Buddies’ Thanksgiving Episode Plot Gap Defined (And Solved)
It is inevitable that Buddies would mess up its continuity sometimes, however the creators provided an answer to at least one specific plot gap.
As a long-running sitcom, it’s inevitable that Buddies would mess up its continuity now and again, however the beloved collection really affords an answer to at least one specific plot gap involving Rachel and Chandler having supposedly met “for the primary time” twice within the present. It might appear a contradiction to just accept they managed to take action on a number of events, however it really suits their characters for them to not realize it.
Well-known for launching the careers of Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Lisa Kudrow, the ’90s sitcom Buddies stays probably the most iconic haunt exhibits ever made and continues to affect new additions to the style to this present day. With out the hilarious misadventures and tumultuous love lives of the Central Perk quintet, there can be no How I Met Your Mom, Joyful Endings, or New Woman to amuse TV viewers within the decade and a half for the reason that NYC-set collection ended. However as intelligent and undeniably humorous as Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey’s present was, Buddies left some story threads unresolved – like how a lot cash Joey owed Chandler – and did sometimes create some plot holes in its 10 season run.
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For instance, in an episode that sees the group recounting their worst Thanksgivings, the appropriately titled “The One With All The Thanksgivings”, there is a flashback of Rachel’s which options her and Chandler assembly for the primary time on Thanksgiving. It’s a scene that gives a number of laughs and, like many of the present’s flashbacks, hasn’t aged all that properly thanks to some mean-spirited gags mocking Monica’s weight. However there are two different episodes that additionally depict Rachel and Chandler assembly for the “first time” – and whereas that will appear that one thing went improper, it is key to do not forget that the Thanksgiving episode establishes that Chandler and Rachel have been vastly completely different characters previously, and would not essentially discover sure individuals due to their very nature. On high of that, in accordance with Kevin Brilliant on the episode’s commentary, this Buddies plot gap isn’t an error, however fairly a case of the characters concerned misremembering issues.
A lot because the episode’s flashback seems to be simply one other Buddies mistake, there’s really an inexpensive rationalization put ahead by one of many creators of Buddies, and it’s a solution that shows the present’s eventual affect on the following technology of sitcoms. Creator Brilliant says that Chandler and Rachel did not acknowledge each other as a result of they appeared so completely different, however it’s greater than that – Buddies exhibits each Chandler and Rachel on journeys that make them much less self-absorbed. On the time of their first conferences, they have been nonetheless shallow individuals and it suits that they did not bear in mind each other, prompting Rachel’s declare that this was their first assembly. The youthful Rachel, in the meantime, merely would not take note of a dorky good friend of her finest good friend’s nerdy brother.
The thought of Rachel and Chandler not recognizing each other speaks to each Chandler being so superficial that each one he noticed was Monica’s scorching good friend after they have been younger and Rachel dismissing him totally as a result of she was equally superficial. Buddies noticed each characters develop into extra rounded and likable figures over time, that means they finally weren’t fairly so surface-level by the tip of the collection. This tactic of utilizing the character’s imperfect, biased recollections of occasions for comedic impact was one that shaped the premise of the later Buddies-inspired haunt sitcom How I Met Your Mom. That noughties present took this concept up a notch, basing complete episodes round the concept that every character’s model of the previous was coloured by their perspective and couldn’t essentially be trusted as correct. As successfully (and infrequently badly) as How I Met Your Mom used the trick, although, the present has Buddies to thank for pioneering the tactic of utilizing completely different character’s combined recollections as an instance their development (and pave over problematic plot holes).
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