Season 1 Episode 21

The One with the Fake Monica

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 1995 on NBC

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  • An average episode with a few good areas of interest.

    When Monica has her credit card stolen she decides to meet the \'Fake Monica\' at a dance class which she traced through her credit card statement. The two become great friends until, that is, Fake Monica is arrested. Marcel reaches sexual maturity and starts trying to bonk everything in site leaving Ross to make the decision of giving his pet up to a zoo. Meanwhile Joey frets over what stage name he should use.

    This episode has one good hook to it: Ross\' heartbreaking decision regarding giving Marcel. That\'s it really and the other plots aren\'t really that necessary although does give way for some really good jokes here and there. In terms of comedic value the episode is fairly rich and has a great gag involving Joey\'s stage name... Joseph Stalin. So Ross\' plot is character centred whereas Joey\'s is strictly comedic... so what does that leave for Monica\'s story? Well not that much. There is the odd laughable moment here specifically seeing Monica drunk and slight degree of character development, but nothing that will be seen in a flashback episode anytime soon. The key moment however in the episode however is the final scene in which Ross and the others say goodbye to Marcel and it’s brilliantly performed.