With the constant threat of nuclear war, rife sexual harassment claims in Hollywood, ongoing famine and global warming, it’s nice to know Netflix always has our backs when we just want to lock ourselves away from the horrors of the world and relax with some gentle comedy.
And what better show to make us feel happy and full of laughter than Friends?
After first hitting our screens in 1994, the hilarious sitcom about six 20-somethings getting by in New York City quickly became a relatable and enjoyable show for millions. The show’s dedicated fanbase relished in the weekly antics of Ross, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, Monica, and Chandler, as their relationships and lives played out on-screen over the course of 10 years.
When the show did finally come to an end in 2004, lifelong fans (including myself) were left bereft; the show had become such a warm and comforting staple in so many of our lives and all of a sudden it was gone. Fortunately, thanks to endless reruns and Netflix, I can honestly say I’ve seen every episode a minimum of 20 times each.
No. Word. Of. A. Lie.
That’s why I am shocked to my very core every time somebody tells me there’s something in Friends that I’ve “never noticed before”. Surely not!
Well, spank my ass and call me Judy (Friends fans will get that one), it turns out there is something in the hit TV show that I have actually never noticed before – and it occurs eight minutes and 38 seconds into the very first episode.
After being spotted by eagle-eyed viewer Aine Maloney, fans have been left shocked at how such a blatant editing error could have made the final cut… OF THE PILOT SHOW! Y’know, the very first episode that pretty much decides whether or not the entire production will have a future.
In the episode titled, ‘The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate’ (Or ‘The One Where It All Began’ or simply, ‘The Pilot’), the error occurs when Paul (The Wine Guy) arrives for his date with Monica. See if you can spot the mistake for yourself:
Did you clock it? If you did, you’ll have realised that the scene appears to show Phoebe in two places at once.
Stunned by the monumental cock-up, I even went on Netflix myself to see if the blunder was real. And low and behold – despite the fact I have been watching Friends almost every single day for the last nineteen years, there it was: a seemingly obvious mistake.
Here are my own screenshots:
One second she’s explaining to runaway bride Rachel how she’s just pulled out four of her own eyelashes…
…And in the VERY NEXT shot, she can be seen calmly sipping her coffee behind Paul (“Paul The Wine Guy” Paul).
Sure, many of you reading this will think I’m blowing things out of proportion here, but think about it: this was a television show that was created by a big production company, and broadcast on an even bigger network. Thousands of dollars went into getting it perfect and, considering it was the pilot, they must have gone through it with a fine toothcomb to ensure there were no errors.
Oh, and then there’s the fact the episode has been watched by millions of people, probably multiple times, over the past 23 years, and we’re only just seeing it now.
And the worst part, now that you’ve read this, you’ll never be able to unsee it:
This is worse than the time the editors accidentally left in Rachel’s body double in an episode. (Seriously, go look it up.)