Friends started in 1994 and ended in 2004, yet even 17 years after the show wrapped up, it is still one of the most popular sitcoms ever. Even today, the story of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey lives on and for us long-term fans, their stories may have ended on the show but for us, they are still continuing. So, for every fan of the series, the highly anticipated Friends Reunion would still have been a wonderful gift even if it hadn’t been peppered with countless memorable bits and best moments. We would have still cried, still laughed, and definitely continued missing the show, but now, we do it with fresh and more beautiful memories.
So, without further ado, let’s talk and gush about the perfect Friends Reunion episode and only a few of its best moments because c’mon! Go and watch it!
Jennifer Anniston and David Schimmer had a crush on each other!
For years, every fan of the show found it hard to believe that Jennifer Aniston and David Schimmer, who played Rachel and Ross, shared that authentic chemistry on-screen without something going on between them off-screen. Well, the point goes to us Friends fanatics!
During the Friends Reunion, Aniston and Schimmer admitted that they had a major crush on each other. Every one of the other actors was aware that they were romantically attracted to each other but while their characters got in a relationship on Friends and ended up getting reunited in the finale, in real life, they could never act on it as every time one of them was single the other was in a relationship. Despite their mutual feelings for one another, they could never cheat on their respective partners at the time.
What was the worst part of filming Friends?
You know how we loved the bond Ross and his pet monkey, Marcel shared? Well, Schimmer totally did not! “What inevitably began to happen was that we would all have choreographed bits timed out and it would get messed up because the monkey didn’t do its job right,” he admitted during the Friends Reunion. “We’d have to reset, we’d have to go again because the monkey didn’t get it right.”
“It would sit on my shoulder and the trainer would come up and give the monkey live grubs to eat. … I’d have monkey grubby hands all over! It was time for Marcel to f—k off,” he added.
The One Where They Didn’t Huddle
During the Friends Reunion, the actors shared that they had a tradition of having a huddle before they started shooting an episode. But once, while shooting “the One Where No One’s Ready,” they were all late and missed the huddle. The result? In the scene where Joey jumps into the chair that he and Chandler are fighting over, LeBlanc dislocated his shoulder during the fourth take. His injury was written into the next episode where it was shared that Joey dislocated his shoulder when he fell while jumping on the bed. From that day, the huddle became mandatory and if they ever forgot, LeBlanc was always there to remind everyone as he didn’t want “anything else falling off.”
Where the characters would be today, 17 years after the finale?
Fans of the show had always wondered where the characters of Friends would be today. And we finally have the answers! When asked the same question by James Corden during the Friends reunion episode, Aniston first answered by sharing that Ross and Rachel, who would have ended up getting married and having more kids apart from Emma, are still together and Ross still “plays with bones.”
Courtney Cox, in typical Monica style, answered that Monica’s kids would have probably graduated by now but she is still “in charge of the bake sale at an elementary school” and is still her old, neurotic self. Hilariously, Matthew Perry reminds her that she forgot Chandler, which prompted her to add that Monica and Chandler are still together and he is still “making me laugh every day.”
Phoebe and Mike are also still married, have kids, and live in Connecticut. Phoebe is an “advocate for her kids who are a little different and all the other kids who are a little different, creating the arts program and the music thing.”
On the other hand, Matt LeBlanc sketched the perfect present for Joey: “He probably opened a sandwich shop in Venice Beach.”