The worldwide comedy hit comes to a bittersweet, but comic close with its tenth and final season. Pushing the show to the limit, the final season includes "the ones with:" Monica's goes from "big hair" to beaded cornrows, Phoebe's marriage to Mike (Paul Rudd) in a blizzard, and Ross's spray-on tanning trip gone horribly wrong.
Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe listen through the thin walls as Ross makes out with Charlie and Joey makes out with Rachel. Before things go too far, Ross decides he better talk to Joey about Charlie. Joey decides he better talk with Ross about Rachel. Monica gets corn rows put in her hair to overcome the frizziness caused by the humidity. Ross talks with Joey about Charlie on the flight home, but Joey can't bring himself to talk about Rachel. Mike reveals that he has a girlfriend (named Precious), and tells Phoebe he'll break up with her at dinner. Phoebe waits for Mike at his apartment; Precious shows up there by mistake, so Phoebe breaks the news to her. Monica's hair causes her problems at home, so she agrees to get rid of the corn rows.
Ross is clearly freaked out by Rachel and Joey's relationship, but keeps insisting he's fine. He arranges for Rachel and Joey to have dinner with Charlie and him, where he's an emotional wreck and very drunk. Chandler and Monica, frustrated by the complexity of adoption, visit Phoebe's friends (Bill and Colleen) who have an adopted son (Owen). Chandler mistakenly reveals to the boy that he's adopted. Phoebe gets a visit from Frank Jr. and the triplets. Frank is totally overwhelmed by the responsibilities of fatherhood, having not slept in four years. He asks Phoebe to take one of the kids, but then realizes he could never give up any of them.
Joey and Rachel have their first official date, but when it comes to getting physical, they just don't feel at ease. Ross like's Monica's sprayed-on tan, so he decides to get one. But confusion about the instructions (and whether to count "Mississippily") lead to multiple doses on his front and none on his back. An old friend (Amanda) of Monica's and Phoebe's moves back into town from England. They try to cut her out of their lives by ignoring her, without success. It comes out that years before, Phoebe tried to do the same to Monica. Joey and Rachel realize their relationship is not going to work.
On Emma's first birthday, Rachel convinces Monica and Chandler to delay their long-anticipated trip to Vermont to stay for the party.
Rachel feels like her annoying, self-indulgent younger sister, Amy, is finally on the verge of making a major change in her attitude.
Charlie's ex-boyfrieind Hobart offers an esteemed paleontology grant to Ross on the condition that he break up with Charlie.
Monica and Chandler nervously prepare for a visit from an adoption worker, Laura, who will decide if they would be suitable parents.
Monica doesn't want to host Thanksgiving until Phoebe suggests that she see it as a competition with herself, to top her previous year. Phoebe convinces Rachel to enter Emma in a baby beauty pageant. Joey gets tickets to a hockey game and he and Ross go, even though it could conflict with the Thanksgiving dinner. Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, and Ross are all late for dinner, angering Monica and Chandler, who didn't want to host the dinner anyway. At the height of the conflict, Monica gets a call from the adoption agency telling them they're getting a baby.
Nervous and excited, Monica and Chandler travel to Texas to meet a young pregnant woman, Erica Simmons, who is considering allowing them to adopt her child when it's born.
Rachel and Phoebe spot Chandler with a blonde stranger; Phoebe thinks he's having an affair. They follow the pair to a house outside the city. They tell the rest of the gang, and then confront Monica and Chandler, forcing the revelation that Monica and Chandler are trying to move to a house outside the city to raise their child. In attempts to convice Chandler and Monica to stay, their friends remind them of all the great memories they've had in their apartment in the city (shown as clips from previous episodes).
Joey's a celebrity guest on Pyramid; he does horribly until he's in the Winner's Circle, where he does very well... until the last clue. Rachel and Monica throw a bachelorette party for Phoebe, but haven't hired a stripper. When they learn that Phoebe's counting on one, they make a quick call and hire the first one that is available. He turns out to be short, fat, and old. When Phoebe doesn't like him, he cries. Ross and Chandler go to a college alumni gathering. They argue about girls from their past, prompting a series of flashbacks to 1987 and their freshman year of college, including a party where Rachel (with her old nose) and Monica (before she lost the weight) come for a visit. Several discoveries are made, including the fact that Chandler kissed Rachel, and Ross (who thought he kissed Rachel) actually kissed Monica.
Phoebe's Dad can't come to the wedding, so she asks Joey to walk her down the aisle; he plays the overprotective father figure a little too well. Phoebe is driven crazy by her wedding planner - - Monica. Chandler and Ross realize they aren't in the wedding. When one of the groomsmen drops out, they compete for the spot.
Joey is auditioning for a play and need to speak French, so he enlists Phoebe to teach him. She tries, but he just can't get it. Rachel's father has a heart attack; accompanied by Ross, she goes home to Long Island to visit him. In her vulnerable state, she asks Ross to spend the night and makes her desires very clear. He doesn't want to take advantage of her, so he leaves. Rachel is angry. Erica (the mother of Monica and Chandler's future child) comes to New York for a visit. They ask about the child's father, and find out she's not sure whether the father is the all american football player, or the convicted murderer who killed his father with a shovel. Joey thinks he can drink a gallon of milk in ten seconds.
Rachel's lunch interview with Gucci turns out to be right next to her current boss's table. She doesn't get the new job; she loses her current one. Meanwhile, Ross is given tenure at his job and his happiness makes Rachel's misfortune even harder to bear. While moving her stuff out of Ralph Lauren, she bumps into Mark (who caused all the jealousy seven years earlier); he now works at Louis Vuitton and once again knows of a possible job opening for her. Phoebe contemplates changing her surname to Hanigan. Once she find's out she can change her name to anything she wants, she chooses Princes Consuela Bananahammock, leading Mike to threaten to change his name to Crap Bag. Monica and Chandler take Joey to see their new house. He tries to convince them not to go through with the purchase, until the little girl that lives there helps him understand. Rachel gets a job offer... in Paris.
Ross visits Rachel's old boss at Ralph Lauren to try to get her job back, so she won't have to go to Paris. She decides to stay, but Ross realizes how important Paris is to her, and tells her to go. When the house next to their's goes up for sale, Chandler and Monica check it out and are disturbed to find Janice as their potential new neighbor. Chandler pretends he's still in love with her so she'll think it's a mistake to move there. Joey's agent (Estelle) dies, but the gang doesn't want to tell him, because he's already upset about all the other changes going on. Phoebe calls him pretending to be Estelle, and Joey fires her. Later, he finds out she's dead, but Phoebe calls again, leaving Joey freaked out.
Rachel finishes preparations to go to Paris. Monica and Chandler pack up their apartment with the gang's help. While packing, Chandler finds a pair of fur-lined handcuffs and has trouble tracking down their owner. During a going away party for Rachel, she says individual goodbyes to everyone except Ross; he's upset and confronts her, leading to a passionate kiss. Erica goes into labor.
Filled with humor and bittersweet emotion, the series finale of "Friends" finds Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross embarking on the next chapters in their lives. The six of them have been there for one another through all the ups and downs of becoming adults. Now it's their last day together, and it's one of momentous events and last-minute surprises. Even as the friends make major decisions about their futures, they share a bond that will last forever--no matter where their paths lead.