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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

FRIENDS 2 - Michele Kelley (H1G3)

The One With the Prom Video might just be my favorite FRIENDS episode. Let me explain why.

(Left) It flashes back to the 80's and it is Rachel's and Monica's  prom. Ross is Monica's older brother and is desperately in love with Rachel.

(Right) When Rachel's date fails to show up to the house to pick her up, Monica's parents tell Ross to take Rachel.

  (Left) Worried and awkward, Ross ran upstairs to put on his tuxedo. However, whenever he walks down  the stairs, Rachel and Monica are leaving with their dates who had finally shown up.

(Below) All this was unknown to Rachel until they find the old prom video. Needless to say upon seeing this Rachel (who now has a sort of/on off/messed up thing with Ross) starts dating him.

And then Phoebe was all like
See? Great stuff here.

Anyway here is the philosophical point. Ross had done this good deed that was unknown to Rachel for years and years. He didn't even want her to see the prom video. He was on the way out of the apartment when she realized what had happened. That one good deed had turned around their whole relationship. I believe that this one act was truly good since she didn't know it happened. In the Bible it teaches that "when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing".

Also, karma is kinda connected. Put good into the universe and eventually good will come to you. Not sure if that is exactly the way it works, but if it encourages good deeds, go for it. But what I do know is that if you do good, you feel good. Then that may turn into "luck" for you.  However, remember that these two events ( the prom and the watching of the video) happened years apart. Years. Sometimes we expect that the moment we, for instance, give to the poor, blessing from heaven come down or good vibrations from the universe infiltrate our lives. But nope. It doesn't quite work like that.

Haven't we all done a good deed behind a closed door , metaphorically, and wondered what good would come from that?  The thing about doing good deeds is it is suppose to change us. It changes our hearts, souls, and minds for the better. Then later on, by this change we are blessed with our fortunes or "luck".

Perhaps too we can take away that maybe that we do not have the full story. Like Rachel who had no idea that Ross had done this for her, we do not know what people around us had sacrificed for our sakes. So put a smile on your face and give the people around you the benefit of the doubt, because you never can know what all the might have done for you.

Anddd... Do any of the FRIENDS fans out there have a favorite episode? Sound off!


  1. I don't have a favorite episode but I do endorse the idea of doing good deeds for their own sake, and because good people do good deeds without any expectation of immediate reward. The good life is not about "what's in it for me"...

  2. Brittany1:58 PM CDT

    I can't think of a favorite episode, but I don't know if I truly believe in karma. I do however believe that if you do something good because it's the right thing to do, you will find something wonderful happening to you down the road. You can call it karma or whatever you want to.