Yep, Elizabeth’s dad is John McClane himself: Bruce Willis.
I wonder if he’ll drop Ross off the top of Nakatomi Plaza?
He’s certainly not happy about his daughter’s new relationship… Or maybe he’s just annoyed to be in Friends™ hot off the back of The Sixth Sense™?
“Somebody get my agent on the phone!!”
And hey, speaking of agents, for me, the REAL exciting bit of casting this week is Estelle being back.
Having said that, in this (all two brief) appearance she does seem a bit of a caricature compared to Bruce. He gives a measured performance as a man who has everything (including his daughter’s best interest at heart).
It’s worth remembering too that, even from the start, Friends™ wasn’t afraid to splash a bit of cash on a guest star. We had Clooney in Season 1, and who could forget the Van Damme and Julia Roberts fiasco.
But there is something about Bruce that seems in another league. At this point he’s fresh off a decade of blockbusters:
Die Hard (1, 2 and 3), Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
It’s a bit like if Robert Downey Jnr popped up in Brooklyn Nine-Nine now.
The other expensive guest star floating around is C.H.E.E.S.E.
He’s supposed to look shitty, but I’m actually impressed they made a functioning robot for Joey’s new sidekick in his TV show!
ACTUAL people, made the robot. But this guy also made the robot? And is playing him in Joey’s show. Right, I think I’ve got it. It’s just a show. Just a show.
“The One With the Surprisingly Well Behaved Baby”
The Ross/Elizabeth/Rachel/Bruce meal is so awkward. Ross completely fails to get around the weirdness of dating a student. One whose father is closer to his age.
It’s complicated (isn’t it always?) by Rachel immediately macking on Bruce. But really it’s all the paedophilia jokes that make it so cringe. In a post-Savile world it’s a little hard to laugh at someone clarifying that Ross doesn’t visit the Children’s hospital for sexual reasons.
I think I’ll see what the others are doing.
Oh cool, Phoebe’s writing a book! It’s quite fun as you get older, finding out your mate’s written a book. I haven’t read any of them. God no! But it’s nice to know they’re trying.
Phoebe’s book is about… the Friends™!
Somebody get my lawyer on the phone!! Phoebe, I’ve been doing this for six years. How dare you try and steal this from me?!?
Though maybe it’ll take a bit of heat off? I remember when I started a lot of buddies were less than enthusiastic about appearing here. I wouldn’t want Chandler and Monica to get wind of it too. They’re certainly not happy with Phoebe!
I had a couple of people refuse to let me use stories, and let’s not even mention how hard it’s been trying to not over share things involving my wife.
Nowadays people don’t seem to mention it as much. I wonder if they’ve forgotten I’m even doing it at this point?
You keep persevering Phoebe! Perhaps we can compare notes?
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
Our baby’s interminably slow journey into language is continuing. Her understanding of things is getting better, and she’s even learned to direct us to do things for her by pointing. Babysitting mostly consists of being a glorified horse at the moment.
But she surprised us the other day.
My wife tried out “it’s time for bed” and, shockingly, baby dropped what she was doing and immediately started climbing the stairs! We thought it was a fluke, but it’s been weeks now of her obeying us at bed time.
Now she’s realised she can say yes to things, surely it’s only a matter of time before she learns the dreaded “NO” word?