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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

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Episode 22 - TOW Two Parties

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Rachel’s parents are getting divorced and the friends plan her a surprise birthday party. But when her Dad unexpectedly arrives on the day, they hastily create another party across the hall.

The Good: The plot is entirely focussed around Rachel’s party and the result is one of Friends finest episodes. It is classic sit-com fare as the five other friends play into the farce beautifully. Ross is a star here, sucking up to both parents and becoming increasingly desperate in his attempts to keep them apart. Chandler is as witty as ever, rising to the occasion with gusto and Phoebe is a lot of fun in her role. Monica’s stodgy party even provides a nice subplot. Balanced with the humour is the sympathy you feel for Rachel as she is torn between her parents and she illustrates her loss with a lovely story about when her family were together. This episode grips your attention throughout as you wait to see the next twist and how the friends will get out of it. Funny, poignant, entertaining.

The Bad: I suppose there comes a point when Rachel’s dad should figure out something is wrong from people’s strange behaviour. Monica seems quite pretentious at times which is a little odd for her.

Best Line: (Dr Green) “So what’s the deal? Rachel comes home, people pop up and yell stuff is that it?”
(C) “This isn’t your first surprise party is it sir?”

Best Friend: Ross

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