The writers only established that Monica talked about seven zones; they did not establish any information about what those zones were. Even in planning this storyline, we can't be sure the writers bothered decide what the 7 zones were.
The current administrative division of Milan, Italy comprises nine zones (zone di decentramento, "decentralization zones") numbered from 1 to 9. The organization was established in 1997 and implemented in 1999; prior to that the city was divided in 20 administrative zones.
Each zone has a local government called "Consiglio di Zona" ("zone council"). The council has 41 members for zones exceeding 100,000 inhabitants, and 31 members for smaller zones (no zones currently fall in this category). Each council elects its own president.
While the 1997 plan was intended to ascribe several rights and functions to zone councils, this has been largely unattended, so that zone councils have, in practice, little power and few duties. Some of the actual functions of zone councils are:
Every council has to elect a President; since 2011, presidents are:
With the exception of Zona 1, which corresponds to the historical centre of the city (defined as the part of the city that used to be surrounded by the old Spanish walls, now mostly demolished), zones are organized in a sunburst pattern, and numbered from the north-east zone clockwise (see picture above). While zones are mostly referred to by number, each zone also has an official name, usually a list of its main districts or areas.
Current zones are described in the table below, along with their names, area and population (as of December 2006), as well as a list of the main districts comprising each zone. Note that districts (quartieri) are informal (they are not administrative divisions).
Monica E. Geller-Bing is a fictional character in the American sitcom Friends, portrayed by Courteney Cox. Monica is known as the "Mother Hen" of the group and her Greenwich Village apartment is one of the group's main gathering places. She is also known for her obsessive personality and competitive nature.
Monica is the younger sister of Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), was best friends with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) and married Ross's college roommate, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry). Raised on Long Island, she was obese in high school, weighing 255 pounds. Monica met Ross's friend, Chandler, when he and Ross were in college. After hearing Chandler call her fat, Monica lost weight and, in a flashback episode, tried to get revenge by seducing him but accidentally cut off his toe. It was Chandler's suggestion that she become a chef. Monica and Chandler got together in London at the end of season 4 and married at the end of season 7. They adopted two children, twins named Jack and Erica, in the series finale.
Monica initially shared her New York City apartment with Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), who had moved out over worries that their friendship would suffer due to Monica's obsessive tidiness. In the pilot episode, Rachel left her fiancé, Dr. Barry Farber (Mitchell Whitfield), at the altar and moved in with Monica. Monica met Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) when he moved in with Chandler, who lived across the hall from Monica. It is revealed that upon first meeting, Monica had a crush on Joey.
Monica and Ross are usually quite affectionate, although there is a lot of sibling rivalry. In many episodes, Ross and Monica used an odd childhood gesture - knocking their fists together with their thumbs pointing outward (as an alternative to "the finger"). Monica and Ross are particularly competitive around their parents, Jack (Elliott Gould) and Judy (Christina Pickles), as Monica feels her parents favour Ross.
Like Ross, Monica is part Jewish. Ross introduces Ben to Hanukkah and talks about getting Monica a Hanukkah present several times. Monica also mentions her Bat Mitzvah. Chandler also reminds her of this when Erica (Anna Faris), the twins' birth mother, mistakenly thinks she's a reverend. The Geller family also celebrates Christmas.
Monica's main catch is "I KNOW!" and "NoooOOO!"
"Neat Freak" Monica is comically obsessive about her apartment and loves cleaning (describing the dry cleaner as her Disneyland). This personality trait becomes exaggerated as the series progresses. Example of her maniac cleanliness are labelling cups, having sorted towels into eleven different catogories (four mentioned being "everyday use", "fancy", "guest", and "fancy guest"), and describing her new workplace as being "not just Health Department clean, but Monica clean." She is also extremely territorial when it comes to cleaning, as shown when Chandler announced he'd hired a maid, and Monica snapped that she hoped he meant "mistress."
Monica is highly competitive, allegedly throwing a plate in a fit of rage during a game of Pictionary. Also, during a game of Mad Libs, Monica dismissed Phoebe's repetitive answers, claiming "rules help control the fun!", causing everyone else to leave.
Monica also demonstrates athletic prowess, which, coupled with her competitive streak, makes her formidable, especially in foosball. During the group's trip to Barbados, Monica became obsessed with beating Phoebe's boyfriend, Mike, at table tennis, and the two became engaged in a marathon match, lasting hours. Monica eventually won. Moreover, she won an arm wrestle contest against Chandler and, in their youth, Monica broke Ross's nose when a game of touch football turned ugly in an attempt to win the "Geller Cup." The cup was thrown into a nearby lake. What Ross didn't know was that Monica jumped into the lake to retrieve it.
Monica is repeatedly depicted as wanting to be in a relationship and have children. Before and after her relationship with Richard, she worries about not having a boyfriend. Beginning as early as the first season, Monica expressed a strong desire to have children. Of the three girls, Monica is the most reserved sexually. Although not sexually conservative, she seeks out serious relationships due to her desire to start a family as soon as possible. Most of her casual sexual endeavors happened before the start of the show, and are mentioned humorously (much to Ross' dismay).
Early in the series, Monica falls in love with Richard and would likely have married him had it not been for his refusal to have children, for which Monica breaks up with him. After Richard, Monica seriously considers becoming a single mother through artificial insemination but abandons this plan after she realizes that she wants a family and not just a baby. After sleeping together in London, Monica and Chandler fall in love and decide to get married (season 7). Shortly before Chandler's proposal, Richard returns and offers to marry and have children with her, asking her to leave Chandler for him. Although she considers the offer heavily (some of her confusion due to Chandler's feigned disinterest in getting married), she ultimately decides to propose to Chandler, as her and Richard's relationship was set off due to poor timing. After marrying Chandler she fails to get pregnant and a doctor confirms that they won't be able to have children naturally. The couple explore adoption and are chosen by a pregnant teenager named Erica. She initially chooses them, thinking Chandler is a doctor and Monica is a reverend (she gets the files mixed up). After a long conversation, Chandler convinces Erica to give them the baby. In the last episode, during the birth, it is announced that she is having twins. Erica didn't realize this, thinking the two heartbeats the doctor could hear were hers and the baby's. She had a boy named Jack, after Monica and Ross's father, and a girl named Erica, after the children's biological mother.
It is revealed early in the series that she had been overweight while growing up. Monica lost the weight when she was 18 after she overheard Chandler call her "fat" at Thanksgiving. The writers of the series often used flashbacks to show the overweight Monica (with Courteney Cox wearing a fat suit). In one episode, the group watch an old prom video and were surprised to see her weight and as well as Rachel's appearance before she had a nose job. In another episode where the group remember past Thanksgivings, one flashback reveals why Monica lost all the weight. She heard Chandler tell Ross he didn't want to be stuck in all night with his fat sister, prompting Monica to break down. She lost the weight by Thanksgiving of 1988, Rachel also lost the big nose. In almost every episode that features "Fat Monica", the episode ends with Monica dancing in a funny manner.
In an alternate reality storyline during the show ("The One That Could Have Been"), Monica was overweight but still a professional chef and ended up with Chandler, who was a freelance writer. As revealed in another episode, Monica's weight meant a junior high school member had to play with her on the see-saw rather than someone her own age, and her marching band outfit had to be custom made. Her fatness also explains Ross's hastened eating and Monica tells Rachel that Ross had a therapist due to a recurring bad dream about Monica eating him. Monica's weight is reported to have been the reason for their dog's knee surgery, after she tried to ride him and in a different episode, Ross reveals that she caused their parents' porch swing to break. In an episode where Monica, Chandler and Ross are revealing secrets, Ross tells that after being sent to bed without dinner one night, Monica ate the macaroni glued to her jewelry box.
Another episode reveals that Monica attended fat camp as a child, and was found caught in the barbed wire after trying to catch and eat a squirrel, which she claimed she was trying to help out. Ross revealed in another episode that an eleven year old Monica weighed 200 pounds.
Monica is a chef, and, as with most areas of her life, she is obsessive and competitive. Monica uses Chantal cookware in blue. Originally, she was a poorly paid chef at a restaurant called Iridium. After accepting a promotion at Café des Artistes, she was fired for accepting a gift from a food distributor. Monica remained unemployed for a while before getting offered a job as a waitress at a 1950s-themed restaurant called the Moondance Diner, where she wears a blond wig, roller skates, and massive fake breasts. While working at the diner, she met millionaire Pete Becker (played by Jon Favreau), who used his money to open a restaurant and appoint Monica as head chef. After the relationship failed due to the consequences of Pete's desire to become the "UFC Champion", Monica began a short-lived catering business with Phoebe.
Also during her unemployed days, Monica worked for an unnamed food company, thinking up recipes and then making them, using substitute food products, such as 'Mockolate' (featured only in the season two episode "The One with the List"), a chocolate substitute which never took off due to its repulsive taste (Phoebe described the taste of Mocolate as being "what evil must taste like") and its side effect of painful urination following heavy consumption. Also during this time, to avoid taking a job in the aforementioned Moondance Diner, she temporarily bought shares in the stock market using the few savings left in her bank account ($127), despite not knowing anything about how it works, buying shares from companies only because of their names, not knowing what the companies did or how successful they were.
Monica began working as a restaurant critic for a local newspaper whilst setting up the catering business with Phoebe, assuring Phoebe that the two would not conflict. This quickly proved incorrect, as due to writing a fairly vicious review, and the subsequent sauce she cooked for the enraged owner, Monica was eventually hired as head chef at a local restaurant, Alessandro's. This put an end to the catering business. At first, Monica's employees disliked her because three of them were the children of the previous head chef who had been fired as a consequence of Monica's arrival. However, Monica hired Joey as a waiter, solely to fire him, thereby appearing to be a tough boss. It apparently worked, as her problems with her employees were reduced. She left Alessandro's when Chandler's firm required him to relocate to Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, when she contacted a job-hunter about Tulsa restaurant openings, she got a job as head chef at Javu, an upscale restaurant in Manhattan, which influenced her decision to stay in New York.
