Summary: Rachel debates who to hire as her next assistant. Joey gets another job opportunity with Days of Our Lives. Ross and Chandler share their secrets to Monica.
The Good: There are some good moments here. Ross and Chandler spilling each others secrets is pretty funny and has some nice moments. Rachel is great as she is given a nice conflict and makes a decision which fits her character. Joey is fun as well as he lets his newfound fame get to his head. The scene when he shows up for the audition is excellent.
The Bad: This episode isn't particularly entertaining. Something is missing and there aren't any memorable laughs. The Ross/Chandler story is disappointing because it doesn't tread any new ground and actually reuses a storyline from a previous episode.
Best Moment: Rachel and Joey trying to outfight each other by proving their story is better was pretty funny.
Character of the Episode: Rachel.
Conclusion: This is a solid episode, but it never threatens to be anything more.
Summary: Monica tries to get Phoebe's grandmother's cookie recipe. Chandler has an embarrassing story after going out for racquetball with Monica's dad. Rachel is mean to Joey while trying to teach him how to sail.
The Good: This is a fine episode. The stories are all decent enough and there are some good laughs here. Chandler's story is creative, and Joey and Rachel's story is the kind of relatable comedy that "Friends" used to specialize in.
The Bad: Unfortunately this episode does nothing to stand out. Chandler's story is creative but it doesn't end up being anywhere near as funny as it should have been. The set up was there for a really funny joke, but we just didn't get one. All of the other humour is good for chuckles but nothing more. Furthermore, we get more unrealistic character behaviour with everyone not noticing Chandler's glasses and Ross being needlessly petty about not getting an engagement present.
Best Moment: Joey getting mad at the coast guard was the funniest joke of the episode for me. "Get out of the way jackass" has become one of my regular sayings.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This is an alright episode with some fun moments, but it's also a little silly and not at all memorable.
Summary: Joey discovers Rachel's secret erotic novel. Phoebe moves into Ross' apartment and starts massaging her clients there. Monica and Chandler go over plans for their wedding.
The Good: The 3 stories are fine enough and they all lead to some fine jokes. Monica and Chandler are the highlight as they behave like a real couple would. The scene with the Gellers was really good, and I really liked the sweet moment they had at the end of the episode. Joey making fun of Rachel over her book is pretty funny and the writers find clever ways to keep the joke fresh throughout the episode. Ross is pretty good too and he has a number of funny embarrassing moments. Phoebe gets the occasional good line too.
The Bad: This episode isn't really memorable. The jokes are fine but completely unspectacular. There are a lot of chuckles through the episode but only a few good laughs. Some of the characters behave questionably too. Ross deciding to give out a massage is a very irresponsible decision that could have backfired tremendously, and it's hard to buy into the character making such a rash decision. Phoebe falls into some of her usual trappings as she is surprisingly rude and selfish in a few scenes. Joey is a bit much as he makes fun of Rachel for "having porn". Joey's cartoonish nature has been accentuated as the series has gone on, but sometimes it just doesn't feel right. Some parts of this episode were an example of this.
Best Moment: Ross making a fool of himself by shouting at Rachel only for Phoebe to come in and say something even more embarrassing was pretty funny.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: This was a solid episode with some really good moments. Some of the characters weren't written that well, but as a whole I enjoyed this.
Summary: Monica is upset when she catches Rachel and Ross kissing in the hallway. Chandler is shaken when he has a mishap in the bedroom. Joey tries to act like he's 19 for an audition. Phoebe wants Chandler and Monica to let her perform at their wedding.
The Good: This was really good stuff. The Monica/Rachel story was the strongest. There were plenty of funny moments that stemmed off of their conflict, plus the writers were able to tell a meaningful and logical story around their relationship. It made sense that Rachel would feel sad and it made sense that Monica would be upset given Rachel's track record in the past. The fact that they were able to console afterwards was very realistic and it was a very good moment. Ross was a nice addition to the story and he provided a lot of great moments as he reacted to getting accepted and rejected pretty well. Joey is really funny too as he dresses and acts like a 19 year old. Chandler gets some really funny lines too.
The Bad: Phoebe is really obnoxious here. The writers have played up Phoebe's teasing nature to an unrealistic degree. In this episode she is more rude than anything, and it's hard to laugh at her lines when she is so annoying. Ross' jokes about his hands were funny the first 2 or 3 times, but they were overused throughout the episode. It's not funny anymore if you can predict the joke before he says it.
Best Moment: Joey accidentally giving away Chandler's secret upon entering Monica's apartment was a hilarious moment.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This was a really strong season premiere that showed some promise. It was refreshing to have an engaging character conflict that was written quite well, and hopefully it's a sign of better things to come this season. Had the Ross/Phoebe stuff been a little better, this would have scored a 70+ easily, but with their sloppy dialogue it falls just short.
