Saturday 18 January 2020

People are still debating Friends' Ross, Rachel and Joey love triangle - and everyone agrees on one thing

Everyone hates Ross

Rachel and Ross in Friends
Rachel and Ross in Friends
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Thirteen years after the final season of Friends wrapped people are still debating the love triangle between Ross, Rachel and Joey.

A Twitter user has posted a 100 tweet thread about why Ross sucks and Rachel and Joey were perfect for each other - and everyone agrees with her argument.

Using the handle @kaneandgriffen, freelance writer Erin posted 'In Defence of Rachel and Joey: A Thread' tackling the thorny subject of Friends' conclusion which saw Rachel and Ross finally end up together after her brief romantic interlude with Joey.

And it's garnering a lot of attention, mainly because most Friends fans feel the same way as Erin, who writes, "It was 13 f***ing years ago and I am still furious AT LEAST WEEKLY that Rachel got off that goddamn plane."

The character of Ross Gellar (played by David Schwimmer) is universally reviled it seems and Erin kicks off her thread stating, "I am on record as being absolutely ride-or-die anti-Ross Geller, who is for my money one of television's all-time worst human men."

She posits the argument that Joey (Matt LeBlanc) saw Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) as a friend, which Ross never did as she was always a romantic prospect in his eyes from the time he had a crush on her as a teenager.

"We're always told that Ross/Rachel was a "friends to lovers" ship but WHAT IS THAT BASED ON??? WHAT FUCKING FRIENDSHIP??" she writes.

"He had a crush on her in high school, so he "claimed" her first, and long after they've broken up he resents every man in her life.

"He hides messages from men who call her when they're living together. He's endlessly threatened by the men she dates.

Rachel and Ross had their fair share of conflicts in the TV show Friends. Photo: NBC.

"He outright sabotages her career WE'LL BE COMING BACK TO THIS POINT because he can't get over his Mark thing.

"Ross literally cannot accept that Mark (or any man) could be just friends with Rachel because HE couldn't be "just friends" with Rachel.

"And you'll note that throughout the series it's often Joey telling Ross he doesn't OWN Rachel, while Chandler and Monica enable him."

In contrast, she points out that Joey's feelings for Rachel came from a genuine friendship and he fell in love with her when she was pregnant.

"We honestly don't talk enough about how big a deal it is that Joey, the "shallow" one, falls in love with Rachel while she's pregnant.

"He has to LEARN to see Rachel as a romantic prospect because she's always been a friend first. Which was NEVER true for Ross."

As Rachel and Joey in 'Friends'

The infamous 'we were on a break' issue causes much consternation for fans and the ending of the series which saw Rachel abandon her plans to travel to Paris to return to be with Ross is the biggest bugbear among readers of the thread.

Erin bemoans what could have been, "But a S10 surprise twist where Rachel and Joey end up realizing THEY were each other's lobster all along WOULD HAVE CHANGED SITCOM TV".

And by tweet 100 you'll be sobbing over what could have been and analysing your relationships too.

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