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18th Apr '16 4:26:58 PM ajitter89
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* In an amazing example of Cross-over consistency, in ''The One Where Chandler Can't Cry'' Phoebe finds out that her twin sister Ursula has been masquerading as Phoebe to make many, many porno's. What makes this so brilliant? Ursula, who was Creator/LisaKudrow most prominent character long before Phoebe came around, was featured on fellow ''Must See TV'' sitcom ''Series/MadAboutYou'' as the flighty waitress of Paul and Jamie's favorite restaurant. In that series finale, the show followed a now adult Mabel's, the lead characters daughter, documentary about her parents. During the credits of this episode, Mabel revealed the history of some of the characters between the then 1999 and her future era, including that Ursula, after having a successful career as a pornographic star, would eventually become the Governor of New York. This finale was aired before Friends season 6 began. The writers of Friends took a throwaway joke from one series, and made it an episode plotline in their own.
15th Jan '16 8:58:49 PM PriceCheck
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* In TOW the Baby on the Bus, Chandler and Joey cannot tell which of two babies is Ben, so they flip a coin to decide which one to take home. It's implied that Ross recognizes Ben later, but what if the babies really were too similar to tell? It's conceivable Ben ended up separated from his parents growing up in State care.
** Except the baby they bring home is shown with a "Property of State" diaper which Ross notices. So that confirms that was the wrong baby and they go back and switch them. So no FridgeHorror here.
** I always assumed the "Property of State" diaper came from when Ben needed to be changed, and a State diaper was used.
*** You've assumed right.
* One episode of ''{{Friends}}'' has Phoebe refusing to play foozball with Chandler, describing the game as "20 armless guys joined at the waist by a steel bar, forced to play soccer forever!" Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?
** Of course, Chandler argues that it's not so bad, as after the game he "breaks out the little plastic women, and everybody has a pretty good time."
** That's also assuming that you [[WhatAnIdiot genuinely believe]] that the tiny plastic men are sentient beings.



* How Chandler gets rid of his new roommate Eddie. Joey and him leave all his stuff downstairs and when Eddie comes to the door, they pretend that they have never met him before. Yes, Eddie may have been a bit strange, accusing Chandler of sleeping with his ex-girlfriend after just meeting her, and keeping a goldfish cracker in a fishbowl, but the guys basically [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslighted]] a mentally ill man and left him homeless.
15th Jan '16 8:49:03 PM PriceCheck
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* In TOW The Baby On A Bus, in season two, Ross and Monica are talking about how they used to fight a lot when they were kids and Ross says he hopes Ben has a little sister some day (and Monica says she hopes that sister can kick Ben's ass). Many years later, Emma came along and fulfilled Ross' wish.
* In hindsight, what toddler Ben says about Monica, "Monica bang" sounds a lot more like "Monica Bing". Maybe the kid knew something no one else knew...



* I was never a [[{{Friends}} Ross and Rachel]] fan. in fact, I always thought they made each other miserable and were a horrible match for one another. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about, or why they were written in a way that made them act so horribly towards each other. The shippers kept repeating that Rachel was Ross' lobster (as coined by Phoebe) and thus were simply meant to be and it occurred to me that Ross is in fact ''allergic'' to lobster. So yes, Rachel is his lobster and he is therefore allergic to her and that is why the relationship keeps failing. - Pingvin.
** He's also Jewish, which means no shellfish.
*** Except that the "She's his lobster" stuff refers to being his mate, not his dinner.
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** Methinks this belongs in the WMG section.
* In the pilot episode of ''{{Friends}}'', Rachel resolves to change her shallow lifestyle funded by her father's money. The next time we see her, she's just gone on a huge shopping spree, laughing at the idea of getting a job, telling the others that she is qualified for nothing and how she was laughed out of several interviews and showing off her "I don't need a job, I have my new boots" boots. A casual viewing makes her just seem to be flighty and irreverent. Then you realize that she has an undertone of self-loathing, and she is actually trying to cope with the realization that she is entirely unequipped to live in the real world.

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* I was never a [[{{Friends}} Ross and Rachel]] fan. in fact, I always thought they made each other miserable and were a horrible match for one another. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about, or why they were written in a way that made them act so horribly towards each other. The shippers kept repeating that Rachel was Ross' lobster (as coined by Phoebe) and thus were simply meant to be and it occurred to me that Ross is in fact ''allergic'' to lobster. So yes, Rachel is his lobster and he is therefore allergic to her and that is why the relationship keeps failing. - Pingvin.
** He's also Jewish, which means no shellfish.
*** Except that the "She's his lobster" stuff refers to being his mate, not his dinner.
**** Not Sure If Serious dot jpg
** Methinks this belongs in the WMG section.
* In the pilot episode of ''{{Friends}}'', episode, Rachel resolves to change her shallow lifestyle funded by her father's money. The next time we see her, she's just gone on a huge shopping spree, laughing at the idea of getting a job, telling the others that she is qualified for nothing and how she was laughed out of several interviews and showing off her "I don't need a job, I have my new boots" boots. A casual viewing makes her just seem to be flighty and irreverent. Then you realize that she has an undertone of self-loathing, and she is actually trying to cope with the realization that she is entirely unequipped to live in the real world.