When Courteney Cox landed on the cast of Friends, she was asked to play the role of Rachel Green but she thought she should take the role of Monica Geller instead. Maggie Wheeler also auditioned for the part but ended up playing recurring character Janice Litman Goralnik (née Hosenstein) instead. Actress Jami Gertz was offered and declined the role of Monica before Friends went into production. Actress Nancy McKeon auditioned for the role.
Monica's apartment was one of the main focal points of the series. Critics of the show questioned how Monica could ever afford the apartment on a chef's salary. The writers of Friends explained that she sublet the apartment from her grandmother, who had moved to Florida. In the series finale, Chandler remarks to his newborn twins, "Thanks to rent control, it was a friggin' steal."
Joseph Francis "Joey" Tribbiani, Jr. is a fictional character from the NBC sitcoms Friends and its spin-off Joey, portrayed by Matt LeBlanc.
Joey comes from an Italian American family of eight children. His father Joseph Tribbiani, Sr. (Robert Costanzo), after whom Joey is named, is a pipefitter and his mother's name is Gloria (Brenda Vaccaro). Joey has seven sisters: Mary Therese (Christina Ricci), Mary Angela (Holly Gagnier, with whom Chandler had sexual relations at Joey's birthday party), Dina (Marla Sokoloff), Gina (Drea de Matteo), Tina, Veronica, and Cookie (Alex Meneses). Joey is from, and was presumably born in Queens, New York. As a child, he was extremely accident prone. He also had an imaginary friend, Maurice, who was a space cowboy.
Joey is portrayed as promiscuous and dim-witted, but very loyal and protective of his friends. As a struggling actor, he is constantly looking for work. He was ordained as a minister in "The One with the Truth About London", and officiated at both Monica and Chandler and Phoebe and Mike's weddings. It is revealed in The One After "I Do" that Joey has size seven feet, which he is secretive and defensive about. He also has a soft toy penguin named Hugsy (his "bedtime penguin pal"), whom he is very fond of and does not like to share. He also doesn't like sharing food and has difficulty with simple mathematics (evidenced by his using a calculator to add together 500+500). In sports, Joey likes the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and briefly the New York Mets in baseball, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks in basketball, New York Giants and New York Jets in football, and the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers in hockey.
Joey is characterized as a simple-minded but good-natured womanizer who loves food. He particularly loves meatball sub sandwiches. When asked if he would give up sex or food he had trouble deciding and kept blurting out sex or food, eventually yelling "I want girls on bread!". In The One with the Ride Along, he appears to be saving Ross from a putative gunshot, when it was actually his meatball sandwich that he was trying to save; it just happened to be next to Ross. He also loves the "Joey Special" — two pizzas. He is something of an idiot savant in general, but capable of good ideas when the situation arises; this is alluded to in the episode "The One Where Ross Dates a Student", when Chandler, referring to Joey, says "A hot girl's at stake and suddenly he's Rain Man" when Joey suggested Ross work out who among his students called him the 'hottie of the paleontology department' by comparing the handwriting of the note to the handwriting in the class essays. In another example, Joey made up an anecdote referred to as the "Europe story" or the "magic story"; apparently, anyone who hears it will immediately want to have sex with the teller. This was proven to be effective in "The One With the Videotape", when it was discovered that Rachel successfully used the story on Ross (although, as Ross was aware of the story beforehand, the mere fact of Rachel using it would have been enough to imply that she was hitting on him). He is also clever at other times, for example, in "The One With Ross’s Teeth", while the other five friends sat around at Central Perk pondering why their bosses don't like them, it was Joey who pointed out, "Maybe it's because you're all sitting around here at 11:30 on a Wednesday."
Joey is extremely promiscuous with women, often relying on his catchphrase pickup line "How you doin'?". In "The One with Monica's Thunder", Chandler asks Joey, "You've had a lot of sex, right?", to which Joey replies, "Today? Some ... not a lot." He sleeps with many of the interns and extras on shows on which he works (Although he was prepared to decline an offer to have sex with a casting agent because he wanted to be cast for his acting skills rather than his sexual performance; his integrity prompted the agent to give him a bigger part than the one he originally auditioned for, but he still slept with her to get it). He has apparently been sexually active for a very long time; he undid a 16-year-old girl's bra when he was nine, slept with his teacher in the seventh grade, and had a wild spring break when he was 13. However, in the episode "The One with Ross's Sandwich", Chandler and Monica attempted to cover up their fling by claiming Joey was a sex addict, and Joey was outraged at the accusation. He is very charming to all women but can never seem to get into a committed relationship - judging from a conversation he had with Chandler at the latter's bachelor party he seems to regard marriage as depressing and restrictive.
Despite his unintelligent nature, Joey is repeatedly shown as a caring and kindhearted person. He let Rachel live with him when she was fighting with Ross, financially supported Monica and Chandler, and helped Phoebe find work when she was unemployed. He was willing to marry Phoebe and Rachel on the separate occasions he found out that each was pregnant. Joey is also the most physically powerful of the group, being able to easily push Ross over a couch with only one hand, and offering to go to the coffee house to intimidate two bullies into leaving Ross and Chandler alone.
He is also shown to be something of a Stephen King fan, stating he reads The Shining over and over again, as well as being a fan of a film adaptation of one of his novels, Cujo. He also became a fan of the classic novel, Little Women after Rachel asked him to read it to see if it was better than The Shining. Joey grew to love the novel and became grief-stricken when one of the main characters was dying. Despite this, later in the series Joey was inconsistently shown to be disdainful of reading.
Joey briefly mentions to the gang that Al Pacino is his idol. Joey has the poster for the 1983 Al Pacino film Scarface in his bedroom and the same poster is seen in his house in Joey. It is also implied that his (as well as Chandler's and Ross') favorite movies are among the Die Hard series.
Joey is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, having refused to become a pipefitter. Like a typical actor, he started his acting profession doing stage work, introduced in the show's pilot episode by Monica and Chandler having seen Joey in a remake of Pinocchio. Sometime prior to the start of the series, Joey also had appeared in a porn film, as a fully clothed extra. Joey also mentioned appearing in a play with trolls before getting the leading role of Sigmund Freud in the musical play Freud! where he was first spotted by his talent agent Estelle Leonard. She immediately got him a film role in the same episode as Al Pacino's "butt double" — a speechless role he later lost due to taking the part too seriously. Monica and Chandler also once discussed having seen Joey in a version of Macbeth.
As a struggling actor, Joey became an "actor-slash-model" when he appeared on print ads for the NYC Free Clinic, as a man named "Mario" who had Venereal disease. He also did an infomercial for a device that lets you pour milk out of milk cartons; he played "Kevin", a man who had extreme difficulty opening the cartons without the use of the device. ("Kevin" also inadvertently choked on a cookie during the show.)
In Season Two, Joey continued his stage work, appearing as "The King" in a poorly reviewed (and never-named) play. Published reviews of his performance claimed he was "disturbingly unskilled" and that he achieved "brilliant new levels of sucking" in a "mediocre play" with "mindless, adolescent direction".
Only days after these reviews came out, Joey got his big break when he landed his first major role as Dr. Drake Ramoray on the soap opera Days of our Lives. He had initially gone in to read for a one-shot role as a cabdriver; it is implied that he got the recurring role of Ramoray by sleeping with the casting director. While still playing Ramoray, he also appeared in a bit role as a dead man in the film Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Several episodes later in "The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies", Joey costs himself the Days Of Our Lives gig when during an interview with Soap Opera Digest, he lies claiming that he makes up his own lines. This angers the show's writers, who out of spite, "kill off" his character by having Dr. Ramoray fall down an elevator shaft. Ironically, the character's brain was so smashed in that the only doctor who could have saved him was himself. Joey takes this very hard and admits that his role on Days "was the best thing that ever happened to me."
He went back to stage acting in Season Three appearing in a play called Boxing Day opposite love interest Kate Miller. The play, which is said to have been written by one Jennifer Banberry, seems to start out as a conventional drama, but ends with Joey's character "Victor" being taken from his apartment by aliens from the planet Blargon-7. In Season Four, he landed a small one-scene movie role as a cop, playing his scene opposite Charlton Heston.
Joey had some bad luck in terms of his acting career. In Season Five, he was cast in the independent film Shutter Speed, but it was shut down before filming began in Las Vegas. He was also fired from a Burger King commercial. He filmed a role in a Law & Order episode that was cut from the completed episode—Joey was only "seen" as a corpse in a body bag.
In seasons 6 & 7, he landed a starring role as Detective 'Mac' Machiavelli in a very short-lived, and very bad cop show called Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E, which was cancelled halfway through its first season. C.H.E.E.S.E, or Computerized Humanoid Electronically Enhanced Secret Enforcer, was Mac's robot partner.
Eventually, Joey's luck turns when he gets back his role as Dr. Drake Ramoray in Season Seven, first as a character in coma in Ep.7.04 "The One with Rachel's Assistant", then revived through a brain transplant with another character Jessica Lockhart, played by Susan Sarandon) in Ep.7.15 "The One With Joey's New Brain". This time he kept the soap opera role through the remainder of the shows run.
Joey was up for a starring role in a film in which he had to play a Catholic immigrant in season seven. The film called for a nude sex scene, but Joey didn't realize until after he landed a casting call that he lacked an essential piece of equipment for the role. When Joey explained the situation to Monica, they frantically tried to artificially create one using Silly putty. All seemed to go well until Joey stripped nude at the casting call and his 'foreskin' fell off, prompting him to respond, "Well, that's never happened before."
