Summary: The friends go for a vacation at the beach together and Bonnie can't make it. Chandler tries to convince Monica that he is boyfriend material. Ross and Rachel really connect again but it's ruined when Bonnie returns. Phoebe goes to talk to one of her mom's friends to see if she can help her find her father.
The Good: This episode was good and had some good storyline advancement. The Ross and Rachel stuff was pretty good and was pretty funny at times too. They have good chemistry and that carried this episode. The side storylines were fine and had funny moments, including the great strip happy days scene. I also liked Phoebe finding her real mother even if it wasn't particularly funny.
The Bad: This episode feels way to ordinary without any big laughs. It got chuckles but not much more. The show has been lacking in heavy comedy recently and it hurts this episode too.
Best Moment: Joey getting the tables turned against him when they finally played strip poker (or strip happy days game) was the funniest part.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This episode was good but nothing more than that. A disappointment considering the heights this show used to reach so consistently.
As a whole season 3 started off really well with a lot of great episodes as usual, but it really slowed down after the Ross/Rachel breakup. I don't know what happened but the writing and comedy went down notably after that point. While the show is still enjoyable, it feels like the writers are running out of ideas and that's a shame. Hopefully season 4 can turn things around again.
Summary: Monica tries to be supportive of Pete but he is beaten badly in every fight. Chandler is annoyed when his boss keeps slapping him on the butt. Phoebe sets Ross up with a woman who used to be bald to Rachel's dismay.
The Good: There were plenty of good laughs here. The central Pete story is really fun and had a lot of great moments involving Pete getting beat up, and there were a lot of clever jokes leading up to the big break up at the end. The other storylines were good too. I enjoyed Rachel being flustered that Phoebe set Ross up with a beautiful woman. Rachel was terrific in this episode and her interactions with Phoebe were great. Chandler's side plot was a fun little story with some light chuckle moments.
The Bad: Nothing really bad here. This episode does lack major laughs though and that puts it below some of the show's best. This flaw has plagued a lot of the latter half of this season.
Best Moment: The scene where Rachel flipped out at Phoebe outside the coffee shop was great.
Character of the Episode: Rachel.
Conclusion: This was a good and fun episode but it's missing that amazing moment to make it great.
Summary: Pete has to tell Monica something and she suspects that he is asking for marriage. Phoebe is dating two guys at the same time and struggles to decide with who to break up with. Ross notices a strange skin abnormality on his butt and tries to figure out what it is.
The Good: This was a pretty fun episode. Ross and Phoebe are consistently funny in their roles and their side stories are pretty fun despite being filler side stories. They never bored me and both characters draw really fun moments, like Ross going to the guru and Phoebe trying to get out of her situation when both Vince and Jason arrive at Central Perk. The main story is the most successful however as Monica frets over what Pete is going to tell her and ends up thinking that she has a full idea of what he is going to say only to be disappointed. I love how real this feels, as it shows a character taking one line that somebody else said and overanalyzing it until she comes up with a total answer in her head. It's a pretty real emotion and I'm happy to see the show exploring it while also coming up with some fun comedy.
The Bad: This episode does feel mostly filler aside from Monica's story and that hurts it. Also, there aren't a whole lot of funny moments here. There are consistent chuckles but this episode lacks a major laugh, which a lot of recent episodes have lacked. Also, there seems to be a larger dependency on Joey and Chandler overacting, especially Chandler, as his character lacks the subtlety which made him so funny in season 1.
Best Moment: Rachel harassing Ross for marrying a lesbian was very funny, as was Joey smiling at Ross before getting stared down. The best joke of the episode as it relied on the personalities of the characters rather than over-the-top slapstick.
Character of the Episode: Phoebe.
Conclusion: This was a good and fun episode, but felt a little filler and was missing the special spark that a lot of episodes this season have been missing.
Summary: Rachel dates Tommy who has anger issues which only Ross seems to notice. Joey and Kate are forced to break up when Kate gets a new job opportunity. Phoebe is put on hold by the company she is trying to call.
The Good: I enjoyed Phoebe's storyline the most here. Her character was great at getting tons of laughs out of limited content and the funniest moments were always from her storyline. This was easily the best part of the episode.
The Bad: The Tommy storyline was a bit too over-the-top and didn't get the appropriate laughs to make up for it. It was mildly funny seeing Ross obsess over him, but even that felt too over-the-top and it felt like the writers were pulling out Ross' obsessive nature too much for the sake of attempted comedy. It didn't work. Joey's storyline wasn't great either as it failed to feel emotional or even funny, rendering all of the build-up in the previous episodes pretty much pointless. The fact that it lacks humour is even worse.
