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Life hack: Marry someone who forgives you for cutting off their toe. Was Chandler still in love with his old girlfriend Kathy, even after he married Monica? One fan has spotted a detail which might suggest he was. Chandler starts smoking again; when the group complains, he diverts their attention to .. Later, Monica reveals her relationship with Richard to her parents. Rachel decides that in order to accomplish her goals in life, she needs to find the.
Chandler is often depicted as being somewhat of a hapless individual, suffering a lot of bad luck while struggling through life and occasionally struggling with an on-and-off smoking addiction. However, he eventually falls in deep mutual love with Monica and proposes to her at the close of season six, with the two of them marrying at the close of season seven.
By the end of series, he and Monica adopt twins, whom they name Jack and Erica. Ross Eustace Geller, Ph. David Schwimmer is a paleontologist at a museum of prehistory, and later a professor of paleontology at New York University. The most intelligent of the six main characters, but at the same time a clumsy, quirky man, Ross is known for being a smart, know-it-all who prides himself on his rationality, despite his clear hopeless romanticism.
He is shown to be the most caring of all the six members in the various instances on the show.
Ross is Monica's older brother, Chandler's college roommate, and Rachel's on-again, off-again boyfriend. His first marriage has already failed by the time the show begins, with his second lasting mere weeks.
He also drunkenly married Rachel in Las Vegasbut the marriage is annulled.
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Ross's relationship with Rachel is a major storyline throughout the series. He is also the father of his ex-wife Carol's son, Ben, and Rachel's daughter, Emma. In the series finale, Ross and Rachel finally reconcile, deciding to be together once and for all.
The character of Ross was developed with David Schwimmer in the minds of writers and Schwimmer was also the first actor to be cast on the show.
Schwimmer is the only cast member native to New York City. Ross and Monica's parents. In early appearances, Jack frequently makes inappropriate comments, which he punctuates by exclaiming "I'm just saying! Jack is more balanced in his attention and care towards both Ross and Monica.
After the Gellers sell their house in season 7, it is revealed that Jack has used boxes of Monica's old stuff to block rainwater from getting to his Porsche. Due to his gnawing guilt, Jack develops a secret smoking habit and decides to gift Monica the Porsche. Despite being favored throughout his entire childhood, this makes Ross insanely jealous. Despite each of them having their own quirks, however, they are both occasionally dumbfounded by the crazy antics of their son and daughter, such as Ross' disastrous wedding to Emily and Monica's ridiculous speech at their 35th anniversary party.
Barry, an orthodontistdecides to go on his and Rachel's honeymoon with her maid of honor Mindy, and soon begins a relationship with her. Their relationship hits a rough patch when he and Rachel consider getting back together.Top 10 Unforgettable Monica And Chandler Moments
Rachel is invited to the wedding, but receives a cold reception for jilting Barry while she is there, and a ridiculous speech from Ross which bemuses everyone in the room does not exactly improve the situation for her, until she, in a desperate attempt to salvage some pride, walks onto the stage where the microphone is and starts singing.
He has also been called "Barry White", and is possibly[ original research? Barry is portrayed as a horrible, selfish little man who cheats, lies, and belittles other people. Getting both Rachel and Mindy to fall for him also suggests[ original research? Carol is Ross' lesbian ex-wife, who came out before the pilot, and Susan is her partner. Carol dumped and divorced Ross to be with Susan. In the second episode of the series, Carol tells Ross that she is pregnant with his child, [e 8] and is having the baby with her partner Susan, though she wishes Ross to be part of the baby's life.
Carol and Susan are often bemused by Ross' quirks throughout his onscreen appearances with them. Susan does not attempt to hide her contempt of Ross and vice versa, but they briefly put aside their differences when Carol gives birth to a boy, whom they all agree, after weeks of argument, to name Ben. Though Ross and Carol are on good terms after their divorce, Ross continues to resent Susan for losing Carol to her.
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It was just an opportunity to tell a really interesting story. Jessica Hecht originally auditioned to play Monica. The manager of the Central Perk coffee house, who first appears as a background character in "The One with the Sonogram at the End". He is a former actor who once played Bryce on All My Children before that character was "killed in an avalanche. His motivation for disliking Ross is jealousy as he is aware of Ross' relationship with Rachelwhich is made clear numerous times, most notably in "The One the Morning After" when he reveals to Rachel that Ross who mistakenly thought at the time that his relationship with her was over—"We were on a break" got drunk and cheated on her.
James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who could competently work the cappuccino machine on the Central Perk set. The Seattle Times ranked Gunther as the eighth best guest character of the series in Marcel[ edit ] Marcel live animal actor: A Capuchin monkey that Ross initially keeps as a pet, [e 15] and who provides comic relief for his geeky master.
