Friends: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Rachel

Although Friends ended 15 years ago, it remains one of the most beloved TV shows in entertainment history and its popularity has yet to wane. It is definitely one of the most bingeable shows out there. Devoted fans as well as newcomers to the series can’t seem to get enough of watching and re-watching this group of twenty-somethings deal with life’s ups and downs.

Through the years, Friends has stood the test of time thanks to its great humor and its endearing group of characters. No matter who you are, you’re likely to identify at least on some level with one of the six main leads, which undoubtedly makes watching Friends that much more enjoyable. Of all the main characters however, Rachel Karen Green stood out as being particularly popular with viewers, so much so that every time her character got a haircut, throngs of women seemed to rush to copy her. Love her or loathe her, her influence on popular culture cannot be denied.

The problem with such a popular and likable show such as Friends is that people tend to watch the same episodes over and over again. This leads to careful scrutiny and the inevitable noticing of things that don’t quite add up. While Rachel went on to become a successful businesswoman in the world of fashion, have a daughter, and unite with her true love, this unfortunately doesn’t mean that her character was without problems. In fact, there are quite a number of instances where the things Rachel does just don’t make any sense at all.

With this is mind, here are 20 Things That Make No Sense About Rachel In Friends.

20 Her Ever-Changing Birthday

It’s a known fact that Rachel is one of the most popular Friends characters with audiences, but despite how much we all love and envy her, does she really deserve multiples birthdays a year? Looking over the series as a whole, it seems that Rachel’s birthday changes multiple times.

In season 4, she tells Gunther that her birthday is in May but then later on in that same series, a police officer comments that she is an Aquarius, meaning her date of birth would have to be in January or February. Whether this is all just a ploy to get more attention and presents or whether for some reason she really has forgotten when her real birthday is, Rachel’s ever-changing date of birth is very confusing indeed.

19 Green or Greene?

We all know Rachel has her ditzy moments and she isn’t always the sharpest tool in the shed. Despite her often clueless moments, you would think that at the very least she would be able to spell her own name correctly, right? Well, as it turns out, this isn’t the case.

Over the course of the series, Rachel’s last name seems to switch between being spelled “Green” and “Greene.” On the box containing Emma’s first birthday cake, her last name is written “Green,” but then on the invitation to Ross and Emily’s wedding, it reads “Greene.” On her desk at Bloomingdales, we see “Greene” whereas both spellings are used on her Ralph Lauren office door. Fans tend to agree that the official spelling is “Green” though, as this is how Rachel’s name appears on the credits.

18 Airport Rules Don’t Apply To Her

Anyone who has ever gone to the airport and taken a flight will know that airport security is incredibly strict. One of the most basic security checks when flying is that your plane ticket matches the name on your own passport. Whereas tickets for events might be able to be used by someone other than yourself, plane tickets are not-exchangeable between people. For this reason, the whole plotline where Rachel takes Emily’s place on the newlyweds’ honeymoon is completely boggling.

Aside from the awkwardness and frankly dubious choice to take the trip, the fact that Rachel uses Emily’s ticket with Emily’s name on it while her own passport says Rachel is nothing short of baffling. Clearly Rachel knows some airport secrets we don’t.

17 Her Sailing Abilities

Rachel is one of the more privileged members of the Friends group, so it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that she could play polo, or croquet, or even sail. Indeed, Rachel reveals to Joey in “The One with Phoebe’s Cookies” that her strict father taught her to sail and therefore she could help Joey learn the ropes of his new sailboat.

However, despite her getting annoyed with Joey for not following her sailing instructions, we have reason to believe that Rachel might not have been the seasoned sailor she claimed to be. In fact, earlier in the season, Rachel tells the group that her father used to complain that no one would help him sail his boat. In “The One Where Ross Moves In”, Rachel tells Danny that she is going to a Sailing Regatta but doesn’t know how to sail. Sounds fishy to us.

16 Her Choice of Baby Name

One of the weirder decisions Rachel made in the series was to call her baby Emma. As you’ll remember, Emma was the name Monica wanted to call her own daughter someday, but always getting what she wants, Rachel managed to get her friend to allow her to use it for her baby.

While Emma is a beautiful name, is sounds awfully like Emily, the name of Ross’ ex-wife whom Rachel couldn’t stand. If Rachel and Emily had such a bad history together, then why would she want to name her baby so similarly? At one point in the series, Rachel even accidentally calls Emma “Emily,” which seems pretty strange considering all the bad blood that went down between them. The choice of name is also pretty insensitive to Ross, whose whole life was put into turmoil over the Emily and Rachel fiasco.

15 The Ross-Russ Situation

In season 2, there is a very strange episode of Friends called “The One With Russ”. Aired before Ross and Rachel got together but after the whole pros and cons list disaster, this episode sees Rachel going out with a guy called Russ. The weird bit? Russ is basically an identical version of Ross. From the way he dresses to the way he speaks, Russ is basically Ross with slightly longer hair.

It’s not that hard to believe that Rachel would try to find someone similar to Ross seeing as she had feelings for him, but the fact that she didn’t notice the very obvious similarities between Ross and Russ is somewhat hard to believe. It took her far longer than everyone else to see that they were carbon copies of each other.

14 Agreeing to Let Bonnie Date Ross

Ross and Rachel were the king and queen of roller coaster relationships, and it’s hard to keep track of how many times they were off again and on again. Audiences were undoubtedly frustrated whenever one of them was in love with the other but wouldn’t speak up, which meant that they systematically had throwaway relationships in between that we all knew weren’t right for them.

One example of this is in season 4 when Rachel agrees to let Phoebe set her friend Bonnie up with Ross. Despite having feelings for Ross, Rachel allows the date to go ahead because she remembers Bonnie being bald. She gets an unpleasant surprise when Bonnie turns out to be beautiful, and Rachel ends up sabotaging their relationship. Rachel should have just told Phoebe how she really felt about Ross, but she allowed someone else to get hurt instead.

13 She Doesn’t Remember Chandler

Rachel and Chandler aren’t the closest two people in their friendship group, but even so, Rachel shouldn’t forget an entire chapter of their lives they spent together. In the pilot episode of Friends where Rachel is introduced to the gang after she runs out on her wedding to Barry, Rachel and Chandler act as if they’ve never met. However, as the series progresses, we learn that these two friends had indeed met each other several times before, including spending two Thanksgivings with each other at the Gellers’ household. It’s also revealed that they even shared a kiss at one point.

After having such a history together, how could they possibly act like they don’t know each other in the pilot? As ditzy as Rachel can be, even she should remember meeting someone more than one or two times.  

12 Her Lack of Knowledge About Monica’s past

Despite how close they seem in the series, Monica and Rachel weren’t always great friends. Sure they were besties in high school, but after that they seem to have drifted apart before seeing each other again for the first time in a while in the pilot episode. That being said, from the flashbacks that we see throughout Friends, we can see that Rachel and Monica spent their formative years together, and therefore should know pretty much everything about their respective childhoods.

It’s strange then that in “The One with the Football”, Rachel has no idea about why Monica and Ross aren’t allowed to play football together anymore and has never heard of the Geller Cup. For something that is this important to both her friend and her on-again/off-again boyfriend, you’d think that Rachel would have remembered it.

11 Not Knowing Her Ex-Fiancé’s Name

In the very first episode of Friends, we see Rachel turning up flustered at Central Perk, still wearing her wedding dress after running out on her wedding to Barry. In this pilot episode, we hear Rachel call her fiancé “Barry Finkle,” but then when we next see him, he is referred to as “Barry Farber.

Every time after that, his surname is Farber, so where in the world did Finkle come from? Was Rachel so flustered and confused after doing a runner that she forgot her own husband-to-be’s name? Did the production team decide that Finkle was an unsuitable or silly name for some reason? We have so many questions.

10 Saving Her Wedding Dress

On the subject of Rachel’s almost-marriage to Dr. Barry Farber, it’s interesting to note that she kept her wedding dress even though the ran out on the ceremony. In the season 4 episode “The One With the Wedding Dresses”, we see Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel lounging around the apartment wearing bridal gowns. Rachel is obviously wearing her wedding dress from the pilot episode.

Although a wedding dress is expensive and beautiful and would obviously be sentimental to most people, we do have to ask why Rachel kept hers when it would only serve to bring up bad memories of running out on her own wedding. Rachel spends much of the early seasons being broke, so why didn’t she sell the dress for cash? Closet space is minimal in New York City apartments, so why did she hang onto it? 

9 Going to London

There were a number of weddings that took place over the course of the series, but none were as memorable as Ross’s marriage to Emily in London. After deciding initially not to go, Rachel eventually decided to travel to London in order to tell Ross how she really felt about him. As we all know, Ross ended up saying Rachel’s name instead of Emily’s during the ceremony. Rachel turning up likely had a lot (or everything) to do with it.

Rachel definitely made the wrong decision in going to London. If she really cared about Ross, she would have let him get on with his wedding and his life with Emily. Instead, she created chaos in everyone’s lives. It’s understandable that Rachel wanted to tell Ross how she really felt, but honestly his wedding wasn’t the most opportune time for that.

8 Going On Ross’ Honeymoon

One of the most memorable and most awkward moments in Friends is of course when Ross said the wrong name at his wedding to Emily, saying “I take thee Rachel” instead. Despite this huge mishap, Emily still went ahead and married him but then disappeared, not letting Ross know where she had fled to.

Meanwhile, Ross and Emily were supposed to be setting off on their honeymoon trip, but seeing as he had no idea where his new wife was, Ross invited Rachel to go with him instead. Rachel said yes, but we have to wonder how both of them thought any of this was a good idea. Ross should have known how devastating this invite would be to Emily, and Rachel should have had the better sense to decline the invite. Bad judgement calls all around.

7 Her Magical Marker-Removing Skin

Ross and Rachel made a lot of questionable choices over the course of the series, but one of their most irresponsible acts was to get married while completely inebriated when in Las Vegas. What made the whole situation even more ludicrous was the fact that they both had magic marker all over their faces. Ross had initially pranked Rachel while she was sleeping on the plane by drawing on her face and Rachel got back at him by doing the same to him.

Yet, after their crazy night, getting married, and running around with permanent pen on their faces, they wake up the next morning and go down to breakfast without even a trace of marker on their skin. We don’t know what kind of magical face creams or serums Rachel has, but it must be some pretty strong stuff to get those marks off her face.

6 Her Pregnancy TimeLine

Friends seemed to completely misunderstand how pregnancy works, getting Carol’s and Phoebe’s birthing timelines wrong, as well as Rachel’s. Whereas Phoebe’s pregnancy seemed way too short and Carol’s seemed to be miscalculated too, Rachel’s pregnancy seems to be stretched out way too long.

Rachel reveals her pregnancy at Monica’s wedding in May, which means she must have been at least a few weeks along. It’s strange, then, that a few episodes later during Halloween, she is still only in the initial stages of pregnancy and is hardly showing. Then later on in the season, Rachel is heavily pregnant on Valentine’s Day in “The One With the Birthing Video”, but does not give birth until the end of the season. The timeline is all over the place when considering a real-life pregnancy should last nine months.

5 Her Parenting

Rachel giving birth to baby Emma at the end of season 8 was one of the most emotional and heartwarming moments in Friends. Not only did it reawaken the affection Ross and Rachel had for one another, it also brought the whole group closer together than ever before.

Although Rachel clearly adored her baby when she gave birth to her, like Ben, Ross’ son with Carol, Emma seemed to disappear and reappear only when it was convenient for Rachel’s plotline. In fact, we would often see Rachel walking around with a baby monitor and leaving the device somewhere random while she went about with her life. It seems almost like Rachel forgot she even had a child half the time. Emma really wasn’t very present at all, despite Rachel being a new mother.

