‘Friends’: The One Story Arch That Had Entire Cast, Especially Matt LeBlanc, Complaining to the Creators

by Jeremy Spirogis
Matt LeBlanc

Friends was and continues to be probably the most fashionable TV sitcoms of all time. Viewers again within the 90s, and even new followers who’ve found the present extra lately on streaming websites, got here to like the 6 titular “Friends” a lot that they turned actually invested of their fictional lives.

One love story that each single Friends fan has all the time stanned is Ross and Rachel. Theirs is the last word on-again-off-again relationship, and viewers all around the world desperately hoped by way of the 10 seasons that Friends was on the air that these two lovebirds would find yourself collectively.

However, within the later seasons of the present, a weird story arch threw a wrench within the Ross-and-Rachel love affair, and the entire solid members had been actually upset about it.

Ross and Rachel belong collectively

Every Friends fan is accustomed to the Ross-and-Rachel love story, however we’ll recap it for individuals who haven’t watched the sitcom because the 90s.

Rachel was nonetheless in highschool when Ross first met her; she was his youthful sister, Monica’s (additionally one of many 6 starring characters) finest friend. Ross develops an enormous crush on Rachel instantly, however Rachel, on the time, isn’t desirous about her finest friend’s nerdy older brother. Rachel comes from a rich household and went off after highschool to get engaged to a wealthy orthodontist, shedding contact with Monica.

In the pilot episode of the present, Rachel comes again into Monica and Ross’s lives like a hurricane after deciding to change into a runaway bride and ditching her husband-to-be on the altar. Rachel decides that she desires to reside independently quite than rely on her father (and potential husbands’) wealth, and he or she and Monica change into roommates. She rapidly is welcomed into their group of ‘friends’, which incorporates Ross.

Ross’s emotions for Rachel reignite instantly, and so they find yourself courting in season two. This begins off 10 seasons of probably the most tumultuous TV love tales of all time (they had been on a break!), and Ross and Rachel break up, get again collectively, and also have a child collectively at one level.

The bizarre story arch that interrupted Ross and Rachel’s love story

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The titular ‘friends’ embody Ross, Rachel, and Monica, plus Ross’s school friend (and Monica’s eventual husband) Chandler and two comparatively newcomers to the gang, Phoebe and Joey.

Joey is thought for offering comedic reduction in an already hilarious present. He’s flirtatious with about each girl he encounters, however he, in addition to Phoebe, by no means have any severe romantic emotions for anybody else within the friend group – that’s, till season 8.

Towards the top of season Eight and all the best way into season 10 (sure, this weirdness lasted for 2 seasons), Joey turns into entangled in a messy romantic relationship with none apart from his friend Rachel. Joey and Rachel turned roommates in season 6, after Monica and Chandler transfer in collectively and determine they don’t wish to reside with a roommate.

They appear to develop nearer and nearer as mates, and even proceed dwelling collectively after Rachel offers beginning to Ross’ child. However, towards the top of season 8, they each notice they’ve emotions for one another.

In season 9, they even unintentionally get engaged (it’s an extended story), which clearly angers Ross.

Cast members had been sad concerning the Rachel and Joey story arch

Matt LeBlanc
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The solid of Friends had been all understandably upset about this random love affair between Rachel and Joey. The actor who was essentially the most upset was Matt LeBlanc, who performs Joey.

He is quoted in Vanity Fair as saying: “It felt wildly inappropriate. That’s how close we all were to the character. I was like, “That’s Rachel. She was supposed to be with Ross. Wait a minute.” Everybody received super-defensive about the entire thing. We went to David and Marta as a gaggle and mentioned, ‘We’re actually involved about this. It doesn’t really feel proper. We have an issue with it.’” 

Totally comprehensible, contemplating Rachel and Joey’s long-lasting platonic relationship as much as that time, and the truth that Joey is one in all Ross’ finest mates. Alas, Joey and Rachel find yourself breaking apart, and Rachel, because it was meant to be all alongside, finally ends up with Ross by the collection finale.

“Once it actually started, it was heartbreaking because it couldn’t go anywhere. It was always going to be Ross and Rachel,” creator David Crane as soon as shared. Poor Joey!

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