Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
 

DS Forums

 
 
 

Friends Gripes


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 26-06-2013, 19:04
SgtRock
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Essex
Posts: 2,766
I watched The One with the Apothecary Table today and i didn't believe that Pheobe actually liked her things to be "one of a kind" to me it seemed so forced and out of character.

She's never mentioned this in the past and i still find this storyline the oddest one out of all of Pheobe's storyline's.
I watched that episode two days ago - I think the whole episode is just an excuse to mention Pottery Barn as much as possible, and any plot device pulled out of thin air will do! One of my least favourite episodes - so much shouting in it - but at least it gets Janine out of the way.
SgtRock is offline   Reply With Quote
Please sign in or register to remove this advertisement.
Old 26-06-2013, 21:16
EESuperFan
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,287
The one with the male nanny really annoyed me too. Not only did it expose Ross' judgemental side, especially when he asked him if he was gay or at least bi, but how petulant he could be sometimes, especially during the puppet show when he stormed off.

Ross really never became likable again after the 'MY SANDWICH!!?!?!' debacle.

Also, the entire storyline about Ross speaking in a posh british accent to impress his students was just ridiculous.

"Monica Gellaaaarrrrrr" was amusing though.
I feel the opposite. I never really liked Ross until around season 5 onwards. I think Ross had a lot of hilarious moments in the later seasons.
EESuperFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2013, 22:17
Squealer_Mahony
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 5,743
I think I prefer crazy messed up Ross to whiny jealous Ross.
I didn't like the way they kept focussing on his three weddings/marraiges though like the one with Rachel counted.
Like when they were moaning about not getting engagement presents - they weren't engaged!
Or when he was going on about how great proposing was - he only did it twice with a long gap in between.
Or when he said about how much he loved being married , he only had one marraige really his marraige to Emily was actually over before to began!

I didn't like the storyline of Ross and Rachel getting married it served no purpose really apart from a few "Dur Ross Three Divorces Dur".
Squealer_Mahony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2013, 22:40
Pete Callan
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 21,089
Never quite knew how old they all were. Ross and Chandler, and Monica and Rachel were always the same as each other (despite changing from year-to-year) and Joey's age changed frequently. I think the only constant was that Phoebe was the eldest.
Pete Callan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2013, 02:29
SuperAPJ
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,257
[Ross] was going on about how great proposing was - he only did it twice.
Going slightly off-topic onto something I've probably said before, does anyone else here remember reading spoilers for the final series which said that Ross would propose to Rachel at the end? It doesn't appear to have been widely discussed because I remember the line that Rachel was supposed to respond with, "I'll be better than your third wife", but googling that only brings up a few speculative results. The spoilers all turned out to be true apart from that one part, so I wonder whether it was just made up or cut for some reason. Either way, I was sat expecting that moment and its absence contributed to what I thought was a weak ending!
SuperAPJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2013, 14:25
Squealer_Mahony
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 5,743
I can't remember that to be honest but I was good and didnt read spoilers back then maybe thats why.

Few more Ross related gripes well not really gripes ... gripettes if you will:
When Ross's mam gives him the ring to give to Rachel theres no mention of the fact that he once had it to give to Emily. It wasn't like Judy not to get a dig in about that.

The storyline with Ross and Mona and the holiday card was out of character for Ross. Giving her the key then changing the lock was like something Chandler would've done with Janice!
Maybe it was meant to be a case of Ross having learned from past mistakes of rushing in too fast and
not knowing how to deal with going slow.
Squealer_Mahony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2013, 15:19
decobelle
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,614
I can't remember that to be honest but I was good and didnt read spoilers back then maybe thats why.

Few more Ross related gripes well not really gripes ... gripettes if you will:
When Ross's mam gives him the ring to give to Rachel theres no mention of the fact that he once had it to give to Emily. It wasn't like Judy not to get a dig in about that.

The storyline with Ross and Mona and the holiday card was out of character for Ross. Giving her the key then changing the lock was like something Chandler would've done with Janice!
Maybe it was meant to be a case of Ross having learned from past mistakes of rushing in too fast and
not knowing how to deal with going slow.
I always just got the feeling that he wasn't that into Mona - he was always lying to her, forgetting to meet her, etc. I think the point was that he was very distracted by Rachel and his subconscious desire to be with her
decobelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2013, 17:42
Squealer_Mahony
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 5,743
Good point
Ross always had form for ditching perfectly nice girls just for a whiff of Rachel!
Squealer_Mahony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-06-2013, 17:23
storm818
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 640
Just watched one of the repeats on Comedy Central & found a great one..

