- Episode 2 when Rachel returned her ring to pre-Character Derailment Barry. He was composed and civilized and showed no resentment with what she did to him.
- The ending of episode 4 where Rachel (who has been freaking out about her "plan") looks at her new friends acting like dorks and gently says "I'm fine".
- In "TOW all the Poker" Ross lets Rachel win because he twooly wuvs her. Aww nothing beats that! It's all the more meaningful in this episode, which pitted the three girls against the three guys. Especially this last game, in which everyone held stakes. They'd spent the whole episode snarking, and trading barbs (well the girls anyway, since they kept losing. In all fairness, they'd just started learning the game). But, in the end, when it's just Ross Vs Rachel, and Rachel's all upset because she didn't get a job she wanted, Ross throws his hand. And the look on his face, as he watches the girls celebrating... awwww.
Joey: [to Ross]: Ahhh, that's alright. Y'know, that's a tough hand to beat.Chandler: [to Ross]: I thought we had them!Ross: Oh, well, when you don't have the cards, you don't have the cards, you know. (looks at Rachel) But, uh... look how happy she is. (smiles)(Chandler and Joey look at her, and then look back at him. They dive for Ross's hand to see what he had, and he tries to stop them from looking.)
- Phoebe meeting David. He was so smitten with her... And she with him.
David: I was just saying to my friend that I thought you were the most beautiful woman that I’d ever seen in my life. And then he said that Daryl Hannah was the most beautiful woman that he’d ever seen in his life. And I said yeah, I liked her in Splash, a lot, but not so much in- in Wall Street, I thought she had kind of a hard quality. And uh, while Daryl Hannah is beautiful in a conventional way, you are luminous with a kind of a delicate grace.
- In the "One with the Dozen Lasagnas", Phoebe telling Rachel that Paolo hit on her. Also sad, but the girls don't yell at each other, they even apologize for what the other had to go through, and the scene ends with Phoebe stroking Rach's hair.
- Phoebe "breaks up" with Joey impersonating her twin sister Ursula. Joey gives her one last kiss: the kiss reveals Phoebe to Joey, who appreciates the extent to which Phoebe went through to keep him as a friend.
- Throughout "The One With the Birth", Ross and Susan are arguing more than ever and over the soon-to-be-born baby. They continue even when locked in a janitor's closet. Phoebe happens to be in tow and makes an observation.
Phoebe: This is so great.
Ross: You wanna explain that?
Phoebe: I mean, well, cause when I was growing up, you know my dad left and my mother died and my stepfather went to jail, so I barely had enough pieces of parents to make one whole one. And here's this little baby who has like three whole parents who care about it so much that they're fighting over who gets to love it the most. And it's not even born yet. It's just, it's just the luckiest baby in the whole world. (beat) I'm sorry, you were fighting.
- In "The One with the Birth", Chandler cutting off Monica's mother when she's criticizing her, holding Monica when she cries and offering her a FallBack Children Pact is they're both still single at 40.
- The end, with a Ben's POV-shot of first Ross explaining that he'll always come back to see his child and then the gang cooing over the baby, is really adorable.
- Joey starting his running loyalty to pregnant ladies by being there for the woman whose husband only showed up after the baby was born.
- A minor one. At the end of the episode, Ross starts explaining to his newborn son about how he won't always be around, but will always come back. Chandler comes in and makes a joke about the signals he'll be making to Ben when they play baseball in the future. Is this just Chandler making another dumb joke and ruining the mood? Or can he just not wait for the day where he gets to play baseball with his Godson?
- Ross/Rachel first kiss: the coffeehouse is closing, He's mad at her for revealing her feelings, whilst Rachel is mad at him for not talking about his crush before. Ross storms out and Rachel locks the door, furious with herself at what she has done. Ross, however, doesn't go away but stays at the door looking at her. When she gets up, she sees him and unlocks the door. Ross enters, grabs Rachel and kisses her.
- Ross and Rachel are again mad at each other. In this episode the friends decide to watch the video from the prom although Ross objects to everyone seeing the tape. Rachel seems to be stood up by her prom date, Chip Matthews, so after some persuading from Judy, Ross plans to take her to prom instead. He dresses up in a suit and finds a makeshift flower bouquet, but Rachel's date shows up before she learns of Ross' plans. The video ends with Ross looking disappointed and rejected. Rachel, touched by Ross's gesture, gets up and passionately kisses Ross, forgiving him for what happened between them. The episode ends with Phoebe exclaiming "See, he's her lobster!".
- Ross and Rachel's first time together in "The One Where Ross And Rachel... You Know".
Ross: Listen, I'm sorry I had to work tonight.Rachel: Oh, that's okay. You were worth the wait. And I don't just mean tonight.
- When Rachel tells Monica why she doesn't like her hanging out with Julie.
Rachel: You don't get it. It's bad enough that she's stolen the guy who might actually be the person that I am supposed to be with, but now, she's actually... [starts crying] but now she's actually stealing you!Monica: Me?! What are you talking about?! Nobody could steal me from you! I mean, just because I'm friends with her doesn't make me any less friends with you! I mean, you're my... [also starts crying] We're, we're... Oh, I love you!Rachel: I love you too! [They hug]Phoebe: You guys, um, I know that this really doesn't have anything to do with me, but, um, I love you guys too! [Phoebe gets in the hug] Oh, I really needed that.
- The episode where Mr Heckles dies. (The man who live below Monica and Rachel and was always complaining about the noise.) After they go down to his apartment to collect the stuff he left to them, Chandler is last out. He leans Mr Heckles broom against the door, turns the lights off and says "Goodbye Mr Heckles, we'll try to keep it down." Then quietly leaves.
- The girls comforting Chandler about not finding anyone and Monica promising he won't ever die alone.
- Made extra Heartwarming in Hindsight when you consider Monica and Chandler eventually get together
- Joey trying to get Chandler away from Heckles's apartment by offering to take him out for breakfast. Possibly the only time when he actually offers to pay for someone else's fun.
