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The One with Phoebe's Uterus 

Newlyweds Frank and Alice ask Phoebe to be their surrogate. Joey gets a job as a tour guide at Ross's museum. Chandler asks Monica and Rachel for advice on how to sexually satisfy Kathy.


David Steinberg


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Teri Garr ... Phoebe Abbott Sr.
Giovanni Ribisi ... Frank Buffay Jr.
Debra Jo Rupp ... Alice Knight Buffay
Paget Brewster ... Kathy
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther
Sherri Shepherd ... Rhonda, The Tour Guide
Miles Marsico Miles Marsico ... The Smart Kid (as Miles Marisco)
Jack Ong ... The Older Scientist
Jim Bentley ... Another Tour Guide


Phoebe's brother Frank and Alice got married. They were trying to get pregnant but it didn't work out. They ask Phoebe if she could bear their baby. Joey gets a job as a tour guide at Ross' museum. The friends want Phoebe to think it through before she makes the decisions about having Frank's and Alice's child. Things are going really well for Kathy and Chandler but they haven't had sex because Chandler is afraid he won't be able to fill Joey's shoes. Joey is a terrible tour guide. Phoebe goes to see her mother to ask whether she should have the baby or not. Her mother tells her not to do it because she knows how hard it is to give up a baby. Joey realizes that he can't be friends with Ross at work because tour guides and scientists don't mix. Chandler sleeps with Kathy but it wasn't great and he asks Rachel and Monica for advice on good sex. Ross proves his friendship to Joey by having lunch with him at work. Ross and Joey set a good example and all the others at work stop dividing ...

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

8 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The One with Phoebe's Uterus See more »

Filming Locations:

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second consecutive episode where Joey gets a job alongside another friend. He worked at Monica's restaurant in the very previous episode. See more »


As a full grown adult and one of Ross's best friends, Joey should know Ross's nickname is not Dr. It's his academic and professional title. See more »


Monica Geller: Well big deal, so Joey's had a lot of girlfriends. It doesn't mean that he's great in bed.
Chandler Bing: We share a wall. So either he's great in bed or she just likes to agree with him a lot.
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Referenced in Explained: The Female Orgasm (2018) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
Performed by Lisa Kudrow
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I like Phoebe
17 October 2006 | by smpl24See all my reviews

First of all, I don't really agree with the girl who left the previous comment! Well, yeah, the character of Phoebe can be annoying, rude, even sometimes stupid; but she happens to be the integral part of the show exactly because of that! She amuses the audience with her behaviour - that's her job! In one episode Rachel says that she thinks Phoebe would probably be the first to leave the group, and she's right! Phoebe isn't normal, and they are all aware of it, but why wouldn't they want to be her friend? I think that in the first season she said something like this: "There are tree things you should know about me: my friends are the most important thing in my life, I never lie, and I make the best '...' cookies in the world!" Becides, she is funny, and interesting, and even though she can sometimes be annoying and rude and stupid, I love her, and I also love Lisa Kudrow who did the part perfectly... And about the episode, I thought it was fairly good...

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