Crashed back down to Earth quicker than you can say “Ryanair™ landing”.
Back to the mouldy flat, 9-5 grind. There’s nothing like a holiday to throw how much time you spend at work into sharp relief. I wonder how long it is till Chandler quits his job? Oh Friends™ Gods take me away from this place!
And I now have the added problem of having to brutally choose between our Real Live Friends and families to be able to fit everyone in a wedding venue next year.
I’m back to Friends™ too, of course, which does give some comfort.
It’s weird seeing New York in Friends™ now I’ve actually been there. It feels somehow more real.
Particularly Phoebe confronting her “stalker” in the subway.
It's not just the subway that's familiar, as David Arquette™ is the one doing the stalking. Appropriately, just a few months ahead of the release of his, and Courteney Cox’s ‘Scream’.
I do have a little beef with the show for having the trope of giving a stalker a get out of jail free card for being hot. It’s like the Notebook™ all over again!
Perhaps because of the limitations of his character, this is the only appearance of Arquette in Friends™, despite later marrying Courteney and the producers clearly having no problems with a bit of nepotism. I guess he was too busy focusing on his wrestling career.
I’m reliably informed that, as well as this being Arquette’s final appearance, it’s also the final appearance of the subway in the show. It seems weird for such a New York institution to appear so little. With so many guest stars popping up I suppose they had to cut costs somehow!
Being back in London, I really do miss that air conditioning…
For a while now I’ve felt a bit like I was stuck in that “two trains travelling at x speed, when will they crash” maths problem. Feeling as if things are going too well, and something will have to break soon.
But having no idea which area of my life will implode first.
Relationship? We all know how well that’s going. Job? Could be worse, I suppose. House? Oh, the house!
The house always wins...
“The One Where Every Thing is a Cliché”
We’ve lost the house.
It’s your age old story: Boy meets house. Boy loves house. House has underlying structural problem that doesn’t rear its head until months into the process. It’s all a huge waste of time and money.
The only plus side I can see is that at least the longer we’re stuck renting the longer my life is like Friends.™
When I used to say I wanted to experience everything in life, I didn’t mean all the clichés.
My cliché proposal, and cliché losing the house, is matched by Rachel, Ross and Chandler’s conversation on relationships. All these unwritten rules are so heavily worn they seem second nature to me now. Answer “no” to the fat question without looking, hug and roll…
At least things are looking up for Monica! She’s finally making an effort to get over Richard, first, by making lots of jam, then by turning to a sperm bank to get her life back on track..
I respect Monica’s right to have a child but it all seems a bit sudden. I’d have stuck with the jam! Does she even have a full-time job right now? Working at that diner doesn’t seem like a very permanent solution.
Monica and myself aren’t the only ones struggling with jobs after it turns out one of her prospective “donors” is Joey. Well I say struggling with a job… He would be struggling now with his arm in a sling!
(“Fun” fact – this was because he got injured dashing for Chandlers chair in the last episode).
Joey’s left with copious amounts of jam to console himself about the low popularity of his “product”. As well as fantasising over the girl from the Xerox™ place (for the second time in as many weeks. #Foreshadowing).
Ultimately, in a sort of accidental Jam/Good Advice trade, it’s Joey who helps out Monica, painting his beautiful picture of her future with a man names “Hoyt”.
Even though I’m sad about the house, there’s something super comforting about this scene. And realising that, in a way, Joey here is responsible for Chandler and Monica ending up together.
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
I’m not much in the mood for anecdotes, but Chandler Number 2 did giddily share a RLSM with me recently. After moving out of their house with Joey Number 1 (a little more of a permanent separation than in Friends™…) they accidentally recreated the infamous “PIVOT!” scene.
It is nice it’s not just my life that Friends™ is taking over!