Analytical Episode Guide:
Season 9, Part 2
Season 9, Episode 7
The One with Ross’s Inappropriate Song
Plot Summary-Ross sings a very questionable song to Emma, Joey and Chandler find  a sex tape in Richard’s apartment with Monica’s name on it, Phoebe meets Mike’s parents

 

Funniest Line-“And that’s why, no matter what mommy says, we really were on a break. Yes we were! Yes we were!”….Ross, keeping that gag alive and well!

 

Nitpick of the episode-I thought it was a big mistake making mention of Richard, not only is it beating a dead horse but the episode really hurts the character by making him out to be a real loser. Isn’t Chandler over Richard yet?

 

Standout Character-Ross, I don’t know how the writers do it but once again whats should have been a stupid story is made really funny

 

Syndication Edit-Phoebe arriving at Mike’s parents

 

Final Thoughts-Amazingly enough, this episode works. Well parts of it work anyway. I usually love some good old fashioned Chandler and Joey hijinks but the Richard stuff is so two seasons ago. I just don’t know what possessed the creators to revisit that well.  The stuff with Ross and Rachel singing rap songs to Emma is surprisingly funny. The main drive of this episode is Phoebe meeting Mike’s parents who are stuck up snobs. This story is very well done, and even includes the reveal that Mike loves Phoebe. I know I have said this, but it is so nice to see Phoebe’s character finally evolve.

 

Grade=C+

Season 9, Episode 8
The One with Rachel’s Other Sister
 
Plot Summary-Rachel invites her sister over to Monica’s for Thanksgiving, Chandler decides to use their good china, Joey misses a parade appearance and needs a goodlie.

 

Funniest Line-“Emma is the product of a bottle of Merlot and a five year old condom.”…..Monica

 

Nitpick of the episode-The stuff with the plates is just idiotic! First, why is Monica so against using them? Did she think china was meant to be a decoration? Second, her obsessive worrying during dinner is annoying. Third, during the catfight it is waayy to obvious that the plate on the table will end up being broken.  Also, the story about Joey missing being in the parade goes NOWHERE!!!!!

 

Standout Character-Chandler, Totally believe he is worried about being a father and the way he takes charge in the end is GREAT!

 

Syndication Edit-More with the plates (yeah, I know….), Amy hiding from Emma in the hallway,Joey gets a special plate, Monica crying over the broken plate (GOOD GOD,ENOUGH WITH THE PLATES!!!!)

 

Final Thoughts-This episode has more good than bad, and is an improvement over the last Thanksgiving episode. We finally meet Rachel’s other sister and Amy is such a self-involved person! The way she unintentionally offends everyone is funny. The cat fight she has with Rachel is a well done scene, except the plate breaking is predictable as I said. The discussion between Chandler and Monica over Chandler being a good father is really nice. There is lots of bad here too including Joey’s story which is actually worse than the last Thanksgiving episode, Monica’s annoying plate obsession, and Phoebe has very little to do here. One more Thanksgiving episode left and spoiler alert-it will be the worst one! But we will get to that soon enough.

 

Grade=B-
Season 9, Episode 9
The One with Rachel’s Phone Number
 
Plot Summary-Rachel and Phoebe go out to a bar, Chandler tries to sneak home without Joey finding out, Ross and Mike try to hang out together but it fails miserably

 

Funniest Line- “I don’t know how to tell you this, but I think Monica’s cheatin’ on you.I told you shouldn’t have married someone so much hotter than you.”….Joey

 

Nitpick of the episode- I always remember what I thought when I first saw the Ross and Mike stuff in this episode. Why didn’t they put the TV on? There wasn’t a ballgame or something on they could both watch? Actually this comes up; the excuse being that the cable is out. Uh, Ross…ever heard of VCR’s!!!