* Yet another ''{{Friends}}'' instance. In one episode, Joey refers to something as "a moo point", explaining that said issue "is like a cow's opinion: it's meaningless... it's 'moo'." This may just seem like another moment of Joey's stupidity and him mis-hearing the word "moot" at some point in his past (and on the surface, it most likely is). However, in Zen Buddhism, ''mu'' is used to refer to meaninglessness. - Tropers/RichardX1

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* Yet another ''{{Friends}}'' instance. In one episode, Joey refers to something as "a moo point", explaining that said issue "is like a cow's opinion: it's meaningless... it's 'moo'." This may just seem like another moment of Joey's stupidity and him mis-hearing the word "moot" at some point in his past (and on the surface, it most likely is). However, in Zen Buddhism, ''mu'' is used to refer to meaninglessness. - Tropers/RichardX1



* In the ''The One with the Dozen Lasagnas'', after Rachel dumps Pablo; she says that she gives up on men. Ross then panics, since he probably didn't want to lose another person he loves; the same way he lost Carol.
28th Dec '15 11:26:30 AM DrOO7
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* Monica's obsession with marriage/weddings/babies seems excessive until you realize they are exactly the things her ''mother'' values and nags her about. It's also evidenced by Ross's obsession with getting remarried: marriage is very important in the Geller family. Monica wanted those things not just for herself but to finally gain Judy's approval. Turns into a CMOH/CMOA for Monica when you realize the concessions she makes (choosing a man her parents initially disapproved of, having a less fancy wedding, adopting rather than giving Judy biological grandchildren) were her breaking free of her mother's put downs and finding love and value in Chandler instead.

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* Monica's obsession with marriage/weddings/babies seems excessive until you realize they are exactly the things her ''mother'' values and nags her about. It's also evidenced by Ross's obsession with getting remarried: remarried and staying so: marriage is very important in the Geller family. Monica wanted those things not just for herself but to finally gain Judy's approval. Turns into a CMOH/CMOA for Monica when you realize the concessions she makes (choosing a man her parents initially disapproved of, having a less fancy wedding, adopting rather than giving Judy biological grandchildren) were her breaking free of her mother's put downs and finding love and value in Chandler instead.




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* In "The One Where Everyone Finds Out", note gang's reaction when they spot naked Ross in Ugly Naked Guy's apartment. Rachel reacts just a little earlier than everyone else, which makes sense--as his ex-girlfriend, she's seen him naked far more than any of the rest of them. Meanwhile, Monica freaks out and turns away to hide her face against Chandler's shoulder, which also makes sense--as his sister, she definitely wouldn't want to see him like that.
22nd Dec '15 5:29:43 AM Awomanawoman
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** Furthermore, Phoebe recounts how she cried for days after seeing ''Bambi'', which see saw mere days before her mother's suicide, indicating her mother was probably past caring what kind of movies her kids watched, and a distinct possibility that some well-meaning friend or neighbor overlooked all of this when offering to take Phoebe and Ursula to a nice Disney movie.
26th Aug '15 3:02:49 PM robodirect
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* It's reasonable to assume Joey picked up his knowledge of radiators from his father, who's a plumber.
25th Jul '15 6:05:07 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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* How Chandler gets rid of his new roommate Eddie. Joey and him leave all his stuff downstairs and when Eddie comes to the door, they pretend that they have never met him before. Yes, Eddie may have been a bit strange, accusing Chandler of sleeping with his ex-girlfriend after just meeting her, and keeping a goldfish cracker in a fishbowl, but the guys basically [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslighted]] a mentally ill man and left him homeless.
17th Jun '15 7:14:14 PM ChrisDen
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* Monica's obsession with marriage/weddings/babies seems excessive until you realize they are exactly the things her ''mother'' values and nags her about. It's also evidenced by Ross's obsession with getting remarried: marriage is very important in the Geller family. Monica wanted those things not just for herself but to finally gain Judy's approval. Turns into a CMOH/CMOA for Monica when you realize the concessions she makes (choosing a man her parents intially disapproved of, having a less fancy wedding, adopting rather than giving Judy biological grandchildren) were her breaking free of her mother's put downs and finding love and value in Chandler instead.

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* Monica's obsession with marriage/weddings/babies seems excessive until you realize they are exactly the things her ''mother'' values and nags her about. It's also evidenced by Ross's obsession with getting remarried: marriage is very important in the Geller family. Monica wanted those things not just for herself but to finally gain Judy's approval. Turns into a CMOH/CMOA for Monica when you realize the concessions she makes (choosing a man her parents intially initially disapproved of, having a less fancy wedding, adopting rather than giving Judy biological grandchildren) were her breaking free of her mother's put downs and finding love and value in Chandler instead.



