The golden age of Friends is sadly behind us, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the seasons don’t have some great moments within them. Let’s rank the episodes from Season 6!
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23 – The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.
A clip show episode. Skiiiip.
22 – The One with Joey’s Fridge
I forgot just how boring and filler “The One with Joey’s Fridge” is.
Phoebe, Monica and Chandler all try to find Rachel a date, Joey’s fridge breaks, and Ross’s student girlfriend is going on holiday. That’s it. That’s the episode.
21 – The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel
In the aftermath of “The One After Vegas”, we got two boring divorce-centred episodes in a row. Nothing of note in this one.
20 – The One with Ross’s Denial
More boring repercussions – Season 6 has one of the weakest openings of all.
There’s also a B-plot of Chandler and Monica arguing over a guestroom, but it goes nowhere.
19 – The One with the Apothecary Table
The apothecary table plotline is one of Friends’ most mundane story beats, and Janine not liking Monica and Chandler is quite bitter on the whole.
18 – The One Where Phoebe Runs
The A-plot of Phoebe running weird is a real low point of the season, but the episode is saved by Joey – his reactions to Janine, his new roommate, are great, and him “scaring” Chandler from a box is a classic moment.
17 – The One Where Ross Dates a Student
I’ve never liked the “Ross dates a student” plotline, as it comes across as really weird and unnecessary. Also, Phoebe’s apartment burns down and starts a mini season arc.
16 – The One with the Joke
Chandler and Ross fighting over who came up with a joke is something everyone has experienced at some point in their lives, and the ending where they disown the joke is a nice subversion.
The other plots of Joey working in Central Perk and Phoebe choosing Rachel as a hypothetical girlfriend are decent too.
15 – The One on the Last Night
Rachel moves out of Monica’s apartment, and all of the girls have some great emotional moments.
My favourite part of “The One one the Last Night” has to be the game of “Cups”, and all of the various ways Joey “wins” money off Chandler only to immediately lose it.
14 – The One with the Ring
The last of the Bruce Willis episodes, and the weakest by a fair bit.
The A-plot of Chandler finding Monica a ring is endearing, and Paul becoming a sobbing mess is fun, but neither are worth writing home about.
13 – The One with Ross’s Teeth
David Schwimmer always fully commits to the Ross gags, and his shiny white teeth make for a great visual joke.
Joey also thinks he’s a woman, and Phoebe kisses “Ralph Lauren” and gets Rachel into trouble for gossiping. Fairly standard stuff on the whole.
12 – The One with Rachel’s Sister
Reece Witherspoon is a great addition to the cast, and you can completely believe that she’s Rachel’s sister – and Joey’s immediate flirting never fails to make me smile.
On top of that, Monica gets sick and Joey gives out too many freebies at work. Solid stuff across the board.
11 – The One After Vegas
Season openers always deal with the aftermath of the previous finale, but I can’t help but feel that “The One After Vegas” is a little tamer than usual.
The Chandler / Monica relationship gets some nice development, and I like the twist that Ross never got the annulment – although the mini arc it started ended up being really dull.
10 – The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad
I would have never imagined Bruce Willis in a sitcom before watching “The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad”, but he proved that he could do it all.
His feud with Ross is fantastic, and the other plotlines where Phoebe writes a relationship book and Joey meets his robot co-star are also decent.
9 – The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry
I completely forgot that Reece Witherspoon stuck around for a second episode, and she does a great job yet again.
Chandler not being able to cry is a bit strange, but the joke about Bambi’s mother made it worthwhile. Also, Ursula is a pornstar and Phoebe schemes to use that to her advantage.
8 – The One That Could Have Been: Parts 1 & 2
Not the best “what if” / flashback-type episode of the series, but “The One That Could Have Been” certainly has its moments.
I really love fat Monica’s dance and Phoebe as a stock broker, but it was the alternative title sequence for the opening of part two that pleasantly surprised me.
7 – The One with Joey’s Porsche
At some point within Season 6, Joey leapfrogs Chandler to be my favourite character in the show.
Matt LeBlanc completely kills it in “The One with Joey’s Porsche”, and that’s always been one of my favourite A-plots in an episode.
6 – The One Where Paul’s the Man
The best of the Bruce Willis trilogy, Paul gets some great moments here – both in his sudden relationship with Rachel and his dance in front of the mirror.
Joey also gets in trouble with his drycleaners, and Monica puts her name down for marriage as a joke which freaks out Chandler – all three plots work well!
5 – The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance
Matt LeBlanc is once again the MVP of the season, as his physical acting during Joey’s hernia is hilarious. Also, Chandler’s line “There’s never a good time to … stop catching on fire” is amazing.
Ross also teaches in an English accent, Monica chips in with some Scottish, and Rachel finds out about the false annulment in front of an entire class of students.
4 – The One with the Proposal: Parts 1 & 2
In one of the most emotional scenes of the show, Chandler and Monica propose to each other after many a sitcom hijinks.
Ross breaks up with Elizabeth, Joey bids on a boat, and Phoebe has to chose between being Ross or Joey’s backup. If it wasn’t for the proposal plotline being so drawn out and cliché with Richard getting involved, this would have been A-tier.
3 – The One with the Routine
Chandler, Phoebe and Rachel go looking for Monica’s presents, and Joey tries to win over Janine. Oh, and I guess a silly little dance happens too at some point.
The Ross / Monica dance is an incredible moment within the season, and “The Routine” alone is enough to give this episode top three status.
2 – The One with Unagi
Once you accept the fact that Ross is a complete psychopath and his friends really shouldn’t stick with him, he becomes a really funny character.
David Schwimmer kills it in “The One with Unagi”, and the other plots of Joey hiring a twin and Chandler needing a Valentines present also work really well.
1 – The One Where Ross Got High
Thanksgiving episodes always deliver, and “The One Where Ross Got High” is one of the best of the bunch.
Rachel making the wrong trifle and everyone being forced to eat it is great, but it’s the chaotic minute of everyone ratting each other out that’ll go down as one of the series’ finest moments.
Season Rating: B
This was a mostly decent season, but there aren’t enough truly great episodes for it to be a classic.
Let’s look at the stats for the season:
- 3A (13%)
- 13B (57%)
- 6C (26%)
- 1D (4%)
And the stats for the series so far:
- 27A (19%)
- 81B (58%)
- 30C (21%)
- 2D (1%)
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