The question is still "Who is the father?" But is later revealed to be Ross
Joey begins to develop romantic feelings for Rachelafter they go on a date as friends, but he allows her to move in with Ross so that Ross will be more involved in Rachel's pregnancy. When Joey's feelings are revealed, things become awkward between him and Rachel. Their friendship returns to normal.
The season was regarded as a return to form for the series; its ratings increased as viewers tuned in for comfort following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002. The first in that category for the series.
Season 8's premiere to finale was set about 8 months long, since in the second episode, "The One With The Red Sweater", Rachel is about one month pregnant and in the finale, she gives birth, which makes it set 8 months long.