The fourth episode has always been one that kind of stands out to me. Maybe it’s because the guys spend most of their time together, and the girls spend most of their time together. No Geller family cuddling! And I don’t think Rachel wears any denim vests. How strange!
The episode once again starts with all 6 at Central Perk having a random conversation. We’re to the point that I’m starting to wonder if I missed this theme in every episode for the last 20 years. Time will tell. The random conversation leads to one of the most Joey things that’s ever been Joeyd.
Monica: Joey, what would you do if you were omnipotent.
Joey: Probably kill myself.
Joey: Hey. If little Joey is dead then I’ve got no reason to live.
Ross: Joey, OMnipotent.
Joey: You are?
I’m sorry, but that is funny.
As I mentioned earlier, the guys stick with the guys, and the girls stick with the girls. This means there’s basically two main plots. The first one is Ross’s. Because Joey can’t have anything. Chandler and Joey invite Ross to a hockey game which they probably immediately regret when Ross realizes it’s the anniversary of the time first time he slept with Carol. He proceeds to spend the rest of the day/night talking about every detail from that night. Ross is a girl, you see. Except I’m a girl, and please.
One of the hockey players does the world a favor and makes this happen.
I’m convinced Chandler paid off that hockey player. He wanted to do it himself earlier. See?
The hockey puck leads to him later looking like this.
Anyway, Joey and Chandler give him a pep talk, and then they accidentally knock out the nurse in the ER. This makes Ross feel better about being dumped for another woman.
This is the nurse they accidentally assault and leave for dead. Maybe I’m being dramatic. At one point Chandler calls her Dora, but I can never tell if he’s kidding there or not. I could have watched the credits to find out her name, but don’t you just want to call her Helga? Also, Joey does this:
Meanwhile, Rachel is frustrated because she’s been working hard, but her pay checks are small. Her friends from Long Island stop by for a visit, and she starts to doubt her new lifestyle. These are her old friends.
And here are her new (Monica isn’t really new, but whatever) friends making fun of her old friends.
Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe have a slumber party, but they all get bummed when they realize they don’t have life plans. Here’s Monica’s “I don’t have a plan” position. It looks a lot like mine.
Luckily, the pizza guy brings them George Stephanopoulos’s pizza, and this changes everything. They bond while they spy on him across the street. Apparently George lives near Ugly Naked Guy. Here they are ogling him in a towel.
We learn in this episode that Phoebe lives with her grandmother. So. Does anyone else wonder where her grandmother was while Phoebe was living on the streets? Get it together, Grandma! Phoebe also has a onesie.
And if you look closely in this picture, I think it might have a drop seat. Maybe we should ask Joey if he knows.
Here’s an important question. Why didn’t Chandler know that Carol was Ross’s first? (well…let’s be honest here. Probably because we’ll find out later that she wasn’t. So Ross is a whining liar). And an even more important question, why did Monica know the exact date Carol and Ross first slept together? That might be worse than Geller Family Canoodling. But it’s easy to say that since they didn’t canoodle in this episode.
Rachel accidentally drops a pillow from the balcony while the girls are outside. At the end of the episode, a random guy returns it. It’s kind of funny, but the whole gag is so random.
Isn’t Chandler cool in his backwards hat?
And finally, look! It’s the fourth wall!
“Who’s FICA? Why’s he getting all my money?”
“The FICA guys took all my money. Everyone I know is either getting married, getting pregnant, or getting promoted, and I’m getting coffee. And it’s not even for me!”
“Phoebe, do you have a plan?”
“I don’t even have a pla.”
“That’s Big Bird’s friend.”