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Friends - Series 9 - Episodes 21-23 [DVD] [1995]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2003
In the last 4 episodes of series 9, TOWT Fertility test, TOWT Donor and TOW In Barbados 1 & 2, we get to see Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) and Chandler(Matthew Perry) discovering they cannot have children, Phoebe(Lisa Kudrow) returning to ex-boyfriends Mike (Guest star Paul Rudd), and of course the Rachel, (Jennifer Aniston) Ross (David Schwimmer) and Joey (Matt Le Blanc) love triangle, which the Friends writers seemingly never tire of dragging out.
TOWT Ferility test, has been deemed as on of the saddest episodes of Friends to date, when married couple Monica and Chandler are informed they can't have children, in this scene all jokes are put aside as these two actors/actresses deliver a performance worthy of more than a sitcom.
TOWT Donor, here the Bings look into sperm donors, with hilarious results. Rachel tries to overcome her newly found feelings for Joey, Phoebe is back with David (Hank Azaria) aka 'The Scientist Guy' but still getting over Mike.
TOW In Barbados 1 & 2 - The whole gang set off to Barbados to listen to Ross speak in a Paelintology conference, joined by David, and Joey's current girlfriend Charlie (Aisha Tyler), who Ross is also attracted to. With the constant rain, trapping them all inside the hotel it's all systems go.
The second episode shows Rachel and Joey coming ever closer to the enivitable. Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Mike are in the game room as Monica and Mike (Who turns out to be equally as competitive) have a long game of ping-pong, in a typical Friends way of 'What shall we do with the others', so whilst these 4 our battling it out, the real storyline is happening above.
It's all in all, Classic Friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2003
For fans who haven't yet seen these on T.V., this is a must. Yet again, it is full of superb Friends silliness and wise-crack one liners. Recent series haven't had me personally roaring as I did with earlier series (e.g. series 5 and 6 being great), but this one still shows the writers have comic genious, and the six are on top form. Thank God these series don't have so much of the whining Ross Rachel off on story line, and these two have at last got on with their lives...I can't give away the ending incase you haven't seen it, but it's a warm and cuddly ending to this series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2003
Right, here goes. The last volume of Friends Series 9 is a must have, episodes include The One With The Fertility Test, The One With The Donor and the final two-parter: The One In Barbados.
Despite weaker episodes earlier in the series, the final two-parter is essential viewing - still hilarious, witty, very quick and even manages to throw up a few surprises.
The One With The Fertility Test and The One With The Donor focus mainly on Chandler (Matthew Parry) and Monica's (Courtney Cox-Arquette) problems with getting pregnant - sometimes with amusing consequences (Chandler’s 'amazing' work mate 'sperm-donor') and other times facing the sad facts and making new resolutions.
The One In Barbados centres on Ross's (David Schwimmer) palaeontologists convention in the Caribbean and, among other things, the revelation that he is actually famous (on being asked for an autograph from a fan: "... Sarah. I dig you...Love, Doctor Ross Geller".) While Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is forced to choose between David from Minsk and Mike over who could (possibly) marry her, Monica's hair begins to morph into a poodle and she finds her match against the equally competitive Mike in a game of table tennis, with hilarious results.
Long-running questions are finally answered in these episodes: will Chandler and Monica ever have children, will Phoebe ever marry, will Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) ever get together and will Ross finally pluck up the courage to date Charlie?
With a superb cliff-hanger ending, these episodes surely wrap up a fine series of Friends in style, humour and a great deal of finesse.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2003
This series of Friends is arguably the best series to date; with every episode managing to be as hilarious as the last. The last four episodes are an absolute classic and they will undoubtedly make your sides split!!!
The one with the fertility test is the first on this disc and the central plot is basically Chandler and Monica going to a fertility clinic to get a check up to see if they have any problems conceiving. This visit turns out to be disastrous when they run into Chandler's ex-girlfriend, Janice (recurring guest star Maggie Wheeler),which makes an abosolutely hilarious performance. Meanwhile Phoebe makes a big deal about Rachel going to a big massage parlour and makes her promise note to go there even though Rachel has a free massage voucher. However, Rachel ends up going, only to find out Phoebe has been keeping some secrets that were quite clearly not wanting to be shared. Ross also becomes frustrated by Joey's new relationship with his co-worker Charlie who he has a major crush on.This episode ends with a very sad and evocative feeling when we learn that Monica and Chandler cannot have children which leads to some very powerful and dramatic acting by Courteney Cox Arquette and Matthew Perry.
The one with the donor is dominated by Monica and Chandlers lust to find "perfect sperm" which allows Monica's neurotic and over-powering nature to become fully accentuated. They "interview" a workmate of Chandler's to see if he fits the bill which makes excellent comedy. Meanwhile, Rachel and Phoebe have learned that when telling each other secrets they should be careful of who is listening.
The one in Barbados parts 1 and 2 is definately the best double length episode- ever! Ross has to deliver a key-note speech at a conference in Barbados, so the whole gang, including David, Phoebes ex and Charlie, Joeys new girlfriend head along with him.
Part 1)
In part 1 Chandler erases the whole of Ross' speech from his laptop, so Charlie helps him to re-write it and the pair soon realise they have a lot more in common than just their profession. Rachel and Joey, meanwhile, gatecrash a medical conference to get free booze and Phoebe is shocked when Mike (Paul Rudd) comes and tells her that he loves her!
Part2)
In this part, despite it is the first sunny day since the gang arrived, the friends all attend Ross' speech which is enthusiastically received by his peers. However, quite possibly the best comedy on the show ever is delivered by Monica and Mike, who endure in a very fierce and competitive game of table tennis, leading to Monica's over-competitive side being expressed. Monica seems to steal the show and indeed the series with her hilarious neurotic and crazy nature which seems to develop and get funnier as each series progresses.
This DVD is a must!!! Buy it, you will not regret it!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2003
I am one of the many thousands of people who love friends and i have to give this video 5 stars because it makes the most famous soap couple find there perfect matches. I wont spoil it but im sure if you have seen the other episodes in this series this last one will make you cry.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2003
Series Nine was a major revamp for Friends, since the sense of analogy and proportion has been restored to the writers (who gave too much attention to Rachel in Series 8). The story-line with Joy and Rachel's love affair was somewhat unpopular and its recurrence came as a bit of a surprise to me (but rumour has it, it is going to be short-lived). The DVD has absolutely nothing extra to offer, not even the 2-3 extra minutes in different editions. This is inexplicable and outrageous (thoughts of exploitation come to my mind, since the quality of the DVDs deteriorates steadily, but the price remains the same...), unless something is prepared for the grand finale.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2003
i think that this is the best series of friends yet and that everything went the way i wanted it to. (If you follow the rachel-joey-ross triangle). it has the best moments, like when joey realized he should go with rachel, when mike and phoebe got together in front of david. let's just say it clicked.
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