How in the world Courtney Cox did not get an Emmy Award (let alone the nomination) for these two episodes is beyond me. Fat Monica is just brilliant! It's like Courtney loses herself in the character. It's wonderful to watch!
It also must be said that the rest of the cast members are really spectacular in these two episodes. Kudos to the writers for conceiving this idea and executing it *so* exquisitely! To change just ONE thing about each character (Phoebe's is pretty ingenious) and present such wonderful back stories. Seriously, I can't rave enough about this show, but these two episodes... PURE GOLD!