Summary: Ross has to pick between Julie and Rachel and makes a list of cons for Rachel and Julie with Chandler and Joey. Ross chooses Rachel who is overjoyed, but she sees the list and doesn't want to be with Ross anymore. Ross tries to get Rachel on his side again. Monica gets a job making food products for a new brand called mockolate.
The Good: The story in this episode was tremendous. It flowed so logically and realistically throughout, and every development came naturally from the characters saying things that they would normally say, and doing things that they would normally do. Of course Chandler and Joey would suggest the list to Ross since they don't think about what would happen if Rachel found out. That fits their characters. Of course Ross would be really confused and lost, being in such an awkward situation. Of course Rachel would want to see what the guys were writing about her, not expecting to find something negative like she did. The list of great organic moments go on and on, making this a really satisfying chapter in the story, providing a very logical split for Ross and Rachel to further complicate their story. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this story unfold, as the writing was actually better than most dramas. But of course story isn't a priority in comedy episodes. The real question is, was this episode funny? And thankfully, yes it was. The characters still provided an absolute ton of great jokes throughout these serious situations and I got some of the best laughs this season from this episode. All the characters shined here, and Michael McKean was fantastic in his subplot, helping to add some much needed levity throughout the serious story points.
The Bad: Phoebe singing about the love triangle was funny, but it doesn't really make much sense and it seemed like a pretty cruel thing for her to do to Ross, who clearly just wanted to get off the topic.
Best Moment: The entire scene when Rachel tried to grab the list after it was accidentally printed by Chandler. All three guys were hilarious as they desperately tried to keep the list from Rachel, especially Joey who had the bright idea of Chandler reading to Rachel, which felt like a real thought he would have in his head to save them.
Character of the Episode: Rachel for this one, but it's close.
Conclusion: This was an awesome episode, the best of the season so far. Comedies are always at their best when a great story is combined with lots of funny jokes. This season has delivered a lot for the jokes in recent episodes, but this one went above and beyond for the story, making the episode hit that next level. Excellent stuff.
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