Monday, October 28, 2013

Books Like Whoa: Everyday I'm Poeticizing

Well, not every day. But every week I'm poeticizing for my grad school's newspaper (Et Cetera Online). I know embarrassingly little about poetry to have such a column, but it's been good fun to explore the wide world of poetics and to invite others to join me. Aside from my small offering, you should certainly check out the great articles that have been featured so far this year... it is definitely a window into how blessed I am to be studying with such smart and interesting people.


Enjoy!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Friends Friday: Episodes 2.11 and 2.12 (Recaps)

Episode 2.11: "The One with the Lesbian Wedding"


Before we even address the plot of this episode, I'd like to take a moment to pause and reflect on how many funny one liners this episode contains. I've listed my favorites at the bottom. Any one of them would be gif worthy, but I will save that honor for the king of this episode's jokes:


Anyhoo, this is the week where Susan makes an honest woman out of Carol. Carol is great - she wants to include Ross, but doesn't force his hand. Everyone gives Ross a hard time for not wanting to participate in the festivities, but I have to say, I'm on his side here. If she had left him for a man, no one would blame him for feeling weird and jealous and sad about her remarrying. That's what makes it all the sweeter when Ross really comes through for Carol - as a friend and as the father of her child- by walking her down the aisle. And when Ross and Susan dance together? My heart melts. The whole divorce situation was incredibly unfair to Ross, even if it was unavoidable, but it's lovely to see him make lemonade out of lesbian lemons.

In our B stories, we have Phoebe (weirdly) being possessed by an old woman who died while Phoebe was massaging her, Joey enjoying the perks of soap opera fame, and Monica becoming increasingly unhinged as she pulls together the menu for the wedding.

Rachel's mother (played by the fabulous Marlo Thomas) is also visiting the friends this week, kicking off one of the last major family story lines that the series ever tackles. Rachel finally realizes that her mother's life is basically the one that she escaped- there is genuine pathos when her mother quietly explains, "You didn't marry your Barry, honey... but I married mine." What makes the storyline work is that you see both women's point of view - Mrs. Green sees Rachel's independent life and it makes her own life seem constraining. Rachel wants her parents to stay together. No one is the bad guy and while there's humor, there's no short cut around the tension of the situation.

You know, now that I'm thinking about this episode, I have to say it is both incredibly sweet and incredibly funny - this is something that that the series will do increasingly well and consistently in subsequent seasons. This episode is great all around and reminds me of why I like the show so much.

No hookups in this episode - though Chandler does have some spectacular strike outs with the lesbians at Carol's wedding.


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

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel likes Ross: 6
They like each other but aren't together: 6
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"Then I started thinking about all of us and how these are the days of our lives." - Joey on DOOL

"Whose the bitterest man in the living room, the bitterest man in the living room... hi neighbor." - Chandler on Ross

"Hey, if she were marrying a guy, she'd be, like, the worst lesbian ever." - Joey

"The last time I saw you it was eat or be eaten." - Mrs. Green on Monica

"Can't she just copy my haircut?" - Rachel on her mom

"You did cut into my very busy day of sitting." -Mr. Edelman

"So, what's new in sex?" - Mrs. Green

"The world is my lesbian wedding." - Chandler

Episode 2.12: "The One After the Superbowl"

Guys, I'm genuinely surprised by this episode - I remember hating it, but it actually made me laugh quite a bit!

The main reason that I remember hating it is because Marcel comes back for no reason at all other than remind us of that tragic period of Friends history. Happily, it also results in Rachel and Monica vying for the affections of Jean Claude Van Damme (natch) and Phoebe having to physically intervene.




Speaking of Phoebe, oh the songs!! So, Phoebe gets asked to write children's songs for story hour at the local library. I cannot resist - I am going to have to quote them all in full:


Now, Grandma's a person who everyone likes,
She bought you a train and a bright, shiny bike.
But lately she hasn't been coming to dinner,
And last time you saw her she looked so much thinner.
Now, your mom and your dad said she moved to Peru,
But the truth is she died and some day you will too.
Lalala LAlalala LAlalala LAlalala La La La La
Lalala LAlalala LAlalala LAlalala La La La La
**
There'll be times when you get older
When you'll want to sleep with people
Just to make them like you
But don't.
'Cause that's another thing
That you don't wanna do
Everybody!
That's another thing
That you don't wanna do.
**
Oh, the cow in the meadow goes moo,
Oh, the cow in the meadow goes moo.
Then the farmer hits him on the head and grinds him up,
And that's how we get hamburgers.
Now, chickens!
**
Sometimes men love women
Sometimes men love men,
And then there are bisexuals
Though some just say they're kidding themselves.
La lalala lalalalala la
La la lalala lala la la

When her boyfriends tries to point out that these are not the most age appropriate songs, Phoebe takes it really well.