4 Accepting Joey’s Proposal

The most controversial plot line that occurred in Friends is undeniably Rachel and Joey’s romantic relationship. Still hotly debated, this pair certainly caused some heated arguments among fans.

Although Rachel and Ross’ relationship wasn’t always the healthiest, it was obvious from the start that they were meant to end up together in the series. Just after Rachel has her baby, she mistakenly thinks Joey is proposing to her when he gets down on one knee to pick up a ring that has fallen. Fair enough: she has major baby-brain and is feeling very emotional. But there’s no real excuse for accepting Joey’s proposal after everything she and Ross have been through, right after she’s had Ross’ baby.

3 Not Knowing How Gunther Feels About Her

One thing that was consistent throughout the entire series was Gunther’s love for Rachel. Sometimes a bit weird and over-the-top, Gunther’s adoration of Rachel was one of the funniest and most endearing plotlines in Friends. He watches Rachel from afar as he longs to be with her, yet never quite has the gumption or the opportunity to confess his feelings for her.

Finally, in the last episode of the show, he tells Rachel how he feels, and strangely Rachel acts completely surprised. Although Gunther never explicitly told Rachel he loved her until that last episode, he wasn’t exactly subtle about his attraction for her. Anyone and everyone could tell how much he liked her, so how is it that Rachel was so utterly surprised by this?

2 Hiring Tag

Rachel hired Tag for one very simple, problematic reason: she was attracted to him so she gave him the job as her assistant. There’s not a single things that’s okay about, and the way she behaves around him is textbook harassment. If Friends were made today, it’s unlikely this plotline would have been included, and it really shouldn’t have been featured in the series at all when it was.

Tag definitely wasn’t qualified for the job he was given and the whole thing was made even worse when he and Rachel started dating while they were still working together. All in all, this career and life choice from Rachel was both stupid and morally irresponsible. You’re better than this, Rachel–  show some smarts.

1 Not going to Paris

Although there were countless fans of Friends who were overjoyed to see that Rachel had gotten off the plane bound for Paris, others weren’t as delighted with her decision. Rachel and Ross ending up together was inevitable from the very first episode of the show, but there’s no denying that this supposed happy ending would have had huge repercussions for Rachel.

Staying in New York to be with Ross meant giving up an incredible job and an amazing opportunity to live and work in Paris. In the end, she gave up much more for him than he did for her, and it doesn’t seem quite fair that she gave up on her career in order to be in a relationship with a man who had already proven himself to be a questionable partner in the past.

What else doesn’t make sense about Rachel in Friends? Let us know in the comments!

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2019-01-10 01:01:23

Friends: 20 Things Wrong With Joey We All Choose To Ignore

Rewatching classics from our childhood and teen years can be a dangerous decision. Something that seemed so innocent and pure can show it’s true colors with age; or, at least, with more social context. Although not every movie and series is capable of making us feel iffy, Friends certainly does. This is not to say that Friends is in any way a bad show; in fact, it was a very good show. Most of us were basically brought up on it. Regardless of its faults, it’s still filled with heartwarming and laugh-out-loud moments, but it was also very much a product of its time. Many of the elements of Friends couldn’t, or just wouldn’t, be done today, and if they were done, they’d be given the side-eye at best. Additionally, rewatching a series like Friends reminds us of some of the questionable things these characters got away with. Seriously, even a lovable character like Joey Tribbiani did some pretty downright bad things during the course of the show’s ten-year run.

This article will exclusively feature a bunch of Joey’s uncomfortable moments and/or unappealing personality traits. Although we may have seen one or two of these elements when we were young, seeing them all together reminds us that we totally choose to ignore bad behavior. None of this should dissuade anyone from re-watching Friends, it’s a completely binge-worthy show, after all. But it should cause us all to pause and question some of the messages this character sent to audience members of all ages. Without further ado, here are 20 Things Wrong With Joey We All Choose To Ignore.

20 He Was A Male Stereotype

Part of the joke of Joey’s character design was the fact that he’s a total male stereotype: he loved sports, women, food, and everything that’s perceived as “masculine.” Of course, the real comedy came in moments where he showed his more “feminine” side, and from a purely comedic standpoint, none of this should be judged since the main goal was to get people to laugh, which it undoubtedly did.

However, when you think through it and apply it to real-life standards, the fact that Joey was held up as a defining male character is pretty unpleasant. Throughout the show, he acted in ways that would put any gender to shame. And yet, we totally gave him a pass because we bought into the perception that his behavior was true to his gender.

19 He Was A Womanizer

Regardless of gender, everybody objectifies the person they’re attracted to in some way or another, but Joey took it to an extreme. In fact, he womanized every single female he came across, rarely seeing them as anything more than their looks, and this attitude was encapsulated in his catch phrase: “How you doin’?”

Every woman he came into contact with, he saw as a potential conquest. The running joke with his character was how he abandoned these women after he felt like he gained everything that he wanted from them. In short, he treated them as if they were less than human. A lot of this was done for comedy, which is totally fine, but we still totally ignored the fact that if he were a real character, he’d be the biggest scumbag around.

18 He Sabotaged A Student Actor

In an early season of Friends, Joey got a job as an acting teacher. While there, he showed us just how inept he was at imparting information as well as how shallow his knowledge of the craft of acting was, but he also straight-up sabotaged one of his students because they were competing for a role that Joey wanted. Letting his sense of entitlement get the better of him, Joey gave the actor some truly bad advice in order to take him out of the running.

However, this backfired on Joey as the casting directors loved what the student did and decided to hire him instead of Joey. This is precisely what Joey deserved as he tarnished what teaching is all about.

17 He Was “The Other Man” And Didn’t Learn Anything From It

In the first season of Friends, Joey quickly fell for his co-star, Kate, and they began to spend time with each other (even though she was with someone else). However, she later brushed it off as a “one-time thing.” This really hurt Joey, who actually had some feelings for her and didn’t like being used in such a way. This caused him to call up some of the women that he never phoned back and apologize for his actions.

This would have been a really engaging and likable character arc for him, but things went right back to the way they were in the next episode and it continued until the series finale. In short, Joey learned nothing from this experience and we totally ignored it.

16 He Wouldn’t Share Food, But Would Happily Eat Off Someone’s Plate

It’s completely understandable not liking when people eat off your plate. Maybe you’re afraid of germs or maybe you just like your own space. Regardless, claiming that is fine, but to then reach across the table and eat someone else’s food is utterly hypocritical.

Joey made a huge deal about not wanting to share his food but had no problem forcing others to share their own. This is the very definition of entitlement. His behavior may have been a running gag on the show, but it doesn’t make it right. If he were an actual friend of ours, we wouldn’t put up with this type of conduct. In fact, we’d probably stop being around him. And yet, we totally ignored this fact about Joey.

15 He Hit On Women Even If They Showed No Interest

Joey couldn’t take no for an answer. It doesn’t matter if the woman he was crushing on continued to evade him, he would still pursue her. This is generally a good trait in a character, as we connect with those who are active and relentless in the pursuit of their desires, but that doesn’t mean that the reason for Joey’s desire wasn’t unpleasant.

When Joey wanted a woman, he felt like he was deserving of her. She could protest all she wanted, but he’d still attempt to assert his dominance. It was only with Rachel that he showed any sign of backing off, but that had more to do with Ross than it did with his female friend. Sorry, folks, but Joey really was inconsiderate when it came to women and we brushed it under the rug.

14 His Chick And Duck Just Vanished

It may seem like Joey and Chandler’s pets were only around for the first couple of seasons of Friends, but in reality, they were consistently in the first six seasons of the show. That’s more than half! But come season seven, they were merely mentioned and not seen at all. For the final three seasons, they didn’t even get that kind of acknowledgment. They were simply cast aside.

We can decipher that Joey and Chandler’s beloved chick and duck passed, but it’s odd that there was never any real closure to this storyline. Chances are, you completely forgot that this even occurred. That has to do with the fact that we all totally ignored this Joey-related plot hole.

13 He Pretended To Be A Doctor To Gain Someone’s Personal Information

We all know that Joey played the character Dr. Drake Ramoray on a fictional version of Days Of Our Lives, but we may have forgotten that he actually pretended to be the character in the reality of Friends. This occurred when the main cast was hanging out at the hospital while Rachel was giving birth to Emma.

During this time, Phoebe found a patient that she had a bit of a crush on, however, she didn’t want to get involved with him if he had any negative traits. So, she sent Joey in as a fake doctor in order to retrieve the man’s personal information. Frankly, this act was just plain wrong, but we just laughed it off and brushed it aside.

12 He Chose To Save A Sandwich Over His Friends

One of the most famous episodes of Friends was when everyone thought Joey sacrificed himself for Ross. This was because he threw himself over Ross after he thought he heard a gunshot. In reality, Joey was actually protecting his prized meatball sub, which was sitting right beside Ross. Yep, he would have harmed himself in order to protect a sandwich…

The situation was utterly hilarious, especially when the truth came out, but that didn’t stop us from ignoring the fact that Joey valued a sandwich more than the friends who have always had his back. Sure, it’s outlandish, but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. How did anyone stay friends with him after this incident?

11 He Borrowed Tons Of Money And Never Paid It Back

The fact that Joey borrowed a lot of money from his friends came up many times throughout the series, but each time, it was usually brushed aside by the other characters. This is because they never truly expected Joey to pay them back. Chandler and Ross, in particular, both lent (or gave) notable amounts of their hard-earned money to Joey, which he would use on his lackluster acting career by purchasing more headshots or enrolling in specialty classes.

It’s a beautiful thing for people to financially support the passions of their friends, but in return, the friend should work tirelessly to return the favor. Instead, Joey sort of fumbled throughout his career and spent most of his time flirting and hanging out at a coffee shop.

10 He And Chandler Tried To Force Ross To Move Out

It’s understandable that Joey and Chandler would occasionally get annoyed with Ross – after all, he has some particularly irritating habits – but the two of them betrayed his friendship when they attempted to get him to move out.

This event happened in an early episode of the show when Ross lost his wife and was basically homeless. Initially, Joey and Chandler took him in, but they soon discovered that they couldn’t deal with him. Therefore, they decided to do everything they could to push him to move out and into the worst apartment imaginable. We often cut Joey some slack since he was perceived as a good friend, but this proved that the only person he truly cared about was himself.

9 He Took On A Female Roommate Just To Be With Her

Given the context of what’s happening in today’s news, rewatching the season where Joey was scouting for an attractive female roommate should cause us all to pause. After all, Joey literally put out an ad that stated that he didn’t want an “ugly” roommate. As funny as this is, it’s pretty piggish, and to make matters worse, he attempted to be with every single one of the women he interviewed.

Finally, he landed Janine, played by international supermodel Elle Macpherson. Once she came into the picture, he tried to be with her nonstop. This type of behavior is totally predatory and inexcusable, yet, we still convinced ourselves that Joey was a great guy despite all of this.

8 He Made Someone Else’s Award About Him

This entry is equal parts charming and reprehensible because we can all relate to the struggle it takes to achieve our dreams. We all want to succeed and be acknowledged for our hard work, which is what Joey absolutely wanted when he was nominated for a Soapy Award. Of course, he didn’t win, but his co-star did, and she didn’t even bother to show up for the ceremony.

When Joey accepted the award on her behalf, he made the entire acceptance speech about him, his hard work, and even mentioned his parents. He also continued to hold on to the award for longer than he should have. All of this was very funny, but it was still the wrong thing to do. It’s just another example of how Joey cared more about himself than anyone else.