** Adding to that, this troper found it odd that Ross and Rachel, who were both adored when they were growing up, failed to establish a steady romantic relationship but Monica and Chandler, who had a lot more emotional baggage, succeeded. Then I realized that was the point. Ross and Rachel were both extremely spoilt, Ross as the previously mentioned 'star child' and Rachel as her daddy's darling. Consequently they were both self-centred and egotistical which caused problems romantically. Monica and Chandler however grew up fighting for love: Monica suffering her mother's criticism's and Chandler being neglected during his parents divorce. So when they established a loving relationship it was extremely precious to them. They worked harder to hold onto it than Ross and Rachel who had always received support and attention.

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** Adding to that, this troper found it odd that Ross and Rachel, who were both adored when they were growing up, failed to establish a steady romantic relationship but Monica and Chandler, who had a lot more emotional baggage, succeeded. Then I realized that was the point. Ross and Rachel were both extremely spoilt, Ross as the previously mentioned 'star child' and Rachel as her daddy's darling. Consequently they were both self-centred self-centered and egotistical which caused problems romantically. Monica and Chandler however grew up fighting for love: Monica suffering her mother's criticism's and Chandler being neglected during his parents divorce. So when they established a loving relationship it was extremely precious to them. They worked harder to hold onto it than Ross and Rachel who had always received support and attention.



** They probably just didn't make the connection. What was going on in their heads was "I'm going to have sex with the person I love" , not " My sibling is right next door". similar to when Ross got with Charlie.The gang (minus Rachel and Joey) were listening through the walls , and Chandler ask Monica if she knows it's her brother and Monica responds with a digusted look on her face "Not until you just told me".

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** They probably just didn't make the connection. What was going on in their heads was "I'm going to have sex with the person I love" , love", not " My "My sibling is right next door". similar to when Ross got with Charlie. The gang (minus Rachel and Joey) were listening through the walls , walls, and Chandler ask Monica if she knows it's her brother and Monica responds with a digusted disgusted look on her face "Not until you just told me".



*** Although, as commented on in The Fridge Brilliance section, Monica seems to have got over pleasing her bitch of a mother by this point. She has a loving husband who she adores, a wonderfully happy marriage and they actively (and happily) decide to adopt babies rather than have her own via sperm donorship. Plus she's a very successful chef at a prestigious restaraunt and her relationship with her dad improves as he makes amends for how he treated her. At this point she's probably realized her mother's favoritism of thrice-divorced Ross and unable-to-commit, single mother Rachel, is meaningless and rather pathetic. In a way it's Judy who is the pitable character, as she can never see that both her 'miracle baby' and the 'daughter she never had' are a selfish, dysfunctional screw-ups for a long time, while her actual successful, happy child grows more distant from her.

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*** Although, as commented on in The Fridge Brilliance section, Monica seems to have got over pleasing her bitch of a mother by this point. She has a loving husband who she adores, a wonderfully happy marriage and they actively (and happily) decide to adopt babies rather than have her own via sperm donorship. Plus she's a very successful chef at a prestigious restaraunt restaurant and her relationship with her dad improves as he makes amends for how he treated her. At this point she's probably realized her mother's favoritism of thrice-divorced Ross and unable-to-commit, single mother Rachel, is meaningless and rather pathetic. In a way it's Judy who is the pitable pitiable character, as she can never see that both her 'miracle baby' and the 'daughter she never had' are a selfish, dysfunctional screw-ups for a long time, while her actual successful, happy child grows more distant from her.



*** A background of inapropriate behavior, fraternizing with her coworkers, mental instablity (the baby buying incident), company disloyalty, and Ross burned any remaining bridges she had left with the company through his manipulations to get her to stay.

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*** A background of inapropriate inappropriate behavior, fraternizing with her coworkers, mental instablity instability (the baby buying incident), company disloyalty, and Ross burned any remaining bridges she had left with the company through his manipulations to get her to stay.



*** Why's she out of a job? Isn't it just as likely that Ross goes to Paris with her? A troper on the headscratchers page says this is what the writers planned, but didn't have time to include. He's already grown into respecting her career when he stepped back from the attempt to make her stay by bribing Mr Zelner when he realised how important it was to her, it would have been a logical next step.

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*** Why's she out of a job? Isn't it just as likely that Ross goes to Paris with her? A troper on the headscratchers page says this is what the writers planned, but didn't have time to include. He's already grown into respecting her career when he stepped back from the attempt to make her stay by bribing Mr Zelner when he realised realized how important it was to her, it would have been a logical next step.



** Probably be [[TheyJustDidntCare he just didn't care]], or is a terrible co-worker. But he was "encouraged" to take a sabbatical after his outburst, not fired.

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** Probably be because [[TheyJustDidntCare he just didn't care]], or is a terrible co-worker. But he was "encouraged" to take a sabbatical after his outburst, not fired.
31st May '15 11:52:36 AM Gaz112
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* In The Final One when Monica & Chandler bring [[spoiler: the twins]] home, Rachel says "I'm sorry I wont be around to see you attempt to handle this", she's speaking for all of us in the audience.
15th May '15 10:57:17 AM Elvoalven
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** Still wouldn't explain why he'd take just a little than throw the rest of it away when Ross could've at least had most of it.

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** Still wouldn't explain why he'd take just a little than then throw the rest of it away when Ross could've at least had most of it.
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