If you’re anywhere near as big of a Friends fanatic as I am, then you’ve spent the past ten years waiting for the day that the cast of the legendary sitcom would reunite for one last cup of coffee at Central Perk. Though Friends stars have previously confirmed that there was no such possibility, Jimmy Kimmel Live attempted to bring us the next best thing.
Last Wednesday, during an interview with Jennifer Aniston, Kimmel confessed to having written some Friends fan fiction, and asked Aniston to read a few lines with him as Rachel while casting himself as Ross. He then shocked the audience--and Aniston herself--by revealing an exact replica of the set of Monica’s Greenwich Village apartment. Two bigger surprises came when Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow, respectively, entered the stage to reprise their roles as Monica and Phoebe.
Despite the potential for this reunion to be hilarious, or at the very least, heartwarming, it turned out to be anything but. The entire skit was disappointing, as Aniston and fellow cast members were visibly uninterested in the whole thing. The outrageously facetious script centered on Ross’s (Kimmel’s) “lovemaking abilities” was more cringe-worthy than entertaining, and the bogus revelation that Chandler and Joey had both died of “monkey rabies” from Ross’s Capuchin monkey Marcel is simply devastating.
If you’re still interested, feel free to watch the catastrophe for yourself below.
As with most TV show reunions, this scene fell far below fans’ expectations. However, it may be a blessing in disguise that an actual reunion is not in the making. Though we would all love to see all our favorite friends together once more, it’s probably for the best that the Friends legacy remains on the ten season high note on which it left off. After all, nothing good can come of merely being on a break.