12 of the Worst Lessons You Could Take Away from FRIENDS
It’s been 10 years since we’ve seen a new episode of FRIENDS; TEN FREAKING YEARS since Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Ross and Phoebe entered our lives. But still, to this very day, we’re learning valuable lessons from the show’s greatness. Though, they’re not all good…
1. Manhattan’s full of huge apartments, and you don’t need a lot of money to keep them. Monica’s situation is a little different, since hers is rent-controlled. (We’ll get to that point next.) And, fine, we guess Rachel and Joey have help from their roommate best friends when it comes down to the rent and they have no money. But what about Phoebe? She’s a freelance masseuse for most of the show, has no true family after her grandmother passes away, yet she lives in a beautiful apartment, equipped with a skylight (post-fire). Stuff like that doesn’t happen IRL, especially in NYC.
2. Sure, lie about your lease; it’s not like it’s against the law or anything. While Monica’s not the first person to pull this off and get away with it, it certainly doesn’t make it okay that she’s living in a rent-controlled apartment under her grandmother’s name.
3. Impersonate a police officer, get a date out of the deal. When Phoebe finds a police badge at the coffee shop, she uses it as an opportunity to ‘do good deeds’ around the city. That is, until the owner of the badge comes looking for it. Rather than arrest her for impersonating a police officer — which is a crime — he asks her out. Umm…
4. Hook up with your friend’s ex, parent, sister and don’t tell said friend about it. Let’s see, Chandler makes out with Joey’s girlfriend, mom AND sister, as well as Ross’ sister, obvi; Joey hooks up with Phoebe’s sister; Ross hooks up with Chandler’s mom and Rachel’s sister, and so on. All a little too close for comfort in our opinion, and the ones affected do make a big deal about it… for the duration of, like, one episode.
5. Despite raging jealousy, you could be soulmates. First off, we’re just gonna put this out there, Ross & Rachel are a terrible couple. The whole ‘break’ thing is annoying, and lasts far too long. (Though, we’re on Team Rachel all the way in the great debate.) Secondly, Ross doesn’t like it when Rachel hangs out with any man besides Chandler and Joey, which is not okay. It’s called trust, idiot. Get over your insecurities, and let the woman live!
6. Make sure to tell the truth after you’ve already lied; you’re sure to get what you want anyway. Monica and Chandler tell a lot of false information about their careers during their adoption interview. Yes, it’s the agency’s fault for filing it incorrectly, but it is their choice to lie about it afterward. So what if they FINALLY end up revealing the truth; the fact that Erica still gives her children to them is kinda mind-blowing.
7. Never lock your door. Thieves, enter here! We made it nice and easy for ya.
8. Your job means nothing. Fall asleep during meetings? Take 4-hour lunch breaks? Completely lie on your resume? If you’re looking for zero recommendations, sure.
9. Date your students, employees, roommates, etc. Ross & Elizabeth, Rachel & Tag, Joey & Janine… And they all get away without any serious implications. Amazing.
10. Bending gender stereotypes is unacceptable. Remember Sandy (played by Freddie Prinze, Jr.), the nanny? Ross and the rest of the guys shoot down the prospect of a male babysitter before he even begins. According to Ross and Joey, that’d be like a woman wanting to be king… or a penis model.
11. The concept of marriage/divorce should not be taken seriously. After three failed marriages, Ross continually makes fun of the idea. In one ep, he even jokes about getting hitched a fourth THEN FIFTH time.
12. Placing an uncooked turkey on your head isn’t dangerous. Clearly, this one’s the most important lesson of ’em all. It’s a dead animal carcass, and someone’s head is up its… area. You don’t know what funny business went down in there!