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Episode 6 - TOW The Dirty Girl

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Ross dates a beautiful woman with a horrendously messy apartment. Phoebe helps Monica on a catering job and they decide to work together. Meanwhile it’s Kathy’s birthday and Joey doesn’t care whereas Chandler buys her an expensive and thoughtful gift.

The Good: There is plenty of humour to enjoy throughout this show. Ross carries the comedy here as he reacts to the unsanitary living conditions. Monica and Phoebe are a nice double act at the funeral and Joey has a few nice moments of comedy.

The Bad: The idea that a clever beautiful woman would have such a disgusting appartment is stupid. It has no basis in reality even if it is funny. The writers have to balance Joey and Chandler here. They have to make both of them likeable even though Chandler is trying it on with his best friends girlfriend and Joey is “not worthy” of her. Although the balance is ok here both characters have lost something. The one-track-mind-Joey of season one has been replaced by just stupid-and-lazy-Joey. While Chandler’s sarcasm has gone from cutting to just plain and obvious. It’s not too bad but it is a sad sign of the decline to come.

Best Line: (Dirty Girl) “Guess who?”
(Ro) “Department of Sanitation?”

Best Friend: Ross



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  • While I really enjoy your reviews and agree with you on most things, I think it is plausible that a beautiful and clever woman could have an apartment that messy. I have ADHD and Asperger's and yeah, that's pretty much what my place would look like if not for my fiance (excluding the rat, ew). Granted I'm not that attractive and don't really get dolled up outside of dates, but I still think it's plausible behaviour for someone intelligent. I also know plenty of women with mental illnesses who keep up put together appearances to hide very real problems. What seems unrealistic to me is her reaction to things like Ross's disgust, the rat, or to a degree Monica's offer to help her.

    Posted by Pockets, 20/04/2017 7:09am (3 years ago)

  • You are absolutely right. The decline of Joey's role had begun! The dirty apartment is downright disgusting and unrealistic! It was sad to see Chandler agonizing over Kathy.

    Posted by Meena, 20/09/2011 1:33pm (9 years ago)

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