Summary: Rachel is upset because her divorced parents keep arguing. The friends throw a surprise birthday party for Rachel but they are forced to create two separate parties when both of Rachel's parents show up. The friends attempt to keep the parents separate as Rachel struggles to have a good time listening to both of them complain.
The Good: This was a really creative episode of comedy and it worked so well because of that. The idea of the two parties was ingenious and the desperate attempts to keep Rachel's parents away from each other allowed for some hilarious tension and very inventive laughs. All 6 friends got the spotlight at different times and all were very funny whenever they needed to be. But the main focus here was on Rachel who had a fantastic episode to examine her feelings with the divorce. It felt very real and gave us an excellent story to base the episode around. The laughs were spectacular in this episode. Ross' antics were brilliant as always, Phoebe's "secret operation" was really funny, Monica's obsession with an organized party was great, Chandler's energy was as great as always and Joey got a lot of nice moments throughout like when he hilariously kissed Rachel's mom. Even Gunther got some lines and funny moments.
The Bad: Nothing.
Best Moment: There are so, so many laughs to select from. I'll go with Ross' hilarious conversations with Rachel's parents as he tries to sheepishly explain things away.
Character of the Episode: Ross.
Conclusion: This was a fantastic episode with an engaging plot and some of the show's very best laughs. Episodes like this are why Friends is one of the very best sitcoms out there.
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