Later in season 7, Joey landed a supporting role as "Tony", a soldier, in a major film opposite an Oscar-nominated actor named Richard Crosby (Gary Oldman). The film was a World War I period film entitled Over There.
In the season's 10 episode "The One With Ross' Grant", it is revealed that Joey has starred in a commercial called "Ichiban Lip Stick For Men". The commercial only aired in Japan.
Joey was also briefly employed at Central Perk as a waiter. Facing a dry spell in his career as an actor, Joey was persuaded by Gunther, the manager, to take a job serving coffee. At first Joey tried to hide his new job from his friends, but they eventually figured it out. He did not like the work but, true to his nature, soon found a way to use his position to meet and ingratiate himself to attractive women by giving them free food, a practice to which Gunther quickly put a stop. Joey didn't take his job very seriously and spent a lot of his working hours sitting and talking to his friends. Eventually he was fired for closing the coffeehouse in the middle of the day to go to an audition while Gunther was running a personal errand. Rachel later persuaded Gunther to give Joey back his job, but once Joey found more steady acting jobs he eventually just stopped showing up. His absence was barely noticed. In a later episode, Joey realizes he forgot to tell Gunther he quit to which Gunther replied that he would have eventually fired him anyway.
Another one of Joey's jobs when he was low on money was as a sperm donor for an experiment that a hospital was conducting; at the end, the hospital would pay any donor $700. This was later mentioned when Monica was trying to get over her breakup with Richard Burke. She decided that she wanted a baby so she was looking for sperm donors and realized that one of the anonymous donors was Joey. Joey was later very offended when he learned that his sperm had not been very popular.
Some of Joey's other jobs have included selling Christmas trees, dressing as Santa Claus and as a Christmas elf, working as a tour guide at the Museum of Natural History where Ross worked, offering perfume samples to customers at a department store, and as a Roman warrior at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
He also worked at the restaurant "Alessandro's" where Monica was head chef, nicknaming himself "Dragon" while on the job. Monica hired him just so she could fire him to intimidate the other employees who paid Monica no respect, but he made a lot of tips and backed out of the deal, only to realize how important his getting fired was to Monica. He then set himself up to be fired the next day.
He spent one episode working with Chandler as an entry-level processor. He treated the job like another acting role where he was "Joseph the Processing Guy" and created a complex back-story for the character. Chandler began to dislike the Joseph character when he started showing up Chandler while working. Joey eventually left after Chandler pretended to sleep with Joey's pretend wife and he realized that Chandler disliked the Joseph character.
Prior to Monica and Chandler's wedding, when the two admitted that they were having trouble finding someone to perform the ceremony, Joey volunteered for the role, subsequently getting himself ordained over the Internet to entitle him to perform the marriage. He has apparently retained this role until Season Ten, when he performed the ceremony for Phoebe and Mike's wedding, claiming that priests are allowed to ride the subway for free (Although he states that the Bible must be read very carefully to identify the passage that permits this).
He moved apartments four times in the series. The first time, he moved to his own lavish apartment away from Chandler (with whom the psychotic Eddie moved in) after he got the role as Dr. Drake Ramoray on Days of our Lives, though he moved back soon afterward due to his loss of the role. The other times were when he and Chandler moved into what is usually Monica's apartment, after winning it from her in a game in "The One with the Embryos". They were later forced back to their own apartment by the girls.
Joey was originally shunned by Chandler when he came in for a roommate interview, and Joey thought Chandler was gay. However, Mr. Heckles, another building resident, interfered with Chandler's originally selected roommate, allowing Joey to move in (In "The One with the Flashback" set in 1993, Joey moved in 3 years before although in "The One with All the Thanksgivings" it shows that the gang knew Joey was Chandler's roommate in 1992 and he would have been his roommate for quite some time). Joey's first couple of days involved a brief, mutual attraction with Monica. This subsided and Chandler and Joey began to grow close and become best friends, as Joey's carefree lifestyle began to grow on Chandler. Later in the series, they bought a chick and a duck together, whom Chandler had named Yasmine and Dick, respectively. A long-running gag depicted Joey and Chandler occasionally fighting with each other like an old married couple, with Chandler often assuming the wife's role—this eventually ended when Chandler became permanently paired with Monica. Joey moved out temporarily when he found success playing Dr. Drake Ramoray on a soap opera, but soon moved back in. At the end of the series, Chandler and Monica made it clear to Joey that their new house outside of the city would have a room for him.
Joey's relationships with the other friends have always been very friendly. He is best friends with Chandler, and Ross is a close second (although Ross has been referred to as his best friend several times). At a time when Joey and Chandler had problems, when Chandler had kissed Joey's girlfriend, Joey had stopped acting as Chandler's best friend and replaced him with Ross although this only lasted until Chandler spent Thanksgiving in a box in order to show his remorse and apology towards him. Joey and Chandler had remained best friends ever since.
Furthermore, Joey and Ross shared a moment in an episode after watching Die Hard all night. They fall asleep on Ross' couch, which is evidently enjoyed by Joey, as he tries to coerce Ross into more nap sessions with him. Also, earlier in the series, after much persuading by Joey, Ross gives in and kisses him to help him practice kissing men. In response, Joey replies that the audition was already over, he hadn't gotten the part, but the kiss was very well received.
The major development of their relationship outside the realm of normal male interaction was when Joey fell in love with Rachel, Ross's ex-girlfriend and the object of Ross's affections since ninth grade. When Joey goes on to tell Ross about it, he can't say it in his face and instead says that he loves his "friend's" ex-girlfriend. When asked if that "friend" (Ross) is a good guy, Joey honestly answers "Yeah... He's the best". Initially it causes a major rift, with Joey being apologetic, but when Ross sees Joey truly in love with Rachel he gives him the go ahead. Ross basically says that he's not okay with it but he wants to be, and the two's friendship deepens due to Joey's refusal to date Rachel unless Ross okays the deal. However, Joey and Rachel do not date long and later Joey encourages Ross to pursue Rachel in the season finale.
Joey allowed Monica to hire and fire him to prove to her employees that she was not a pushover. When he discovered that Monica and Chandler had developed a romantic relationship, he agreed to keep it secret until the two were ready to reveal it to the rest of their group. In an episode where he sees how close Chandler and Monica are, he dreams of himself and Monica in the same way. This later causes him to act weird around Monica. Finally he reveals this to Chandler and Monica, its that he wants a relationship like that, but Monica finds it nice thinking Joey thought of them two together. He also called Chandler moments after suspecting Monica of having an affair with a mystery male he had heard in her apartment. When Monica and Chandler needed their Engagement Picture taken, Chandler could not smile. In the newspaper announcement, it showed the photo was of Monica and Joey.
Rachel and the other women on the show have been the object of many sexist comments from Joey, especially Monica. Chandler once put it, "Your long-standing offer to have sex with my wife is much appreciated." This apparent boorishness notwithstanding, however, he always enjoyed a close relationship with Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe; LeBlanc once speculated that Joey saw the girls as sisters more than potential romantic interests. However, the tension between Monica and Joey is at times fairly obvious and it is made clear that the two have a very close, almost intimate, relationship, though it is never consummated on the show.
According to DVD commentary of the pilot episode, Joey and Monica were initially meant to be the principal love connection of the show but was overshadowed by the Ross-Rachel relationship. In Episode 1.07 "The One with the Blackout", Phoebe blurted to Joey that Monica has a crush on him when he was moving in with Chandler. This idea was revisited in Season 7 when it is revealed that Monica initially meant to hit on Joey in London, and not Chandler. She states that it was because she was looking for something meaningless, never expecting to have found Chandler and fall in love with him. The concept of what their marriage would have been like was then envisioned by Phoebe and it consisted of Monica cooking all the time for a very fat Joey.
Phoebe is Joey's female best friend. They appear to understand each other. They are the only members of the group who lack a college education. Joey is Phoebe's best male friend; they have dinner together once a month to talk about the rest of the group. Both characters show a softness for each other, even when joking or when they are upset with the others. In "The One with the Race Car Bed", it is implied that Phoebe can hear Joey's thoughts. In "The One With the Ride Along", she explains that "when the revolution comes, I will have to destroy you all...not you, Joey". In the episode "The One in Vegas", after Joey has said that no one will live in his hand shaped mansion, he adds "Except you Pheebs... You can live in the thumb."
When she was a surrogate mother for her brother's triplets and suddenly craved meat, Joey offered to eat no meat until the babies were born, to compensate for her consumption and, in a way, preserve her vegetarianism (no extra animals would have to be killed). In The One With All the Cheesecakes, it is shown that the two tried to meet once a month for dinner in order to discuss the other Friends. When Phoebe was upset because she'd turned thirty-one without having had the perfect kiss, Joey kissed her so that she could cross that off her list (also adding that he was one-sixteenth Portuguese when she mentioned that she hadn't met any Portuguese people).
Interestingly, Joey did not have romantic feelings for Phoebe. Joey dates Phoebe's twin sister Ursula, which upsets Phoebe. According to Joey, "Phoebe is Phoebe, Ursula is Hot".
When Monica finds out that Joey "sees a friend in a different way", she assumes it to be Phoebe. Phoebe, overwhelmed by the news, approaches Joey, only to find that it is Rachel. Phoebe also has Joey locked in as a backup for her marriage.
When the Friends believe that the group may have to split up, Phoebe and Rachel conspire to form a separate group by themselves, but Phoebe insists that Joey be invited to their new group as well. Phoebe's loyalty is proved again when she states that she could live in Las Vegas, since it has everything she needs, "Including Joey!". He, in turn, invites her to live with him in the mansion he expected to own when he becomes rich from having a hand twin.