In other news, Joey has a stalker! And it's Brooke Shields! The very best part of this story line is when she starts caressing and licking his hand in a public restaurant (as you do). Though watching all the friends throw water on Joey is also pretty great.






And finally, we have the most exciting celebrity guest spot of the episode: Julia Roberts as Chandler's vengeful love interest! Before we go any further, can we just say that using the word "underpants" instead of "underwear" is 10x funnier? I don't know why, but it just is. Anyways, Miss Roberts is Chandler's 4th grade friend who is holding a grudge over something 9 year old Chandler did to her. Long story short, she leaves him alone in her pink thong in a public men's room. Lesson learned? Don't be a jerk when you're a kid or it will result in utter humiliation as an adult. And the other parents said my parents were wrong to let me watch this...

Again, no new sexual partners. 

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

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel likes Ross: 6
They like each other but aren't together: 7
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"I hope you realize you're not getting these underpants back!" - Chandler


"I'm sorry Mr. Geller. But you know, there's an old saying: "Sometimes monkeys die." It's not a great saying, but it certainly is fitting today." - Evil Zoo Keeper

Monday, October 21, 2013

Frolicking in Fall Foliage

Guys, if you haven't noticed, it's fall.


My favorite time of year... I'm not totally sure why. Part of it is that I love pumpkins and apples and all the autumnal food that kicks in this time of year. Part of it is that I love fall leaves and finding new colors to take pictures of (I'm just warming up for the year...).






But mostly, I love walking around in the crisp air, snuggled up in corduroy jackets and cashmere scarves, and musing on life and death. I know that a lot of people think it's macabre to think about death. But you know what? It's a part of life. The insipid #YOLO craze reveals the only valid function that many people see for death is an ominous reminder to do whatever the hell you want to now because the fun will be over soon. Even if you don't believe in an afterlife, surely there can be some wisdom taken from not treating death as the ultimate ill.

Fall, for me, is a reminder that our lives are indeed short, but that our short time on earth is a part of the bigger story of humanity. It reminds me that life is full of both joyful and awful things. It reminds me of beauty and temporality and the terror and ecstasy that is living. I feel more alive after I walk around in the leaves, and I invite you to give it a try. Here are some of the songs I've been listening to this fall to help set the musing vibe:

"April, Come She Will" - Simon & Garfunkel
"Awake My Soul" - Mumford & Sons
"Vito's Ordination Song" - Sufjan Stevens
"Every Breath" - Gungor
"Hand-Me-Down Tune" - The Avertt Brothers

Now go see some leaves!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friends Friday: Episodes 2.9 and 2.10 (Recaps)

Episode 2.9: "The One with Phoebe's Dad"

This is officially the episode when I get sick of Ugly Naked Guy with the way too obvious Christmas balls joke.



Though in other recurring side character news, Gunther finally gets a name! And a line! Rejoice, one and all. And we establish Mr. Treager as their weirdo super. 

Anyways, moving on...

In the list fall out from last week, Ross is trying to convince Rachel that if she made her own list about him, she'd feel better and they could move on. When she does, he takes it really, really well (spoilers: no, he doesn't). He tries to counteract her (all too valid) critique of his inability to act by completely failing to rectify their broken radiator situation. Rachel lets him down easy...






(Also, BTW, the radiator being broken jokes throughout this episode are delightful) 



Meanwhile, Phoebe has discovered that her grandmother has been lying about who her father is, where he is, what he looks like - basically everything.



Chandler and Joey delay their Christmas shopping to accompany her on the first of many attempts to make contact with her real dad. Aside from establishing her amazing old school taxi and terrible driving skills, not much is accomplished as Phoebe realizes the emotional risks of trying to meet the man who walked out on her family are too steep. The boys are incredibly sweet and supportive... but don't worry because they then make up for their soft side by getting everyone terrible presents at the gas station. Windshield wipers, sodas, toilet seat covers, and condoms. Well, thanks guys...



