Thursday, February 22, 2007

"Friends" - I'll Be There For You

“Friends” began in September 1994,
When a girl in her wedding dress burst through Central Perk’s door.

The introductions began; the gang was six,
The coolest characters, the most exclusive of cliques.

There’s Rachel Green, the spoiled brat who ran out on her wedding,
To become the world’s worst waitress in a brand new setting.

Rachel moved in with Monica, her best friend from high school,
Where Monica was fat and Rachel was cool.

Competitive and compulsive, that’s Monica Geller,
A chef whose dishes are always stellar.

Chandler and Joey lived across the hall,
These goofy guys were always having a ball.

Chandler Bing, could he BE more insecure,
Gay or straight? We weren’t always so sure.

Unlike, Joey Tribbiani could barely keep track of all the girls he was screwing,
He made the ladies melt with a smooth look, and a “How You Doing?”

The group’s free spirit known as Phoebe Buffay,
“Smelly Cat” was her favorite song to play.

And Ross Geller, the paleontologist and Monica’s brother,
He was always the favorite child of their father and mother.

But Ross wasn’t exactly living the simple life,
He was having a baby with his lesbian ex-wife.

Rachel and Ross were the pair that everyone wanted together,
She was oblivious; he had been in love with her forever.

Paolo romanced Rachel before Ross could declare his affection,
Chandler told Jill Goodacre that “gum would be perfection.”

Marcel the monkey was more than just a pet,
He was almost our seventh friend, let’s not forget.

When Marcel hit his sexual prime he was off to the zoo,
Ross was about to have a baby, along with Carol and Sue.

Monica became “Monana” when a thief signed up for a tap dancing class,
Joey got fired from his role of “Al Pacino’s Ass”
When Ross went to China, for a big bone thing,
Telling Rachel that Ross loved her – leave that to Chandler Bing.

Rachel finally found out how Ross was feeling,
And realized that she too found it appealing.

As she waited at the airport, it was heartbreaking truly,
To see Ross walk off the plane kissing his new girlfriend Julie.

Phoebe gave the guys great haircuts, but Monica’s was (not so) ugly,
She asked for Demi Moore’s ‘do, but Phoebe gave her Dudley.

Rachel’s drunken message to Ross declared “I am over you…
That my friend is closure,” and finally Ross knew.

After waiting so long, we cheered for Ross and Rachel’s first kiss,
But happiness was short-lived when Ross made that infamous list.

An old prom video convinced Rachel how much Ross loved her,
All was forgiven and Phoebe said, “See? She’s his lobster!”

While they consummated their relationship in the Natural History Museum,
Monica started dating Richard, a man whose pool she once peed in.

Joey was making it big as Dr Drake Ramoray on Days of our Lives,
Carol and Susan got married and were officially wives.

Phoebe, who was living across town with her grandmother,
Went to find her father and found out she had a brother.

Joey got his own place but came back to Chandler not much later,
When his soap opera character fell down the shaft of an elevator.

Richard didn’t share Monica’s need to hear the pitter patter of a child so angelic,
Monica was probably the only one to shed a tear as we said goodbye to Tom Selleck.

Chandler tried Internet dating way before it was a trend,
His mystery woman wound up being Janice, his annoying ex-girlfriend.

Monica wore fake boobs and roller-skates while working at a diner,
“OH MY GOD!” – a quote from Janice, the number one whiner.

As much as Chandler loved her we weren’t sorry to see her go,
Janice was caught kissing her ex husband – special thanks to Joe.

Thanksgiving meant football – the gang played in the park,
Rachel’s job prospects looked brighter when she met a fellow named Mark,

A cute guy who got Rachel a job in fashion merchandising,
After everything with Carol, Ross’ jealousy was hardly surprising.

Frustrated from fighting, Rachel suggested she and Ross just take a break,
Did Ross cheat on Rachel? That is still the big debate.

Monica’s love life was looking much brighter,
Pete was great until he tried to become the ultimate fighter.

