks it is. She says that, when she was a kid she barely had enough pieces of parents to make one whole one, but this baby isn't even born yet and he has three people fighting over which one of them gets to love him the most, and it's just the luckiest baby in the world. When Phoebe later puts on a janitor's outfit with a nametag reading "Ben", it inspires Ross and Susan to propose Ben as the name for the baby.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courtney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting Cast

Jonathan Silverman - Dr. Franzblau
Jane Sibbett - Carol Willick
Jessica Hecht - Susan Bunch
Leah Remini - Lydia
June Gable - Nurse
Carlo Imperato - Roy
Jackie Bright - The Janitor

Crew

Directed By:
James Burrows

Written By:
David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss

Trivia

  • This is the first episode not to feature Central Perk and Monica and Rachel's apartment.
  • June Gable, who plays the nurse helping Joey's pregnant woman and Carol, also plays Estelle Leonard, Joey's talent agent. Although not shown in the TV episodes, Gable plays the part of Estelle first, in "The One With The Butt" (S1E6) (this can be seen in the uncut DVD episode).
    • This is the only episode for June Gable to play a part other than Estelle Leonard in the show.
  • When discussing names, Ross mentions 'the whole Jesse, Cody, Dylan fiasco.' One of the actors who would later play his son is Cole Sprouse, whose twin brother is named Dylan. Cole also played a main character named Cody on the successful Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck.
  • Chandler's proposed backup marriage to Monica may foreshadow their eventual, wholehearted engagement and then marriage in season 6.
  • In the scene where Monica sees one of the women going home with twins, she says that it's not fair that she gets two when Monica doesn't even have one. Chandler and Monica would adopt twins in Season 10.
  • Jonathan Silverman, who plays Dr. Franzblau, is one of the stars of the movie Weekend at Bernie's. In The One With The Embryo's, it is revealed that is Rachel's favourite movie.

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Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With The Ick Factor"
"The One With The Birth" Followed by
"The One Where Rachel Finds Out"

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