This is a great episode all around - charming, poignant, and funny. Merry Christmas to us all!

No new partners this week, and Monica and Phoebe hold onto their lead. 


The Great Hook-Up Round-Up:
Monica: VIII
Phoebe: VIII
Chandler: VI
Rachel: V
Joey: V
Ross: II

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel likes Ross: 6
They like each other but aren't together: 4
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"Unless 14 across "Gershwin Musical" actually is bite me, bite me, bite me." - Ross on Monica's ruined crossword

"Don't you have to be Claymation to say stuff like that?" - Chandler

Episode 2.10: "The One with Russ"

Really, writers? I am getting sick of this protracted nonsense of keeping Ross and Rachel apart for no good reason. Look, she likes him. He likes her. There are no true obstacles to keep them from being together. 

This episode, they try to remind us that we're supposed to be rooting for R&R to get together by having Rachel date Ross' doppelganger in periodontist form (no seriously, it's David Schwimmer in both roles).



Yawn. Writers, if this is all you can deign to come up with, than I won't deign to fully recap. Besides this boring A story, Joey is conflicted about whether or not to sleep with a casting director to get a part on DOOL (Days of Our Lives, to those in the know). Considering that he ends up playing Dr. Drake Ramoray for almost half of the show's run, I think you can guess what he decides to do. 

Also, Monica tries to date Fun Bobby again, but discovers that the "fun" part is squarely linked to the "alcoholic" part of Bobby. Hijinks ensue. And I end the episode tapping my feet, ready for some actual story to happen again.

(PS - Glad Julie gets a happy ending!)


Joey reminisces about past exploits and adds another notch to his tally- he pulls into second place. Joey & Denise "General Maker" DeMarco and Joey & Lori the Creepy Casting Director


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

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel likes Ross: 6
They like each other but aren't together: 5
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"You could not be more wrong. You could try, but you would not be successful." - Russ/Ross

"I always made excuses about it like I'm just a social drinker, or hey, it's Flag Day!" - Fun Bobby on drinking

"Yep, you're going to have to sleep with her." - Estelle

"I don't know what she sees in... in... that goober. And what, and it takes him, what? Like... like... I don't know, uh... uh, hello... a... week, to get out a sentence." - Ross on Russ

Monday, October 14, 2013

Books Like Whoa: On Curation and Selection

I have a moment every so often that nearly brings me to tears. The location is inevitably some bookstore or library. The occasion is my gazing around at the countless bookshelves around me. The feeling is the awareness that I will never be able to read all of these books. Well, that's the first feeling. It is swiftly followed by acute existential despair. 


It doesn't even have to be a book collection as big as your typical public library or local bookseller. My own personal library routinely bums me out. I have approximately 650 books, of which I have not read about 250. And that doesn't include the couple hundred free books I've piled up on my Kindle (totally doesn't count, right? Out of sight out of mind...). Between a mountain of school reading and the desire to do something besides hang around with my nose in a book, when am I going to read all these?




Whenever I read articles like this, it further reminds me of the limits of my reading time here on earth. There are only so many books I will be able to read in my lifetime. There is only so much space I have in my home and on my digital devices to hold books. How do I decide what books to procure? How do I determine which books to read? 

I normally have some sense of purpose in reading, but with my "job" being so focused on reading, it's getting harder and harder to find my personal reading voice these days. I don't really have an answer of how to balance pleasure reading with things I have to read, at this point. I only hope I can get my book hoarding procuring habit under control until I figure that out...




Friday, October 11, 2013

Friends Friday: Episodes 2.7 and 2.8 (Recaps)

Episode 2.7: "The One Where Ross Finds Out"


Let's dive right into the meat of things, shall we? Because this is a Top 10 episode for me... That's right. Because it combines genuine hilarity with epic plot movement, as all great Friends episodes do. 

Rachel is trying to move on- really. She's deflated about Ross and Julie and she wants to distract herself. Yet this noble attempt is totally thwarted when she discovers that Ross is getting a cat with Julie. I mean, how is she supposed to have a normal date when she knows that the love of her life is about to take things to the next level with The Other Woman?

