Shout out to my Emerson alumni network for this one– I gotchu, Kevin Bright! The final show featured on Favorites Week is one near and dear to my heart. I watched Friends from start to finish to heal from my first ever break-up, and I return to this show when I feel particularly hopeless. It’s not only good for a laugh and a smile, it’s an emotional rollercoaster, thus perfect for readjusting your mental state. As the theme song suggests, I truly feel like Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, and Joey will be there for me. And they are. Here are my favorite episodes:
The One with the Prom Video
I especially love any Friends episode that has a flashback. I love Fat Monica; I love Rachel’s old nose. This episode prominently features a flashback of sorts, in that the gang gathers to watch a video of Monica and Rachel getting ready to go to prom. This episode follows the discovery of Ross’s list. (She’s not Rachem.) When Rachel sees in the video that Ross, who was in college at this point, was willing to drop everything and take her to prom when it looked like her date was standing her up, she immediately kisses him and Ross and Rachel are officially on! (He’s her lobster!) It’s a sweet ending to a very funny episode.
The One with the Embryos
Sadly, Phoebe is absent for the majority of the fun in this episode. She’s busy getting embryos implanted, as the episode title alludes to. What I think it really fun about this episode is the trivia contest hosted by Ross. Joey and Chandler challenge Monica and Rachel to see which set of roommates knows more about the other. Ross makes the questions, as he knows both groups well, and he goes all out on the game even incorporating a lightning round. I can quote the entire lightening round by heart, and I’m really proud of that. The guys win at the end because no one know what Chandler’s job is, and as winners they make the girls switch apartments with them.
The One with All the Thanksgivings
Okay, no show does a Thanksgiving episode as well as Friends. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and Monica’s too. Chandler, however, hates Thanksgiving and refuses to celebrate. This episode is full of flashbacks, and flashbacks in the truest sense. Everyone recounts their worst Thanksgivings ever. Phoebe’s is in another life, Joey’s is when his head got stuck in a turkey, Chandler’s is when he found out his dad is gay, and Monica and Rachel have two: when Chandler called Monica fat and when Monica accidentally cut of Chandler’s toe when trying to be sexy for revenge. (Ooh, I love macaroni and cheese.) This hilarious episode ends with a sweet and funny moment, where Monica puts the turkey on her head to cheer up Chandler, who tells her he loves her for the first time.
The One Where Everybody Finds Out
When Monica and Chandler begin their relationship, they want to keep it a secret from the crew. Joey finds out first, and Monica and Chandler beg him to keep it to himself. When Rachel finds out, (hilariously overhearing an obscene phone conversation,) she can’t keep it in and comes to Joey who tells her they have to keep the secret. Phoebe is apartment shopping with Ross across the street now that Ugly Naked Guy is moving out. She sees first hand what’s going on between Monica and Chandler. Phoebe and Rachel try to mess with Monica and Chandler in order to get them to admit the affair, but soon find out that they are in love. Ross gets Ugly Naked Guy’s apartment as Naked Ross, and soon his new view allows him to discover the relationship too.
The One with the Proposal
Okay, this is absolutely two episodes and I’m completely cheating. What I love about part one is the silent auction which Phoebe, Joey, and Rachel attend. Phoebe drinks to excess and Joey misunderstands the concept of a silent auction and buys a boat. Rachel tries to convince the next highest bidder to purchase the gentlemen’s day sailor, but Joey wants the Mr. Beaumont! The first attempt at a proposal is botched in part I– Chandler and Monica run into Richard at the restaurant. “Maybe he won’t see us,” Monica comments before screaming, “RICHARD” to get his attention. What I love about part II is the proposal itself. Chandler, believing he’s entirely lost Monica to Richard, returns to their apartment to see Monica waiting to propose to him,
Guys, even writing all of that was such an emotional delight. Friends really is a fantastic show and even if sitcoms aren’t your cup of tea, this piece of pop culture gold should be on everyone’s to-see list!
I think that was a great note to end on. I hope you all enjoyed favorites week! Leave me some Friends-quote comments and let’s laugh some more. Happy Friday, kids; enjoy the weekend!