Friends Co-Creator Reveals the Two Episodes She Regrets
September 22 marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved TV series Friends, which has given the show's creators and actors a variety of opportunities to reminisce about their time spent on the big orange couch.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, along with producer Kevin Bright, spoke in front of a full theater after the viewing of two fan-favorite episodes, “The One With the Embryos” and “The One Where Everybody Finds Out,” this week at the Tribeca TV Festival.
At one point, Kauffman, Crane, and Bright were asked if they had any regrets about the show. Kauffman admitted there were two episodes that she wishes were slightly different, and both involve the character of Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow.
Kauffman stated that she was unhappy with the Season 3 episode “The One With The Jam,” in which Phoebe starts dating her twin sister Ursula's stalker, played by David Arquette, the then-husband of Courteney Cox. The co-creator explained, “We did a lot of rewriting on that to make it work.”
The second episode was from Season 2, titled “The One With The Chicken Pox.” In the episode, Phoebe and her then-love interest, played by Charlie Sheen, endure a chickenpox outbreak during their romantic weekend together.
Kauffman might not be pleased with the episodes now, but she is likely in the minority. Many diehard Friends fans would agree that Phoebe and Ryan scratching each other with oven mitts is an iconic scene from the series.
[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]