When Joey learned from a customer at Central Perk that Phoebe was apparently a porn star, although he subsequently rented some of "Phoebe's" movies to reveal his latest news to the others, he refused to watch the movies even when the other four decided to do so, although he showed a new interest in them when he learned that it was actually Ursula rather than Phoebe.
In The One With the Red Sweater, when Joey believed Phoebe to be pregnant, he proposed, claiming the world is too scary for a single mother. This proposal was apparently made entirely without romantic intentions. Phoebe says yes and accepts his ring, but Monica tells Joey that it is Rachel who is pregnant, so Joey proposes to Rachel and must retrieve the ring from a reluctant Phoebe.
Phoebe also sets up Joey with many of her friends. On a double date, Joey sets her up with a stranger, Mike (Paul Rudd), whom she eventually marries.
In one episode, after persuasion from Rachel, he reads Little Women and she reads The Shining. She finds out that whenever he gets scared whilst reading he puts the book in the freezer. At the end of the episode, Joey is afraid that one of the characters is going to die and Rachel says 'Do you want to put it in the freezer?' Their close friendship continues and when a fire destroys Rachel and Phoebe's apartment, Rachel moves in with Joey and stays there, even after her apartment has been repaired.
Halfway through season 8, Joey and Rachel go out on a date, so that Rachel can have one night of fun before it becomes too obvious that she's pregnant. They have a great time, and afterwards, Joey starts developing feelings for Rachel unbeknown to her. He does not act on his feelings because he is too loyal to Ross and feels like it would betray him to have a possible relationship with Rachel. However, upon discovering that Joey's not just having a crush on Rachel, but is in fact in love with her, Ross encourages his friend to talk to her. Joey tells Rachel about his feelings, but she does not return them, and things are awkward between them for a while.
In late season 9, Rachel starts developing feelings for Joey, but fears he does not feel the same way anymore and has already moved on, especially when he starts dating Charlie. When the gang goes to Barbados for a convention from Ross' work, Joey finds out about Rachel's feelings, and even though he first says nothing can happen, he changes his mind when he sees Charlie and Ross kiss, and he goes back to Rachel's room to be with her. They continue their relationship for several episodes and gain Ross' approval after he realizes it's been six years since his relationship with Rachel ended, and he should move on from that. When Rachel and Joey prepare for their first night together, however, they realize they're too close as friends to make their relationship work, with Rachel instinctively slapping Joey away when he tries to touch her as she suddenly finds herself unable to get past the fact that it's Joey touching her. After Chandler mentions how natural it was for him and Monica to make the transition from friends to lovers, Joey and Rachel realize they aren't on the same path and go back to being friends.
After the 2003/2004 final season of Friends, Joey Tribbiani became the main character of Joey, a spin-off TV series, where he moved to L.A. to polish his acting career. His sister Gina Tribbiani and her son Michael (Paulo Costanzo) were two other central characters of the show.
On the show Joey, Joey turned down a role in a sitcom called Nurses to star in a different series pilot. His pilot did not get picked up, while Nurses became a huge hit.
However, his acting career has had some better moments. In Joey, it is revealed that Joey's character of Dr. Drake Ramoray died again on Days of our Lives when he falls down an elevator shaft ("Joey and the Wrong Name"). He won a Daytime Soap Award for "Best Death Scene". In later Joey episodes, Joey landed a starring role on the prime time soap Deep Powder. When he got fired from that job, he almost immediately bounced back by snagging a leading role in the big-budget action picture Captured.
Glynnis O'Connor : Dorothy Livingston
David Faustino : Mica Frost
Parley Baer : Grandfather Frost
Frank Moon : Adult Mica (Man with Scar)
The Storyteller is the first segment of the twenty-seventh episode (the third episode of the second season (1986–87) of the television series The New Twilight Zone.
Dorothy Livingston, a retired teacher, is visiting her niece when she bumps into one man she can never forget. As he leaves in a taxi, Dorothy and her niece decide to follow him in another taxi. While they go after him, Dorothy tells the story of how she met that man. It is 1933 and Dorothy has been assigned to a small school somewhere in West Virginia. The teacher she is replacing informs her that Mica Frost, one of the students, should be allowed access to the library at all times. Once in class she meets Mica, a boy who is always writing on his notebook.
Believing Mica’s behavior is unusual, Dorothy asks him to tell his parents to come to school to talk to her. Mica informs her that his parents are dead. Mica tells Dorothy that he lives only with his grandfather and that he can’t come to meet her and that she can’t meet him at their home either. On her way back home, Dorothy decides to spy on Mica but she bumps into something and makes a loud noise which makes Mica come out of the home to check immediately. Mica explains to her that he writes stories that keep his grandfather alive, or rather, that he writes stories that keep his great-great-great-grandfather alive by only reading to him a half of the story a night, leaving the ending for the next night and then starting a new one and so on. He says he has done so, just like his father and his grandfather before him. Dorothy tells him that even if this was possible, should he keep such an old man alive? Mica claims that he feels the obligation to do so, just like his daddy before him.
Next morning at school, Mica has an accident when he falls from a tree, hitting his head and breaking an arm. He is taken to spend the night with the town’s doctor but he doesn’t want to because there won’t be anyone to keep his great-great-great-grandfather alive. Dorothy, feeling somehow responsible for the old man, goes to his home that night and reads him a story she makes up. The next day, Mica rushes home, only to find out his great-great-great-grandfather alive and well. He is also surprised to find out that Dorothy was there to read a story to save the old man's life. She tells Mica she's still not convinced, but she felt that "just in case."
Back in the present, Mica gets out of the taxi and walks up some stairs, followed closely by Dorothy and her niece. He enters a door and as it opens, we start to hear Dorothy reading this story to her own mother, who asks excitedly "what happens next? Did she find the man? Was he really 200 years old?" Dorothy smiles and answers “Tomorrow, mother” and leaves, with the old lady waiting in excitement for tomorrow's story...
Rachel Karen Green is a fictional character on the NBC Situation comedy, Friends, portrayed by Jennifer Aniston. Aniston received an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal. In June 2010, Entertainment Weekly named her one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. AOL also named Rachel the 23rd Most Memorable Female TV Character. Her relationship with Ross Geller was included in TV Guides list of the best TV couples of all time, as well as Entertainment Weeklys "30 Best 'Will They/Won't They?' TV Couples".
Rachel Green's personality evolves during the series from a spoiled egotist to a less self-centered and overall more likeable character. She is seen as slightly promiscuous, having had approximately fifteen sexual partners by the end of the series. It was implied that she had lost her virginity in the back of a van, before she had reached the tenth grade. It is also revealed in the seventh season that Rachel reached puberty at a very early age, giving her breasts that were developed to the extent of a fourteen-year-old girl by the age of ten. In high school she was the stereotypical popular cheerleader, as well as prom queen and class president. However, she apparently had an attitude problem and was known for tormenting other students, although she later admits in "The One with the Rumour" that she had no idea how unpleasant she was. Despite this, she is the most compassionate and sensitive out of her family; her sisters and parents are mean-spirited, snobbish and self-centered.
During the pilot Rachel was being financially supported by her parents and planning on marrying an orthodontist who would become the sole source of her income. After breaking off their engagement Rachel cuts the credit cards her father has given her in half, leaving her broke. Rachel finds work as a waitress at Central Perk café but at times is shown taking long breaks to sit with her friends and regularly gets orders confused. In the third season, with encouragement from Joey and Chandler, Rachel resigns at Central Perk to pursue a career in fashion. Joey then finds her a job with Fortunata Fashions as a personal assistant. Later that season, she finds work as an assistant buyer at the Department store Bloomingdale's with the help of colleague, Mark. Unfortunately after Mark resigns and her boss Joanna dies, she is demoted to Personal Shopper. She then leaves to start a career at Ralph Lauren in "The One With Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss" as the coordinator of the women's collection. Ralph Lauren is impressed by her work and in "The One With Rachel's Assistant" she is promoted to merchandising manager, a position allowing her an assistant, Tag Jones, who she has an affair with although she could never recall his last name.
In the final episodes of the last season, Rachel is fired from Ralph Lauren when her boss overhears her job interview with Gucci, but is offered a lucrative job in Paris with Louis Vuitton by her ex-colleague, Mark. Upset by Rachel's impending move to Paris, Ross, through bribery, manages to convince Rachel's previous boss at Ralph Lauren to rehire her and pay her a higher salary than the offer in Paris. Initially, Rachel declines this offer and decides to work with Louis Vuitton. However, eventually, she cancels her plans for Paris after realizing she still has feelings for Ross.
She is constantly mocked because her focus on vanity comes at the expense of domestic skills or common knowledge. (After working at Central Perk for two and a half years Gunther forces Rachel to retrain, because she does not know basic knowledge such as where to stack trays.) Rachel also received plastic surgery on her nose, which she claims was due to a deviated septum. However, it was strongly implied to be purely for vanity since her sister Amy once asked: "Do you ever worry that Emma's going to get your real nose?" regarding Rachel's daughter, Emma and in flashback episodes she is shown with an unattractively large nose.
Rachel's most prominent relationship throughout the series is with Ross, Monica's older brother. When she moves to New York City in the pilot, Ross has been obsessed with her since his high school years. Although both Joey and Chandler know this, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe are oblivious until (slightly after Ross left to China on a work excursion) Chandler reveals Ross's feelings for Rachel. Ross tries several times to tell Rachel his feelings for her, but is derailed by her ex-fiance, Barry, and Paolo (played by Cosimo Fusco), an Italian man she meets during an electrical blackout, and Ross, unsure of himself, gives up on the idea of having a romantic relationship with Rachel.
