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06 May 2004 @ 10:20 pm
the Friends finale  

People yelling audibly from the apartment building next door: "Don't get on the plane! Don't get on the plane!"

Sigh. My extremely latent heterosexual streak snaps up and blindsides me: cried at the end, so happy for Ross and Rachel, so happy they got a happy ending. They are so very OTP.

This whole show is an aberration in my tastes, in that all the relationships make me happy; I accept the slashy fun between the guy characters, but am also made happy by the canonical romantic ships, and the friendships as well. Okay, I guess it's like BtVS in some ways, except in how I'm not actually fannish about it.

Loved the look between Chandler and Joey right before they shook hands and hugged. Dear god. Most of the time, when people argue for the gen schmoop (aka "smarm") of masculine friendship, I usually come down on the side of slash instead, but moments like that bring me into agreement--there's not enough warm guy friendship like that around.

I actually haven't been watching the show for a while and was lucky to catch the finale. Interestingly unbalanced in some key ways--very little of Phoebe's husband and Rachel's kid. And a weird unlikely parallel to the pregnant Phoebe plotline, in how Monica and Chandler use a surrogate mother and then get unexpected twins. Some other awkward moments; as an episode, if it weren't the finale, I wouldn't give it an A+. But a good end.

So what was up with Courteney Cox Arquette? Is she pregnant? She was wearing the most horrible shirts and there was a little tummy or something there. It distracted me.

I am all wet-nosed. Must try to write a bit before I dive-bomb my bed.
par avionpar_avion on May 6th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Yes she is pregnant -- I think she is due this summer.
Brassy Hag: humormiggy on May 6th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
Joey and Chandler waaaaaah now they don't even have their foosball table and Joey'll be in L.A. and Chandler won't get to come out because he's busy with the kids and couldn't they just stay in their Barcaloungers forever and watch Baywatch next to the big white dog?

*weeps on your shoulder*
the butcher of mayfair: lotr-dombilleh-lobstersanniesj on May 6th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
Dude, WORD. Word to everything you just said.

Brassy Hag: naughtymiggy on May 6th, 2004 11:13 pm (UTC)
Your icon is correct! They ARE each other's lobster! Joseph Stalin and Ms. Chanandler Bong. TheirloveissoXY.
rubywisp: xander bruised darlingrubywisp on May 6th, 2004 10:32 pm (UTC)
She is pregnant, yes.

I agree with everything you said here, about friendships and slash and canonical relationships on this show. It's just so damn satisfying for me, and always is.

And even though I tend to work late on Thursdays and haven't seen most of this season, I'm going to miss it very much. I love this show as much as I possibly could without entering the realm of Buffy-level fannish obsession over it.
eva_mac on May 6th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't expect to be as moved as I was, especially since I haven't been watching lately. Yet, there I was, with the Kleenex and the sniffles and the needing a hug. I wasn't that into the Ross/Rachel stuff, but the scene where all six of them leave their keys on the counter?...yeah, that completely did me in. (Apparently, I'm the soulless mercenary type who's more upset about them leaving that beautiful apartment.)

Courtney Cox announced she was pregnant back in January, I think - they were trying for awhile, I guess, so yay!
deborahcdeborahc on May 7th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'd given up on watching Friends a couple years ago when they were putting Rachael & Joey together so I hadn't seen more than a few minutes of it here and there since then. But I watched last night because I wanted to see if Rachael and Ross got back together in the end. I had a sneaking suspicion that would, in that it's a sit-com after all, and as such would probably opt to go out on a high note with a (gasp & shudder) happy ending.

I really didn't care what was going on with any of the other characters or what the plot or the storyline was. My moderate interest was only in seeing, just to remind myself what it's like, you understand, two characters who always seemed as if they belonged together finally come together in a *and they'll live happily ever after* kind of way. And you know what? It felt good, damnit! I even got a bit weepy. I know Joss thinks it's bad for me, and maybe a steady diet of *happily ever after* would rot my teeth or my brain or curl my stomach before too long. But I gotta say, after living nearly exclusively on BtVS & AtS pain and angst, with it's...lack of support, shall we say, for my OTP, watching Ross & Rachael embrace and kiss and pledge their futures to each other (okay, you can all pause for gag reflex here if you must), it felt nice. Sort of soothing. I felt as if my scraped and abraded sensibilities and emotions were being petted and made nice to. Aloevera vs salt in the open wounds.
Schuyler: EmmaPout (Amatia)schuyler on May 8th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
I missed it, and I told myself that I didn't care, because I hadn't watched it in a hundred years and whatever. (Also, because I was slightly bitter that it was getting more press than Angel, but that's irrational.) And then I was out to dinner and needing to know what happened. Because the first year of Friends, I went crazy fangirl, and the last episode, when Ross was coming down the jetway and Rachel knew, but he was with Julie, and Rachel's standing there with her flowers and "Baby Take a Bow" was playing, I may have cried. But that was a very hormonal time for me. And all.