By commending her slick flirting, Ross accidentally makes Phoebe realize she never had a serious long-term relationship, so she breaks down to tears and gets obsessive about her present date, Mike Hannigan. Ross talks to Mike, unfortunately making him wary. For once, Joey is picked up by a girl, Hayley, who thinks he's inexperienced at dating, but at her places he feels sure he dated her already. Joey is shocked she could have forgotten about 'always memorable' sex with him, until he notices her roommate Poppy. Monica flies to Tulsa to surprise Chandler, but outside his hotel-room hears him excited, apparently about sharks.Dating expert Rachel assures her men have have the weirdest turn-ons, she treats her man to a sharks nature documentary... Written by
Both Joey and Phoebe say they never had relationships that lasted longer than a month. However, Phoebe dated a cop called Gary for longer than a month, and it is said in the earlier seasons that Joey had been with a girl called Angela DelVecchio for three years. See more »
Look, I don't usually ask out women that I meet in coffeehouses.
I would love to go out with you.
Really, great... did I actually ask you?
No, that's just where you were going. I just figured that I'd help you out, you don't seem like the kind of guy that does this a lot.
[turns round again]
Seriously Gunther, you should see someone about that cold, if it gets much worse you could DIE!
[Gunther looks scared]
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Monica thinks Chandler is interested by sharks and I'm not interested by that storyline
It is odd that an episode based on Chandler's supposed arousal of sharks is not better than what it is and it mostly comes down to the underwhelming screenplay here. Aside from the final dialogue exchange between Chandler and Monica (lines like "Let me be a part of this" that capture the absurdity of the premise), this is a really nothing story.
Joey's story with the girl is serviceable without really offering any sort of comedic or dramatic peak. The problem with his character at this point in the show is that he is neither particularly funny (bar certain rare exceptions) nor a dramatically interesting character and so this storyline, as harmless and tolerable a viewing as it is, does not excel.
Neither does the Phoebe plot and the idea that it is ridiculous for someone in their early thirties not having been in a serious relationship doesn't strike me as pathetic as it seems to strike Phoebe. Ross more than makes up for it, almost as per usual, with some terrific moments (the exchanges with Rudd's Mike are magnificent) and David Schwimmer absolutely shines yet again. The real underrated talent of this show.
Very decent episode that would be quite forgettable without the Ross/Phoebe storyline.
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