After Chandler's bombshell and a moment of self-discovery, Rachel realizes she has romantic feelings for Ross and decides (assisted by her friends) to approach him. Unfortunately, while in China, Ross became in a committed relationship with Julie, a very attractive American woman of Chinese descent. After her attempts to reveal her feelings for him fail, she decides that moving on is her only option. Her constant ramblings of Ross, while on eating dinner with another man, lead her to leave a drunken message on his answering machine, telling him her feelings. On hearing this, Ross and Rachel kiss and he ends his relationship with Julie to be with Rachel. Things are going very well until she finds a list of pros and cons he wrote in order to help him choose between her and Julie, and is deeply hurt and distressed by his assessment of her, and as a result ends their relationship. Ross begs for forgiveness but Rachel is still hurt and turns him down until Monica finds a box of high school mementos, including a video of Monica and Rachel getting ready for their high school prom. In the video, Rachel's date is late and Ross, wearing his father's tuxedo, is about to surprise her by offering to be her date. Just as he is about to ask, her date arrives. Ross watches, heartbroken, as Rachel leaves. Touched by this unknown romantic gesture, Rachel forgives him and they resume dating. They remain together for around a year before Ross's jealousy of her colleague, Mark, and his obsessive behavior leads Rachel to suggest taking "a break". Ross assumes this means they have ended their relationship. Depressed, he drinks large amounts of alcohol and succumbs to the advances of another woman, which results in him and the other woman having sexual intercourse. Rachel finds out, and after a bitter argument, she ends their relationship. From then on, the two have an on/off relationship.
Rachel's feelings towards Ross blossom again when he announces his engagement to Emily, niece of Rachel's boss at Bloomingdale's. Ross and Emily decide to get married in London only one month after getting engaged and makes Rachel panic. She then proposes marriage to her then-boyfriend of four dates, Joshua, but he refuses and they break up soon after. Rachel claims she cannot attend the wedding because she has too much work but later tells Monica and Phoebe that watching them marry would be too painful and admits that she thought she and Ross would get back together again one day. However, she changed her mind and flew to London to tell Ross that she loved him but sees him and Emily kissing. She gave them her blessing instead but Ross accidentally says Rachel's name at the altar. Following the wedding, Emily stays in London and tells Ross she will only return if he promises never to see Rachel again. He agrees, initially, but then tells her that he can't and their marriage ends. When the gang visits Joey in Las Vegas, Ross and Rachel get drunk in their hotel room and marry in a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Upon sobering up and realizing what happened, Rachel demands an annulment. Ross reluctantly agrees but at the last minute doesn't, but tells Rachel he did. Rachel is furious when she finds out but forgives him when she realizes his reasons for that decision, Ross simply didn't want to be known as the guy who had three divorces. The two are friends during the next season except for a brief kiss and a failed "bonus night" opportunity on the night of Monica and Chandler's engagement. However, they have a one night stand a few weeks before the wedding. During their wedding, Rachel is revealed to be pregnant and in the following days Ross is revealed to be the father. During the pregnancy, Rachel moves in with Ross so they could raise their child together. When Rachel goes into labor, Judy - Ross's mother - gives him her mother's engagement ring urging him to marry Rachel so their child would have a real family. Ross is hesitant but after watching the birth of Emma, he almost considers it. However, Rachel accepts a proposal from Joey mistakenly and causes Ross to have doubts over the possibility of a relationship. Raising Emma together seems to be a joy at first but Ross's continued jealousy over one of Rachel's co-workers puts a rift in their relationship and Rachel moves out. However, their friendship and desire to be good parents cause them to remain good friends.
After Rachel is fired by Ralph Lauren, she gets a job in Paris, devastating Ross. At her going-away party, she says goodbye to everyone except Ross. This upsets him and after he confronts her about it, Rachel tells him that saying goodbye would upset her too much as their history would make moving too hard for her. To give her a reason to stay, he kisses her and they sleep together. The next morning, Ross thinks they are back together and is stunned when she says "It was the perfect way to say goodbye". After moping throughout the day thinking he's lost her, he chases her to the airport and admits he loves her and pleads for her to come back with him. Rachel still gets on the plane. When he returns home heartbroken, Ross finds a message on his answering machine and on playing it, he hears Rachel telling him she loves him too and what a mistake she's made and has to get off the plane but is interrupted by flight attendants when the line cuts off, leaving Ross wondering if she got off. Just then a voice speaks "I got off the plane". It's Rachel and Ross rushes to her. The two share a kiss, rekindling their romantic relationship. Later, Joey tells his family that "all his friends (in New York) are married", which implies that Ross and Rachel are now married as well.
All of the Friends season finales with a cliffhanger (Seasons 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9) involved Ross and Rachel.
Ross and Rachel's daughter is born at the end of Season 8. After struggling to find a name for her, Rachel decides on Emma after Monica tells her that she wants to name her future daughter Emma, but allows Rachel to use the name. Rachel proved to be a protective mother. Emma is also used in humorous ways such as Phoebe and Rachel submitting her into a beauty pageant without Ross's permission, and her 1st birthday party results in all of the friends leaving, but returning in the end. At first, Emma lives with Rachel and Ross in his apartment, but moved in with Joey after Rachel and Ross have a disagreement. In the series finale, Ross and Rachel reconcile meaning Emma will live with both parents.... etc
Joey and Rachel are very good friends and shared an apartment after Phoebe's was destroyed in a fire. Joey develops romantic feelings for Rachel, and Ross - despite Rachel currently being pregnant with his daughter - gives his blessing but Rachel unfortunately does not feel the same way. However, this changes a year later, with Rachel telling Phoebe about her feelings for Joey before telling him later. Initially, he tells her they cannot be together because of Ross but changes his mind when he sees Ross kissing Charlie, his ex-girlfriend. Ross later walks in on the two kissing and, although at first he has trouble accepting it, he tells Joey he is happy for them. The two date for a while but have trouble when it comes to consummating their relationship, unable to get past the knowledge that it is their close friend touching them, and a conversation with Chandler about how easy it was for him and Monica to become more than friends helped Joey and Rachel realize that they were better off as they were.
Monica and Rachel have been friends since the age of six. In their high school years, it is revealed that Rachel was a popular cheerleader with a string of boyfriends, with Monica as her less attractive, overweight best friend. After this, it is assumed they lost contact until they meet again in the pilot. A chance encounter, revealed in a flashback, shows that Monica didn't expect to become close friends with Rachel again, with her remarking: "Ten bucks says I'll never see that woman again in my life."
During the time they lived together, the pair coexist in relative harmony, despite their opposing personality types, most notably when concerned with household chores. Monica is portrayed to be extremely uptight and compulsive, whereas Rachel is shown to seldom do chores and be unaware of where items such as the vacuum cleaner are kept. Despite these tensions, the two display a true affinity for each other. In Season Two, when Ross starts dating Julie, Rachel is shown to be extremely upset about their relationship but is equally devastated by the possibility of losing her friendship with Monica to Julie. While crying, Rachel says: "She's actually stealing you!" This is the first time that the depth of the relationship between Monica and Rachel is shown. Their living situation lasts until Chandler moves in with Monica and Rachel's moving out drew the two women to tears. Their relationship mirrors that of sisters, and the two grow even closer once Rachel has Emma as Monica becomes her aunt due to Ross being the father. Like with Phoebe, Monica and Rachel have kissed (offscreen).
Rachel's other best friend. Phoebe first met Rachel in the pilot episode when Rachel leaves Barry and comes to live with Monica.
In a season 5 episode "The One With The Kips", Phoebe and Rachel consider starting a new group of friends with Joey after Emily (Ross's current wife) demands that Ross doesn't see Rachel anymore. Rachel says "We can start a new group, you and me, we're the best ones," to which Phoebe responds "Okay. But let's try to get Joey." This never happened as Ross could not go without seeing Rachel and the group remained as it was.
From seasons 6–7, Rachel and Phoebe lived together after Chandler moved into Monica's apartment. In "The One Where Ross Dates A Student", Phoebe and Rachel's apartment catches fire, causing Phoebe to temporarily live with Monica and Rachel to live with Joey. Later on, in "The One with the Holiday Armadillo", the apartment is fixed and Phoebe and Rachel decide to move back but the repair work left them with only one bedroom, so Phoebe lives there alone while Rachel stays living with Joey.
In an early episode, Phoebe and Rachel go to get tattoos together. Though Rachel ends up getting a heart tattooed on her hip, Phoebe does not get the intended lily (for her mother) on her shoulder because she 'didn't know they did it with needles'. Rachel tried to convince her to get the tattoo, but the artist barely touched her with the needle before she ran off screaming. She now has a 'blue freckle' which she claims is 'the earth as (her) mother sees it from heaven'.
Phoebe and Rachel have a very strong relationship throughout the series, despite occasional and humorous squabbles over things like jogging, massages, Pottery Barn furniture and an alleged lesbian encounter Rachel had in college (which Phoebe refused to believe). As with Rachel and Monica, their relationship is now like that of sisters. Like with Monica, Rachel and Phoebe have kissed (onscreen).
Although it appeared that Rachel and Chandler met for the first time in the pilot episode, they had actually met before, in flashback episodes. They met for the first time in 1987 when Ross introduced them, initially at the Gellers' house and then again at a party at Ross and Chandler's college. At the party, Chandler and Rachel kissed briefly (but it was revealed that Chandler only kissed Rachel to get back at Ross).
In 1993, they had a chance meeting met at a bar that was closed down to make room for Central Perk. Chandler overhears Rachel talking to some friends about how she wants to have one last night of meaningless sex before she marries Barry and that she wants to have it with the first guy she lays her eyes on, which Chandler then makes sure is him. They didn't hook up but Rachel did fantasize about him, regretting not sleeping with him but it was too late. This was shown in the Season 3 episode "The One With The Flashback."
