Summary: Joey tries to audition for a part but it involves him kissing a man. He tries to kiss men for practice. Chandler goes on the internet and meets a girl who he really connects with so he wants to start a relationship with her. Rachel goes to Barry and Mindy's wedding but is humiliated once more. Monica and Richard come to the reality that their relationship may not work out.
The Good: In terms of storytelling, this is as good as it gets. Rachel's arc comes full circle in this episode with her standing up at Barry's wedding and showing how much she has changed over the past 2 seasons. Ross was fantastic as he supported her in hilarious ways while still coming off as a really loving person. Rachel was never unsympathetic in this episode either and her situation was relatable and very funny throughout. And on top of the storyline pay off, there were several great jokes throughout. Joey's storyline was fantastic for a C-story in an episode. It was all jokes and the jokes were really funny every time leading to good laugh after good laugh. Chandlers storyline was great too and it pays off of his storyline where he is constantly picky about women and is now convinced he has found the one. The episode then ends in hilarious fashion as Chandler once again runs into Janice, providing a great irony and a great laugh. Monica and Richard's storyline is fantastic to. While there aren't very many laughs, there doesn't need to be because the other storylines more than provide. Plus considering the very real weight and emotion in this storyline, I think ti was a very good decision to not have many laughs with this one. I've come to care about Monica and Richard over the course of the season, so there is definitely some emotional resonance here.
The Bad: Nothing really.
Best Moment: I'll go with Joey greeting Rachel and immediately going to try to kiss Ross who hilariously responds with hostility. We are really spoiled for choice with Joey scenes in this episode, but I thought that was the funniest.
Character of the Episode: I'll give it to Rachel for her storyline coming full circle here.
Conclusion: This was a terrific season finale with great laughs and even better storytelling. This was a great way to close out another great season of Friends.
Compared to season 1, this season was slightly worse but I don't think that's entirely accurate. This season at its worst was definitely worse than season 1, but I also think hat the writing and laughs have improved a lot, which resulted in there being more awesome moments in this season compared to the last. The show keeps improving and if season 3 can maintain this high quality, the show has an extremely bright future.
Summary: Phoebe's lover comes back from the Navy but they both get the chicken pox. Monica starts talking about her obsessive behaviour with Richard who doesn't seem to mind. Joey works a job at Chandler's work but acts as a different character and annoys Chandler.
The Good: The writers continue to be extremely creative in these episodes. Some of the ideas are really out of the box here, though they aren't very good (see: The Bad). The acting is very good as usual and Chandler is especially funny through his reactions to Joey.
The Bad: The chicken pox plot isn't very funny and doesn't really go anywhere. Same deal with the Monica/Richard plotline which is extremely average. It provides the occasional laugh and Richard is great but it isn't at all memorable. Joey is bad in this episode and the storyline is ridiculous. Joey seems like a total prick and I don't feel at all bad for "Joseph" in the episode, and Chandler is given every reason to be annoyed.
Best Moment: The last scene with Ross trying to take Rachel back to the apartment but her continually forgetting things was hilarious.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: This was a very weak episode. The comedy lacked and the writing was pretty poor sometimes. Friends has been excellent this season but there seem to be a few episodes which are just much weaker than the rest. This is one of those episodes.
Summary: Rachel is upset because her divorced parents keep arguing. The friends throw a surprise birthday party for Rachel but they are forced to create two separate parties when both of Rachel's parents show up. The friends attempt to keep the parents separate as Rachel struggles to have a good time listening to both of them complain.
The Good: This was a really creative episode of comedy and it worked so well because of that. The idea of the two parties was ingenious and the desperate attempts to keep Rachel's parents away from each other allowed for some hilarious tension and very inventive laughs. All 6 friends got the spotlight at different times and all were very funny whenever they needed to be. But the main focus here was on Rachel who had a fantastic episode to examine her feelings with the divorce. It felt very real and gave us an excellent story to base the episode around. The laughs were spectacular in this episode. Ross' antics were brilliant as always, Phoebe's "secret operation" was really funny, Monica's obsession with an organized party was great, Chandler's energy was as great as always and Joey got a lot of nice moments throughout like when he hilariously kissed Rachel's mom. Even Gunther got some lines and funny moments.
The Bad: Nothing.
Best Moment: There are so, so many laughs to select from. I'll go with Ross' hilarious conversations with Rachel's parents as he tries to sheepishly explain things away.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This was a fantastic episode with an engaging plot and some of the show's very best laughs. Episodes like this are why Friends is one of the very best sitcoms out there.
Summary: Chandler and Ross run into bullies at the coffee shop who bother them and they are afraid to deal with them. Phoebe tries to meet her father again and accidentally hurts his dog. Monica is running out of money and doesn't want to take a bad job so she invests in stocks.