The gang went to the beach for a weekend getaway,
Instead of strip poker they played strip Happy Days.

An important fact from her past was what Phoebe uncovered,
The woman claiming to know her parents was actually her birth mother.

Ross and Rachel were flirting until Ross’s girlfriend Bonnie got there,
Rachel cleverly convinced her to shave her entire head of hair.

Rachel said she still loved him but bald Bonnie was waiting behind the other door,
Whose room did Ross walk into? We’ll have to wait for season 4.

Next fall we confirmed what we had all summer suspected,
Ross only wanted Rachel – Bonnie was rejected.

Rachel’s long letter about their breakup couldn’t keep Ross awake,
Rachel thought he’d admitted fault until he screamed “WE WERE ON A BREAK!”

When a girl came between them, Chandler and Joey’s friendship was on the rocks,
To gain his pal’s forgiveness Chandler spent Thanksgiving in a box.

Frank Jr. came to his sister Phoebe with a very odd request,
He asked her to have his baby – to be a surrogate – not incest.

The joy she could give Frank and Alice was what made her agree,
Super-fertile Phoebe got pregnant with not one but three.

Who knew who better, the girls or the guys?
The champion of the lightning round stood to win a great prize.

Competitive Monica was convinced she couldn’t get a question wrong,
She knew the TV guide was delivered to a Ms Chenandler Bong.

When the girls didn’t know Chandler’s job, the boys secured their win,
The bet was for the apartment – Chandler and Joey were moving in.

After they tried everything to get their apartment back,
Rachel and Monica agreed to kiss and the boys started to pack.

To go out with Joshua, Rachel had a favor to ask of Ross,
To take out a British girl named Emily, the niece of her boss.

It turned out Joshua and Rachel were a meaningless fling,
But Ross and Emily were convinced they were the real thing.

Rachel realized she still loved Ross and to London she flew,
Just as Ross and Emily were about to say “I Do.”

While saying his vows, Ross couldn’t remember the name of the bride,
After “I Ross take thee Rachel,” Emily should have committed suicide.

Phoebe was home and listened over the phone,
While Monica began drinking, thinking she’d forever be alone.

By the end of the night Monica and Chandler could not resist one another,
They got undressed, hopped into bed, and took a peek under the cover.

The two friends decided they should only have sex in Great Britain,
But when they got home they realized they were really quite smitten.

Season 5 began with Monica and Chandler hiding their romance from their friends,
Phoebe was about to give birth and Ross got divorced again.

Finally Phoebe’s brother’s triplets were born
And she realized she had become quite attached and she felt really torn.

Joey found out about Monica and Chandler’s affair
But with the rest of the gang they were not ready to share.

When everyone found out, it was quite a production,
Phoebe challenged Chandler to a game of seduction.

Visiting Joey in Vegas was the perfect vacation
For Chandler and Monica it was also an anniversary celebration.

On the plane, Ross drew on Rachel’s face with permanent ink,
Stuck inside the hotel room, they had nothing to do but drink.

After finishing all the alcohol that the mini bar carried,
Ross and Rachel were so drunk they decided to get married.

Season six started, Ross and Rachel were scratching their heads,
They didn’t remember getting married, now they were newlyweds.

Despite considering their own Vegas wedding, Monica and Chandler acted breezy
Ross couldn’t get an annulment, but for Britney Spears it was so easy.

Ross wanted to stay married rather than go through with a third divorce,
Phoebe pointed out his reluctance was because he loved Rachel, of course.

So he told Rachel to live with him when Chandler moved in with Monica,
And dressed up as the Holiday Armadillo to teach his son, Ben the story of Hanukkah.

Rachel found out about that little detail that Ross forgot to tell her,
She was furious to learn that she was still Mrs. Geller.

Joey and his new roommate couldn’t resist hopping in the sack,
But she hated Monica and Chandler, and so Janine had to pack.