Best Moment: Phoebe's moments of slowly being driven crazy by the phone were the funniest of the episode for sure.
Character of the Episode: Phoebe.
Conclusion: Phoebe's C-story which offred the odd laugh saved this episode from being a total dud. Not great storytelling or humour in this one.
Summary: Pete offers Monica a new job at a restaurant and reveals he is seeing someone else. However, Phoebe figures out Pete isn't seeing anyone and still loves Monica. Joey and Chandler buy a baby chick and try to take care of it. Ross misses a TV appearance to help Rachel who hurt herself.
The Good: Pete and Monica's story is good until the ending (see: The Bad). Both characters feel very real throughout and Phoebe is fantastic in her role as she tries not to break her word to Pete while also trying to help Monica, her friend. Ross and Rachel's storyline is good too. Ross is fantastic as always, and he does a great job of providing humour to a pretty serious storyline. As a whole, this was a great way to continue the Ross/Rachel storyline by getting them on appropriately good terms. Chandler and Joey make the odd laugh in their storyline.
The Bad: The ending of the Pete story is very bad. Monica suddenly loves Pete after a kiss. What? That makes absolutely no sense and I feel like it exists because the writers had no clue how to make Monica fall in love with Pete. The episode as a whole also isn't very funny. There are good moments and the Ross/Rachel story is strong, but the rest leaves something to be desired. Joey and Chandler disappoint in jokes and feel content to just parody being parents. "Friends" has always been weakest when it tries to parody and that remains consistent here.
Best Moment: Not much stands out really. I'll go with Ross being ridiculous while helping Rachel out in her room.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This episode was fine overall but did nothing special and disappointed me with a weaker level of comedy.
Summary: Rachel has Chandler go out with her boss Joanna. Joanna likes him but Chandler hates her and tells her he will call her back without any intention of doing so. Monica's aunt dies and she inherits her dollhouse. Phoebe wants to play with it but Monica doesn't let her because of Phoebe's creative innovations. Joey and Kate sleep together but Kate doesn't want it to be any more than a one night thing.
The Good: Joey and Kate's story is really good and allows us to see another side of Joey as he appears to genuinely be in love. This does lead to some funny moments and some good character moments too. The Chandler storyline is the funniest due to Chandler's line delivery and Rachel's frustrations, though it isn't as funny as the writers probably think (see: The Bad). The dollhouse story is fine, but it doesn't have much comedic value save for the hilarious scene of Ross trying to extinguish the fire.
The Bad: Joanna and Chandler overact a little too much for my liking which hurts the humour in the episode. It doesn't feel real and organic in the way most of the show's other relationships are, and that hurts the credibility of the humour. The funniest moments of the show are the realistic ones, and this episode's main comedy storyline fails on almost every level. The final line of Chandler saying he will call back is incredibly forced and is nowhere near as funny as something like the moment when Chandler has to apologize to Mary Jane and once more can't remember who she is. That moment felt real and earned, but this one is anything but that.
Best Moment: Ross trying to put out the fire and running into the bathroom where Monica was showering was hilarious, and their reactions afterwards are a close second.
Character of the Episode: Rachel.
Conclusion: This was a solid episode, but it lacked in humour and realism. The show hasn't hit the outstanding level in quite a while now and that's a worrying sign. Something needs to change to ensure that the show isn't starting a downwards spiral.
Summary: Rachel is asked out by Mark and she chooses to go out with him which upsets Ross. Monica discovers that she isn't attracted to Pete at all despite how great he is. Joey starts getting a crush on Kate, a fellow actress from his new role in a play.
The Good: This was a really well done episode which explored three completely different relationships. It was more of a character episode but it still did a great job of producing laughs. First of all, the Rachel and Ross storyline was excellent as usual. Both of them did well in their roles, particularly Ross who was hilarious and petty at all of the perfect times. I thought that the development for Ross where he finally had to let go of Rachel was very well done, and the big moment with Ross returning the shirt to Rachel was a really sweet ending to the episode. The other scenes between them were great too, as their argument was more light-hearted than their recent heavy fights and Ross' scene with Chandler was also fantastic (see: Best Moment). Monica and Joey's stories were harmless fun and did a good job of looking at some new aspects of these characters while allowing the secondary cast members to develop some chemistry with them to provide the needed humour.
