Of the many things the three of us have in common, one is that we love Friends possibly a little too much. So when the Friends reunion special came out, we got on a Zoom, hit “play” at the same time, and live-chatted our reactions as we watched…
Nerdy Spice [0:00] Yay! I’m so excited!
Janes [0:00] Me too!!
Nerdy Spice [0:00] The music is so pensive for a special about Friends.
[During a replay of the last scene from the finale]
Janes [0:01] Well this was a very sad finale
Janes [0:01] I cried so much
Nerdy Spice [0:01] Now my only reaction is that I can’t imagine going to a coffee shop after moving out but before going to my new place. It would just kill the momentum!
[As the Friends come in one by one to look at the set]
Keets [0:02] I am already cringing so hard
Janes [0:02] Yeah this is not staged at all
Nerdy Spice [0:02] I’m so curious whether this set has been kept all along or they put it back up for this.
Keets [0:02] Nothing bad has happened but I’m terrified this is going to ruin the whole show
Nerdy Spice [0:02] Also whether David Schwimmer insisted on being first. I saw him at the Vulture festival once and he seemed like the kind of guy who might do that.
Nerdy Spice [0:02] No, Keets, it’s gonna be great.
Nerdy Spice [0:02] It is so weird how they are sending people in one by one like a wedding photo shoot, though!
Janes [0:03] I love that Phoebe has gained the most fan appreciation while Ross’ has plummeted
Keets [0:04] I love that Matt Leblanc aged exactly like Joey would have
Nerdy Spice [0:05] I love his big bear hug of Jennifer Aniston! Now that Keets converted me to Joey/Rachel, fifteen years later.
Janes [0:05] This shot from behind Courtney’s head is so dramatic – like she’s a supervillain
Keets [0:05] We like to call it Jachel
Keets [0:05] Roey
Janes [0:06] I will never convert
Janes [0:06] I’m open to turning against Ross/Rachel but Jachel will always be worse
Nerdy Spice [0:07] So they all call Lisa Looshy. That’s so cute! I didn’t know that trivia
Janes [0:07] “Was it always purple”?!
Nerdy Spice [0:07] Matt Leblanc says the set seems smaller, which is LITERALLY something Joey says about the set of Days of Our Lives (only to be told that “This is a different building”)
Keets [0:08] Already mad about James Corden
Janes [0:08] Why James Corden
Nerdy Spice [0:08] Who’s James Corden again?
Janes [0:09] Exactly
Nerdy Spice [0:09] OK, I’m smiling just seeing them all walk on stage together. I’m such a sucker for this stuff.
Janes [0:09] And the song
Janes [0:09] The song always gets me
Janes [0:11] I nominate Janice to moderate
Keets [0:11] God WHY DIDN’T THEY DO THAT
Nerdy Spice [0:11] I think you mean “Oh. My. God. why didn’t they do that”
Keets [0:12] there was literally a joke on episodes about how Jen won’t pick up Matt’s calls
Janes [0:12] Don’t tell me this – I’m so overly invested in whether tv show casts are friends with each other
Nerdy Spice [0:12] The show has been watched 100 billion times, which is an average of 15+ episodes per person on earth, right?
Janes [0:13] I Google “was [cast of tv show] friends” like once a week
Keets [0:13] That’s why I’m terrified of this whole thing, because I don’t want to realize they aren’t actually friends
Nerdy Spice [0:13] THEY ARE FRIENDS, YOU GUYS.
Nerdy Spice [0:13] I’m not worried at all.
Janes [0:13] Jen is Coco’s godmother!
Janes [0:13] She and Courtney have to be friends at least
Nerdy Spice [0:14] They all want to talk about the beam! I never even noticed that it disappeared halfway through the show, but apparently it interfered with shots.
Keets [0:14] I guess that answers whether they’re going to acknowledge living single
Nerdy Spice [0:15] I just laughed thinking about the episode where Joey and Chandler wanted to live in the chairs. That was such a good one.