The Good: The bullies plot is creative and pretty unexpected, since adult bullies are rarely seen in TV shows and movies. There are some fun laughs with Ross and Chandler throughout the episode. Phoebe meeting her brother was pretty fun too, and so was Monica's little stock storyline.
The Bad: This episode lacked for me though. The plots were fun, but really lacked in humour. There were just a ton of average jokes, with some feeling a little bit ridiculous as well. This episode had creative ideas but the execution was weak and there was nothing memorable about this episode at all. Shortly after watching it, I forgot pretty much all of the jokes, which is never a good thing.
Best Moment: I'll go with Phoebe's ridiculous connections telling her to go see her dad. Not a great scene, but this episode was quite ordinary throughout.
Character of the Episode: Phoebe.
Conclusion: This episode had creative ideas, but was extremely bland and didn't give me very many laughs. The weakest episode of the show so far.
Summary: Phoebe learns that Old Yeller dies at the end of the movie and that her mom had been hiding the sad endings of sad movies from her. Richard starts hanging out with Joey and Chandler a lot and Monica gets jealous since she gets less time with him now. Rachel gets terrified after she learns that Ross has made plans for their future.
The Good: This was another solid episode. The Richard story was the best here and was pretty clever. It felt real having Joey and Chandler think of Richard as a dad naturally, and I also like that they gave Richard reasons for enjoying the company of the guys as well. Monica's involvement was excellent too and I love that she didn't create meaningless drama as Richard immediately chose Monica first. It was a logical decision for Richard and was a nice little story for the episode. And on top of that it was really funny especially with Joey and Chandler imitating Richard, though it wasn't as funny as Friends at its best. The other storylines were mostly just filler but they were fine. Ross was great as always in his story with Rachel and I did enjoy their brief argument. Ben's story was harmless fun I suppose.
The Bad: Phoebe's story was completely average. Phoebe is best as a background character, so giving her a central story like this with nobody else to properly play off of really doesn't work. The episode really lacks on hilarious moments and only gets a few good chuckles out of me. That separates it from the other great episodes this season.
Best Moment: I'll go with Joey cluelessly telling Richard they think of him as a dad. It was pretty funny and used Joy's one-track mind to its fullest.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This episode had some pretty funny moments and solid storylines but it doesn't quite live up to the other strong episodes this season.
Summary: Chandler continues to get creeped out by Eddie and tries to get him to leave but Eddie doesn't seem to remember anything and refuses to leave. Joey struggles to deal with the consequences of losing his job and has issues moving on. The girls all read a book where they are goddesses who get their "wind" stolen by men and they use the book as inspiration to help them improve their lives.
The Good: Eddie was the real highlight of the episode once again. Adam Goldberg has done an absolutely tremendous job of bringing the character to life with all of his hilarious quirks and mannerisms. Chandler's reactions to Eddie's crazy antics remain hilarious and the storyline has a great feel good ending with Joey and Chandler being reunited to get Eddie to finally leave. Joey's storyline is really good too and feels pretty real as we can see Joey struggling to deal with the fact that the best thing in his life is now gone. His conflict with Ross is great too and has some pretty funny moments, but more importantly, it was a conflict which felt real. Neither of them were mad at each other and were still friendly but they came to blows once and quickly apologized to solve it. It was nice to see the show exploring a minor spat between friends instead of something big. The girls' story was fine as well and ha some really good laughs scattered throughout. Also, I feel that in terms of pure humour, the show has never been better. The creativity and the dialogue in every episode is excellent, so even while some stories lack, the show remains tremendously funny to make up for it.
The Bad: The girls' story feels rather pointless and it accomplishes nothing other than filling out time. Surely Chandler and Joey should have called the police or somebody about the obviously crazy Eddie?
Best Moment: As much as I enjoyed the Eddie story, the best moment was from the conversation between Rachel and Ross where Rachel tried to set her foot down. The scene was really well written and a lot of the dialogue has me laughing hard.
Character of the Episode: I'll give it to Eddie again. I'll miss his crazy fruit-dehydrating and head-stealing antics.
Conclusion: This was another really strong episode with tons of funny moments, though one slightly weaker story once more prevents this from reaching absolute greatness. Still a great episode of comedy though, as the show continues to prove why it's one of the best sitcoms around.
Summary: After foolishly claiming he writes his own lines, Joey is killed off from Days of Our Lives and is upset. Chandler tries o get to know Eddie and discovers that he's a little bit crazy. Ross and Rachel deal with sex related topics while Monica and Richard do the same, one room away from each other.
