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The One Where They All Turn Thirty 

Rachel's 30th birthday prompts the rest of the gang to reminisce about their own 30th celebrations.



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Wayne Edward Sherwood ...
The man in sportscar


It's Rachel's 30th birthday and they all reflect on all their 30th birthdays. Rachel is really upset because according to her life plan she should already be with the One and she realizes that Tag could never be the man she would want to spend the rest of her life with. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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8 February 2001 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rachel states in this episode that she doesn't want to hang around like an old lady and that she'll go get something pierced. Phoebe questions this telling her that it hurts and proving it by pinching her. However in an episode in season two she gets a tattoo (though it's never mentioned again) and claims it barely hurt, so you'd think she could handle a piercing. See more »


Rachel is celebrating her thirtieth, yet at the end of Friends: The One with the Fake Party she says to Ross: "And you are sitting here with a twenty-eight year old cheerleader". How can she turn thirty, three years later? See more »


Phoebe Buffay: Your middle name is Pamela?
Ursula Buffay: Uh-huh.
Phoebe Buffay: Wow. I never knew my middle name. Oh! Do you know my middle name?
Ursula Buffay: Yeah!
Ursula Buffay: Phoebe.
Phoebe Buffay: Phoebe is my first name.
Ursula Buffay: Oh! Okay. Then no.
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References Mad About You (1992) See more »


Route 66
Written by Nelson Riddle
Played at the end when Joey and Ross are sitting Ross' car
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The One Where They All Turn Thirty
22 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Ah turning 30. This episode always gives me some feelings of fear and sadness But all in all it is a good episode.

I really like Monica's 30st. I agree with Phoebe, I like drunk Monica more than sober Monica. Her "surprise reaction" always makes me laugh

Phoebe's was pretty good too. I liked the idea, and it ended less sad because Joey is indeed a wonderful friend

Ross's was not that fun, if it wasn't for David Schwimmer's acting I would not like anything about his story

It always makes me sad how Rachel ends her relationship with Tag because of some silly plans. Why plan life instead of living the way you feel now? But I realize that it is different for many people.

And I wish we would get bigger stories about Joey and Chandler's birthdays

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