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Friends - Season 6 [CRACKED]

The sixth season of Friends, an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on September 23, 1999. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 25 episodes and concluded airing on May 18, 2000.

Friends - Season 6

Chandler is about to propose to Monica at a fancy restaurant when Richard suddenly appears with a date and joins them. Wanting his proposal to be a surprise at just the right time, Chandler then pretends he has no interest in marriage. Meanwhile, Ross breaks up with Elizabeth, feeling she is too immature for him. He almost reconsiders until she starts throwing water balloons at him. Joey accidentally buys a sailboat at a silent auction, thinking he won it in a contest. He decides to keep the boat, even though Rachel tries to stop him. Richard, appearing at Monica's workplace, tells her he wants to marry her and have children with her. Chandler has made Monica believe he is uninterested in marriage so she reconsiders their relationship. It appears Monica has left him but she surprises him with her own proposal. She starts but becomes emotional so Chandler finishes finally asking her to marry him. Monica tearfully accepts. The season ends with Chandler and Monica dancing to "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton and the screen fades to black.

Chandler decides to propose to Monica. Wanting the proposal to be a surprise, he tells Monica that he opposes marriage. Monica considers going back to Richard Burke, who confesses to her that he still loves her and is willing to have children with her. She decides to continue her relationship with Chandler when she learns that he has been planning on proposing to her. She attempts to propose to him, but breaks down in tears and cannot finish. Chandler asks her to marry him, and the season ends with her saying yes.

In season 6 of Friends, Joey pretends to own a Porsche, Ross and Monica debut their dance-routine from college, Phoebe and Rachel take a run through Central Park, and Ross starts dating one of his students, Elizabeth.

The show's sixth season first aired in 1999 and, like the others, has numerous continuity errors that only eagle-eyed viewers will spot. Before the reunion, which is reported to be filming in the later summer, let's take a look back at season six and see how many of these gaffes you spotted the first time around.

But as the fall TV season approaches, during which networks will unveil a slew of new sitcoms that can only hope to just barely graze the type of popularity and lasting power that Friends enjoyed, now seems like a fitting time to take a look back at the legacy of the NBC sitcom season-by-season.

"Her initial reaction was great, she loved it then," McMillan told The Telegraph of the 'do that made its debut at the end of season one. "It was a really fun cut and different to anything else around at the time."

Rachel invites Phoebe to start running with her in the park. She regrets asking her as soon as she witnesses Phoebe's unique style of running, which is a cross between "Kermit the Frog and the Six Million-Dollar Man". Too embarrassed to run with Phoebe again, Rachel fakes an ankle injury. But when Phoebe catches her running in the park, Rachel must confess. In the end, Rachel is swayed by Phoebe's carefree attitude toward life and gives the crazy run a shot. Joey's new roommate, Janine moves into the apartment. He is very excited to be living with an Australian dancer and decides he wants to ask her out. Monica and Chandler try to discourage him by helping him see how uncomfortable it would be if it didn't work out because they are roommates. As time passes, it becomes increasingly difficult for Joey to restrain himself from flirting with his hot roommate. When he confronts Janine about his desires, Joey is disappointed by her response...She just wants to be friends. Meanwhile, Chandler has finished unpacking his things. He decides to clean the apartment to surprise Monica. Ross knows from his own experiences, that she freaks out when everything is not put back in its exact spot. Desperate to fix the apartment, Ross and Chandler use photos taken in the apartment from the photo album. After all their hard work, Monica is still able to tell that the apartment is not how she left it, but appreciates Chandler's efforts.

Monica has the gang over for Thanksgiving dinner, including her parents, Jack and Judy. Joey and Ross want to go to a dinner that Janine and her hot dancer friends are having, but Monica makes them promise to stay. Rachel is making a very special dessert for everyone and has put a lot of pressure on herself to succeed. Unfortunately, she mistakenly combined the recipes for English trifle with a shepherd's pie. Before the guests arrive, Monica has warned Chandler that her parents don't know they are dating, much less living together, so he attempts to make a good impression. He stumbles over his words while talking to the Gellers, and as a result they think he is stoned. Realizing what's going on, Ross takes Chandler aside to explain that during college, he blamed Chandler when his parents caught him smoking pot in his room. Chandler tells Monica the reason her parent's don't like him is because of Ross's lie. Meanwhile, Joey and Ross desperately want to go to "Hot Girl Thanksgiving", but Monica forces them to stay and eat Rachel's English trifle and insists Ross tell their parents the truth before he leaves. When Ross continues to stall, Monica tattles on him about the pot and he responds by telling on Monica about her living with Chandler. The sibling rivalry causes a ripple effect and everyone starts to blurt out the truth.

Ross shows the gang his joke that was published in Playboy magazine. When Chandler reads it, he claims the joke is his and Ross stole it from him. Since Playboy does not print the submitter's name, Chandler and Ross continue to fight over the joke, each claiming that they are the real author. Ross and Chandler leave it up to Monica to decide who wrote the joke by hearing each of their sides. When Monica tells them she doesn't understand why either of the would want credit for writing such a horrible joke, they begin to argue that the other wrote it. Joey has become increasingly strapped for cash since Janice moved out. Gunther offers him a job at the coffeehouse, but Joey is reluctant to take it because he would have to wait on his friends. He ultimately takes the job and attempts to hide it from the group. Meanwhile, the girls discuss which one they would want to date out of the three. Phoebe makes the mistake of picking Rachel because Monica is high maintenance and Rachel is more of a pushover. They take offense and try to get Phoebe back by calling her flaky.

