Thursday, August 24, 2006

Of a Sitcom and an Addiction

The theme music has played on my computer at least a thousand times. Non-watchers of this show have been driven to madness listening over and over and over again to the same music, the same words being looped every 23 minutes as we incessantly shuttle from one episode to the other.

We're feeling young today. Like it's 1995. Twelve years old. Season 2.

My CD pack is neatly stacked and labeled with a diligence that I have shown nowhere else, and to no one else. Flipping through the rack I finally find myself... Season 2, CD #1. The episode selection is random. Both of us don't care. We never did. Everything's been enqueued on Winamp anyways.

Shuffle.

Episode 2-06 starts. The One With the Baby on the Bus.

The outside world's gone. We're lost now.

...

Chandler: Please tell me you know which one is our baby.
Joey: Well, well that one has ducks on his t-shirt, and this one has clowns. And Ben was definitely wearing ducks.
Chandler: OK.
Joey: Or clowns. Oh, oh wait. That one's definitely Ben. Remember, he had that cute little mole by his mouth.
Chandler: Yeah?
Joey: Yeah.
Chandler: Hey, Ben, remember us? OK, the mole came off.
Joey: Ahh!
Chandler: What're we gonna do? What're we gonna do?
Joey: Uh, uh, we'll flip for it. Ducks or clowns.
Chandler: Oh, we're gonna flip for the baby?
Joey: You got a better idea?
Chandler: All right, call it in the air.
Joey: Heads.
Chandler: Heads it is.
Joey: Yes! Whew!
Chandler: We have to assign heads to something.
Joey: Right. OK, OK, uh, ducks is heads, because ducks have heads.
Chandler: What kind of scary-ass clowns came to your birthday?

Laughter. Disastrous. Uncontrollable. Infectious. Clutching each other. Holding our stomachs. Tears in our eyes.

Cynics smirk. Like we care.

Of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion. That's why when someone says "Dude, how can you watch that show, the humor is so retarded!", all we say in reply is "So are we!" The way these six characters have influenced lives and our humor sense is out there for everyone to see. Not that we disrespect these varied opinions. There're no "This is the best show EVER!" or "HOW can anyone not like it!" lines that you'll hear from us. But if we have a bunch of these CDs and a couple of hours to kill, we won't have to think twice about what to do. :)

Just caught this video on YouTube... nothing great about it, but if you've followed every season with as much devotion and emotion as we have, then the sentiment will not be out of place...



For us, it's changed life in the perfect way... made every day a little happier... kept away every sorrow a little longer.

Ten years. If it's lasted us that long, it will last us forever.

6 comments:

Shreedevi said...

Candy, you are the best! After Ross, Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe and Rachel of course! :) I had forgotten what it is to miss friends [intended] and now i realised. Have become too used to this present lifestyle I think. Maybe I should kick your ass for reminding me, but hell, I am thanking you....

CJ said...

@shreedevi: exactly tree! :( that's the sad part of life isn't it... that you just can't get back to the point where you would like to start over from!
and how long would life we if we'd like to live the same four years any time we're given that choice! :)

sowmya said...

f.r.i.e.n.d.s for ever ! :)

CJ said...

@sowmya: ... and ever! :)

Eric said...

i am so glad that there are others out there that share the same affinity for friends that i do
IT IS NOT A WASTE OF TIME!!!
YAH

CJ said...

@eric: can never think of it as a waste of time... even after having watched most episodes like a hundred times! to hell with them non-f.r.i.e.n.d.s-lovers! :)