Joey and Rachel try to contend with Ross's feelings about them being together. However, consummating the relationship becomes disastrous, and they decide to remain friends.
Ross hopes to obtain a research grant from Benjamin Hobart, who happens to be Charlie Wheeler's ex-boyfriend. Charlie realizes that she is still in love with Benjamin and returns to him.
Monica and Chandler meet Erica, a birth mother from Ohio. Erica gives birth to twins in the series finale. Monica and Chandler move out of their apartment and into the suburbs.
Phoebe and Mike get married towards the end of the season.
Rachel decides to move to Paris (France) after accepting a job offer and says a tearful goodbye to everyone but Ross. A hurt and angry Ross confronts Rachel, and they end up sleeping together. Despite the fact that they spent the night together, Rachel remains determined to move to Paris. Ross, along with Phoebe, rushes to the airport where Ross tries to convince Rachel to stay in New York with him. She gets on the plane anyway, but gets off and later appears at his apartment door, admitting that she still loves him, and they get back together.