7 He Got His Friends Tickets To A Play So They Weren’t At His Party

How could any of us claim that Joey was a good friend? He constantly did things that benefited himself and only himself. Although most of the characters on Friends did the same thing, Joey may have taken the title for “worst friend” when he bought Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, and Ross tickets to a play on the night of his party. He did this because he didn’t want any of them to embarrass him in front of his soap-opera friends.

A true friend wouldn’t have done this. If he were that concerned with how they would act around his business associates, he should have simply been honest about it. Instead, he attempted to weasel himself out of a slightly awkward scenario.

6 He Was Weird With Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe

Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe are obviously attractive individuals, but one would think that Joey would have been a tad more respectful towards them after they all grew close to one another. In fact, they were almost like siblings. And yet, Joey still acted very creepily with each of them on multiple occasions.

Even before he grew romantic feelings for Rachel, he attempted to flirt with her and catch her in slightly compromising positions. The same goes for Monica and Phoebe, who he’d happily make uncomfortable on the off-chance that they would become physical with him. We completely brushed this fact aside because Joey showed so many boyishly charming attributes, but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t a creep.

5 He Takes His Neighbors’ Food

Joey was the biggest mooch of all. He was essentially the Kramer of Friends as he had no problem sneaking into Monica’s apartment and stealing her food. Of course, Monica was the best chef of any of the characters, but that doesn’t mean she constantly wanted Joey eating her delicious treats.

She, as well as the other characters, worked hard for what they had and Joey knew that, but it didn’t stop him from feeling like he was entitled to the food that was in their fridges and cupboards. He just came and went as pleased, taking whatever he desired without ever offering to compensate for it. There’s just no way that any of us would put up with this in real life.

4 He Was Remarkably Unintelligent

It’s hard to fault anyone for being completely stupid. If they try hard to learn and still can’t, it’s not really their fault. They just don’t have the necessary abilities. But, Joey often fell into the camp of people who just didn’t care to learn. Sure, he wasn’t able to, but aside from a few episodes, he never showed any interest in higher knowledge or expanding his mind.

What was truly remarkable about Joey was the fact that he couldn’t even grasp basic language or trivia knowledge. He never seemed to care, though, as things would often fall into place for him. If there was no pressure on growing, why would he? Of course, this is not a positive trait, but we put it aside because Joey was funny and seemingly charming.

3 He Helped Create A List Of Pros And Cons For Julie and Rachel

The blame for this particular instance should be shared amongst a few characters on Friends, however, it was Joey who came up with the idea to create a list that compared and contrasted the traits of Rachel and Ross’ girlfriend, Julie. To make matters worse, these traits were just the perceptions of Ross and Joey. This all came about when Ross had to pick between continuing his relationship with Julie, or pursuing the love of his life, Rachel. But, instead of following his heart, he took Joey’s lame advice.

The list, which Joey even added to, was incredibly insulting to both Julie and Rachel. Needless to say, it did not go well. So, bravo again, Joey!

2 He Threw A Woman’s Wooden Leg In The Fire

It’s odd that the story Joey is most ashamed of would get such little air-time on Friends. Nevertheless, we heard it once, and we still totally choose to ignore it. The story in question would be the time that he threw his ex-girlfriend’s prosthetic leg on the fire.

It all happened during the middle of the night when Joey tried to keep her fire going. He reached for something that he thought was a log and then added it to the fire. Unfortunately, it was her prosthetic leg. This made him so ashamed that he actually wished that he had picked up her dog instead. To make matters worse, Joey didn’t even fess up to this. He simply left her in the middle of the night without saying a word. Seriously, dude, that’s a low blow!

1 He Left Ross’ Son On A Bus

Lastly, we really can’t let Joey get away with one of the worst things he’s ever done. That would be the time that he and Chandler left Ross’ son Ben on the bus. Yes, that’s right, Joey and Chandler completely left the little guy on a public bus all by his lonesome.

The reason this happened was that Joey and Chandler were busy flirting with a couple of women on the bus. Clearly, this was more important than watching the child that they were entrusted with. Not only was this sloppy on Joey’s part, but it was also totally reprehensible. Oh well, if Ross could forgive him, we suppose we can as well.

What do you think we ignored about Joey? Let us know in the comments below!

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2018-12-27 01:12:33

Friends: 10 Storylines That Hurt The Show (And 10 That Saved It)

One of the most popular television sitcoms of all-time, Friends was such a huge hit that it made international superstars out of its 6 main stars. On top of that, at the height of the show’s popularity, Friends was such a huge sensation that for loads of viewers it was the definition of must-see television. It is still beloved by millions of people to this day, and in recent years a whole new generation of fans discovered Friends and fell in love with it too.

While it is easy to look back on Friends’ massive success with rose-colored glasses, it should be noted that some of the show’s storylines actually were pretty big missteps. On the other hand, of course, it can’t be ignored that there also were many storylines that were integral to the overall success of the series. With all of that in mind, it is time to look at this list of 10 storylines that hurt Friends and 10 that saved it.

In order for a Friends storyline to be considered for possible inclusion on this list, it first and foremost needs to stand out among all of the rest. From there, it either needs to have made the show significantly better or taken away from what viewers loved so much about the series. Finally, it should be noted that even single-episode storylines were in the running, as long as they were memorable enough to have made a large impact on the show’s legacy.

Here are 10 Storylines That Hurt Friends (And 10 That Saved It).

20 Saved: The “I Hate Rachel Club” is Revealed

A perfect example of the celebrity cameo at its best, Brad Pitt appeared on Friends as a former friend of Ross’ who co-founded the “I Hate Rachel” club with his pal. This was especially funny when it first aired, since Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston in real life at the time. They have been divorced for years now, but this storyline still is fantastic.

Pitt’s hilarious work as a man barely able to hold in his disdain for Rachel made the moment he finally unleashed his rage incredibly cathartic. On top of that, it was very revealing to learn that in his youth Ross was so hopeless that he pretended to himself that he disliked the girl of his dreams.

19 Hurt: Joey’s Identical Hand Twin

One of a select few Friends storyline that feels like it must have been dreamt up in a feverish state, Joey’s one-time obsession with his so-called identical hand twin was nonsensical, at best.

The very definition of a B-plot that served no purpose, Joey’s attempts to convince his hand twin to work should’ve at least led to some funny moments. Instead, viewers watched with boredom as it became crystal clear that, at least for this episode, Joey had become cartoonishly buffoonish. In fact, we easily could envision Homer spending the first few moments of a Simpsons episode focused on something this foolish– but even he would move on before long.

18 Saved: Ross’ Attempts at Self-Improvement

Speaking of a character becoming somewhat cartoonish over time, during the later seasons of Friends it is pretty hard to deny that Ross was pretty out there at times. For instance, when you compare him pretending to watch TV in front of his window to anything he got up to in the show’s first season, the differences are pretty stark. However, unlike Joey’s whole hand twin thing, a lot of the wacky stuff that Ross got up to ended up being pretty uproarious.

Ross’ attempts at self-improvement, for example, had a lot of fans laughing hysterically. Actually, all of these years later we still smile when we think of how badly his spray tan, teeth whitening, and leather pants escapades went for him.

17 Hurt: Monica Thinking Chandler Was Into Sharks

Friends was its best when it was focused on relatable storylines. Almost everybody has experienced an unrequited crush, so they understood Ross’ longing for Rachel. Of course, Friends’ main characters often reacted to everyday issues in outrageous ways, like Chandler flying to Yemen instead of breaking up with Janice. However, when the show introduced downright dumb storylines, like Monica thinking that Chandler was into sharks, no matter how she reacted, it seemed really off.

For that reason, even though it was heartwarming that Monica tried to support what she thought was her husband’s odd attraction, this storyline is still a Friends lowlight.

16 Saved: Phoebe’s Surrogacy

Most often played for comedic relief, Phoebe was the subject of many Friends storylines that focused on how strange she can be. With that in mind, it was really great when she was given one of the most crowd-pleasing storylines in the show’s history.

When Phoebe was asked to carry her brother and his wife’s children to term inside of her womb, this storyline led to many great moments, like Joey giving up meat for her. That said, all of it paled in comparison to how bittersweet and touching it was when Phoebe coped with giving up the babies she had carried to term to their rightful parents.

15 Hurt: Pete and the UFC

Introduced as nothing more than your average guy, Pete got romantically involved with Monica and it didn’t take long for viewers to learn his character was extremely wealthy. Though this was already gimmicky enough, at first it seemed like Pete was a great character since he was just a regular guy with a bunch of money who really liked Monica.

Sadly, the series decided to make Pete ridiculous as his character became obsessed with fighting in the UFC. At the time a sport that was a lot more brutal and ridiculed by the masses, so this storyline ruined what could have been an interesting character.

14 Saved: Phoebe and Chandler Play Chicken

Monica and Chandler are probably the healthiest relationship in the history of Friends, so it seems silly that they were once so concerned about the rest of the gang finding out they were together. That said, their attempts to keep their relationship under wraps led to some hilarious moments, including Joey taking the fall for them when they were almost caught many times.

By far the best moment of the early stages of their relationship were when Chandler and Phoebe played a game of chicken in which they pretended to like one another. It was obvious Chandler and Phoebe had zero romantic feelings for one another, which made things hilarious, and their game also ended on a heartwarming note when he professed his love for Monica.

13 Hurt: Rachel Thinking Joey Has Proposed

This unnecessary obstacle in Ross and Rachel’s romance occurred when Rachel was pregnant with Ross’ daughter. When Ross revealed that he intended to propose to her many fan’s felt their hearts leap. Of course, their hopes were quickly dashed as a convoluted series of events led to Rachel accepting when she thought Joey that was proposing to her.

It was ridiculous when Joey ended up in front of Rachel with an engagement ring in hand and one knee. When she said yes, things went from bad to worse. Of course, once Ross found out what happened he didn’t propose and was mad at Joey to boot.

12 Saved: Monica and Richard

Despite the fact that Tom Selleck was already famous when he was cast as Monica’s boyfriend Richard, it was no stunt. In fact, because Selleck is effortlessly charismatic and likable, fans instantly hoped he would stick around. This was easily the second most important romance Monica was involved in over Friends ’10 seasons becaus eit was easy to understand why she adored Richard.

On top of that, aside from an unfortunate situation with Richard’s son, their relationship was handled beautifully. T heir breakup made all the sense in the world and was heartbreaking. The fact that he still cared deeply about her years later meant a lot to fans of their relationship.

11 Hurt: The Pros and Cons List

When Ross found out that Rachel finally had feelings for him, it seemed like he would be over the moon. Still, he was involved with Julie at the time so he clearly had a problem to grapple with. However, when he claimed to not be sure if he wanted to break up with Julie for Rachel, even though he seemed happy enough in his relationship, it was difficult to believe.

It got downright ludicrous from there, when this storyline led to him creating a pros and cons list for someone he’d fantasized about being with for years. As a result, when she discovered it and their budding relationship was decimated, it seemed obvious that the writesr didn’t want to give up their “will they or won’t they” golden goose.

10 Saved: Susan and Carol

Later on, we are going to look at the disrespectful ways that Friends treated whole groups of people. That said, it should be noted that in some ways the show could be pretty progressive, most significantly when it comes to Susan and Carol’s relationship.

Things were far from perfect, since this lesbian couple was the butt of distasteful jokes and they sometimes dismissed Ross’ importance in his son’s life– though, in their defense, he was not an attentive dad. More importantly, it was great to see a mainstream show feature a loving relationship between two women, and could have been the first such relationship some viewers had seen in the ’90s.