So Rachel proceeds to get rip roaring drunk on her blind date... poor Michael! He really deserves better on his first date after his divorce. But sloppy drunk Rachel is amazing. There's cat jokes, there's gigantic cell phone humor, there's wine bucket humor, there's great physical comedy... what's not to love? And as Drunk Rachel finishes her drunk dial to Ross- in which she reveals her secret love, natch- she has one of the show's all time best lines:



Rachel doesn't totally remember what happened on her date the next day. That is, until Ross starts to check his messages.


Ross is flummoxed by this revelation. So much so that he totally blows the whole getting a cat thing with Julie (his freakout at the animal shelter is pretty great). He goes to confront Rachel and they have the first of many epically melodramatic fights. However, by the end of it....


Ross and Rachel kissed! Hooray! Let's see how long this lasts...

In other news, Monica is helping Chandler get into shape - mostly to give her something to distract herself from her unemployment blues. Chandler is a little reluctant.


This is a great B story, though the weight jokes seem to be in a little bit poor taste given Perry's drug and weight struggles in years to come. However, since we get to see him in stretchy pants, I think they get a pass. Great work out montages and brilliant revelation about Chandler's butt-clenches at work keeping the mail people from delivering to him.

Also, Phoebe gets duped into having commitment free sex with the guy she's dating. Joey takes notes on his strategy.

Phoebe sleeps with Scott after his Jedi-mind tricks... Phoebe & Scott

The Great Hook-Up Round-Up:
Monica: VIII
Phoebe: VIII
Chandler: VI
Rachel: V
Joey: V
Ross: II

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel like Ross: 6
They like each other but aren't together: 2
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:
"You're being a little weird about your phone." - Rachel to the stranger who doesn't want to let her use his cell

"I think there was a restaurant... I know there was wine." - Rachel on her date

"But if we put on spandex and my boobs are bigger than yours, I'm going home." - Chandler

Joey: "When I first met you, you know what I said to Chandler? 'Excellent butt, great rack.'"
Phoebe: "That's so sweet! I mean, officially I'm offended, but that's so sweet..."

Episode 2.8: "The One with the List"


Ross and Rachel kissed! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! A great opening scene to demonstrate the difference in men and women's priorities examines this question.

Ross has a huge dilemma after the passionate kiss fallout... he clearly loves Rachel, but he's with Julie. He cheated on Julie. Hmmm, perhaps this should be a warning to you, Rachel?

Anyways, to clarify the position that he finds himself in, Phoebe writes him a song called "Two of Them Kissed Last Night." Allow me quote it in full...


There was a girl, we'll call her Betty
And a guy, let's call him Neil
Now I can't stress this point too strongly...
This story isn't real.
Now our Neil must decide
Who will be the girl that he casts aside?
Will Betty be the one who he loves truly?
Or will it be the one who we'll call... Loolie?
He must decide, he must decide,
even though I made him up, he must decide!


Thanks Pheebs, that clears everything up.

Chandler convinces Ross to make a pro/con list on his epically old computer. 


Chandler is so sadly excited about word processing. Anyhoo, the bottom line? Rachel isn't perfect, but Ross loves her anyways. He breaks up with Julie... and for a hot minute, everything is fine.


Alas, we know this can't last. We're only 1/3 of the way through the season - no way we can't milk this relationship for a little more drama. So...

Rachel finds the list. Now, while I adore Chandler's attempt at cover up ("Oh look, cried Ned!"), this is an utterly ridiculous contrivance. I mean, yes, the list isn't great. It would certainly hurt my feelings if I was in her shoes. But 30 minutes of fighting should clear the whole thing up. Instead, there is another melodramatic fight and emo use of "With or Without You." By the end of the episode, Rachel is sulking and Ross is pining. No one wins, except the writers and sweeps week.

In other news, Monica gets an amazing part time job with Michael McKean as the Evil Mocklateer. Mocklate sounds amazing/terrifying. I love it.

No further hook-ups, so Phoebe and Monica stay tied to fight another day...


The Great Hook-Up Round-Up:
Monica: VIII
Phoebe: VIII
Chandler: VI
Rachel: V
Joey: V
Ross: II

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel like Ross: 6
They like each other but aren't together: 3
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

Joey: "Tongue?"
Ross: "Yeah."
Joey" Cool."


