Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner 

Phoebe will celebrate her birthday by having a dinner with her friends at a fancy restaurant. But everybody is late to the dinner, due to a series of problems.


David Schwimmer


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Dan Bucatinsky ... the Waiter
Christina Pickles ... Judy Geller
Kevin Farrell Kevin Farrell ... the Maitre D'
Monique Edwards ... Claudia
Brian Chenoweth ... Ken


Phoebe plans her birthday dinner, but only the ever hungry Joey is on time. Phoebe holds a table for six for over an hour while the waiters want them to move as party of six is waiting. Chandler was unable to resist smoking again when everybody else did during a meeting at his Tulsa job, which makes Monica furious. However she's determined to have sex on the last ovulation day in her monthly cycle. Rachel and Ross locked themselves out before his mother Judy arrives to babysit and Rachel's absurd baby disaster fantasies reach new heights. By the time everybody arrives at the restaurant Phoebe is totally fed-up, while Joey could eat a herd of horses, and gets surprisingly close... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


The waiter tending to Phoebe and Joey is Dan Bucatinsky who is an actor, writer, producer and director of 'Web Therapy' which stars Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe). Dan plays her assistant Jerome Sokoloff. They both also would go on to have recurring roles in Scandal (2012). See more »


Ross says that Rachel has not cooked since 1996. However in "The One Where Ross Got High" (1999), Rachel did prepare a trifle. Aside from preparing custard, this dessert normally does not require much technical cooking (with heat). But Rachel misinterpreted the recipe and included a layer of beef sautéed with peas. See more »


Monica: [Seductively] Hi, I missed you, would you like to join me in the bedroom?
Chandler: [Nervously avoiding her because he smells like cigarette smoke] No thanks, I'm good.
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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Frought with Lies and Anger
31 August 2010 | by sladky7See all my reviews

This episode is one of the worst and does not exemplify the brilliance of the show. The tone is depressing and uncomfortable to such a high degree that laughing is difficult. Nearly every character in this dark episode is angry or biting at another character. While this may reflect true life sometimes, it is unique to Friends' episodes. And although, the show's humor is often built around mishaps, this one feels too mean and thoughtless to fit in with the rest of the series. Except for Joey perhaps, every character is strongly inconsiderate at some point in the show without visible redemption or forgiveness. These are features that made Friends heartwarming, exemplary and enjoyable. Without it, you have sad dysfunction. Perhaps it just needed a bit more editing.

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31 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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