Summary: Monica starts to wonder if she should get involved with Richard again. Chandler scrambles to correct his mistake. Rachel and Phoebe discuss having backups in case they don't get married.
The Good: This episode is pretty well done. As expected, there is plenty of drama in setting up the proposal. Monica and Chandler do well to show their love for each other and the actual proposal is a great scene that nicely mixes seriousness with comedy. Richard is also pretty great and he certainly comes off well as he steps aside to let Chandler propose. The backups storyline is also a lot of fun. Rachel and Phoebe is a fun, harmless side plot with some pretty funny moments.
The Bad: This episode does have flaws though. It's pretty obvious that Chandler will end up proposing and that Richard would step aside so there isn't as much drama as the episode thinks. The B-plot is purely a filler storyline, and while it's funny, it doesn't actually add a whole lot.
Best Moment: The proposal scene was well done.
Character of the Episode: Rachel.
Conclusion: This was a good season finale but nothing special.
This season was wildly inconsistent. There were a few flashes of brilliance, but there were too many weak episodes and nonsensical storylines. No episode this season crossed a score of 80, and I think that's pretty telling. It's disappointing to see such a steep decline in quality this season coming off of a very strong season 5. Hopefully season 7 can repair the fractured character writing and perhaps provide us with storylines that will be worth our time.
Summary: Chandler's plan to propose to Monica goes awry when they run into Richard. Ross wonders if Elizabeth is too immature to stay in a relationship with. Rachel takes Joey and Phoebe to an auction and Joey mistakenly bids high on a boat.
The Good: It was great seeing Richard again. Richard is probably the best side character that this show has ever created, and his return led to some good moments and also shook up the story in a nice way. Chandler is amusing as he tries to keep his proposal secret and his awkward jokes are fantastic. The auction side plot is pretty good with a few genuinely funny moment when Joey accidentally buys the boat and is convinced by Rachel to buy the "Mr Beaumont". Ross has some good moments in his storyline too. As does Phoebe, though her tendency to mess around with her friends is played up a little too much to allow for anything particularly great.
The Bad: And another side character gets written off the show in an incredibly dumb way. It's incredibly dumb for Ross to only now accept that it's weird how Elizabeth is so young, especially after we spent so much time explaining why Ross doesn't think it's an issue. For him to simply change his mind for no apparent reason is very lazy writing, and the result is another completely unsatisfying exit from a side character. Seasons 1-4 did a brilliant job of introducing memorable side characters with good storylines. Now, side characters are poorly written and pretty forgettable. It's a good example of how the show has dipped in quality. The proposal storyline has a major flaw. The idea that Chandler would try to pretend he isn't into marriage seems like a fine idea on the surface, but the more you think about it, the less plausible it seems. It's hard to buy into Chandler making such a poor decision.
Best Moment: Joey realizing that he had just bought a boat for $20,000 was pretty funny.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This episode was solid and it had funny moments. But the sabotage of yet another side character dampens what would have otherwise been a decent episode.
Summary: Chandler takes Phoebe with him to find a ring to propose with. Ross and Joey suspect that Chandler is mad at them but they aren't sure why. Rachel gets Paul to open up about himself but she immediately regrets it.
The Good: There are some really funny moments here. Phoebe is consistently funny throughout the episode. It's a rare case where the writers make good use of her character and give her some good lines without having her be mean to everybody else. Chandler is also pretty good as he looks for a ring, and that storyline is easily the best of the episode. Ross and Joey have some pretty funny moments too with Ross trying to find out why Chandler blew them off, and Joey being hilariously oblivious to everything.
The Bad: "Friends" is developing a bad trend of getting rid of side characters in embarrassingly bad ways. Last season we saw Gary the cop get dismissed from the show through some extremely stupid writing. We get something similar here as Paul apparently shows a woefully soft side to himself that shoos Rachel away from him. Bruce Willis isn't good enough of an actor to make Paul's vulnerability anywhere near convincing, and it is never funny seeing Paul hysterically cry. In fact, it's more annoying than it is funny. Plus, the suddenness of this development screams to me that the writers were too lazy to come up with a legitimate reason to write Paul off the show. While I laughed a lot at Joey and Ross' antics in this episode, I thought their story was pretty silly and there was too much overacting. Had their jokes been toned down a little bit, it would have been funnier.
Best Moment: I'll go with Phoebe negotiating at the jewelry store in an attempt to get a good deal. I especially liked the moment when the man sarcastically offers Phoebe two $5 bills for her $10.
Character of the Episode: Phoebe.