- The girls comforting Chandler about not finding anyone and Monica promising he won't ever die alone.
- The gang singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to get Marcel the monkey's attention. Great way of showing their support of Ross.
- Ross wants to spend time with Marcel, but the monkey is being kept to busy by the trainer and for the movie shoot. Ross feels down about it, but at the coffee shop, he looks over and sees Marcel knocking on a window. The little monkey ran off to spend time with him on his own. Awww...
- "The One With The Lesbian Wedding" has a series of them:
- Ross talking Carol out of her doubts about getting married, Carol being his ex-wife and at first the least supportive of the wedding.
- The wedding itself, with Ross walking Carol down the aisle.
- Susan's obvious gratitude to Ross, and her asking him to dance, given that they all but hated each other in nearly every other episode.
- "TOW Joey Moves Out": After becoming a successful actor on Days of Our Lives, Joey ultimately that's it's time to begin a new phase of his life and move out of his and Chandler's apartment. Chandler is very upset, but by the end of the episode they are able to patch things up. At the very end, Joey's things are all packed and he begins to leave... then suddenly comes back and gives Chandler a huge bro-hug.
- "TOW Eddie Moves In": Aside from Chandler and Joey missing each other, Phoebe's subplot. After "Smelly Cat" gets a ridiculously dramatic video with her voice dubbed over, her only concern is that the singing woman was treated badly because she wasn't pretty enough. Even when Rachel brings up Phoebe's mistreatment, she doesn't care one bit. Also the end with all of Central Perk singing the song with Rach cutely head-banging when it's over. You can also see Monica getting Chandler to sing along and smile as he's still miserable over Joey moving out.
- "TOW Eddie Won't Go": Chandler is finally able to get rid of Eddie for good and Joey comes back. At the end Chandler and Joey are happy and they start jumping up and down in celebration while hugging.
- Ross and Joey are sweet too, with Ross trying to help his fired friend with actual realistic advice (even if Joey would rather Chandler's complete encouragement) note and buying the white dog for him when everything else is repossessed.
- "The One With The Two Parties": Rachel talks to Chandler about her parents and how bad she feels about their divorce and the whole situation. Chandler consoles her, first in his arms, then in Ross'.
- In "TOW Phoebe's Dad," Monica and Rachel give out Christmas cookies to their mailman, their paper boy, and the building's superintendent, Mr. Treeger, as a tip rather than extra money because they are currently broke (Rachel has her job as a waitress which she's never been able to do well at all in while Monica just recently lost her job). The first two are less than pleased and retaliate in Jerkass ways. Treeger initially seems to act like a Jerkass to them as well, but later on it turns out he actually liked the cookies and felt they were a very heartfelt gift.
- In the other plot, Joey and Chandler supporting Phoebe when she's scared about meeting her real dad and reassuring her when she can't do it. Both of them holding her hand through the taxi screen is especially nice.
- In "TOA The Super Bowl," after Phoebe gets fired from the library for singing her "inappropriate" songs to school kids (about dying from old age, sleeping around, and animal slaughtering) the kids all track her down to Central Perk. It turns out they appreciate that her music speaks the truth rather than being mushy or sappy like most children's songs are.
- In "TOW The Bullies", Phoebe (who has been putting off seeing her father for ages because she's scared) meeting her brother for the first time. It's a bittersweet scene, as she's just found out that Frank Sr left another family, but gets to be a big sister.
- Small, but given how they were written in later seasons, Phoebe sincerely calling Chandler "the cutest" when he's being adorable with his online girlfriend in "TOW Barry and Mindy's Wedding".
- Monica finally getting to sleep after her insomnia depression over Richard, and her father putting a blanket over her and kissing her head.
- The episode where Ross accidentally breaks a little girl scout's leg. To make up for it, he attempts to sell as many of her Girl Scout cookies as possible so that she can go to space camp. When he fails to sell the most cookies, he, Joey and Chandler set up their own "space camp" in their apartment especially for the girl. The look on her face as they pretend to launch her into space is too adorable for words.
- In "The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel", Monica and Rachel comforting Chandler with his issues about Janice, giving him girl advice and bringing out the ice cream. Also in general terms, how he always goes to see the girls when he's having problems in early seasons is really nice.
- "The One With the Flashback" features a nice heartwarming moment between Ross and Phoebe, where the latter comforts the former following the revelation that Carol was a lesbian. This leads more to a hilarious What Could Have Been moment where the two almost have sex on the pool table, ultimately defused by how uncomfortable they feel in the setting. Still, it does a nice job of cementing the bond between the two of them, and especially stands out when you compare it the Vitriolic Best Buds relationship that they would share in the last few years of the show's run.
- From the episode "The One With the Flashback": Chandler comforts Monica about not having a boyfriend and telling her she's the most beautiful woman he's ever known [in real life] and one of his favourite people in the whole world. Given their later relationship it also doubles as Heartwarming in Hindsight.
- Phoebe reacts with horror at Joey's new job where the old dying Christmas trees are tossed into the chipper if they're not sold. At the end of the episode Phoebe is surprised to find all the remaining old trees have been bought by the Friends and now reside in Monica's apartment, ready to fulfill their Christmas destiny.
Chandler: It's like, "The Night of the Living Dead Christmas Trees".
- A small moment from "The One The Morning After": when Monica and Phoebe try a new leg waxing method, it ends up being very painful. Hearing their screams, Joey and Chandler rush in the room with a pan and a tea kettle, thinking they have to rescue them.
- During "The One With a Chick and a Duck", Ross is supposed to be part of a Discovery Channel panel. Earlier that day Rachel broke a rib and attempted to write it off as no big deal. While Rachel was getting ready to go, Ross saw how much pain she was in, and decided to skip the panel to take her to the hospital.
- In "TOW the Giant Poking Device", when Chandler tells Janice to leave him and give her marriage another try. Borderline tearjerker as he really loves her at this point, but he doesn't want a kid to suffer what he went through with his parents divorce.
