The One Where Rachel Tells…
Monica and Chandler are at the airport, getting ready to go on their honeymoon. Another newlywed couple also on their honeymoon that’s standing in the ticketing line ahead of them gets bumped up to first class, courtesy of the airline. Monica and Chandler tells the worker that they, too, are on their honeymoon, but those seats were the last ones remaining. Monica tries to get into the first class lounge anyway, but gets kicked out. When Monica and Chandler arrive at the hotel, they realize that the same newlywed couple is also there, and they had just gotten the honeymoon suite, courtesy of the hotel. This really infuriates Monica and she yells at the couple for screwing her over all day and getting free stuff, although it’s not exactly the couple’s fault.
As I mentioned in the previous post, the writers of Friends do a great job of emphasizing characterization in each episode. Once again, Monica’s obsessive and compulsive nature is shown through this storyline. This personality makes her very loud often times, and even in this episode she ends up creating conflict and screaming at the couple who were innocent and did no wrong. She gets hot-tempered when she’s angry, and is unable to think things through. However, Courteney Cox plays this side of Monica brilliantly and it adds to the comical touch of the show.
Meanwhile, Rachel gets ready to tell Ross that she’s having his baby, but Ross mistakenly thinks that Rachel wants to start a relationship with him again. When she finally tells him that she’s pregnant and he’s the father, Ross is completely surprised, shocked, and taken back. David Schwimmer does an amazing job in this scene. During just one minute, Schwimmer brings out numerous facial expressions that perfectly describe Ross’ current condition.
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In the end, Ross calms down and goes to Rachel at the gynecologist’s office. He tells her he’ll be with her through the whole process, and the two see their baby for the first time through a sonogram. This is a very heart-warming and touching moment, and a nice way to close the episode. It shows that Friends isn’t just about being funny all the time, but it really touches on the special relationships these characters have with one another. It’s especially meaningful that Ross and Rachel are about to have a baby together, because they are the core couple and their storyline was a central to the show as a whole throughout the ten years it ran. This baby set a whole new level for the relationship between Ross and Rachel, and it really got viewers excited to see what’s in store for them in the future episodes. This was probably the reason for the immense popularity of the eighth season.