Friends was and continues to be one of the most popular television sitcoms of all time. Viewers in the 90s, and even new fans who discovered the show most recently on streaming sites, loved the 6 titular “Friends” so much that they really got involved in their imaginary lives.
A love story that every single one Friends The fans who have always made fun of are Ross and Rachel. Theirs is the ultimate on-again-off-again relationship, and viewers around the world were hoping desperately for the 10 seasons that Friends It was on air that these two lovebirds would end up together.
However, in the last few seasons of the show, a bizarre story arc threw a key into Ross and Rachel̵
Ross and Rachel are together
Every Friends a fan knows the romance between Ross and Rachel, but we’ll recap it for those who haven’t watched the sitcom since the 90s.
Rachel was still in high school when Ross first met her; was his younger sister, Monica’s best friend (also one of the 6 main characters). Ross immediately develops a huge crush on Rachel, but Rachel is currently not interested in her best friend’s nerdy older brother. Rachel comes from a wealthy family and left after high school to be engaged to a wealthy orthodontist, losing contact with Monica.
In the pilot episode of the show, Rachel returns to Monica and Ross’s lives as a hurricane after deciding to become a runaway bride and abandoning her future husband at the altar. Rachel decides she wants to live independently rather than dependent on her father’s (and future husbands’) wealth, and she and Monica become roommates. She is quickly welcomed into their group of “friends”, which includes Ross.
Ross’s feelings for Rachel instantly rekindle and they end up dating in the second season. Starts 10 seasons of one of the most tumultuous television love stories of all time (they were on break!), and Ross and Rachel break up, get back together and at one point even have a baby together.
The strange story arc that interrupted Ross and Rachel’s love story
Titular “friends” include Ross, Rachel and Monica, plus Ross’s college friend (and Monica’s eventual husband) Chandler and two relatively newcomers to the gang, Phoebe and Joey.
Joey is known for providing comic relief in an already hilarious show. He flirts with every woman he meets, but he, as well as Phoebe, has never had any serious romantic feelings for anyone else in the group of friends, that is, until season 8.
Towards the end of season 8 and into season 10 (yes, this oddity lasted for two seasons), Joey becomes embroiled in a romantic relationship with none other than his friend Rachel. Joey and Rachel became roommates in Season 6, after Monica and Chandler moved in together and decided they didn’t want to live with a roommate.
They seem to become increasingly close as friends and even continue living together after Rachel gave birth to Ross’s baby. However, towards the end of season 8, they both realize they have feelings for each other.
In season 9, they also accidentally get engaged (it’s a long story), which obviously angers Ross.
The cast members were unhappy with Rachel and Joey’s story arc
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The cast of Friends they were all understandably angry about this random romance between Rachel and Joey. The angriest actor was Matt LeBlanc, who plays Joey.
It is mentioned in Vanity Fair as if to say, “It seemed extremely inappropriate. That’s how close we were all to the character. I thought,” This is Rachel. It should have been with Ross. Wait a minute. “Everyone got super defensive about the whole thing. We went to David and Marta as a group and said,” We’re really worried about that. It does not seem right. We have a problem with it. ‘”
Completely understandable, considering Rachel and Joey’s long platonic relationship up to that point, and the fact that Joey is one of Ross’s best friends. Alas, Joey and Rachel end up leaving, and Rachel, as she was meant to be from the start, ends up with Ross in the series finale.
“Once it started, it was heartbreaking because it couldn’t go anywhere. It would always be Ross and Rachel,” creator David Crane once said. Poor Joey!