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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 24 - TOW The Ultimate Fighting Champion

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Pete begins his career as an Ultimate Fighter and is brutally beaten. Phoebe sets up Ross with her bald friend Bonny. Rachel is unhappy when she discovers that Bonny now has hair. Chandler’s new boss keeps slapping him on the butt and it makes him uncomfortable.

The Good: Three enjoyable stories with some good jokes. Chandler’s frivolous ass patting story delivers obvious humour as well as a nice introduction for Doug, his bawdy boss. Rachel’s reactions to Phoebe setting up Ross and Bonny are very well played out. Her anger at Phoebe is illogical but natural and she acknowledges that, demonstrating nicely her state of mind about Ross. Monica breaking up with Pete because he wants to be the Ultimate Fighting Champion sounds like a stupid story. His lack of fighting prowess does give the story a silly feel to it. However the two break up in a mature and sad fashion because of their different views. This is a refreshing change from the contrived or unreal ways relationships end as Friends progresses. This episode shows Friends at the height of its popularity as they attract Robin Williams and Billy Crystal for a fun cameo before the opening credits. There is also a nice cameo from James Hong (of Wayne’s World 2 and many other TV shows fame).

The Bad: Ultimate Fighters would not normally have two fights so close together. In the last episode Pete said that UFC was banned in 49 states. If that is the case, is the only state New York? It seems highly unlikely. Minor quibbles though in a strong, entertaining episode. It’s a sad end for Pete (Jon Favreau) who played his role with a confident manner and delivered his lines with wit and ease.

Best Line: (M – seeing Pete in a body cast) “Please tell me you’re stopping now.”
(P) “I’m fine. I’d fight tonight if they’d let me. See this circle I’m marking off here. This is my zone of terror.”
(M) “You are insane, you’ve gotta give this up.”
(P) “I can’t until I’m the Ultimate Fighter. I will do it. I’m telling you, the day will come when children will argue over who will win a fight: me or Superman. Now I’m not saying I could beat Superman, but you know, kids are stupid.”

Best Friend: Chandler



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