Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe. For ten years they were the best friends that we had. Every Thursday we invited them into our homes. The show was both well acted and well written. My mom and I loved watching it. But it’s been off the air for eight years. Why am I blogging about it? Because……well…..I just want to!
There were many great story lines, like Phoebe finding her birth father and Chandler and Monica hiding their relationship. But, as strong as the show was, there were mistakes that were made. Did it ruin the show? Certainly not! But they are worth noting.
Do you remember the episode when Ben was born and Ross and Susan were in a broom closet (with Phoebe!) arguing? I felt like Ross said something important that the writers handled badly. Ross told Susan that he was upset because she was able to go home with the baby and be with him every day. Susan then whined about what she didn’t have. No fault to the actors, but I was disappointed that she didn’t back down and realize that although she wasn’t the baby’s biological parent, Ross ended up getting the short end of the stick. Such a shame.
I will say this much though, they handled Ross and Susan basically calling a truce at her wedding with Carol wonderfully. It was very sweet when Ross and Susan danced. They had finally made peace with each other. To the writers I say, well done!
Here’s the biggest mistake they made: the Joey and Rachel saga. My mom and I were not happy about that one. Although they didn’t jump the shark, we saw a fin. Joey and Rachel had never had any romantic interest in each other and then all of a sudden, feelings were there. I’ll admit that the thought popping into their heads was fine and believable, but Joey falling in love with her? That was a little much if you ask me.
Once again, the resolution was handled well. In a hilarious episode in season ten, whenever Joey and Rachel got intimate, it got awkward. Finally, they realized that there was too much of a friendship that had already been established and it was best to leave it at that. Once again, to the writers I say, well done!
The last episode, appropriately titled “The Last One,” was flawless. It answered all of our questions, put Ross and Rachel back together-for good, and had a touching scene at the very end where the camera panned out and showed the now empty apartment that had been a prominent feature throughout the series one last time. To the writers I say, well done!
I wish that they had explored God a little more. I’m not saying that the show suffered because of it, I’m just saying that it would have been nice. For instance, in one episode, Rachel passed Monica the Bible in their apartment. It would have been nice if they had opened it up at least once. Still, that’s not a complaint, just my opinion.
To everyone involved I say, well done and thanks for the memories!