15 Friends Moments That Were Surprisingly Unscripted

The Show’s Final Line Was Ad-Libbed

Other than the two apartments, the most commonly-visited location on Friends was the fictional Central Perk café, seemingly the only place the gang ever hung out. So, in the series finale, when Rachel suggests the group go and grab a cup of coffee, Matthew Perry couldn’t help but ad-lib the sarcastic response of “Sure, where?”

“I Take Thee Rachel…”

This one is a bit of a cheat, as the shocking moment when Ross mistakenly says “Rachel” instead of “Emily” during his vows to the latter was very much in the script. However, writer Greg Malins stated that that big twist was inspired by a previous example of David Schwimmer saying “Rachel” when he was supposed to say “Emily,” which was too good not to put to use later.

If Billy Crystal And Robin Williams Want To Riff, Let Them the Riff

The most memorable moment in Friends guest star history was the scene with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. It turns out that the entire thing was utterly impromptu, as the pair had stopped by to visit the set and were invited to do a cameo and agreed– which involved the two improv legends just doing whatever. Not surprisingly, the off-the-cuff scene was pure gold.

Joey Didn’t Hurt His Arm Jumping On The Bed.

In “The One Where No One’s Ready,” much of that memorable episode is built around Chandler and Joey fighting over a chair. During one of their brawls, Matt LeBlanc got seriously hurt. He was not in the script despite an injury, as he revealed on Today. Later, when he had to film episodes in an arm sling. It was written that Joey hurt himself by jumping on the bed.

“Oh My God, David!”

According to the book “Friends Forever The One About The Episodes,” Jennifer Aniston wasn’t told in advance that Ross would prank Rachel by throwing a dummy of himself down the stairs. Producers wanted a more genuine reaction from Aniston, which is exactly what they got– including her screaming. Oh my god, David!” which had to be dubbed over after the fact.

Paolo’s Italian Lines Were Improvised

When it came time for Rachel to have an Italian-speaking boyfriend named Paolo, the writers had two choices: To come up with solid lines in Italian even though none of them spoke it or just let actor Cosimo Fusco improvise his Italian dialogue. And, as Fusco revealed on Today, they went with the latter, meaning he ad-libbed everything he said in Italian.

Donald Trump’s Blue Blazer…Black?

While hilarious, the scene where Matthew Perry delivers the line, “Donald Trump wants his blue blazer black,” then has to correct himself and say “back!” seems a little awkward. And that’s because it was a fundamental mistake that Perry made, and the way everyone made fun of him for the error and the way he responded to it was too funny to leave out, according to “Friends Forever.”

Marcel Monkeying Around

Using live animals in a TV show is dicey, and Marcel, the monkey, caused many issues for the Friends cast and crew. Katie, who played Marcel, was most professional but still had her mischievous moments, some too funny to leave out. According to her trainer in an interview with The Telegraph, one such moment was when Katie threw a bra at Jennifer Aniston.

Carol Cries For Real

The early seasons of Friends saw Ross struggling with the dissolution of his marriage to Carol. In the scene where Ross makes one last heartfelt plea for Carol to come back to him. Actor Jane Sibbett said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly she wasn’t instructed to cry but couldn’t help but to do so at the tenderness of David Schwimmer’s performance, which is the take they used.

Richard Branson Was Too Busy To Rehearse

Friends could get anyone to cameo, including billionaire businesspeople like Richard Branson. And while the scene in which Branson plays a souvenir cart vendor was entirely written out. The ever-busy entrepreneur didn’t have time to learn his lines when he showed up to do his scene. Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc just made something up, as LeBlanc later told Entertainment Tonight.

Chandler’s Filing Cabinet Mishap Wasn’t Planned.

In one of the most shockingly hilarious scenes in Friends history. Rachel walks into her boss, Joanna’s, office to find Chandler handcuffed to a filing cabinet with his shirt unbuttoned. According to the DVD commentary, one of the funniest moments in that scene is when the drawer he is attached to opens and hits him in the head, which was a complete accident.

“Not So Much Dating As Walking Bottles Of Vodka”

A behind-the-scenes special about Friends that aired on CNN revealed many interesting tidbits, including a moment where Matthew Perry workshops a better Chandler line. When “I don’t think they’re dating as much as they are drunk” fell flat with the studio audience. He came up with the funnier; I don’t think they are dating as much. They are two bottles of vodka walking around together” on the spot.

“The World’s Worst Hangover”

She spoke of funny, improvised lines concerning Ross and Rachel’s drunken Vegas wedding. As revealed by the DVD commentary, Jennifer Aniston deserves credit for coming up with an iconic, off-the-cuff zinger. During Rachel’s rage, as she grips with what she’s done, Aniston tossed off the ad-libbed line. This isn’t a marriage, and this is the world’s worst hangover!” which was one of the funniest things Rachel ever said.

Christina Applegate Struggles To Say “Phoebe”

Christina Applegate as Rachel’s sister is one of the perfect bits of casting in television history. And she was a standout among the show’s many great guest stars. When Applegate’s character hilariously struggles to pronounce Phoebe’s name, the actress later revealed in an interview. Today, she had trouble with the title initially, and it was too funny not to leave in.

“Stop The Q-Tip When There’s Resistance”

It’s frequently mentioned among the best Friends lines. Chandler tells Joey: “Okay, you have to stop the Q-tip when there’s resistance. And to give credit where credit is due to a perfect reply to another character saying something stupid. Matthew Perry completely ad-libbed that line on the spot. According to ” Friends Forever, the script only instructs him to scoff and walk away, according to “Friends Forever.”

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