Janes [0:15] They call him Schwimmer!
Nerdy Spice [0:15] Awww, it’s so cute when the rest of the cast laughs about Joey and Chandler sitting in their chairs.
Nerdy Spice [0:15] David Schwimmer forgot The One With The Ball!
Janes [0:16] Matt remembers everything
Janes [0:16] He even beat Kelly Clarkson on Joey trivia
Janes [0:16] And no one beats her
Keets [0:16] Oh that’s the other thing I’m worried about!! That it’s going to be obvious that some of them don’t care about the show
Keets [0:16] I’m so stressed you guys
Janes [0:16] They all watched every show together! ❤
Janes [0:16] That’s so cute!
Nerdy Spice [0:16] See, they really were friends! They watched the episodes together every week, and they ate lunch together…
Nerdy Spice [0:17] “The One With the Embryos” is clearly one of the best episodes. So it almost seems basic that that’s the one Courtney and Jennifer pick as their favorite, right? Basic, yet relatable!
Janes [0:17] We should have taken a bet on how long it would take for someone to say Miss Chanandler Bong
Janes [0:17] And transponster
Nerdy Spice [0:18] Or transponster
Nerdy Spice [0:18] Jinx.
Nerdy Spice [0:18] The one thing that never hung together about the trivia game in “The One With The Embryos” is… Ross knew ALL the answers. So shouldn’t he get the apartment?
Nerdy Spice [0:18] Rachel’s letter to Ross was 16 pages. FRONT AND BACK!
Nerdy Spice [0:18] Oh no, I was wrong. It’s 18 pages. That’s embarrassing.
Janes [0:19] This trivia game makes it all worth it
Nerdy Spice [0:19] The cast not remembering Mr. Heckles’ name made me and Keets laugh so hard. Although of course they have forgotten it because they presumably don’t rewatch Friends every night like we do, so the joke is that they have a life and we don’t.
Keets [0:19] Ok Lisa saying Mr Hinkle
Keets [0:19] Ok this is great I’m sold
Nerdy Spice [0:19] OMG you guys, Mr. Heckles is still alive?!?!?!
Nerdy Spice [0:20] It’s a TV miracle
Keets [0:20] The One where Mr Heckles Dies has an in memoriam and I think I thought it was for him?
Janes [0:20] Matt Perry KNEW that one about seven erogenous zones
Nerdy Spice [0:20] And Courtney did a big callback to her fake orgasm, breathlessly holding up seven fingers.
Janes [0:22] THIS IS MY FAVORITE JOKE WHEN THEY ALL COUNT EACH OTHER
Keets [0:22] Oh wow for a second I was like “why is Reese here”
Nerdy Spice [0:22] She was Rachel’s funniest sister!
Nerdy Spice [0:22] Well… tied with Christina Applegate
Nerdy Spice [0:22] They were both so funny.
Keets [0:23] That is Amy erasure
Nerdy Spice [0:23] One of my favorite lines is when Amy is engaged to a guy named Myron and she’s like, “Yeah. Told you he was old.” I always laugh at that.
Janes [0:23] I like “Remember in high school, when I died and didn’t give you my baby?”
Janes [0:23] Most sisterly line ever
Janes [0:23] I also like the blooper where she says she’s marrying her ex-boyfriend’s dad and Emma laughs
Nerdy Spice [0:24] OK, Amy might have the slight edge on funniest sister.
Keets [0:24] Correct.
Nerdy Spice [0:25] I love how Lisa Kudrow laughs through all this table read. She’s so amused!
Nerdy Spice [0:26] And that Jennifer Aniston knew the label of Courtney Cox’s clothes. That’s so Rachel.
Janes [0:26] Is it even possible to remember what men are wearing?
Keets [0:26] Scientists haven’t yet found a way.
Nerdy Spice [0:26] Wait, Ursula the waitress was a crossover character? I never knew that!
Keets [0:27] Wow did not know!
