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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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8 February 2001 (USA)  »

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Although at the end of the episode, Chandler says "Well, here we are, just a bunch of 30-year-olds". This may seem impossible since in the episode, Joey's birthday is shown as happening before Chandler's. Ross and Chandler are at least a year older than Monica and Rachel, and also, earlier in the episode we find out that Phoebe is actually 31. Yet, he may simply be referring to the fact that they're all in their thirties. See more »


Tag Jones: Miss Green would like to establish some ground rules before she comes out. She would appreciate it if you didn't use the words "old" or"downhill" or "they still look pretty damn good".
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The One Where They All Turn Thirty
22 August 2011 | by (Canada) – 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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