Summary: Monica sees Jean-Claude Van Damme and wants Rachel to ask him out for her but Jean wants to go out with Rachel instead. Rachel agrees and the girls come to blows while Phoebe tries to put out the fire. Chandler meets a former schoolmate and goes out with her only to find that she wants revenge on him for humiliating her in grade 4. Ross prepares to have Marcel one final time and Joey gets a role as an extra in a movie.
The Good: This was a continuation of the last episode, and thankfully the writers put the exact same amount of effort into this one to make it feel special. All my compliments on the previous episode also apply for this one, as they used the celebrities smartly while having simple but effective storylines which are filled with fantastic moments, with Chandler's storyline stealing the show this time. Chandler's acting was fantastic as expected and he did a great job getting humour out of absolutely every scene. But of course everything else was pretty great too. The Rachel/Monica/Phoebe story is just fantastic and was a hilarious way to put all three women at something of a conflict leading to several hilarious scenes of them Rachel and Monica trying to get back at each other with Phoebe trying her best to calm things down. This could have easily fallen into a clichéd mess, but the dialogue was smartly written ad felt real while also being extremely funny at all times. Great work by the writing team for that storyline. The Joey as an extra bit was good for the odd chuckle as well, though it doesn't do as good of a job as Phoebe's storyline in the previous episode.
The Bad: If you have read my previous reviews, you should know that Marcel has easily been Friends' worst storyline for me and that remains here. Sure we got a cute story for Ross, but I really didn't laugh at all for it and it was completely forgettable and felt like a waste of a plot for Ross who is usually one of the funniest characters on the show. Thankfully Ross got a good role in the Chandler plot which I'll get into below.
Best Moment: Everything that took place in the bathroom as superb. The dialogue, the character details and the laughs were perfectly executed and they had me laughing the entire time. That scene is a perfect example of how to do a comedy.
Character of the Episode: Chandler.
Conclusion: The Marcel story prevents this episode from reaching the same height as the previous one, but this was still stellar television which was injected with a real energy and tons of laughs. Friends has done a fantastic job of being consistently funny and it seems that the writing is improving with every episode. This was another excellent episode.
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