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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 11 - TOW The Apothecary Table

28 May 2012

Synopsis: Rachel buys furniture from Pottery Barn but has to lie to Phoebe who hates mass produced furniture. Meanwhile Joey daces a dilemma as Janine doesn’t like Chandler and Monica.

The Good: Ross is funny as he defends Pottery Barn with passion and then tries to stitch up Rachel after she mocks his furniture. It is also a nice touch to show Ross and Rachel having similar taste in furniture, a reminder of their bond. Joey comes across as reasonable and it’s a nice development that he would break up with a girl for his friends who he says are like his family.

The Bad: The whole Phoebe and Rachel story is awful. Phoebe is annoying to watch at first as her gullibility is pretty patronising television. But then she sells out her entire moral code for pretty furniture before the final nail in the coffin when she still thinks the apothecary table is authentic. She is portrayed as an idiot and she looks like one. The whole plot makes her unlikeable and is a pretty childish, pointless plot development. Meanwhile Elle Macpherson is passable in her role but the story is paper thin. She doesn’t like Monica and Chandler so like children they all start calling each other names. Monica in particular is characterised in such a childish, unreasonable way that she is unrecognisable from the character created in season one. This episode again demonstrates an unsophisticated sense of humour and a thin grasp of how to make interesting plots.

Best Line: (Ro) “You know what I think. She’s just weird. You know, it’s because she’s a twin, twins are weird.”
(Ra) “Ross, she’s not weird she just likes her stuff to be one of a kind.”
(Ro) “You know what’s not one of a kind? A twin!”

Best Friend: Ross



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  • That's very kind of you. The Friends reviews were all written a long time ago. The sentiment is still true but since then I've hopefully learnt to express it a little more clearly :-)

    Posted by The TV Critic, 28/05/2012 11:01am (7 years ago)

  • I think this is overall a strong episode, the apothecary table storyline is very funny and as you say, it's a nice touch that Ross and Rachel have a similar taste in furniture, and enjoyable watching the Pottery Barn banter between the two of them unfold.

    However, I find the whole Elle Macpherson storyline bland. Maybe it's because her character comes across as unlikable, but as a viewer, I don't feel invested in this storyline.

    I completely agree with your observation that Monica's character in this episode is completely unrecognisable from the one created in season one. From season 5 onwards, the writers seemed to make her into this shouty, and at times over excitable character which is grating in some episodes.

    I think Joey is the other character who changed the most over the span of the series. With each new season, the writers seemed to make him more stupid and childlike, which was not only unrealistic and unbelievable at times, but unfair to the development of the character.

    This is a great website. I'm enjoying reading all the episode reviews.


    Viewer score: 75 / 100

    Posted by Steph, 27/05/2012 10:14pm (7 years ago)

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