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.
Summary: Joey breaks his fridge and tries to get everyone else to pay for it. Ross gets concerned when he learns that Elizabeth is going out for spring break. Rachel needs to get a date to attend an event so Monica and Chandler compete with Phoebe to find the best guy.
The Good: This episode is pretty funny overall. Joey is fantastic and all of his attempts to get other people to pay for his fridge are hilarious. I really enjoy seeing the friends messing around like Joey does here as he tries to blame his broken fridge on everyone. A number of his lines made me laugh, and I really love the bit where he shoves Ross into the fridge and accuses him of breaking it. The Ross story is also pretty good. It's fun to see Ross and Elizabeth having way too much fun as they pretend not to know each other. Then later in the episode it's pretty fun to see Ross freaking out over Elizabeth going to spring break. The story has a great conclusion too as Ross turns up in Florida on the TV. There are a few funny moments in the Rachel storyline, such as Rachel asking Eldad if he uses conditioner before storming off.
The Bad: Unfortunately this is only two thirds of a great episode and the third storyline drops the ball in an enormous way. We know Rachel is good at attracting guys, so the idea that she would turn to others to help her is already unrealistic. But what happens next is downright absurd. I understand that Monica is competitive, but Phoebe and Chandler aren't anywhere near as competitive. It's very out of character for them to get so involved in this conflict, and it reeks of sloppy writing to just slap Monica's character traits onto Phoebe and Chandler for this episode. Furthermore, Phoebe, Chandler and Monica are terrible friends to Rachel here. They completely ruin her chances with a guy she really likes, which is just an awful thing to do, but then they refuse to apologize properly or even learn from their mistakes as they continue to let their petty competition overshadow their loyalty to Rachel. This is honestly the kind of stuff that ruins friendships, and it is extremely poor writing to have these character behave so poorly towards one another, especially for a show entitled "Friends".
Best Moment: Joey trying to explain to Chandler why he needs to pay him for the fridge was probably the funniest scene. I especially got a kick out of when Joey started comparing their situation to that of a divorced couple and it seems like he's going to bring up donating money for child support. But instead Joey absurdly brings up buying a new kid if the previous one dies. It's unexpected, but very funny, and it fits with Joey's character.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This episode is very funny and two of the storylines provide excellent humour. However, the Rachel/Phoebe/Chandler/Monica story is one of the worst storylines the show has done so far and it heavily drags down what should have been an awesome episode.
Summary: Ross meets a student who is in love with him and he decides to date her. One of Chandler's old friends has become a movie director and Joey pushes Chandler to talk to her and get him an interview. Rachel and Phoebe's apartment burns in a fire and the two of them have to live with Joey and Monica respectively.
The Good: This is just a really fun episode. There are three strong storylines here and each of them consistently made me laugh. All of the characters are extremely fun here, there is none of the cartoonish overacting that has plagued the season, and most of the laughs are organic. Ross is a lot of fun as he dates Elizabeth while also trying to maintain his reputation with the other professors. Ross' nicknames are clever, and the reveal that he could get fired for dating Elizabeth is a pretty good moment. Joey and Chandler's story is also really fun. The way that Chandler maneuvers the situation to get Joey an audition is really funny, as well as Joey's little jingle to remember Thursday. Phoebe and Rachel are also pleasingly consistent to their characters in their story, and I like the irony of Joey's place actually being the better place to stay over Monica's.
The Bad: Nothing I would call bad.
Best Moment: Joey almost missing his audition and Thursday and panicking when he realizes what day it is.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This is a really fun episode with a lot of laughs. This season is finally beginning to find some consistency.
Summary: Ross tries to teach "Unagi" to Rachel and Phoebe who are more than a little skeptical about the idea. Chandler and Monica agree to make each other Valentine's Day gifts but both of them don't know what to make for the other. Joey tries to pretend that he has a twin to do a medical experiment for money.
The Good: There are three very good but not quite great stories presented here. Ross is the highlight and the Unagi story is very funny. His attacks on Phoebe and Rachel are very funny, and the gag of him accidentally attacking two random other women ends the episode on a real high note. Monica and Chandler feel earnest as they struggle to get each other presents, and the ensuing chaos as Chandler pretends that he made a mixtape before the whole plan backfires on him is pretty funny to see. Lastly, the Joey story has some great moments like Joey's apparent backstory with Carl and him trying to hit on the receptionist.
The Bad: All three stories are quite silly in nature. Just about everyone is overacting regularly now and a lot of the laughs come from moments that don't feel even close to as realistic or relatable as moments from earlier in the series. For a show that is essentially about six friends living their lives, I need to feel like the story is one that would fit in reality. This interactions in this episode are just too unrealistic to create this feeling and that prevents this episode from being great.
Best Moment: Ross attacking the wrong women and getting his ass kicked was hilarious.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This was a goofy and funny episode, but also an episode that really shows how much this show has fallen.
Summary: Monica ends up sleeping with Chandler. Ross has a threesome with Carol and Susan but it doesn't go well. Rachel struggles to bring herself to have an affair with Joey since she is still married to Barry. The friends can't bring themselves to tell Phoebe that she is fired.
The Good: This was more really fun stuff. There's a nice message here about the bonds between the friends still bringing them to the same place anyways despite everyone's lives being so different. A lot of the conclusions were excellent. Ross and Rachel being drawn together again was lovely. Phoebe becoming a nicer person who plays guitar poorly is a nice way to end her story. Monica and Chandler were great again as they got closer in this episode. All of the story conclusions were great and satisfying. The episode had really funny moments too. The character interactions were wonderful and carried the episode, with several standout lines. Lastly, I loved seeing Joey's fancy apartment return in this episode, which was a nice detail.
The Bad: This was a rare case where the part 2 isn't as good as the part 1. Seeing the stories conclude was more predictable, meaning that this episode didn't fascinate me as much as the previous one. Also, I thought Chandler having only had sex once before Monica was inconsistent. Chandler was frequently with women throughout the early seasons, so I'm not sure why he hardly had sex in this alternate reality.
Best Moment: Joey and Ross talking about the threesome was hilarious.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: Like part 1, this was another extremely fun episode. While not quite as good as part 1, this was still really enjoyable.
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