Summary: Rachel invites Joshua to a fake party and so she has the group stage a fake surprise going-away party for Emily. Ross is upset that his plans for his last night with Emily didn't go as planned. Rachel tries and fails at seducing Joshua. Phoebe develops a craving for meat.
The Good: As a whole, this was really creative and really funny. The laughs in the episode were consistent and they managed to get funnier as the episode went on. Rachel was terrific again as she humiliated herself in hilarious fashion over and over again. Rachel is always funniest when she is humiliating herself due to her being in love, and that remained true here. This was her episode and she shone brightly. I really liked the conclusion to the story where Rachel ended up getting the guy despite humiliating herself, providing a good and funny feel-good moment. I particularly like the irony that Rachel really didn't need to seduce Joshua since he already liked her, making the whole party pointless. Furthermore, I enjoyed the scenes in the hallway a lot. The scene with Ross was excellent as both characters were genuine with how they understood each other without being over-the-top angry with each other again. I thought the writers showed tremendous restraint by not playing this scene for too many laughs. Instead, they saved the best laughs for Chandler's arrival which was a smart decision. The other stories were enjoyable too. Joey and Phoebe were really funny in this episode and I thought that most of their dialogue was brilliantly witty.
The Bad: This episode was inconsistent though and that prevents it from being a series' best. While a lot of jokes were awesome, some of the other ones were painfully awkward and unfunny. The teaser sequence especially suffered from this and it did nothing to make me excited for the episode. Thankfully, things recovered afterwards, but I'm left feeling like this was 4/5ths of a fantastic episode and that prevents it from being special.
Best Moment: I really loved Chandler fact-correcting Joey when he tried to reference a movie. Joey's response of "were you in the movie or something" was hilarious.
Character of the Episode: Rachel.
Conclusion: While this had some awkwardly unfunny moments, the rest of the episode was terrific, "Friends" at its best. Season 4 has been a welcome improvement over season 3, and this is another awesome episode to add on to this season's accomplishments.
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