NBC's Friends will forever be one of the funniest and most popular sitcoms of all time. The fact that it ran for a solid ten seasons and that it still has fans hoping for a possible reboot is already proof enough. However, while the producers did a phenomenal job of creating engaging characters and hilarious storylines, they also created some plot holes and slipped up on a few things during the editing process. Most fans might not have caught on to these mistakes because they were way too focused on following each episode's plot. But if you've seen your fair share of reruns over the years, then you've probably spotted at least a few.
To be fair, we understand that it's tough to get everything perfectly right in terms of continuity. After doing several takes of the exact same scene, props are bound to get shifted around and actors are more likely to switch their positions. However, when those inconsistencies are super obvious, like say, completely changing a character's shirt color in a single scene, it's tougher to ignore. See which errors you might have missed while watching Friends:
We've seen Joey use air quotes a few times, like when he once shared that Monica and Chandler were "making love." But then during an episode from season nine, Joey revealed that he had no idea what Ross meant when he repeated that exact same gesture. After Joey looked on cluelessly, Ross was forced to express himself in simpler terms. And when Joey finally got the message, he tried to offer an apology. It didn't exactly come off as genuine, though, since he accidentally put "I'm sorry" in air quotes. LOL!
On season three's "The One With Frank Jr," Phoebe told Frank that her birthday was on February 16th. But on season nine's "The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner," she celebrated her birthday with the gang on Halloween night. If you can recall, almost everyone was late, it was super awkward, and Phoebe eventually had a little outburst. It wasn't the most enjoyable dinner celebration, but maybe everyone was so unprepared and distracted because of the sudden birthday switch from February to October?
While Phoebe had two, Ross held the record with three. During season one, when Chandler and Joey went to a hockey game, they gifted him with tickets to join them as a birthday gift. That date was October 20th and then Ross mentioned that his birthday was over seven months ago (March 20). On two other episodes, though ("The One Where Emma Cries" and "The One With Five Steaks and an Eggplant"), we also learned that his birthday was apparently on October 18th. Then, on "The One With Joey's New Girlfriend," where Gunther tried to make a list of everyone's birthdays, Ross claimed that his was in December. So odd...
Remember that one episode on season nine, where Ross got stood up at a restaurant and the waiter kept trying to make him stay to win a bet? Well, one little trick that the waiter tried was treating him to complimentary crab cakes. Ross was all too happy to take him up on that offer, but the only problem was that throughout the show, he'd made it pretty clear that he was allergic to shellfish. So yeah... Something's just not adding up here.
At first, we saw them get introduced in the pilot, but that actually contradicted what we learned about them later on the show. They met for the first time on season three's "The One With the Flashback," and also on season five's "The One With All the Thanksgivings." But then, on season 10, we saw yet another flashback where Chandler and Rachel actually made out at a college party. Either their memory completely sucks or they just really enjoy being introduced multiple times.
Every fan knows that Rachel's last name is supposed to be spelled like the actual color, "Green." So we could imagine everyone's surprise when Ross, aka her on-again, off-again boyfriend, spelled Rachel's surname wrong. Perhaps a small part of him did that misspelling on purpose, but either way, it's just not a good look. We can at least admire the fancy penmanship, though.
On "The One With Rachel's Date," it was suggested that Phoebe didn't know French at all. She couldn't even tell what "sous chef" meant, but on "The One Where Joey Speaks French," she appeared to be perfectly fluent. So fluent, in fact, that she felt comfortable enough to teach Joey how to speak it for his audition. We should mention that these events did happen two seasons apart. But since it typically takes around three years to reach an intermediate level (with consistent independent study), to say that she became fluent within two seasons is a big stretch.
We felt so bad for Joey when his head got stuck in the door on "The One With the Late Thanksgiving." Before the others even tried to free him, his friends started stuffing things in his pants. But when they finally busted that door open, Joey fell into a table of food and completely messed up his blue shirt. It was stained with a lot of food (which, of course, he started to eat). But later in that scene, after Monica found out that she and Chandler were getting a baby, Joey's shirt was noticeably much cleaner than before. Though the sleeves were still a bit messy, we're not so sure how the giant mess in front of his shirt vanished so quickly.
Aside from his ability to make "How you doin'?" sound like an actual pickup line, one of Joey's impressive qualities was his ability to find and attract the prettiest women. On season five, we saw him literally run to find a pretty girl he'd noticed in Ross's building, which was right across from Monica's. When he first saw her, he was wearing a black t-shirt, and when he got to the other building, he was wearing purple. This we can understand since he probably changed shirts. But, what's weird is that when he went to Ross's place (in that same building), his shirt was black again.
On season seven, when Monica found the wedding dress of her dreams, she realized that the price tag was WAY above her budget. So instead, she went for a similar looking dress that was more affordable (though this version had more lace in the design). She even fought another bride-to-be to get it! But then she eventually decided to give up that dress Before she did, she showed it to Chandler. What she wound up showing him, though, was the dress that she couldn't afford, rather than the one she actually bought.
Remember how Monica and Chandler had their wedding announcement printed in the paper during season seven? Well, if you take a closer look at the text beneath that headline, you'll notice a few errors in there. First off, in the ninth line, it's supposed to be Gellers, rather than "Geller's." And where it says "This will be the wedding of a century, quoted a friend," that statement should be framed with quotation marks to make it clear that it's someone's quote. But here's the biggest error: An entire section, from "missed. We wouldn't want anything to ruin the big day" to "quoted a close friend," was copied and pasted, making the bottom half repetitive.
