Friday, November 1, 2013

Friends Friday: Episodes 2.13 and 2.14 (Recaps)

Episode 2.13: "The One with the Prom Video"

AAAAAHHHHH!!! This is such a great episode!!!


I know that the main event comes at the end of the episode, but seriously guys, stick with me here, because BRACELET BUDDIES!


So Joey is raking in the DOOL money these days, and he wants to pay back all the money Chandler's lent him over the years and sweetens the pot with a sweet ass gold bracelet. Oh, the bracelet. It is the essence of tackiness and gives Chandler the opportunity to make about 100 hilarious bracelet jokes (see below for a smattering). There are some tears, some lost bracelets, some found bracelets, but by the end, Joey and Chandler are firmly ensconced as bracelet buddies. Rejoice!

(Also, I should mention here that Jack and Judy Gellar show up, which is always my favorite, basically to get the plot mechanics for Ross and Rachel into place. Plus, they feature in a sex tape at the very end of the episode that Monica accidentally sees.)

Ross is nearing despair in his pining for Rachel. She is starting to actively pursue other men. Phoebe tries to reassure Ross that he and Rachel are made for each other - they are each others' lobster (if you haven't seen seen this episode, it's hard to explain, but it's mostly just a sweet way of saying that two people are destined to mate for life). He tries to communicate this to Rachel, who completely crushes him - "accept that." *Sob* 


HEARTBREAK. Seriously, this is the first episode when I am fully invested in the two of them being together, because it is the first episode when it is clear that what Ross feels for Rachel is something besides just adolescent puppy love. I actually hurt for Ross here.

Finally, we come to the prom video of the title. So many delights feature here - Rachel's old nose, Fat Monica, Ross' afro, Jack's double polo, and Judy's 80's hair. But most importantly, Rachel finally sees how much Ross loves her and for how long that candle has been burning. It's enough for her to finally get over her petulant grudge holding and make it happen.










 YES HE IS!

No new sexual partners, though we do get a horrifying glimpse into Jack and Judy's love life.

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: 1
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"He wants to do a little dance, make a little love, and, you know, pretty much get down tonight." - Chandler

"That must have cost you quite a few dabloons." - Monica 

"The eyesore from the Liberace House of Crap! I pity the fool that puts on my jewelry! I do!" - Chandler

"A woman in my office is a lesbian... I'm just saying." -Jack Gellar

"Oh, Jack, look. It's that house paint commercial you like." - Judy Gellar

Joey: "Is this friendship? I think so! Check it out, we're bracelet buddies!"
Chandler: "That's what they'll call us!"

Episode 2.14: "The One Where Ross & Rachel... You Know"

Guys, for me, Friends has finally hit it stride by this point in Season 2. The characters and character dynamics have been firmly established, the tone of humor has leveled out at consistent hilarity, and, by getting Ross and Rachel together, the writers are not leaning on plot histrionics to get people tuning in. Finally, they are trusting the humor and characters to be enough. 

With that said, things keep picking up for Joey at DOOL. They picked up his option! And so, he buys the first set of barcaloungers for him and Chandler. Awww... 


Also, now that Ross and Rachel are together, all seems right with the world. They are both so gooey-eyed in love that Rachel's difficulty in transitioning into a sexual relationship with Ross is clearly a temporary obstacle. After some giggling during a make out session, Rachel is able to get over her nerves, and she and Ross get down to business at the museum. In the planetarium. I remember this scene very distinctly from my first viewing as a young teen - it seemed so sexy to me (I mean, besides the juice box thing, which I didn't get at the time). Chris Issak's "Wicked Game"? Looking at the stars? Swoon.

Alas, the mood doesn't last...


In other news, Monica enters the first serious relationship that she has during the series and it's with the fantabulous Tom Selleck.


Tom Selleck plays Richard Burke, the ultra suave, handsome optometrist .. who is also Monica's parents' best friend. He's 21 years older, yes, but the chemistry between the two of them is off the charts and for Monica, it totally makes sense that she would be with an older man. They try to fight the attraction, but by the end of the episode, they are definitely an item. You go, Monica!

We end the episode with two of the shows' most memorable couples together, Joey and Chandler happily lounging in their apartment, and Phoebe doing her Phoebe thing. All is right in the Friends universe.

RACH & ROSS DO IT! Plus, MONICA & RICHARD!

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

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: 2
Nothing's going on: 0

Best line:

"If you buzz our door, there's no tip for you." - Chandler

"You guys are so pathetic... Oh my God, XANADU!" - Phoebe

Ross: "No! Australopithecus was never fully erect!"
Chandler: "Maybe he was just nervous?"

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