At the start of the show, Rachel and Chandler crossed paths again in 1994, when Rachel, having just left Barry, goes to Central Perk, looking for Monica. During the series, Rachel and Chandler's relationship grows, and they are close friends, often consoling and confiding in one another. In particular, Chandler comforts Rachel in Season 2 when her parents are going through a divorce, relating to her his own experiences of his parents' divorce when he was a child. On one particular occasion, they share a stolen cheesecake and conceal it from the others. Particularly in earlier seasons, they go out to lunch together a few times. The two have also set each other up on dates, although the results were mixed; Chandler's brief relationship with Rachel's boss, Joanna, ended because she handcuffed him to a chair in her office, while his attempt to set her up on a date with a colleague went wrong when he claimed she only wanted a fling but later told the guy she was looking for a serious relationship. In Season 2, Chandler, being the child of divorced parents, is the only friend able to empathize with Rachel when her parents are unable to be in the same room on her birthday. Before Rachel leaves for Paris in season 10, they share a strong private moment and Chandler tells her that he loves her, will miss her and is sad that she's leaving, to which Rachel responds tearfully "I love you, too."
Like the other main characters, Rachel has slight problems within her family.
Sandra Green (Marlo Thomas), her mother, can be quite domineering and unpleasant without going overboard. She can also be quite harsh with her opinions (such as, for instance, when she suggested moving into Ross's apartment after Emma's birth and saying that his "dinosaur things" belonged in the garbage). It is implied that Rachel was very like Mrs. Green before she turned things around and started a life in the city, and it is revealed that Rachel actually feared becoming like her mother. However they bond after Rachel ran away from her marriage, whereas Mrs. Green actually married "her Barry." During her first visit, she says that Rachel's life is what she wants.
Rachel has a more difficult relationship with her father, Dr. Leonard Green (Ron Leibman), a harsh, sarcastic disciplinarian who always has to have his own way. Nevertheless, he spoils his daughters (as shown in one episode when Rachel reveals that her father bought her "her own boat" to cheer her up after her "pony was sick"). When she runs out of her wedding, he cuts her off. Their relationship improves after she makes something of herself on her own, however; in "The One With Rachel's Other Sister", he says that Rachel is the only daughter he is proud of. He charges into Ross's apartment when hearing about the pregnancy, demanding Ross marry her.
Rachel's parents married for the sake of money; according to Rachel, they barely even spoke except when they argued. They divorced in Season 2. They could not be in the same room together, as shown when the Friends throw Rachel two birthday parties; one with Rachel's mother in Monica's apartment and one with her father in Joey and Chandler's. Rachel also has two sisters, Jill, (Reese Witherspoon) and Amy (Christina Applegate), with whom she has a typical sibling-rivalry relationship; when they were younger, they would constantly pull pranks on each other, and in the episode "The One with the Inappropriate Sister", Rachel admits that she does not like either of them. Jill is supposedly her "favorite" sister, despite being extremely spoiled. During her visit when their father decides to financially cut her off, Jill starts dating Ross to get back at Rachel (only for Ross to end it because he wanted to be with Rachel). Unlike Jill, who found Ross "cute, but nerdy," Amy does not even recognize him, and believes he is a falafel seller. In spite of her tactless nature, it is also revealed that Amy is the "one who bit [Rachel]" as questioned by Phoebe in the Thanksgiving episode in which Amy comes to spend the holidays with the Friends. Rachel isn't as close to Amy as she is to Jill. When Amy visits during Emma's first Thanksgiving, she only says "Hi" and tells her she came by to borrow a hair straightener. She says how "Emmett" is cute and then realizes the baby is a girl. Amy also believes that she is Rachel's "favorite" sister and reveals that she never liked Jill. Amy also had Emma's ears pierced, angering Ross and Rachel.
In "The One with Rachel's Phone Number," some guys in a bar live in her grandmother's building. Her grandma's name is Ida Green, and the men's affectionate nickname for her is "Spuds". Rachel says that she has "no sense of personal space, kinda smells like chicken, looks like a potato – that's my bubbe!".
Some inconsistency in the spelling of the surname has led to confusion as to the correct spelling. On Emma's first birthday, the cake box has "Green" written on the side. The credits of any episode where her parents appeared list their last name as "Green" and on the Warner Bros. Friends Official Website, the biography on Jennifer Aniston states her character's name as Rachel Green. However, in certain episodes, it is seen to be spelled "Greene", such as when her name was written on an invitation sent out by Ross and a subsequent RSVP, or when her name is written on her office door at Bloomingdale's.
In the episode "The One With Joey's New Girlfriend", Rachel tells Gunther that her birthday is May 5 (her birthday is celebrated in various episodes in May). Her real birthdays were shown in the season 1 episode "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", the season 2 episode "The One With The Two Parties" and in the season 9 episode "The One With The Rats". However, in the season 7 episode "The One With Chandler's Dad", when Rachel is pulled over for speeding the police officer comments that she is an Aquarius when he sees the birthday on her license. This is inconsistent with a May 5 birthday, as that date would mean she is a Taurus.
There are some further inconsistencies. In 2001 ("The One Where They All Turn Thirty"), she celebrates her 30th birthday, implying a birth year of 1971. It is revealed in that episode that she is the youngest of the six friends, as the others had already turned 30 and were relating their birthdays. In the episode, she is wearing a shirt that has her supposed birthday on it (12–4), which is also inconsistent with the dates above.
Ross Eustace Geller, Ph.D. (18th October 1969) is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by David Schwimmer. Ross is the smartest member of the group and is noted for his geeky, lovable demeanor. His relationship with Rachel Green was included in TV Guide's list of the best TV couples of all time, as well as Entertainment Weekly's "30 Best 'Will They/Won't They?' TV Couples"
Ross is a paleontologist and has a Ph.D. from Columbia, frequently referring to himself as "Dr. Ross Geller." Ross is noted for being geeky, charming, lovelorn, witty, and somewhat artistic, showing an interest in the Metropolitan Museum of Art when he coaches Joey Tribbiani on the works of Monet when Joey tries to impress his current girlfriend Charlie. Ross has had a crush on Rachel Green since high school, although he founded the "I Hate Rachel Green" club with his friend, Will Culvert (played by Brad Pitt), who hated Rachel as she used to pick on him, due to his inability to express himself, causing him to make poor choices about how to handle his feelings. He often stutters when he talks.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Ross is the older brother of Monica Geller, and is frequently shown to be their parents' favorite. His birthday is October 18. The two siblings are extremely competitive as they tell the others that, as children, they used to take part in a football match for the Geller Cup every Thanksgiving. This ended in its sixth year, after Monica "accidentally" broke Ross's nose. They also tell Rachel about how they used to wrestle as children and had various complications in their relationship, such as Ross having a recurring nightmare that the then-overweight Monica would eat him. Ross and Monica are half-Jewish, but see themselves as at least cultural Jews, with Ross taking a more active role in wanting to teach his son about the faith.
Ross often comes into conflict with his close friend, Phoebe Buffay. His rationality and Phoebe's eccentricity leads to conflict over the theories of evolution, gravity, and whether or not Phoebe's dead mother was reincarnated as a cat. It is also revealed that Phoebe mugged Ross during her homeless years (stealing a copy of the comic book Science Boy that Ross had created) when they were teenagers, although Phoebe is slightly cheered about the discovery because, lacking the longer-term connections of the others, she had always felt like an outsider to the group. The two are also roommates for a few weeks when a fire forces Phoebe to move into Chandler and Monica's apartment and Phoebe wants to give the newly-engaged couple some privacy. Also on a "flash back" episode, they are alone at the bar and start kissing, but the moment quickly passes when Ross keeps bumping his head.
Ross's best friend since college is Chandler Bing. He is shown to have had some old memories such as a band with Chandler called Way/No Way and blamed him when he was caught smoking marijuana in college. Ross is also close friends with Joey Tribbiani and helps him with movie and stage auditions. He kisses Joey once in order to help him practice a role as a gay man only to find out that he had already done the audition and that he had not gotten the role. They also briefly try to cut Chandler out of their friendship group after he ignores them. Towards the end of the series, however, Ross and Joey are seen to become closer friends, often hanging out together after Chandler gets married. At one point, Ross tells Rachel Green that Joey is his best friend, to which Rachel replies, "I thought Chandler was your best friend?" Ross begins explaining, "Well, Chandler's my oldest friend", but refuses to discuss it further.
Ross is said to be a former practitioner of karate and pronounces it "ka-raa-tay", for which the others make fun of him. He claims that Unagi is a state of total awareness, despite his friends repeatedly telling him (correctly) that unagi is Japanese freshwater eel. He ridicules Rachel and Phoebe's self-defense class and surprises them to demonstrate that they lack Unagi. Rachel and Phoebe later surprise Ross and overpower him, however (then Rachel mockingly implies that her practice is "Salmon Skinroll" as opposed to Unagi). In a flashback episode, Ross is practicing karate, claiming that it was his means of releasing his frustration at not having sex with his wife. Ross is however shown to be an at least adequate fighter after fighting with a mugger (off-screen) as he stole Ross, Chandler and two bullies' personal belongings. He also attempts to punch Joey after being given a "free shot" but Joey ducks and Ross hits a post in the Central Perk Coffee House.
In seasons one-four, Ross lives in the same apartment. In Season 5, he moves into a new apartment that he and Emily are subletting from her cousin. However, when they separate, Emily's cousin evicts Ross so he moves in with Chandler and Joey before settling into Ugly Naked Guy's apartment, across from Monica's place. Ross got this apartment by meeting him naked, which is seen by all the other friends.
Ross Had many catch phrases including the following: "WE WERE ON A BREAK!", "Hi." (depressed), "Unagi" and "ka-ra-tay".
Over the course of the show, Ross was married three times, and divorced three times. This became a running gag within the series.
