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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 18 - TOW Rachel Smokes

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Rachel’s co-workers smoke and keep making decisions without her while outside. Ross’ son Ben and Joey end up in competition with each other for a commercial. Monica and Phoebe plan a surprise party for Rachel and when Monica pushes Phoebe aside, she takes revenge using cups and ice.

The Good: The cups and ice is a nice story as Phoebe finds a clever way to teach Monica a lesson about her controlling nature. Similarly Joey’s conflict with Ben is entertaining and Joey shows off his selfishness in funny ways. Rachel’s story is one that has a real life feel to it and her being left out is a nice tale of work place politics.

The Bad: Unfortunately none of these stories gets close to hitting the mark. There is no conclusion to Monica and Phoebe’s story. Monica doesn’t own up to learning her lesson or apologise which makes the whole tale seem a bit pointless. Similarly Rachel’s story would have more resonance if we saw her development in the workplace again at a later date, but we don’t. Her story has very little good comedy in it either. Finally while Joey and Ross make lots of cheesy jokes to keep things light, that takes away from any genuine emotion in their story. Not that the writers attempt to put any in. The “Mmm Noodle Soup” joke is a sign of the decline of the show. Yes Joey makes it funny but it has no basis in reality for his character to be so stupid.

Best Line: (P) “Ok let’s discuss Rachel’s birthday. I say we throw a surprise birthday party this weekend.”
(J) “Whoa, but her birthday’s not for like another month.”
(P) “Ok but if we throw her a party on her birthday then it’s not a surprise.”
(M) “I think it’s a great idea. We can have a dinner party and just invite our close friends.”
(J) “Ross, we’re having a surprise birthday party for Rachel.”
(Ro) “Ok.”
(J) “Done.”

Best Friend: Joey



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