"Oh, I know. This must be so hard. 'Oh, no! Two women love me. They're both gorgeous and sexy. My wallet's too small for my fifties, and my diamond shoes are too tight!'" - Chandler

"Oh sweet Lord, this is what evil must taste like!" - Phoebe

Monica: "I have no morals and I need the cash."
Evil Mocklateer: "It's like I'm lookin' in a mirror." 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Books Like Whoa: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rereads)

I have to confess, I've always defended Harry against his nay-sayers for this book. But on this reread... I finally had to admit that they had a point. Project Reread HP ticks along with book numero 5...



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by J.K. Rowling

First Read: I was there at midnight in 2003 to get my copy, which I tore through immediately

Format: Plugging along on the audiobooks courtesy of Pottermore and Jim Dale - love that man

Thoughts:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is one of my favorites in the series, or at least it has been up to this reading. Yet I have had to come to grips on this reread with a simple fact: it is built on a trifecta of asshattery. The asshats in question are Harry, Sirius, and Dumbledore. Let's consider each of their asshattiness in turn.

Harry is basically a whiny schmuck throughout this entire book. I will defend him, because he is a 15 year old boy, and his normal hormonal craziness is likely simmering alongside a solid case of PTSD. He is still an asshat, especially when it comes to lashing out at his friends without being able to articulate what he's so mad about.


But considering that he's basically coming to grips with a lifetime case of being Typhoid Mary, I'll give him somewhat of a pass.

Now let's look at Sirius. He is more responsible for acting like a petulant child, considering that he is a GAM.* But to be fair, he went to a Guantanomo-esque prison when he was innocent and still a pretty young guy, so that's enough to screw you up royally. True, he literally pouts when Harry refuses to aid and abet him in genuinely reckless behavior.



And his cockiness *SPOILERS* gets him killed, which is the last thing that his godson needs at the moment.



But again, he clearly has some serious psychological baggage that is motivating his actions. I can make my peace with his immaturity.

The final corner of this asshat triangle is Dumbledore and let's be real, he has by far the fewest excuses. This is one of the only times in the series that I truly feel Rowling fails to properly/realistically motivate her characters. He's keeping all the backstory from Harry (which we'll deal with in the next reread) for 2 ostensible reasons: 1) Dumbledore doesn't want Voldemort to catch onto his plans and be tempted to control Harry, and 2) He wants to preserve what's left of Harry's childhood and not cause him any more pain. The first reason is ab.surd. Voldemort is bound to figure out that he can see into Harry's mind sooner than later. Voldemort will then know that Harry knows there's a connection. Considering that Harry is Dumbldore's #1 protege, don't you think Voldemort can make that leap that Dumbledore knows that Voldemort knows that he can get up into Harry's psyche?



Insane. Why Dumdledore didn't have Harry onto Occlumency lessons, like, the day after the Triwizard Tournament fiasco makes zero sense. As for the second supposed reason, let's get real here. Harry kissed his innocence goodbye a long time ago. Even if we were to ignore his mother being murdered in front of him, his subservient treatment by his unloving relatives, the 2 previous times that an embodied form of Voldemort tried to murder him at Hogwarts, and the trauma of being nearly soul-sucked by a herd of Dementors, let's just look at what happened to him right before Dumbledore starts giving him the freeze out...

Harry is lured into a death trap by his mentor/confidant, who is actually his attempted murderer's minion. His friend is murdered in front of him. He is strapped to a tombstone and watches his parents' Judas cut off his own arm. He sees Voldemort emerged from a bubbling caldron and then has to have the equivalent of a wizard street fight with the guy in the middle of a graveyard while a bunch of menacing adults taunt him. His dead loved ones emerge in ghost form to aid him and then he has to carry his dead friend's body back to Hogwarts. Just when Harry thinks he's safe, his mentor reveals that he is an impostor who is also going to try to kill him. And then he's basically called a liar by the head of the government.



So, yeah, Dumbledore. I think the innocence ship has sailed. And is it really going to be less painful to found out that he's probably going to be murdered by Voldemort in a couple years? I say yank that band-aid off sooner than later. I know JK is trying to pass off that Dumbley is too emotionally involved with Harry, but really...



Anyways, my biggest take away from this book is that Dumbledore's faults are a lot more glaring now that I'm an adult and have a better gauge as to what constitutes reasonable behavior towards the care of minors. There is no real reason why Dumbledore doesn't give Harry at least a little more information, other than it would ruin JK's plotting. I can feel the gears turning here a little too hard in an attempt to hold the major plot arc off for the next book. That being said, this makes me even more excited for books 6 & 7.

