The tragedy with the whole seventh series of Friends is that, supposing it was the first or second series, it would be very funny and although it probably wouldn't have been a big hit, it would have done quite well. But it isn't, and because we have the earlier episodes to compare it with, it doesn't seem half so funny any more.
The writers are finding it difficult to come up with new stuff, and who can blame them? How many more times can we see Monica freak out over a speck of dust, Chandler making sarcastic comments, Joey seduce endless good-looking girls, Phoebe making quirky remarks and Ross and Rachel breaking up (yet again)without it becoming tired?
Saying that, this volume is probably the best of series 7. Chandler's antics are still just about enough to raise a laugh, but I am glad in a perverse sort of way that Friends is ending at the end of series 8, because I want them to end on a high note. If you are going to buy this volume, just make sure you are buying it because you think it will be funny, not because Friends has an excellent reputation.