I have just seen 'TOW Two parties' (season 2) again, and I can't say how much fun it was. I can't believe this is the same show as seasons 8, 9 and 10. I can enjoy just seeing Chandler run and jump around. He doesn't even have to say something funny. His gestures and his movements alone make him ten times as funny as he was in the later seasons. But he also has great sarcastic remarks he won't have again later on in the show.
I love Rachel here and the way she acts. Not the crazy, dumbed down Rachel from seasons 8-9-10 I don't care about. Here, in season 2, she's sweet and caring and also stunningly beautiful. I also like Ross. He isn't whiny!!! He's funny because he's insecure, he's in awkward situations, yet he isn't whiny about it.
And at the end Rachel is depressed because her parents are getting a divorce, so she talks about it with Chandler in the hall, and then they hug. Where do you see anything remotely this touching in the second half of the show? I love this!
...And what really took that episode to another level was that you had the "moment" between Rachael & Chandler, but when Ross came out into the hallway, Chandler motioned Ross to come over so he could "hand Rachael off." Just a great little touch that showed how close all three were.