Season 1 Episode 4

The One with George Stephanopoulos

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1994 on NBC

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  • Ross is in a crisis because he doesn't know how to spend a certain anniversary, Rachel is in a crisis because she realises that starting over is even harder when you compare yourself to others, and the rest of the gang is there to help.

    This episode is where FRIENDS becomes what it is: A show with great storylines, fantastic humor and a lot of compassion. "The One With George Stephanopoulos" has it all, and even more.

    Ross' vulnerability after his divorce reaches a new level when he realises that it's a special anniversary for him, one that makes it all the more clear to him that he has inevidently lost his wife to another woman. Even though the three previous episodes have already foreshadowed the growing relationship between Ross and Rachel, it is important to the show to make it obvious how much Ross loved his first wife Carol, and that he cannot just go back to normal after having his heart broken by the first woman who actually loved him back. This special day in Ross' life also shows how important the three guys are for each other: even if they constantly keep joking, they're there when you need them. Chandler and Joey may act annoyed by Ross' behaviour sometimes, but they're there for him when he needs them, taking him to a sports game to provide some distraction. The storyline that follows is a FRIENDS classic too, and very funny even though it's clear that at first it makes Ross' day even worse when he's hit by the hockey puck.

    On the other hand, there's Rachel who realises that starting over is harder than it seems, especially when her spoiled childhood/college friends show up, demonstrating how they seem to have everything Rachel doesn't. Her crisis results in a slumber party night with the girls, with lots of alcohol, games, cookies, pizza, and leering at a hot politician. I can really recommend searching for George Stephanopoulos pictures on Google, by the way. Back to the slumber party: it's what any girl needs once in a while. Friends, legal drugs and a shoulder to cry on, with people who get what you're going through.

    I think it's very smart to divide the FRIENDS into two groups in this episode, because it adds to the individual friendships among the group. In the end, they're all reunited, playing Twister and having fun together, just like a family - only better. As Rachel says at the very end: "I'm fine. I've got magic beans." They all do.