Summary: Ross has to go to China on an emergency on Rachel's birthday. Chandler accidentally reveals Ross' love for Rachel to everyone. Rachel tries to see Ross before he goes to China but isn't quick enough. Rachel goes on a date with Carl before she accepts that she loves Ross. She goes to see Ross when he comes back but Ross has got a girlfriend in China. Joey donates sperm to the doctors and is unable to have sex. He has a girlfriend and is forced to have sex with a woman for her instead of for himself.
The Good: This was a very fun season finale. There were loads of funny moments and there was some great movement on the show's overarching plotline of Ross being in love with Rachel. I was pleased by the ending as it should add an excellent new dynamic to the show with Rachel now being the one desperately in love with Ross but unable to tell him. Ross was fantastic in the role, and Rachel's character seems to fit in really well with a role like that so it leaves me wanting to see the jokes made in season 2. As for the episode itself, it was very funny. Chandler's accidental reveal was spectacular and he played it off so hilariously, making it a standout scene. Phoebe was great in this episode too and she continuously kept delivering perfectly timed jokes at every opportunity. Phoebe excels as a background character and nearly always says some of the best jokes in the episode. Joey's storyline was great too as it highlighted his character in a hilarious way with how he is always selfish when having sex. And yet even when he learns how it is to give, he still wants to do it for himself as soon as he can again. It was a great storyline and a perfect B-plot for this season finale.
The Bad: Nothing.
Best Moment: Chandler accidentally giving away Ross' secret is one of the season's best moments for sure.
Character of the Episode: Phoebe, but Chandler is a close second.
Conclusion: This was an excellent season finale with loads of funny moments and a very memorable storyline. There was no better way to set up season 2 than this.
On the season as a whole, I think it was fantastic. Absolutely the best season of comedy I have seen so far, though that isn't counting the other seasons in this show. Friends was so special because of how much it focused on the characters and putting them in relatable situations which we can all understand all laugh at. The jokes were smart and often times the episodic plot was actually worth watching and made us learn more about the characters which is essential. This season was a huge thumbs up.
Summary: Carol enters labour and Ross and Susan fight each other. They end up trapped in a closet with Phoebe. Rachel flirts with a doctor but stops after he reveals he sometimes gets sick of woman's private parts after seeing them every day. Monica freaks out about not having a baby yet. Joey helps a single mother give birth.
The Good: This as another very fun episode of Friends, that comes very close to being outstanding. There were good jokes all the way through and all the storylines were very funny to watch. Ross, Phoebe and Susan in the closet was the definite highlight here though. Ross and Susan arguing was very funny and there were a lot of great lines and comedic ironies present. Phoebe was great in her role too as she helped them realize how petty they were being. It was a well-executed storyline with some good laughs throughout. Monica's story was also a highlight despite it being in the background. It felt consistent to Monica's character and her want for babies led to a lot of well timed jokes involving the people around her and especially Chandler. Chandler had some of his best jokes in this episode and he was very consistent in this episode, making funny jokes at every possible opportunity. Rachel's story was fine too and had some good moments of comedy throughout.
The Bad: I wasn't a fan of Joey's story. He was completely alone and while it was still funny sometimes, he is nowhere near as funny as he usually is without one of the other friends to bounce off of. This story ended up getting more time than it probably needed and the jokes really weren't worth it.
Best Moment: I really enjoyed Ross and Susan arguing, so I'll go with their argument in the closet with went to "lesbian lover's day", which I think was the episode's best laugh.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: A very funny episode as expected that was nearly another special episode, but it is dragged down by a weak B-plot.
Summary: Monica dates a college senior named Ethan who loses his virginity to her. However he then reveals he is a senior in high school to Monica's shock. Phoebe temps as Chandler's secretary and reveals to Chandler that nobody at work likes him. Chandler is upset and tries to be more friendly but finds that nothing is working. Rachel has erotic dreams about Joey and Chandler, which makes Ross very jealous. Carol calls Ross when she enters labour.
