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23. The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding (1)

Joey has started shooting a World War I movie with Richard Crosby (Gary Oldman) who keeps spitting while saying his lines which annoys Joey. When he cannot stand it anymore, 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, which unfortunately conflicts with him performing Monica and Chandler's wedding that day.

23. The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (1)

Back at Monica's apartment, Chandler and Monica are going to their wedding rehearsal. Chandler listens to the answering machine after Monica leaves and begins to freak out when he realizes they are becoming "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 mistaking her for Chandler's dad. Chandler's mom and Chandler's dad, Charles Bing (played by Kathleen Turner), keep having arguments, and Ross bemuses everyone else by talking about his "big brother" talk with Chandler.

At the studios, Joey pleads with the director to leave early for the wedding, but is informed he cannot change his schedule, but is promised that only a short scene needs to be done that day. However, after Joey meets Richard and sees that he is too drunk and can barely stay focused; he is stuck redoing the scene over and over. 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.

Ross and Phoebe find Chandler again and Ross rapidly tackles him to the ground urging him not to hurt Monica. Chandler admits that he was indeed running away until he found a small baby outfit in the hotel's gift store and began to come around to the idea of fatherhood. He then goes with Phoebe and Ross to the wedding.

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]

"The One with Ross's Wedding" is the two-part fourth-season finale of the American television sitcom Friends, comprising the 96th and 97th episodes of the series overall. Originally broadcast by NBC on May 7, 1998, the episode features Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler and later Rachel travelling to England to attend the wedding of Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) to his fiancée Emily (Helen Baxendale) in London. Ross and Emily's wedding vows are ruined when Ross accidentally says "I, Ross, take thee Rachel"; as the registrar asks Emily if he should continue, the episode ends on a cliffhanger until the season 5 premiere "The One After Ross Says Rachel". The episode also introduces Chandler and Monica's romantic relationship after they impulsively have a one-night stand.[1] Lisa Kudrow won an Emmy Award for her work in the episode.

On the flight from New York to London, Rachel annoys other passengers by telling them about her relationship with Ross. Eventually, one of the passengers (Hugh Laurie) has enough of this, and calls her out on her selfishness, pointing out that while Rachel claims to love Ross, she is going to ruin the happiest day of his life, and she should accept how things are. He also says that she and Ross were definitely "on a break". Phoebe tries to contact someone by phone to warn them about Rachel, eventually getting through to Joey at the hotel on the morning of the wedding. Joey devises a plan with Monica and Chandler for the three of them to intercept Rachel, but he does not see Rachel arrive in the hall, as he is distracted by kissing a bridesmaid who had seduced him the night before. Rachel sees Ross and Emily kiss after he has urged their parents to stop their argument over the wedding. She realizes how happy Ross is with Emily and congratulates him.

During the summer hiatus of 1997, the producers were contacted by Channel 4, the British first-run broadcaster of Friends, with a proposal to film an episode in London. Producer Greg Malins is quoted as saying "We had to come up with a storyline that would cause all the Friends to go to London [...] and that ended up being Ross getting married, because they would all have to go to his wedding".[2] Casting Director Leslie Litt said Musician Paul McCartney was approached to play Emily's dad but he declined as he was busy at the time.[3]

Entertainment Weekly gives the episode an A rating, calling it a "near-perfect finale that finds everyone at the top of their game" with a "tantalizing cliff-hanger, and, in Chandler and Monica, a relationship that will have reverberations for seasons to come".[18] The authors of Friends Like Us: The Unofficial Guide to Friends state there are "too many 'best moments' to list in detail", but single out Monica describing the perfect wedding to Ross, and Sarah Ferguson's cameo (though they call Branson's "embarrassing").[1] Following the broadcast of the episode in the UK, The Independent was critical, saying "Twice the length of a normal episode, last night's offering was approximately half as funny" and suggested the cast were behaving out of character.[19]

David Schwimmer has expressed dissatisfaction that Ross was married again, saying it was "a mistake" and that Ross was not given "enough credit". He says that Ross's "taking on the world would just be shattered" and that he would not have risked marrying again.[20] David Crane has said that filming in front of a different audience "energized the actors and writers".[21] The hall where the wedding ceremony took place would inspire the location for the wedding of David and Victoria Beckham.[22] The events of this episode are revisited in the seventh-season episode "The One with the Truth About London", in which flashbacks reveal how Monica and Chandler ended up in bed together. The hotel room set was recreated for those scenes.

