Monica: You were my midnight mystery kisser?
Ross: You were my first kiss with Rachel?
Monica: You were my first kiss ever?
Chandler: What did I marry myself into?
Joey: Uh, uh, we'll flip for it, ducks or clown.
Chandler: Oh, we're gonna flip for the baby?
Joey: You got a better idea?
Chandler: All right, call it in the air.
Chandler: Heads it is.
Joey: Yes! Whoo!
Chandler: We have to assign heads to something.
Joey: Right, okay, okay, uuhh ducks is heads, because ducks have heads.
Chandler: What kinda scary ass clowns came to your birthday?
Monica: Guys can fake it? Unbelievable. The one thing that's ours!
Monica: You wanted it to be a surprise!
Chandler: Oh my God!
Monica: Chandler, in all my life, I never thought, to be so lucky, as to fall in love with my best, my best..There's a reason why girls don't do this (crying).
Chandler: Okay, okay I'll do it. I thought..wait I can do this. I thought that it mattered, what I said or where I said it. Then I realised the only thing that matters is you. That you make me happier than I ever thought I could be and if you let me I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way. Monica, will you marry me?
Monica: Why must your family be Scottish?
Chandler: Why must your family be Ross?
Joey: 'Joey' loves FOOD..
Phoebe: Potato. Potaato.
A group of friends. New York City. A coffee shop called ‘Central Perk’. A Palaeontologist. A Chef. A statistical analyst. A struggling actor. A masseuse and a self-taught musician. A rich fashion enthusiast. And a comic journey of ten years. These faces have now gotten tired. Senescence is gradually leaving its impression on them, and they now bear a slightly wrinkled smile. Twenty years it has been: twenty years since it was first aired. Yet these faces, their lives, their stories, are still managing to make ours better, lighter and funnier. David Crane and Marta Kauffman created a beautifully decorated red-velvet cake with the perfect icing, back in 1994. The six characters— Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross, their failed occupations, how they interfere in each others lives and decisions, how they discover the right and wrong, the virtues and vices of morals of life, and then eventually get into some kind of trouble turning each others life a into mess. Comedy? Well there hasn’t been anything better.
What is interesting is that majority of the action in the show takes place at two specific places— 'Central Perk’, the coffee shop situated on the ground floor of Monica's apartment, and Monica's kitchen and drawing room. The first episode, for example, began at the coffee shop where five of them are enjoying a coffee, when Rachel bursts into the scene in her wedding gown, decked as a bride. And the timing? Well she lashes into the coffee shop exactly when Chandler speaks of seeking a bride— “Could it BE any better?”. However, at times the action also takes place in Joey-Chandler's room and Ross's apartments. Amazing it is, but never for once, even after watching the same episodes over and over again, almost to the point of learning the dialogues by heart, do they give the sensation of over-familiarity, monotony or repetitiveness. Honestly, they still make me laugh, and just like the way I had laughed when watching it for the first time. Mysteriously, sometimes it’s even harder.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S cracked the rib tickling code like no one could. When you hear Phoebe's 'Smelly cat' or "Oh! My eyes...my eyes..Monica and Chandler..Monica and Chandler!,” or when you see her expressions, desperately trying to win an argument, or when she feigns to be a Swiss masseuse— you always laugh your eyes to water. Joey’s "How ya doin?,” or trying to stuff in loads of pizzas, drinking a gallon of milk and speaking French, where 'Je m'appelle' turns out to be 'Je te bluuu’. There also is playing Al Pacino's butt and trying to speak 'sense'. You roll when you watch Monica give a massage, Chandler give advise, or Ross trying to establish the perks of being a scientist, oops! Palaeontologist.
But believe it or not, there are places in this sitcom that make you bite your lips, not from the laughs, but from being emotional. Monica and Chandler's proposal scene? Phoebe's wedding scene? Chandler convincing Erica of how brilliant a mother can Monica be? Rachel finally disclosing her love to Ross when she leaves for Paris? Joey and Chandler coming back to terms after their huge fight? Or how about the last episode? Monica & Chandler leave the apartment with their twins, everyone recollects the brilliant memories spent in the purple drawing room. The fact that change is a mode of life, they leave the keys of the apartment one by one and the door is closed, and the camera focuses on the iconic purple door of Monica's apartment. Yes, I know the emptiness you feel.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S is a mirror to the crux of life— live, love and laugh. And know that friends are the heaven sent boon to everyone. They might not confirm with you on certain things, might fight, might mock, might be a rebel, but they'll be there for you whenever you need them. At the end of your life, the photo frame on your table bearing the young faces of six mad people will be the most precious thing you would carry with yourself to your grave. So when life puts you down turn to your friends, for they are a pillar of support. But wait, Joey hates being an emotional fool. Friends and supportive? To quote Joey, "They are the biggest jackasses!”. So when life indeed becomes a struggle, turn to your friends and they will provide you with a very decent spank on your ass and a punch on your face (just remember to duck, and don't stand still like Ross), and then they'll sing—
" So, no one told you life was gonna be this way?
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A
It's like you're always stuck in second gear,
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even you year, but...
I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour
I'll be there for you, like I've been there before
I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too."