The Good: Friends makes a good comeback with another great episode of comedy. There were plenty of laughs throughout this episode which made it funny on a consistent basis. The Monica storyline as good and had a great twist to add to the comedy. I enjoyed Monica's reactions to the revelation too as they felt organic and still provided tons of laughs. Phoebe and Chandler's storyline was very good too and had a very real story revolving around Chandler's role as boss. It was a nice comedic look at how workers always hate their bosses and it made for plenty of laughs as Chandler tried to prove he was a good guy, and especially when all the friends started poking fun at Chandler's mannerisms. The Rachel storyline was complete filler, but it made for a perfect C-story here because there practically wasn't a single moment without humour. Ross brought the storyline to new heights with his hilarious jealousy which made for some fantastic lines and moments, the highlight being Ross getting upset with Chandler and Ross getting overly excited when Rachel finally has a dream about him. The final moments were fantastic too as Ross was very funny as he tried to get everyone else out the door. The final moments where Ross froze were also hilarious and unexpected which made for the perfect end to the episode.
The Bad: Friends has approached relationships a lot, but I fell that too many have ended in just a single episode. The story tries to make us care, but it really doesn't work if the relationship only has a single episode to grow. This hurt the Monica story this time around. This hasn't been much of a problem before, but now it is getting too formulaic and the attempts to add some kind of emotional tone really don't work at all.
Best Moment: Everyone making fun of Chandler was fantastic and I'll give the nod to that, though every Ross scene in this episode came close to being in tis section.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: Friends continues to provide extremely high quality humour, though some worrying story trends are beginning to surface as the first season nears its conclusion.
Summary: Monica's credit card is stolen and she becomes jealous of the person using it, who is living her life better than she is. Monica meets the fake Monica and they quickly become friends but the fake Monica is eventually arrested. Marcel has reached sexual maturity and Ross has to send him to a zoo and say goodbye to him forever. Joey tries to come up with a stage name.
The Good: This was a very good character episode for Monica and it felt much more serious than any other episodes of Friends with the two major storylines heavily revolving around story instead of humour. Monica's storyline was fun and had some funny moments, but it was mostly great because of how much it highlighted Monica's character and her insecurities. Monica has been the least interesting of the 6 friends, but this episode lets us understand her more and get used to her humour. It was a good showcase for Courtney Cox who finally got her chance in the show. Ross' storyline was fine too and Marcel created some funny moments in the episode. Joey's storyline didn't have much to it and it did nothing for the show in the long run, but it definitely helped provide the odd laugh in this episode, which ended up being invaluable due to this episode's serious nature.
The Bad: The lack of humour does drag this down. Though I really enjoy character-based episodes in drama, it doesn't work as well in comedy. Comedy TV shows need humour more than anything else, so if humour has to be sacrificed for story, the episode won't be nearly as good as the show's best. This was an excellent story, but without lots of humour, it runs the risk of falling flat. I've been against Marcel's inclusion in the show honestly. The monkey jokes were very rarely funny and it ended up creating a rare breach in reality for the show. The emotional goodbye to Marcel also didn't mean much to me as I was just happy that we wouldn't be getting weak Marcel storylines anymore.
Best Moment: Ross talking to the man who ran the animal fighting "wildlife experience" was hysterical. Absolutely the best joke in this episode, which felt lacking in jokes.
Character of the Episode: Monica.
Conclusion: This episode had a great story, but it notably lacked memorable humour, which really took away from the episode.
Summary: Rachel and Barry develop a relationship again despite Barry being engaged to Mindy. Rachel soon learns that Barry cheated on her with Mindy when they were going to get married and she tells Mindy that she is with Barry again. They go together to get angry at Barry, but Mindy chooses to marry him anyways. Chandler goes crazy while waiting for a girl to call him back on the phone.
The Good: This was another funny and enjoyable episode. I really enjoyed Rachel's plot line. It had some nice messages about real life and how people are, while also developing Rachel's character and giving us a ton to laugh about. The scenes with Rachel and Mindy were great and I especially loved the dentist office scenes and the cameo of a returning Robbie. The Chandler story was hilarious too. It wasn't much of a stoey but Matthew Perry breathes real life into Chandler and makes anything the character is involved in a real pleasure to watch. There were loads of well-timed laughs, be it from Chandler's desperation, the friends teasing him and the actual phone conversations when they happened. I also love the touch that Joey tried to call Chandler to torment him near the end when Chandler realized the phone was off. Speaking of Joey, I think he was very funny in this episode despite his limited role. Ross and Phoebe also shone as always in their background roles, keeping very consistent with their characters in all of their jokes.
