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Written on:November 20, 2017
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Friends S4:E8 – Happy Thanksgiving Eve Eve Eve, girls and boys. Everybody settle down. I know we’re all anxious to get on to our holiday weekend and our two-week break from class, but we’ve got some important business to attend to prior to shifting into turkey-mode. As you all know, I have your Halloween “Which FRIEND R U?” video assignments graded and (drum roll please) every single last one of you made an A. That includes you, Johnny…although, choosing Gunther was quite risky. I won’t lie. I was contemplating failing you for it until I saw the footage of you going out to a party dressed as Gunther dressed as Charlie Brown. Even though Gunther is not one of the FRIENDS and therefore technically I should’ve failed you, the creativity and imagination that you brought to the assignment won me over. So congratulations, Johnny! And congratulations, class! You all get to leave for the Thanksgiving break with the warm and fuzzy feeling of having aced your last assignment!

While you’ve guessed correctly that the impending break has made today’s post ripe for the “mail in” treatment, before we go…just a couple of quick points about today’s episode. First, how great is Va Fa Napoli? I’m trying to decide if I like watching Joey and Rachel say this with the accompanying “hand under the chin” gesture more or Ross and Monica’s gesture that was revealed to us just three episode ago in Friends S4:E5 (you know what I’m talking about, right? The Geller gesture for giving the finger without actually having to give it?) more. This is a close call but I guess I’m going to have to give a slight edge to Ross and Monica’s “giving the finger” gesture for the simple reason that it gets brought back multiple times in future season of Friends. Secondly, how about the scene where Chandler (while in the box) refuses to say anything to Kathy as she’s breaking up with him in order to prove to Joey how much their friendship means to him? This moment between two best buds gives me goosebumps every time (especially when Joey ultimately forgives Chandler and begs him to go after Kathy). And now, boys and girls, I can’t think of a better way to wrap this up and mail in the post than to end on that happy Thanksgiving note. I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic Turkey Day! I’ll catch you on the flippity flop. Gobble gobble.

Recap in the Key of Phoebe – This is the one where Joey contemplates moving out of disgust with Chandler kissing his girlfriends, Monica invites Richard’s son to Thanksgiving after seeing him for an emergency eye appointment, Phoebe gets drunk with power when she’s left in charge of the kitchen after Monica goes to the eye doctor, Ross gets angry with Rachel for being devoid of sentiment, Rachel proves to Ross she’s not devoid of sentiment by showing him her box of keepsakes from their relationship, Chandler goes in a box to show Joey how much their friendship means to him, and Joey ends up forgiving Chandler and giving him his blessing to date Kathy after earlier telling him, “Va fa Napoli!”

Gandalf Gaffes – None. Flawless episode!

Chan Man Quip of the Week – [The Setup] The gang sans Joey are at Monica and Rachel’s preparing their Thanksgiving meal. Monica is fiddling around in the refrigerator when she asks in frustration, “What is wrong with this freezer?” She continues rummaging around before screaming out in agony, “Ow! Ow!” Concerned, Phoebe quickly asks, “God, what happened?” Monica responds, “Oh my God, ice just got in my eye!” Rachel emerges from her room (where rather than helping, she had been taking a Thanksgiving nap) and angrily informs, “People are trying to sleep in here!” Chandler fills in Rachel on the emergency at hand by telling her, “Monica got ice in her eye, and it hurts.” Tending to Monica, Phoebe directs her, “Open it up, let me see.” Monica responds, “Oh, ya know what, I can’t. It really kills.” [The Knockout] Unable to resist an opportunity to be sarcastic (even under these circumstances), Chandler suggests, “Well maybe you should put some ice on it.”

#TheChickAndTheDuck


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Friends S1:E21 – Hey there, all you friendly connoisseurs of Friends. How’s everyone doing this lovely Monday afternoon? I’m resplendent myself, thanks for asking. It is an exciting time here at theLeftAhead. Not only am I embarking on the stretch run of blog posts for Friends: Season One, but if you’ve been checking in on the site over the past week, you will have noticed that Ted James, our fearless…

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How a Bill Becomes a Law

Written on:April 6, 2015

Friends S1:E20 – From the depths of the sea, back to the block, your boy Kenny Adams is back on the clock, went solo on vacation but it’s still the same, theLeftAhead is the spot where I run blog game. Yes, indeedy. I’m back once again for the stretch run of Friends: Season One. How was everyone’s Spring Break? Mine was perfectly splendid, thanks for asking. So here’s the scuttlebutt…today’s…

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The Heating and Cooling Milieu

Written on:March 9, 2015

Friends S1:E19 – Hey there, everyone. How are you this fine Monday afternoon? I’m a little more chipper than usual today because once I finish this Friends post, I’ll be heading off on vacation for the better part of the next month. Where am I going? Well, that’s classified. But I can tell you where I’m not going and that is South by Southwest in Austin, TX. And since that…

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The Big Green Poker Machine

Written on:March 2, 2015

Friends S1:E18 – How’s it going, ladies and gents? Happy Monday. I hope everyone out there is ready for another exciting installment of the most unorthodox blog series about a major American television series in the history of the internet. While we don’t have a great deal of time today, I thought I would use what little time we have to speculate about whether or not love is in the…

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Under the Bridge

Written on:February 23, 2015

Friends S1:E16 & Friends S1:E17 – “Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a partner. Sometimes I feel like my only [Friends]” are the my friends from TV, the Rosses and Rachels. Lonely as I am, they stay by my side. Yo, yo, what it do, ladies and gents? Hope you enjoyed my nice little jingle, just now. For the record, I’m not currently lonely…I’m happily married but I do…

