Only 1 ‘Friends’ Character Didn’t Get Closure within the Finale

by Jeremy Spirogis
Friends cast

Fans have been unhappy to see Friends come to an finish for 10 years on the air. Even although the NBC comedy was nonetheless extremely common when it led to 2004, critics have been beginning to marvel if it dragged on too lengthy. Jennifer Aniston virtually didn’t come again for the ultimate season for that actual cause.

There have been loads of tears throughout that ultimate scene when all
six forged members left their condo keys on the counter and went on to new
chapters of their lives. But out of everybody, there was one one who didn’t
get closure throughout the ultimate season of the present.

Some followers are nonetheless irritated about how Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) was nonetheless caught in perpetual younger maturity even whereas everybody else moved on and matured.

Friends cast
‘Friends’ forged | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images

Joey was the one ‘Friends’ member who didn’t pair up

Four of the Friends castmates ended up collectively by the finale. Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) get married and transfer to Westchester after having twin infants by way of surrogate. Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) lastly reunite for good, or so it appears, after a roller-coaster relationship that lasted via all 10 seasons.

Even wild little one Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) settles down and marries Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd). That leaves Joey, who’s left with a chick and a duck however not a lot else.

Why did showrunners depart Joey’s storyline so stagnant?

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The character of Joey was all the time immature, however real

Throughout Friends, Joey jumped from relationship to
relationship, solidifying his repute as the women’ man of the crew. But
past his joking “How
you doin’
?” exterior, Joey was additionally a reliable, loyal friend who
everybody might rely on.

A short storyline spanning season eight via season 10 noticed
Joey attempting a relationship with Rachel, which was met with blended opinions from followers.
The pair broke up after deciding they have been higher off as pals.

Besides Rachel, Joey had solely been in love one different time, WikiFandom reported.
Mostly, Joey spent his time cultivating relationships together with his pals, not with
romantic companions. Which may assist clarify how he finally ends up alone within the finale.

His future is explored within the ‘Friends’ spinoff sequence, ‘Joey’

Joey Tribbiani | David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

Friends led to 2004 however Joey’s story lived on briefly
within the short-lived
spinoff, Joey
. There’s a chance that writers already knew Joey’s
character would have one other likelihood at love on the sequence, making it much less
vital for them to provide him closure within the Friends finale.

A whopping 19 million individuals tuned in for the premiere of Joey and the present obtained strong scores all through its quick run (it was canceled earlier than the second season ended). But producer Kevin S. Bright blamed the community for the sequence getting axed. They apparently didn’t deal with Joey proper both.

“Joey was deconstructed to be a guy who couldn’t get a job, couldn’t ask a girl out. He became a pathetic, mopey character. I felt he was moving in the wrong direction, but I was not heard,” Bright mentioned.

Ultimately, Joey does wind up in a relationship together with his neighbor
Alex Garrett (Andrea Anders). It’s not the closure followers would have wished for
the character, but it surely’s higher than nothing.

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