The Bad: The final moment in Chandler's plot felt a little too silly for my liking with Chandler not wanting to be with Danielle for her seeming to needy. Sure it is an ironic and fitting conclusion, but I feel the execution made it a little too cheesy.
Best Moment: Chandler arguing against Rachel being with Barry on Ross' behalf was very funny. The "I have my reasons" line was excellent.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: Another strong episode for Friends that was very enjoyable.
Summary: Rachel is tasked to watch over Marcel and she lets him escape to Ross' dismay. She calls animal control and an old friend arrives to get Marcel because he is illegal. Ross is mad at Rachel, but Rachel earns his forgiveness when she ensures Marcel's safety for Ross. Ross prepares to tell Rachel his feelings but Barry suddenly arrives and tells Rachel he still loves her.
The Good: This was a great episode of comedy. After a few weaker episodes, Friends returns to form with an engaging plot with many great laughs. The story that Marcel got lost was great and it allowed for the characters to organically split off and provide some excellent laughs. Ross was great as always, and even when he was upset with Rachel, both characters played off of each other very well to still make up some laughs in serious scenes. Chandler and Joey got to shine with several hilarious scenes together and some great lines. And of course Phoebe was fantastic in this episode. Her jokes were timed very well and she created the best laughs from the background using her character without ever feeling too ridiculous. I think she really got to shine in this episode. The running gag of Ross getting interrupted any time he tries to talk with Rachel continues to be great.
The Bad: Rachel standing up to Animal Control girl (I forgot her name) felt a little forced and I don't think it was acted too well unfortunately.
Best Moment: Ross enters with plans to tell Rachel he likes her but Rachel says she can't do it, referring to keeping Marcel secret. Ross responds "quick and painful". I think that is one of the better "coincidental conversations coming together" jokes I have ever seen. It was organic, sudden and hilarious. David Schwimmer breathes some excellent life into Ross, making him the real standout character in all of his scenes.
Character of the Episode: Phoebe.
Conclusion: A very strong episode to put Friends back in form before the end of the season.
Summary: Rachel looks for a new job and gets some interviews. The guys play very competitive poker with the girls and Ross and Rachel develop something of a feud. The game takes a sad turn when Rachel doesn't get the job she was hoping for and Ross lets her win.
The Good: This was a very simple and easy to follow episode. It was great to see all 6 friends taking part in a single storyline together and that gave this episode a fun and unique feeling. The plot was genuinely engaging and there were plenty of nice character moments and some nice jokes throughout. Chandler's sarcasm was consistently funny and I enjoyed seeing Ross and Rachel's conflict. there were good jokes and fun moments from it.
The Bad: This episode was filled with chuckles, but nothing particularly funny. It was missing that one amazing comedic scene that made it special. This episode was also extremely by-the-numbers for a sitcom episode. not much to talk about really, it was just decent.
Best Moment: I'll go with Ross' line of "I want to go to the bathroom" as it was the funniest joke for me.
Character of the Episode: Chandler for his constant sarcastic humour.
Conclusion: This was a good episode that felt different, but the jokes were lacking and the story had no innovation, making this lack the spark that other episode this season have had.
Summary: Ursula stands up Joey and dumps him but doesn't tell him. Phoebe poses as Ursula to give Joey some closure. Rachel uses Monica's insurance coverage to pay fro a medical bill. They date the doctors to Monica's dismay. The girls have a fight and scare away the doctors. Marcel swallows a scrabble piece and Ross rushes him to the hospital to save him. Marcel survives and Ross accepts that he will be a good father.
The Good: This was better than the last episode for sure. There was a lot of storyline pay-off and more funny moments. Phoebe and Joey had funnier scenes in this episode and their finals scene together was well done for a more serious comedy scene. Ross' storyline had some good closure with him saving Marcel. There were a few funny moments, with Jack Geller's return being a highlight. Monica and Rachel also had a fun storyline and it was very funny seeing them fight each other and freak out the doctors. Their interactions felt petty, but that was the point and it led to a lot of excellent humour. Chandler didn't do a whole lot but he was still very funny. The Spanish TV bit did pay off a little with the funny ending scene.
