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The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding - Part 1
Season 7, Episode 23
Air date 17 May 2001
Written by Gregory S. Malins
Directed by Kevin S. Bright
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"The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding" is a double length episode of the television sitcom Friends. It first aired on May 17, 2001 as the finale of season seven. It is usually broadcast in a one hour slot and presented on DVD as one complete episode, but when the episodes are split the two parts are differentiated by the suffixes Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 1 was written by Greg Malins, with Part 2 written by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Both parts were directed by Kevin S. Bright. The episode was watched by an average of 30.05 million of viewers, being the most watched episode of the show's seventh season.[citation needed]


Plot[]

Monica is making a list of things which are most likely to go wrong which seems to be all Rachel's chores when suddenly Joey appears telling he got a part in the movie which he wanted which is related to World War I. When he leaves he says "I am off to fight the Nazis" but Rachel corrects him by saying that we fought the Nazis in World War II but nobody knows who fought in WWI. Eventually Rachel suggests the enemy had been Mexico, which meets with agreement from Phoebe.

At the studios Joey has started shooting with Richard Crosby (Gary Oldman) who keeps spitting while saying his lines which annoys Joey. When he can stand it no more, he talks to Richard about it, when Richard tells him that all good actors spit while saying their lines. Therefore, when they shoot the next scene, Joey and Richard both constantly spit at each other while saying their lines. When their scenes are over for the day, Joey is given lines for scenes for the next day. However, Joey cannot come the next day since he is performing Monica and Chandler's wedding. Because he is still in the mood of saying the lines, he accidentally spits on the man who gave him the lines, while telling him that he has important plans due to which he cannot come.

Back at Monica's apartment, Chandler and Monica are going to their wedding rehearsal when he listens to the answering machine after Monica leaves, which he realizes about the word "The Bings". At the rehearsal things are going smoothly until Chandler's parents come and things go crazy. When Chandler's mom, Nora Tyler Bing (played by Morgan Fairchild), is introduced to Monica's parents Jack and Judy Geller, Jack embarrasses himself by asking her "so...are you Chandler's mom or dad?" Chandler's mom and Chandler's dad, Charles Bing (played by Kathleen Turner), keep having arguments. As a consequence, Rachel is told by Monica to keep them away from each other. Since Rachel doesn't know what Chandler's dad looks like, Monica describes him, saying "the man in the black dress". When Rachel looks around for second, she spots a woman in a black dress having a drink nearby, and assumes that she is Chandler's dad. When both of them introduce themselves, the woman says her name is Amanda and Rachel replies "Oh, I get it - a-man-duh!", embarrassing herself.

When they return to their apartments, Monica, Phoebe and Rachel are sitting down on the table in Monica's apartment. Monica gets up, walks to her wedding dress and asks Rachel and Phoebe if anyone wanted to be in charge of looking after the dress. Rachel does volunteer, but Monica ignores her since she obviously thinks Rachel is irresponsible from results in the past. Rachel is hurt when she volunteers twice and Monica doesn't give her the responsibility. She states that she can be responsible, leading Monica to feel as if she's misjudging her. She apologizes to Rachel and hands over the responsibility to her.

Meanwhile, Ross arrives at Joey's apartment looking for Chandler. Right at that time, Joey walks out of his room wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses, because his co-star keeps spitting on him when he says his lines. Ross continues with his search and goes to Rachel's room. As he isn't there, Ross heads towards the door. However, a yellow piece of paper next to the phone catches his eye. When he unfolds it, he finds a note from Chandler saying "tell Monica I'm sorry". Ross immediately goes across the hall to Monica's apartment - Rachel opens the door when Monica is in her bedroom, and Ross explains the situation to her. A little while later, Phoebe arrives at the door to find out what's going on and when Rachel just hands over the note without explaining the situation, Phoebe assumes Ross wrote it and tells him to tell Monica himself that he's sorry. Ross goes out to search for Chandler but unfortunately fails.

The next morning, Ross arrives at Monica's apartment and informs Rachel and Phoebe that he still hasn't found Chandler. When he leaves, Monica comes out of her room in excitement and starts getting ready. Seeing that Chandler still isn't found and Monica is so excited and thrilled about her wedding day, Rachel starts to panic and eventually cries. Therefore, Phoebe takes her to the bathroom because Monica cannot see Rachel in this state or she will know something is wrong. When they're in there, Phoebe finds a positive pregnancy test in the garbage and realizes that Monica is pregnant.

Production[]

The show was filmed over two weeks, with all of the scenes featuring Gary Oldman being filmed in the first week. The wedding was filmed in the second week, with the final shot of Rachel filmed after the studio audience had left.[1]

[edit] Trivia[]

  • Chandler and Monica get married to "A Groovy Kind of Love".
  • The second part is played out with a violin rendition of "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters.
  • One of the names in the Greek Orthodox weddings, Anastassakis, is Jennifer Aniston's original last name.

[edit] Reception[]

The first part has a 9.1 rating at TV.com[2] with the second having a slightly higher 9.2.[3] Gary Oldman received an Emmy nomination in the category of 'Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series' for his portrayal of Richard Crosby. [1]

[edit] Additional Cast[]

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