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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 8 - TOW Nana Dies Twice

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Ross and Monica’s Nana dies and all the friends go to the funeral. Meanwhile a woman from work thinks Chandler is gay and he soon discovers that she is not the only one.

The Good: A really nice character episode. The star of the show in many ways is Jack Gellar. He often has the best lines and it fits his role in the show. It is his mother-in-law who has died and so it is acceptable for him to be funny when the others are sad. His reaction to Nana waking up, his musings on his own death and the football game at the funeral are all really funny. Ross has a couple of nice moments as well. First he plays the store keeper in the writers favourite crutch (of having a character adopt the behaviour of a character from another context) and then, drugged out on pain killers, he amusingly expresses his feelings for Rachel. Chandler’s “gay plot” flows very nicely from the way he acts the part. It is believable that his flamboyance might lead to assumptions about his sexuality. The main thrust of the character development is Monica’s relationship with her mother as the writers show how Nana passed her critical traits to Judy. The moment when Judy realises she has been treating Monica just as she was treated is very nicely handled.

The Bad: However her criticisms of Monica are reinforced so often in the episode it becomes a little too obvious. It is also sad in the bigger picture because Judy never does change much as the series goes on and the writes lose their grip on these very real and enjoyable characters. People playing drunk or drugged up is always hit or miss depending on the circumstances, they keep Ross’ intoxication brief which is fine.

Best Line:
(Ro – drugged up) “Rachel, Rachel, Rachel. Uh. I love you the most.”
(Ra) “Well you know who I love the most?”
(Ro) “No?”
(Ra) “You.”
(Ro) “Ohhh, you don’t get it! (collapses on her)”

Best Friend: Ross



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