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

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