This is the weirdest episode. Everyone actually has a purpose, so that’s good. But it’s not quotable at all. What’s the point in being an episode of Friends if you’re not even quotable?
The episode once again starts with all six in Central Perk having a random conversation. I really can’t wait to figure out when they dumped that premise. Also, another day, another denim vest for Rachel.
Remember on Seinfeld when Elaine dated that guy that she just called “Denim Vest.” That could have been Rachel.
There are three main plots again, and they are split into slightly different pairs than normal. The main story is about Ross/Rachel and laundry. Rachel is going to be doing her laundry for the first time, and Ross claims to need to do laundry, too. In his head, this is a date. He shows her the ropes (she’s never done laundry in her life) and empowers her to stand up for herself against this piece of work:
When she does stand her ground with this hat woman, they have their first kiss.
It’s not a real kiss, but Ross is so overcome with absolute joy, that he does this:
I could watch that forever.
Elsewhere, Chandler and Phoebe have decided to break up with their significant others at the same time. This stands out because until they decided to break up with them, we didn’t actually know they existed. Nothing has been said at any point to imply these two people were in relationships. Oh well. It’s our first introduction to Janice. Wave to Janice!
Her voice isn’t anywhere near what it will be later, but her laugh is still classic. But she says “Oh my God” at one point, and she just says it like a normal human. Anyway, Phoebe breaks up with her guy fairly quickly, but Chandler is having a hard time with Janice. He even accidentally hits her in the face.
I’m not condoning violence against anyone, but I may treasure this moment by her later season appearances. Eventuall Chandler ends up like this:
So Phoebe ends up ending things with Janice for him.
Finally, Joey’s ex-girlfriend Angela comes into Central Perk and apparently looks better than she did when they were dating.
Joey wants to try things again, but she tells him she’s seeing someone. Joey then claims he is, too, so they plan to double date. Joey talks Monica into coming by telling her that Angela is bringing her brother for Monica. They get to the restaurant, and Monica eventually figures out that they are actually siblings. She really likes the guy, and Joey really wants Angela back so they decide to work together to break them up. Apparently, they are successful.
We see Ross’s bedroom in this episode. It shouldn’t be surprising that he has multiple plastic dinosaur figurines placed all around the room, but it’s a little disconcerting. See how many you can spot.
Monica tells Angela at one point (when she still thinks the other man is Angela’s brother) that her own brother (Ross) didn’t tell her when he lost his virginity. Uh..I’m going to call Shenanigans, because we covered that literally one episode ago.
Rachel turns most of her clothes pink and comments that she’s going to look like a big marshmallow peep. Foreshadowing…
Ugly Naked Guy lays floor tiles.
There is no Geller family cuddling in this episode!
I’m so disappointed that I don’t have single quote to share for this episode. But don’t worry. I’ll more than make up for it eventually.