Four more episodes from the seventh season of the popular American sitcom. In 'The One with the Engagement Picture', Monica (Courtney Cox) struggles to find a decent picture of herself and the unphotogenic Chandler (Matthew Perry). 'The One with Nap Partners' sees Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) competing to become Monic'a bridesmaid, while Ross (David Schwimmer) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) find themselves in an embarrassing position after they fall asleep together watching television. In 'The One with Ross's Library Book', Rachel and Phoebe attempt to change Joey's mind when he decides to dump his eminently likeable new girlfriend. Finally, 'The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs' sees Chandler forced to reveal his canine allergy when Phoebe smuggles a dog into the apartment. A director's cut is also included.
Lots happened behind the scenes between seasons and early on in the seventh year of the hit comedy, leaving audiences speculating that this might be the last. Perry became seriously ill again, and returned looking more emaciated than eve r. Cox regained weight, but despite finishing Scream 3
happily, things were already rocky with David Arquette. Much was made in the press about Aniston marrying Brad Pitt, of course, but the real news (allaying fans' fears) was NBC's expensive renewal of the cast for two years at $750,000 per episode each (more than six times their previous increase). On-screen, at least there was Chandler and Monica's engagement lasting the whole year, despite predictable ups and downs (eg: "T.O.W. The Truth About London" revealing that Monica fancied Joey). By the time we finally get to "T.O.W. Chandler's Dad" (Kathleen Turner), it seems inevitable that the two-part finale will be an insane mess--but with a happy-ish ending. Sure enough, "T.O.W. Chandler and Monica's Wedding" features Gary Oldman joining in the chaos as Chandler repeatedly goes missing. Other star-turns in the year were Seinfeld
's Jason Alexander as a suicidal Office Manager, Susan Sarandon as soap queen bitch Jessica Lockhart, Denise Richards as one of Ross and Monica's endless number of cousins and Winona Ryder as a surprise old friend, prompting "T.O.W. Rachel's Big Kiss". But perhaps the most telling instalment of this weirdly atmospheric year was "T.O.W. They All Turn Thirty". It suggested that maybe the Friends are all getting too old to carry on living their frivolous lives the same way after all. Paul Tonks