29 day challenge: friends, day 15: in which I have a favorite season six episode …

So I think three in one day is a good record! Especially since I spent a good portion of my day moving furniture. I’m gonna try to keep this up tomorrow, too, so be prepared for lots of later-series favorites … which are kinda slim pickings, but hey, at least the actors got paid obscene salaries for mediocre production.

Anyway …

I feel like the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends were always some of the best examples of what the show had to offer, mainly because they were bottle episodes, occasionally adding a bit more to the mix (like Season Eight’s Brad Pitt, for example). The first season’s anti-Thanksgiving set the bar high, but generally, they improved with each season. And Season Six’s Thanksgiving episode did not disappoint; it may even be a contender for my favorite episode of the entire series. I mean, it’s not, obviously, because I wouldn’t be talking about it right now, but it’s a close second.

“The One Where Ross Got High” has Phoebe lusting after Jack Geller and then Jacques Cousteau for dream reasons, Monica and Chandler trying to convince Ross to come clean with the Geller parents regarding his college pot smoking and record melting so they won’t object to Monica dating him, Ross avoiding telling the truth to anyone, Rachel making a disastrous desert, and Joey wanting to celebrate the holiday with his new roommate, Janine, and her dancer friends. Like “The One with All the Resolutions,” everyone is engaged here, aiming to accomplish very distinct things and willing to do whatever they can to get them.

I don’t even know if I have a favorite part, which is new and different for me. Everyone’s acting game is on point, including Elliot Gould and Christina Pickles, and there is not one storyline that gets ignored or downplayed. I mean, I still dislike Ross, but that just kind of goes without saying; the difference is that his annoying attributes are what make everything he does and says that much more hilarious. You’re meant to hate him at this point, and his yelling match with Monica (like so many of their secret-revealing sessions) is one of the highlights of the entirety of the show. They really seem like siblings here, and it’s just glorious.

Monica: Mom, Dad? Ross smoked pot in college. / Ross: You are such a tattletale!
Ross: Yeah, well, Hurricane Gloria didn’t break the porch swing. Monica did! / Monica: Ross hasn’t worked at the museum for A YEAR.
Monica: And Dad, you know that mailman you got fired? He didn’t steal your Playboys. Ross did. / Ross: [SILENCE]
Ross: Monica and Chandler are living together! / Monica: Ross married Rachel in Vegas! And got divorced! AGAIN!
Phoebe: I love Jacques Cousteau! / Rachel: I wasn’t supposed to put beef in the trifle!
Joey: I wanna goooooooooo! / Judy: That’s a lot of information to get in thirty seconds.

In everyone’s life, you always seem to come to that juncture where your childhood trespasses come to light and nobody really cares that much. My parents always seem kind of shocked whenever I tell them about something I had done, say, in high school, but once they’ve gotten over it, they’re like, “Well, you didn’t die.”

Well, I know what I’ll be watching this evening as I recuperate from this week! Thanks, Friends Challenge!

Art Credit: ThingLink, Rebloggy

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