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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 3 - TOW The Thumb

29 March 2012

Synopsis: A series of errors by Phoebe’s bank lead to her finding a thumb in a can of soda. Monica starts to lose interest in her boyfriend but the other friends love him. Chandler takes up smoking again.

The Good: All the characters get their good moments here. There are lots of witty lines and funny moments like Chandler secretly smoking in his office booth. He is the star of the show, especially when shining a light on the friend’s bad habits or trying to hide his addiction. This is pleasant storytelling which never becomes boring or annoying.

The Bad: But all three plots are pretty poor stories. There are many instances in sit coms where a new character is introduced who can do things which don’t happen in real life. These stories can be very funny as the regular characters react to someone who is extraordinary in someway, but the nature of those characters is that they are unrealistic. This can wear thin quickly as in real life people like this don’t exist. The writers here are smart enough to never have Allan appear when the characters are eulogising about him and what they say about him is funny which saves this from getting too ridiculous. However Chandler giving up smoking from just one phone call is silly. The Phoebe story is entertaining enough but doesn’t have a proper finish.

Best Line: (C) “Hey, you know I’ve had it with you guys and your cancer and your emphysema and your heart disease. The bottom line is smoking is cool and you know it.”

Best Friend: Chandler



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