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

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