In the one with Frank Jr, Ross makes a list of 5 female celebrities he would sleep with. He prints of the list, laminates it and then holds it up in front of the gang. If you pause it you can actually read the list, it reads:

1. Uma Thurman
2. Isabella Rossellini
3. Elizabeth Hurley
4. Vanessa Williams
5. Dorothy Hemill

Rachel then takes the list and reads it out to everyone, however when she reads it the list is as follows:

1. Uma Thurman
2. Winona Ryder
3. Elizabeth Hurley
4. Michelle Pfeiffer
5. Dorothy Hemmill

Strangeeeee!!!
storm818 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-06-2013, 18:32
Squealer_Mahony
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 5,743
So she was on his list all along!!!
Squealer_Mahony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-06-2013, 20:25
dyer24
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 102
Don't think this has been mentioned.

In the final series during Emma's birthday episode, Judy Geller mentions that her mother died very young, but we saw her mother die 'twice' in the first season. She can't have been any younger than 70
dyer24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2013, 20:56
Squealer_Mahony
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 5,743
Oooh nice one
Squealer_Mahony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2013, 21:57
loveloveX
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 3,673
Not a gripe but I have to share this very unpopular opinion but I detested chandler, found him ridiculously unfunny and I blame matthew perry for it. He was basically playing himself, he over acted constantly, showing off the entire time, and some of his scenes were embarrassing to watch.

I'm preparing myself to get murdered now.
loveloveX is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2013, 23:28
storm818
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 640
Not a gripe but I have to share this very unpopular opinion but I detested chandler, found him ridiculously unfunny and I blame matthew perry for it. He was basically playing himself, he over acted constantly, showing off the entire time, and some of his scenes were embarrassing to watch.

I'm preparing myself to get murdered now.
Until he got with Monica, he was the funniest character on the show.
storm818 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 01:52
Pointy
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,137
Until he got with Monica, he was the funniest character on the show.
I loved the Chandler/Monica pairing, so much more believable than Rache/Ross.
Pointy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 09:07
Squealer_Mahony
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 5,743
Not a gripe but I have to share this very unpopular opinion but I detested chandler, found him ridiculously unfunny and I blame matthew perry for it. He was basically playing himself, he over acted constantly, showing off the entire time, and some of his scenes were embarrassing to watch.

I'm preparing myself to get murdered now.
Chandler was my favourite but there were some very weak moments, esp after he got with Monica, so I can see how people might not like him.
Squealer_Mahony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2013, 21:42
Paul Wilson
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 2,408
Not a gripe but I have to share this very unpopular opinion but I detested chandler, found him ridiculously unfunny and I blame matthew perry for it. He was basically playing himself, he over acted constantly, showing off the entire time, and some of his scenes were embarrassing to watch.

I'm preparing myself to get murdered now.
I kind of agree. Having seen him in The West Wing, it's a bit of a shock to see how good Mathew Perry can be, when he's not painfully mugging for a studio audience. Every time you see Chandler running from something - every single time - he has this strange, annoying, look at me expression on his face.
Paul Wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-07-2013, 18:31
sorcha_healy27
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 19,489
I agree that this is the biggest inconsistency

Pilot episode - Monica introduces Rachel to everyone.
TOW Rachel finds out - Chandler references Ross falling in love with Carol at college (the assumption that Rachel, Ross, Carol, Chandler and Monica were at college together)
TOW The Flashback - Rachel comes to NY with her bridesmaids and she meets and fantasizes about making out with Chandler.
TOW The Thanksgiving Flashbacks - he meets Rachel (and her big nose) for the first time.

that last one also contradicts Chandler's surprise at Rachel's old nose in TWO The Prom Video

Granted I'm being a bit sad pointing this out, but it is the most glaring of the Friends continuity issues

In fairness rachel only met chandler once or twice through ross so the introduction by Monica in the pilot was years later
sorcha_healy27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2013, 03:23
SuperAPJ
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,257
^ I don't think what was shown in the Pilot matters. The Pilot is not necessarily a series' first episode. It's just to gauge a reaction to the show before further episodes are filmed, so there can be many changes afterwards.

