Summary: New York City has a black out and all the friends except Chandler are stranded in their apartment. Chandler is trapped in an ATM vestibule with hot model Jill Goodacre and tries to impress her. Meanwhile at the apartment after a conversation with Joey, Ross tries to make a move with Rachel but is blocked when Rachel meets Paolo, an Italian man who she is instantly infatuated with.
The Good: Now this is more like it! After last episode was rather ordinary, this was a spectacular return to form and delivered a really special episode. Where to begin? First of all, my complaints about Joey in the previous episode were rectified here. Joey is put back in the background and is much better there and delivers several hilarious lines to Ross especially. Joey's charm definitely won me over here. Monica had less of a role in this episode, but she was great in her scenes and managed to help progress the plot with her lines too, specifically with getting over how dreamy Paolo is. Ross and Rachel were excellent as always. David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston are so good in the roles and really bring these characters to life. It was nice to get a full episode to explore Ross' affections on Rachel which have seemed to be a bit clumsily on and off throughout the show so far. Here there seems to be a dedicated direction given to the storyline with the introduction of Paolo, which really works and makes the entire story more engaging. I'm excited to see what Ross will do in the future to try to get Rachel back, which is very good. Chandler in the ATM vestibule was amazing too (see: Best Moment) and almost every line had me laughing out loud involving that storyline. Another thing that really worked about this episode was how well written it as. All the dialogue was witty and humourous and each of the characters played a role in the story and had their memorable moments.
The Bad: Nothing really. This was excellent.
Best Moment: We really are spoiled for choice here with so many hilarious moments. In the end I will have to go with Chandler phoning Joey about Jill Goodacre, as that had me laughing more than anything else. The other Chandler scenes were also spectacular and almost took this section. His character was used to brilliantly to pull all the possible humour out of the situation.
Character of the Episode: Chandler again.
Conclusion: This was stellar television and I was laughing almost the entire time. Great comedy makes full use of all characters and has regular laughs that floor you, and this did all of that in such a brilliantly organic fashion. Fantastic television.
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