Oh. My. GOD! It seems Ross and Rachel’s Friends love story was supposed to look very different…
The first episode may have aired on our small screens back in 1994, but we still love Friends all these years later.
As the show continues to stream on Netflix, we’ve found ourselves being captivated by the cast, relatable storylines and Central Perk café all over again (well, most of us have: others have been busy pointing out all the ways the Nineties show doesn’t stand up in 2018). And, while we may be quote-perfect on every episode, we have realised that we don’t know everything about the TV show – which is why we have been eating up any and all details about it, including the real reason behind the purple walls in Monica Geller’s apartment.
There are some things we still cannot answer about Friends, though – particularly this question: were Ross and Rachel on a break?
Since that scene hit our TV screens (and broke our hearts) we’ve discussed it at dinner parties, argued about it over cocktails and watched the episode several times over.
Now, Friends executive producer and director Kevin S. Bright has revealed that the scene wasn’t actually even meant to happen. Which means that, yes, Ross Gellar (David Schwimmer) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) could’ve been spared all that drama and heartache… and us, too.
“I would say initially when [Ross and Rachel] was planned it wasn’t planned that way, that came a little bit later,” Bright told the Metro. “It allowed us to have fun with the show and give people something to root for.
“We were well aware the audience wanted to keep them together but everything that was keeping them apart – we realised when we got them together when the first kiss happened we go, ‘Wow, the air has kind of gone out of the balloon.’ There wasn’t that sexual tension anymore.”
To keep us tenterhooks, writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane created the ‘will they or won’t they break up’ storyline.
“I thought what Marta and David did, which was such a brilliant and brave move with their relationship, as soon as everyone got their wish the wish was taken away”, Bright added. “It made it so much better when they did get together.”
Friends just wouldn’t have been the same without their love story… or would it? After all, there are many out there who think that Ross was emotionally abusive and a rubbish boyfriend: indeed, these people believe that Rachel should have actually wound up with Joey (Matt Le Blanc) come the season finale, arguing that this was the feminist love story that fans deserved.
Then again, there is still the possibility that everything that happened in Friends was all the wild imaginings of a drug-addled Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
Still hungry for more Friends facts? You can read more about the mistakes fans have picked up on over the years here.