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Friends is a sit com about three guys and three girls living in New York who become best friends. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey deal with life's adversities together. NBC 1994-2004


Episode 5 - TOW Five Steaks And An Eggplant

29 March 2012

Synopsis: When buying Ross an expensive birthday present, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe feel the other friends don’t realise that they have less money. The others make the situation worse by trying to buy things for them. Meanwhile a girl mistakenly leaves a message on Chandler’s answer phone and he manipulates her into bed.

The Good: In terms of characterisation this is top notch. It takes really skilful writing to notice the economic disparity between the friends and create such a realistic story around it. Instead of making things better, talking about the problem leads to more conflict which is very real. The Chandler story is excellent as well. It has two spot on elements to it. The first is the uncool guy gets the hot girl story which is funny and entertaining. Then there is the immorality of what Chandler does. In real life people are mean and deceptive and here Chandler gets his comeuppance without having to be publicly humiliated or forced to admit he was wrong and say sorry as so many other shows do.

The Bad: This is not a laugh out loud episode really; it is too serious for that.

Best Line: (Girl on phone) “It was so awkward and bumpy.”
(C) “Well maybe he had some new cool style that you’re not familiar with. And maybe you just have to get used to it.
(G on P) “Well, there really wasn’t time to get used to it, if you know what I mean.”

Best Friend: Chandler



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