This is just a short post to record some Surprising Things I discovered recently. One of the many, many benefits* of having Sister Smile living with me is that she comes complete with the entire 10-season box set of Friends DVDs, and she goes out a lot. So I have been gradually working my way through them (currently on Season 8, Episode 13), and have realised that I did not know as much about Friends as I thought.
Now, admittedly, it hit our screens just as I went to university and I didn't have a TV; furthermore, it seemed like the sort of thing my sister enjoyed, which made me automatically Suspicious, but still, I thought I had seen at least 75% of the episodes. I mean, it's not like Channel 4 shows anything else, so when I go home at Christmas there's not a lot of options.
Anyway, here are the things I discovered:
1. There's a storyline which runs through each season, and from one season to the next. I never really knew this.
2. At one stage, Rachel moves in with Joey, because Chandler moves in with Monica. This happens quite early on, and lasts for several series, and yet I never knew that it had even happened.
3. Phoebe lives miles away, in a separate house, and not with Monica and Rachel.
4. Ross also has his own apartment, and does not live with Joey and Chandler (apart from a brief spell when he's between houses).
5. Rachel has a baby at the end of Series 8 (according to the box).
6. Ross and Rachel are not, in total, together for all that long, but at one point they accidentally get married.
7. Ross only owned a monkey for a short time, and not through most of the show as I previously believed. Joey and Chandler had the chick and the duck for much longer, and yet I thought they only appeared in one episode.
8. For a not entirely brief time, the guys and the girls swapped apartments.
I mention this simply because I seem to have seen countless episodes of Friends and had never known any of these things at all.
* Yeah, I sent her an email with the blog address at the bottom