Friends' Ross And Rachel Were Never Supposed To Go 'On A Break'

You'd have to deliver a pretty convincing argument to claim that Friends isn't one of the best progammes of our generation - most would agree it is. One thing we're certainly divided on, however, is the debate as to whether Ross and Rachel were really 'on a break'.

Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

In season three, the on-again-off-again pair seemed so happy until, of course, that bubble burst and the iconic lobster couple went 'on a break'... cue Ross sleeping with another woman and all hell breaking loose (Spoiler alert? C'mon, it first aired 21 years ago. Keep up). Even now fans can't decide who to side with.

However, the man behind the iconic sitcom has just revealed something that will shock Friends fans to the core, no matter which side of the fence they sit on.

Executive producer and director, Kevin S Bright, told Metro that Ross and Rachel were never actually supposed to go on a break at all, but it was written in because producers felt there was something missing from their relationship when they finally got together.

Fans will be familiar with the iconic scene that led to Ross hooking up with 'the hot girl from the Xerox place' following a heated row with Rachel - which Rachel found out from Gunther (ouch).

"I cannot keep having this same fight with you Ross! Look, urrgh, maybe we should take a break!"

"Fine, you're right. Let's take a break, let's cool off, okay, let's get some frozen yogurt, or something.

"No. A break from us."

No, I'm not crying, you're crying!

But Kevin had this to say about the scene: "I would say initially when [Ross and Rachel's relationship] was planned it wasn't planned that way, that came a little bit later.

Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

"It allowed us to have fun with the show and give people something to root for.

"We were well aware the audience wanted to keep them together but everything that was keeping them apart - we realised when we got them together when the first kiss happened we go, 'Wow, the air has kind of gone out of the balloon.' There wasn't that sexual tension anymore."

With that in mind, writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane wrote the break up (and make up) storyline for Ross and Rachel, knowing they'd find their way back together eventually.

"I thought what Marta and David did, which was such a brilliant and brave move with their relationship, as soon as everyone got their wish the wish was taken away. It made it so much better when they did get together."

Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

Well, if we'd have known this earlier, we'd probably have looked at the whole 'we were on a break' scenario completely differently.

Now, only if the studio could say 'we were on a break' and bring us some new episodes in the near future - wouldn't that be ideal?

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