The One With The Red Sweater

In This Episode..

Monica and Chandler’s wedding is now over and the friends are checking out of the hotel. Monica realizes that she is no longer a bride and becomes depressed. Chandler promises her that he will develop the pictures from the disposable cameras they took at the wedding so that she can look at them and cheer up. However, Chandler has misplaced the cameras somewhere and cannot find them. He and Ross decide to go to a stranger’s wedding at the same place and take pictures, making it look like it’s Monica and Chandler’s. He even kisses the stranger bride for a photo of him and “Monica”.

Monica, on the other hand, is back at home and struggling with the temptation to open all the wedding presents. She is unable to control herself and ends up opening all the presents without Chandler. When Chandler returns, he becomes angry, but the two decide to call it even since Monica knows the pictures are not real and Chandler had kissed another woman for the fake photos.

Meanwhile, Rachel gets ready to tell the father of her baby that she’s pregnant, and the friends are still curious as to who the father is. Joey realizes he saw a guy with Rachel in their apartment about a month ago, but he didn’t get to see his face. He remembers that the guy left a red sweater, and the friends think it belongs to Tag (Rachel’s ex-boyfriend). However, it turns out Tag just has the exact same sweater, and he’s not the father. The mystery is finally solved at the very end of the episode when the red sweater is revealed to be Ross’, and therefore he is the father of Rachel’s baby.


One of the things that makes Friends such an awesome show is the incredible acting done by the actors. In this clip, for example, Joey’s facial expression of complete surprise and his “OH MY GOD!” are just perfect for the scene. It takes him extra time to figure it all out compared to Monica and Phoebe, which also describes his character well (a little slow, not as bright or intelligent).

What They Do Well

Every episode of Friends does a great job on adding elements that accurately portray each unique character. In this particular episode, Joey had ordered porn and watched it in all the friends’ hotel rooms, which shows his immature side. But his loyalty is also shown when he proposes to Phoebe because he think she’s pregnant and wants to be there for her. This is a nice, touching moment in the midst of all the comedy. Although a very hilarious character, Joey can be serious at times, too.

Monica’s obsessive personality is also well illustrated. When she becomes hooked on something, she cannot let it ago and often gives in to her temptations. Even in this episode, she cannot refrain herself from opening all the present and ultimately ends up opening every single present without Chandler. The writers show Monica’s weaknesses and the “messy” side of her character through this storyline.


October 3, 2010. Episode 2, Season 8.


  1. Matthew Corn replied:

    You got it. Characters are the key to “Friends,” and character mix is what really sets it apart. Now that you’ve outlined some of their characteristics, try to focus on how the writers create tension and conflict by drawing from these quirks.

  2. modfamily replied:

    This is a typical Monica and typical Chandler episode. Chandler ALWAYS takes it one step too far, and did so when he actually kissed the bride. So wrong. However, Monica did not do right by opening all the gifts by herself which definitely shows her weakness. They both balance each other out so well. I also loved the way that everyone found out it was Ross who got Rachel pregnant. Seeing their reactions was priceless.

  3. mguilbault replied:

    I really liked that reveal as well. Much better than just telling them flat out. I love chandler and Monica together. They have great couple chemistry. It just works so well. Although they’re all good together as friends, obviously, they wouldn’t have all been able to sustain a relationship like monica and chandler can. Example.. Rachel and Joey dating… very weird.

  4. katiesorrels replied:

    Ahh, the infamous red sweater! I remember squealing when it was revealed at the end that Ross was the father of Rachel’s baby. I’ve rooted for them all along as well and this really excited me.
    I also thought the recreation of the wedding photos was hilarious, totally something ridiculous that no one would actually do in real life but Ross and Chandler make it believable. I would have killed my husband though is he kissed another girl the day after my wedding, no matter what the reason haha… Oh boys.

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