[S7E9] The One With All The Candy
Phoebe: Well, we didn't have a lot of money. But the girl across the street had the best bike! It was pink and it had rainbow colored tassels hanging off the handle grips, and-and-and a bell and this big, white wicker basket with those plastic daisies stuck on.
Rachel: Well, it gets worse. When asked if you take initiative I wrote, "Yes, he was able to unhook my bra with minimal supervision," and under Problems with Performance I wrote, "Dear God, I hope not," and then uh, then I drew a little smiley face, and then a small pornographic sketch.
Monica: See, this is why I told you never get involved with your assistant! And here is no such thing as keeping secrets when it comes to affairs. (To Chandler) Did you hear that Chandler? No such thing!
Rachel: Yeah, well Betty's kinda sad. Which is why I believe I can lure her away with these chocolates. (Holding up the box of chocolates.) Now, while I distract her, you get in the office.
Mr. Zelner: Umm, no. Thanks, but I'll give these to Betty. (Rachel glances at Tag to say, "See?") So I read your evaluation of Tag, or to use his full name, Tag Sweetcheeks Jones. Is something going on with you two?
Chandler: All right everybody! Just be quiet! Be quiet! Be quiet!! Pipe-pipe-pipe down! (They settle down) What is the matter with you people?! This woman was trying to do a nice thing for you. She was making candy so she could try to get to know all of you, and I'll bet that not one of you can tell me her name! Am I right?
Joey: That's right, it's all ruined! You guys ruined everything! You ruined it! (Steps into the apartment and Chandler closes the door.) (Joey struts over to the candy and starts eating it.)
Monica decides that she would like to get to know the neighbours in the apartment building better (to Chandler's dislike) and resorts to doing what she does best: cooking. She makes a batch of wonderful chocolates and hangs them on the door in a basket hoping that her neighbors will take some and they can meet. The neighbours (including Joey) eventually go crazy over the candy and demand more. Eventually, Chandler admonishes the neighbors for taking advantage of Monica's kindness and not making an effort to get to know her, and furiously sends them home.
Rachel and her assistant Tag have started dating, but they strive to keep their relationship a secret from their workplace. After Rachel writes a flirtatious joke evaluation, she sends it to Tag, who does not know it is fake, does not read it, and gives it to Human Resources. Rachel devises a scheme to get it back, but before she does, Mr. Zelner reads it and warns her that she is putting her job at risk. Tag takes the blame, claiming that he had written the evaluation himself. Zelner accepts this and leaves without any further incident, after saying he enjoys a "naughty limerick or two."
The show centers on six twenty-something-year-old friends navigating life in New York City as they explore themselves and their relationships. Viewers fall in love with quirky Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), fashionable Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), sarcastic Chandler (Matthew Perry), clean freak Monica (Courtney Cox), funny Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and book-smart Ross (David Schwimmer). Although "Friends" is great to watch year-round, the holiday season is a perfect time to rewatch your favorite holiday episodes. Here are my favorites:
We have all been there when volunteers from The Salvation Army are standing outside of places with a red bucket and a handbell asking for money as a part of their Red Kettle campaign. Seeing how Phoebe handles passersby is so relatable and what got this episode on my favorite list.
Friends sometimes know us better than we know ourselves and these friends are no different when they challenge each other to stop their most annoying habits. It would be hilarious to try this out with your own friends.
Joey throwing the non-desirable Christmas trees into the wood chipper is the equivalent of killing someone in Phoebe's eyes, which makes for a funny few scenes where everyone is trying to reason with Phoebe.
In Friends Season 7, Episode 9, "The One With All The Candy," Rachel started dating Tag and tried to convince her friends that it wouldn't be a problem. When asked if they've slept together yet, Rachel responded that she doesn't sleep with someone on the first date. Monica then rattled off the names of several men Rachel did sleep with on the first date to call her out. One of the names Monica said sounded like Ben Wyatt, who just so happens to be a character on NBC's Parks and Recreation.
