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Episode 7: The One Where Chandler Crosses The Line

  • Tropes Apology Gift: After kissing Kathy, Chandler buys new items for the apartment to replace what had been stolen earlier in the season. In the last scene, though, Joey realizes why Chandler bought all this stuff and says it's tainted by his betrayal.

  • Downer Ending: Joey denounces Chandler for his betrayal and says the apartment is empty as far as he's concerned.

  • Dreadful Musician: Ross' "Sound" is just random sound effects. No one likes it except Phoebe.Monica: Oh, God bless my dad for soundproofing the basement! Rachel: I can't believe I ever let him touch me with those fingers.

  • Eating Lunch Alone: Rachel's subplot, which is only available in the DVD cut of the episode, sees her go to lunch alone when nobody else is available to go with her and ends up loving the experience. She eventually stops eating alone after she turns down a date to be by herself. When she asks the guy out again his Internal Monologue reveals that he thinks she's "a freak who eats alone".

  • Everyone Has Standards: Ross observes that had Joey's the kind of guy who would've just stepped aside had Chandler admitted to his feelings for Kathy. This is confirmed when Chandler talks to Joey.

  • Giftedly Bad: Ross is completely unaware of how lousy his "Sound" is, despite managing to clear out the coffee house. Phoebe simply thinks he's unappreciated in his own time and would love to be able to say the same, so Rachel and Monica admit that her music is awful, too. Phoebe doesn't get that they're being sincere.

  • Intimate Haircut: Kathy offers to cut Chandler's hair for him after he reveals he had to skip the appointment with his barber. They struggle to ignore the tension between them and there's an Almost Kiss that's interrupted when Joey phones the apartment.

  • Poor Communication Kills: The others immediately agree with Ross on how Joey would've stepped aside had Chandler talked to him first. When Chandler asks why no one said earlier, it's clear they've discussed this amongst themselves, just not with him. Also, when Chandler first tells Joey he has feelings for Kathy, Joey is fine with it. "Because you came to me first." (Which Chandler didn't do.)

  • Shout-Out: In the final scene, the TV is showing Wonder Woman (1975).

  • This Is Unforgivable!: Joey is rightfully upset that Chandler kissed Kathy and got her to break up with him.Chandler: I have no excuses. I was totally over the line. Joey: Over the line? You... you.. you're so far past the line, you can't even see the line! The line's a dot to you!

Episode 7: The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line

Say it with me: Paolo is the worst. He's dating Rachel, but he comes on to Phoebe while she's AT WORK giving him a massage. It's douchey to the nth degree, but the bonding between Phoebe and Rachel after the former tells the latter epitomizes the kind of warm friendship moments Friends excels at, as does the sillier Chandler-and-Joey-buy-a-table storyline. That's right. This is the episode where we meet the (first) foosball table. A historic day.

"Boobies" comes in hot, with Chandler accidentally seeing Rachel topless pretty much immediately, before no one told us life was gonna be this way. A great opening, but it's far from the best moment in an episode chock-full of anger, heart, and playfulness. Here's what we're dealing with: Phoebe's psychologist boyfriend, who tries to psychoanalyze everyone in the group, is hated by them all, and Joey's father spends the night, along with his mistress. (Rachel and Chandler, plus eventually Joey and Monica, do their "booby" storyline every once in a while for some solid laughs, though it's not okay to try to see someone naked if they don't want you to.)

I know it'll become clear the more you read this, but I'll just say it here and now: I love a claustrophobic episode. You know, one with few locations and/or braided storylines. In this case, there's much more literal claustrophobia when Susan, Ross, and Phoebe get stuck in a hospital closet while Carol's in labor with Ben. We also have Rachel flirting with Carol's doctor, Joey helping a woman (a great Leah Remini) give birth, and Chandler and Monica foreshadowing their love story through baby and marriage discussions.

