The one where I talk about ‘Friends’


Friends debuted my freshman year of college. Naturally I was obsessed with the show as a whole, but found particular affection with Chandler Bing’s sarcasm and Phoebe’s quirkiness.

Back in the olden days kids, we had to actually plan our Thursday night sitcom watching around a phenomenon called “Must See TV.” Friends was an excuse to gather a bunch of girls together and root endlessly for Ross and Rachel to figure out if they were on a break or not. We laughed. We cried. We looked forward to the infamous Thanksgiving episodes. And we had to wait to go to the bathroom during commercial breaks.

Sidebar: Commercials are what you fast forward through on your DVR so you can get back to watching Hart of Dixie. They are also the annoying 60-second videos that pop up trying to sell you cars and toothpaste when you’re watching something you forgot to DVR on HULU.

This week marks 10 years since the series finale and although that makes me feel extremely mature for my age, I can’t help but smile at how this show about three guys and three girls has morphed itself into my daily vernacular. At any given moment you will probably hear me recite one or more of the following Friend-isms:

2. 15 Yemen Road. Yemen.
4. I’m not good with advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?
5. They don’t know we know they know we know.
6. I KNOW!
7. You could drink the fat.
8. How you doin?
9. Regina Philange (when at Starbucks)
10. Unagi

11. Ashley K. – I wish I could but I don’t want to.
12. Ann – You could not be more wrong. You could try…but you would not be successful.
13. Tobi – It’s a moo point. It’s like a cow’s opinion. It doesn’t matter. It’s moo.
14. Jen the Newlywed – “Je m’appele Claude.” “Wee too plee, blue.”
15. Jen – What’s not to like? Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Meat? GOOD.
16. Amy A. – Oh. My. Gawd. (In New Jersey accent)
17. Allison – It’s an electric drill. You “get” me, you KILL me.
18. Linsey – (Phoebe at breakfast in Las Vegas): I’m drunk.
19. Ashley V – That’s how they do pants!
21. Hilary and Faith (via Facebook) – Y-O-U apostrophe R-E spells you are. Y-O-U-R spells your!
22. Aneesa and Kristin (via Facebook) – You had rambled on for 18 pages. FRONT AND BACK.
23. Stephanie (via Facebook) – paste pants
24. Scott (via Facebook) – I WANT TO QUIT THE GYM.
25. Myka (via Facebook) – WE WERE ON A BREAK!
26. Donna – Get off my sister!
27. jL – Joey: Check it! We’re bracelet buddies! Chandler: That’s what they’ll call us.
28. Rachel – Princess Consuela banana hammock and crap bag
29. Leslie – But I’m next in line!
30. LegallyBlondeMommy – If I had to, I’d pee on any one of you.
31. Sarah – And now I have to live with a booooyyyyyyyy!
32. Kristin – It tastes like feet.
33. Anita and Julie – SEVEN! SEVEN! SEVEN! SEVEN-SEVEN-SEVEN… *silently* seven.
34. Claire – It doesn’t happen to every guy and it IS a big deal!
35. Kandi – Ness-lay Toll-ouse
36. Sherrine – Why is in inside out? (IT’S NOT A CAT!)
37. Kelli – (Chandler) It’s a buffet man. (Joey) Awww here’s where I win all my money back!
38. Elizabeth – Ah, just cut me a little sliver (of the pie). A little bigger. Little bigger. What?! Are you afraid you’re gonna run out?! Cut me a real piece!
39. Pam – Gum would be perfection.
40. Lorraine – He said he’s trapped in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre!
41. Emmarie – You’re so far past the line…the line is a dot to you.
42. Spencer – Yes, this is the groom. What? This is not the groom, this is not the groom!
43. Jackie – When Brad Pitt was a guest star and Phoebe says “Oh take off your shirt and tell us!”
44. Leslie – I’m not freaked out. I’m indignant…as a consumer!
45. Maidie (via Facebook) – I’mmmm breezy!
46. Jennifer (via Facebook) – Rachel: Guys! Guess what, guess what, guess what, guess what!
Chandler: Um, ok, the…fifth dentist caved and now they’re all recommending Trident?
47. Lisa (via Facebook) – I shared my pudding with you man!
48. Dee – Smelly cat
49. Kelly – Tartlets, tartlets, tartlets
50. mrsb – Monica: The camera adds 10 pounds. Chandler: How many cameras are on you?
51. Jennifer H. – Let me explain to you how the human body works.

And even though it is impossible to narrow down my favorite moments from one of my favorite shows, here are five clips from Friends that warm my soul:

He’s her lobster

My eyes! MY EYES!

Ahhh. Salmon skin roll

I’m Chandler. Could I BE wearing any more clothes?

The routine


Sometimes at night I can still hear the screaming.

As the Rembrandts sang each week, Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Joey, Monica and Phoebe were always there for me. And they always will be. Because I own the box set.

Feel free to share your favorite one liners in the comment section! I’ll be updating the post for the next 48 hours!

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Ashley K
Ashley K
May 8, 2014 12:56 pm

My favorite, and the one I use the most in daily life, is when Phoebe says with sincerity, “I wish I could but I don’t want to”

May 8, 2014 1:01 pm

1. It’s a moo point. It’s like a cow’s opinion; it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.

2. You could not be more wrong. You could try… but you would not be successful.

3. Isn’t that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic.

May 8, 2014 1:05 pm

Love this post! A few of my favorites: It’s a moo point. It’s like a cow’s opinion; it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.; Paste pants and Princess Consuela Banana Hammock

Jen the Newlywed
May 8, 2014 1:09 pm

“Je m’appelle, Claude”

“Wee too plee, blue.”

May 8, 2014 1:12 pm

Ross: It tastes like feet!
Joey: Well, I like it.
Ross: Are you kidding?
Joey: I mean, what’s not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!

May 8, 2014 1:26 pm

Every time I hear the country song Drink to That All Night, I hear Drink the Fat All Night and I instantly think of Friends!

Best show ever in the history of time!

Amy K
Amy K
May 8, 2014 1:32 pm

don’t kill me — but I don’t know the ” THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION.” reference — can you send me a video?!

Also, the first Friends episode I ever saw was when Joey bought one encyclopedia — just one b/c it was too expensive to buy all 26! And then provided plenty of information about anything starting with a “V”!

Also made my coworkers watch a few of these clips during lunch = hilarious!!

May 8, 2014 1:44 pm

Oh. My. God! (if I were ever to say that line, I’d have to do so using a jersey accent!)

That and “the letter”. And Monica’s jellyfish sting. And smelly cat.

May 8, 2014 2:02 pm

My favorite episode is The One with Frank Jr. Where Joey builds the entertainment unit.

Joey: “OH. Did I get you?”
Chandler: “it’s an electric drill. you GET me, you KILL me!”

So many good one liners in that show =) “MY FAJITAS!!”

May 8, 2014 2:06 pm

Phoebe in Vegas at breakfast: “I’m so drunk!”

Ashley v
Ashley v
May 8, 2014 2:16 pm

This is one of those times when I should easily have an answer but my mind is almost blank! However, I do like, “that’s how they do pants!”

Ashley v
Ashley v
May 8, 2014 2:18 pm

Oh yeah, and when Ross says, “fine by me!!” To Rachel.

May 8, 2014 2:27 pm

Frank Jr. upon learning Phoebe is pregnant, “My sister’s having my baby!!!!”

May 8, 2014 2:32 pm

“It was 18 pages, FRONT AND BACK”

My favorite all time episode is the Cheesecake episode and when Joey sees Rachel and Chandler eating cheesecake off the floor and pulls out a fork “Alright, what are we havin’?”

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