Chandler: I think you should go back with Gary. I don't wanna be the guy that breaks up a family. You know when my parents split up, it was because of that guy. Whenever I would see him I was always think 'You're the reason, you are the reason why they're not together.' and I hated that guy.
- After the break up with Janice, Chandler's sitting in his chair devastated, listening to Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" on the headphones, and singing along. Phoebe walks in, sits next to him and joins the singing.
- In the premier episode, when Chandler has renewed his relationship with Janice and Joey can't stand her. She insists that they spend the day together and Joey claims to love her now. As soon as she leaves, Chandler sees through the ruse. Joey is genuinely sorry and upset, swearing, "I tried, man, I really did.", but then perks up, realizing that despite still disliking Janice, he was able to get through the day without killing her, meaning that he can at least tolerate her for Chandler's sake.
- Ross returning his old t-shirt to Rachel at the end of "TOW with the Tiny T-Shirt".
- In "TOW The Cuffs", Judy admitting she was wrong and apologizing to Monica.
- Chandler, being not-so-secretly in love with Kathy, buys her a rare vintage edition of The Velveteen Rabbit because it was her favourite book as a kid. His friends then convince him that he cannot give it to her because Joey's present will be less meaningful. He then gives the book to Joey to give it to her because he wants her to have it and enjoy it. She loves it and figures out whose idea it was. Awww.
- In the episode before, Chandler has to listen to Kathy and Joey be together, and Monica is sick with the flu. He turns up at her door wrapped in blankets and pitifully asks if he can stay the night. She nods and they shuffle off together, arm in arm.
- 'TOW All The Haste' opens with Rachel being woken up by her neighbour singing a song about how great the morning is, which infuriates her. At the end of the episode, when the girls have switched the apartments back, Joey is woken up by the same man singing the same song, and even joins in with him, clearly delighted to be back with his singing neighbour
- A fair few in "The One With Chandler In A Box":
- Chandler proving how much he values Joey's friendship by staying in the box all day and agreeing to take it seriously.
- Kathy saying how she doesn't want to come between him and Joey.
- Joey having a change of heart followed by one of the duo's best hugs, then everyone watching Chandler run after Kathy.
Joey: ... ... ...open the box! (rushes over to the box)Rachel: (genuinely shocked) What?
- Rachel's box of sentimental things from her relationship with Ross.
- Even Phoebe and Rachel telling Chandler he doesn't have to try and be macho when Ross and Joey aren't around is sweet.
- In "TOW The Embryos", everyone is yelling about the apartment bet and Phoebe - who has been really worried about letting her brother and his wife down - announces she's pregnant. Cue delight and bouncy group hugs. (of course the bet is still on and Rachel and Monica still have to adjust to a gross apartment right after)
- Early on in her pregnancy, Phoebe freaks out because she's craving meat. She's very upset at the prospect of killing even *more* animals so Joey promises to stop eating meat until Phoebe does.note . *sniffle*
- Although humorous, the Chandler and Monica's situation in 'TOW the Jellyfish'. Chandler, still insisting he's boyfriend material, had peed on Monica to heal her jellyfish sting, and although Monica says they wouldn't work together she thanks him and gives an adorable speech which perfectly reflects their friendship at the time.
Monica: "Okay, all right. I think you're great, I think you're sweet, and you're smart... and I love you."
- "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie" has Monica getting a job as head chef. Only problem is the staff hate her and constantly pull mean pranks on her every day. To get them to fear and respect her, Monica and Joey hatch a plan where Joey will start working there and she'll fire him in front of everyone to assert her authority. However, Joey learns that the pay is pretty good, so when the time comes for Monica to fire him he's reluctant since he needs the money. Right after this, the staff prank Monica, leaving her covered in tomato sauce and almost in tears. Seeing how distressed she really is, Joey forgets the money and goes with the plan, so the staff will respect her.
- When Ross made both Chandler & Joey his best men.
Ross: I want you both up there with me. You guys are my best... Other guys would be lucky to have just one...Chandler: Thanks, man.Joey: I gotta go look at something. (Walks away to a corner.)Ross: What a baby.Chandler: Total wuss. (they both turn away and start wiping the tears from their eyes)
- The moment at Ross' wedding rehearsal that kicks off one of the most heartwarming relationships in the history of sitcoms:
Monica: "My mother's right. I'm never going to get married."Chandler: "That's just... who wouldn't want you?"
- It's hard not to get all gooey when Chandler and Monica are back in New York and making every excuse to keep their thing going before having the Big Damn Kiss.
- TOW in Vegas when Chandler freaks out about Monica having lunch with Richard. When they talk about it he says that he knows she loves Richard more, and (while he's accepts it) thats why he doesn't want her seeing him again. Monica's response is incredibly sweet:
Chandler: "I was there. I know he's the love of your life."Monica: "Not anymore."Chandler: "Really?"Monica: "Really"
- "TOW Chandler's Work Laugh", when Monica asks Chandler to stop sucking up to his boss because she respects 'real' Chandler more. Chandler just looks so surprised and proud that someone could actually respect him for who he is.
- When Chandler doesn't do his work laugh to suck up to his boss, the blank stare he gets from his boss is enough to make Monica help Chandler out of a tough situation when she realizes he had no choice but to suck up in the first place.
- When Chandler and Monica arrive at Chandler's work party, they both suddenly realize that because they're surrounded by Chandler's colleagues and none of their friends are present, they can, for the first time since their Secret Relationship started, be together in public as a real couple. The sheer, and very pure, delight they both show just from being able to hold hands and kiss each other on the cheek is incredibly powerful to watch.
- Rachel tells Monica that she heard the latter and Chandler having phone sex and Monica makes up an excuse to make it seem like it was something else. When Joey tells Rachel that Monica lied to her, Rachel goes to confront her and overhears Monica telling Chandler how much she hates not being able to tell Rachel about their relationship. Upon hearing this, Rachel decides to not confront them and let the two keep it a secret.