9 Hurt: Ross’ Jealousy

One of the earliest examples of why a lot of Friends fans consider Ross to be the worst, the way he was so over the top jealous of Rachel’s friendship with Mark became pretty gross. Of course, Ross was totally on the mark when it came to Mark’s desire for Rachel but his lack of trust in his girlfriend got old really fast. It would be one thing if she had ever given him a reason to believe she was untrustworthy but that simply wasn’t the case.

On top of that, when he sent her a gift shop’s worth of flowers, candy, and other romantic trinkets, it was an annoying and pitiful attempt to mark his territory.

8 Saved: Phoebe and Mike

Phoebe dated some memorable character over Friends’ 10 seasons, but fans were so happy that she ended up marrying Paul Rudd’s Mike. He was her best boyfriend– although Hank Azaria’s character David was pretty great too.

Mike and Phoebe were perfect together since he not only accepted, but adored Phoebe’s more unique side. Mike showed how much he loved his future wife when he dressed down his parents for rejecting her. If that didn’t prove to fans they were great together, their love was so strong that their marriage on a New York city street was envied by many viewers. Not to mention, if Phoebe hadn’t gotten involved with Mike we wouldn’t have seen Paul Rudd play air piano.

7 Hurt: Emily Trying to Put an End to Ross and Rachel’s Friendship

In yet another example of Friends building up and then destroying fans’ hopes of Ross and Rachel getting together again, the outcome of his wedding to Emily was awful. After opting to fly all the way to England to profess her love for Ross, it was noble of Rachel to keep quiet since he seemed excited about his upcoming nuptials. However, when Ross said Rachel’s instead of Emily’s during the ceremony it seemed like only a matter of time before they would rekindle things. Instead, before long Emily forced Ross to even give up his friendship with Rachel, which he agreed to.

This was a storyline that made many fans angry with Emily and served no purpose but to again tease us with the outcome we wanted without following through. It was hugely disappointing.

6 Saved: The Bet

When Joey and Chandler competed with Monica and Rachel to see which duo knew the other pair better, it created many great moments. Two examples of the episode’s funny moments were finding out the men’s TV Guide was addressed to “Mrs. Chanandler Bong” and Rachel thinking Chandler was a “transponster” was hilarious. More than that, the women’s horror at losing their apartment and the men’s elation while riding their ceramic dog into their new place were both equally fantastic.

When a single storyline is chocked full of that many classic moments, it is bound to be one of a series’ best.

5 Hurt: “Fat Monica”

At the end of the day, people did not tune into Friends in order to learn lessons. However, that doesn’t mean there is any excuse for the way the show consistently drove home the idea that overweight people should be mocked at every turn.

It may have made some sense that during their teen years Ross made fun of his sister’s weight, since people in their youth can be cruel. However, even as adults, the gang only ever referred to Monica’s overweight years with mocking derision. Worse yet, the show made it very clear that Ross and Monica’s parents like him a lot more than her and, though it was never explicitly tied to her weight, they too took consistent shots at her “fat” history.

4 Saved: Ross is Rachel’s Lobster

While many people seem to believe that the best moment of Ross and Rachel’s relationship was the revelation that she got off the plane, we would instead point to a moment that took place seasons earlier, after Rachel watched old footage of Ross’ attempt to save the day after her prom date seemed to stand her up.

While Ross was embarrassed that the gang saw how disappointed he was to not take her to prom, Rachel saw the video as proof of how deeply Ross had always cared for her. When Rachel then reacted by passionately kissing Ross as Phoebe proclaimed he was her lobster, it was a perfectly executed moment that actually gave most viewers what they always wanted. It doesn’t get much better than that.

3 Hurt: The Treatment of Chandler’s Father

Though it was meant to be a show about a group of 6 likable people that viewers would love to spend their time with, the Friends gang could be outright awful at times. By far the best example of that is the way that all of the main characters spoke about Chandler’s father.

A trans woman who solely was the butt of jokes and embarrassment on Chandler’s behalf during the first several seasons, Helena was only seen onscreen because Chandler invited her to his wedding. Previously portrayed as someone that was totally out of control, when we finally meet Chandler’s dad she comes across a caring parent who misses her son. Yet, she was dehumanized by the show at almost every turn.

2 Saved: Chandler and Monica Falling For One Another

If you thought Monica and Chandler were never going to last as a couple you were not the only one. After all, how many times were viewers teased with Ross and Rachel ending up together? Despite that, Chandler and Monica were so great together that their love quickly became one of the best storylines in the show’s history.

For instance, Chandler saying he loved Monica for the first time while she had a turkey on her head is a quintessential Friends moment .However, the single most heartwarming moment in the history of Friends was the tear-drenched scene in which Monica and Chandler got engaged.

1 Hurt: Joey and Rachel Dating

This is easily the most baffling storyline in Friends history. It is hard to fathom how anyone involved with the show ever thought having Joey and Rachel date was a good idea. This was a huge misstep for so many reasons.

Firstly, they should have known that most fans wanted her to end up with Ross. Secondly, the way that Joey took care of Rachel during her pregnancy gave his character more depth than ever before and their botched romance put it all in a negative light. Finally, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc were great at interacting as pals onscreen but in terms of romantic chemistry, things were ice cold between them.

What other storylines had a big impact on Friends? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2018-12-07 10:12:48

Netflix Announces Friends Will Remain Streaming Through 2019

Fans of the beloved sitcom Friends can sleep peacefully, now that Netflix has announced that the series is not leaving the streaming service anytime soon. Netflix has introduced new generations to a number of sitcoms and films, and among those series is the 90s sitcom Friends.

Over the weekend, fans of the comedy went into panic mode when various reports claimed that Friends was leaving the streaming service, as the show’s page included an expiration date indicating it would only be available until January 1. Thankfully, Netflix has cleared things up in a way that fans of the series will surely appreciate.

Related: Friends Co-Creator Says Revival Will Never Happen

Via their official Twitter account, Netflix denied the rumors about Friends leaving their catalog next year, and they did it with a reference to the show. Remember when Ross dressed up as the “Holiday Armadillo” to introduce his son to Hanukkah? Well, it turns out that the Holiday Armadillo also grants wishes.

Friends potentially leaving Netflix was not as crazy as it might sound, given that Warner Bros. is preparing to launch its own streaming service in 2019, following in the steps of other studios working on their own subscription streaming services, most notably Disney with Disney Plus. Because of this, it was certainly possible that Warner would take the sitcom back from Netflix in order to add it to its own streaming service.

The addition of Friends to Netflix’s catalog not only gave a good dose of 90s nostalgia to a lot of subscribers, but also introduce new generations to the sitcom, giving it a new wave of popularity among younger viewers, who can binge watch all ten seasons whenever they want. Although the series came to an end 14 years ago, there are many themes and situations that remain relevant, while others have sparked some debates among younger viewers due to changing attitudes concerning certain types of humor.

With the recent wave of Netflix cancellations, most notably those from Marvel Television (Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and recently Daredevil), taking away another popular show like Friends – even if not new like the previous ones – would have been a very risky move. A big number of subscribers are not pleased with the cancellation of those series as well as the removal of other series and films from the catalog, but for now they can rest assured that Friends will be there for them one more year.

More: 4 Last-Minute Additions That Hurt Friends (And 16 That Saved It)

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2018-12-03 06:12:56

4 Last-Minute Changes That Hurt Friends (And 16 That Saved It)

Friends is considered one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. It’s been well over a decade since the first episode aired and it still has a massive fanbase. While it was widely watched back in the day, it’s appearance on streaming services like Netflix has introduced the beloved show to an entirely new audience in the past few years.

The show spanned an impressive ten years and even though not every episode was perfect and there were problematic moments, fans really felt like the characters were their friends and could truly connect with them. Their lines are quoted all the time and references can be overheard at parties, coffee shops, and in text messages between friends. It really was and is a pop-culture phenomenon.

However, many of these iconic quotes and moments fans know and love almost didn’t happen. The writers would add jokes last minute, cast members would refuse to participate in certain storylines, and some of the relationships on the show weren’t originally what the creators had in mind for the characters. While the show fans saw was obviously well-received, it could have looked quite different. Any show that lasts a decade is bound to go through some controversial transformations.

From casting changes to prop placement, here are the 4 Last-Minute Changes That Hurt Friends (And 16 That Saved It)

20 Saved: Having Six Main Characters

Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe are all such important characters, it’s hard to imagine the sitcom without all of them. However, when the show was first pitched, there were only supposed to be four friends.  Chandler and Phoebe were originally going to be side characters who only showed up every once in a while. It’s unlikely Chandler and Monica would have married or Phoebe would have had triplets. Thankfully, that concept was changed and the group of four became six.

The two characters are so bizarre and important to the main group it’s hard to picture what this could have looked like. What is Friends without Chandler’s hilarious one-liners and Phoebe’s strange but endearing singing?

19 Saved: Phoebe Ending Up With Mike

In the earlier seasons of Friends, it was hard to tell who was endgame for Phoebe. She had never been in a serious, long-term relationship until Mike came along.

Apparently, the writers actually didn’t originally intend for her to end up with Mike. Until he came along, she was meant to be with David, her scientist ex-boyfriend who finally came back from Minsk. He and Mike both propose to Phoebe, and she chooses Mike. According to Hank Azaria who played David, Paul Rudd was so charming they changed their minds and decided Mike was endgame. While what Phoebe had with David was special, it’s clear to most people that Mike was the right choice for her.

18 Hurt: Rachel And Joey’s Relationship

Out of all the storylines on Friends, the most hated one is arguably Rachel and Joey’s romantic relationship. The majority of fans you ask will admit they weren’t fans of the pairing. The relationship wasn’t planned for very long considering the actors themselves were shocked when they read the script. Matt LeBlanc was not a fan of the concept. Rachel and Joey had always been good friends and they expected them to stay that way.

Like most viewers, he didn’t understand where the romance came from. It clearly wasn’t meant to be from the beginning. The writers forced the relationship and it never really worked. Eventually, they saw the issues everyone had with the couple and put them back as just friends.

17 Saved: The Friends Peephole Frame

The frame around the peephole in Monica’s apartment is one of the most iconic set decorations of all time. People even search for it on websites like Etsy so they can have their very own frame, just like in the show. It’s such a recognizable piece.

However, a lot of people don’t realize the legendary prop was put there because of a simple mistake. It was originally a mirror purchased for the set, but it broke. Rather than throwing it away, the set designer made the last-minute decision to place it on the door. Without knowing it at the time, TV decor history was being made in that moment. It really was that simple of a mistake.

16 Saved: Not Making Monica and Joey a Couple

It’s hard to imagine Monica ending up with anyone other than Chandler. Despite that, when Friends was first pitched, she was supposed to be with JoeyThe creators originally thought about pairing up the chef with the actor, because the two were supposed to be the most flirty characters likely to get together. After the two characters were actually cast, however, they decided against it. It made them seem more real and the energies between the actors just weren’t right for a romantic relationship.

The Monica and Joey fans came to know and love simply wouldn’t fit together. Their personalities don’t mesh right for a romantic relationship. With the discovery of Ross and Rachel, the show went a different direction, anyways.

15 Saved: Phoebe’s Triplets

Phoebe has always been the most eccentric and free-spirited friend of the group. Not much that comes out of her mouth surprises anyone. That’s why it made perfect sense for her to choose to carry her newly-discovered brother’s triplets.

While such a big decision seems like it would have been planned from the beginning, this particular storyline wasn’t originally supposed to happen. Lisa Kudrow’s real-life pregnancy was written into the show in season four.  By season five, however, Kudrow had given birth to her son so she had to pretend to be pregnant as Phoebe until the triplets were born on the show. The plot was so successful no one would know it was a last-minute change.