The Bad: This still wasn't quite as funny as most other episodes this season, but it was still very good.
Best Moment: I'll give it to Jack Geller's return. His interactions with Ross constantly made me laugh.
Character of the Episode: Rachel stood out this time.
Conclusion: This was another very good episode of Friends, but the two part structure did take away from this episode too.
Summary: Joey falls in love with Phoebe's twin sister Ursula to Phoebe's dismay. Phoebe lets it happen but has second thoughts afterwards. Chandler struggles to fire a co-worker who he is attracted to and ends up asking her out instead, making it more awkward when he has to break the news to her. Ross gets doubts of being a father after attending Carol's Lamaze classes. Rachel forgets to take off the Christmas lights and falls from the balcony while trying to take them off.
The Good: This was another very enjoyable episode, though it was an evident step down (see: The Bad). Each of the storylines were very enjoyable. Phoebe and Joey's story is set up for more payoff and was a fine storyline which I enjoyed. Ross attending the Lamaze classes was fantastic though as Ross continues to have hilarious interactions with Carol and Susan. There were loads of laughs and it ended with a great moment of Ross beginning to realize the responsibility he is about to take on. Ross would have definitely been the character of the episode, but he was one-upped by Chandler's equally wonderful storyline. His "firing" of Nina was hilarious and the situation continuously getting worse was very funny. Chandler has so far been the MVP for this season as he consistently delivers whenever he is given a major storyline.
The Bad: This episode wasn't as good as others in the season though, and I think it was because of the two part structure. By having only set up here and no pay-off (with the exception of the Chandler story), it gave the episode a sower pace and there were fewer jokes because of that. I think the Joey storyline suffered the most because of this as there was a noticeable drop off in joke quality for that storyline. This could have been squeezed into a single episode. The Spanish TV story wasn't very funny and simply felt like padding.
Best Moment: Chandler dropping lies after lies in hilarious fashion. Though it is closely contended with Ross at Lamaze class.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: This was a solid episode of comedy, but a disappointment when compared to the other episodes this season. The two part structure is likely to blame as comedy storylines are often weaker when stretched through multiple episodes.
Summary: Ross goes on his first date in 10 years but messes it up when Carol arrives and he spends more time talking to her than his actual date. Chandler goes on a double date with Joey only to find that his date is Janice. They both get drunk and have sex to Chandler's dismay and Chandler is forced to dump her again. Rachel, Phoebe and Monica have a boyfriend bonfire in an attempt to get better guys in their life, but it goes wrong and starts a fire.
The Good: I thought this was a fantastic episode of Friends. This is the kind of episode that may get forgotten in the shuffle, but it is funny, memorable, emotional and superbly written. This is comedy at its absolute best. The thing that I love is how all 3 storylines make sense and have a really great story to them. Chandler and Ross in particular go through some excellent arcs in this episode that really add on some emotion o the episode. And yet the episode is also able to be one of the show's funniest on top of these stories which is no mean feat. It made me feel something while making me laugh hard throughout the whole episode. Now to be more specific, I enjoyed Chandler's story the most. Janice's return was capitalized on much more here than in "The One with the Monkey" and led to a myriad of funny jokes while also letting Chandler get a good story arc revolving around his relationship with Janice. The best thing about this is that they had a lot of serious scenes which were also infused with comedy, making them both funny and also emotional at the same time. Ross' scenes were similarly good, though not quite as successful. His storyline was the most satisfying storywise but it wasn't as funny as the others. The girls also had a fun little background story, providing the odd laugh as they attempt to improve their love lives in ridiculous fashion.
The Bad: Nothing.
Best Moment: I'll pick Chandler breaking up with Janice. Janice was given a good character arc and Chandler's insecurity was highlighted brilliantly while the scene kept up with a lot of laughs all the way through.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: A spectacular episode, which is the best the show has offered so far. This season is mostly remembered for "The One with the Blackout", but I honestly think this was better and more enjoyable. This is how you do a comedy episode.
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