Only True ‘Friends’ Fans Will Remember These 9 Classic Inside Jokes

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ross and Rachel on Friends

It doesn’t matter that the NBC sitcom Friends premiered greater than 25 years in the past. The cult traditional comedy following the lives of six greatest pals residing in New York City stays one of the well-known and best-loved tv collection ever made.

Because it was a comedy, Friends is generally treasured for the hilarious moments between Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe. These scenes have led to limitless quoting by followers who take into account the six characters a part of their household. And solely true followers bear in mind among the most enduring inside jokes from 10 season of the present.

“We were on a break!”

Even individuals who by no means watch Friends are in all probability conversant in the oft-repeated chorus Ross says to Rachel all through the collection. But it takes an actual fan of the collection to grasp the that means.

The line was first uttered throughout season 3, episode 15, “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break.” It refers to the truth that Ross goes out and has a one night time stand after he and Rachel resolve to take a pause on their relationship. She reacts badly, believing he cheated, however Ross insists the betrayal by no means occurred as a result of they had been technically “on a break.”

The pair reference the incident many occasions all through the collection, with Ross dramatically shouting, “We were on a break!” in protection of his alleged dishonest.

Ross and Monica secretly flip individuals off

Ross and Rachel on Friends
Ross and Rachel on ‘Friends’ | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

Since Ross and Monica are siblings, they’ve extra historical past collectively than anybody else of their group. One hilarious gesture they each know is banging their fists collectively at somebody in anger, which was meant to characterize giving them the center finger.

Everyone on Friends begins utilizing the gesture as soon as they be taught what it means.

Unagi, or salmon pores and skin roll?

In season 6, episode 17, Ross claims he’s reached a state of “unagi” or complete self-awareness after learning martial arts whereas utilizing two fingers to gesture towards his temple. Meanwhile, Rachel claims “unagi” is a kind of sushi and mocks Ross by making the identical gesture and saying, “Ahhh…salmon skin roll.”

It’s unclear what phrase Ross meant to say, however real-life martial arts specialists agree that “unagi” is the Japanese phrase for freshwater eel, not enlightenment.

Phoebe is Regina Phalange and Chandler is Miss Chanandler Bong

The funniest nicknames on Friends are those that make no sense to outsiders. Phoebe likes to introduce herself as Regina Phalange or Princess Consuela Banana Hammock. Joey goes by Ken Adams. And then there’s the title that Chandler’s TV Guide is addressed to, Miss Chanandler Bong, which is highlighted as a trivia query throughout the notorious quiz contest episode.  

These alter egos change into necessary within the Friends finale when Phoebe will get Rachel off the Paris-bound plain by saying the “phalanges” are malfunctioning. Only Phoebe, proper?

Ross is Rachel’s lobster

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Ross and Rachel have an especially difficult relationship throughout Friends however lengthy earlier than the drama, they made everybody’s hearts soften when Rachel lastly realized how lengthy Ross had been pining for her. After explaining how lobsters mate for all times (an unfaithful assertion), Phoebe repeats the phrase when Rachel kisses Ross dramatically in entrance of everybody throughout “The One with the Prom Video.”

“See? He’s her lobster,” Phoebe says. Unfortunately, Phoebe was incorrect that lobsters are monogamous creatures, which might clarify how “We were on a break!” got here into play one  season later.

Joey has a moo level

Joey Tribbiani isn’t dumb, however he’s usually loveably naïve. That’s very true when he claims a “moo point” is an opinion a cow would possibly maintain, rendering it invalid.

“Yeah, it’s like a cow’s opinion, you know, it just doesn’t matter. It’s moo,” Joey tells Rachel. Of course, he’s actually referring to a moot level. Series co-creator Marta Kauffman recalled Joey’s moo level second as considered one of her favourite traces in Friends.

‘Pivot!’ that couch

The most well-known sofa on Friends is the one the group sits on at Central Perk. However, an in depth second is the one Ross tries to maneuver up the steps of his residence constructing. The stairwell is simply too slim to accommodate the piece of furnishings, main Ross to yell “Pivot!” a number of occasions at his exasperated helpers.

Ultimately, it turns into clear he ought to have simply paid the supply charge.

“How you doin?”

Joey’s traditional pickup phrase is greater than only a line — it’s an angle. Critics accuse Joey of being misogynistic and never respecting girls. However, the “How you doin?” isn’t meant to be derogatory, not less than not in keeping with him.

Other forged members repeat the phrase, together with the time Joey tries to show Rachel how one can use it correctly.

Phoebe sings “Smelly Cat”

The official Friends theme music is “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts. However, the unofficial theme music is “Smelly Cat” by Phoebe Buffay. The lyrics are foolish but catchy, highlighting Phoebe’s distinctive persona and humorousness.

Phoebe performs the music a number of occasions over the 10 season run however maybe essentially the most rewarding was when Lisa Kudrow performed it reside alongside Taylor Swift throughout the singer’s 1989 World Tour in 2015.

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