Keets [0:27] Why don’t we rewatch mad about you every 3 months
Nerdy Spice [0:28] That changes so many of the jokes in that episode for me, “The One With Two Parts” where we meet Ursula for the first time and Helen Hunt guest stars
Nerdy Spice [0:28] Keets is laughing at my impressed face of these early glamor shots of Matt LeBlanc
Keets [0:28] It’s ok I made the same face
Nerdy Spice [0:28] Fake Joey from the One With Unagi auditioned for real Joey! That’s awesome.
Janes [0:29] I didn’t know Fake Joey was almost Real Joey!
Janes [0:29] I did know about Ursula though
Janes [0:29] I think I read that they created Ursula so the audience wouldn’t be confused
Janes [0:29] And I was like “I think they know what actors are?”
Nerdy Spice [0:30] I feel like I have the show memorized but I know very little offscreen trivia about it.
Janes [0:30] Did you guys know Matt LeBlanc was offered Phil in Modern Family?
Janes [0:30] That would have been a much different and less creepy Phil
Nerdy Spice [0:31] Lisa Kudrow drops an F-bomb when there’s a bug on her. We’re clearly soulmates
Nerdy Spice [0:31] Oh, I’m glad Matt LeBlanc wasn’t ruined for me by playing Phil!
Nerdy Spice [0:31] They say they didn’t want “stars” on the show but… Jennifer Aniston really was, for awhile, wasn’t she? I wonder if they’ll address that, or if it caused jealousy
Janes [0:33] I mean she was in the sense that she got the most famous, but it’s nice that she was never paid more!
Janes [0:33] I always liked that they negotiated together.
Nerdy Spice [0:33] OK, I would LOVE to see a sci-fi show about future luggage handlers at LAX? I’m glad Matthew Perry joined Friends instead of doing that show, but I would love to watch it now.
Keets [0:34] Is that the same diner set from season 3?
Keets [0:34] Oh it’s not
Keets [0:34] As you were
Janes [0:34] I thought that too!
Janes [0:34] I immediately saw Monica’s blonde wig
Nerdy Spice [0:35] Agreed! If it was WB maybe they did share a set
Nerdy Spice [0:35] I actually believed James Corden when he said the producer who told Jennifer Aniston that Friends wouldn’t make her a star was in the audience tonight…
Keets [0:37] Ok I just fell for a textbook James Corden bit and I hate myself
[During the trivia game…]
Nerdy Spice [0:37] Laughing so hard at Matt LeBlanc trying to find his hand twin
Nerdy Spice [0:37] Wow, Tom Selleck looks the exact same
Nerdy Spice [0:37] It’s like he’s stayed the same age and now they’re all his age
Janes [0:41] Jen jumped up! Is she going to say transponster?
Nerdy Spice [0:41] The girls won trivia! Vindicated after all these years.
Nerdy Spice [0:41] See Keets? They’re family! They say that they were made into a family by experiencing this sudden jump to fame at the same time. And I can imagine that no one who’s not that famous really wants to hear you complain about being recognized for being on everyone’s favorite TV show. So it’s probably good they kept it amongst themselves!
Janes [0:45] The Rachel! I think we’re due for that to come back in style
Nerdy Spice [0:44] Pivot! I’m glad that came up.
Janes [0:44] It’s crazy how much Gen Z likes Friends
Keets [0:44] It’s actually shocking
Janes [0:45] The students in my classes don’t recognize any of TV references, even current ones, but they always know Friends
Keets [0:45] I thought they were supposed to be woke
Nerdy Spice [0:45] I know! Especially because it IS a little offensive/retrograde. But it’s so heartwarming
Janes [0:46] I guess they’re just like “Ah the 90s. What a strange faraway time.”
Nerdy Spice [0:47] “They were my friends since I didn’t really have any” is a joke that Keets has definitely made before.
Janes [0:47] OMG Malala
Nerdy Spice [0:48] Hahaha, this guy giving the Ross-style middle-finger to anyone who doesn’t like the show is amazing
[During the episode where Monica and Ross dance together, “The One With the Routine”]
Keets [0:48] I wonder if Malala liking it can save this episode
Keets [0:48] …. Nope
Nerdy Spice [0:49] It’s definitely not my favorite.
