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.

Watch this scene in video:

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.

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October 10, 2010. Episode 3, Season 8.

5 Comments

  1. 30rox replied:

    I remember this episode! I think I was in middle school when it originally aired. It says a lot about the show that it is still so widely watched and enjoyed a decade later. In response to your analysis of Monica – yes, her obsessive and compulsive nature is often shown through the storyline. I think her personality is the strongest of all – sometimes too strong.
    On another note, did you hear that Jennifer Aniston was in Athens this weekend? Some of my friends saw her eating dinner at the National. She and Paul Rudd are supposedly filming a movie together in Atlanta. My friends said she was SO nice and beautiful! I thought as a Friends fan, you would enjoy knowing that!

    • rachel9kim replied:

      I did know that she’s been in Atlanta filming a movie with Paul Rudd, but I had no idea she was in Athens! Wow, that’s so cool. And it’s also cool how Paul Rudd was also in Friends. He played Mike Hannigan who ends up marrying Phoebe!

      Regarding Monica’s character, I completely agree with you on her strong personality. I found it being too strong many times, which is why she was my least favorite character. She was just too loud and annoying, and a bit extreme.

  2. mofamily replied:

    I’ll definitely have to agree with you: the pregnancy definitely made the season more popular. A smart move by the writers. Anywho, I love this episode! It’s like Monica and Chandler are always 5 seconds late, which really gets at Monica, and it’s funny when we get to see her crack into crazy Monica! Also, the pictures you included of Ross’s reaction, especially the one where his eyes are wide open and his lips are puckered, are hysterical! Totally a Ross thing to do in that situation.

  3. mguilbault replied:

    haha i definitely see yalls point about monica being intense.. there’s really no way to argue that she’s not. but that’s what makes it all work so well, the fact that they all have such different personalities. They mesh together so well. also, although it is definitely interesting to watch monica’s character progress from the beginning to later in the show. I mean, obviously people can change in real life, but if you think about it, it is really intense. in the beginning she starts out just OCD and everything, but she is definitely not that loud and bold.

    oh ps. i heartttt rudd’s character of mike. he is perfect with phoebe and i love his kind of subtle comedy. i really enjoy the episodes with him. i love the episodes with the rat babies as well as the princess consuela episode haha too great

  4. katiesorrels replied:

    I absolutely could not imagine the emotions involved in a conversation like that. I thought your analysis was very good and I loved the picture montage. Ross’ faces are classic! Man, I wish they were still making this show..

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