Ross is nervous about meeting Paul Stevens, Elizabeth's dad and invites the gang to the coffeehouse for moral support. Mr. Stevens makes it clear that he doesn't like his daughter dating an older man. With the help of his friends, Ross tries to win him over, but unfortunately, Paul is not impressed. Later, Paul and Rachel bump into each other and end up hitting it off. Ross is very uncomfortable with his girlfriend's dad dating Rachel, but she assures him that it can only help him. While the four of them have dinner together, Rachel makes things worse by letting it slip that Ross was married three times. In the end, Elizabeth stands up to her dad and tells him she will continue to date Ross whether he likes it or not. Meanwhile, Joey finds out that he may be fired from his star role on "Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E." because Wayne, the guy who operates "C.H.E.E.S.E." doesn't like him. To save his job, Joey strikes a deal with Wayne to show him how to be a womanizer.

Read that synopsis and then check out the star rating on the right. Seems odd, doesn't it? I admit I made that synopsis as basic as I could, because in one way, that's basically all Natsume's Book of Friends really is. Then again, since this is the sixth season, I'm probably just preaching to the choir, because if you're all here, you already know and love this show just as much as I do, and you are probably already perfectly aware of what I'm going to say next. ....generally speaking, that is. As most slice-of-life shows roll, it's really hard to write something of a compelling synopsis when a show gets to be six season strong, but that honestly should speak for itself when you have a show that has no clear goal; no big evil to destroy or treasure to unload "look forward" moral lessons on you. Natsume is a teenager whose sole goal seems to be to obtain some level of happiness for himself, as that was in rather short supply during his childhood. At the same time, Natsume's Book of Friends has been slowly but steadily catching up to its manga source; in fact, a lot of the stories in this season has been based on the latest manga volumes I've picked up from Viz. Granted, I don't know for sure if the US releases has kept up with the Japanese, but the latest volumes has slowed down considerably from the steady pace of the first ten or fifteen volumes, so I'm assuming they have.As if seemingly aware of its own progress, the first episode is centered around Natsume helping a yokai with a minor problem, and as a reward gets changed back into a child without as much as a "by your leave". But while Nyanko-sensei tracks down the culprit of this "help", Tanuma and Taki become the perfect indication of how far Natsume has come. With his childhood returned, so is his memories from early adulthood taken away from him, and now he doesn't recognize any of them. I was anxious at first -- that filler OAV from the last season had left a rather bad taste in my mouth, as has... *cough* ...certain earlier filler episodes -- but this episode, despite its (probably) filler status, turned out to be a real gem, with Natsume attempted to be lead out of the house protected with wards and into the waiting arms (or mouth?) of a couple of sceming yokai. The episode really sells the uncertainty of Natsume's childhood just as much as earlier flashback segments, while at the same time confirming what kind of bonds he shares with his friends, yokai or otherwise, now. The show has done this before, of course, but any new facets to this ever-growing, multi-colored ball of yarn is always welcome.Much to my delight, this season also featured a lot of my favorite manga chapters as well. The stone washer story was there, as was the story about Natsume and Natori helping out with an old exorcist family whose working member had lost his ability to see yokai. And like with the episode about Touko and the crow in the last season, this season also gives us sweet asides about the support cast by introducing us to the families of Nishimura and Kitamoto, Natsume's still-in-the-dark friends at school, and the problems each of them face at home and the way it has influenced their personalities. I'm not sure if I should think of it to Natsume's Book of Friends's credit or not, but this season also featured a story arc where I wasn't sure whether it was a filler or not, and it turned out not to be so. Finally, to round off this season, the show goes for the story arc where Natori brings Natsume (on Natsume's urging this time) to a house that used to belong to a renowned exorcist that had recently passed away as sort of a treasure hunt for the knowledge that he had amassed throughout the years. The episode also serves as a turning point for Natsume himself -- two, actually -- that I won't spoil here, but serves as a rather strong "what will happen now?" point going forward from here. Would I have preferred a more laid-back ending to the season, like the ones we've gotten earlier? Definitely, especially since this might end up being the last season we get, but this is not bad either. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this earlier, but the manga art is partially good. I particularly love how Yuki Midorikawa's character art has this gentle, wisp-y feel to it, and the anime has been very good at tranferring it to the screen. I say "partially" because, going through the manga, I've also learned that background art is definitely not her strong suit. There are the occasional bus stop shed or building parts, or even stone-filled areas nearby rivers that are drawn in great detail, so it's not like she can't draw these, but their presence in the manga are spartan at best, and downright absent at worst. So to see these painted in exquisite detail here is an odd, yet delightful experience. This isn't really a knock against the manga, though, because despite this spartanness, I still love reading it, but I'd like to give the anime some props anyway for having all this wonderful background art. On the flip side, the animation quality isn't the best. It's a quiet show in general, so there's a limit to how much it can be hurt by simple animation, but the last couple of episodes here looked particularly cheap, even compared to earlier episodes, more so compared to earlier seasons. It never gets trult awful, though, so I don't consider it a too hard knock on the show itself.Musically, the show is as nice as ever. I haven't been overly fond of its opening themes, however, so season 6 might even be a bit special in that it has an opening theme I thought was pretty nice. They generally don't hold a candle to the ending themes, though, and thankfully, this season also delivers the goods here with a wonderfully ambient ballad that really twist the knife given how highly an emotional crescendo the episodes will build up to half the time. Season 5 was a particularly strong season, and this one was announced even before it was done. Despite its ups and (very mild) downs, Natsume's Book of Friends has been one of those shows I've pretty much went into with the faith that I wouldn't be let down in any particular way, and it certainly held up its side of the bargain. Season 5 is still my favorite -- it had a particularly strong lineup of what I considered the best manga chapters -- but season 6 was so close in quality, I see no reason to award it anything less than top marks. 041b061a72


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