Nerdy Spice [0:49] David Schwimmer didn’t like the monkey! Poor guy.
Keets [0:50] Suddenly I appreciate him much more as an actor
Nerdy Spice [0:50] He did conceal it well
Janes [0:50] He’s so angry about the monkey missing its mark
Nerdy Spice [0:50] I love that the reason he hates the monkey is that it was a bad actor
Janes [0:50] This is an old wound
Janes [0:50] OH NO live grubs??
Nerdy Spice [0:50] Oh and when the monkey wasn’t moving, it would be eating raw grubs. OK I would hate the monkey too
Janes [0:50] This is Nerdy Spice’s worst nightmare
Nerdy Spice [0:51] Poor David Schwimmer.
Nerdy Spice [0:51] JACK AND JUDY!!!!
Janes [0:51] JACK AND JUDY
Janes [0:51] the most underrated characters
Nerdy Spice [0:51] They were my favorites. Possibly more than Janice
Nerdy Spice [0:51] “A woman in my office is a lesbian. I’m just saying!”
Nerdy Spice [0:51] He was such a dad
Janes [0:52] I hope Rachel’s dad shows up – also underrated
Janes [0:52] “I’ll never understand you lesbians”
Nerdy Spice [0:53] “What did you do, swim here?”
Nerdy Spice [0:53] Elliott Gould doesn’t look super well here, though. I hope he’s OK.
Janes [0:53] 😞
Keets [0:54] Objectively the best episode, good call David
Nerdy Spice [0:54] “The One Where No One’s Ready” is probably my favorite. Good choice, David Beckham!
Nerdy Spice [0:54] (Although the one where Chandler hits his head on the file cabinet (“The One with the Cuffs”) is a close second. I hope someone calls that out.)
[During a replay from “The One Where No One’s Ready”]
Nerdy Spice [0:55] It’s amazing how they can replay clips and it just still makes me giggle so much after seeing it ten or twenty or fifty times.
Nerdy Spice [0:55] Not just this episode, either. Just anything from this show.
Keets [0:55] The one in Barbados is bad even for Joechel stans
Janes [0:56] Bottle episodes are always the best
Nerdy Spice [0:56] Keets you are not very good at naming ships.
Janes [0:56] I’m anti-B-plot
Nerdy Spice [0:56] Oh I never knew that Matt LeBlanc’s shoulder injury was from leaping to get to the chair before Chandler! Poor guy!!
Janes [0:57] Oh no, poor Matt!
Janes [0:57] I don’t want to see this!
Nerdy Spice [0:57] Covering my eyes as they replay…
Janes [0:57] He’s rolling his shoulder! Gross!
[During the scene where Joey is jumping on the bed and injures his shoulder offscreen]
Keets [0:58] This was always such a weird cold open
Janes [0:58] That makes so much sense
Nerdy Spice [0:58] I always assumed he had injured himself for real, but didn’t realize he’d done it on the set!
Janes [0:59] They didn’t do the huddle so it was cursed!
Janes [0:59] They’re cute, see Keets?
Nerdy Spice [0:59] They did a huddle before every day of filming? That is SO cute.
Nerdy Spice [0:59] This “buffet” joke that they show themselves refining wasn’t really my favorite even in the final draft
Nerdy Spice [0:59] “I felt like I was gonna die if they didn’t laugh,” Matthew Perry says. This explains a lot about Chandler’s vibe.
Janes [1:00] Yeah I always just assumed they made the audience laugh, especially at a joke like that
Janes [1:00] Courtney and Matt were so cute behind the scenes!
Janes [1:00] “OK it’s your turn”
Nerdy Spice [1:02] Yeah! I love that he got her to say a dirty joke
Nerdy Spice [1:02] Chandler and Monica keeping their relationship a secret was truly a comedy gold mine
Janes [1:02] Actually that might be the best episode
Janes [1:02] The One Where They All Find Out
Nerdy Spice [1:02] “The One Where Everyone Finds out”
Nerdy Spice [1:02] Lol yes. A classic.