Ross divorces his first wife of three years, Carol, when she reveals that she is a lesbian and is having an affair with Susan Bunch, whom she met at the gym. After the initial post-relationship complications had been overcome, however, they have been generally able to get along, and share custody of their son, Ben. Ross even achieves mutual respect with Susan after Phoebe makes them realise that they would all be parents to Carol and Ross' son. Ross later helps Carol and Susan reconcile when they have an argument about Carol's parents' disapproval of their marriage.
In an alternative reality storyline shown in flashbacks during the show, Ross is still married to Carol but their sex life is stagnant. Not realizing that she is a lesbian, Ross suggests to Carol that they have a threesome, to spice things up, to which Carol instantly agrees. The other person in the threesome turns out to be Susan which ends as a twosome when the two women show no interest in Ross. Later on, Ross is forced to accept that his wife is a lesbian and ends up consoling Rachel after she discovers that her husband, Barry, is having an affair as well with the neighborhood dog walker.
Rachel is Ross's most significant relationship in the series. His attraction to her is established early on; Ross met Rachel through his sister Monica, who was Rachel's best friend growing up. He developed an unrequited crush on her, but never followed through on it. After leaving college, Ross married Carol and had seemingly put his feelings for Rachel aside before she re-entered his life in the pilot episode.
Their early relationship is marked by mutually-exclusive affection for one another, with each realising their feelings for the other at inopportune moments, usually when one of them is settling into a new relationship. Rachel finally finds out about Ross's feelings for her in the first season finale, "The One Where Rachel Finds Out". She goes to receive him at the airport but left brokenhearted when she sees him walking out of the terminal with Julie, the girl whom he met on a tour to China. She spends the first six episodes of the second season struggling with it, until admitting everything in a drunk-dial to Ross in "The One Where Ross Finds Out". Later, Ross breaks up with Julie to date Rachel, but in that process, makes a list of pros and cons of dating Rachel and Julie (at Chandler's suggestion). Rachel accidentally catches sight of the list and becomes highly offended at some of her cons. She gets mad at Ross and breaks up with him immediately.
They finally get together in "The One with the Prom Video" when Monica discovers a video from her and Rachel's prom night. Mortified at the thought that Rachel's date had stood her up, Ross's parents convinced him to ask Rachel to go to the dance with him in her date's place. Ross readies himself with a tuxedo and a bouquet of flowers, only to find that Rachel's date had arrived. Rachel is so moved by the previously-unknown romantic gesture that she kisses Ross and the two start a relationship.
Ross and Rachel come into conflict during the third season, primarily due to Ross's insecurities that lead to a pattern of bizarre behaviour. After Rachel quits her job at the coffee house, she meets a stranger named Mark who works at Bloomingdale's, and offers to arrange for a job interview. This makes Ross uncomfortable, and he starts to go out of his way to show his affection for her and to try and stave off what he believes are Mark's advances. He inundates Rachel with gifts, frequently calls her and even shows up at her office uninvited. This comes to a head in "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break" when they fall into a bitter argument that ends with Rachel suggesting they put their relationship on hold by "taking a break". Ross misinterprets this as the relationship being over, storms out and drunkenly sleeps with another woman. In the next episode, "The One with the Morning After", Rachel finds out and ends the relationship altogether.
Despite this, Ross and Rachel continue to have an on-again, off-again relationship throughout the series. At the end of the season 5, they get married in a drunken stupor and get divorced the following season. During season 8, they have a baby girl together, Emma. Their relationship never lasts for more than a single night until the finale of the series, "The Last One" when Rachel gives up a job opportunity in Paris to be with him for good.
During the fourth season, Ross meets and falls in love with Emily Waltham (Helen Baxendale), a British woman visiting New York. They quickly develop a rapport, despite the knowledge that they will only be together for the two weeks that Emily is in New York, and soon settle into a relationship. They continue for another month, only seeing each other whenever Emily is able to travel to New York, but the logistics of living on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean make having a relationship difficult until Ross spontaneously asks Emily to move in with him. Emily laughs this off as being too soon in the relationship, saying it'd be different if it was way down the line and they were getting married. Ross takes the idea seriously and proposes, and Emily accepts. They make arrangements to get married in London, and invite Rachel out of courtesy. Rachel decides not to go to London as it would be too awkward for her, but realises that she still has feelings for Ross and takes a flight at the last minute, planning to tell Ross that she still loves him. She decides not to when she sees how happy Ross is with Emily. But during the ceremony, Ross says her name instead of Emily's. This drives a wedge between him and Emily, and although she is initially willing to work on the relationship, asking him to cut Rachel out of his life for good. She eventually realises that she doesn't trust Ross to keep to this and they are divorced shortly thereafter.
While in China, Ross meets Julie (Lauren Tom), an old graduate school colleague of Ross. She first appears in the final scene of the season 1 finale. They start dating but break up soon, when Ross reveals he loves Rachel. She makes a final cameo in the tag scene of "The One with Russ", where she falls in love with a Ross lookalike.
In season 3, Phoebe sets Ross up with Bonnie, a formerly bald friend of hers (Christine Taylor) in "The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion". Phoebe asks Rachel's permission, to which Rachel agrees, assuming that Bonnie is still bald. It turns out she's not bald anymore and is indeed very attractive now that she has long hair. During the final episode of the season, Rachel convinces her to shave her hair off again out of spite for Ross in "The One at the Beach". She makes a brief appearance at the beginning of "The One with the Jellyfish", when Ross decides to dump her and get back together with Rachel.
In season 4, episode 6, Ross falls for Cheryl (Rebecca Romijn) the paleontologist but he has to end his relationship with her when he realises how much of a slob she is.
During Season 6, Ross starts dating one of his students, Elizabeth (Alexandra Holden). Though he initially fears that this might jeopardize his career, they decide to go continue the relationship anyway. His career is in danger again when Elizabeth's father, Paul Stevens (Bruce Willis) threatens to get Ross fired if he continues going out with his daughter. But in "The One Where Paul's the Man", Ross catches Paul doing an embarrassing little dance and demonstrates to Paul that he knows about it. Paul understands and they call a truce. Despite all these efforts, at the end of this season, Ross realizes that he could not see his relationship with her going any further. So, he chooses to end his relationship with her, which was confirmed by Elizabeth's immaturity when she drops water balloons on his head.
Ross has a brief fling with Janice in season 5. Phoebe said they would have very hairy children. Janice ends up dumping Ross because she thinks he whines a lot about his failed marriages. When Ross eventually tells Chandler, he was worried about how he would react. To his surprise, Chandler laughs.
In season 8, Ross has a relationship with Mona (Bonnie Somerville), who wants to move ahead their relationship. But since Ross has issues, she end up dumping him. For example, he changing the locks to his apartment after giving Mona a set of keys and not telling her that Rachel moved in with him. She also forgives Ross a lot because she didn't break up with him when she found out that he was having a baby with Rachel. She also makes an appearance "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding" were Ross tries to dance with her but a few mishaps occur. Again she reappears in "The One With The Tea Leaves" when Ross leaves his "salmon sweater" at Mona's apartment and goes to get it but ends up hiding beside her couch while Mona and a man makeout on the couch.
Ross met Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler) in "The One With The Soap Opera", a Paleontologist who just joined Ross's department. She first goes out with Joey until she and Ross start dating in "The One in Barbados". She breaks up with Joey because she and Ross have more things in common. She dumps Ross in "The One with Ross's Grant' after she realises she still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend.
Ross trained for a career in palaeontology, completed his Ph.D. and later works at the New York Museum of Prehistoric History. In season six "The One on the Last Night", Ross claims to have "given up a career in basketball" to become a palaeontologist, and has mentioned on several occasions that he wanted to pursue a career in music. At another point, however, he says that he picked paleontology on a dare. He thinks that he would have been good at advertising and in "The One with the Mugging", Ross claims that he invented the phrase "Got Milk?". In high school, he got a 1250 on his SATs, although it is evident that he lies about his scores when he claims he scored 1450, only for Monica to correct him.
Ross has always been obsessed with dinosaurs since he was a child, which is a source of both amusement and terror among his friends as they mock him for his fascination, and attempt to avoid showing too much interest in the subject lest they be invited to his lectures and seminars. As the series goes on, Ross becomes increasingly self-aware with regards to his job; after breaking his hand, Joey lists his occupation as "dinosaurs" on a hospital admission form, which Ross does not bother to correct when he realises that Joey probably wouldn't be able to spell palaeontologist. After breaking up with his girlfriend and fellow palaeontologist Charlie in the tenth season, Ross admits that he is never going to find a partner who shares his enthusiasm for palaeontology because "there was only one hot palaeontologist".
In season six, Ross begins to work as a professor at New York University. Despite the appointment, Ross is not a particularly good teacher: his papers – including a publication on sediment flow rates – are widely discredited among academics; he regularly forgets to go to class; is easily manipulated by his students into giving them higher grades; has been known to bore his students to sleep and non-attendance; grades papers without bothering to read them so that he can have sex with his girlfriend; and he once spent an entire lesson trying to explain to his students that he "had the idea for Jurassic Park first".
Ross has two children. The elder, Ben, is Ross and Carol's son, conceived while the couple were married, and born at the end of season 1. Ben lives with Carol and Susan and his name came from a name tag on an overall seen in that episode. Ben is shy at first, but Rachel transforms him into a mischievous prankster. He was played by Cole Sprouse.
Ross's younger child, Emma, was born at the end of season 8. She is conceived during a one-night stand and lives with Ross and Rachel until Rachel moves back in with Joey. She remains there until Ross and Rachel get back together in the series finale. Emma got her name because it was what Monica wanted her daughter to be named but she lets Rachel use it.
Chandler Muriel Bing is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by Matthew Perry.