14 Saved: Bruce Willis Guest Starring

While Bruce Willis only appeared on Friends briefly in season six, his performance is a memorable one. He played Paul, the father of Ross’ girlfriend, and he also dated Rachel for a few episodes.

While it was pretty common for major stars to appear on the show, his reason for guest starring was a bit unusual. Willis and Matthew Perry met on another set, and the two made a bet on whether or not the film they were starring in would do well. Willis lost, so he had to appear on Friends for free. Surprisingly, Willis ended up winning an Emmy for his brief performance on the sitcom, so his guest appearance was clearly well-received.

13 Saved: Keeping Gunther Around

Gunther is an essential part of Central Perk. For years he secretly pined for Rachel and threw in snarky comments here and there. Despite being an staple character on the show, he wasn’t originally supposed to be a series regular.

James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, was just an extra when he landed his part. While most people assume he auditioned for the role, he was simply the only one able to operate the coffee machines they had on set. It was merely a happy accident that he became the Rachel-obsessed character fans love. Who would have thought being an extra would lead to a guest starring role on one of the biggest sitcoms of all time?

12 Hurt: Pete Becker’s Ending

While Monica’s most popular relationships were with Chandler and Richard, there were other important boyfriends as well. Pete Becker was pretty serious with Monica until he decided to try and become the Ultimate Fighting Champion.

She thought that he was going to propose, but instead, he told her he wants to be a fighter. She tried to support him but decided to break up with him if he wanted to continue fighting. This decision was never accepted by Jon Favreau, who played Pete. He always expected a little more closure for his character than the abrupt ending he got. He thought the writers might revisit he and Monica, but they never did. It was a strange ending for the couple.

11 Saved: Changing The Name Of The Show

It’s hard to imagine that Friends could be called anything else. The title is so simple and has become so ingrained in popular culture that nothing else seems to fit.

When the show was first conceived, it actually had a different title. Creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman wanted it to be called Insomnia Cafe. After NBC bought it, they changed it to Friends Like Us. Apparently Across The Hall was also considered, and once it was shot it was called Six Of One, before they finally settled on the title fans know and love. The title changes were definitely for the best. None of the others have quite the same ring to them as Friends.

10 Saved: Casting Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe

Lisa Kudrow is the perfect Phoebe Buffay. She made the character the whimsical, quirky singer fans love. It’s hard to picture anyone else playing her, but she almost wasn’t cast. A lot of different people were considered before her.

Friends would have been totally different if Ellen Degeneres had landed the part of Phoebe after her audition. Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin were also considered, which would have given the character a totally different vibe. When Phoebe was still supposed to be a “goth girl,” they also considered Janeane Garofalo. Thankfully they decided on Kudrow, which is one of the best casting decisions they made. The show wouldn’t be the same without her kooky, hippie energy.

9 Hurt: Ben’s Disappearance

In the early seasons of Friends, Ross’ son Ben is a major part of his storyline. From Carol telling him she’s pregnant to Rachel trying to babysit, he was around quite a bit. In the later seasons, however, Ben practically disappearsThere are tons of fan theories as to where Ben could have gone, from boarding school to Ross losing custody of him. The most realistic reason, though, is that the writers simply stopped including him in episodes.

It sure seems like a strange last-minute shift that they would stop including Ross’ son. Perhaps it was because of scheduling conflicts and they thought it was better to keep Ben away than try to work him in. Fans have never been satisfied with his disappearance, no matter the reason.

8 Saved: Changing The Actress Who Played Carol

While people tend to forget after watching more than the first few episodes of Friends, the actress who played Carol, Ross’ ex-wife, changes after the character’s first appearanceAnita Barone was originally cast to play her, but the writers changed people last minute because she wanted to pursue a more full-time role. Brone only appeared one time. Jane Sibbett went on to fill the role, with zero explanation to the change on the show.

Sibbett made appearances as Carol in quite a few episodes over the show’s ten season run. The switch was positive, however, because Sibbett played the character so well that fans forget there was ever another actress. With that kind of success, it’s possible that Barone regrets turning down the part.

7 Saved: Joey’s Doodles

Friends has such a major following that viewers are always finding little details to focus on, especially during rewatching. Any real fan would know that the little doodle board on the back of Joey’s door always had a new drawing in each episode.

People would watch a new episode just to get a glimpse of the Manga Doodle board to try and see what was on it that week. Each drawing was a last-minute change that they would include when filming. Such a simple little prop made such a big difference to viewers. With the HD remasterings available now, it’s even easier for fans to figure out what hangs on their door in each scene.

6 Hurt: Ross Saying The Wrong Name At His Wedding

One of the biggest cliffhangers in Friends history was when Ross said the wrong name at he and Emily’s wedding. The “take thee Rachel” line has haunted fans for years. While it certainly was massive, a lot of people also found it incredibly irritating.

Oddly enough, his slip up wasn’t even originally the plan. The cliffhanger was a mistake made by David Schwimmer. While it was in a different scene than the wedding, Schwimmer said “Rachel” instead of “Emily” and the writers knew it was perfect. A lot of fans, however, don’t find the moment so perfect. While it was surprising, the entire Emily storyline is heavily debated online and people find she and Ross annoying.

5 Saved: Monica And Chandler’s Relationship

While Monica and Chandler ended up being a major couple on Friends, their relationship wasn’t planned from the start. The concept just kind of came to the writers. Ross and Rachel were the couple at the core of the show, not Monica and Chandler. When the show was first conceived, Monica was supposed to end up dating Joey. The idea she and Chandler getting together wasn’t pitched until season three.

Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry already had great chemistry and the writers wanted a break from the Rachel and Ross drama, so Monica and Chandler just naturally happened. While some Friends fans wanted the pair to get together for a while, most people didn’t see their relationship coming.

4 Hurt: Chandler’s Orientation

Throughout the ten seasons of Friends, both fans and characters alike questioned Chandler’s orientation. Even Lisa Kudrow thought he might be gay. There were fans of Friends who thought maybe he had feelings for Joey, his coworkers always believed he was gay, and Mr. Heckles thought he might be, too. The show clearly poked around the concept that he may not be straight for a while.

However, the writers insist he was straight from the beginning. If the show was made a decade later, it’s possible he would have been written differently. Many fans were actually upset when his orientation was shut down so quickly and wish there was better LGBTQ representation on the show.

3 Saved: Jennifer Aniston Playing Rachel

Rachel is one of the most popular sitcom characters of all time. Women have attempted to mimic her hair and her fashion sense for years, and she and Ross’ relationship helped make the show. That’s why it’s impossible to picture anyone else but Jennifer Aniston playing her, but she almost wasn’t in the show.

When Friends first came to be, Aniston was already starring in another comedy. She would only be able to do other shows if that one was cancelled. Thankfully for Friends fans, the other show was cancelled and she stepped in as Rachel. It was clear that Aniston was perfect for the role, and the creators were so grateful when she signed on.

2 Saved: Keeping Joey and Phoebe Just Friends

Almost all of the main characters on Friends ended up in couples. Ross ended up with Rachel and Monica ended up with Chandler. That just leaves Phoebe and Joey. While Phoebe did marry Mike, fans always wondered if she ever got together with Joey.

The two did kiss on a few occasions, but apparently they never did more than that, despite both Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow being all for the concept. They actually pitched the idea that the two had always been getting together. Their friendship was so close, however, it was for the best they never got together. Fans liked that the two just remained close, platonic friends, showing it was possible for opposite-gender friends to stay best friends without any romance.

1 Saved: Ross And Rachel Ending Up Together

The Ross and Rachel romance was at the center of Friends throughout it’s ten seasons. Fans were overjoyed when the two ended up together in the finale after dealing with their will-they-won’t-they tension for years.

It’s hard to imagine, but that ending almost didn’t happen. The producers almost left their relationship up in the air, or didn’t have them end up together at all. If she had never gotten off the plane, there would have been chaos. Fans would have been incredibly upset. There was no other way for the show to end than with their romance finally coming together. It was just too obvious to all the fans Rachel and Ross should be a couple.

Are there any other last minute changes that hurt or saved Friends? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-02 12:12:33

15 New Character Additions That Hurt Friends (And 10 That Saved It)

Though Friends had a core group of six, many one-off and recurring characters came and went during the course of their lives. Some of those characters were positive additions to the series when they showed up; they added to the storylines, characters’ relationships, and comedy. They also offered insight to some of the main six and sometimes opened up a path that some characters could have explored. Maybe they added a family element that was sorely missing before their introduction, or maybe, they were a positive influence on one of the six, either romantically or platonically.

However, that wasn’t the case with all of the new characters added to the series throughout the years as some had a negative effect on the series as a whole. Some made certain characters of the main six look questionable, whether it was what that character added or how one of the main bunch behaved as a result of their presence. In some cases, these characters weren’t bad at all. In fact, if not for their effect on one or more of the main characters, maybe they would’ve been good to keep around. In at least one case, someone positively influenced one of the main characters, but led to negative reactions from another because of it. With that being said, here are 15 New Character Additions That Hurt Friends (And 10 That Saved It).

25 Hurt: Danny

Rachel briefly dated Danny when she was trying to move on from Ross in season 5. Moving on was the right move, as Ross and Emily had just gotten married, even though he said Rachel’s name. Danny’s first appearance was fine. He called Rachel out for judging his shaggy appearance, but after that, the character and plots connected to him went downhill.

After Danny didn’t call her back, Rachel decided he was playing games and turned the tables on him. Then, after they did go out, she met his sister, with whom he had a relationship that seemed inappropriate. It was weird, and there didn’t seem to be any point to it.

24 Saved: Estelle

A scene with Estelle usually meant plenty of laughs. She might not have been the best agent that Joey could have gotten, but Joey wasn’t the best actor. Since this was a comedy, her mistake in thinking Joey fired her and sabotaging his career as a result was played as a joke.

Friends needed a character like her who provided comedic moments. Her scenes were entertaining, she was favorable, and she never dated any of Joey’s friends. The show even benefited from Estelle after she passed away. Because so much was changing, Phoebe decided to impersonate her and keep that bit of information from Joey. Though he eventually found out, fans still got a few laughs from that scenario.

23 Hurt: Janine

One of the problems with Janine is how she made Joey look. He chose her as a roommate solely based on her looks and knew nothing about her. While that wasn’t surprising from Joey, it was just plain odd. If he had just dated her based on that information, fine, but he lived with her.

Furthermore, she didn’t treat Monica and Chandler very well, and had no problem telling Joey she didn’t like them. Who doesn’t like Monica and Chandler? Sure, they have their quirks, but her dislike of those quirks seemed a bit much.

22 Hurt: Leonard Green

Rachel’s father had his moments. He was entertaining when Rachel and the others tried to keep him and her mother apart on her birthday, and watching his scenes with Ross was fun as well since they only got along when it came to making fun of Rachel.

However, his reaction to Rachel’s pregnancy was a low point. Rachel lied and said Ross wouldn’t marry her, so naturally, Leonard confronted him. But while doing so, he insulted Mona, an innocent bystander. For the most part, Leonard was very impolite, mostly to those who didn’t deserve it, especially that waiter.

21 Saved: Richard

Richard might have tried to get in between Monica and Chandler, but he was generally a good character. Despite the fact that he was Monica’s father’s friend, he and Monica had a mature and significant relationship. Amidst the Ross and Rachel drama, and some other temporary love interests, he wasn’t the worst by any means.