- In "The One Hundredth", Chandler is visibly crushed when Monica is set up with another guy (their relationship is still a secret). In a defensive move he claims he was just 'goofing around', but later gives an adorable speech and admits for the first time that their relationship is serious. Made sweeter because Chandler is normally terrified of commitment but here he's the first to admit his feelings go deeper than sex.
Chandler: Y'know, I don't know if you've ever looked up the term goofing around in the dictionary... Well, I have, and the technical definition is, two friends who care a lot about each other and have amazing sex and just wanna... spend more time together."
- Bonus points for her You Are Better Than You Think You Are response.
- "The One With All the Thanksgivings" has Chandler telling Monica he loves her for the first time after she copies Joey's head-in-the-turkey joke to cheer him up.
- It was sweet in "TOW All the Resolutions" when Joey went to great lengths to make sure Chandler and Monica would get to kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve.
- "The One Where Everyone Finds Out" is series of plans that culminate in Chandler and Phoebe trying to out-seduce each other. They're kissing in an utterly hilarious and the most awkward manner when Chandler breaks it off. It loses something in writing, but it's such a good conclusion to one of the shows greatest plots.
Chandler: I can't do this!Phoebe: And why not?Chandler: Because I'm in love with Monica! [...] That's right! I. Love. Her! I love her!
- Joey's behavior in "The One Where Everyone Finds Out" is surprisingly touching. When Phoebe and Rachel discover Chandler and Monica's secret affair and decide to take advantage of it by screwing with the two of them and make Chandler think that Phoebe's suddenly fallen in love with him, Joey on the other hand wants no part of it. Now if you remember, just a handful of episodes ago Monica and Chandler were covering up their relationship by making Joey a scapegoat for any of the odd things they did and completely humiliated him left and right, going so far that they even tried to convince the other friends that he was some type of sick sex offender. With the horrible and downright mean-spirited way they treated him in that one you'd think he'd jump at the chance to teaming up with Phoebe and Rachel and screw with the couple as some sort of revenge, but he doesn't even consider it and just wants everyone to come clean. Even when he does finally wind up helping Rachel and Phoebe out near the end of the episode it's only because he's sick of them and Monica and Chandler trying to out-bluff each other in their little game and wants it to be over with already. Really says a lot for the type of person he is the the thing he's primarily concerned about is one of his friends hurting another.
- "TOW the Girl Who Hits Joey": Chandler's commitment issues resurface leading to a fight with Monica, who say's she's tired of 'tutoring' him in relationships. Chandler is so terrified of losing her that he proposes to prove his love. It's so stupid that Monica realizes how scared he is and reassures him that they're ok and she's happy helping him deal with his issues.
- Bonus points for Rachel realizing that the titular girl that was playfully punching Joey really was painful (after everyone teased him about it earlier on in the episode). She proceeds to help end the relationship by kicking her in response to her painful playful punches. Even better, Joey and Rachel share a hug immediately after the girl leaves.
- The beginning of the episode. Ross storms over to Monica's apartment after seeing Chandler and Monica having sex through his window and is about ready to kill Chandler until they both confess that they're in love with each other. Ross's heart melts and he becomes elated over the fact that his best friend and sister are together.
- Puncated by the fact he goes from shouting "My best friend and my sister!", clearly hurt and betrayed to saying the same once he realizes how they feel, this time happy as can be. He then finishes by hugging them both.
- From the same scene Ross' anger flares up again upon finding out he was the last to know about the relationship only to once again turn into a gooey mess after Rachel explains they only kept it from him because they were worried about how he'd react, clearly touched that his friends were actually thinking about how he felt for once.
- Monica freaking out about her and Chandler's relationship (namely that they're not as hot as Phoebe and Gary) and Chandler reassuring her they're ok. They may not be in the all over each other, but they've moved onto a deeper relationship and that's incredibly precious to him. This episode and the previous one with Chandler's freak out back to back make it incredibly sweet, as you see how the pair support each other's fears.
- Chandler/Monica moment: After a stupid fight, Chandler thinks they're broken up and comes round to say goodbye. Monica reassures him it isn't a big deal and they'll get over it. He's so thrilled that he gives one of the most delighted and adorable grins in the entire series. Followed by them officially admitting they're in a relationship for the first time.
Chandler: So, this isn't over?Monica: You are so cute! No. No, it was a fight. You deal with it and move on! It's nothing to freak out about.Chandler: Really? Okay. Great (Huge grin)Monica: Welcome to an adult relationship.Chandler: (surprised) We're in a relationship?Monica: I'm afraid so.Chandler: Okay. (they kiss)
- "TOW All the Thanksgivings" reveals the heartwarming fact that Ross brought Chandler home for Thanksgiving every year while they were in College. Its very sweet when you consider Chandler, given his parents, apparently had nowhere to go. Even though he hated the day and didn't even eat Thanksgiving food Ross's gesture probably meant a lot to him.
- Then there's Monica making it up to Chandler by dancing around with a turkey on her head, leading to him slipping out that he loves her. She's delighted and so is the audience.
- In "TOW The Cop", blink and you'll miss it, but when Phoebe assumes they'll be going to prison and tells Chandler "good luck", he looks nervous and Joey protectively squeezes his shoulder.
- "TOW the Ride Along" when Chandler thinks Joey saved Ross over him. It's Played For Laughs but you can clearly see that Chandler, who never had anyone who really cared about him before the Friends, feels hurt. Joey reassures him that he'd always pick him and that they're like brothers.
- When Phoebe first meets her father, Frank Sr., and learns that the melody of her song, "Smelly Cat", is the same as the song Frank used to sing to her to get her to sleep.
Frank: Sleepy girl, sleepy girl,
Why won't you go to sleep?
Sleepy girl, sleepy girl,
You're keeping me up.
- Chandler asking Monica if she wants to live together. Monica yells yes and leaps over the couch and into his arms. The utter delight in his response is beautiful.
