What are Friends without the purple-walled apartment? Monica and Rachel lived in an outrageously huge apartment on 495 Grove Street. The girls’ sanctuary has an iconic status among the flats of the hangout sitcoms. But it sure did have its oddities, from an ever-changing number to the door unlocked at all times.
Season 4’s “The One With The Invitation” reveals an odd detail about the girls’ address. While Ross is sending out invitations, the camera pans onto the envelope meant for Rachel, which reads something like, “Ms. Rachel Greene, 545 Grove St, #20.” Grove Street is actually in Brooklyn, whereas Monica and Rachel lived in a West Village apartment.
And if it isn’t painfully obvious, the girls did live in a gigantic apartment that Monica was subletting from her grandmother. The lease was in her Nana’s name until the very end of the series, making it a steal.
In “The One With Phoebe’s Husband,” Rachel spends a lot of energy convincing her mother she lives in a safe street and a secure building. Yet she never actually bothers to lock her door from inside, not even after the apartment across the hall was robbed.
Old Key & New Door
Speaking of the door, Rachel somehow can unlock Monica’s door with an old key in season 10s, “The One with the Late Thanksgiving.” Nothing unusual about that, bearing in mind that she lived there, except for two tiny little details – she gave her key back to Monica when she moved out, and it was not the same door.
The Junk Closet
In season 8, Chandler finally found out his wife hid junk inside her secret closet thanks to Bob and Faye Bing, who sent an ugly punch bowl as a wedding gift. When Chandler headed to stuff it inside the cabinet by the bathroom, it was locked, which led him to ask questions.
Got Away With Illegal Subletting
All things aside, it’s kind of bizarre how Monica got away with illegally subletting her grandmother’s apartment for more than a decade. The building superintendent, Mr. Treeger, knew the girls were violating the Rent Stabilization Act of 1968 and, way back in season 4, even threatened to have the girls evicted.
The Kitchen Window View Changes
Over the years, the view outside Monica’s kitchen window kept changing. Some episodes show either an apartment window of the flat across, a washing line hanging outside, the cityscape, or just a portion of a brick building.
The 6 Keys
In one of the most heartbreaking Friends scenes ever, all six members turned in the keys to the apartment at the end of the series. Looking back, inevitable confusion about the six keys arises. When Monica and Chandler were on their honeymoon, Phoebe and Joey talked about how the Beings were taking away the keys to the purple apartment.
The Chairs Change Themselves
Throughout season 10 of the show, someone at Monica’s was constantly changing the chairs in the dining area. While yes, the apartment was supposed to give an eclectic feel, changing the chairs too often (sometimes episode to episode) indeed killed the vibe of her living room.
Apartment Number Changed
This one’s high up the totem pole of bizarre things about the purple-walled apartment. The sudden change in the girls’ apartment number from 5 t0 20 in season 1 confused fans for a while until they learned it was an attempt to match the exterior view.