One time Rachel loses him in the city, [e 16] and calls Animal Control—only to learn from Ross that Marcel is an illegal exotic animal that cannot be kept in the city.
After unsuccessfully trying to prevent animal control officer Luisa Megan Cavanagh from discovering that they are harboring an illegal exotic animal and bemusing her with their wacky behavior throughout these unsuccessful attempts, Rachel, Monica, Ross and Phoebe learn that Luisa is a former classmate of Rachel's and Monica's who upon recognizing Rachel attempts to spite her for snubbing her in high school by attempting to confiscate Marcel.
To prevent this, Rachel threatens to tell Luisa's boss about how she shot Phoebe "in the ass with a dart" that had been meant for Marcel. Later, as Marcel sexually matures and begins to hump everything, Ross has to give him away to a zoo [e 17] —"where he can have access to regular monkey-lovin'. In a later season Ross questions why he had a monkey as a pet. Chandler's on-again, off-again girlfriend for the first four seasons. Janice is one of the few characters besides the six main friends who appears in all of the Friends seasons.
She has a nasal voice, a machine gun laugh and a thick New York accent that sounds so irritating that it makes Chandler want to break up with her, but at the same time he does not want to hurt the nonetheless good-natured Janice's feelings.
While making a hand gesture in the midst of an attempt to break up with her without upsetting her, he accidentally pokes her in the eye in "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent" [e 19] and although Phoebe is eventually able to explain to Janice on his behalf that he wants to end their relationship and get her to agree to break up with him without upsetting her in the process, he gets back together with her for New Year's [e 15] and for Valentine's.
Heckles' death, resolves not to die alone, [e 21] he is disappointed to discover that she is married and pregnant. Their relationship lasts into the third season, when Janice decides to leave her husband to be with Chandler. Later, Joey sees Janice kissing her husband, who runs a mattress business. In a later episode, the tables are turned on the annoying natured Janice when she has a brief fling with Ross shortly after he has broken up with Emily, as he is unhappy and spends the entire date complaining about everything, causing her to find him insufferable and leave him Ross had expected the reverse to eventually happen, but had been happy to date someone who listened so well to him in the meantime.
As Monica and Chandler make plans to have children, [e 29] she offers Chandler advice and support at a fertility clinic. To get rid of her, Chandler pretends he still loves her, causing her to as he had hoped become fearful that he will end up ruining his marriage and she will end up ruining her own as she still loves Chandler as well if she lives next door to him, so she decides not to buy the house after all and walks out of Chandler's life seemingly for good, but does kiss him one last time before she does, much to his surprise.
Presumably due to being amused by their wacky, quirky, goofy personalities, Janice seems to enjoy spending time with the six friends, which is somewhat ironic and very much inconvenient for them since none of them can stand to be around her although she seems to be completely blind to the fact that they feel this way, showing almost no awareness whatsoever of the fact that they hate having to put up with herdue to the unbearably irritating nasal New York accent she speaks with, and her annoying machine gun laugh.
Janice's distinctive laugh was born out of a slip-up Wheeler made during the rehearsal of "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent"; [e 19] after Chandler and Janice's "More latte? Heckles[ edit ] Mr. Monica and Rachel's downstairs neighbor, a domineering, highly unusual elderly man who constantly complains about the noise, even though the six friends are being perfectly decent in volume whenever he claims that they are disturbing him.
His reason for this is never revealed, until "The One Where Mr Heckles Dies", in which the group discover that the noises being made in their apartment are apparently amplified in his, and when Chandler hears banging coming from the above room while in Heckles' apartment although it is never revealed exactly what the people upstairs were doing to cause the banging it annoys him so much that he inadvertently imitates Heckles by banging on the roof with his broom. He makes a final cameo appearance in "The One with the Flashback", [e 7] set inwhere he complains that Phoebe's noise is disturbing his oboe practice even though he does not actually play the oboeand inadvertently and cruelly causes Joey to be Chandler's roommate.
He usually states that items are his, and when the other person states that he does not have one, Mr. Heckles says that he could have one. For instance, when Rachel and Phoebe are searching for the owner of a lost cat, Mr. Heckles said "Yes, that's my cat. Heckles died of a heart attack, while 'sweeping'.
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Paolo[ edit ] Paolo Cosimo Fusco: She dumps him after he gropes Phoebe [e 33] but has a last one-night stand with him in "The One with Ross's New Girlfriend".