- "TOW with the Last Night" when Chandler and Monica seperate from their old roomates (Joey and Rachel) and move into Monica's together. Its a sad episode, and you really see how close they were to their friends. But at the end Chandler finds Monica standing in Rachel's empty room and just goes to hold her and she kisses him. You realize no matter how hard the change is they are happy to be together.
- In the same episode, Monica and Phoebe help Rachel pack up her things as she prepares to move out. If you look in the background of Rachel's room while they're packing, you can actually see the Love Bug that Ross bought her so many season ago, before their huge break-up. Considering everything they've gone through in the show so far, it's touching to see that Rachel still kept one of his gifts.
- Chandler cleaning the apartment as a surprise for Monica. The other's warn him about moving things around without Monica's 'express permission' but she isn't angry just touched at what he did.
- In "The One Where Ross Got High", Monica is reluctant to tell her parents that she and Chandler are living together because they dislike him (Ross said that Chandler was smoking pot in his parents' bedroom in college to cover his own butt). When the truth comes out, both about the pot and the relationship, Judy, of all characters, says that she doesn't understand why her daughter felt the need to hide such an important relationship from her parents, while also warming up to Chandler.
- "TO That Could Have Been" when even in an alternate universe when Chandler is unemployed and Monica's fat they still fall in love and end up together. The writers admit this in the commentary.
Kevin Bright: What it says is that these two were destined to be together. That it doesn't matter if they were skinny or large, or successful or not, these two had something in fate that was meant to be.
- There's a whole extra layer of heartwarming because Fat!Monica is a virgin, meaning none of her previous boyfriends, including those who claimed to love her, were interested. Granted some of them, (like Pete) may not have met her in the alternate universe, but Richard certainly would have. And Chandler has been with a lot less women, apparently because he's unemployed and less successful. It really proves once and for all, that unlike any of their exes, they love each other no matter what.
- The episode starts with Ross asking that if everything was different, would the gang still be friends. Cut to the last scene, and the alternate gang are sitting in the coffee house together.
- In one episode, Phoebe says that (hypothetically) she'd prefer to date Rachel over Monica because Monica is too "high maintenance". Monica is offended and spends the rest of the episode insisting that she's not high maintenance. When she tries to get Chandler to back her up, he tells her she is a bit high maintenance, but that it's not a bad thing.
Chandler: You’re not easy going, but you’re passionate, and that’s good. And when you get upset about the little things, I think that I’m pretty good about making you feel better about that. And that’s good too. So, they can say that you're high maintenance, but it's okay, because I like... maintaining you.
- Monica and Chandler's proposals to each other were pretty wonderful. Heck, the episode was so heartwarming that the writers decided to completely ditch the usual zany antics and Laugh Track of the credits-scene, in favour of having them dance to Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight". It's as beautiful as it sounds.
Monica: In all my life, I never thought I would be so lucky as to fall in love with my best...[crying] my best... there's a reason why girls don't do this!Chandler: Okay! Okay! [he kneels down along with her] Oh God, I thought... [he starts to cry too] Wait a minute, I-I can do this. ...I thought that it mattered what I said or where I said it. Then I realized the only thing that matters is that you...you make me happier than I ever thought I could be. And if you’ll let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way. [he opens the ring box] Monica, will you marry me?Monica: Yes.
Monica: There's a reason girls don't do this!Chandler: You make me happier than I ever thought I could be, and if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way.
- Not to mention the whole build up to the scene. The episode had Chandler falsely claiming he didn't want to get married, Richard returning to say he did want to get married, and an upset Monica leaving to think things over. The end of the episode was very ambigous at what she would do, Chandler came home utterly devastated...and found their apartment filled with candles, with Monica waiting to propose to him. Super heartwarming as Chandler was previously shown to be an Insecure Love Interest, and he worried that Monica loved Richard more than him. That gesture proved once and for all, that Monica had chosen Chandler, she would always choose Chandler and there wasn't anyone else she had or would love more.
- Doubly so because a few episodes earlier, Monica had been trying to make Chandler cry, to prove he could. Their joyful tears at the prospect of being together forever don't leave the viewer dry-eyed, either.
- In 'TO Where Chandler Can't Cry', Joey thinks that Phoebe is a porn-star after finding several porn movies that she apparently starred in. He rents them and shows them to the others, who insist on watching them, but Joey is the only one who sees it as utterly wrong to do that to Phoebe, going to so far as to turn away from the TV and call his friends 'sick bastards' for watching the tapes. It says a lot about their friendship that a rampant ladies man like Joey would have so much respect for his friend (or at any rate, moreso than the others do)
- When Chandler tells Joey and Ross that he's going to propose to Monica, Ross becomes overjoyed at the prospect of being Chandler's brother-in-law and they hug each other.
- Monica and Chandler's wedding, all of it especially Chandler's vows to Monica given that he almost had cold feet. Even more than that, Chandler was introduced as a self-entitled "screw up". He was insecure, traumatized by his parent's divorce, betrayed by every women he cared about (Janice, Kathy) and despite wanting committment was terrified of hurting other people and himself. Yet he loved Monica enough to overcome it all and get married.
Chandler: Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle I realized how simple it was. I love you. Any surprises that come our way, it’s okay, because I will always love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. You wanna know if I’m sure? (He kisses her)
- Chandler's vow is even more heartwarming when you consider that it was impromptu and from the heart (Ross tries to give him the funny vow he'd written earlier but he brushes it away).
- Monica's side in her wedding and marriage. She finally get's the marriage and life she's always wanted. And its with her best friend.
Monica: Chandler, for so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. Then three years ago, at another wedding I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life. And now…here we are with our future before us…and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend.
- During Chandler and Monica's wedding, Ross's comment that he's never walked down the aisle knowing it can't end in divorce. At first glance it's a little joke at Ross's three divorces... but then remember it's Chandler and Monica's wedding, Ross whole-heartedly believes that, despite Chandler running away earlier in a fit of panic, he isn't actually going to leave Monica. It's touching to know that despite the events of the episode so far, Ross has no doubts, Chandler and Monica really are going to make it together. This is a wedding that will not end in a divorce.
