by Randall Allen Dunn
Still, some people are convinced that they have superior luck, superior skill, or superior intelligence, which allows them to bypass the laws of nature and beat the odds. This is why some of these people keep betting even when the odds are heavily against them.
On a classic episode of the TV series, “Friends”, Monica (Courteney Cox) finds it preposterous that the guys assume they know them far better than they know the guys.
“Well … we do,” Chandler (Matthew Perry) humbly insists.
“Wanna bet?” Monica challenges. She then uses the opportunity to try to get Chandler and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) to give up their obnoxious bird that’s been driving the girls crazy with its loud, early morning squawks.
Chandler agrees, on one condition. “If you win, we’ll give up the bird. … But if we win … you give up your apartment.”
Monica barely hesitates. “Deal!” she says, eagerly shaking hands with Chandler while Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) blinks, stunned. She probably wanted to be consulted on whether they should wager their living space.
Being between jobs, Ross (David Schwimmer) has plenty of time to prepare the challenge game questions to determine which gender knows the other one better. Here’s a sampling of some of his outrageous and pinpoint-accurate questions:
Ross: “What was Monica’s nickname when she was a field hockey goalie?”
Joey: “‘Big Fat Goalie’.”
Ross: “Rachel claims that this is her favorite movie.”
Chandler: “‘Dangerous Liaisons’.”
Ross: “Her real favorite movie is …?”
Joey: “‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’”
Ross: “What is Joey’s favorite food?”
Ross: “Monica categorizes her towels. How many categories are there?”
Joey: “Everyday Use.”
Chandler: “Fancy Guest.”
Ross: “Two seconds …!”
Joey: “Uhh — Eleven??”
Ross: “Unbelievable. ‘Eleven’ is correct!”
The room is filled with blank faces. To the point that we wonder if even Chandler knows.
Since the girls – and, in fact, everyone else – cannot answer the question, the guys win! Much to the wailing of Monica and Rachel, who are then forced to give up their comfortable, spacious apartment and go live in Chandler and Joey’s cramped, smelly dwelling.
On the day of the apartment trade, Chandler and Joey are eager to move in. But Rachel and Monica make a final plea, asking if the guys really expect them to trade apartments. Joey shows no mercy, insisting that they hold up their end of the bet.
As he should.
Perhaps they shouldn’t have bet their apartment in the first place.
Especially when they discover just how disgusting the guys’ apartment really is.
I’m not going to tell you that making a bet is wrong. Sometimes betting on something can be fun, as long as you’re prepared to lose whatever you’re wagering. Because most of the time, the odds really aren’t in your favor.
If you can’t afford to lose it, you can’t afford to bet.
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Thursday, June 24th, 2010