The Bad: Nothing really. The episode could have used some more humour as the funniest scene here was the most over-the-top one. The show doesn't appear to be conveying realistic humour as well as it used to.
Best Moment: Chandler and Ross int he apartment was fantastic. I loved seeing Ross watching through the peephole while panicking while Chandler bounced his usual one-liners off of him. The culmination with Chandler having to hold back Ross as he tried to go to Rachel was great and served as a great character moment along with being a funny moment.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This was a really great episode which developed relationships nicely while providing the usual laughs. It was your usual episode of Friends without anything bad but also without anything fantastic, just consistently great.
Summary: Monica gets a date with Pete who happens to be a multimillionaire. Rachel gets Chandler a hypnosis tape to help him quit smoking, but it also causes him to behave like a woman. Frank is going to marry somebody who is twice his age and Phoebe tries to convince him not to do it.
The Good: I enjoyed this. The Frank storyline is pretty good and it has a lot of unexpected and genuinely funny moments as Frank tries to marry his English teacher while Phoebe tries to stop him. I especially loved the way that Frank turned things around on Ross and Joey as they went to try to convince him not to marry Alice. Monica's storyline with Pete is pretty good too and they have good chemistry as they hook up. There are also a few good moments which were funny in a similar way that the Richard and Monica were which is a good way to show that the writers understand how to make the show funny. The Chandler storyline added some harmless fluff to conclude a storyline which was started last episode in his smoking.
The Bad: The episode is overall pretty forgettable and there aren't many great moments outside of the Phoebe storyline. Chandler as a woman is a bit to on-the-nose sometimes as the show seems to be annoyingly fond of when he overacts for humour which to me isn't as good as the witty humour from seasons one and two.
Best Moment: Frank turning Joey and Ross's opinions around was pretty hilarious and well written.
Character of the Episode: Frank.
Conclusion: A pretty good and fun episode, though once more it doesn't get anywhere near the best of Friends. The show doesn't appear to be reaching that next level very consistently anymore but at least it's still very good.
Summary: Ross and Rachel are on bad terms now and refuse to be in the same room as each other so the other friends have to book specific times to be with each of them. Rachel invites the group on a ski trip and Ross is upset. Ross goes to Carol's to talk about things. The group gets stuck on a rest stop when Phoebe's car runs out of gas.
The Good: This was really well done. I like that the show continues to address Ross and Rachel's relationship while leaving both in a sympathetic light. Ross and Rachel both play their roles very well and continue to get the most humour out of their situation. I really enjoyed Ross going over to Carol's to talk about what happened and accidentally interrupt Carol's anniversary with Susan. The rest stop predicament was predictable but it was nevertheless funny and led to some great moments, like Joey's "PLEH" sign. The story of the friends being forced to pick sides almost leading to the group's destruction is a good one to tell and I think they did a pretty solid job with it.
The Bad: I don't think the episode told its story as well as it could have and it could have used some more big laughs. That's pretty much nit-picking though.
Best Moment: Joey's "PLEH" sign was really funny and a clever joke which led to some good lines from Chandler.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This was another good episode which continued Ross and Rachel's story with some nice moments.
Summary: Rachel wants to get back with Ross after Ross sleeps with Chloe, meaning that Ross has to attempt to make sure the truth doesn't get out to Rachel. Rachel finds out and the two of them get in an argument with Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Chandler stuck in the bedroom listening in.
The Good: This was a pretty powerful break-up and both Ross and Rachel played their roles to perfection. I was genuinely sad that their relationship had degraded so much and I was also able to sympathize with both as they attempted to get through it. I thought it was done very well. Thankfully there was humour too, mostly coming from the other 4 friends in the bedroom who were stuck in there. The dialogue was written expertly to provide comic relief without making anybody behave out of character and I thought the timing was always perfect.
The Bad: This is a tough episode to rate as a sitcom. A lot of the drama is too sad and depressing to make this a great episode of comedy, and even the great jokes between the other four can't overcome the melancholy atmosphere.
Best Moment: Joey's "walk" was such a fantastic moment to relieve the tension and make me laugh out loud. The ridiculous idea of him thinking about something like that managed to feel real and it worked very well.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This episode had some great jokes and funny moments, but the overall serious atmosphere prevents this from reaching high heights. I really enjoyed this, but it isn't efficient as a comedy.
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