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The Most Mind-Boggling Friends Fan Theories on the Internet

The Most Mind-Boggling Friends Fan Theories on the Internet
From TIME - March 16, 2018

After 10 seasons of love, laughter and plenty of coffee, the Friends saga came to an emotional end on May 6, 2004. But in the nearly 14 years since Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe left the purple apartment for the last time, fans have continued to watch and re-watch the series, leading to some pretty crazy conclusions about what was actually going on in the universe of Smelly Cat and the Holiday Armadillo.

Here are six of the most mind-boggling Friends theories floating around the Internet.

The One Where It Was All In Rachels Head

When one eagle-eyed Friends enthusiast pointed out that Rachel was the only character with her eyes open in a picture of all six mains sharing a bed that was featured on the season four DVD box set, jokes began to fly about the artistic decision. But when a Twitter user suggested there could be darker meaning behind the photo, things quickly got real.

Basically, user Phil Dunne hypothesizes that the entire show was actually just an stress-induced dream Rachel had the night before her wedding daya.k.a. the day the series began.

She created a fantasy in her mind and the five other Friends characters as a way to escape her spoilt, trapped future life, he wrote. And also the trauma of her getting married the next day. This cover is her partially waking up from that dream at 5am on the morning of her wedding day. The whole entire series was her anxiety dream.

Yikes.

The One With Phoebes Drug Addiction

Phoebe frequently made references to both growing up on the streets and having a drug dealer mother. And if Twitter user @strnks had his way, the final scene of Friends would have revealed that she never found a way out of that life.

Id have ended Friends by revealing it was all the meth-addled fantasy of a homeless Phoebe as she stared through the window of Central Perk, he wrote. All 10 seasons were merely her fevered imagination, projecting herself into the lives of the other 5. All she ever wanted wasFriends.

Fortunately for those not on board with such a depressing conclusion, this theory was recently shut down by co-creator Marta Kauffman, who called it the saddest thing shed ever heard. Im fascinated, she told Entertainment Tonight at the 2017 ATX Television Festival. I just think that someone needs a life.

The One With the Reserved Table

We all know that Gunther spent the entirety of Friends pining over Rachel, who was utterly clueless to his feelings. However, according to one Redditor, that crush may have been the reason the gang was always able to snag the best table at a bustling Greenwich Village coffee shop.

The One With the Parks & Rec Crossover

The One Where Ross Was a Bad Dad

The One With Phoebe and Joeys Fling

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