Portrayed by Adam Scott, Ben Wyatt was one of the main characters of Parks and Rec as well as the eventual husband of the main protagonist Leslie Knope. Before coming to the town of Pawnee, Ben was elected mayor of a small Minnesota town at the age of 18. Unfortunately, Ben's time in office was short-lived, as he ended up bankrupting the town trying and failing to build an ice complex, leading to his impeachment and exit from the town. The theory suggested that after Ben was impeached, he traveled to New York and began a brief relationship with Rachel before moving to Pawnee.
The user who posted this theory cites the characters' ages as the main proof that something might have happened between them. During the events of "The One With All The Candy," Rachel was 29 years old, as evidenced by the fact that she turned 30 years a few episodes later and broke up with Tag when she realized he was too young for her. Meanwhile, Ben Wyatt was born in 1974, which would make him 26 years old around the same time Rachel started dating Tag. Since they're only a few years apart, Rachel and Ben could have conceivably started up a relationship around that time.
The theory also stated that Rachel mentions that Tag has a "cute butt," which is something that Leslie often said about Ben. Whereas the evidence of Rachel and Ben's similar ages does hold some weight, her and Leslie's affinity for cute butts is much more flimsy since that preference isn't exclusive to just those two women. While it would be interesting if all the past and present NBC sitcoms lived in the same universe, Monica mentioning that Rachel slept with a Ben Wyatt on the first date feels like more of a coincidence rather than a substantial connection between Friends and Parks and Rec.
Heading toward more mature shows, this episode is great if you want to laugh at an otherwise terrifying situation. Since Linda (John Roberts) bought a real Christmas tree the day after Halloween and Thanksgiving, the latter tree ends up dead on Christmas Eve. So, Linda and a reluctant Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) go out to buy a new one. While out, they cut off a candy cane truck while driving, leading to the truck chasing the Belcher family out of anger. If you want to watch others obsess over holiday things like last-minute shopping, crazy families and kids catching Santa, then watch this episode.
The classic 90s sitcom perfectly encapsulates the message of holiday consumerism while making us laugh. Monica (Courtney Cox) is a people-pleasing chef, which really shows when she decides to make candy for her whole apartment building as a way to get to know them. Instead, Monica learns just how crazy people will go for candy, even if it means working someone to the bone. Another great storyline of the episode is seeing Ross (David Schwimmer) buy a bicycle for Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), with the latter refusing to learn how to ride one. The episode perfectly sums up each character and how they would react to the crazy situations they create.
Ending with a post-holiday episode should help people feeling down in the dumps this season and instead resurrect their jolliness. This episode follows Gumball (Jacob Hopkins), one of the many kids missing the joyous feelings everyone gets with the holidays from October to December. Gumball deceives everyone by making up a holiday called Sluzzle Tag to cure those January blues.
Chandler must spend Christmas in Tulsa, which Monica thinks he might have an affair with a former Miss Oklahoma runner-up while he is there. Chandler comes home early to announce that he quit his job.
As Christmas approaches, it's important to get your holiday watchlist all queued up. My personal binge-watching choice this season will be Friends for two reasons. For one, they have an impressive slew of holiday eps, and second, while some sitcoms go the painfully cheesy route around Christmastime, Friends really comes through with the laughs and feels that perfectly embody the spirit of holiday cheer.
This Christmas episode isn't the most exciting plot-wise, but it does deliver a cute compilation of every other holiday season the friends have spent together. This trip down memory lane comes after Chandler finds out that he'll have to spend this Christmas away from the gang because of a work trip to Tulsa, and reminisces on how nice it has been to celebrate the holidays together with his friends year after year.
Although it's often remembered as a New Year's Eve episode, let's not forget that "The One with the Routine" is, in fact, a Christmas special, with Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler teaming up to try and find Monica's impeccably hidden presents.
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In this episode, Rachel is fed up with being a waitress at Central Perk so Joey and Chandler encourage her to pursue her lifelong dream career in fashion, saying she will be more motivated to find a new job if she quits.
In the season four Christmas episode, Chandler's attempt to set Rachel up with someone from work backfires when his colleagues start competing with one another after they suspect Rachel only wants a fling. 781b155fdc