Season 8 Episode 4

The One with the Videotape

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2001 on NBC

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  • a good episode ruined by the fact the plot was lifted from another show not carried off nearly as well

    This episode was good, very funny but the entire video tape plot was lifted from an episode of the British version of Coupling which aired about 2 years earlier. In Coupling Steve discovers Patrick has a secret closet where he keeps tapes of all the women he's slept with, Steve discovers one with his girlfriends name on it and steals the tape, gets his other friend Jeff to watch the tape only to get caught by Susan who then realises it's not her on the tape at all and gets upset that Patrick recorded over her...

    The coupling version of the story is far far funnier and pulled off better. I'm a big friends fan but I hate watching this funny episode coz I know how terribly stolen the whole plot is and it's not as well written as the coupling episode