Following "The One Hundredth" (where Phoebe gives birth to the triplets) is a difficult task, but "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" succeeds. Phoebe puts the babies behind her and butts heads with Joey over whether selfless good deeds exist, a secretly together Chandler and Monica have a light and amusing fight in the last episode before someone finds out about them, and Ross struggles between staying with Emily and never speaking to Rachel again or getting divorced for the second time before he's 30.

The Rosita in question is Joey's armchair, and while Rosita's plot is Shakespearian in its low-level misunderstandings and hijinks, which I always adore, this episode is on the list because of Monica's storyline. It's made obvious throughout Friends that Monica and Ross's parents prefer their son, but nowhere is it personified better than through Ross's immaculately preserved childhood memory boxes and Monica's purposely-flood-damaged ones. Then there's Phoebe, who's on the phone with a suicidal Jason Alexander in a rare example of Friends digging into dark humor.

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Chandler's first line of the show is "All right, Joey, be nice. So, does he have a hump? A hump and a hairpiece?", referring to Monica's new date. Chandler's last line is answering Rachel's offer to have coffee: "Sure. Where?", making a joke since obviously they will be going to Central Perk, the place where they have been going every day for 10 years. This is also the last line of the series.

Up until Chandler moves in with Monica, he shares an apartment with his joint best friend Joey Tribbiani. Chandler and Joey's apartment is an important focal point for the series as one of the few meeting areas of the gang. The two form a close and enduring friendship, and get into many humorous situations. Their adventures include: losing Ross's infant son (Ben) on a bus; Chandler's dismay at Joey building an "entertainment unit" which is so big it partially covers both of their bedroom doors; buying a chick and a duck (affectionately named "The Chick and The Duck"); and replacing their dining table with a football table. A famous running gag suggests they are like an old married couple when they argue, with Chandler usually assuming the wife's role. Although in one of the episodes where Joey's new roommate Janine is present, Joey takes the more woman-like role of their argument with comments such as "Why would you say that? It's just mean!" and "It's not what you said; it was the way you said it", due to Janine's feminine qualities rubbing off on Joey.

Much of Chandler's sexual ambiguity stems from his childhood, as do other personality traits such as smoking and resorting to humor. The oldest is his middle name, Muriel, revealed in "The One with Rachel's Date". On Thanksgiving when Chandler was nine, his father announced that he was gay and that he intended to divorce his wife, because he would "rather sleep with the house-boy than [her]." The house-boy says, "More turkey, Mr Chandler?" in a very feminine voice just after this announcement. Charles Bing later moved to Las Vegas where he opened up an all-male burlesque called 'Viva Las Gaygas', featuring such musical numbers as "It's Raining Men", where he became a drag queen named Helena Handbasket (played by Kathleen Turner). While seeing the show in Las Vegas, Chandler tells Monica that when he was growing up, he "played the one on the far left," referring to the line of men on the stage. As a result, Chandler hates Thanksgiving and refuses to eat traditional Thanksgiving food. Chandler also highlights this as the point where he began to use humor as a defense mechanism and started smoking (despite his young age).

Episode after episode, I watched with an outsider's eyes as these sociopaths enacted emotional and physical violence on the ones they claimed to "be there for." Here are just some of the unimaginably savage acts of line-crossing that they perform against one another. They should not have been able to remain friends after any of these incidents.

What use would she have for flying a commercial jet? It's simple: She wants to commit a massive terrorist attack to make a point about our country's treatment of animals. She's clearly been waiting and planning this heist for a while, and has been watching carefully to spot any weak spots in airport security. Stealing a plane is not something goofy flower children do for fun; it's the act of a terrorist. She's militantly vegetarian, so she was probably planning some sort of PETA-related act of psychological intimidation to scare everyday Americans into giving up meat forever. We'll never know, since she doesn't make it to the airport, but one thing's for sure: This episode aired January 7th, 1999. I'm not saying she was involved in the September 11th attacks; I'm just saying her whereabouts on that day should be looked into. 041b061a72


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