I'm glad that I have a better understanding of what a Pilot episode is these days. I always used to presume that it was just what the first episode of a show was called, for some reason!

Having said all that, I don't think I realised that was a Pilot episode of Friends!

Anyway...
SuperAPJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2013, 02:11
pinkpowerranger
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 816
Just watching the one where Phoebe gives birth to the triplets and I hate the rubbish with the Fonzie obsessed Doctor, it's not just stupid but really, really stupid it's just the way he comes in say some pregnancy related stuff then says "also I love Fonzie" at the end. If it had been more subtle with things like "as Fonzie would say..." or some Fonzie anecdotes it wouldn't be so bad.
pinkpowerranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2013, 02:49
Joe_Zel
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 12,633
^ I don't think what was shown in the Pilot matters. The Pilot is not necessarily a series' first episode. It's just to gauge a reaction to the show before further episodes are filmed, so there can be many changes afterwards.

I'm glad that I have a better understanding of what a Pilot episode is these days. I always used to presume that it was just what the first episode of a show was called, for some reason!

Having said all that, I don't think I realised that was a Pilot episode of Friends!

Anyway...
But technically when a pilot is broadcast as the first episode it then becomes the show's first episode. Granted, there will still be many changes, but once it's aired then it's out there.

A pilot is shown to test audiences before the show is even greenlit so the true "pilot" can be altered to shape a first episode before it's even broadcast.
Joe_Zel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2013, 06:43
Gulftastic
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: In the southstand
Posts: 60,507
Just watching the one where Phoebe gives birth to the triplets and I hate the rubbish with the Fonzie obsessed Doctor, it's not just stupid but really, really stupid it's just the way he comes in say some pregnancy related stuff then says "also I love Fonzie" at the end. If it had been more subtle with things like "as Fonzie would say..." or some Fonzie anecdotes it wouldn't be so bad.
Oh, me too. Why on earth would the Doctor announce his love of Fonzie? It has no bearing on the birth whatsoever.

I agree with what you say about the writing. If they wanted a Fonzie obsessed character they should have written it better.
Gulftastic is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2013, 10:10
daveskey69
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 348
My gripe with friends was always how mean Rachel was to Ross. Maybe not intentionally mean, but she screwed with his life A LOT. I have to admit to being firmly on Ross's side about being "on a break". lol Or at least to a degree. He did a messed up thing, but her labelling him as a "cheater" wasn't accurate. Did she really think he was some kind of playboy who would mess her about if they got back together? I can totally understand her being upset with him about it, but all the rest was dramatics on her part, imo.
And then she went on a date with Mark...kinda proving Ross's theory that the guy liked Rachel all along.
Then she lumped him with Emily so she could date...I wanna say Joshua? And when they hit it off, got all jealous and went to stop the wedding...which, to her credit, she didn't! But STAYED at the reception to make things all about her.
She always tried to make out she didn't really ever want Ross, but Monica and Chandler's engagement, when they conceived Emma, and when her dad was poorly in hospital are ALL examples of HER coming onto HIM.
Gave some random guy from a bar the number to HIS apartment, right after they had Emma.

...now I'm feeling sad for myself that I know all of these things and harbour all these feelings about them. I need a cup of tea! :P
daveskey69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2013, 10:18
Gulftastic
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: In the southstand
Posts: 60,507
It didn't matter if Mark fancied Rachel. Ross should have trusted her enough not to sleep with a guy just because that guy is attracted to her.

Ross was jealous, controlling prick who got what he deserved.
Gulftastic is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 24-07-2013, 10:34
daveskey69
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 348
It didn't matter if Mark fancied Rachel. Ross should have trusted her enough not to sleep with a guy just because that guy is attracted to her.

Ross was jealous, controlling prick who got what he deserved.
Of course it didn't matter, though I'd argue the controlling prick part; it was just him being jealous. BUT I'm not sure he ever accused her of wanting to SLEEP with Mark... I'd say it was more a combination of her being at work so much and therefore having more time with Mark. He was missing her, wanting to see her, and projected all those jealous feelings at Mark.
daveskey69 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 16:09.