Rachel was a relationship with Joshua, whom she met at work, was one of the most awkward in Friends. And its awkwardness stems from events that occurred behind the scenes. Throughout ten seasons, Friends featured many guest actors. Some appeared in multiple episodes and influenced the main characters’ arcs—particularly those who were romantically involved with them.
Before Rachel and Ross settled down, and after the “we were on a break” issue. Rachel began dating one of her Bloomingdale clients. Phoebe, Monica, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, and Ross eventually found partners (except Joey, who did not settle down until the end of his spin-off series). But it took many trials and errors to find their “lobsters,” as Phoebe would say. Still, everything about it, including the context behind the scenes, was extraordinary.
She did not rest until she was finally able to date Joshua. Every phase of their brief relationship was awkward to watch, likely influenced by the relationship between the actors off-screen.
Rachel and Joshua had a strange vibe, likely due to the actors’ performances. She attempted to entice him to a Knicks game and organized a party to get close to him, which resulted in real second-hand embarrassment for her.
Eventually, they dated for a while (although it was unplanned and as awkward as their relationship). And Rachel even met his parents.
Joshua was played by Tate Donovan, who dated Jennifer Aniston for three years. Sadly, their relationship ended shortly before Joshua’s debut episode, “The One With Rachel’s Crush,” was recorded. Joshua appeared in five episodes, and the tension between both actors was evident, affecting the chemistry between Rachel and Joshua (and making it very painful to watch). Rachel and Joshua’s relationship in Friends was one of those instances in which the off-screen vibe translated to the show, and thankfully that couple didn’t last long because Rachel learned from her mistakes.