Instead, he managed to spend time with the others, despite the awkwardness of his friendship with Joey and Chandler. Later on in the series, he and Monica ended their relationship when it became clear they wanted different things (i.e. children). He was a good guy, and he stepped back when he knew he should.

20 Hurt: Mark

On the one hand, Mark helped Rachel get two great new jobs. He arguably did more for her career-wise than any other person who wasn’t named Rachel.

However, he was also responsible for Ross’ jealousy, and everyone knows how that turned out. It wasn’t attractive in season 3 when Rachel and Ross were dating, and it was just as bad in season 10 when they weren’t. Although none of this was Mark’s fault, he was entangled in the Ross and Rachel drama so thoroughly that the perception of his character suffered for it.

19 Saved: Frank Buffay, Jr.

Perhaps the best thing about Frank Buffay, Jr. was that he was a family member who wasn’t just forgotten. Despite not appearing after the 100th episode in season 5, he returned in season 10 to offer an update on his and his family’s lives. Outside of Frank, there were some family members (i.e. Ben) who just disappeared in the later seasons, with no explanation.

Beyond that, it was nice to see Phoebe have someone from her family in her life. Even though her twin sister appeared during significant times during that span, Phoebe and Ursula were never close.

18 Hurt: Joanna

It’s hard to decide what was worse about Joanna: her professional life or her personal one. On the one hand, Chandler is mostly to blame for the latter, but she was quite persistent.

She also weakened Rachel’s attempt at a promotion at work, and though she agreed to fix it, she lost her life before she could. That also didn’t negate what she had done and how she made Rachel look in front of the hiring committee. Joanna was only in three episodes, but she was memorable (not in a good way) for each of them.

17 Hurt: Bonnie

Although there was nothing wrong with Bonnie herself, she was part of a weak storyline. So, it would’ve been better if she had never existed on the show.

For starters, Rachel only agreed to let Ross date her because she thought she was (still) bald. Then, Rachel, who broke up with Ross for being with someone else, was with him while he was still with Bonnie. She didn’t even want him to break up with Bonnie that night. Under these circumstances, adding Bonnie ended up making Rachel look even worse than she already did, which wasn’t even her fault. Any character that would’ve been put in that position would’ve resulted in the same outcome.

16 Saved: Erica

On the one hand, “The One With the Birth Mother” featured an adoption agency that mixed up files (a big mistake). On the other hand, it introduced Erica, an entertaining and funny character who chose Monica and Chandler to be the parents of her baby.

It was Erica’s presence and the mix-up at the agency that led to Chandler’s great speech about Monica already being a mother. And, of course, her continuous misinterpretations, like whose heartbeats the doctor was referring to, led to some laughs as well.

15 Hurt: Emily

Oh, Emily. She really got the short end of the stick. In season 4, she was fine, then came season 5. While Ross was in the wrong for saying Rachel’s name at their wedding, it was Emily who came across as the bad guy. She gave Ross unreasonable demands if they were to continue their marriage and she wanted to know where he was at all times.

If Emily had remained like she was before their wedding, maybe she wouldn’t have made this list. However, because the series was all about Ross and Rachel, her character and viewers took a hit.

14 Saved: Theodore and Bitsy Hannigan

Mike’s parents might have been impolite and dismissive of Phoebe as their son’s girlfriend, but they were funny. They were a great way to get an outside perspective on Phoebe, especially since by that time, fans were used to the wild parts of her past.

They were also only around as much as they needed to be: to meet Phoebe, be at the rehearsal dinner, and the wedding. Every character didn’t automatically have to love the main group of characters, and it was refreshing when some didn’t, which was the case with Theodore and Bitsy Hannigan.

13 Hurt: Tag

Remember when Rachel hired an assistant based on his looks? They briefly dated and then broke up because they were at different places in their lives.

He briefly reappeared, long enough to be considered a possible candidate for the father of Rachel’s baby. But after finding out she was pregnant, it was enough to change his mind about wanting to get back together. Tag was fine for the role he filled, which was a temporary love interest. However, he was also quite bland and never really added to the show. Instead, Rachel, who made several significant strides in her career over the series, looked silly when she hired him.

12 Hurt: Amy

Amy was not a nice person at all. She couldn’t even remember who the father of her sister’s baby was. Whereas some characters do learn and grow into better people on TV shows, Amy never did.

She was the same person both times she appeared rather than developing just a bit. Like Jill, she showed how much Rachel changed from the pilot, but one episode was more than enough for her.  Friends might have been better off just telling viewers about Amy because she didn’t seem to add to the story, and the comedy could’ve come from elsewhere in those episodes.

11 Saved: Sandra Green

Rachel’s mother had her moments. But perhaps the best part about her was showing how much Rachel had grown, but still had a lot to learn. This was evident when it came time for Rachel to know how to raise her child. She even volunteered to move in with Rachel to help out and teach her daughter the proper care.

Alternatively, the series wisely kept her and Rachel’s father separate, considering they probably would have been difficult together. Sandra also offered a look at the life Rachel might have had if she didn’t run out on her wedding day and actually married Barry.

10 Hurt: Eddie

Eddie was quite the character. He might have had his issues, but what Chandler and Joey did to him wasn’t right. He refused to move out, so they moved his stuff out, put Joey’s in, and told Eddie he never lived there. Somehow, he believed them.

Was it necessary for Chandler to have a roommate after Joey moved out? Maybe. Was it necessary for that person to be Eddie, a character fans would be happy to see go? No. Fans were never going to like whoever lived with Chandler because they weren’t Joey. However, that roommate didn’t have to be someone who was creepy and unpredictable like Eddie.

9 Saved: Phoebe Abbott

The introduction of Phoebe Abbott brought with it the truth about Phoebe Buffay’s biological parents. Really, after everything that was said about her family and past, Phoebe deserved to have family in her life.

Phoebe Abbott came in at the right time for Phoebe as well. Her brother and his wife wanted her to be their surrogate and no one else could have offered a perspective on carrying a baby and not raising it. And no one except someone just like Phoebe would’ve used a puppy to demonstrate that. The only problem with her character is that she wasn’t around more.

8 Hurt: Chloe

You might not remember Chloe by name, but you’re sure to remember “we were on a break.” She was the girl from the Xerox store Ross was with just hours after he and Rachel took “a break.”

While Ross was clearly in the wrong, Chloe was no angel either. She didn’t care about loyalty and often took things from the men she was with. No matter how you feel about Ross and Rachel, she’s always going to be the girl who broke them up. Is that fair? No. However, that’s her only real association with the show.

7 Hurt: Pete

The problem with Pete wasn’t his feelings for Monica, that he decided to become an ultimate fighting champion, or that he didn’t care about how he spent his money. It wasn’t even his relationship with Monica. It was how Monica looked because of him.

She did a complete 180 when it came to her feelings. Not only did she decide that she did like him, but they said “I love you” pretty much immediately. Then, after she broke up with him, that was it. She didn’t seem to mourn the end of the relationship at all.

6 Saved: Emma

Emma was a significant part of Rachel and Ross’ relationship, even if they weren’t together. She was one of the few good things to come out of Ross and Rachel’s emotional rollercoaster.

Since Ben seemingly disappeared from existence, Emma offered the opportunity to see the characters as parents. They couldn’t just send her off-screen to another parent all the time because both of her parents were main characters. Fans also saw different sides of others like Joey and Chandler, in relation to caring for and about a baby. She played a significant part of these characters growing up.

5 Hurt: Elizabeth

Elizabeth wasn’t a bad character, but she was obviously too young, at least maturity-wise, for Ross. At first, she was fine, but when she threw water balloons at him after he broke up with her, that became clear.

Did Ross really need to date one of his students? Was there any point to it other than the jokes his friends made because of it? No, he didn’t, and there wasn’t. Ross looked bad for thinking it was just “frowned upon” for him to date a student and it was silly that either of them thought it would last.

4 Saved: Mike

Phoebe and Mike had quite the odd meeting. Joey needed someone for a double date and just called out the name Mike in Central Perk. It worked, and the rest was history.

Though they did briefly break up, it was relatively drama-free. They wanted different things, and they let that be. Although Phoebe and Mike ended up together, that’s not the only reason he was a smart addition to the cast. His scenes with David were always amusing, even though they both wanted to be with Phoebe, and it was more entertaining to watch those two fight than it was to see their relationships with Phoebe at times.

3 Hurt: Kathy

The main mark against Kathy was that she came between Joey and Chandler, briefly. Chandler kept his feelings for her hidden, and Joey was upset when he learned that they had a moment.

Though Joey and Chandler worked it out, she and Chandler didn’t in the end. Chandler suspected that she was with someone else when they were together and after they fought it, she was. Was that necessary? No. Did it make Kathy look worse? Yes. But, that tends to happen with temporary love interests on the show. They always look worse and you wonder if they should’ve been there in the first place.

2 Hurt: Joshua

Maybe Joshua would have fared better if he hadn’t been around when Ross and Emily got engaged. He could’ve just been a relationship of Rachel’s that didn’t work out because she and Ross were endgame. Instead, Rachel tried to rush their future to compete with her ex-boyfriend.

His and Rachel’s relationship stopped being about them the moment Emily came into the picture. Rachel looked silly trying to advance a relationship that never would’ve lasted. Meanwhile, Joshua had to remind her more than once that he had just gotten divorced. A relationship was unnecessary, especially since Rachel never seemed that invested after they got together.

1 Saved: Gavin

Gavin was pretty much the voice of reason in Rachel’s life when she needed one. She needed to see that work went on without her when she was on maternity leave and she needed someone to call her out on her odd behavior about Ross, even though they weren’t together. It was refreshing to see that from someone, especially since he could’ve simply been just another love interest.

Did Gavin have his moments where he was annoying? Yes. He never should have called Rachel his assistant, but he wasn’t a bad guy and his presence definitely benefitted the show.

Which character addition do you think helped or hurt Friends? Sound off in the comments!

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Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!

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Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

What do you think is the craziest fact about Wormtail in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments below!

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey

The guys working at Count’s Kustoms may not seem like a the type who are keen on rule-following, and, for the most part, that is true. There really aren’t all that many stated rules in the domain of Danny Koker and crew, but everyone has lines that they would prefer remain uncrossed.

That said, Danny and the crew of Counting Cars do have a few unstated laws that must be adhered to on the set. While the History network may not be as interested in staging dramatics and scenarios as their competitors, that isn’t to say that they haven’t laid out a few orders which need to be followed in order to keep the show interesting for the viewer. It may betray the tough guy bravado of the show, but rules are rules, no matter how many hot rods you’ve restored.

Some of these rules are relatively petty and simple, while others might raise an eyebrow or two and hint at a darker history behind these Las Vegas-based body shop workers. Danny, Mike and company haven’t caused all that many controversies when compared to some other big-name reality TV stars out there, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a couple of skeletons in their closet. Again, there don’t appear to be all that many hard-and-fast rules on the set of Counting Cars, but there are at least a few things that cast members know to keep an eye out for.

Here are the 15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey.

15 Only Approach Certain People About Their Cars

A major focal point of many Counting Cars episodes is Danny’s frequent run-ins with random car owners. He’s often been filmed approaching people on the street or following someone home in order to track them down and make a deal for their car. These moments are, as most viewers may have guessed, almost always staged.

This is a pretty important rule for the cast to follow, however, as following hot rod owners home and offering to buy their cars is a pretty good way to creep out your clientele and make viewers think you’re a huge weirdo.

While Danny may have done something like this once or twice in his private life, these instances are commonly pre-arranged for the show. Stalking someone with the intent of bartering for their car is probably illegal anyway, though it does make for some interesting TV. Most of the Counting Cars guys aren’t actors by trade, either, and their performance sort of ruins the facade at times.