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Amuse-Bouche

Written on:February 16, 2015

Friends S1:E15 – President George Washington once said, “Happiness and moral duty are in separably connected.” With that in mind, I want to wish you a dutifully moral Presidents Day. How’s it going, gang? I hope you had a stellar week and a spectacular Valentine’s Day weekend. Mine were quite lovely (thanks for asking) but I cannot tell a lie: with the massive amount of snow dropping from the sky…

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The Man’s Got An Egg

Written on:February 9, 2015

Friends S1:E14 – “Guess who’s back? Back again.” Kenny’s back. Tell your Friends. What’s cracking, boys and girls? (Egg. Cracking. Get it? Ha.) Fresh off of a short hiatus, yes (indeed) we’re back at it again with a hot take on another twenty year old episode of your favorite sitcom. Thanks for choosing to give us a few minutes of your time. Glad to be with you again. Today’s assignment…

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When the Laughter Stops

Written on:January 19, 2015

Friends S1:E13 – Happy MLK Day, engaged citizens of the internet! I know that all of us have chosen to occupy a large portion of our day doing something constructive to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, even on a day of reflection, everyone needs to sprinkle in a little downtime, so thank you for choosing to spend a few minutes of yours with me. In…

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Poconos

Written on:January 12, 2015

Friends S1:E12 – Howdy, boys and girls. Welcome back for another installment of your favorite Friends blogger’s favorite Friends blog series. I hope you have been enjoying binge-watching the show on Netflix. It has been available via the streaming service for twelve days now which means that many of you might have already sprinted through more than half of the series. A few of you, with too much free time…

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Teams Played Sports

Written on:January 5, 2015

Friends S1:E11 – Hello there friends of Friends! I want to wish every single reader out there a happy New Year! As you might have suspected, I was very happy to chunk deuces at 2014. It was a pretty rough year. I spent the first nine months of the year as an unemployed writer and then when I finally got hired as the pop culture writer for theLeftAhead (my big…

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Scientist Guy

Written on:December 15, 2014

Friends S1:E10 – Hey there, Friends Nation. Did you miss me? I hope that your time off from reading this blog series has been as restful and relaxing as my time off from writing it. I can’t lie, it was quite a relief last month to have finally arrived at the first break from consecutive episodes of the series. While I’ve really enjoyed these past four weeks off, I must…

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Shoop

Written on:November 17, 2014

Friends S1:E9 – “Here I go, here I go, here I go again. What’s my weakness?” Snow…apparently. Let me explain. So I had driven up to Vail, Colorado this past Friday to do some research for this week’s blog post. My plan was to spend one night up in the mountains, finish my research on Saturday morning, and leave Saturday afternoon to drive down to Denver in time for a…

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Buried at Sea

Written on:November 10, 2014

Friends S1:E8 – Hey there, girls and boys. I’m glad to have you back this week for another installment of my Friends blog series. It is really encouraging to see so many of you out there are already religiously reading the greatest experiment in pop culture since Saved By the Bell: The College Years. (Although it is a little less encouraging to find out that only about one-third of you…

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Blackout

Written on:November 3, 2014

Friends S1:E7 – Remember the nineties? Awe, the nineties. A time when a group of six single early-twenty somethings could live in New York City in nice apartments and survive on the income they generated from entry-level professional jobs without needing any support from their parents. Yep. Those were crazy times. The lifestyle that the Friends gang enjoyed seems like such a foreign concept for this generation’s young adults, but…

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Freud!

Written on:October 27, 2014

Friends S1:E6 – “Say hello to my little friend.” And that little friend is entirely Id, right Sigmund Freud? Apparently, mine is as impulsive as Tony Montana’s because in a fit of rage, I devoted almost my entire post last week to seeking the “immediate pleasure and gratification” of trashing on my boss. The good news is, as I predicted, Ted James (too busy trying to be a 36 year…

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Moose and Squirrel

Written on:October 20, 2014

Friends S1:E5 – Well, that’s what I get for tempting fate. On only the fourth post of my illustrious blogging career, I was reprimanded by my editor, Ted James, for dancing on the line of acceptable conduct and then proceeding to cross my toe over it whilst baiting him to call me out. I’m not sure if it was the direct reference to the Bill Simmons situation or my contemptuous…

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Magic Beans

Written on:October 13, 2014

Friends S1:E4 – Hey there boys and girls, it’s your favorite gainfully employed writer, Kenny Adams back at your service for another installment of your favorite blogger’s favorite blog series. I hope that you had a good week and I’m really glad that you remembered to find a couple of minutes to squeeze me in to your busy schedule today because I’ve got quite a pita pocket of entertainment bliss…

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The Millners’ Farm in Connecticut

Written on:October 6, 2014

Friends S1:E3 – What’s good, Friends fans? It’s your boy, Ken Adams back again for this week’s installment of my blog series. I’m back for the third week in a row to serve you some fresh takes on a 20 year old pop culture phenomenon that is near and dear to our hearts. My Friends revival is already taking the interwebs by storm. Indeed, boys and girls, you have stumbled…

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Helen Geller

Written on:September 29, 2014

Friends S1:E2 – Greetings, loyal TLA readers. You might be surprised to see me back, as promised, for the second installment of my Friends blog series. I’m sure some of you assumed that my commitment to write 236 blog posts about the hit television series, a post for every episode on the 20th anniversary of its air date, was just some empty cockeyed declaration that I made in order to…

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Grab a Spoon

Written on:September 22, 2014

Friends S1:E1 – Hi, my name is Ken Adams. I am a thirty-something writer with a plethora of trivial knowledge that I’ve been accumulating my entire life through an obsessive-compulsive dedication to pop culture. While this trivial knowledge has been of great benefit to me in the pursuit of beating my friends at board games over the years, it had not had much practical application in the real world as…

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