How You Doin’?

Written on:November 11, 2019
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Friends S6:E7 – How you doin’, Nation of Friends? I can’t tell you how excited I am to title this post and open with the iconic Joey Tribbiani pick up line! Welcome back to the Price is Friends. Before we commence with this week’s session of interfacing, let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy Veterans Day. For those of you readers out there who served, thank you for your service. While writing this, it just occurred to me that, as far as we know, none of the six main characters from FRIENDS are veterans (unless you count Phoebe’s extensive service from past lives. (But hey, I think that counts so thank you for your service, Phoebe Buffay.) Since today is a holiday Monday, and further, since this is the last Monday before my boss, Ted James gets back from sabbatical, and even further since last week I didn’t exercise one despite a massive temptation to do so, this week, I’m going to begin interfacing with you by informing you, class, I’m making today’s post a MAIL IN SPECIAL. Speaking of interfacing, I wish it were already 2030 and Ross Geller’s theory about computer technology developing such that computers can carry out the same number of functions as a human brain has come to pass so that I can just program a computer to write these Friends 20/20 blog posts for me and I can just be chilling on a beach full-time. But alas, it is not 2030 it is only 2019 and this project will end in 2024 and I’m afraid that my fate is sealed. It will be me who has to continue down the path of writing my way to completing the impossible mission. And yes, it will continue to be me writing these posts with an editor breathing down my neck the entire time. But enough about that. Speaking of television’s most notorious paleontologist, sure he gets rejected this week in his attempt to interface with Janine, but remember last week, he took a cool $1500 off of Joey playing the fake game of Cups. So, class, I guess you know where this is heading, right? You betcha. Circling back to last week’s homework assignment, please turn in your essays on the following subject. “Ross Geller: Underrated, overrated, or properly rated?” Great. Fantastic. Thank you, Susie. Thank you Bobby. Johnny…everyone has turned in their assignment now except for you. What gives? You were too busy hanging out in the studio last night with Ted James to do your homework? He said you could have an extension until next week? Well, he’s not your teacher, I am. How do you even know my boss, anyway, Johnny? I asked you a question. He said he knew I would react this way and he’ll talk to me about it first thing next Monday morning? Dammit, Johnny…fine. We’ll deal with this next Monday. That’s it, class. M.I.S. officially executed. I’ll grade the rest of your essays and see you all next week. Go enjoy the rest of your holiday Monday. I know I certainly will. Peace. [Storms out] (…and scene.)

Recap in the Key of Phoebe – This is the one where Joey is attracted to his new roommate Janine but tries to repel her so as not to live at the supermarket, Ross unsuccessfully attempts to interface with Janine, Rachel is embarrassed about running in the park with Phoebe so she fakes an injury to avoid the embarrassment, Phoebe catches Rachel in the lie but eventually convinces her that running free and not caring what people think is more fun, Chandler rearranges all of Monica’s furniture while cleaning the apartment for her and then freaks out when he doesn’t remember how to put it back, Monica reassures Chandler that he shouldn’t be scared of her after discovering everything being out of sorts at the apartment, and Joey’s universe is turned upside down when he decides to turn it on with Janine but she isn’t seduced by, “How you doin’?”

Gandalf Gaffes – None. Flawless episode!

Chan Man Quip of the Week – [The Setup] Chandler and Ross are at CHANDLER’s and Monica’s apartment (first time saying that). Ross is talking to Chandler about science stuff that Chandler is clearly not interested in. Ross lectures, ” So, I just finished this fascinating book. By the year 2030, there’ll be computers that can carry out the same amount of functions as an actual human brain. So theoretically you could download your thoughts and memories into this computer and-and-and live forever as a machine.” [The Knockout] A visibly annoyed Chandler opens a can of quip ass with, “And I just realized I can sleep with my eyes open.”


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