So I thought I’d better get back on track!
“The One With a Slightly Awkward Hookup”
Ah Joey and Chandler, the ultimate sitcom Bromance. Forget your Ted and Marshall, Tim and Mike, and even Turk and JD. Chandler and Joey are where it all began!
They’ll be there for each other. Forever. Whether spending thanksgiving in a box to make amends, or officiating a wedding, Joey and Chandler were the best of friends. No will they, wont they needed. With the exception of the odd gay joke, (and perhaps certain sections of the fanbase…) it’s the ultimate platonic friendship.
It’s a theme covered head on this week, as Phoebe’s hidden gay husband comes to light and causes a mass spillage of secrets. A lot of the strength of longer lasting friendships comes from being able to unleash this level of mutually-assured destruction. My Real Live Friends have so many embarrassing things on me the only way I cope is by feigning indifference at all my past mistakes. “I was young, I was foolish, I didn’t know better.” Now I do know better. I sometimes feel I’m a little too risk averse as a result.
The theme of secrets gives us a solid episode. There’s a neat reversal of the awkwardness of coming out as Phoebe’s husband reveals he needs a divorce as he is in fact straight. But it does leave me in a difficult position with Real Live Friends. Just the slightest over share and I could be in the doghouse. I can say though that I once met some guys considering getting a civil partnership just for the tax breaks. Not quite a green card but it’s pretty close!
Other secrets the episode deals with are the first mention of Chandlers “nubbin” and Joey being in a porno. As far as I’m aware, none of my Real Live Friends have been in porn. Although, given the increase in students undertaking sex work to help fund their degrees during the recession, I wouldn’t be surprised. One Real Live Friend did offer to show me a sex tape they’d made with their partner. But I had nothing of my own to trade for it. And also it would have been weird.
Not too weird for the Friends™ mind! They happily watch Joey’s porno. I really have to wonder why Chandler just happens to have a copy of it?
Perhaps the biggest secret revealed, is that Ross and Julie still haven’t “sealed the deal” so to speak.
Is two months a particularly long time before having sex with a new partner? It’s certainly longer than I’ve ever lasted (and longer than a lot of my past relationships…).
Rachel doesn’t miss the opportunity given to her by Ross confiding in her, and commences an epic campaign of “cock-blocking”. It seems this season is very much retreading last years’ angle, but this time from Rachel’s perspective. And you have to feel sorry for her as she inadvertently helps Ross overcome his worry and finally make it to sexual partner number 2! Go Ross!
Like Rachel, I overstayed my welcome at a gathering the other day after we got together to celebrate Halloween and (scariest of all) my David the Science Guys engagement.
Unlike Rachel, I wasn’t staying after everyone else had left to offer sexual advice, but rather to pick their brains about home buying. Friends™: 1 – Boring Old Reality: 0
The late stay resulted in me having a very Halloween appropriate drive home after part of the motorway closed for the night. I was forced to take a spooky detour through a foggy forest… Surprisingly, it turned out to be quite lovely, as I ended up seeing a menagerie of woodland creatures, deer, rabbits, a fox and even my first ever badger!
These made a welcome change from the poor cat-murdered creatures my partner leaves hidden in pans in my garden for me to deal with. Thankfully never anything as big as the pigeon Rachel has to deal with!
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
This one’s just ridiculous. We were attempting a scientific experiment at work where you crack open Polos™ in pitch darkness and can see sparks.
Not only could I not get it to work. But I think I’m the only person in history who’s managed to cut their finger trying to snap a sweet in two!