Keets [1:02] The one where they all… Sigh phone typing
Nerdy Spice [1:02] Thanks Keets.
Nerdy Spice [1:02] Oh hooray! They’re going to do a table read of it.
Nerdy Spice [1:02] They’re all giggling at present-day Lisa Kudrow’s screams, it’s so cute.
Keets [1:03] Still funny.
Janes [1:03] MY EYES MY EYES – her delivery is the same!
Janes [1:03] Lisa’s definitely the most into this
Nerdy Spice [1:04] David Schwimmer’s dorky scream was so great in that scene.
Nerdy Spice [1:04] I’m staring at the screen like “Who is this guest star?” but it’s Lady Gaga.
Janes [1:05] Lady Gaga is a weird vibe for this?
Janes [1:05] Oh but she’s so good
Keets [1:06] Reminiscent of the dubbed music video
Nerdy Spice [1:06] Her outfit is very Phoebe.
Janes [1:06] I was thinking of the dubbed video!
Nerdy Spice [1:07] And here they are doing the background singing from the dubbed video. Love it.
Janes [1:08] When Phoebe’s like “my voice sounds so different on video!”
Keets [1:09] See joeyhel
Keets [1:09] They both watched the whole show
Janes [1:10] Aw Matt L has seen every episode!
[During a replay of “The One With All The Resolutions”]
Nerdy Spice [1:10] Ross in the leather pants! “The lotion and the powder have made a paste!”
Nerdy Spice [1:10] Still laughing so hard as they replay this scene
Keets [1:11] Jon Snow also likes the pivot scene
Nerdy Spice [1:11] This scene has changed moving day for everyone forever
Nerdy Spice [1:11] We still say that whenever we move furniture
Janes [1:10] David is the best at physical comedy
Janes [1:10] Ross has aged badly but David’s so good
Janes [1:10] Aww they can’t stop laughing
Nerdy Spice [1:12] He is! I love this outtake where he’s making them just lose it by yelling PIVOT
Keets [1:12] Ok this is adorable
Janes [1:13] That was such a Joey face
Janes [1:13] After he tripped on his mark
Janes [1:13] “Somebody else is getting a laugh, I can’t handle it – I need to get a laugh too.”
Janes [1:13] Such Chandler vibes
Janes [1:13] I’m laughing so hard at David and Matt L doing the Chandler dance
Nerdy Spice [1:14] You can tell from the bloopers when the cast really likes each other!
Janes [1:14] *Keets
Nerdy Spice [1:14] “Who had the loudest laugh” is James Corden’s incisive question
Janes [1:15] Best laugh, loudest laugh *All point at Lisa
Janes [1:15] YES SHE’S HERE!
Nerdy Spice [1:16] Oh, OK, it was a Janice leadin. That’s OK then.
Janes [1:16] she has arrived
Nerdy Spice [1:16] Oh. My. God.
Nerdy Spice [1:16] It’s so weird to hear Maggie Wheeler talk in a normal voice
Janes [1:16] Oh it’s so weird to hear her talk normally
Keets [1:17] The foghorn!
Janes [1:18] If Monica/Chandler hadn’t happened or the audience didn’t love it, he would have ended up with Janice
Nerdy Spice [1:18] Such a good moment. JAAAANICEEE
Nerdy Spice [1:18] She made up the Janice laugh to cover that she found Matthew Perry so funny! That’s awesome
Keets [1:19] Oh my god Gunther beard
Nerdy Spice [1:20] Gunther on Zoom! What a strange juxtaposition of zeitgeists, 1995 and 2020
Janes [1:21] James Corden needed to specify that they were both “hot” and “good-looking”
before prying into their sex lives
Janes [1:21] David had a crush on Jen??
Janes [1:21] So cute!!