Terry[ edit ] Terry Max Wright: In his first appearance in "The One with the Monkey", [e 15] his "fun" is sapped at Monica's New Year's party after his grandfather died, but his depression does not stop Monica, annoyed that he's "bringing her party down" from putting a party horn in his mouth and forcing him to blow on it, to his bemusement. Monica tries to wean him off drinking but regrets it when he becomes extremely boring.
Monica then began drinking on their dates, so that she could sit through his mind-numbingly dull stories. It is revealed in the episode "The One with Phoebe's Husband" that the underwear on the telephone pole was Monica's when she was having sex with Fun Bobby on the terrace.
Seven years later, he returns to New York for a brief visit and shares an evening with Phoebe. It's an adequately edited sitcom, that's pretty much all I have to say about that. Here's a weird thing. Friends ran through the 90s intoso when I watched it I was pretty young.
It ended when I was about I was just watching a rerun the other night duh from later in the series not even the beginning! It is weird to age when these characters will never get any older. Anyway, now being older and having some knowledge of story and characters, when I think about the various relationships on the show, I get kind of irked.
I didn't like that they ended up together from a random drunken hookup, especially considering she was looking for Joey originally.
I liked the characters together though, so I wasn't really bothered. I could basically write that off as a thing that happened if I really had to, but it felt like a cheap ploy to quickly get them together without any of the messy character junk.
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How do you bring two characters together that have had a good platonic relationship for YEARS and originally hated each other with a 22 minute-at-a-time run-time? Get them drunk in London, I guess. However, I did feel like Janice was Chandler's great love, and he let his immaturity allow her to get away, but only because the writers made her more unbearable than any person really ever would be. He was annoyed at her quirks and eventually broke up with her because he couldn't take it, and we cheered for him because OH.
That kind of sucks for Janice, as a character. But to a less interesting degree, I can see this happening in life. Then there was the point when they accidentally met online and got back together, but Janice was in an unhappy marriage at the time and Chandler decided he didn't want to break them up since they had a kid. So they probably would have ended up together. But then at the end of the series they go for the cheap shot with Janice, bringing her back for a couple last gags where Chandler is completely repulsed by her.
And I don't believe that for a second. Chandler is an impressionable guy, and he just takes on the repulsion from Monica. Deep down, he's still hot for Janice.
There were multiple times when he was totally fine with being with her forever, what changed? Nothing, just poor writing. His character goes from A to C without any of the stuff in the middle, and the audience buys it because "hahaha, Janice is legit stupid, yo.
I never bought Rachel and Joey as a thing. Joey starts to see Rachel as more than a friend suddenly, then Rachel does the same, and it's all this weird sort of convenient-to-the-plot bullshit for a while. But then they make out and are instantly repulsed by each other? I guess I can see what they're going for here, trying to illustrate the idea of suddenly being in love, and suddenly dropping out of love from a lack of sexual chemistry, but it's like preschool level interpretation.
This relationship was just a way to pass the time, and it was rather silly from a writing perspective. Audience manipulation at best. Phoebe and Mike are lovely and I wished they were together longer so we could see how that turned out. They had their moments of well that's a little convenient, namely when they decided to move in together before discussing marriage, Phoebe realized Mike didn't want to get married and she did, then they call it off, then they're back in in dramatic fashion when she's being proposed to by an old lover.
The later seasons of Friends were pretty hard to believe compared to the early ones, but I guess you have to figure out how to keep it interesting somehow. I always appreciated that the writing was easy to related to even if it was dramatized, and the last few seasons lost that edge. There's a big part of me that felt Richard and Monica were the best relationship on the show. Plus she was infertile, so they could have totally skipped kids anyway! Not that Monica, the baby-crazy 25 year old really?
How many single girls do I know that have considered sperm donors? I think in the end, Richard just wanted to be back with Monica another oh no I've been proposed to by two guys in one day situation out of loneliness and that wouldn't have worked very well. Once they did have kids, he would have eventually resented them AND Monica and would have probably jumped off a building or something.
Pete Jon Favreau was her best choice. He was cool as hell, and he would have gotten over the whole cage fighting thing after a while. To break up with him because you can't see him hurting himself? Bummer, and a lame way to write off a recurring character.
And here's the big one: The writing for their relationship was among the worst in any sitcom, ever. They could have been interesting, but the writers never knew how to deal with them when they were together. They were an interesting couple, having a history and coming into each others' lives here and there.
But they were boring together, so they constantly split them apart. But then they go on to make a whole series of poor decisions together. Rachel's ending was dreadfully bad, too.
Her story within Friends was about growing up, gaining independence, figuring out what she wanted out of life, and making it happen. In a way, the entire show was really about her specifically because she actually had a full character arc.