|"The One That Could Have Been, Part 2"|
Monica and Chandler get together
|Written by|| David Crane|
|Directed by||Michael Lembeck|
|Guest stars|| Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick |
Jessica Hecht as Susan Bunch
Mitchell Whitfield as Barry Farber
Paul Gleason as Jack
Pat Finn as Dr. Roger
James Michael Tyler as Gunther
Larry Cox as Arthur
Lisa Calderon as Phoebe's Co-worker
|Original airdate||February 17, 2000|
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"The One That Could Have Been" is a two part episode of the sixth season of Friends. Both parts aired on February 17, 2000.
In the Friends' continuing imagination, Carol shows Ross a list of women who are interested in the threesome and, when he mentions that just talking about it is putting him in the mood, tells him that it would be better if they hold off on sex until the night of the threesome.
Monica and Chandler are visiting Phoebe in hospital when Ross comes over. It is revealed that Phoebe was, in fact, fired, without her knowing. The three tell her that she should think about getting a new job, such as playing the guitar or massaging people which Phoebe expresses disgust at (whereas in normal episodes she loves doing both).
Joey is showing Rachel around his apartment and the realistic sculptures he has. Rachel decides to go to the bathroom, but not before saying she is happy to be in Joey's apartment.
Monica's date with Roger is a romantic dinner at her apartment. She shares a passionate kiss with him after talking to him about oysters being "aphodisiacs." She decides that she and Roger should eat couscous with their hands. However, the date is halted when Roger is called to tend to an emergency at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Ross and Carol are on the couch anticipating the arranged threesome. While Ross explains that Carol can back out any time she wants, there is a knock at the door and Carol eagerly answers it. Susan, who she met at a gym, steps in and there is instant electicity between her and Carol. Susan barely acknowledges Ross's presence as the two of them proceed hastily into the bedroom.
Chandler comes over to have dinner with Monica and tries to act like Roger to make it better for her, with useless results. Monica says that the date was supposed to be the first time that she could have sex with Roger (although she subsequently embarrassedly admits that she has actually never had sex). Chandler (who had sex with women 9 times) decides it could happen to her someday. Monica inadvertenly asks him to have sex with her and he says yes, much to her embarrassment.
Rachel is fascinated about how Joey can change between being Dr. Drake Ramoray and being himself. Joey tells her that she is beautiful, and he kisses her hands. Both of them share a passionate kiss, until Rachel has to throw up in Joey's bathroom.
Back at Monica's apartment, she and Chandler decide against having sex with each other because there would be pressure between the two (although Monica points out that Chandler is under no pressure as she wouldn't know if he was terrible as it would be her first time). They change their minds and go for a one-night stand, but not before Chandler apparently ends up caressing the couch in the dark. After they have sex, they decide to do it again.
The next morning, Rachel wakes up on the couch, and feels terrible about having come to have an affair with a famous person when she is, in fact, married. To cheer her up before she returns home, Joey gives her a ring from the show to remind her that she is a good person and that she didn't cheat on her husband when she had the chance.
Joey and Ross come to visit Phoebe and she just pretends to be going out for a walk. However, after she leaves the room, she dumps the robe and it is revealed that she is actually going to work.
Ross tells Joey about the threesome he had with Carol the previous night, but doesn't feel too good about it as it mainly consisted of him watching Carol and Susan have sex without him actively participating for most of it. He even went for a snack.
Chandler comes over to Monica's apartment and jokingly gloats over the fact that he had sex with Monica. But Monica has another date with Roger, much to Chandler's dismay.
Rachel comes back home and sees Barry having sex with the neighbour's dog-walker and is angry.
Phoebe comes back to work, only to find out that she was fired because of the drop of sales before the heart attack. This causes her to have another heart attack.
