Read on for Season 2 Episode 6…
“The One With Four Men and Two Babies”
Oh hey, Ben’s back. And it’s only been six whole episodes!
Already the writer’s are falling prey to the problem of how to include a baby in a long running sit-com. But they make a decent stab of it here. Chandler and Joey even get to venture outside in one of the few scenes not shot in a studio.
This results in one lost baby (it’s never actually confirmed if they recover the correct one…) as well as a surprisingly filthy joke about Joey’s uncle having a big tongue and a beautiful wife. I always feel like they missed a trick with the baby switching by not having Ross change Ben’s diaper at the end... only to find they brought back a girl. If I ever invent a time machine and become a writer on the show I’ll definitely change that.
Aside from the (in my view: correct) observation that babies look the same, a lot of the humour is derived from Chandler and Joey making a beautiful couple. A strange case of the series reflecting Chandler Number 2 and Joey Number 1s relationship.
But that’s not all, as my partner has also had her musical desires hindered. She joined a covers band to provide maternity cover only to find a week before the show that the old singer still wants to do it.
Good work from Phoebe Number 3! But quite a weird coincidence.
Phoebe’s plot of no one appreciating her music reminds me of when I was in bands. I’d force my Real Live Friends to come watch, only for them to stand stoney-faced with their arms folded. Just like Rachel, I think a lot of them felt they had to pretend to like us to be nice. A point driven home after Cannibal Boss and I were discussing getting everyone from the old scene back together. She was very enthusiastic until I suggested getting the band back together as well.
There isn’t just synergy between Friends™ and my life this week but also Friends™ and, err… Friends™. Giovanni Ribisi (the actor, and scientologist, best known for playing Phoebe’s brother) makes an appearance as the man who comes to retrieve his condom from Phoebe’s guitar case. Many people have suggested this character could well be Phoebe’s brother as they don’t know each other yet. A nice little ret-con I think, it’s good to keep things simple.
Elsewhere, the sibling theme continues, as Monica almost kills Ross by forgetting he’s allergic to Kiwi. Although to be fair, I didn’t even know you could be allergic to Kiwi. This leads to a sweet scene at the end where they reminisce about their childhood. This made me a little sad, as now-a-days my sisters and I only seem to do this in the odd Facebook™ post.
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
I went to visit one of my Surrogate Father Real Live Friends the other day. We ended up having a lovely walk to the shops with a child. A sentence I never thought I’d write.
We, mercifully, didn’t take any buses and didn’t pick up any women. For obvious reasons. (Take your pick between “I’m in a relationship” and “I’m terrible with women”). But it actually turned out to be quite magical. The minute we walked outside a balloon floated down upon us. I had to fight the child for it but got it in the end.
Then we came upon a house moving where they’d left loads of cuddly toys outside they no longer wanted. Resulting in one very happy child. I just hope they generally were no longer wanted and not just left behind...
I’m a little freaked out by all the coincidences this week. But not as freaked out as we were when we got home and one of the toys started making a satanic gurgling sound because its batteries had run down. Truly terrifying.