- Ross giving Phoebe a bike after learning she never got one during her childhood. And then teaching her to ride it. Being that Phoebe has a Dark and Troubled Past, she tends to be on the receiving end of these fairly often. It never gets old.
- Chandler reassuring Monica he'll love her no matter her weight or size. Considering their whole relationship started with him labelling her Ross's 'fat sister' it's very sweet.
Chandler: "I don't think of you as a thin, beautiful woman...You’re Monica. Okay? And I am in love with Monica. So you can balloon up or you can shrink down and I will still love you."Monica: "Even if I shrink down to two inches tall?"Chandler: "I'd carry you around in my pocket."
- With "TO That Could Have Been" proving this to be absolutely true, this exchange becomes even more heartwarming.
- "TOW The Holiday Armadillo" has the hilarious plot with the titular costume, but an easily missed moment is as Chandler (as Santa) prepares to leave for Ross' sakenote , Ross gives up in dejected resignation because Ben only wants Santa. Chandler and Monica share a look, and he immediately turns it around by saying that he'll stay, but only to learn the story of Hannuka from Ross, to which Ben is enthusiastic. Ross gratefully mouthing "Thank You", and Chandler's nod of encouragement really sells the moment.
- There's also the fact that Chandler dressed up in the first place. The snarkiest, most sarcastic member of the group, decided on his own, to dress up as Santa for Ben, purely because it was something Ross had wanted to do for his son. Joey should also get credit too. Sure, Superman isn't exactly the most Christmassy character around, but it's still nice that these two went out of their way for Ross like that.
- Chandler inviting Charles to the wedding. After everything he went through: his parents splitting up, the humiliation of having an embarrassing father and all his subsequent insecurities, he steps up and essentially lets his dad know everything he suffered turned out ok and he still wants him in his life.
- Also as Charles suffered a huge case of Trans Equals Gay, Chandler calling her “ma'am” for the first and only time (instead of usual male pronouns) and just how happy she looks at this.
- "TOW the Truth About London": Joey comforting Chandler about Monica originally wanting to sleep with him.
Joey: Yeah she wanted me for like a half an hour one night! Chandler, she wants you for the rest of her life. You’re so lucky! Look what I missed out on by not being there! Although you know what? It could never have worked like you guys did, ‘cause you guys are perfect for each other. Y’know, we look at you and-and we see you together and it just…it-it fits. Y’know? And you just know it’s gonna last forever.
- From "The One With Rachel's Book": The final scene with Chandler and Monica when they agree to spend the money on marriage and not only on a big fancy wedding, was very sweet and very touching. Chandler was particularly great, even willing to give up his dream for Monica, because he had promised to make her happy when he had proposed. The moment when he describes his dream home and dream family must be the sweetest thing ever. He wants to have four kids (a boy, twin girls and another boy), to live in a small place outside the city, where the kids could learn to ride their bikes, to have a cat with a bell on its collar so that they could hear it every time it ran through the little kitty door, and also to have an apartment over the garage where Joey could grow old.
- The Genius Bonus with a Shout-Out to Happy Days. Realising that Chandler basically sees Joey as Fonzie when he says he wants to have an apartment over the garage where Joey could grow old.
- Monica giving up her perfect wedding dress so Chandler can have his band. Made extra heartwarming in that she doesn't even tell him about what she did just that the dress 'doesn't fit'. Considering how crazy she started about wedding planning its a telling sign of her real priorities.
- Chandler's reason why he chose a band for their wedding reception. It was the music they were dancing to when he realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.
Chandler: Well it’s just while Monica and I were dancing to them it was… the first time I knew that you were the woman I wanted to dance all my dances with.
- Joey giving Phoebe the "perfect kiss" in "TOW They All Turn Thirty".
- Joey comforting Phoebe after David leaves in "TOW All the Cheesecakes".
- Phoebe spending her first day as a telemarketer convincing a depressed sales rep to not kill himself in "The One Where Rosita Dies" because she doesn't want him to do what her mother did.
- In "TOW All The Candy", the very second Chandler sees the strain making all the candy for the neighbors has put on Monica, he immediately tells all the neighbors they are a bunch of Ungrateful Bastards and ends it. Monica's exhausted thank you seals it.
- In "TOW Joey's New Brain", Joey develops feelings for the actress he's replacing on "Days of our Lives". Sadly she gets a new job somewhere far, so their relationship never gets to fully take off.
- Joey proposing to Phoebe (and then to Rachel!) when he thought she was pregnant, so she wouldn't be alone with the baby.
- Many fans disliked the Joey/Rachel pairing, but it was still pretty sweet when he realized he was falling for her: she cuddles on his lap as they watch Cujo and asks "Aren't you scared?!" Meaning something else entirely, he quietly replies "Terrified."
- When Joey confesses her love to her, it starts out funny when she thinks he's kidding or talking to someone behind her, but it gets sad when she gently rejects him and they hug for so long that onlookers think one of them is dying. They later end up dating for a short time, but the writers realized it was terrible and hurriedly broke them up.
- TOW Ross's Step Forward: Chandler has to spend the day with his boss pretending he and Monica have broken up. When he comes home he tells Monica how grateful he is to have her, and asks her to Grow Old with Me.
Chandler: "Y’know what the worse part was? I got to see what my life would be like without you...Please promise that you will never leave me, that we will grow old together, and be with each other for the rest of our lives."Monica: "I promise."
- Many scenes related to the birth of Rachel and Ross' daughter Emma are very sweet, especially when she tells the doctor to write "Baby Girl Geller-Green" on the form and she and Ross share a sweet kiss.
- From the same episode, Rachel can't come up with a name for the baby but she likes Emma, the name that Monica wanted for her own child. So much that Monica gives it away.
