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.
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