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

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