 

Standout Character- Rachel, her mixed feelings about giving out her number is very telling

 

SyndicationEdit-The opening teaser with Chandler

 

Final Thoughts-This episode is chock full of character development! The wholeJoey/Chandler story is kind of silly. But I like in the end when Joey is annoyed that Chandler just assumed he was too stupid to understand that Chandler would rather see his wife. Sometimes the other characters are a little hard on Joey. We get more development in the whole Ross/Rachel stuff when Ross does not give Rachel a message. Mike does a great job fitting in to the group. The scene where Mike answers Ross’s phone is laugh out loud funny!

 

Grade=B+
Season 9, Episode 10
The One with Christmas in Tulsa
 
Plot Summary-Chandler is stuck working in Tulsa at Christmas

 

Funniest Line-“My wife is amazing, she’s beautiful and smart. If she was here right now, she’d kick your ass.”….Chandler

 

Nitpick of the episode-Wow, Chandler calls home on Christmas Eve night and later when he flies homes it’s still Christmas Eve night! That must have been one long night!

 

Standout Character-Chandler, I do like that he quits his job, something he was incapable of doing in Season 1.

 

SyndicationEdit-more clips

 

Final Thoughts-Nooooo! Tell me it isn’t so! Another lousy clip show! Ok, deep breaths. As far as Christmas episodes go, this one isn’t so bad. If you ignore the stupid clips anyway. But the clips suck, first of all there weren’t really too many special Christmas moments on this show so that stuff seems weak. The second series of clips rehash how Monica and Chandler ended up together, which they already did a few seasons ago! Again, if you take the clips out this is astrong Christmas episode, and having Chandler quit his job was nice.

 

Grade=C
Season 9, Episode 11
The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work
 
Plot Summary-Rachel returns to work when she discovers someone is doing her job, Joey regrets getting Phoebe a job on his soap, Chandler and Monica deal with the fact Chandler is unemployed

 

Funniest Line-“Well because if one more person says “What a cute little boy”I’m gonna whip them with a car antenna.”….Rachel

 

Nitpickof the episode-The joke about Emma being confused for a boy was lame

 

Standout Character-Phoebe, just classic Phoebe in this one

 

SyndicationEdit-Scene Extensions

 

Final Thoughts-Not sure what to say about this one, everything is pretty average.Yeah Phoebe is funny but the story is pointless really. Just gives Lisa Kudrow a chance to have some fun. The stuff with Rachel is good; we see how much her job means to her when it looks like Gavin is trying to steal it. I alway sthought their romance was forced but more on that later. Monica and Chandler…are in the episode I guess. The conversation they have about having kids is nice but nothing new. One cool moment, we finally learn what Chandler’s job was!

 

Grade=C+
Season 9, Episode 12
The One with Phoebe’s Rats
 
Plot Summary-Phoebe is a care keeper for a box of rats, Rachel and Gavin get closer at Rachel’s birthday party, Ross begs Joey to stay from the hot new nanny

 

Funniest Line-“Yeah, obvious beauty’s the worst. You know, when it’s right there in your face. Me, I like to have to work to find someone attractive. Makes me feel like I earned it.”…..Ross

 

Nitpick of the episode-Don’t even get me started on that horrible rat story!!!

 

Standout Character-Joey, his attempts to get to the nanny and reaction to the fact she is a lesbian are just great

 

Syndication Edit-Chandler having too much time on his hands
Final Thoughts-This episode is a rare curiosity. There is no other episode where I loathe one story, while absolutely loving another. The story I loathe, you may guess, is that awful rat story. I mean, WTF?? Pretty bad when Friends has to steal from NewsRadio. Was that supposed to be funny? Awful! I mean, I can’t even find the words to describe how much I hate it! On the other hand, the stuff with Joey, Ross, and Chandler was really funny! Especially Chandler’s attempts to keep Joey away from the nanny. In the middle is the Rachel story,as we see her get closer to Gavin. This seems pointless, until that final scene where the two kiss…and we discover Ross across the street watching them! This is setting up a big confrontation between the two, but that will have to wait another week.

 

Grade=B-,lucky it’s not lower
Next week we will continue season 9, and find the creatorsstarting to run out of ideas

By richb

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