In the TV show “Friends,” who was the backbone of the group?
Achyut Telang, Fan of FRIENDS
Answered Nov 24
Achyut Telang, 老友记粉丝
If you are asking about the one who always supported and kept the group together, I would go for Phoebe.
I know most people would say Monica since she had the original links with others and she was in fact the reason they were brought together in the first place. It’s true that she always played host but she was obsessive and competitive which at times made her selfish.
Phoebe was the outsider, the one who wasn’t related to anyone nor a room-mate for most of the time. But still whenever the group was on the verge of breaking up, it was Phoebe who stepped up strongly to keep the group together. Whenever it was a dire and critical situation, it was the same weird and crazy Phoebe who was now the voice of reason. Following are some instances:
1. S1E23 The One with the Birth- Ross and Susan never got along and couldn’t stand each other either. When Ross and Susan were fighting while Carol was about to give birth, it was Phoebe who took them aside and calmed them down.
“When I was growing up, you know, my dad left and my mother died and my stepfather went to jail, so I barely had enough pieces of parents to make one whole one. Here’s this little baby who has three whole parents who care about it so much that they’re fighting over who gets to love it the most, and it’s not even born yet. It’s just the luckiest baby in the whole world.”
It was only after this that Ross resolved his issues and managed to work it out with the family. She also helped them indirectly pick the name Ben!
1，第1季第23集 – 本出生，罗斯和苏珊合不来也无法相互理解。当罗斯和苏珊在吵架的时候卡罗尔即将分娩，是菲比把他们拉到一边，让他们平静下来。
2. S2E13 The One after the Superbowl- When Rachel and Monica were fighting over Jean-Claude Van Damme, it was Phoebe who intervened both times. First time when they fought after flicking each other –
“OK, now I’m gonna kick some ass. [Phoebe grabs each of them by an ear]. Alright, now I will let go if you both stop.”
The next time when they were fighting:
“Oh alright, stop, STOP THE MADNESS. This is crazy. Who can even remember why this even started in the first place? [Monica and Rachel start yelling at the same time] Yes that’s right. But still, I-, look at your purse, look at your sweater, look at yourselves.”
Whenever the fights crossed a certain boundary, there was Phoebe with the damage control.
2，第2季第13集，超级碗后 – 当瑞秋和莫妮卡为了Jean-Claude Van Damme吵架时，菲比两次出手干预。第一次是在互相拍打对方的时候 –
3. S3E17 The One without the Ski-trip- It was Phoebe who kept the group together after the Ross-Rachel breakup threatened to split the group-
“Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! (they all stop fighting, Chandler continues to dance.) Look what you’re doing to Chandler!! (Chandler finally stops) (to Ross and Rachel) Yeah, look, we know this is really, really hard for you guys. Okay? (Ross starts to leave) You don’t, all right you don’t have to love each other, okay? You don’t, you don’t even have to like each other much right now. But please, you have to figure out a way to be around each other. Yeah, otherwise, I mean that’s, that’s, that’s just it for us hanging out together. Y’know is that what you want? (they both look away) Can you be civil?”
The biggest threat of the group splitting up was averted by Phoebe.