Central Perk, it's the same scene from the end of last week's show. Phoebe and Rachel are sitting on the couch as Ross enters.
RachelHey, so, uh, did everything go ok with the annulment?
RossOh, yeah, no problems. It's all taken care of.
RachelRoss, thank you. Hey, you guys wanna go see a movie?
RossOh yeah, why not?
RachelOk, umm, I'm gonna get my sweater. (Walks away.)
RossOk. (Sits down next to Phoebe.) You wanna, you wanna hear something weird?
RossI didn't get the annulment.
RossWe're still married! Don't tell Rachel. See you later. (He gets up leaving Phoebe in shock.)
[Cut to outside Central Perk.]
Ross(To Rachel) Hey, do you have any gum?
Phoebe(running out) Wait! Wait! Hi! Listen, Ross, can I just talk to you for just a second?
RachelOh, but Phoebe, we're gonna be late for the movie.
(A cab pulls up.)
PhoebeOh, there's a cab! Taxi! (The cab stops and she opens the door.) Good timing, my God, huh? There you go. (Pushes Rachel in and closes the door.)
RachelWe're, we're actually just gonna walk 'cause it's right up there at the Angelica.
PhoebeOh, the Angelica! Go! Go! (She bangs on the cab's roof and it pulls away.) (To Ross) You didn't get the annulment?!
RossWell, I tried! But when I got to my lawyer's office all I could hear was, (in a high voice) "Three divorces. Three divorces!" Yes, in that high voice! Look, I just don't want my tombstone to read, Ross Gellar, Three Divorces.
PhoebeDon't be worried about that! Your tombstone can say whatever you want it to say! It could say, Ross Geller, Good at Marriage! You know? Mine's gonna say Phoebe Buffay, Buried Alive.
RossLook, all I know is I-I can't have another failed marriage!
PhoebeSo ok what? You're gonna be married to a girl who doesn't even know about it?! Oh, woman! Sorry!
RossWell, ok, so, I don't have it all worked out quite yet. Just don't, don't say anything to Rachel, please?
PhoebeRachel is one of my closest friends. (Pause) Although, being the only one that knows about this does make me feel special. Ok!
(Rachel's cab backs up.)
Rachel(to the driver) Ok, stop-stop! Phoebe?!
RachelWhat was that?!
PhoebeSorry, mix-up. Hey, how was the movie?
RachelI haven't seen it yet!
PhoebeWell, then you'd better hurry! The Angelica! Go! Go! (Bangs on the roof again and off they go.)
(In case you're wondering, and I know you are. Their names are all back to normal. Just in a slightly smaller font than usual to allow Courteney Cox Arquette to fit on one line and not be smaller than the rest of their names. Now, on with the show...)
Monica and Rachel's, Chandler and Monica are cuddling on the couch.
ChandlerYou know when we move in together, can I get a gumball machine?
MonicaOf course! Joey wouldn't let you have one?
ChandlerNo. When it comes to sweets, he's surprisingly strict.
MonicaHey, have you figured out a way to tell him you're moving out?
ChandlerNo, no, I keep trying, you know what, I can get out, "Joey, I have to..." but then I lose my nerve and I always finish with, "...go to the bathroom." He may think I'm sick.
MonicaYou know, I really have to tell Rachel, but I... We just have to get it over with! You know what, the next time we see them we're just gonna tell them. Ok? That's it.
ChandlerOh, so that's how this is gonna work now? You're just gonna order me around all the time?
Joey(entering) Hey Monica!
Joey(To Chandler) Hey man, you feeling better? (Chandler answers him with some guttural sounds that only he can make and that no human can transcribe.) Yeah, I'm all right.
MonicaUm, Joey, we have something to tell you.
JoeyOh my God! You're pregnant!
ChandlerNo-o-o! (To Monica) No? (She nods no.) No-o-o! Look Joey, here's the thing, um, Monica and I decided to live together, here. So, I'm gonna be moving out man.
JoeyWow! (Tearing up) Well, uh... Hey! I'm really happy for you guys! Congratulations! (Kisses Monica on the cheek) See you later. (Starts for the door on the verge of tears as Monica stops him.)