Rachel: Oh honey, but you love that name.Monica: Yeah, but I love you more.
- In the same episode, when Chandler tells Monica he's wants to start a family with her, because: "I'm crazy about us." Extra-heartwarming, as its obvious that, even though she's wanted kids for years, Monica has held off pushing Chandler about it, until he was ready. For all the jokes about Monica's baby obsession and controlling nature, she's very good at letting him make the big decisions.
- When Joey takes the cooking class with Monica and actually succeeds at making cookies. When the teacher praises him for it, you could tell from the look on his face how much he appreciates finally excelling something at school
Joey: I get an A? In school? Hey, I'm a dork!
- A cute one when Phoebe sets Monica up with a guy she thinks is her 'soulmate'. Despite not believing in soulmates, Chandler - being his usual insecure self - freaks out and tells Monica that if she wants to leave him, he won't stand in her way. Monica tells him she doesn't believe in soulmates either and she will always love Chandler.
- 'TOW The Stripper': Joey telling Chandler that he misses them hanging out together since he got married. The scene almost crosses into a Tear Jerker territory note but is saved by Chandler admitting he misses them as well and agreeing to make more time for them.
- What sells the scene though is zero resentment towards Monica, (Joey has always been the biggest Mondler supporter after all) or any implication she 'stole' Chandler from Joey. It's just the acknowledgment they're still important to each other. And the next scene is equally heartwarming with Monica giving a delighted Chandler a strip tease, saying basically its fine to be Happily Married and have a Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- Meta-example. The subtle way the show slipped in tributes to the September 11th tragedy—on several occasions, Joey sported an FDNY T-Shirt (in one instance, the name of a firefighter who had perished was visible), while on others, "I Love NY" was visible on the plaque in the main apartment.
- In "The One with the Lottery", following breaking the wish-bone, Joey makes a wish. As lottery madness ensues, Chandler is waiting to hear about a job offer. He doesn't get it, but instead a much better one. Joey takes him aside and thinks he had a hand in it, saying he used his wish for Chandler.
- In 'Tow With Rachel's Other Sister' Chandler is crushed when Ross and Rachel say they don't think he's capable of raising Emma by himself. (He and Monica want children and he's struggling to overcome his own upbringing). Monica finds him sitting alone and tells him he'll be a great father.
Chandler: "They're right. I'm not a strong father-figure and I never will be...Everything they said is exactly why I was worried about having a kid. And it's true! Everybody knows it."Monica: "I don't know it! I want to have a kid with you because I think you're going to be an amazing dad. At the fun parts and at the hard parts."
- Doubly heartwarming later in the episode when Chandler takes charge by calling Rachel and Amy out on their childish behavior and making them apologize to Monica as well as each other, leading to Ross admitting he was wrong.
- When Chandler and Monica discover they’re infertile, they try to find a sperm donor instead. Despite Chandler finding 'the perfect guy', Monica tells him she doesn't want to have children without him and they'll adopt instead.
Monica: I don't care if he is the most perfect guy in the world. He's not you.Chandler: Yeah, he's better!Monica: No he's not. If I can't get pregnant by you, I don't want to get pregnant by him or anyone else.
- In the episode where Chandler has to leave for Tulsa, the plan had been that Monica was going to give up everything to go with him, even though it had become clear to both of them she wouldn't have a career out there at all. Then a very high-class restaurant headhunts her and she takes the job. Although Chandler accepts it and seems quite calm about it, it's left looking as though he believes in that the levels of importance to Monica are (least to most important): her old job > her husband >>>>>> her new job. They're given no time throughout the episode to resolve this point until the very end of the episode, where Monica abandons the rest of the gang to chase Chandler out the door, so that she can clarify to him that really it goes, old job > new job >>>>>>>>> husband. It's just something she has to do. Chandler simply smiles and reveals he knew all along what she had originally been trying to say.
- When Christmas rolls around, a screw up means the Tulsa office is stuck missing both Christmas and the New Year having to work on deadlines that cannot be missed. Chandler's boss tells him if the deadlines aren't met, he'll be fired, even though it's the New York office's fault the screw up happened in the first place. Chandler, who can't stand the situation, sends his employees home to be with their families. One of his co-workers stays because she's hoping to have an affair with him (she's also married). When he rejects her on the grounds that he's happily married, she asks him why he's in Tulsa instead of with his wife. Not only does Chandler immediately drop everything and fly home to Monica, but he quits his job in the process so that he won't have to be separated from her again.
- Fridge Brilliance about Chandler and his job and Monica. Chandler admitted from the beginning of the series that he hated his job but was always too scared to quit. The fact that what finally pushed him into leaving was his love for Monica speaks volumes about how her support affected him as a person. Especially emphasized in a later episode where, as in Season 1, he considers going back for the job security but she tells him to do something he loves, and helps him find a job in advertising. It's a very subtle way of showing how their strong relationship boosted his confidence and empowered him to enter a whole new career (something early season Chandler would be terrified of).
- When Phoebe, who mugged Ross when they were teenagers, returns his self-drawn comic "Science Boy."
- TOW The Fertility Test: A total tearkjerker but the way Chandler and Monica react is an incredible affirmation of their strong relationship. Not only do they immediately go to comfort each other but Chandler instantly promises "we'll figure this out." Monica's response? "I know." No matter how devastated they are, neither they or the audience doubt that they'll get through the problem together.
- "TOW the Boob Job": Chandler and Monica are facing money troubles, so Monica goes to Joey for a loan. Joey thinks loaning friends money is a bad idea (citing how he never paid back the money Chandler loaned him), but when told it's for the rent, he doesn't hesitate to write a check.
- Ross admits to Phoebe that, despite being divorced three times, he genuinely supports the idea of marriage and loved being that committed to another person.
- Phoebe's wedding. The girl who lost her parents as a child, lived homeless for a while and never had a proper serious relationship finally gets her happy ending. Made all the more heartwarming because Mike and Phoebe had previously broken up because he didn't want to be married again but he travelled all the way to Barbados to propose to her (though they didn't get engaged until a few months later).