14 Get Every Fact Straight

If there’s one rule that Danny Koker does his best to follow, it is this one. Danny and the rest of the Counting Cars crew have frequently been called out and ridiculed by trivia-loving car aficionados for small mistakes they have made on air. Event the smallest of inaccuracies get pointed out, and it may call the integrity of Count’s Kustoms into question for the hardest of the hardcore.

For instance, Danny was once noted to have been incorrect about the year in which Chevy first started producing the Corvette: he said it was 1954, but it was actually 1952. It is a mistake he has yet to live down in some circles, and he’s since been sure to get his facts straight when he’s on camera.

13 Keep an Eye Out

Again, this isn’t necessarily a written rule, and it may seem like common sense for most business owners, but Danny and the rest of the guys working at Count’s Kustoms need to do their best to make sure burglary and theft aren’t taking place under their noses. This may sound like a no-brainer, but these things have happened more than once in the autoshop’s history.

From stolen trailers to ransacked houses and full-on employee embezzlement cases, Counting Cars hasn’t had a totally spotless run.

As a result, the guys at Count’s Kustoms need to keep an eye on their surroundings as well as on their co-workers, which doesn’t exactly create grounds for a healthy work environment.

12 The Customer is Always Right

The guys at Count’s Kustoms have taken on some pretty ludicrous jobs over the years, and this is partially because, as a rule, they try not to refuse any customization requests. This definitely isn’t something that’s been set in stone, as Koker and his employees have certainly turned some people away over the course of the show’s history, but it rarely ever happens.

Though they specialize in motorcycles and cars, the Counting Cars crew has accepted vans, busses, and even boats in the past, which certainly made for some interesting TV. It probably isn’t in Danny’s best interest to take on literally every project which comes through his door, but they certainly seem to try.

11 Keep Them Coming

Time is money, and the crew working behind the scenes at Count’s Kustoms sure like to keep busy. Though Counting Cars never really gets into the inner workings of the shop, Danny has said that they never have fewer than fifteen projects going at one time.

Given that each project is a pretty hefty investment in terms of time and resources, this is a pretty major commitment.

As a result, Count’s Kustoms has taken on a bunch of new employees over the years, and they don’t seem to show any signs of slowing down any time soon. Though the show’s popularity may eventually fade, Danny and his employee’s work probably won’t.

10 Stick to the Budget

Danny Koker is known to be very conservative both politically and fiscally. He is extremely protective of his money despite the fact that he has plenty of it to spare, and he never overspends except in very particular situations. Though it may not be an explicitly laid out rule in his shop, Danny’s employees are doubtlessly aware of the fact that they really need to stick to a budget.

The Count himself has shown his financially conservative nature when haggling, and he has been known to walk away from deals he finds unfair. This doesn’t show up all that often in the show, of course, because most of the drama is scripted and most of the bartering has already been pre-arranged. Those close to Danny, however, will know the truth.

9 Don’t Rush It

Count’s Kustoms may take on no fewer than fifteen projects at a time, but most of these projects take quite a while to complete. This is never really shown on the show, though, as the Counting Cars producers like to expedite things for the sake of viewer interest, but customization jobs are known to take 12 to 24 months to complete on average.

This may sound like an insane amount of time, but there really aren’t many places in the world that offer customization options like Count’s Kustoms.

Though some projects cruise through the shop in as little as ninety days, most employees know not to rush things.

8 Don’t Mention Danny’s Dad

Danny Koker’s father, a well-respected man who taught Danny everything he knows about autobody customization, bequeathed his extensive collection of rare cars to his son when he passed away. These vehicles hold an incredible amount of sentimental value to the Count’s Kustoms owner, and, though he has shown parts of the collection off in recent years, he doesn’t like to work on them.

Danny has said that his father’s passing is still a tough subject for him, and, as a result, most of his employees know better than to bring it up. In fact, even Counting Cars regulars should know better than to mention those cars or suggest working on them. While this may one day change, it remains a point of contention in Danny’s garage.

7 Don’t Bring up the Bandana

This really isn’t an unspoken rule, as Danny’s look has been the subject of occasional workplace antics over the years, but it should be said that Danny doesn’t seem all that keen to reveal what’s going on underneath his iconic bandana.

Many have speculated that he is covering some sort of facial deformity or unsightly tattoo, while others believe that he is abnormally committed to his rock-and-roll look.

The most likely explanation is that he isn’t eager to show off his receding hairline. Though this is little more than speculation, it does explain why Danny is often pretty defensive in regards to his dress. Those close to him might poke fun, but fans may want to avoid the subject.

6 Be Careful When Haggling

Danny Koker has stated on multiple occasions that the success of his show has made haggling at car shows much more difficult. As a typical enthusiast, the Count never seemed to have a problem getting his way on the showroom floor.

However, once his profile was raised, sellers began recognizing him more often and attempting to upsell him. This has become a major headache to the penny-pinching autobody overhauler, and anyone working with him should ensure that they don’t overpay when bartering. Danny is most likely very grateful for all of the good that the show has done his business over the years, though he could almost certainly go without this one annoying quirk.

5 Don’t Mention Danny’s Family

In keeping with his conservative values, Danny Koker typically doesn’t like to reveal all that much about his family or his private life. This is completely fair, and most Counting Cars fans will understand that his reality TV star status doesn’t require him to relay all of his personal matters to the public.

That said, Danny is abnormally protective of his loved ones, and very little is known about his wife and kids.

His wife, Korie Koker, co-owns Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill with her husband, though her private life remains largely undisclosed. Counting Cars cast members should almost certainly know better than to go prying into Danny’s personal life while the cameras are rolling.

4 Don’t Break The Fourth Wall

The guys on Counting Cars may seem like larger-than-life celebrities at times, but it is important to remember that they are actually people, and Count’s Kustoms is an actual business that will continue to operate independently of the show once the production crew heads home.

That said, though it may be an actual business, much of the situations covered on the show aren’t genuine. Whether played up for the sake of drama or totally fictional, much of the on-air hijinx covered on Counting Cars is dramatized. The Counting Cars cast is careful not to break the illusion, though, and everyone seems pretty eager to play along. There seems to be a rule against fourth wall breaks while on set, and it seems to have gone pretty much unbroken over the years.

3 Politics Are a No-Go

In today’s radically partisan climate, few shows are all that eager to take sides or show any sort of political bias at all. That said, Counting Cars star Danny Koker was an avid supporter of the current leader of the United States during his campaign in 2016. This should come as no surprise given his conservative background, but it remains a major point of contention among many viewers.

Rather than bring up a potentially costly political debate on-air, the Counting Cars crew is pretty careful to keep their lips sealed concerning the subject.

The time may well come when things of that nature can be discussed more freely, but Count’s Kustoms is better off free of political drama for the time being.

2 Forget About Scott Jones

Scott Jones, the ornery store manager featured in the first and second seasons of Counting Cars, isn’t brought up all that much these days. He was hardly mentioned at all in the third season, and he seems to have been totally absent from every subsequent episode since then.

Fans have speculated that he was actually fired as a result of an embezzlement scheme, while others believe he simply grew tired of the daily grind and returned to his hometown. It’s tough to know exactly what happened to Jones, though none of the Counting Cars cast members seem all that eager to bring it up. This probably isn’t an explicitly stated rule, but most will know better than to bring up Scott on camera.

1 Don’t Deal With Vince Neil

Show lead and shop owner Danny Koker has met quite a few celebrities through his business, and his rock-and-roll band side project has also put him in contact with some pretty interesting characters. Koker has, in one way or another, come to be pretty good friends with ex-Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil.

Though it started out as a pretty lucrative relationship for Koker and his show, the Counting Cars cast soon decided that their relationship with Neil was detrimental to the show’s good standing.

After that, they by-and-large disbanded any professional connections to the singer, though Koker and Neil are said to have remained friends. Even so, it isn’t likely that the ex-rocker will be making any appearances on the show any time soon. The bottom line is that Vince is bad news, and the cast can’t mention him anymore.

Are there any other rules that the cast of Counting Cars has to follow? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 05:10:54 – Tanner Fox

20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone To Forget

With the announcement that Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan will leave the series following the ninth season of Shameless, the Gallagher household is prepping for a major shake-up on the casting front. The creator of the Showtime series John Wells has remained open about a future Fiona return, though he has also stated that there are many more dysfunctional tales left to be told for the Gallagher clan.

For eight seasons, Shameless has remained consistent in the deplorable decision-making skills of its characters, though the series’ depiction of a low-income family living below the poverty line has always been at the forefront. As the strong matriarch who single-handedly raised her siblings while her father wasn’t around, Fiona’s absence is sure to shift more focus towards the show’s younger stars as writers hope fans will soon forget her. Ian’s storyline in season 9 drove much of the action, so Monaghan’s exit will surely leave a whole as well.

Whether they’re dealing with the changing gentrification of their community or watching as another beloved character takes their leave, the Gallaghers have proven time and again that they can adapt better than anyone. From the show’s debut back in 2011 until now, the stars of the series have been forced to mature, sometimes faster than they wanted to. Along the way, there have been many entertaining or even head-scratching subplots which have since been left behind. Although the changes are nothing new to the Gallaghers, they have left many questions up in the air for fans.

Join us as we take a look back at 20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone to Forget.

20 Frank and Bianca

After Sammi shoots Frank in the arm to teach him a valuable lesson about courtesy, she forces him to visit the hospital to have his wound checked. During his stay, he begins bonding with his distraught doctor Bianca, whose diagnosis of stage three pancreatic cancer has left her with a new lease on life. Attempting to persuade her to live life to the fullest, Frank offers to teach her how to live carelessly, which includes a copious amount of substance abuse.

Although Frank’s time with Bianca was intended as a heart-wrenching moment which left him reeling the following season, it was never clear why the successful, young doctor would choose to spend her remaining days with him. With her money, she could seemingly spend her days anywhere. There’s little reason to believe Frank would appear as an enticing option.

19 Lip’s Sports Gambling Internship

With an exceptionally high IQ, Lip isn’t the standard member of the Gallagher household, though his self-sabotaging personality has prevented him from achieving a legitimate career. Accepted into the University of Chicago, he threw away his future after an assault on a campus guard led to his expulsion. Following a stint in rehab, Lip secured an internship with a tech start-up, thanks to his friend, Professor Youens.  Soon, however, he discovered the truth behind the company. His co-workers were using proxy servers to hide illegal sports gambling activities.

Although the crooked start-up appeared as a perfect match, nothing would come of it.

He temporarily used a wire fraud scheme to steal cash from the company, but in due time, the start-up went under and Lip was left without a career goal once again.

18 Kevin Discovers His Kentucky Heritage

Season eight concluded with a strange hodgepodge of storylines for Kevin, which included a search for self-identity as he tracked down his biological parents and found himself in Kentucky. Once he arrived, he was introduced to Aunt Ronnie and the rest of the family, immediately settling in and recalling his past as Little Barty. Unfortunately, V immediately sensed something wrong about the group, apart from their offhanded racist remarks.

As a small child, the low-income family struggled to properly raise Kev, resorting to abandoning him at a roadside gas station. He eventually learned to accept his heritage, although he seemed to quickly forget all about it soon after. Kev would have other moments of a self-identity crisis in season eight, including exploring his possible attraction to men, but his Kentucky lineage would ultimately become an afterthought.

17 Fiona Marries Gus, Then Immediately Cheats on Him

Speaking of his character on Shameless, star Steve Kazee said Fiona’s former husband Gus Pfender “got a really raw deal” over the way his storyline ended. After meeting the eldest Gallagher sibling, the two went from strangers to married seemingly overnight.

