It made many people to be on the verge of crying when Ross tells Rachel to take the job in Paris as he is suffering the pain while hugging her. Also, this tearjerker episode was about Monica and Chandler's new house in the suburbs until they are crushed to find out that Janice is their neighbor. Phoebe tries to not let Joey find out that Estelle passed away.
Ross tries to get Rachel rehired at Ralph Lauren. He succeeds but then gets her a bigger promotion in france, but after Rachel tells him how scared she is about moving to Paris, he's convinced she should go. Phoebe discovers that Joey's agent Estelle died and, since his life has been changing so much recently, doesn't want to tell him and pretends to be her. Chandler and Monica visit the house next door to theirs and discover that Janice is bidding on it. To get Janice to withdraw her offer, Chandler comes on to her but she declimes and leaves.
Chandler and Monica take a look at the house next door to the one that the're buying in Westchester. And they run into - who else - Janice. The whole running into Janice isn't all that original anymore but it was nice to see her one last time. Monica accidentally slips out that they are buying the house next door. Since they don't wanna hear O MY GOD all day long Chandler pretends to still have feelings for her. I think this was the same trick they played on her in season 7. Ross is very upset that Rachel got a job in Paris so he talks to her boss. There is one thing that bothered me about the whole Rachel going to Paris thing. Ross is really upset that Rachel his exgirlfriend is going to Paris. But he doesn't really seem to care that his daughter is leaving.
Estelle died. We haven't seen her in a while but I wasn't such a big fan of her character anyway. But it was funny when Phoebe called Joey and pretended to be Estelle.
"a promise between friends means never having to give a reason"
I do love all the Estelle stuff. Poor Joey, his life is really upside down right now. Oh, and Phoebe calling from beyond the grave... I love that. "maybe the janices won't get it" "that will only happen if the other couple is the hitlers"
Although I think this storyline is a bit odd, I love the Janice aspect. I love Janice, and so, anything which can introduce her is great. The entire scene when they realize that Janice would be next door is amazing. Ron
Poor Ross. He keeps trying and trying to get Rachel's job back, and it just isn't happening. Its like... bargaining with the devil or something. But, in the end he makes the right decision and lets Rachel go.
So even though there are elements of the story I like/love, I just think it is a weaker story than others. I think it could have been presented better. But still good.
So everything is starting to wrap up. Friends heads for a very traditional sit-com ending - people move away. Seriously, is that all the writers can think of? Why do people always have to move when a sit-come ends?
Monica and Chandler are moving to a house. And they face the fear of having Janice as a next-door neighbour. I didn't like this storyline much; I'm not a fan of how they have treated Janice over the last seasons. She used to be Chandler's annoying girlfriend, who still had a big heart and was charming in her own odd way. Even though Joey hated her with a passion at least Chandler seemed to appreciate her. Now she's just someone who "makes Chandler's balls jump back into his body". Friends have really gone out of their way to take everything to the extreme; I really don't like that about the show.
And Rachel is moving even further away... to Paris. Great for Rachel, though how on earth did she get such a fine job with no education and the job history she has had? Oh well... But there is one thing that bugs me about this storyline. So much in fact that I find it really distasteful:
Ross doesn't care squat about his daughter moving to another country! Seriously, this just makes me lose all my respect for the writers and producers. All he does is whine, moan and bellyache about Rachel leaving, but he doesn't care at all that she is taking his daughter with him! What kind of a father is that? What kind of a CHARACTER is that? I know I wouldn't want to spend time with someone like that. The reaction they should have gone with is Ross being mad at Rachel for taking his daughter away; if they have shared custody she can't just do that as she pleases. But Ross doesn't care at all. Gives me the creeps!
Friends is ending in line with the road they have been going on since season six... downhill... with extreme characters who aren't very likeable. Honestly, why didn't it end with the season six finally, while it still had some dignity?
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