MonicaWait! Joey! Joey! Are you ok?!
JoeyYeah, I gotta go! I've got an acting job. (Turns towards the door, pauses, and turns back.) Like you'd believe that. This sucks!
ChandlerLook, I'm-I'm just gonna be right across the hall and I promise you, the minute Monica and I break up I'm moving right back in with you!
Monica(turns around) Maybe that's now.
Joey(To Monica) Ok! Look-look-look, uh, if you're gonna be moving in with him I feel, that it's my responsibility to tell you the truth, about him! Ok? He's a terrible roommate! Terrible! He uh, forgets to umm... he umm.. he uh always, he always umm.. Oh, who am I kidding! He's the best roommate ever! (Hugs Chandler.)
Central Perk, Phoebe is on the couch reading a magazine as Ross enters.
PhoebeHey. Oh, look, here's an article about people who marry people and don't tell them.
PhoebeYeah, I'm reading Ross Geller Magazine.
Monica(enters) Hey Pheebs!
MonicaHey, have you seen Rachel?
MonicaI have some pretty exciting news!
Phoebe(gasps) You're pregnant!
MonicaNo! Chandler and I are moving in together!
PhoebeOoh! That's good! Wow! But now if you were pregnant, what would you name it? Hint: Phoebe.
(Ross returns from getting some coffee.)
MonicaWell umm, Chandler and I are moving in together.
RossOh my God. Ohh, my little sister and my best friend...shacking up. Oh, that's great. That's great. Come here. (Kisses and hugs her.)
PhoebeGuys, I'm happy too.
MonicaOk, come here! (Phoebe joins them in the hug.)
PhoebeWow! Big day huh? People moving in, people getting annulled... (Winks at Ross.)
MonicaAnyway, I gotta go find Rachel but umm, if you guys see her would you please try to give her some really bad news so that mine doesn't seem so bad? (Exits.)
PhoebeHmm, something bad to tell Rachel... Bad news for Rachel, what could that be?!
RossCan you just, can you just lay off, please? All right? My life is an embarrassment! I should just go live under somebody's stairs!
PhoebeRoss, it's not that big a deal! So you'll been divorced three times, you'll still have a life, you'll go on dates...
Ross(interrupting) No! No, I won't! I'll be at the bottom of the dating barrel now. The only guys below me will be Four Divorce Guy uh, Murderer Guy, and-and, Geologists.
PhoebeRoss, you're being ridiculous! Ok? You are cute and smart and sweet and that is much more important than three stupid divorces!
RossOh yeah? Have you ever dated anyone who has been divorced three times?
PhoebeThat's not really fair. You know? Most guys who have been divorced three times are like 60. (at Ross's glare) You're young!
RossThat's true. I am young.
Phoebe(snickers) Well... Ross, nobody cares about this except you! You- This embarrassment thing is all in your head! Here, I'll show you! Come here.
(She grabs his arm and drags him over to a table where three beautiful women are sitting. Now, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that their names are Stephanie, Karin, and Meg. Ok, so I looked at the credits. Of course, only Meg is named later on, so I'll have to guess who is Stephanie and who is Karin. But, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.)
Phoebe(to the girls) Hi! Hi! Listen, my friend Ross is about to be divorced for the third time, but wouldn't you date him?
RossAnd if you wait right here, I'll go get Ross. (Phoebe grabs his arm and prevents him from escaping.)
Monica and Rachel's, Monica is pacing anxiously waiting for Rachel.
MonicaUgh, I thought you were Rachel!
Chandler(looking down) What gave me away?
MonicaI just gotta tell her, I have to get it over with. I've told Ross and Phoebe and she's the only one left!
ChandlerOk, that's it, so everybody knows! It's official, we're moving in together. No turning back. Are ya scared? Are ya?
ChandlerWow that was my scariest voice! You're very brave.
(They hug as Rachel enters.)
RachelUgh, the worst day! You know, you think you're finally making progress at work and then your boss calls you Raquel.
ChandlerHey listen, for the first four years of my work everybody called me Sha-la-lap. (Awkward silence ensues.) Seriously.
