Friday, August 2, 2013

Friends Friday: Episodes 1.17 and 1.18 (Recaps)

Episode 1.17: "The One with All the Poker"

This is another of my favorite episodes of Season 1. It's basically hilarious from top to bottom. The premise is pretty simple: the boys have a poker night and the girls want in. Rachel wants a new job. And Marcel can't stop listening to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," which leads to one of the only good things that he ever brought to the show:


Most of the fun comes from the girls moving from being predictably (and stereotypically) awful at poker to having a real neck 'n' neck to see who will win. The first session of the girls learning makes me laugh out loud every time...







I love how supportive the girls are of each other! They want each other to succeed - I know that makes for terrible game play, but it's so sweet spirited that I can't help but love it.



Besides all the poker (which is awesome), this is also the week that the Ross/Rachel pining gets kicked up a notch. Which has inspired me to add another metric to the weekly count.* Ross just wuvs Rachel so much and it's killing him. But he tries to act all tough in the game to conceal his feelings, leading to some epic banter ("Ooo, I'm a man- Ooo, I have a penis- Ooo, I have win money to exert my power over women.")("Your money is mine, Green." "Your fly is open, Geller."). Alas, he cannot help but very sweetly let Rachel win after she doesn't get her dream job.

So by the end of this week, Rachel is still at Central Perk. The girls have learned to play poker. And the stakes between Ross and Rachel have been ratcheted up five fold. Everyone wins!

No hookin' up in this episode.

The Great Hook-Up Round-Up:
Phoebe: VII
Monica: VII
Rachel: V
Joey: IIII
Chandler: III
Ross: I

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 17
Rachel like Ross: 0
They like each other but aren't together: 0
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"The fifth dentist caved and now they're all recommending Trident?" - Chandler

"Are you sure? Because Phoebe just threw away 2 jacks because they didn't look happy." - Ross

Episode 1.18: "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away"

This is another great episode... maybe we've officially passed the awkward Season 1 slump that every show has and things will really be cooking from here on in. Here's hoping!

Okay, so Ross is finally going to nut up and tell Rachel that he wuvs her. This is after she finds out that Barry and Mindy are getting married and asks him if he thinks she'll ever find the one. "Someone who's like your best friend but who also makes your toes curl." Honey, you just described your future relationship with the man you're talking to. But we'll get to that. 

Ross' move? Have her babysit his romantic-partner-substitute/child pet monkey and then woo her over some vino. Sounds like a great plan - Chandler agrees.



If only it were that simple, Ross! We need you guys to stay apart until the season finale. Just hang in there.

While watching Marcel, Rachel accidentally lets him get out (she was distracted by the fact that he had pooped in Monica's shoes, which, I'm sorry Monica, really are hideous and should just be thrown out) and then calls animal control to help them find him. What follows is a series of very satisfying hijinks as the friends roam the building searching for Marcel. Loyal Joey, resisting the lure of sweaty women! Loyal Phoebe, taking a dart in the butt to let Marcel get away! Loyal Mr. Heckles, demanding restitution for his Belgian waffle!

Luisa the Monkey Catcher ends up being pretty bitchy about her high school grievances, but in the end, we see Rachel really fighting for her friendship with Ross, which is lovely. For the first time, we can see how much Ross really does mean to her, which makes us root all the more when he finally gets her alone in the dark with some wine...

Until Deus Ex Barry shows up and keeps them apart yet again! Duh, dun, DUNNNN! Stay tuned til next week, folks... 

This is officially a sex-free week. Everyone is holding steady in the numbers, with Phoebe and Monica tied in the lead. 

The Great Hook-Up Round-Up:
Phoebe: VII
Monica: VII
Rachel: V
Joey: IIII
Chandler: III
Ross: I

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 18
Rachel like Ross: 0
They like each other but aren't together: 0
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"Eeeh, you were fat. You had your own problems." - Luisa the Monkey Catcher

"Barry, who you almost...? Mindy, you're maid of...?" - Monica

*I'm going to keep track of how many episodes have Ross pining for Rachel, Rachel pining for Ross, etc. etc. It's such an underlying driver of the entire series that it'll be interesting to see how many episodes have zero role in the Ross/Rachel ongoing saga. I'll color the current emotion state in purple, along with the tallies.

Here are the recaps from AV Club on this one... it looks like you have to pick a side. You can be right and side with me and Joe, or you can be wrong and go with Sonia. Your choice.

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