Season 5 Episode 12

The One with Chandler's Work Laugh

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 1999 on NBC

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  • A decent episode with a really funny plot for Chandler, Monica and the return of Chandler's old nemesis (now with Ross).

    This is quite a decent episode with another building up for the Chandler Monica love story. Doug returns, though not as impressive as in TOW THE UFC, and Monica spots Chandler fake laughing at his Boss's Joke. She too tries it with even more hilarious effect. But Monica gets mad after Chandler intentionally makes them lose a game to Doug and his wife, even though they are clearly decimating them. Monica thinks of Chandler as a suck-up weasel and tells him to become the boyfriend who she respects. Chandler does so and refusing to laugh at a Doug Joke, however Monica (the loving person that she is) realized that this might jeopardize Chandler and his Boss's work relation and gets Chandler to fake laugh (or work laugh as he calls it.) Phoebe and Joey having nothing much to do, so they have a competition to settle a 'dispute' between the Chick and the Duck. Ross hooks up with Chandler's ex Janice and three of the friends (minus Chandler to add to the 'authenticity' that Chandler is still in Yemen) are shocked and 'judge' him. Ross finds her great because she is able tolerate his whining about his tragic life in this season (which really is). However Janice tells him that she is tired of his whining and tells him that this might not work. When Ross realizes that his whining has become so annoying that its annoying that the annoying Queen, he uses her infamous quote 'OH MY GOD' and then takes it lightheartedly. Janice however freaks out Joey when she says 2 out of 3 and does her famous laugh. Rachel finds it difficult to keep this quiet and tries to talk about it to Monica. Later she overhears Chandler and Monica talking and realizing how Monica loves her as friend and wants to talk to her about it and tries to leave but knocks the lamp down. Monica tries to make up something and an emotional Rachel pretends to buy it and leaves after hugging her. In the funny last scene, Ross tells Chandler about his involvement with Janice and apologizes to him for breaking the rules. Chandler realizing the rules freaks out and reminds him that he got Ross a shelter and that he gave him 27 dollar after just giving him, basically preparing him before telling the big news later on. Overall it was really nice episode because it was one of the first episodes where Monica and Chandler behaved like a loving couple together at a social event. Ross's frustration over Emily's Wedding was quite funny, so was Phoebe listening to the duck and the chick's complaints.