Conclusion: This episode has two funny storylines but it is held back by sloppy writing in what was a poor third storyline. "Friends" has been lacking in consistency this season, and it really shows in this episode.
Summary: Ross continues dating Elizabeth despite Paul not wanting him to. Monica puts her and Chandler's names down on a wedding waiting list. Joey tries to get his picture up on the wall at a dry cleaning store.
The Good: Ross's storyline is very fun. Sure it's a little bit cheesy, but there are plenty of laughs to be had as Ross gets stuck in Paul's house with no way of escaping. There is a terrific mix of visual and auditory gags, and the use of dramatic irony to create comedy is pretty spectacular. As usual, Ross steals the show courtesy of David Schwimmer's wonderful acting, plus we get the great addition of Rachel desperately trying to get Ross out of the house. Furthermore there's an awesome scene early on as Ross once again makes a fool of himself in front of Paul when he insults him without realizing that Paul is right behind him. The resolution to the story is very funny, and also very fitting as it features Paul making a fool of himself in front of Ross instead of the other way around. The Chandler/Monica storyline is also really strong. The story doesn't get much time but there are some good laughs throughout. The final scene where Chandler freaks out in front of Monica is very funny, plus it has a terrific twist when it's revealed that Chandler is actually planning to get married. It's a lovely moment and it's hard not to feel happy for everyone involved.
The Bad: Joey's story is complete filler. Sure it has the odd laugh, but it's the kind of story that you completely forget about mere minutes after finishing the episode. Even though this episode is a lot funnier than most this season, it still suffers from the same issues of a more cartoonish style of humour. Rachel, Chandler and Ross overact frequently and the only thing that makes it work is the slapstick style of comedy that this episode has.
Best Moment: There are plenty of funny moments. I'll go with the hilarious visual of Ross quite literally getting caught with his pants down in Paul's apartment as he desperately searches for a place to hide.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: It's a good thing that "Friends" is still a funny show. The writing this season has been far below what the show has done before, but at least we are still able to get terrific episodes of comedy like this one.
Summary: Ross meets Elizabeth's dad Paul who immediately dislikes him. However, Paul and Rachel talk and end up dating each other. Joey starts his new lead role but the man who built the CHEESE robot doesn't like him. Monica and Chandler frequently argue and Phoebe writes a book about them.
The Good: Ross making an ass of himself every time he talks to Paul is hilarious, and it is very fun to follow the episode to see how Ross screws up next. Bruce Willis is well cast as Paul, who is a nice mixture of intimidating and witty. The entire storyline is pretty solid with the nice additional twist of Rachel dating Paul which leads into a fantastic scene at dinner. Joey's story is a fun B story that doesn't add much to the episode, but it is still funny. At the very least it is consistent with the story of the episode since we have Ross failing to make Paul like him in one storyline while Joey fails to make Wayne like him in the other storyline.
The Bad: Once again, a poor third storyline hurts what would have otherwise been a really fun episode. Phoebe writing a book about Monica and Chandler is a dumb plot that is brought up completely out of nowhere. Monica and Chandler come off as a terrible couple throughout the episode, and most of the conflict between them and Phoebe feels too phony to be funny. Unfortunately I'm noticing a trend with the show's changing style of humour. Embarrassment and insults seem to have come to the forefront in this season, and it leads to some pretty cheap and easy humour that isn't anywhere near as good as the brilliant comedy we had in the first 2 seasons.
Best Moment: The dinner scene is fantastic as Paul has evidently changed his mind and decides to like Ross. But Ross continues to get caught in the worst situations and he gradually reverts Paul to his original opinion of Ross.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: Ross embarrassing himself is admittedly quite funny and it is the only thing that saves this episode from mediocrity. Of the other two storylines, one is fine but forgettable and the other is plain bad. It's a shame that the show must resort to embarrassing its own characters regularly to get any kind of humour out of the episode.
Summary: Joey gets an audition as a lead in a TV series but Chandler forgets to write down the time of the audition.
The Good: There are a couple of funny moments here. I especially liked Joey and Chandler going back and forth trying to fake each other out.
The Bad: I still despise clip shows, and this episode didn't do anything to change my mind. This one was especially poor since there was no consistent story being told throughout, unlike "The One with the Invitation". Furthermore, most of the clips weren't even featuring the show's better jokes, giving us an excess amount of forgettable scenes. This ended up being pretty dull.
Best Moment: Joey and Chandler faking each other out was really funny. It's a scene of two friends just having fun, which is something we have seen too little of this season.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This was a waste of an episode. Clip shows are exceptionally lazy episodes and this is no exception. This was the worst episode of the show so far, and it was a chore to get through.
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