At Central Perk, Ross is getting coffee and Rachel enters, looking for Joey, because she wants to have an affair with him and is not going to throw up again. She shouts at Ross about men being horrible because Barry did not follow his wedding vows and had sex with the dog-walker. Ross argues that there are men who are trying to make their marriages work and watch as their wives have sex with women they barely know from gyms, including him. Rachel finally guesses that Carol is, in fact, gay. Ross realises that she is right. The two realise that neither of their marriages are working and that some people are not as good as they seem.
Chandler comes over to Monica's apartment, as Monica's date has been cancelled because Roger has to tend to yet another emergency at the hospital. Chandler reveals that the "emergency" was a fake one planted by him to lure Roger away from Monica, who he is attracted to. He tells Monica that when he woke up, he wanted to hang out with friends, but while they had sex, he was with a friend. He reveals that he has never been in a serious relationship and Monica may not want to go out with him because he is not a "doctor." Monica is touched by this that she kisses him, marking the beginning of a new relationship.
The tag scene at the end of the episode shows that, despite all the differences in their lives in this fantasy, a lot would end up remaining the same as Phoebe plays, performing songs in front of her friends at Central Perk. Her song is linked to the two heart attacks she had earlier and her anger at being fired from Meryl Lynch.
Cast and CrewEdit
Jane Sibbett - Carol Willick
Jessica Hecht - Susan Bunch
Mitchell Whitfield - Barry Farber
Paul Gleason - Jack
Pat Finn - Dr. Roger
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Larry Cox - Arthur
Lisa Calderon - Phoebe's Co-worker
- In the alternate reality, Joey's apartment is the same apartment he lived in for part of season 2.
- The unusual chair in Joey's apartment is borrowed from the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation and can be normally seen in Lt. Worf's quarters.
- At the end of the episode, the outcome of the alternate reality is, for the most part, the same as the friends' reality. Ross's wife becomes gay with Susan, Monica & Chandler end up together, Rachel finds out her husband Barry is cheating on her, and Phoebe ends up playing at Central Perk. Joey, however, still hasn't been fired from 'Days Of Our Lives'.
- This episode is one of the few titles that doesn't begin with "The One Where..." or "The One With..."
- In this episode, all of the characters are different than what they're usually like. Monica is obsessed with food such as in the first part of the two-part where Phoebe says "Oh no!", to which Monica replies "What, did you sit on my KitKats?". Also, when she was going to tell Joey about her newly re-found friend Rachel, he says "I know" and hands her his plate with waffles on it. Rachel is a lot like what she was before she decided to leave Barry at the altar, and was still dreamed about having something with actors, such as going over to Joey's to sleep with him. Ross is more into karate than what he was in reality (allegedly due to him using it as a means of releasing the pent-up physical energy from not having sex), and Chandler wears casual clothes all the time instead of his usual suit or sweatervest outfits. He also works for the New Yorker instead of his data processing job. However, Phoebe is the one who is different the most in the alternate reality. She changed at some point from being a masseusse to a stockbroker, she is the one who smokes instead of Chandler, even though he had smoked since he was 9 and never suffered a heart attack, she had two. Plus, she also gave up on playing the guitar at some point.
- The unique nature of this episode is most likely due to the producers' need to write it on short notice; previous plans for the season included a six-episode arc involving Rachel's sister Jill, but on-set tensions between Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon - the actress playing Jill - meant that Jill left after only two episodes
- Chandler never wears glasses again on the show until the 7th Season
- In the alternate reality, the hair clip that Monica is wearing when Chandler tells her that he wants to be her boyfriend is the same one that she wears in The One With Ross's Wedding, Part 2 after they have sex for the first time in London.
- In the alternate reality Phoebe works at Merrill Lynch, but when she goes to work the wall says Gehraman and Driscoll. It is however possible that she changed her job during the past years.
- When Rachel wakes up in Joey's apartment, her bra strap keeps changing positions in between shots.
- When Monica brings Phoebe tea in the hospital, the red spoon keeps changing positions in between shots.
| Preceded by|
"The One That Could Have Been, Part 1"
|Series Six Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One With Unagi"