Lots of wedding mistakes! On the episode "The One With the Red Sweater," there was a scene where Monica chatted with Rachel and Phoebe about Rachel's pregnancy. The entire time, Monica had a big wedding gift in front of her that was wrapped, and she was clearly tempted to open it. However, the wrapping paper from the box appeared to be unwrapped and then rewrapped throughout the scene, even though Monica never actually opened it. We saw scenes of Monica about to open the wrapped present, then saw the brown box in plain sight. They got switched back and forth so fast that she couldn't possibly have ripped it open and then rewrapped it so quickly.
On season two, while Ross talked to Rachel about his dating life, Rachel was busy taking up mugs from the tables at Central Perk. However, we suspect that some of those mugs had invisible legs because the red one that was right behind Ross suddenly changed positions. After Rachel started to offer her advice, the red mug was moved behind a black and white mug and a small green one was moved closer to Ross. But then, after Rachel mentioned that Ross should wait to get with Julie, the mugs changed places again.
During the show's first season, Ross repeated quite a few times that Carol, his ex-wife, was the first (and only) woman that he'd ever slept with. But fast forward to season seven and we learn that Ross actually slept with his college cleaning lady (at least according to Chandler). He claimed that he completely forgot about it, but that's kind of hard to believe... How in the world do you forget a detail like that from your own dating history?!
We're seeing an interesting pattern here. Not only did Ross lie about his dating history, but he also lied about his feelings toward ice cream. On season seven, he claimed that he didn't like it because it was too cold. But then we saw him enjoying ice cream with Elizabeth, and with his monkey Marcel, proving that there was nothing wrong with his taste buds after all. (Who doesn't love ice cream??)
Rachel was wearing this necklace while she worked one of her shifts at Central Perk in season two. Though she kept it on during her conversation with Joey, Chandler, and Monica, it suddenly disappeared after Ross and Julie joined them. When the couple said they'd be adopting a new cat, Rachel's necklace was gone. Then, when she started to question the two about their decision, it reappeared. When the pair then mentioned that they'd be splitting custody of their pet, the necklace noticeably went missing again. So weird!
We can understand a stain getting bigger, but having it shrink down in size and then grow back for no apparent reason is just... odd. During season three, when Phoebe got hummus on her yellow dress, we saw that she attempted to get most of it out, and from the looks of it, she'd partly succeeded. However, in a later scene, we saw the original stain appear again. Rather than trying to clean it off, she kept that huge stain as it was and settled with covering it up with a big ribbon. Talk about a creative solution.
On "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line," we got a taste of what Phoebe would call Ross's unique musical "talent." So naturally, she thought it would be fitting to go to him for musical advice, even despite the fact that everyone else wasn't a fan. In one scene, while he opened up about figuring out his sound, Phoebe was holding on to her guitar. But when she offered to let him play it, it was no longer in her hands. Ross initially refused, but when he agreed to do it, the guitar appeared in her arms again.
During an episode from season four, there was a scene where Monica poured herself a glass of orange juice. The glass was about half full when she first set it down to get to Phoebe. But only moments later, when Monica asked Rachel about her date, the glass was suddenly more than half full. Then when it was seen again, the glass of juice was less than half full, even though Monica never took a single sip or attempted to get refills... Perhaps it was magic?
It seemed like someone was messing around with that doodle board when no one was looking. On "The One With the Wedding Dresses," there was a scene where Joey stood by that doodle board and complained about not getting any sleep. We saw that "get out!" was written on it, and when Rachel mentioned Ross's wedding, it remained the same. But when Chandler appeared near it, the writing got changed to "poop." When Ross walked in shortly afterward to talk about the wedding, the doodle said "get out" again.
On "The One With the Male Nanny," Ross and Rachel hired a fun babysitter named Sandy to look after Emma. When he first took out his puppets, he had the green character on his left hand and the purple character on his right. But right after Ross asked him something about the puppets, they'd switched places. If the scene hadn't gone by so quickly, we'd have assumed that he simply switched them around. But the fact that he got them on opposite hands in seconds (and with no help) makes zero sense.
On "The One With the Mugging," there was a scene where Joey visited Monica and Chandler's place and took drinks out of their fridge. At first, he was holding cans in his right hand and bottles in his left. But after telling everyone what he planned on doing with them, he was holding more cans in his left hand, rather than the bottles. If you paid really close attention, you may have also noticed that an additional can was added to his right hand.
The series finale was full of so many memorable moments, and one of them was when Monica and Chandler got to meet their newly adopted twins. When they held the babies, Chandler was wearing two hospital bracelets. But when Monica asked if the twins could recognize one another and Chandler responded, those wristbands vanished. They were only gone in the time that he answered Monica's question, because in the following scene when the twins' birth mother was getting moved out of the room, the bracelets were back on his wrist.
During the episode where Rachel accidentally lets Ross's monkey run away, viewers could see that there was a small table in her apartment located near her front door and underneath a hanging picture. It remained there as she tried to explain everything to Ross. But when animal control got there, both the table and the picture that was above it were gone... Even if they had a legitimate reason for moving those things (which we highly doubt), they couldn't have had enough time to move them.
The show dedicated an entire episode to Chandler's apparent inability to cry (called "The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry"). So throughout that entire episode, the gang tried to get him to shed at least a single tear, but they didn't succeed, suggesting that he was simply emotionless. However, on season three, there was an episode that mentioned a time when Phoebe made Chandler "cry like a baby." So... what was even the point of that entire "Chandler-can't-cry" episode?