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‘Friends’: This Couple Was Originally Written as a One-Night Stand

‘Friends’: This Couple Was Originally Written as a One-Night Stand

Although they became the most well-known couple on Friends, Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing and Courteney Cox’s Monica Gellar were not supposed to be anything more than a one-night stand. 

According to Mashable, co-creator Marta Kauffman stated at the 2015 ATX Television Festival that Monica and Chandler’s relationship wasn’t supposed to go the distance. “We had no idea what response that was going get,” Kauffman said about the Monica and Chandler London one-night stand. “We had to stop [taping] the show because people were screaming.”

Although Friends executive producer, Scott Silveri had once said the episode was a “trial” for the relationship, Kauffman pointed out that the plot had been revisited after fans’ initial reactions. 

“We thought it was going to be funny and we were going to get rid of it,” the Friends co-creator continued. “Suddenly the audience told us they had been waiting for that and we had to rethink how we were going to keep going and change the relationship. But that wasn’t a person — it was an entire, immediate expression of joy.”

Weeks after Matthew Perry passed away suddenly, Courteney Cox reflected on the Friends episode in London. “To give a little backstory, Chandler and Monica were supposed to have a one-night fling in London. But because of the audience’s reaction, it became the beginning of their love story. In this scene, before we started rolling, he whispered a funny line for me to say. He often did things like that. He was funny and he was kind.”

Matthew Perry Nixed the ‘Friends’ Storyline of Chandler Cheating on Monica 

As previously reported, Matthew Perry once nixed the Friends storyline where Chandler had cheated on Monica.

The situation was allegedly during The One in Vegas: Part 1 (Season 5). Chandler and Monica argued about Monica having lunch with her older ex-boyfriend, Richard.  Following the spat, Chandler walked away and left Monica wondering if the relationship was over. Eventually, the duo not only made up, but they also decided to move in together. A great step in their relationship. 

However, actress Lisa Cash recently stated that the episode had a different ending, with Chandler being seduced by Cash’s character. “We had rehearsed everything,” Cash recalled. “And then the day before we were shooting in front of a live audience, I was told that [Perry] went to the writers and said that the audience would never forgive him for cheating on Monica, which he was probably right.”

Cash agreed that the situation would have changed the course of the show.