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The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding - Part 2
Season 7, Episode 24
Air date 17 May 2001
Written by Marta Kauffman & David Crane
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[]

Ross tells Rachel to stall Monica so he can have more time to search for Chandler and Phoebe decides to help him look, since she thinks Ross must not be very good at it. When Monica comes back out of her room to begin getting ready for the wedding, Rachel distracts her by saying "I am never gonna get married" and starting to cry. When this doesn't work Rachel tries other less believable tactics and Monica realizes that something is going on. Rachel decides to tell Monica, beginning by telling her that no matter what happens, she herself and everyone else will be there for her...

Meanwhile, when Ross and Phoebe cannot find Chandler, Ross asks Phoebe where she would go if she was Chandler. The next scene is shot with Ross and Phoebe arriving at Chandler's office, to find a confused Chandler sitting on his desk. Ross convinces Chandler to go back to the apartment and begin getting ready, doing one thing at a time, not thinking about the goal. Back at Monica's apartment, Rachel is just about to reveal that they can't find Chandler and starts saying "We can't find Chandler...". At this point, Phoebe opens the door and gives a thumbs-up sign to Rachel behind Monica and Rachel suddenly changes the subject "Chandler...'s vest", controlling the situation.

At the studios Joey is stuck shooting an easy scene over and over since Richard is drunk and can barely stay focused. The director made it very clear to Joey that he cannot leave until the scenes are finished or as long as Richard is on set and conscious, so Joey convinces a confused Richard that they have completed all of their scenes and sends him home.

At the hotel everything is ready for the wedding when Joey calls Rachel to warn her that he will be late. Meanwhile, Ross is keeping an eye on Chandler since he still has cold feet. Chandler steps out to sneak a cigarette when he suddenly hears Phoebe and Rachel coming, so he ducks into a storeroom to hide. He overhears that Monica is pregnant and takes off again. Rachel finds another wedding finishing up in the same hotel and convinces the minister to officiate Monica and Chandler's wedding in case Joey does not arrive in time. Meanwhile, Ross and Phoebe find Chandler again, who admits that he was indeed running away until he found a small baby outfit in the hotel's gift store and realized that someone that small cannot be scary. He then goes with Phoebe and Ross to the wedding, although he still has cold feet.

As the ceremony begins, Joey finally arrives and takes his place between Monica and Chandler, accidentally letting slip that Chandler had second thoughts about the wedding. Monica and Chandler both deliver their self-written vows which are both very moving and reveal how perfect they really are for one another. When the ceremony is over Chandler tells Monica that he knows about her being pregnant but Monica denies this. Phoebe then turns to Rachel and says "And they're going to have a baby!" Rachel replies in tears, "Uh huh..." The camera then zooms in on Rachel showing her looking worried and very emotional leaving the audience with the knowledge that it is in fact Rachel who is pregnant.

[edit] 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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