And besides the trifecta of asshattery, Order has an abundance of delights. Watching the gang form Dumbledore's Army is delightful (Harry puts on one hell of a night class!) and the Weasley twins' escape from Umbridge's clutches never fails to bring a smile for me.

Ehrmagerd, speaking of Umbridge, she is pure evil! I never fail to be totally creeped out by her twisted combination of sadism and obsessive pink collecting. She is a bureaucratic Satan incarnate, truly, and hat's off to JK for creating such a thoroughly despicable character in such a plausible way. And the scene in the Department of Mysteries never fails to creep the ever loving crap out of me.


Besides all the faults that I can see in Phoenix's plotting, it continues to be an incredibly emotional reading experience for me. When I got to the end and realized who died on my first read, it screwed up my life for a while. It is the reason that I read the ending of any book I am emotionally involved with before getting too far into things. I can't handle having it sprung on me. And even though I know the ends and outs of this book pretty well, it still gives me the feels in a serious way.

The audio on book 5 continues to be great - the adverbs seem to be letting up. Maybe she'll out grow them? Anyways, you go Jim Dale. You're the best. (Though that being said, I have recently been made aware that in the UK, you can get a version with Stephen Fry narrating. I wants it, my precious!)

*Grown Ass Man. Counterpart is Grown Ass Woman. Patent pending.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friends Friday: Episodes 2.5 and 2.6 (Recaps)

Episode 2.5: "The One with 5 Steaks and an Eggplant"

Y'all, this is an awkward one. The friends encounter the ultimate taboo subject among polite society. Not sex, not politics... money.

This story is an important step in deepening the relationship between the friends, but it's also a big fat bummer. Feelings are hurt. Things are said that cannot be taken back. (Though $62 a pop on dinner? I'd balk at that, too)


The very dated Hootie and the Blowfish subplot is good fun (and we find out a lot about Rachel and Stevie Fisher's dad), but mostly this episode is about making the gang confront some real complications in their relationships. Despite these differences, though, when the chips are down and Monica loses her job (over nothing, by the way, no way that that doesn't get sorted out IRL), they all pull together. We also start Monica's multiple years of un- or under-employment... which will lead to my favorite of the friends' jobs.



But that's later this season.

Much more fun is Chandler's trist with answering machine girl, Jade. He conspires to break her heart so that he can swoop in and sleep with her.


So wrong, right? Well, considering that the whole thing ends in Chandler being humiliated over his sexual prowess on his own answering machine, I think he get's his comeuppance. 

Chandler pulls into third place! Chandler & Jade

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

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel like Ross: 5
They like each other but aren't together: 1
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"Pure evil...horny and alone? I've done this." - Chandler on his plan

Episode 2.6: "The One with the Baby on the Bus"

This episode is light-hearted good fun, if a little lacking in compelling plot. Chandler and Joey volunteer to take care of Ben for the day when Monica accidentally poisons Ross with kiwi, hoping to pick up some chicks. They do, but in the process - as the title suggests- they leave the baby on the bus.

The bulk of the humor comes when they come to collect Ben from lost and found (love Joey's head nuzzle to sell the gay couple aspect) and they realize they don't know which baby is Ben. So they decide to flip for it...



Ross understandably freaks out... luckily they have found his weakness. 


In other Friends news, "Smelly Cat" debuts!!!


This is also the episode when we hear the shower song that I still sing every morning when I am shampooing... "Lather rinse repeeaatt, lather rinse reppppeeeaaatttt, lather rinse reeeeeppppeeeaaaatttttttt- as needed."

Sadly, Phoebe has been replaced as Central Perk's resident hippy dippy songstress. Then again, if one is going to be supplanted, then Chrissie Hynde is a pretty amazing person to do said supplanting. This complication is gone within a couple of episodes, so don't get too upset. Phoebe and her guitar will live to rock another day.

No additional hook-ups this week

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

Ross 'n' Rachel State of the Union
Ross likes Rachel: 22
Rachel like Ross: 6
They like each other but aren't together: 1
They like each other and are together: 0
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"I have 7 Catholic sisters- I've taken care of hundreds of kids." - Joey