Chandler was finally ready to ask Monica to become Mrs. Bing
She got down on one knee first, and then he gave her a ring.

Monica and Chandler’s engagement was a wonderful occasion
Let’s celebrate in the fall after summer vacation.

Feeling lonely, Rachel kissed Ross, which was a serious blunder,
Monica was outraged that Rachel was trying to steal her thunder.

For the wedding, Joey the minister needed to be ordained
Ross played the bagpipes and our ears were in pain.

For maid of honor Monica let Phoebe and Rachel make the decision
Her compulsive lists were for Rachel who would assume the position.

Around her adorable assistant Tag, Rachel was all flirty
He gave her a scooter and she broke up with him the day she turned 30.

On their wedding day, Chandler got cold feet about the whole thing,
He quickly came to his senses and Monica became Mrs. Bing.

But we were all wondering about the positive pregnancy test
We found out it was Rachel’s but the father we could only guess.

We soon learned that Ross was the father to be,How did it happen? We were about to see.

When Monica and Chandler came back from their honeymoon
Everyone sat down to watch the tape to decide who came on to whom.

After a practice date with Rachel, Joey’s real date couldn’t compare
He had fallen for his pregnant friend and this gave him quite a scare.

Everyone agreed that telling Ross was something Joey had to do,
Then Ross said Joey needed to find out from Rachel if she felt that way too.

Rachel was shocked and told Joey that she did not feel the same,
She was living with Ross so they continued with their game.

When Rachel begged Ross to sleep with her it was just as a favor,
Her water broke and they realized this was it – she was going into labor.

Rachel gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Emma
Her impulsive acceptance of Joey’s proposal caused a big dilemma.

Joey told Ross it was a mistake, but to Rachel he couldn’t confess,
Ross just didn’t understand why Rachel would say yes.

Phoebe finally found a boyfriend; she fell in love with Mike
Telling his parents about her homeless friends from the streets, what’s not to like?

Things weren’t working with Rachel and Ross living together
She decided moving back in with Joey would be better.

Monica and Chandler were trying for a baby of their own
But according to her doctor, Monica’s uterus was not a hospitable home.

Not wanting to lose Phoebe, the love of his life
Mike got over his fears and asked her to be his wife.

Charlie the paleontologist was Joey’s latest flame,
He thought she was amazing. Too bad Ross felt the same.

In Barbados is where Rachel and Joey finally kissed,
She told him she had feelings for him, and he couldn’t resist.

Before they slept together they needed to make sure that Ross would be okay,
But Joey couldn’t unhook Rachel’s bra without her slapping his hand away.

To have a child, Monica and Chandler decided to try another option,
They will have the baby they’ve dreamed of once they complete the adoption.

On a freezing winter’s day, it was Phoebe’s turn to be a bride,
When a snowstorm shut down the city, they decided to get married outside.

Everything seemed to be changing, Chandler and Monica were moving away,
Saying goodbye to the apartment and “Friends” - we thought we’d never see the day.

Rachel had news of her own; she was taking a job in France,
Ross couldn’t bear to let her go and end their great romance.

He told her that he loved her and begged her to stay,
“I got off the plane” she said standing in his doorway.
And Monica and Chandler became the proud parents of twins,
What a wonderful surprise – there are 2 baby Bings!

Leaving their keys on the countertop, all six together as it ends,
Goodbye is never easy, especially when it’s your “Friends.”

The show that impacted the way we spoke and gave the nation a hairdo,
That was responsible for the Rembrandts’ song “I’ll be there for You.”

And the saga of Ross and Rachel, from the first kiss to ever after,
Most of all we’ll remember “Friends” for all of the laughter.

For ten years they’ve been there each Thursday night,
Just like our own friends – so different yet so right.

After the final goodbye, what else can we say,
Except… “So no one told you life was gonna be this way” (Claps)

1 comment:

Danielle said...

This was one of the greatest things I've read. Well done. I actually got a little choked up at the end :)