Top 10 Best Friends Season 3 Moments

Top 10 Best Friends Season 3 Moments

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
After taking a long break, we're back to look over the best Friends Season 3 moments. We're doing a deep dive into the third season of Friends and picking the funniest and most memorable moments. These are the moments that'll always be there for you. MsMojo ranks the most unforgettable Friends Season 3 moments. What's your moment from Friends Season 3? Let us know in the comments!

Is this the best season? That’s up to you to decide. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Friends Season 3 Moments.

For this list, we’re doing a deep dive into the third season of “Friends” and picking the funniest and most memorable moments.

#10: Rachel & Joey's Book Club
"The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends"

Joey and Rachel aren’t exactly known for being the most intellectual of the Friends, so it’s funny and surprising when they decide to start a little book club of sorts. Rachel is surprised that Joey has never read “Little Women,” while he can’t believe she has never read “The Shining.” They both read each other’s pick, and while at first things seem to be going well, they both end up spoiling the endings for one another, and there are talks of just putting all the books in the freezer.

#9: Robin Williams & Billy Crystal Steal the Show
"The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion"

As the seasons of “Friends” went on, they were able to get bigger and bigger guest stars to join the main cast for one-off episodes or even multi-episode arcs. Two of the most high-profile actors ever to drop by, however, were barely onscreen for a couple minutes. Popping up in Season 3, comedic heavyweights Robin Williams and Billy Crystal visit Central Perk. These two are funny no matter what they do, but seeing them try to take over the Friends’ seats and then totally distracting them from their conversation is pure gold. Williams and Crystal exit as fast as they arrived, leaving the Friends and the audience baffled over what just happened.

#8: The Gang Buying Phoebe All the Dead Christmas Trees
"The One Where Rachel Quits"

Joey gets a side gig selling Christmas trees around the holiday season, and Phoebe takes a stand, saying she is against the concept in principle. When Phoebe goes to see him at work to try to change her mind, however, she sees the horrors that take place behind the scenes. But in the true Christmas spirit, her friends take home all of the most dead and disheveled trees from the lot and fill Monica’s apartment with them. If that’s not a Christmas miracle, we don’t know what is!

#7: Ross' List
"The One with Frank Jr."

When Ross and Rachel are dating, the gang starts to talk about the concept of “freebie lists.” This is the idea that you can pick five celebrities who you can sleep with if you get the chance without any consequences. Rachel comes up with her list seemingly without thinking about it, but Ross turns it into a real challenge, ultimately creating a final, laminated list. When one of his celebs who was cut, Isabella Rossellini, actually shows up at the coffee shop, however, he scrambles to talk to her, but alas, it goes exactly how you would expect it to.

#6: The Flashback
“The One with the Flashback"

“Friends” is full of flashback scenes, but in Season 3, we get almost an entire episode that is set before the time that the series kicks off. When Janice asks if any of the friends have slept together (or almost slept together), they’re all reminded of a period that took place three years earlier, where they all had some close encounters with one another. It’s an episode that is full of laughs, but also gives us some interesting insights into these characters who we had already come to know and love.

#5: The Failed Ski Trip
"The One Without the Ski Trip"

After Ross and Rachel break up, the group of friends has to contend with the fact that they can no longer all hang out together. It makes for a lot of awkward moments, leading up to Rachel taking the gang (sans Ross of course) on a ski trip outside the city. They have car trouble, however, and are stranded at a roadside rest stop, forced to call Ross for help - because obviously these guys don’t have other friends. It’s a classic “Friends” episode formula and it works here perfectly, with some of the best comedy coming out of the group all being stuck together.

#4: The Beach House
"The One at the Beach"

The finale of Season 3 sees the gang heading to a beach house together, where Phoebe has the goal of finding out some information about her deceased mother. Ross brings Bonnie, his new girlfriend, and Rachel is incredibly jealous and convinces her to shave her head completely bald while they’re there. While some of the best beach house moments (like the jellyfish incident and Rachel’s letter to Ross) actually take place in the Season 4 premiere, this finale is still full of great moments, and ends with an epic cliffhanger.

#3: The Football Game
"The One with the Football"

“Friends” has become known for its Thanksgiving episodes, and this is unquestionably one of the best of the entire series. While dinner cooks, the gang decides to head to the park to play a game of football, even though Ross and Monica have been banned from the sport since being overly competitive in their youth. Everything that happens here is hilarious, from Rachel being hurt because she was picked last, to Chandler and Joey getting distracted by a beautiful woman. The kicker though is the reveal that Monica still has the Geller Cup and the conclusion of the two siblings fighting it out for the win.

#2: When No One Is Ready
"The One Where No One's Ready"

Can we all agree that the best “Friends” episodes are the ones where it’s just the six of them in the apartment? Without any other characters or distractions, the most memorable moments seem to take place. This Season 3 episode is no exception, when Ross is monumentally frustrated when no one can get ready in time for his event for the museum. Joey wears all of Chandler’s clothes after they fight, Monica makes a breezy phone call to Richard, and Rachel ends up in sweats because Ross pushed her to her limit. This is the perfect example of a flawless episode where the laughs just keep coming.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Princess Leia Fantasy
"The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy"

Joey & Janice's Day of Fun
"The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy"

The Giant Poking Device
"The One with the Giant Poking Device"

Ross Selling Brown Bird Cookies
"The One Where Rachel Quits"

Ross Puts on the Frankie Says Relax Shirt
"The One with the Tiny T-Shirt"

#1: Ross & Rachel Take a Break / Break Up
"The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break"

The centerpiece of this entire season is Ross and Rachel’s break up, which comes to be one of the most significant things that happens throughout the whole run of the show. It all starts because of Ross’ jealousy and doing insane things like hiring a barbershop quartet) and it ends with their big fight, and the suggestion that they take a break. As any “Friends” fan knows, however, they both interpret this break a little bit differently, and Ross ends up sleeping with another woman immediately. This causes some of the most tension that the show ever offers, and their subsequent real breakup is one of the most heartbreaking moments we’ve seen in a sitcom.