RachelI believe you. So, it was right in the middle of a staff meeting so of course no one else wants to correct her so everyone else is calling me Raquel! By the end of the day, the mailroom guys were calling me Rocky!
ChandlerWell, I-I still think you're very-very nice and very pretty...
Chandler(To Monica) All yours babe. (Walks away.)
MonicaRachel, come here, sweetie. Have a seat. (They sit at the table.) Ok, listen, umm, Chandler and I, are going to live together, here.
RachelOh my God! That's so great! Um, I'm so happy for you guys!
RachelOh, and that was so sweet of you to ask! Oh my God, the three of us are gonna have such a good time moving together!
MonicaYes, we are. (Chandler is frantically trying to get Monica to correct her.)
RachelAw, and Chandler, you're gonna have to watch those long showers you take in the morning 'cause you know Raquel can't be late.
MonicaYeah, he is gonna work on that.
RachelOhh. Ohh! This is so exciting! Oh Wow... (Gasps and starts to sing) Come and knock on our door...
Monica(singing) We'll be waiting for you...
(I'll finish that one for those of you who don't know what they're talking about. Where the towels are Hers and Hers and His, Three's Company too! Yeah, that's the theme song for Three's Company.)
Central Perk, Phoebe is hosting an impromptu roundtable discussion with Stephanie, Karin, and Meg about Ross's three divorces.
RossSee? once you know the stories, it's not that bad. First marriage, wife's hidden sexuality, not my fault. Second marriage, said the wrong name at the altar, a little my fault. Third marriage, well, they really shouldn't allow you to get married when you're that drunk and have writing all over your face, Nevada's fault.
PhoebeOk, so what do you think, ladies? Who wouldn't be interested? Who wouldn't wanna date him?
StephanieWell the divorces don't bother me, I'd date him. But, not while he's still married.
PhoebeOk, what about you? (Points to Karin) Wouldn't you wanna date?
KarinActually, I'm not dating at all anymore. See, I figured out that I was only dating guys that were like you know bad for me, so I decided that until I can work that out...
Phoebe(interrupting) Whatever! What about you, Meg?
MegWell, I don't care about the divorces either, but, I wouldn't date him.
PhoebeNormally, he doesn't sweat this much.
MegIt's just that he's obviously still in love with this Rachel girl.
Phoebe(leaning to him) She said, "He's obviously still in love with..." (He glares at her.)
RossThis is crazy! I mean, yes-yes Rachel is my good friend and I-I have loved her in the past, but now, she is just my wife! Phoebe, will you-will you help me out here?
PhoebeWell, I thought you loved her when you-when you married her.
RossWe were drunk! I would've married uh, Joey with that amount of alcohol!
PhoebeHey! You could do a lot worse than Joey Tribbiani!
Ross(to the panel) Look, I'm sorry, but you guys are wrong. I just don't wanna be divorced three times.
PhoebeYes, and now he's using this three divorces reason because he wants to stay married to her because he loves her. (gasps) I must say, "Well done!" Bravo Meg.
Ross(getting up) Ok! Fine! Fine! If-if this is what you think, forget about the whole three divorce thing! Ok, I-I'll go to my lawyer's office right now and get this marriage annulled! Ok?! 'Cause-well she means nothing, to me! Noth- (leans down to Meg's ear) Nothing!
MegOk now I wouldn't date you because you seem a little creepy.
KarinI am so attracted to him right now.
Monica and Rachel's, Chandler and Monica are still debating about how to tell Rachel that Chandler's moving in and she's moving out.
ChandlerOk, when are we gonna tell Rachel what actually is going to happen?
MonicaSoon! I-I just couldn't before. You saw how upset Joey got! I couldn't do that to her, she's my best friend!
ChandlerWell, Joey's my best friend.
MonicaI'm not your best friend?
ChandlerYou just said... Of course you're my best friend. Would you please tell Rachel though?
MonicaAll right, all right, at least I'm prepared.
ChandlerOk. (She grabs a tin of freshly baked cookies) Oh yes. (He reaches for one.)
Monica(slapping his hand) Hey!
MonicaThese aren't for you! Are you upset?
ChandlerI am now!
Rachel(entering) Hey roomie!
ChandlerOk, bye! (Exits.)
