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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 20 - TOW The Evil Orthodontist

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Rachel and Barrie start sleeping together again before Rachel gets a call from Mindy. Chandler has a great first date but becomes increasingly insecure as the woman doesn’t call him back.

The Good: A master class in how to write a sit com. The characters seem so real. The scene where Rachel wanders around the living room on the phone as the others move their feet is a superb example. Monica speaking loudly in surprise, the Friends showing how hypocritical they are about peeping at their neighbours and Ross trying to keep his jealousy within the realms of normal friendship are all brilliantly written and acted. Then there is Chandler who is so alive with wit and energy and who makes choosing the best line a really difficult job. His whole plot is perfect and defines a generation of film and tv show conversations about waiting to be called after a first date. The end where he turns on his date for being too needy is exactly what his character is about. Meanwhile the Rachel plot is even better. It is a classic tale about men and women told perfectly in the context of rich New Yorkers in the 90s. It provides perfect closure for Rachel because her best friend wants the life that Rachel ran away from. By having this as the main plot and Chandler as the B plot the stories have time to develop. The insistence on having three stories in every episode in later series really harms the quality of the show.

The Bad: The odd joke or line aren’t that great. Like Chandler “accidentally” answering Ross’ crossword question. But really that is just being picky.

Best Line:
(C hangs up phone) “I got her machine.”
(J) “Her answering machine?”
(C) “No, interestingly enough her leaf blower picked up.”

Best Friend: Chandler



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