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"The One With The Prom Video" Is The Best Friends Episode Ever

"He's her lobster!"

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1. As all sane people know, “The One With the Prom Video” is the best ever episode of Friends.

It was the 14th episode of the second season, far enough in that Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, and Phoebe basically felt like your friends. You knew them well, and you loved them.
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It was the 14th episode of the second season, far enough in that Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, and Phoebe basically felt like your friends. You knew them well, and you loved them.

2. In the episode, the Gellers bring round a box of Monica’s stuff, including an old home video showing Monica and Rachel getting ready to go to prom.

Flashback episodes of Friends are always amazing – you get to know the characters a little better, and they always have terrible '80s outfits.
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Flashback episodes of Friends are always amazing – you get to know the characters a little better, and they always have terrible '80s outfits.

3. This episode has everything, including fat Monica.

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Fat Monica is the best Monica. She is fucking funny, and adorable, and has really bad dresses.

4. When she dances with her dad in the home video, it is too cute.

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5. We also see Rachel's old, bigger nose.

It's super fun to see how everyone has changed.
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It's super fun to see how everyone has changed.

6. This episode is very funny. Special nods to Rachel's dress, which is comedy genius.

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Those sleeves.

7. ROSS'S HAIR.

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8. ROSS'S MOUSTACHE.

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9. This is Ross's most lovable episode.

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It's very special when he plays his music.

10. The bracelet.

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Alongside all the hilarity and drama of the prom video is some 10/10 male bonding from Joey and Chandler. Joey buys Chandler a flashy gold bracelet. Chandler insults the bracelet, then loses it, then spends $400 buying another. Love you boys.

11. But the real reason this episode is amazing is the love story between Ross and Rachel.

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12. The romantic tension in this episode is insane.

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We all deserve to have someone look at us that way.

13. It's a classic "will they, won't they?"

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And at first it's very much won't.

14. But this episode is a manipulative bastard and it knows how to get to you.

Why is that bit so heartbreaking?
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Why is that bit so heartbreaking?

15. This moment when Ross is all happy and embarrassed and hasn't had his heart broken yet:

It's too much to bear.
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It's too much to bear.

16. This agonising sequence:

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17. Judy Gellar: "Turn it off."

Everybody in the whole world dies inside.
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Everybody in the whole world dies inside.

18. At this point it’s kind of hard to cope. There are too many feelings, and they are beautiful and painful at once.

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19. The tension, guys.

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20. The fucking tension.

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21. And then *boom* it's over.

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Or rather, it's just beginning.

22. He's her lobster.

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And the rest of us are wrecks.