Friends is in full swing now, and even the worst Season 4 episodes can still serve up laughs and a good time. How would I rank all the episodes?
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23 – The One with the Invitation
Sitcoms love to do clip-shows near the end of their runs, but Friends had no excuse doing one in Season 4.
Most of the runtime is dedicated to clips that we’ve seen barely a few seasons before, and the invitation plotline isn’t captivating enough to warrant an entire story. Worst Friends episode ever?
22 – The One with the Cat
One of the head writers wrote this episode after her own mum died, and none of the other writers were brave enough to criticise it.
“The One with the Cat” is one of the least funny episodes of Friends, which exists to drive an unnecessary wedge between Ross and Phoebe.
21 – The One Where They’re Going to Party!
They do not, in fact, party.
This is also the episode where Rachel’s boss randomly dies off camera – I’ve always thought that was one of the weakest twists in the series.
20 – The One with the Fake Party
Another “party” episode, and another disappointment.
I found Rachel’s attempts at wooing Josh to be really desperate and cringy, and I just wanted the episode to be over once the cheerleader costume came out.
19 – The One with Rachel’s New Dress
The lingerie plot is decent, but the B-plot of Phoebe picking her baby name is incredibly boring.
18 – The One with the Free Porn
I remember my Sex Ed teachers used to refer to this episode when talking about how modern men are too addicted to porn. Now that I’m older, I can kinda see how odd Joey and Chandler’s obsession is.
17 – The One with Joey’s Dirty Day
The Charlton Heston cameo is fun, and Chandler getting over the break-up leads to some great moments of friendship.
16 – The One with the Dirty Girl
From a dirty day to a dirty girl, I’ve always found the A-plot to be a little too unbelievable. Still fun, though.
15 – The One with Joey’s New Girlfriend
The start of the Kathy arc, and it leads to some great moments between Chandler and Joey.
Also, we get Phoebe’s ill / low singing, and I believe this is the first appearance of the Geller FU fists.
14 – The One with Rachel’s Crush
A decent episode, but it’s remembered for one thing – this is the first use of Joey’s “How You Doin’?“, easily the most iconic catchphrase from the show.
13 – The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie
I remember seeing a ranking once where someone put “The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie” as the best episode of Season Four, and I’m not really sure why.
It’s still fun, though, and I especially like the storyline of Monica firing Joey to instil fear in her employees.
12 – The One with the Worst Best Man Ever
A great title and a great execution of the premise, “The One with the Worst Best Man Ever” is a fun prelude to the London two-parter.
11 – The One with the ‘Cuffs
Fun fact – the scene where Chandler accidentally slams the filing cabinet drawer into his head was completely unintentional. The rest of the shenanigans are great too.
10 – The One with All the Haste
Ross and Emily get engaged, and the girls steal their apartment back. It’s funny how easily they do it, too.
9 – The One with All the Wedding Dresses
The girls in the wedding dresses is an iconic image, and Chandler’s whip sound is my guilty pleasure joke.
8 – The One with Phoebe’s Uterus
I’m sure other things happened in this episode, but “The One with Phoebe’s Uterus” is remembered for one thing – Seven!
7 – The One with All the Rugby
Again, like with “The One with Phoebe’s Uterus”, “The One with All the Rugby” stands out to me for the subplot.
Ross’s rugby antics are decent fun, but Chandler evading Janice by going to Yemen is a true highlight of the season.
6 – The One with the Ballroom Dancing
Quite an underrated episode on the whole, “The One with the Ballroom Dancing” has two plots I love.
The titular dancing is so much fun, and Ross / Chandler trying to escape their gym membership is the right kind of ridiculous.
5 – The One with Chandler in a Box
It’s a shame Chandler, my favourite character, hardly gets to prance around during Season 4’s Thanksgiving episode, but the writers more than made up for it with drama.
His and Joey’s feud is one of the best in the show, and the moment at the end where Joey forgives him is euphoric.
4 – The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line
The start of the Chandler / Joey feud … I may even like it more than the “We were on a break!” debacle!
What I’ll remember “The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line” for, however, is Ross’s keyboard playing. I was in hysterics in my first viewing, and it still puts a smile on my face today.
3 – The One with the Jellyfish
Probably the best season opener in the entire series.
Ross and Rachel’s saga is great, the jellyfish storyline is excellent, and those final five minutes are peak, chaotic Friends.
2 – The One with Ross’s Wedding: Parts 1 & 2
One of Friends’ most famous plot twists, Ross saying Rachel’s name at the altar is an iconic moment and a half, one that pop culture won’t forget any time soon.
This is also the start of my favourite romance in the show – Monica and Chandler – and Joey’s enthusiasm for London tourism is amazing.
1 – The One with the Embryos
“The One with the Embryos” is Friends at its scintillating best.
The apartment quiz is the best possible showcase of the friend group’s bonds, and every character gets about three iconic moments each. It all culminates in Phoebe’s successful pregnancy – one of the most heartfelt moments in the series. A perfect episode from start to finish.
Season Rating: A
Comfortably one of the best seasons of the show – other than a couple of missteps, Season 4 does hardly anything wrong.
Let’s look at the stats for the season:
- 4A (17%)
- 15B (65%)
- 3C (13%)
- 1D (4%)
And the stats for the series so far:
- 18A (19%)
- 55B (59%)
- 20C (21%)
- 1D (1%)
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