When Jimmy’s return visit catches Fiona off guard, she’s faced with an ultimatum.

Either run away with Jimmy or stay with Gus, whom she’s known for a few days. Her reaction is to throw away her newfound relationship for the temptation of her ex-boyfriend. She cheats on Gus then immediately regrets it, but by then it’s too late. Her marriage to Gus is over and any remnants of it are completely forgotten by the writing staff.

16 Debbie Steals a Baby

Before Debbie was doing crazy things like stealing expensive baby strollers to support Frances or having Liam amputate her toes to avoid undergoing a pricey surgery on her crushed foot, she was just a lonely girl looking for a playmate.

In the episode “Casey Casden”, Debbie grows tired of playing with a sack of potatoes decorated to look like a baby.

Rather than asking for a new doll, she takes matters into her own hands when she lures a three year old boy back to the Gallagher residence. The Gallaghers then spend the episode concocting a plan to call in false sightings of the child with the cops finally finding him with Debbie, who acts like she found him wandering around Chicago. Needless to say, it was a crazy storyline that the show’s producers haven’t attempted since.

15 Anything Involving Sammi or Chuckie

Frank’s estranged daughter Sammi is first introduced in season four after Frank discovers his liver in failing. Posing as a Good Samaritan, he begins dating her to grow closer before dropping the devastating bombshell. Oddly enough, however, she’s not disgusted at all by the news and even embraces her new father figure, despite his countless shortcomings.

By season five, Sammi has acquainted herself enough with the Gallaghers to move into the household, though she was never invited. When her son Chuckie is later arrested and sent to juvenile detention for possession, she blames Carl, later ratting him out to the authorities. As a result, a dispute breaks out which ends with Mickey locking her inside a shipping container and Sammi later shooting at him, presumably leading to her arrest and the end of her story.

14 Fiona Cheats on Mike with His Brother

With her recent investments in Patsy’s Pies as well as a laundromat and an apartment complex, Fiona’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit has only recent become a central part of her storyline. Prior to becoming a property owner, she was a down on her luck South Side girl who constantly found herself in failing relationships.

In season four, Fiona’s downward spiral of relationships hit another low.

She was in desperate need of a rebound following Jimmy’s disappearance. After securing a job at Worldwide Cup, she began having a fling with her boss Mike. When Mike’s brother Robbie comes into the picture after his release from rehab, Fiona’s attraction to danger takes ahold. Putting her career in jeopardy, she has an unwise affair which culminates in her arrest at the end of the season.

13 Frank Uses Liam as Collateral

Scouring Chicago for enough money to support his many dirty habits, Frank has attracted the attentions of enough bad guys that it’s a miracle that he’s manage to run around carelessly for so long. In the season two premiere, he again backed himself into a corner when he drunkenly bet a bar patron at the Alibi Room that he couldn’t remain conscious after two taser blasts. After the customer manages to remain on two feet, Frank’s $10,000 gamble comes at the expense of the Gallagher household.

Unable to come up with the dough, the patron threatens Frank with a blowtorch, to which he responds by offering up Liam as collateral. Luckily, the Gallagher clan rallies together to get him back. Frank would later develop a bonding relationship with his youngest son, completely erasing all memory of the incident.

12 Kevin and Veronica’s Foster Child

With twins Amy and Jemma, Kevin and Veronica finally settled down to have children of their own after V became pregnant in season four. Prior to having their own kids, the couple were experimenting with parenthood in the form of a money scheme which saw them taking in a foster child in order to collect money from the government.

In season one, Kev and V welcome Ethel, a teen saved from a polygamist colony where she was married to an elderly man named Clyde.

They also took in Ethel’s son Jonah, who was born as a result of the marriage. Over the course of her stay, she struggles to grow accustomed to the modern world, but eventually settles in, until she runs away with her boyfriend Malik in season two, disappearing forever.

11 Anything Involving Sheila

Remember Sheila? The agoraphobic housewife with a proclivity for cooking was a former love interest of Frank’s, who welcomed him into her home to take advantage of her disability checks. For five seasons, she played the picture-perfect example of a housewife, though her repressed emotions would occasionally rear their ugly head.

Throughout the series, Joan Cusack would receive considerable acclaim for her turn as the wacky, subservient Sheila, earning an Emmy nomination for each season she appeared in. Although she would never receive more than a guest credit, her most memorable storylines would include dealing with her troubled daughter Karen, having an affair with Karen’s boyfriend Jody, and marrying Frank. Her storyline came to a rather abrupt end after her house exploded in season five, resulting in her driving off in an RV, never to be seen again.

10 Frank Hires a Hitman

Always the deadbeat father, Frank experienced a slight morality check when he wasn’t invited toFiona’s wedding to Sean in season six. As a way to make up for all his shortcomings, he offered to pay for all of Fiona’s wedding expenses. Everything came to a head, however, when Sean began sleeping over at the Gallagher residence, resulting in a brutal confrontation between Fiona’s fiance and the lousy patriarch of the household. After days of Frank wearing Sean’s underwear and drinking his milk, Sean’s frustration boiled over, resulting in a fight between the two.

Frank is seen on a train attempting to pay a random guy to dispose of Sean permanently.

Although nothing would come of the exchange, the attempted assassination was out of the ordinary, even for the lowly Frank.

9 Debbie Purposely Gets Pregnant

The third youngest Gallagher, Debbie began the series as the well-intention, younger sister who still held high hopes for Frank and cared for her family, though she often found it difficult to socialize in school. In due time, she transformed from the innocent girl wise beyond her years to one of the most troublesome characters on the show, using her hardened attitude to deceive her way to whatever she desired.

In season five, Debbie’s manipulative personality crossed a line when she became enamored with Derek, a boy who taught her how to box. Wanting a perfect life with her newfound boyfriend, she purposely lies to him about being on birth control in order to become pregnant and force him into a marriage. Unfortunately, her plans fall through when Derek leaves to live with his grandmother, leaving Debs a single mother.

8 Frank Tells Carl He Has Cancer

As the delinquent troublemaker whose interests include weapons, explosives, and various money-making schemes, Carl has proven to be the most like his dear deadbeat father Frank. As a faithful member of the Gallagher family, he’s the unfortunate product of a dysfunctional upbringing, but none of his regrettable actions were deserving of the scare Frank gave him in season five.

After seeing a cancer patient receive an autographed Bulls basketball on television, Frank decides to extort the Make-A-Wish Foundation by giving them a sob story.

Shaving Carl’s head, he convinces him that he has cancer and tries to get him an autographed basketball of his own, that he can later sell for a profit. Instead, Carl is offered a free summer away at a camp for cancer patients, ruining Frank’s plans and giving Carl his own mini vacation.

7 Carl Marries Kassidi

As a way of coming up with enough cash for military school in season eight, Carl sets up his own rehabilitation center in the basement of the Gallagher home, hosting neighborhood addicts for days of withdrawal. It’s here where he first encounters Kassidi, a seemingly sociopathic teen who concocts a plan to extort money from her rich father to pay Carl’s expenses.

Soon after sparking a relationship, Kassidi’s wildly chaotic personality begins threatening Carl’s career goals. As she wanders about Chicago’s South Side doing things like Snapchatting drive-by shooting victims, Carl becomes more wary of her actions, which makes it all the more confusing that he marries her at the end of the season. The season nine premiere seems to have ended her story, however, as the character’s recent disappearance suggests that she may now be deceased.

6 Mandy Hurts Karen

As the manipulative former girlfriend of Lip, Karen was the incessantly rude daughter of the agoraphobic Sheila, who would go to extreme lengths to get her way. After she stops seeing Lip due to her marriage to Jody as well as the birth of her down syndrome son Hymie, Karen decides to start things back up with her former lover, only for Lip rejects her for Mandy.

After brazenly attempting to meddle with Lip and Mandy’s relationship, Karen receives a rude awakening when she receives a text from Lip, which is later revealed to be Mandy using Lip’s phone. Showing up to a park to meet, Karen is struck by an SUV driven by Mandy, leaving her permanently brain damaged, effectively ending her story on the series.

5 Frank Has a Twin Brother

With so many siblings running around and Frank constantly inviting himself in with his various trouble-making shenanigans, it’s impossible for the Gallaghers to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings. That’s why the existence of more Gallaghers seems completely absurd, but as the early seasons have shown, there are more family members out there.

Of all the odd Gallagher members forgotten from the early seasons, none were crazier than Jerry, Frank’s twin brother.

Ian and Lip visit Jery after their grandmother Peggy claims he owes the family $5,000. Looking just like Frank, he threatens to shoot his nephews shortly after realizing they’re after money. Since his appearance, little mention has been made of Frank’s twin or of Frank’s other siblings Clayton and Wyatt.

4 Jimmy’s Return

First appearing as Fiona’s love interest in season one, Jimmy introduced himself to the Gallagher household as Steve, a hotshot businessman who comes from money. Soon afterward, his real personality begins to shine through as Fiona discovers that he makes his money through various illegal activities. In due time, he gets engaged to the daughter of a crime lord, which leads to his supposed demise in the season three finale.

Jimmy returns at the end of season four, becoming a recurring cast member for a brief time.

In an attempt to flatter Fiona, he tries to persuade her to leave her husband Gus for him. Although his return answered questions about his fate, it still left his future up in the air, leaving many to believe his story should have ended with the season three cliffhanger.

3 Frank Lies to Butterface About Her Heart Transplant

Of all the lowdown plans Frank has concocted, perhaps nothing is more despicable than the time he began hanging out with Dottie, a former good-time girl with a heart condition. Nicknamed Butterface for her less than stellar looks, Frank discovers that Dottie is in serious need of a heart transplant, rewarding him the opportunity to weasel his way into her good graces and work his way into her will before she passes away.

Although Frank’s decision proves to be flawed, he fully commits to the scheme. While Dottie is in the shower, she gets a phone call telling her a new heart has arrived which could save her life, only Frank decides to tell the hospital that Dottie has already passed away. Later, Dottie loses her life during an intimate moment with Frank, making his actions even more awful.

2 Kev has a Baby with Veronica’s Mother

As the Gallaghers’ longtime friends, Kevin and Veronica are often the supporting comic relief of the series, though they have also proven to be the strongest lasting couple. In season three, after repeatedly failing to have a baby, V enlists her bubbly mother Carol to act as a surrogate. When Carol also fails to become pregnant, Veronica to suggests her mom and Kevin actually get intimate with each other to possibly improve their results.

In due time, Carol warms up to the idea, becoming pregnant with Kevin’s child. By happenstance, Veronica soon discovers that she too is pregnant, with twins. Nine months later, the couple are the proud parents to three newborns, only Carol decides to single-handedly raise her child on her own. After a few brief appearances, Kevin and Carol’s child is forgotten and never shown again.

1 Everything Positive About Ian and Mickey’s Relationship

As a violent street thug, Mickey Milkovich is the antithesis of the gay stereotype. Ian, whose storied history with Mickey makes up a large portion of his story in the early seasons, is the more sensitive of the couple, but his rebellious nature and struggles with bipolar disorder make him an equally multi-dimensional character.

As one of the best-written gay relationships on television in recent memory, Ian and Mickey’s story was at times chaotic. 

After his imprisonment at the end of season five, Mikey escaped from prison and fled to Mexico, tearfully leaving Ian behind. Since then, the positives of their relationship have been largely dismissed and Mickey’s absence has left a void on the show which has yet to be filled.

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2018-10-09 03:10:17 – Turner Minton