Chandler Muriel Bing was born on April 8, 1968, to an erotic novelist mother and a cross-dressing Las Vegas star father and is of Scottish ancestry. He is apparently from an affluent family, as he mentions his family hired servants such as a pool boy and a house boy (both of whom he suspects slept with his father); and Phoebe scornfully remarks in one episode, "Did the little rich boy have a problem with the butler?" Chandler's parents announced their divorce to him over Thanksgiving dinner when he was nine years old, an event which causes him to refuse to celebrate the holiday in his adulthood. It's revealed in The One Without The Ski Trip that Chandler had started smoking at the age of 9 because of their divorce. Chandler was Ross Geller's roommate in college. Chandler met Ross' sister, Monica Geller, and her friend, Rachel Green, while celebrating Thanksgiving with the Geller family during his first year at college. On a tip from Monica, Chandler later moved to Apartment #19 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, across the hall from Monica and her roommate Phoebe Buffay. In apartment #19, Chandler's roommate was Joey Tribbiani.
Chandler's main Catch phrase is "Could that BE more....."
At Ross and Emily's wedding in London, Monica and Chandler sleep together and begin dating. Monica and Chandler try keeping their relationship secret, not sure how the others will react but eventually they all found out.
Joey discovers minor details about their subsequent lies after their first weekend away together, Rachel overhears a phone conversation, Phoebe and Rachel see them together from Ross's new apartment across the street. Joey kept the secret at first, after Rachel and Phoebe found out about it, the two girls tried provoking them to admit that they were in a relationship. Correspondingly, Monica and Chandler try getting them to admit that they knew and a battle broke out (with Joey as the go-between). This ended with Phoebe and Chandler supposedly intending to sleep together, but Chandler cracked and admitted his love for Monica, which she returned. The two move in together at the beginning of Season 6, Chandler proposes by the end of the season, and they get married at the end of Season 7. Their wedding is officiated by Joey, who is ordained over the Internet. In the final episode, Monica and Chandler (who are unable to conceive due to issues) watch as their adopted twins, Erica and Jack, are born.
Chandler also has problems with Monica's ex-boyfriend, Richard (portrayed by Tom Selleck), whom he and Joey had briefly idolized for his manliness before Chandler and Monica started dating. Monica had previously viewed Richard as the love of her life which further adds to Chandler's insecurities. The biggest problem with Richard occurs when Chandler wants to propose to Monica, and Richard confesses his love for her. Monica initially considers re-uniting with her former lover (partly due to Chandler pretending to be disinterested in getting married to throw Monica off track when he did propose). However, Richard eventually backs down letting Chandler marry her, realizing he missed his chance.
Monica also sometimes gets on Chandler's nerves because of her bossiness, neatness and overly competitive nature. This forces Chandler into several situations, such as Monica being unable to throw a game of tennis against Chandler's boss and Chandler's having to hide the fact that he is incredibly good at ping-pong to stop Monica entering them in doubles-tournaments. Monica also is the dominant one in the relationship and Chandler frequently submits to her wishes. In the alternate reality episode of "The One that Could Have Been", Monica is still fat and Chandler does not show much interest in her. However, when Monica's current boyfriend gets called away during dinner, they sleep together and Chandler falls in love with her, so the two end up together anyway.
Twins Jack and Erica appear in the final episode, on May 6, 2004, when biological mother Erica (Anna Faris) gives birth. Everyone, except the doctor, is shocked as Erica has not realized she was expecting twins. Erica said, that at an antenatal appointment, the doctor had said "both heartbeats sound strong" and assumed he meant hers and the baby's. Chandler and Monica are a little shocked and discuss having the other baby adopted by someone else but adopt both when Monica says that they could not split them up. Jack is named after Monica's father and Erica after her biological mother. They are shown in Apartment 20, with the rest of the group before leaving for their new home.
Ross and Chandler have been best friends since college where they were roommates. They made pacts of girls they shouldn't sleep with, were in a band together, had weird hair, were great friends, and Chandler went to Ross's house for Thanksgiving. Ross and Chandler frequently go out to play racquet ball and basketball. They also get bullied together and stand up to the bullies, who steal Chandler's hat. In "The One with the Football", Ross picks Chandler as his first player, despite Rachel being his girlfriend at the time. Ross sometimes describes Chandler as his best friend and Chandler vice versa. Chandler was the first person to know about Ross' secret love for Rachel.
Until Chandler moves in with Monica, he shares an apartment with his joint best friend Joey Tribbiani. Chandler and Joey's apartment is an important focal point for the series as one of the few meeting areas of the gang. The two form a close and enduring friendship, and get into many humorous situations. Their adventures include: losing Ross's infant son (Ben) on a bus; Chandler's dismay at Joey building an "entertainment unit" which is so big, it partially covers their bedroom doors; buying a chick and a duck (affectionately named "The Chick and The Duck"); and replacing their dining table with a foosball table. A famous running gag suggests they are like an old married couple when they argue, with Chandler usually assuming the wife's role. Although in one episode when Joey's new roommate, Janine, has redecorated - Joey takes the more woman-like role of their argument with comments such as "Why would you say that? It's just mean!" and "It's not what you said; it was the way you said it", due to Janine's feminine qualities rubbing off on Joey.
The two start off on the wrong foot when Chandler is looking for a roommate when Joey said that he "was cool with the gay thing" (Joey assuming Chandler was gay). Joey comes to fill the slot, only Chandler had already chosen a roommate – a fashion photographer with a porn-star sister. But after Mr Heckles (the grumpy old man in the apartment below Monica and Rachel) tells the photographer that he is Chandler's new roommate, the photographer leaves disappointed. This forces Chandler to give the keys to Joey and they find out they had a lot in common, including sports and beer. Joey also introduces Chandler to watching the women of Baywatch (especially Yasmine Bleeth and Nicole Eggert).
Chandler often supports Joey throughout the show, paying the rent, paying for Joey's headshots, and buying most of the food. Joey tries to repay Chandler by giving him the only ticket to the première of his new movie. Unfortunately, Chandler falls asleep. Later that episode, Joey insists on paying back every penny that he owes Chandler until he realizes exactly how much he owes him. He then dismisses it saying "So what, you fell asleep during my première." However, in the alternate reality of "The One that Could Have Been" these roles are reversed as Chandler struggles with finances while Joey rakes in the money. At one point in this episode, Joey helps out Chandler by allowing Chandler to be his assistant. The relationship between the two is very balanced as Joey looks to Chandler as his intellectual superior while Chandler acknowledges Joey as the stronger, manlier counterpart, especially when it comes to getting women.
Before his relationship with Monica, Chandler has an on-and-off relationship with Janice Hosenstein (Maggie Wheeler). She is a regular feature in his life, even though he regretted dating her and kept ending their relationship in season 1. In season 2, Chandler spends a lot of time chatting to a woman online who reveals that her husband is having an affair. When they agree to meet, it is revealed that the woman is Janice. They passionately kiss and their relationship continues into Season 3. Joey admits to hating Janice but decides to try to get along with her since Chandler really falls for her this time. Unfortunately Joey sees her kissing her ex-husband and father of her baby and tells Chandler, who confronts Janice. Feeling that she should give her marriage another chance as they had a child, she ends things with Chandler. They reunite later in the series and Chandler wants to end things again and unsure how to do it, tells her that he is moving to Yemen. Janice tells Chandler she wants to see him off at the airport so he actually has to go to Yemen.
However, Janice makes further appearances later in the series. She briefly dates Ross and invites herself to Chandler's and Monica's wedding. In order to prevent this, Monica interjects that Chandler still loves her and that she shouldn't go to the wedding. Janice, not wanting to ruin Chandler and Monica's marriage, decides to leave but asks him to call her when the marriage breaks up. He uses the same excuse in Season 10 when purchasing a house and realizing that Janice was attempting to buy the house next door. In season 8, when Rachel is giving birth to Ross's baby, Janice is wheeled in to her room to give birth to her own baby.
Chandler works as an IT procurement manager with the specialization "Statistical analysis and data reconfiguration," which he began as temporary work and, although he has worked in the industry for years, thoroughly loathes. It remains a running joke through most of the seasons that no one is exactly sure of what he does. In a trivia game his friends could not guess his job, with Rachel calling him a "transponster". The other friends admit that they have no idea what he really does for a living. Monica admits repeatedly that she doesn't pay attention when he talks about his work, but finally learns when he quits in Season 9, although he mentions his job title in "The One with the Cooking Class," a job which inspired Chandler's oft-referenced office slang word "WENUS" (Weekly Estimated Net Usage System), as well as the "ANUS" (Annual Net Usage Statistics). Because of this job, Chandler, with Ross, is the most financially well-off. He reveals in one episode to have a considerably large (the exact number is unknown) sum of money which he has saved for six years. He is also shown to hold a position of authority in his company. However, Chandler was unable to simply quit his job as it was his nature to avoid ending anything forcefully, be it his job, a relationship, or even his membership with a gym.
Chandler tried quitting in Season 1, but was lured back by a huge raise on top of the yearly bonus structure. During one meeting, Chandler falls asleep and on waking, realizes that his boss has chosen him to head the new division in Tulsa. On Christmas Day, Chandler quits his job so that he can fly home to New York to be with Monica. Monica helps Chandler secure a job in advertising through an old college friend of hers. Much to Chandler's dismay, the job is as an intern, which leaves him in the awkward position of working alongside people who are significantly younger than he. However, his more mature approach eventually pays off for him compared to the other interns, and he secures a full-time job in the business as a junior copywriter when he only expected to receive an assistant position. The company concluded that he would be better suited for a more senior role.
In an alternate reality storyline during the show ("The One that Could Have Been"), Chandler did quit his job and works as a freelance writer, specializing in comics.