MonicaRach, there's something uh, important I have to tell you.
Rachel(gasps) Are you pregnant?!
MonicaNo! But, I'm throwing this shirt away! I think there was a little misunderstanding before.
MonicaUmm, when I said that uh, that Chandler and I wanted to umm, live together, we meant alone together.
Rachel(laughs) Oh my God! Oh, that's funny, I can't believe I did that.
MonicaOh no sweetie, no! You know what, this is my fault, I wasn't clear! I-I-was- I'm really sorry. And, listen, you take as much time as you need to move out ok? There's absolutely no rush.
RachelOk. (Sits back and resumes her reading.)
MonicaOk. Don't you want a cookie?
RachelSure. (Monica hands her one.) Thanks.
MonicaMaybe- do you need a tissue?
(Rachel mumbles uh-huh and spits the half-eaten cookie out onto the tissue.)
RachelWh- Monica, where did you get these?!
MonicaI made them!
RachelOoh, good God, they're so yummy! (She re-ingests the previously expelled cookie matter from the tissue.)
Chandler and Joey's, Joey and Chandler are deciding whose stuff is whose.
JoeyOk, who-whose is this?
ChandlerUh that's mine.
Joey(picks up something) And what about this? Whose is this?
JoeyOk, whose dishwashing soap is this?
ChandlerThat was here when we moved in.
Joey(looks thoroughly at the label) Oh, I guess it really is concentrated. God, it's gonna be weird like when I come home and you're not here. You know? No more Joey and Chan's. No more J and C's. "You wanna go over to Joey and Chandler's?" "Can't, its not there."
ChandlerLook, I'm just gonna be across the hall, we can still do all the same stuff.
JoeyYeah but we won't be able to like get up in the middle of the night and have those long talks about our feelings and the future.
ChandlerNot once did we do that.
JoeyDon't you remember that night, it was late and I was feeling sick and you said I would feel better tomorrow?
ChandlerOh yeah, I remember that.
JoeyI don't know. I'm just...just gonna miss living with you. (starts to stare at the ceiling)
ChandlerYeah, me too man. (stares at the ceiling too)
Joey(looking up) What the hell is that?
MonicaSo I, I told Rachel that it was just, gonna be the two of us.
ChandlerOh yeah? Well, how'd she take it?
MonicaReally well. Yeah. Surprisingly well. Yeah, she didn't cry. She wasn't angry or sad. (Sits down, slightly disgusted.)
ChandlerAnd you're upset because you didn't make your best friend cry?
MonicaI mean, all I'm asking for is just a little emotion! Is that too much to ask after six years?! I mean what? Are-are-are Rachel and I not as close as you guys?! I mean do we not have as much fun?! Don't I deserve a few tears?! I mean when we told Joey, he cried his eyes out!
JoeyHey! I did not cry my eyes out! Come on! It's like the end of an era! No more J-man and Channie's!
ChandlerOk, I gotta ask, who calls us that?!
Ross's lawyer's office, his name is Russell and has just been told by Ross about his current situation.
RussellYou got married again.
RussellSo that's your second marriage in two years.
RossYes, second in two years. Third overall.
RussellRoss, I have been a divorce attorney for 23 years and never have I so much business from one client. Why don't you tell me what happened.
RossBasically, Rachel and I were in Vegas and we got drunk...
Russell(interrupting) I'm sorry, is this the same Rachel who's name you said at the altar in the second marriage?
RossYes-yes-yes! But, I-I do not love her.
RussellOh, that's better then.
RossThis was just a drunken mistake and I-I need to get it annulled.
RussellI see. Have you considered therapy?
RossI think just the annulment for today.
RussellThere are a couple of forms to fill out.
RussellAnd we'll need to have witnesses who can testify that you were not of uh, sound mind.
RussellAnd we'll need you and Rachel to testify before a judge.
RossOoh! There's no way to do this without her? 'Cause I kinda already told her uh, it was, it was already taken care of.
RussellOf course you did. Look, Ross, you can't get an annulment unless you and Rachel are both there.
RossUh-ha, what about someone who looks like Rachel? (Russell glares at him.) I will think about the therapy.
