Friday, September 13, 2013

Friends Friday: Episodes 2.1 and 2.2 (Recaps)

Episode 2.1: "The One With Ross' New Girlfriend"

Back from the summer break and season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off. Ross, Rachel, unidentified Asian woman, a bunch of flowers - all the ingredients for an incredibly awkward encounter.

One of the great things about season 2 is that we get to see Rachel's character develop and her sass show through much more. Season 1 Rachel is kind of a ditzy princess who occasionally veers into wet blanket territory. Season 2 Rachel has a much stronger motivation and thus a much stronger personality. I'm lovin' it.

Ignoring the fact that Rachel is mildly racist towards Julie, her crazed vindictiveness is thoroughly enjoyable. She purposefully wrecks Julie's punchline. She manically yells at Chandler. And she coins one of the best catchphrases of the series.


Now the entire gang is in an awkward position (except Ross, who remains clueless). They all were so invested in Ross and Rachel getting together only to have it thwarted. Hmm, maybe the writers are trying to parallel the group's experience with the audience's? Sneaky sneaky...

Rachel and Joey have a great bonding moment where he tells her to go for it with Ross. This continues the pattern established in the previous season - Joey may be a horn dog, but he has a heart of gold and always gives great relationship advice. Rachel does decide to tell Ross (which gives him a chance to express his undying hatred for Paolo the Crap Weasel) - and as Ross tells her how great she is, she realizes how great Ross is and how much she wants him to be happy. She decides to drop the romance thing - for now. Let's see how long that lasts...



The Ross/Rachel ongoing saga dominates most of the episode (as it does in much of the first part of Season 2), but unlike many of the other shows this season, they find equally entertaining B-plots for the rest of the friends to engage in. First, we see the boys in fantabulous Caesar haircuts a la Phoebe. Monica wants to get in on the haircutting action and one celebrity mix-up later (Dudley Moore vs. Demi Moore... that's always a tricky one), Phoebe butchers Monica's hair. Good stuff.

Also, Chandler's encounter with the groping tailor makes me laugh every. single. time. Poor Joey - you should never assume it's okay for your service provider to feel you up.

Too much drama for anyone to get down to business in this episode.

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

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel like Ross: 1
They like each other but aren't together: 1
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line: 

"And then the chicken pooped on her lap!" - Rachel ruining Julie's punchline

Joey: "Ross, will you tell him that's how a tailor measures pants?"
Ross: "Yes, yes it is... in prison!"

Episode 2.2: "The One With the Breast Milk"

Ugh, this is a bummer of an episode. We're basically supposed to be invested in the fact that Rachel has the emotional maturity of a bed wetting toddler and refuses to engage with Julie. When Monica acts like a grown up and tries to befriend Julie, Rachel starts lobbing marginally pointed barbs at her:



Monica has tasted her own medicine, Rach. And it is bitter. Or not. She tries to put her big girl panties on at the end, but the results are mixed at best. Yawn.

Aside from some great breast-feeding banter and some epic fashion (loving Carol's crazy print shirt), there's not much to say here. Ross and Julie are still together. The rest of the gang doesn't have a lot of arcs in the air, so it's a bit of a snooze. Things will get back on track next week when a certain amazing neighbor meets his maker.

No new sexytimes this episode, either. Monica holds her lead into next week. 

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

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel like Ross: 2
They like each other but aren't together: 1
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"Hi, Jew!" - Monica

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