- Marcos Gonzalez Diaz
- BBC News World
Few series can boast of aging as well as Friends. Or, at least, as far as your audience data is concerned.
Although this September 22 marks the 25th anniversary of its premiere, thousands and thousands of people around the world continue to watch the umpteenth reruns of one of the most famous series in television history with amusement.
Few do not know that Friends chronicles the adventures of a group of friends consisting of Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe Buffay ( Lisa Kudrow).
But perhaps only the most fanatical have noticed some errors or inconsistencies in your scripts and argument.
Make no mistake: many other series have this same type of failure, or even much more serious.
The downside for Friends is that its creators did not count on the series it was going to be repeated ad nauseam in the future, so these errors are much easier to detect for those who years later continue to devour the adventures of the group of thirty-year-old coffee addicts from Central Perk.
On the occasion of this 25th anniversary, at BBC Mundo we have made a list with five of the most striking … although surely you know others. Tell us in the comments of this post on our Facebook account.
Here is our selection of bugs:
1. Rachel’s long pregnancy
Science is not exact when it comes to pregnancies and they don’t always last for the familiar average of nine months.
Sometimes they last less, sometimes longer, but … As long as a year?
Perhaps scientists should study the case of Rachel, who took a whopping twelve months to give birth to his daughter Emma, the result of a sporadic encounter with Ross (in one of those moments when their relationship was not “on hiatus”).
Perhaps if you now see the repetition of the episodes in a row or in no particular order, it will be difficult for you to discover this failure, but in its original broadcast it left no room for doubt.
Rachel discovered her pregnancy after taking a test at Monica and Chandler’s wedding that took place at the end of the seventh season in May.
However, the episode in which Rachel spent hours in the hospital until giving birth was not broadcast. until May of the following year, at the end of the eighth batch of chapters.
Apparently, no one noticed this dance of dates and, to our knowledge, it occurred to no doctor that it was a good idea to induce labor to avoid greater evils.
2. His dubious dates of birth
Rachel should not only be studied by doctors, but perhaps the astrologers’ guild could also find in her a unique case in the world.
It turns out that in one episode, Rachel tells Gunther (the understated hair-colored Central Perk bartender that, oh surprise, he’s also secretly in love with her) that her birthday is on. May 5th.
However, in the chapter in which a police officer stops the car that she drives with a suffering Ross as co-pilot, the agent asks Rachel for her identification and mentions, smiling when seeing her date of birth, that it is Aquarius.
Definitely, something does not add up considering that those who belong to this sign of the zodiac are those born between January 20 and February 18.
So one of two: either Rachel lied to Gunther to prevent him from surprising her on her actual birthday, or the cop isn’t very horoscope-savvy and used any strategy to respond to the flirtation Rachel wanted (and succeeded in) with. ) avoid a fine.
She is not the only one with trouble remembering her date of birth. In different episodes, Ross mentions that his birthday is in October and December. Although the worst thing is that, for several seasons, He always claimed to be 29 years old.
Another case study for science?
3. When Rachel and Chandler met (on multiple occasions)
How could it be otherwise, the group of friends had their first meeting in the series in Central Perk, the cafeteria where they spent more time than in their own homes or workplaces.
In that first chapter, Rachel arrived at the venue dressed as a bride after running out of her wedding and was reunited with Monica, her old friend from adolescence.
When introducing her to the rest of her friends, Rachel only knew Ross, Monica’s brother who was always secretly in love with her.
The funny thing is that, throughout the series, it is discovered that Rachel and Chandler are actually they already knew each other prior to that meeting.
This is discovered thanks to the numerous “flashbacks” of the series, in which we see how years ago they coincided at several Thanksgiving dinners at the house of their friends Monica and Ross and also at a party in which, in fact, Rachel and Chandler end up kissing.
But it was not the only “first meeting” for them: in an episode of the third season in which they remember what their lives were like three years ago, the two meet at the bar before it was converted into Central Perk.
She, who has doubts about marrying or not, says that she plans to have an affair with the first one that crosses her. And there, obviously, Chandler appeared ready to sacrifice himself … for that complete stranger.
4. Phoebe’s brother who had already appeared on the series
Another case of characters who saw each other and did not seem to recognize each other is starring Phoebe and Frank. Although in this case it is perhaps even more serious, taking into account that they are brothers.
In the season two episode in which Phoebe first sang her great and misunderstood hit Smelly Cat (“Stinky cat”), a young man leaves the masseuse a condom as a tip while she performs in the street.
A year later, Phoebe meets her half brother through her father, an eccentric young man who likes to “burn things” and who would end up having the triplets sired by him and his wife.
Yes, her brother turned out to be the same young man from the condom scene. But of course there was never mention in the series that the two characters had crossed paths before. “
Did they just not recognize each other, or was it a script failure to have the same actor?
The explanation behind this apparent error is simple. Those responsible for the series first hired the actor Giovanni Ribisi as an extra. But they liked it so much his first performance who decided to offer him later a recurring character as Phoebe’s brother.
5. Changing apartment numbers
It’s easy for any fan to recognize the purple-walled apartment that Rachel and Monica shared, for the first few seasons, right across from Chandler and Joey’s.
Later they would exchange them when they lost in the “lightning round” of the quiz contest against the boys to see which group knew the other best. And when Chandler went to live with Monica, Rachel had no choice but to move into Joey’s … but these are other stories.
As we say, recognizing the interior of both apartments is simple, but it might not be so easy for you to identify them if you had to look for them through their doors, climbing the stairs of the building.
Did you ever notice that the protagonists lived in apartments 4 and 5 at the beginning of the series and after … were they changed to 19 and 20?
It does not seem to make much sense considering that the houses were still the same, but the creators recognized that the change in numbers was due to an argumentative necessity.
The logic indicates that apartments 4 and 5 would probably be on the ground floor of the building, so this would have prevented the protagonists from having scenes on the terrace of Rachel and Monica’s house like those in which they spy on their neighbor, the mysterious “naked ugly man”.
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