The One With The Invitation
Season 4, episode 21
94th overall episode of Friends
Rachel decides not to go to Ross' wedding.
Episode Information

April 23, 1998

Written by

Seth Kurland

Directed by

Peter Bonerz

Episode Guide

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"The One With The Invitation" is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of Friends, which aired on April 23, 1998. This is a clip show.


Ross and Emily are mailing out wedding invitations. Emily is surprised that Ross is planning to invite Rachel given their past relationship. This causes him to reminisce about their relationship and break-up, and still chooses to invite her despite their history. Everybody gets an invitation, but Phoebe can not travel to London due to her pregnancy. After Rachel reminisces about her past relationship with Ross, she decides to not go to the wedding. Although she claims she's staying to look after Phoebe, in reality she can't watch Ross get married to another woman.


Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

Helen Baxendale - Emily Waltham


Directed By:
Peter Bonerz

Written By:
Seth Kurland



  • This is the first clip show on Friends.
  • During a flashback when Ross and Rachel are in bed and they had gotten back together after their break, Ross screams out "We were on a break!" and we see him screaming this in the bedroom. In the actual episode, we only hear his voice screaming the words, while the audience sees the main room of Monica's apartment.
  • A close-up of Rachel's invitation shows that Ross made it out to "Rachel Greene". Ross should have known that her last name doesn't have the final "e" and is spelled "Green".
  • Ross' memories about Rachel happen out of order. The incident with Paolo's cat happened after the night Ross and Rachel did laundry together, but is shown beforehand in the sequence.
  • In the uncut DVD version, there's an extra scene after the intro where Emily is able to put Ben down for a nap, whereas it usually takes Ross 2 hours to put Ben down.
  • The address on Rachel's invitation reveals the address of the apartment building to be 495 Grove Street.


  • When Phoebe says that Ben addressed her invitation, her envelope has several lines of writing on it. However in a later shot it only has one line of writing on it.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With All The Wedding Dresses"
Series Four Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Worst Best Man Ever"