The Good: This episode was much better than the last as all 4 of the stories were meaningful and had several great laughs. The main Joey story was probably the weakest of the bunch, but it was still very good and provided some nice laughs. Chandler's story is excellent though as Eddie instantly becomes a hilarious and memorable side character while he demonstrates his unhinged craziness, which is made even funnier by Chandler's reactions to him. The writing was creative and the jokes even better. Meanwhile, both Rachel and Monica's storylines are excellent. They tie nicely into each other's as both couples experience some minor problems before they ultimately decide to have a passionate night together. Not only were the arguments between everybody funny, but all of the characters felt perfectly in line and logical through every moment. I particularly enjoyed the awkward interactions between Ross and Richard which were absolutely hilarious.
The Bad: I suppose it is a bit of a stretch for Eddie to suddenly be crazy, but I'm willing to buy it sine we hardly knew anything about him in the previous episode.
Best Moment: It's tough to choose with so many hilarious moments. I'll go with Eddie freaking out at Chandler after Tilly arrived. The scene was so well done with tons of great laughs.
Character of the Episode: Eddie for being just excellent though I could easily give this to a number of different characters. Chandler, Ross and Monica were all excellent here.
Conclusion: This episode was really good, delivering tons of great laughs and moments and had the Joey storyline been just a little bit better, I feel this could have been one of the show's best episodes.
Summary: Joey isn't enjoying his alone life as much as he had hoped and wants to move back in with Chandler. Chandler however comes to terms that Joey is gone and so gets a new roommate named Eddie. Monica is upset with Ross who is spending more and more time in his apartment. Phoebe is contacted by a record company to make a music video for Smelly Cat.
The Good: The two main stories are good here. Joey and Chandler are funny as they have a conflict which is funnily treated as a breakup. They have some good moments here and I particularly enjoyed Joey letting out his frustrations on Chandler. The Monica and Ross story is good too and has a really realistic feel by bringing in a sort of sibling rivalry into the mix. It had some sweet and funny moments throughout.
The Bad: This episode is fine but is really missing a spark throughout. There is fine storytelling in the major storylines but neither really make me laugh hard with some quality comedy. The Phoebe storyline feels pretty pointless and doesn't add much comedy either.
Best Moment: Joey snapping after the juice ran out was a hilarious moment and the idea that the juice just sent him over the edge was hilarious, and the scene was made even better by the egg analogy and Chandler pointing out that there is another carton just over there.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This had some good story but was lacking the special humour that most other episodes had. It was fine but completely unspectacular.
Summary: After an argument with Chandler, Joey decides to move out now that he is financially stable. Monica goes to her dad's birthday party with Richard and she struggles with how to tell them the news. Phoebe and Rachel go to get a tattoo.
The Good: This was another really good episode which featured some really good stories. The main story with joey and Chandler was really great and felt realistic because it made perfect sense for Joey to want to try to expand a little and leave. They had some funny moments in their conflict and there was some emotional resonance with Joey leaving. In a lot of ways Joey and Chandler's friendship is just as compelling as Ross and Rachel's relationship if not more. Meanwhile, the Monica story as the real highlight this time as it tackled a very awkward topic in hilarious fashion with a very consistent amount of humour. The Richard story has been excellent so far as it has provided loads of funny moments and has made Monica much more enjoyable. The tattoo storyline was harmless fun too and led up to some funny moments.
The Bad: The Chandler/Joey storyline wasn't as funny as both guys usually are since they were both put in such a serious situation. It's a minor nitpick but it is what prevents this episode from being one of the series' very best.
Best Moment: There are plenty of moments in Monica's storyline, but my favourite had to be Monica's time in the bathroom from Richard loudly talking to Monica "catching the live show".
Character of the Episode: I'll give this one to Jack Geller actually since he got a ton of hilarious lines. I believe this is the first time I've given this to a non-main character.
Conclusion: This was another really funny episode with a number of memorable moments and storylines. Quality stuff as usual.
Summary: Joey and Chandler buy new recliners and sit in them without getting up. Monica dates her eye doctor Richard who is 20 years older than her. They are uncomfortable at first but eventually give in. Ross and Rachel have their first date but Rachel is still a little weirded out by everything.
The Good: Joey and Chandler are funny in their side plot. Ross and Rachel have nice chemistry and produce a lot of nice little moments in their romantic scenes, especially with Rachel constantly laughing and the brilliantly executed museum date which provided great laughs. Monica and Richard's storyline is good too and they played falling in love very nicely. Phoebe is also pretty good at getting the odd chuckle as always. The story was really good overall in this episode.
The Bad: This episode was pretty forgettable overall. It sets up 2 different romances but doesn't provide a ton of hilarious moments. It's consistently good but with the exception of the museum scene it never really hits the next level. I suppose the ending was a little too silly as Ross really should be facing some consequences from the museum.
Best Moment: Ross and Rachel in the museum room provided some awesome moments.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: This was a great episode with funny moments, but doesn't have enough extremely funny moments to really send it over the top for me. It's probably one of the more forgettable episodes this season, even though I really did enjoy the storytelling.
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