Friends S8:E3 – Happy Indigenous People’s Day, Friends Nation ✊ Let me say up front that since today is a holiday, we are going to keep our proceedings this afternoon short and sweet. That’s right…you better believe it. Reminiscent of the magic of the Holiday Armadillo, today I bring to you another installment of the Holiday Mail-In Special 💌 Never fear. When it comes to Holiday Mail-In Specials, I’m as dependable as Rivers Cuomo. That being the case, I’ll have you in and out of here quick but we have a couple of important anecdotes from today’s episode that we must do due diligence and highlight really quick. First, we must enter it into the formal record that today’s episode was heavily changed after the events of 9/11. Originally in this episode, Monica and Chandler were supposed to get detained at the airport after Chandler makes a joke about bombs. Obviously, with this episode set to air a mere month after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the writer’s made the right call in re-writing this episode. Given the stress our nation was under at the time, Chandler’s joke about bomb threats would have been about the worst Chan Man Quip of the Week imaginable. Secondly, we discover in this episode that Ross does yoga in a class with Mr. Treeger. Nothing super significant to break down about that, I just find it amusing picturing Ross and Treeger assisting each other with a Downward-Facing Dog pose. I mean, that’s a lovely, hilarious image that is providing me some much-needed tranquility on this holiday afternoon so on that calming note: go outside, enjoy the fresh air and have a great rest of your Holiday Mail-In Special Monday, class. See you back here next week. Nomaste 🙏
Recap in the Key of Phoebe – This is the one where Rachel tells Ross that she is pregnant and he’s the father, Monica and Chandler become frustrated when another couple also on their honeymoon keeps beating them to getting free upgrades and perks from the airline and hotel, Phoebe and Joey make up that they smell a gas leak in order to get into Monica and Chandler’s apartment while they are gone on their honeymoon, and after Ross becomes indignant as a consumer when he discovers that condoms are only effective 97 percent of the time he finally comes around to letting Rachel know he will be there with her through the pregnancy perhaps having the calm of his yoga helping him to get over himself and center his priorities. Nomaste!
Gandalf Gaffes – None. Flawless episode!
Chan Man Quip of the Week – [The Setup] Chandler is embarrassed that Monica is being overly affectionate at the airline counter in order to demonstrate that they are in their honeymoon in hopes of getting upgraded to first class like the couple in line before them (who were also on their honeymoon). When they are next in line approaching the counter, Monica commands Chandler, “Grab my ass!” The ticket agent says, “Next.” They approach the counter arm in arm and Monica informs the ticket agent, “Hi, sorry. I almost didn’t hear you, because ya know…I’m just so in love with my new husband. We’re on our honeymoon.” The ticket agent responds, “Congratulations. Okay, Mr. Bing you’ll be in 25J and Mrs. Bing you’ll be in 25K.” Caught off guard that they were being issued their original coach seats, Monica interjects, “Oh no, you see we’re on our honeymoon. So umm, can you do your little thing and bump us up to first class?” The ticket agent responds, “I’m sorry, all our first class seats are taken. That couple got the last two.” Turning to Chandler in frustration, Monica barks at him, “You see, if we’d gone around them like I said, we—She would’ve given us those tickets. Damnit!” [The Knockout] Needing an outlet for his embarrassment of how his new bride is behaving, Chandler turns directly to the ticket agent and asks, “25J and K, any chance those aren’t together?”
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