It's the night of Monica and Chandler's engagement and the gang decides to go to The Plaza Hotel and have more champagne to celebrate. Rachel and Ross discuss having a "bonus" night where they have sex with no strings attached. Monica finds them kissing in the hallway and is furious. She believes Rachel couldn't stand that the night was not about her, so she hooked up with Ross to try to steal Monica's thunder. Eventually, Rachel admits that although she is extremely happy that Monica and Chandler are getting married, it reinforces how far away that prospect is for her. Phoebe wants to perform at Monica and Chandler's wedding and won't take no for an answer. Joey is auditioning for a role as a 19 year-old and tried to look younger any way he can.

The Gellers want to put Monica and Chandler's wedding announcement in their local paper. They decide to have professional pictures taken when they are unable to find a picture that Chandler doesn't look weird in. When they get the pictures back, they still don't have a photo that Chandler looks normal in and they end up using a picture of Joey and Monica. Phoebe and Ross date a divorced couple and get wrapped up in the couple's arguments. Rachel makes Joey take Tag out on the town because she'd rather he hang out with him than other women. Things don't go as Rachel planned, when Tag decided to get back together with his ex-girlfriend because he doesn't want to live the lonely life of a bachelor like Joey.

Ross takes Chandler to the university library to find his doctoral dissertation. They encounter a couple of students making out in front of his book. Ross soon finds out that this is a popular spot for couples on campus. Ross decides to guard the book and keep any "extracurricular activities" from taking place. Joey spends the night with a woman named Erin who he decides he doesn't want to see again. He asks Rachel to break it to Erin for him, but when she gets to know her, Rachel grows attached. She and Phoebe convince Joey to date Erin and he ends up falling for her. Unfortunately for Joey, Erin doesn't feel the same way about him. Monica runs into Janice, Chandler's ex-girlfriend, and invited her to the wedding. Chandler warns Monica that Janice attending their wedding is a huge mistake and they must un-invite her.

Monica regrets telling a fellow bride-to-be (guest star Andrea Bendewald, "Suddenly Susan") about a cheaper bridal store when she later has to fight the woman tooth-and-nail for a unique wedding dress -- and later duels her for the right to hire Chandler's favorite band for the event. Down the hall, Ross also competes with Joey for the affections of the same lissome lass (guest star Gabrielle Union, "City of Angels").

With only four weeks to go before their wedding, Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) is upset to find that Chandler (Matthew Perry) has not yet written his vows -- but then admits she hasn't written hers, either. They both set out to put their feelings on paper, but find that even after seeking help from Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer), the task still proves a lot more difficult than they had imagined. To make matters worse, looking back over Chandler and Monica's relationship leads to all six of the friends recalling the high -- and low -- lights of their friendships with each other, and worrying that things might be about to change for all of them.

While reviewing her wedding-guest list, Monica learns that an embarrassed Chandler hasn't invited his estranged dad (guest star Kathleen Turner)-- so she arranges a face-to-face meeting between the two in hopes that father and son can patch up their differences before the ceremony. Elsewhere, wretched driver Rachel swipes the keys to Monica's Porsche and speeds off with a reluctant Ross aboard while the police are in hot pursuit, and Joey wants to prove to Phoebe that he is so secure in his masculinity that he can wriggle into women's panties and learn to love it. 041b061a72


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