- "TOW Ross's Tan": Rachel and Joey feel awkward trying to have sex and ask Chandler if he and Monica found it weird. Chandler replies that no, they just felt right together and wondered 'why [we] hadn't been doing it the whole time'. The complete confidence and happiness in his response is pretty heartwarming, especially as earlier in the episode he admitted he was 'crippled by fear and self-loathing' when he first slept with women. The whole exchange highlights how secure Chandler felt with Monica and the stability their relationship gave him.
- Monica and Chandler looking after Emma on her birthday, complete with Monica organizing her stuffed animals and Chandler imparting 'wisdom'. You already know they're going to make great parents.
Monica: "I want one."Chandler: "Me too."
- A wacky misunderstanding leads Erica, the woman from whom Chandler and Monica are hoping to adopt, to reject them because they lied to her about being the couple she chose. Chandler appeals to her in private and promises that he'll learn to be a good father, but says Monica is already "a mother... without a child" and convinces her to trust them to be good parents. She does, and they end up adopting her twins.
- Joey is distraught when Monica and Chandler announce they're moving to the suburbs. He worries about losing them but then they show him his 'Joey Room', because he'll always be a part of their family.
- The end of the season 10 Thanksgiving episode. Monica and Chandler don't want to host Thanksgiving because of all the stress they were under while waiting to see if someone would pick them to adopt. They host it anyway, and work hard to make it even better than last year - and everyone else shows up late. Monica won't let them in, Joey gets his head caught in the door, and he crashes into the table and ruins all the food when they manage to pull the chain out. Monica comes back from answering a phone call, sees the mess, and says "I don't care." They find out they are getting a baby. Extra heartwarming because Chandler loathes Thanksgiving due to how much crap he's suffered that always manages to manifest itself on this day every year since he was nine years old and his parents announced their divorce to him. Finally getting confirmation that he and Monica can become parents after all, means that while family-related news ruined Thanksgiving for him for many years, it's family-related news that turns a disastrous day into one of the best Thanksgivings he's ever had.
Chandler: What's going on?Monica: That was the adoption agency.Chandler: And?Monica: We're getting a baby!Chandler: Are you serious?!(They hug, and everyone else joins them, celebrating)
- Also look at the way Courteney and Matthew play the moment: Monica is crying when she throws herself into his arms, and Chandler clings to her and buries his face the crook of her neck for the rest of the scene to hide his tears. It's heartwarming in the best, most subtle way possible.
- "The One with Rachel's Going Away Party": Rachel gives each of her friends an individual goodbye, except Ross leaving him hurt and wondering why she doesn't say goodbye to him. Rachel later reveals to Ross that with their history, it would be too hard for her to say goodbye to him.
- "The Last One": The entire episode, which is both heartwarming and tear-jerking.
Rachel: I got off the plane.
- Chandler and Monica finally, finally holding their babies.
- Chandler and Monica decide to name the girl baby Erica after her mother. It also becomes a funny moment when Erica and later Joey are too dense to comprehend the reason behind the name.
- The fact that Monica names her son after her father, Jack, is not only incredibly sweet, it shows how much she thinks of her father despite what's happened over the years. It should be noted that while Jack has occasionally been thoughtless, ie using Monica's childhood things to try and protect his Porsche from water damage, he's always quick to make it up to her.
- A Blink-and-you'll-miss-it example: when Chandler returns with Erica, Phoebe is the first one to notice the second baby while the rest are cooing at Jack.
- Chandler/Joey goodbye: "So, awkward hug or lame cool guy handshake?"
- Five simple words:
"This was your first home. And it was a happy place..."
- The final scene with the six friends ending the series as it started, going to Central Perk for coffee together.
- The relationship between the real life cast can fall into this, as they were incredibly close off screen. They openly said they used to watch the series together, ate lunch together every day, Jennifer Aniston is the godmother of Courteney Cox's daughter Coco and Matthew Perry mentioned going on holiday with the other two guys.
- It got to the point where guest stars would comment on their No Sense of Personal Space, and sometimes feel left out as a result. (Tom Selleck commented on their pre-performance huddle and that in their first read through Cox was sitting on someone else's lap, something he'd never encountered in the industry before).
- Plus watch any of their interviews. Their first 'final' interview with Oprah had Aniston crying almost all the way through and various members exchanging 'I love you's' and kisses.
- What makes it even cuter, is they're still close ten years down the line, with Cox and Aniston spending New Year together and the whole gang guest starring on each other shows. Awww...
- Their decision to negotiate for their salaries as a group. And what makes it even better? The rest of the cast attribute to idea to Schwimmer, who at the time of the negotiations, could easily have negotiated as the male lead (thanks to the Ross/Rachel focus) and demanded a lot more pay. Instead he was more worried about any of the others being screwed over, and took a pay cut as part of the negotiations so everyone was equal.
- According to IMDB, when Perry was apparently getting threats from execs because he was gaining weight from the drug addiction, Aniston offered to be his personal trainer.
- Paget Brewster (Season 4 Kathy) has mentioned several times that Aniston, Cox and Kudrow all banded together to get her character a more honorable exit than the cheating on Chandler storyline. While their efforts failed she was nonetheless touched by their attempt all the same.
- The fact that Chandler and Monica's relationship was never supposed to go beyond a few episodes, but Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox had so much chemistry and genuine love between them that they couldn't bear to split them up (meaning it would have been worse than the heartbreaking "Ross and Rachel break up" storyline).
- Any time Ross' Big Brother Instinct kicks in. As much as they make fun of each other, Ross is actually super protective of Monica. In season 5, he almost kills Chandler when he sees them having sex and thinks he's just messing around with her. And in season 7, Ross threatens to hurt Chandler if he tries to run out of his wedding to Monica. Chandler laughs him off until Ross slams him to the ground when he thinks the groom is running away again.