Last week we were complaining about the reunion being a clip show and now the show’s hit us with one of their own.
It was only a year and a half ago I was lauding Friends™ for avoiding this sort of thing.
But I suppose it’s a good opportunity to look back at all the good things that happened in the last year:
Well, that was fun.
“The One Without the Flashbacks”
It’s all been spurred by Joey getting a big audition for the titular “Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E”. The sort of show that now wouldn’t even get commissioned by Netflix™
It’s utterly flimsy, with the only drama coming from Chandler failing to leave an important phone message for Joey. Mate, just shoot him a text. God my friends are so dumb sometimes.
Each section of clips is set off by the characters saying something like “it’s not like we haven’t had trouble in this area before” but this conceit barely even holds up with characters then remembering things they weren’t even present for.
You know how much I hate to say it, but this is bad. What’s worse is the flashbacks all highlight how great the show was in earlier seasons, and it’s making this year look quite weak in comparison. It’s even making me want to go back and watch some earlier episodes again!
No. I must stay strong. I must stay strong. Think of the integrity of the project.
I’m finding it pretty disorientating seeing them all young again, especially as the vision of the future from all the reunion advertising has already distorted my sense of time. Although I have to say, I really miss the big 90’s hair.
The ONE good thing this week is, drum roll please…
THE CHICK AND DUCK
Merciful avian Goddess, I thought we’d lost them, taken by some dreadful bird flu, or perhaps cooked and shredded on a Joey special (two pizzas).
But, I’m sad to say, this is the last time we see them together. And isn’t really a send off in any sense of the word. Just a simple scene of Chandler apologising for not seeing them enough now he’s living with Monica. A conversation familiar to anyone who’s married.
And we’ll never know what happened to the Chick. Perhaps they died of a broken heart?
How could you Monica. You killed that poor chick with your “allergies”.
This is making me miss my friends a bit, even now as we’re all beginning to meet up again.
And it’s not helped by Friends™ having a montage of Chandler and Joey hugging. Way to rub it in!!
It ends with Chandler and Joey questioning “do we hug too much?”
You most definitely do not hug too much.
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
OK. Here’s one flashback, I can hear you calling out for it. The people have spoken.
Baby’s first word.
Yep! My daughter has finally made the leap to language. And, oh my god, I did NOT have any idea how long it takes kids to learn to talk. Apparently by this time NEXT YEAR she’ll only be putting together 3 word sentences.
We’ve got maybe four or five confirmed words, and she uses them pretty sparingly, mostly communicating with various grunts indicating “yes”, “take me over there”, or “I’m done with the lovely thing you spent hours cooking and want some pudding now”.
It’s made for a much happier home. There’s less need for serious crying, and it’s becoming a lot easier for us to work out what she wants too.
But the best bit is the first word itself:
Yes, my wife is furious. But, hey, you put the time in, this is what you get. Thank you furlough scheme, thank you me from days past for being lazy and refusing to work more than four days a week!
I genuinely thought I was imagining it when I heard it from the high chair as I turned to throw some food away. I asked her to repeat it. She refused. I turned back to the counter.
We continued this a couple of times and I got a little video to send my wife. I was fully expecting her to tell me it was nothing, but her and her mum agreed. That was it. The whistle was blown, the first word was mine. Victory!!!