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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 17 - TOW Two Parts (2)

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Ursula dumps Joey and Phoebe decides to step in and try and help her friend. Rachel hurts her ankle and Monica takes her to the hospital. Rachel has no insurance and convinces Monica to give her information instead. The deception leads them to fight while they are on a date with two doctors (Noah Wyle and George Clooney). Ross worries about being a father until he has to take Marcel to the hospital.

The Good: There is plenty of good stuff here; the episode has a gentle pace to it. Joey and Phoebe are sweet in their roles and have a fun scene where she pretends to be Ursula. Ross has good character moments with his Dad and Marcel, while Chandler cracks wise as ever. Monica and Rachel also have some nice moments as they mock each other in front of the doctors.

The Bad: None of these stories feel like they needed a two part episode to be told. The Joey and Phoebe story has no twists in it. It is very basic, which is fine, but it could have used something else to make it feel more significant. Rachel and Monica turn on each other pretty quickly which seems forced. Their jokes about each other aren’t particularly witty or interesting either. The guys from ER do a decent job but they are given little to do. There is just a feeling that nothing particularly memorable happens in this episode, despite it being entertaining and having some good character moments.

Best Line:
(C) “And your friend Phoebe?”
(J) “Well if she’s my friend, hopefully she’ll understand. I mean, wouldn’t you guys?”
(C) “Man, if you tried something like that on my birthday, you’d be staring at the business end of a hissy-fit.”

Best Friend: Ross



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