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." 

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