Well, I decided two weeks ago, but it’s been a little hard to find the time.
Love is in the air and I’m hard pressed to keep up, with Chandler dating Rachel’s boss, and Joey creeping on the women in his play. Even Rachel and Ross seem back on pleasant terms. Thank you, tiny T-shirt!
In real life (“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”) I actually haven’t had the time as I’ve been preoccupied with David the Science Guys double wedding. (First dance: Bohemian Rhapsody). A double wedding, not because he’s embraced a life of bigamy… but, because he, selfishly, invited us down to his families beautiful house in the South of France for a second party. The utter bastard.
Despite the hardships caused by getting a tan, drinking lots of wine, and lazing in a pool all day (not in that order) both weddings were excellent. A personal highlight was Joey Number One living up to his name by spending most of the reception chirpsing my ex, before remembering who she was.
But real Joey’s behaviour is much worse. First, dating his stage wife’s understudy (aren’t there rules against that sort of thing?) then jumping in bed with his stage wife. The director’s partner no less! Once again Friends™ keeps things light by keeping a healthy distance from the victims, Joey even highlighting what a caricature the director is. (Albeit, a hilarious one…)
At least Joey’s creeping seems to have a purpose. When his stage wife spurns him, he learns an important lesson and calls his past flings to apologise for using them. Maybe there’s hope for him yet!
“The One With the Double Wedding”
Mirroring my lack of movement on the brother front, Chandler is having trouble committing.
It also gave Janice a chance to harass a doctor friend with many questions about her well-being. Culminating in Janice asking “DOES THIS MEAN I’M GOING TO DIE?!” and the doctor’s partner (7 foot Rachel Number 2) turning round from their conversation and booming a deep, and sonorous “yesssss...” to the amusement of those present, and the mortification of Janice.
And speaking of ‘mort’ (as the French would say) this, jam-packed, episode has another quirky Friends™ look at bereavement. Monica and Ross’s Aunt has died, and a delighted Monica inherits her dolls-house. I count myself lucky that all my Aunts and Uncles are still with us. Although, less lucky, considering how hard it made doing our weddings seating plan.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed doing it! It combined three things I love: logic puzzles, judging people, and sitting down.
One thing I’m enjoying less, is our ongoing attempt to buy a house. Just when I think we’re making progress things fall backwards again. And even when we get one, do I even want to get locked into a “keeping up with the Joneses” lifestyle? Buying sofas, and cabinets, and leather-bound books. It seems so petty when played out on a miniature stage, as Monica and Phoebe compete to fill their dollhouses.
Still, in a city where no-one can afford property, caring deeply about a dolls-house makes a lot of sense.
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
And now onto the actual best bit of the wedding, straight out of the Friends™ playbook!
It’s a running joke for the Real Live Friends that David the Science Guy's brother is, how shall I put this, in many ways… cooler than him in every respect. (I recognise, I may well be in the same position, but let’s not get into that).
This joke doesn’t mean anything, of course! They are both equally great in their own ways.
But it does lead to moments of great amusement. And so, what happens at his wedding? No less than the registrar saying HIS BROTHERS NAME during the vows.
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