Oh dear, oh dear.
Straight out the bat, a student’s hitting on Ross and we all know where this is going...
To make matters worse we get the “lol wouldn’t it be funny if the student was a dude” joke too. It’s gonna be one of those episodes isn’t it?
“The One With the Questionable Sexual Politics”
There’s a bit of a light reprieve, in the shape of Phoebe and Rachel’s flat catching fire. Did I say “light reprieve”?! Apparently so, it only seems to happen to give them a reason to move in with Joey and Monica for a while. As if ANYONE these days has a guest bedroom.
The joke is that living with Monica’s overindulgent hospitality is more overbearing than Joey’s care-free slovenly-ness. Having lived in a state of absolute sloven my whole adult life, I’m not sure I agree.
The fire was caused by scented candles; perhaps from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop? Or was it Rachel’s hair straighteners? Who cares, it gives us a bit of fun with Monica and Joey both getting to team up with Rachel/Phoebe in turn.
Chandler’s out and about trying to get Joey an audition by buttering up an old friend who’s a movie director.
You know who’s also out? THE CHICK AND DUCK!!! Where the hell are they? Maybe they got lost in the wormhole to the alternative universe?
I don’t get why Chandler stopped being friends with this person? It would be sweet to be friends with a film director! And she seems cool and hot. Maybe he really did have feelings for her as Monica suggests?
It’s a shame Joey forgets about the audition after all the effort Chandler goes to. Let down by his unorthodox dating system.
“I mean what’s more important? What people think or how you feel, huh? Ross, you gotta follow your heart.”
Spoken like a true sex pest. What society thinks is very much what’s important here, Joey.
The show does make pains to point out what Ross is doing is wrong (although they try to make him look as innocent and non-predatory as possible). But only after justifying the 11 year age gap by saying “well when you’re 80 she’ll be 70”. Yerh, and when he was 20, she was 9. The point is the age gap NOW.
This is why the “half your age + 7” rule of thumb works so well. It’s an algorithmic beauty that scals with your age. Seriously, try it! No matter your age, you’ll get a maximum age difference that avoids anything inappropriate, allowing for any power imbalances like; I don’t know LITERALLY BEING A TEACHER. Ross thinks he’s got an out on this as the student is technically no longer in his class. But he’s still breaking the “half your age + 7” rule! And, boy does it show.
By today’s standards a 31 year old dating a 20 year old (even as equal consenting adults) would be frowned upon, there’s a pretty big maturity difference.
I explained the “half your age + 7” rule to my mum a while back, she’s getting on a bit but you never know, it might come in handy one day. And she INSTANTLY said her number. Either she’s a lot sharper than she’s letting on, or she’s worked that out before!
To be fair to Ross, he was going to turn down the students advances. Until she made the point about him not being in control of her grades anymore.
And to be fair to the show, they do end by pointing out the college has a literal rule against this sort of thing and that Ross will be fired.
Thanks Friends™ at least we now know what Ross is doing is wrong, and that there are rules in place to protect students from people like him. And now we can move on… oh… no, Ross is still about to sleep with the student.
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
Monica Number 2 got married!!
A bit of sedate affair, sadly, with some restrictions still in place. But my god the post-ceremony drinks were incredible!! We spent hours on a boat/bar on the Thames drinking and eating pizza, catching up and reminiscing.
The ceremony itself was not without incident. The registrar was clearly quite out of practice, stumbling over words and pausing awkwardly. But the real kicker was accidentally referring to Monica Number 2 (an almost 7 foot tall, bearded dude) as the “wife” and repeatedly calling them by the wrong name.
They did, however, make me absolutely piss myself with some brutal honesty (and later, more literally, by providing me with too many drinks…)
I mentioned how sad it was that David the Science Guy couldn’t attend as they’re, once again, stuck in “Minsk”. And, quick as a flash, Monica replied “yerh, you wouldn’t be here if they could’ve made it.”
Charming to the last! I’m sure he’ll make a lovely wife.