What does coffee, a big orange couch, a smelly cat and Gunther have in common? Any true fan will know.
But they don’t know that we know they know we know.
Every Thursday night from Sept. 22, 1994, until May 6, 2004, I was parked in front of my TV tuned to NBC watching (or recording) what I think is the greatest television show of all time — “Friends.”
And while I know about “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Big Bang Theory” and even older sitcoms like “Cheers” and “Seinfeld,” there’s no changing my mind about those six fabulous friends we grew to know and love.
For 10 wonderful years, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe, Rachel, Joey and Monica made me laugh hysterically in “the one where …” Oh, who am I kidding? I loved them all and I continue to enjoy them as reruns. I laugh just as hard now as I did when I first watched. I even find myself quoting the characters before they even say their lines. Yes, I’m that kind of fan.
I mean, how can you not love the one where Ross gets help moving his new oversized couch upstairs because he doesn’t want to pay the delivery fee? Rachel and Chandler come to his rescue (but they’re not much help) as Ross’ plan doesn’t quite come to fruition like he imagined. We’re left with Ross yelling, “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot! Pivot! Pivot! PIVOT!” Needless to say, the couch ends up sawed in half.
Or how about the one where Ross thinks it would be cool to wear leather pants on a date and when he excuses himself to use the bathroom, he’s sweating so much, he tries to cool off by taking his pants down. He ends up calling Joey for advice when the pants won’t go back on, which leaves Ross’ legs covered in baby powder and lotion. Ross tells Joey the powder and lotion have made a paste. Joey’s solution is to make a pair of paste pants and tells Ross his date won’t even notice. Love that scene!
I watched these friends support each other through bad break-ups, weddings, deaths, new jobs, the loss of jobs, births — the same things I’ve supported my friends in. I always joke and say everything in life can be illustrated with a “Friends'' episode and nine times out of 10, that’s absolutely true.
On Thursday, May 27, HBO Max will run the long-awaited “Friends: The Reunion” show. I saw the trailer and I can’t tell you how excited I am. I know lots of fans are upset and wanted a reboot. I don’t need a reboot. “Friends” is fantastic just the way it is. The cast gave us 10 years of laughter, tears and even some jaw-dropping moments. I’m happy to relive those moments watching reruns.
This reunion show will give us a glimpse into what the cast — David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox — has been up to. Even though they’ve only been all together twice since the show ended 17 years ago, they’re all still connected and bonded. The three gals get together often, posing for pics and posting to social media. They are all legitimately friends and I just love that.
The trailer shows the six stars sitting down for a table read of some of their old shows. They also recreate the infamous trivia game where David Schwimmer (Ross) is the host except this time they’re all quizzed on events from the actual show. The trailer shows Schwimmer asking how many pages Rachel’s letter to Ross was in “The one with the jellyfish.” LeBlanc (Joey) yells out, “18 pages!” Schwimmer encourages the group for more detail and Aniston cups her hands around her mouth and screams, “Front and back!” Schwimmer says, “That is correct.”
In the original trivia game, it’s Joey and Chandler vs. Monica and Rachel. The bet was $100 to see who knows who better. It takes a turn when the girls end up losing their apartment and they have to move to Joey and Chandler’s across the hall.
So many laughs, so many one-liners, so many memories. And yes, more than a few tears.
All these years later and they’re still there for me.
When it hasn’t been my day, my week, my month … or even my year.
So now it’s my turn. I’ll be watching the reunion, Friends. Don’t worry. I’ll be there for you.