Monica: I hope you’re hungry. We’re starting with oysters. And y’know what they say about oysters, don’t you?
Dr. Roger: They have parasites?
Monica: No! Umm well, some people say that oysters are an aphrodisiac.
Dr. Roger: What people?
Monica: People! People say it! Come here! (She grabs him and kisses him.)
Dr. Roger: So oysters, huh?
Monica: And then we’re gonna have a little Middle Eastern couscous. Something we can eat...with our hands.
Dr. Roger: Y’know, it’s funny, but when we were studying communicable diseases…
Monica: No-no-no, no! It’s sensual!
Dr. Roger: Ohh! Didn’t know! Okay!
Anyway, Monica is dating Dr. Roger, and she's wondering whether she "should, ya know, give him [her] flower." She makes him this dinner of oysters and couscous in a failed attempt to seduce him. Luckily, Chandler saves the day. Could Chandler BE any greater in this episode? ("They didn't add the second 'cous' until 1979.")
Because we are talking about "The One That Could Have Been", I have all the motivation I need to share one of my all-time favorite "Friends" moments, which happened to occur during this episode. It's Fat Monica's epic, and I mean EPIC, Dance with the Donut.
First, we will marinate and then saute the oyster mushrooms. While I like the flavor imparted by baking mushrooms, oysters cook fairly quickly, and you don't want them to get rubbery, so we're going to saute today. Then, we will make my take on a somewhat Middle Eastern couscous. Most such recipes will have dried fruit, but I despise dried fruit in savory food. (Actually, just in food period, because what sweet dishes have dried fruit, fruitcake? Gross.)
SAUTEED OYSTER MUSHROOMS
MIDDLE EASTERN COUSCOUS
- "The hazelnut's actually not a nut, it's a seed. Can anyone name a well-known seed that's been masquerading around as a nut?"
- What did Rachel say was Chandler's job during the epic trivia game?
- Why DID Joey get fired from 'DOOL'?