Monica and Rachel's, Rachel is painting her toe nails as Monica enters.
MonicaHey. So um, I was thinking that maybe we should start dividing up our stuff.
MonicaYou know, no-no point in dragging it out. Dragging out the long process of you moving out and us not living together anymore.
MonicaHey Rach, what about this? (She holds up a chrome 5-point star.) Huh? Who-who gets this? See, I-I don't know if I want it because it might be you know, too many memories!
Rachel(grabbing the star) What the hell is that?
MonicaI don't know. (Picks up a big plate from the coffee table.) Hey, Rachel, how about the big plate? I want you to have the big plate.
RachelWow! Mon, thanks! I love this plate!
MonicaSomething to remember me by!
RachelMon, honey you're not dying. I'm just moving out. You know, I mean we're gonna see each other all the time.
MonicaBut still, it's a big change. The end of an era, you might say!
RachelAre you ok? You're not blinking.
MonicaI'm fine! I just, I'm thinking about how much it's-it's an end of era.
RachelOh, all right. But you know, I gotta say, I don't, I don't think six years counts as an era.
MonicaAn era is defined as a significant period of time. Now, it was significant to me, maybe it wasn't significant to you!
RachelWhat is the matter with you?!
MonicaWhat is the matter with you?! Why aren't you more upset?! Aren't you gonna be sad that we're-we're not living together anymore?! I mean aren't you gonna miss me at all?!
RachelMonica, all right, but don't get mad at me. It's-it's just a little hard to believe.
MonicaWhat's hard to believe?
RachelWell, you know, I mean, it's you guys. You-you do this kind of stuff! You know? I mean, you-you were gonna get married in Vegas and then you backed out! I guess I'm not upset because I don't see you actually going through with it. I'm sorry.
MonicaRachel, it's going to happen. Chandler is gonna move in here.
MonicaI know, wait! Just let me finish, ok? This isn't something that we just, just impulsively decided to do in-in Vegas, this is something that we both really want. And it is going to happen.
RachelIt is? Really?
Rachel(starting to lose her composure) You know what, we're not gonna live together anymore?
RachelWhat? Oh my God! I'm gonna miss you so much! (Starts to cry.)
MonicaI'm gonna miss you! (They hug.)
RachelI mean it's the end of an era!
The hallway, Ross is coming up the stairs as Phoebe leaves Joey and Chandler's.
Phoebe(to Joey and Chandler) Ok, bye!
PhoebeSo? Did you get the annulment?
PhoebeI knew it! Because you love Rachel.
RossIt's not that. Ok? Annulments are more complicated than I...
PhoebeYeah, complicated 'cause of the love.
RossI... I do, I do not love Rachel. I'm gonna tell her right now about the whole thing so we can get this marriage annulled as fast as possible. Ok? Would I do that if-if I loved her?
PhoebeI've never been more convinced of your love for her.
RossI do not have feelings for Rachel! Ok?! (He goes into her apartment.)
[Cut to Monica and Rachel's as Ross walks through the door. Rachel is holding the chrome star and crying.]
RossOhh, what's wrong?!
RachelMonica and Chandler are really moving in here, I have to move out, everything is changing.
RossOh my G- Come here! Come here! (He hugs her.) It's ok. Uh.. Everything's gonna be ok.
(Ross suddenly realizes something.)
Central Perk, Joey and Phoebe are talking.
JoeySo, Ross and Rachel got married, Monica and Chandler almost got married, you think you and I should hook up?
PhoebeOh we do, but not just yet.
JoeyReally?! Well when?
PhoebeOk, umm, well, first Chandler and Monica will get married and be filthy rich by the way. Yeah. But it won't work out.
PhoebeI know. Then, I'm gonna marry Chandler for the money and, you'll marry Rachel and have the beautiful kids.
PhoebeBut then we ditch those two and that's when we get married. We'll have Chandler's money and Rachel's kids and getting custody will be easy because of Rachel's drinking problem.
JoeyOh-oh, what about Ross?
PhoebeI don't wanna go into the whole thing, but umm, we have words and I kill him.
Written by Shana Goldberg-Meehan; Transcribed by Eric Aasen; Added footage text by Matthew G; Annotated by ncp