The One After “I Do”
The first episode of Season 8 starts right where the previous season’s finale left off at Monica and Chandler’s wedding. The two are now married and all the friends are celebrating. However, everyone mistakenly thinks that Monica is pregnant when in fact, it’s actually Rachel who is pregnant. Monica makes it clear to everyone that she is not pregnant, and Rachel finally confesses to Phoebe that she’s the one who’s actually pregnant. Monica ends up figuring out the truth too, and the two girls stick by Rachel and let her know that they will be there for her through everything. Rachel, although afraid at first of her pregnancy, becomes genuinely excited and happy about her new baby. The last scene where the three girls are hugging shows that Friends is a comedy that can also be very touching.
The other storyline of the episode focuses on Chandler and his shoes. Chandler had been taking dancing lessons to make his first dance with Monica as husband and wife perfect, but when they actually get on the dance floor, he keeps tripping because his new shoes are too slippery. He tries to borrow Joey’s shoes, but Joey’s feet are too small since he’s a size 7. Chandler doesn’t want to embarrass Monica, but she convinces him to dance anyway. The last moment is a hilarious scene as Chandler is about to fall, grabs Mrs. Gellar (Monica’s mom) for balance, and ends up pulling off her skirt.
My favorite quote of the episode was by Ross to Monica and Chandler after the wedding.
Ross: “I’m so happy for you guys. And you are both so lucky. I mean, you both said the right names.. And nobody was drunk.. Nobody was gay.. And on your first try!”
Ross makes fun of himself by referring to all his previous, failed marriages. His first wife Carol turned out to be a lesbian, he said the wrong name during his second wedding to Emily, and he was drunk when he got married to Rachel in Las Vegas. I always enjoy how the writers bring back old plot lines to the scripts to add to the comedy of the show.