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SEASON 2

Our guide to top ''Friends'' eps from season 2

THE ONE WHERE ROSS FINDS OUT
PLOT During Rachel's latest dating disaster, she insists she's totally over Ross -- which is exactly what she tells him in a rambling, drunken phone message. HISTORIC MOMENT Ross and Rachel's first real kiss. BEST LINE ''You're over me?... When... when were you... under me?'' (Ross, to Rachel) CRITIQUE This one never gets old: Aniston exhibits an endearing willingness to look foolish (see Rachel's wine-soaked blind date and next-day remorse) and gives her most Lucyesque (and Emmy-worthy) performance yet. She and Schwimmer bring off Ross and Rachel's Central Perk blowout with sweet, silly perfection. A

THE ONE WITH THE PROM VIDEO
PLOT Rachel has a message for Ross: ''We are never going to happen, okay?'' But she hasn't seen the titular video, which shows the geeky genesis of Ross' undying love. Joey, rolling in soap opera dough, repays Chandler for years of mooching with a gold bracelet, which his chagrined pal dubs an ''eyesore from the Liberace house of crap.'' HISTORIC MOMENTS Our first glimpse of teenage Rachel's pre-nose job honker, and of Fat Monica -- though she insists the camera adds 10 pounds. (Chandler's response: ''So how many cameras are actually on you?'') CRITIQUE Putting the flashy guest stars and monkey high jinks behind it, ''TOWTPV'' brings the show back to relatable relationship comedy. The prom vid -- a true ''Friends'' classic -- is witty character development disguised as a standard flashback. A

THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL... YOU KNOW
PLOT It's Ross and Rachel's first date, but their journey from friends to lovers is hampered by Rachel's giggles and Ross' hectic schedule. INTRODUCES Dr. Richard Burke (Tom Selleck) as a Geller family friend. HISTORIC MOMENTS Joey and Chandler acquire black leather armchairs; Monica and Richard hit it off. BEST LINE ''I can't believe two cows made the ultimate sacrifice so that you guys could watch TV with your feet up.'' (Phoebe, about the new chairs) CRITIQUE Schwimmer and Aniston are almost too good at portraying the awkward buddies-to-bedmates transition; it's a little disconcerting seeing Ross and Rachel finally getting busy. The latest champions in the chemistry department are Cox and Selleck, but we already knew Magnum was a charmer. B+

Originally posted Jan 07, 2004
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