Nerdy Spice [1:21] Oh wow! Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer had a star-crossed mutual crush. That’s actually a surprise
Nerdy Spice [1:21] And Matt LeBlanc calls bullshit on them never consummating it. Hee!
Janes [1:21] My mouth dropped when Matt L coughed “Bullshit”
Nerdy Spice [1:21] “We just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.” That’s so sweet. I might have gone back to Ross/Rachel.
Nerdy Spice [1:21] Sorry Keets.
Janes [1:22] They have such good chemistry!
Janes [1:22] Between two non-feminist love interests, you choose chemistry
Nerdy Spice [1:22] Keets’ and my college roommates got together while we were still in our star-crossed phase and I always thought of us as the Rachel and Ross to their Monica and Chandler
[During a replay of “The One Where Ross Finds Out” where Ross and Rachel kiss]
Janes [1:23] I’m getting emotional in the lead-up to their first kiss
Nerdy Spice [1:24] I know!!! What a great, great scene
Nerdy Spice [1:24] “I don’t need your stupid ship!”
Nerdy Spice [1:24] Wow that is some “acting” on the part of present-day David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston staring at each other across the table during this read
Nerdy Spice [1:24] If this Brad Pitt thing isn’t happening, can they finally get together?
Janes [1:24] Um I was sort of thinking that too
Keets [1:24] … Yep
Janes [1:25] It seems to be working for Bennifer!
Janes [1:25] Everyone knew Jen and David were crushing on each other ❤
Nerdy Spice [1:25] Oh, and everyone admits they knew about David and Jennifer’s Thing. That’s so cute
Nerdy Spice [1:25] Wow, someone found sexual tension moments from the outtakes and cut them together in a little Schwimmer-Aniston fanvid
Nerdy Spice [1:27] David Schwimmer dressed as space doody when he meets his idol Sean Penn is so tragic
Janes [1:29] Justin Bieber as Sputnik is… surreal
Janes [1:29] *Spudnik dammit autocorrect
Nerdy Spice [1:30] Favorite part of the fashion show? Can’t decide between Cara Delivingne having her undies showing in Rachel’s bridesmaid dress, or present-day Matt LeBlanc doing lunges while wearing Chandler’s clothes…
Keets [1:32] Bieber did make the potato look cool
Keets [1:32] That has to be it
Nerdy Spice [1:33] What an inspired yet surreal choice
[During a replay of the finale]
Janes [1:34] Okay “I got off the plane” still makes me teary
Janes [1:34] even though Ross clearly should have just followed her to Paris
Nerdy Spice [1:34] He had Ben!
Janes [1:34] No one cared about Ben!
Nerdy Spice [1:34] True. No one’s even mentioned him tonight
Nerdy Spice [1:34] Why didn’t they get Cole Sprouse on?
Janes [1:35] That would have been so funny
Keets [1:35] They have to be doing a kids segment
Janes [1:35] Yeah I want to see the Emmas!
Nerdy Spice [1:36] All these hugs from after they filmed the finale are making my heart glow
Keets [1:36] Aw they were friends
Nerdy Spice [1:37] That is all Keets cares about!
Nerdy Spice [1:37] I’m kind of relieved they’re not going to do another real episode or movie
Janes [1:37] I’m greedy
Janes [1:37] But objectively you’re right
Nerdy Spice [1:38] This swelling orchestral cover of “I’ll Be There For You” at the end is hilarious
Janes [1:38] They would abandon their dates at parties to talk to each other! They’re best friends!
Nerdy Spice [1:38] Keets is so relieved.
Keets [1:39] Wow, no kids
Nerdy Spice [1:40] What did you guys think? That made me super happy. It was just a warm, sweet, funny, fan-service-filled way to honor the show. No complaints.
Janes [1:40] I agree! I got more emotional than I expected. And I’m just glad that they really are best friends!
Janes [1:40] Also I’m now officially shipping David and Jen IRL
Keets [1:40] 1000%
Nerdy Spice [1:40] Me too!