The One With The Hypnosis Tape
Season 3, episode 18
66th overall episode of Friends
Chandler listens to the hypnosis tape.
Episode Information

March 13, 1997

Written by

Seth Kurland

Directed by

Robby Benson

Episode Guide

The One Without The Ski Trip


The One With The Tiny T-Shirt


"The One With The Hypnosis Tape" is the eighteenth episode of the third season of Friends, which aired on March 13, 1997.


Phoebe's brother Frank Jr. drops by and pays a surprise visit to his sister. Thrilled to see him, she asks him what's new, and he announces to her that he's getting married. Phoebe is excited about his fiancée, until she sees it's Alice, a woman who is 26 years Frank's senior. Notwithstanding this, Frank and Alice dig deeply into each other and want to have kids right away. Phoebe finds the whole thing sick and wants to talk sense to Frank, but doesn't as she doesn't want him to hate her. She ends up asking Joey and Ross to talk to him, but they end up best man and ring-bearer respectively. As she has to take matters into her own hands, Phoebe chooses to face Alice and tell her about her problem. Alice seems to understand and tries to talk to Frank, but their deep attraction prevents her from finishing her speech. Phoebe has no choice but to accept the marriage.

After freaking out about the only two guys she went out with in a whole year (Richard and Julio), Monica is asked out by a client at Moondance named Pete. Monica is not really interested in him until Chandler reveals to her that he's a computer engineer, creator of worldwide-used software Moss 865 and millionaire. Having a check worth $20,000 (Peter gave it to her at the diner) is no small thing to Monica but also a source of suspicion, so she faces Pete about the check thing to see if it's a ruse of his to get women to go out with him. Pete tears the check apart and reveals that he likes her and would really love to go out on a date with her. After she consents, he comes pick her at the apartment, and the two head for their first date - in Rome.

Rachel can't stand Chandler smoking anymore, Rachel hands him a hypnosis tape her friend used to play which helped her quit smoking. Chandler starts playing it every night and the results are successful, as he stops smoking. However, as the woman on the tape keeps repeating to him that he's a "strong, confident, woman", he starts turning into one. Joey notices how Chandler is becoming more and more effeminate until he wakes up one night and hears the tape. He overdubs the tape by recording himself in a message for Chandler to "make him a cheese sandwich every day" and buy him "hundreds of dollars worth of pants". Chandler wakes up.

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

Jon Favreau - Pete Becker
Giovanni Ribisi - Frank Buffay Jr.
Debra Jo Rupp - Alice Knight
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Jeff Brooks - Trent


Directed By:
Robby Benson

Written By:
Seth Kurland


  • It's in this episode that it's revealed that Gunther (as is the real-life actor James Michael Tyler) is a smoker.
  • The Magna-Doodle board hanging beside the door of Joey's apartment was introduced in this episode.
  • Frank Jr. is revealed to have a punctured lung in this episode, along with a criminal record.
  • When Frank Jr. is sitting down in front of the television set in Phoebe's apartment, before she comes in with Alice, he is watching an episode of Davey and Goliath; a stop motion Christian themed children's show, from the creator of Gumby.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of both Alice Knight-Buffay and Pete Becker.
  • Bill Clinton was mentioned in this episode, who was the president of the United States at the time this episode aired.


  • When Chandler shows to Monica the magazine where Pete hugs Bill Clinton, the page that Chandler holds changes between shots.
  • When Monica leaves the apartment and everyone is watching you can see the stage lights on the ceiling in shots from Pete's viewpoint.
  • When Monica replaces the lid for the pie tray back on the tray, it disappears in the next shot.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One Without The Ski Trip"
Series Three Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Tiny T-Shirt"