And now, we’re getting into my two least favorite seasons, so this is gonna be a bit of a tough one. It’s not that there weren’t quality episodes; it’s just that they were so few and far between that it’s easy to forget that either Nine or Ten had any good episodes. For the next challenge (I’m almost caught up!), I definitely had to scrounge. But for this one? That is not the case.
You know how Phoebe was upset that Rachel admitted she could just “lift out” of the core group and no one would notice because she doesn’t have any historical ties? Well, I don’t know if what’s revealed in “The One with the Mugging” makes up for it 100%, but it’s a step in the right direction. I love how, despite how tragic her backstory is, she’s so cheerful about it, and her life on the streets gives her that connection! And to top it off, it’s yet another embarrassing story for Our Favorite Ross!
Joey having to pee – and somehow, that urgency has him acing his audition – was very much overshadowed by Jeff Goldblum’s lines because they were so ridiculous but delivered with such conviction that you bought it. Which I think was the point? I dunno.
But my favorite part is Chandler becoming an intern. I will be starting nursing school in the fall – if my freaking transcripts will ever get there – and I am quite certain that I will be among the older students. I’m only 36, and I know a lot of people my age are going back to school either out of necessity or because they finally figured out what they want to do with their lives. It will be interesting, though, to see Gen Z in their native habitat. Anyway, as Chandler is wont to do, he takes being out of touch in stride, eventually coming up with the most clever marketing pitch out of his entire group. Out of the Main Six, Chandler and Rachel changed the most from the first episode (I’ll be doing a supplemental post on Rachel in August, actually, after I finish with Camp NaNoWriMo); while he was still neurotic and conflict-averse, Chandler grew into a likable man over ten seasons. Hell, I might have even dated him, if he was real and wasn’t married to Monica.
All around, this was a superb episode, and I wish that the writers had continued with their streak. Ugh, because it’s about to get so much worse.
Runners Up: “The One with Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner” has one of my favorite Phoebe moments, when she yells at Judy Geller to pick up Emma’s sock from the ground. “The One with the Pediatrician” introduces Mike, and only Dwayne Johnson is above Paul Rudd on my “Male Celebrities I Would Sleep With Without Question” list.
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