Crumbs: Reviews » Comedies » Friends » Season 1 » TOW The Blackout
Critical reviews of U.S. TV shows
and analysis of what makes them
good, bad, irritating and enlightening.


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 7 - TOW The Blackout

9 January 2015

Synopsis: New York suffers a black out. Chandler is trapped in an ATM vestibule with a model while the other friends congregate at Monica’s. Ross tries to ask out Rachel but a cat and its owner Paulo get in the way.

The Good: There is a tremendous amount to enjoy here, it’s an excellent episode. The blackout setting is used to full effect to set up both stories. Chandler is the star, perfecting the geeky guy trying to attract the hot girl routine. Meanwhile both Ross and Rachel are believable and funny in their roles. Paulo is perfectly cast as the answer to Rachel’s search for passion. Joey and Phoebe are both funny in their support roles and Monica is fine. The skill of the writing is to show the friends having normal conversations which feed the plots without seeming at all forced.

The Bad: This episode is sometimes remembered as an absolute classic but it is not quite at that level. The Chandler plot is a lot of fun but it never threatens a belly laugh. Similarly the Rachel-Paulo story is paced perfectly but doesn’t ever reach greatness, it’s “just” predictable and enjoyable. Again none of these points are real criticism, more qualifying why this episode is not one of the very best.

Best Line:
(Jill Goodacre) “Would you like to call somebody?”
(C – in his mind) “Yeah, about three hundred guys I went to high school with.”

Best Friend: Chandler



Add your comments on this episode below. They may be included in the weekly podcasts.

Post your comment


  • This was a great episode to watch!

    Viewer score: 95 / 100

    Posted by Eddie, 07/01/2015 1:33pm (6 years ago)

  • I remember this as the episode when Chandler became my favourite Friends character

    Viewer score: 85 / 100

    Posted by Zedkay101, 09/07/2013 2:26am (7 years ago)

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments