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SEASON 3

Our guide to top ''Friends'' eps from season 3

THE ONE WHERE NO ONE'S READY
PLOT Ross is the only one dressed a half hour before a museum fund-raiser. Monica gets a ''call me'' message from Richard on her machine. BEST LINE ''I'm not gonna go commando in another man's fatigues.'' (Joey, on why he has to wear underwear with a rented tux) CRITIQUE The episode plays out in real time, revealing that ''Friends'' still owes a large stylistic debt to ''Seinfeld'' (see ''The Chinese Restaurant''). Even the answering-machine gag feels derivative of George Costanza. C

THE ONE WITH THE FOOTBALL
PLOT Some Thanksgiving touch football reawakens the sibling rivalry between Ross and Monica. HISTORIC MOMENT We learn of the Geller Bowl, and the Geller Cup -- a troll doll nailed to a 2-by-4 that Mr. Geller supposedly threw in the lake, but Monica actually saved. CRITIQUE Set on a not-very-convincing soundstage, this episode is painfully predictable (Monica and Ross are hypercompetitive, Rachel's a spaz). Appropriately enough for the holiday, it's a turkey. D

THE ONE WITH THE MORNING AFTER
PLOT Ross frantically tries to keep Rachel from finding out he's slept with Chloe, but Gunther spills the beans. BEST LINE ''What were you trying to put it in -- her purse?'' (Rachel, after Ross says his sleeping with Chloe was a ''mistake'') CRITIQUE Schwimmer and Aniston have never been more heartbreakingly believable. Just as they're breaking up, they cement their status as one of TV's greatest couples. A-

Originally posted Jan 07, 2004