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The One Where Ross Can't Flirt 

As Joey's grandmother visits to watch him on TV, Ross has trouble flirting with the pizza delivery girl, and Rachel tries to find one of Monica's earrings.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
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First Ross takes Chandler's natural joking with pizza delivery girl Caitlin for 'flirting behind Monica's back', and actually tells her, just now they celebrate their 10 month anniversary, which starts a discussion whether flirting by men is innocent, not by females. Then Ross decides to demonstrate his flirtatious talent, which the others know to be abysmal, even conquering Rachel took him nine years. Meanwhile Joey brings over Nonnie, his Italian grandmother who doesn't speak any English but was his only relative who always believed in his career, to watch a Law and Order episode Joey has a speaking part in. Once he realizes his scene was actually cut out, everyone tries to fool her and thus spare them heartbreak. Phoebe can't return Monica's earrings, a gift from Chandler she wants to wear that evening, because Rachel borrowed and lost them, as usual. Ross's flirting lessons turn out to be of the 'how not to do it' variety but Rachel takes pity on him... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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22 April 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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More Than Meets the Eye
14 October 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

One of the greatest episodes of Friends ever - had to review this because it was on TV in a re-run. "Why is it great?" The situational comedy and Chandlerisms and Phoebisms are all funny, but there's so much more. The greatest achievement: *three* plot lines - Ross & Caitlin the pizza girl, the earrings Monica lent to Phoebe who lent them to Rachel who lost them, Joey's "big role" in Law & Order - that all get pretty much equal time and are all pretty much equally funny. Now writing that is *hard*. Plus, there is insight into male psychology when Chandler tells Monica how men perceive flirting... and one of the appearances of the infamous Jennipple(s) that was the subject of so much talk way back in the day. What is there not to like?

The only thing that prevents this from achieving the full 10/10 that is lack of originality - all the elements are familiar, there's no real innovation here. But hey, perfectness is *really* hard to achieve.

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