TOW the Thumb

The first season is weird. The third episode opens similarly to the other two. They’re all in Central Perk having a random conversation. Clearly, this was supposed to be a thing.  Can’t wait to see when it stops. Nothing particularly important happens except that it’s made relatively clear that Rachel isn’t familiar with dating lingo.

This particular episode has three main plots. And lo and behold, one is Chandler’s and one if Phoebe’s! So now it’s just poor Joey that has no substance. However, we do see him running lines for an audition.  So it’s something.

The title of the episode comes from Phoebe’s story. Extra money randomly mistakingly showed up in her bank account, and she’s upset about it. You know, as much as I love this show, there are a lot of things in these people’s lives that I just can’t identify with…but quite frankly, this takes the prize. Extra money in my account? Thank you, Wells Fargo. You’ll be seeing that agani

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Look at that antenna!

Anyway, Phoebe gives the money to a homeless woman she knows. The woman insists on giving her something, so she gives Phoebe a soda. The soda has a thumb in it. Therefore, the soda company gives Phoebe $7,000. She is irate. Seriously. Cannot relate with this story at all. Please put a thumb in my soda so that I can get $7,000.

Meanwhile, Chandler runs lines with Joey for an acting part. For the role, Joey has to smoke. We find out Chandler was a smoker. In showing Joey how to smoke, he becomes a smoker again.

Chandler Smoking GIF

Everyone is disgusted. While they’re expressing their disgust, he points out some of their flaws that we’ll never hear mentioned again (except for Ross and Rachel’s). Joey cracks his knuckles, Phoebe chews her hair, Monica snorts, and Ross over pronounces words. Phoebe points out Rachel’s flaw which is that she never gets anyone’s coffee order right. I assume Joey, Phoebe, and Monica have a period of self-reflection after this episode, because their annoying habits disappear.

Anyway, Chandler tries to quit smoking, but doesn’t give it up completely until Phoebe offers to give him $7,000 to never smoke again.  I also don’t smoke. So if someone would like to give me $7,000 for that, I would like to let them.

Finally, the other story is that Monica is dating a new guy and all the friends love him. Apparently, this is quite unusual. They like him so much that they all talk about him like their the ones dating him. When Monica decides to break up with him, she tells them first. They react like she’s breaking up with them, so Monica makes this face:

Monica's face


Also in this episode, Rachel wears an obscene amount of denim vests. I’ve already shown one of them, but lucky you, you get to see it again.

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That’s three different vests. And here’s a fourth in GIF form, because how weird is her laugh here?

Rachel Laughing GIF 1

If you think that laugh is weird, check out this one:

Rachel Laughing 2 GIF

What in the world?

Also, it wouldn’t be an episode of Friends without some weird Geller family touching.

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What is wrong with these two? Honestly, most of this wouldn’t seem that weird if they hadn’t already creeped me out in the last two episodes.

Early in the episode there’s a bit about how the other five always make fun of Monica’s boyfriends. It leads to Chandler doing this:

Steve is Sexy GIF

Even Rachel is in on this little joke which seems weird. They didn’t make fun of Paul the wine guy. What kind of time lapse happened between episodes 2 and 3?

Also, at one point four of them come into Central Perk having just played some sort of competitive baseball with Monica’s boyfriend…but Monica wasn’t with them. Rachel is one of the ones who was playing. This just can’t be right.

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Also, Ross has a pom pom. And what’s on the couch? And why wasn’t Phoebe invited?

All in all, this is a weird episode. It has some funny moments, but most are only funny in context. Honestly, that may be true for most things on Friends, but I only really care about it in this episode.

Favorite Quotes (I was pushing it to find two)

“The hair comes out and the gloves come off.”

“Don’t think of it as a cigarette. Think of it as the thing that has been missing from your hand.”


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