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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 8 - TOW The List

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Ross has to decide between Julie and Rachel and so Chandler suggests they make a list of pros and cons on his new computer. Ross breaks up with Julie but before he and Rachel get together she sees the list. Meanwhile Monica takes a job trying to create thanksgiving dishes out of a chocolate substitute called Mockolate.

The Good: An excellent episode as the Ross-Rachel love story takes over the show. Both of them are excellent in their roles. The skill of the writing is showing you how reasonable Ross seemed when making the list of Rachel’s bad points. But then also allowing you to see how unreasonable that was from Rachel’s point of view. As a result both characters remain sympathetic and their love story can continue on for longer. Joey and in particular Chandler are great as they inject lots of humour into their scenes with Ross and the girls. Phoebe’s song about the love triangle is very funny as well. Monica is also good in her side story. The Mockolate plot is a cheap joke but it works well largely thanks to a nice turn from Michael McKean. His sleazy salesman routine is another enjoyable slice of laughter in a serious episode.

The Bad: I suppose the guys should really have done a better job of keeping the list from Rachel and then lying to her about it. But it is a very necessary plot device. Nothing else to criticise here – great episode.

Best Line: (Ro) “I mean this is like a complete nightmare.”
(C) “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!”

Best Friend: Rachel



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