Grab your Yoo-hoo, Mockolate, and a meatball sub—16 years after saying goodbye to Central Perk, Friends fans are officially reuniting with Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey in May of this year.
A week after HBO confirmed that “The One With The Reunion” is officially happening (after what felt like a very long break *winky face*), Courteney Cox is shedding some light on what viewers can expect when the six core cast members—who will executive produce the segment—head back to the original set at Stage 24 on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank. Could we BE any more excited!?
While fans still have a few months to wait until the new segment airs in May (along with the entire Friends library as part of the launch of WarnerMedia’s new streaming platform HBO Max), here are five things that could happen in the Friends reunion special.
1. While the reunion episode won’t pick up where the last season of Friends left off, I wouldn’t be surprised if the cast members re-enact some of their most well-known scenes and lines.
The concept of an “unscripted special” is pretty vague—and while I wasn’t sure what HBO meant by it at first, Cox confirmed in a segment of Kevin Nealon’s YouTube series “Hiking With Kevin” that she, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will be talking about the show and “reminiscing” during the reunion.
Unfortunately, it sounds like we shouldn’t expect an all-new storyline, but I’m banking on the six stars slipping back into character and maybe performing some of their most iconic lines. A Friends reunion wouldn’t be complete without Joey asking the group “How you doin’?” or Monica exclaiming “I know!”
If anything, we can expect that the special will be a lot of fun, with the core six characters falling back into the routine of their classic natural chemistry.
“We’re going to have the best time,” Cox said in the YouTube segment. “It’s going to be great. We really haven’t all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had. … It’s going be fantastic.”
If Monica Gellar says it’s going to be fantastic, it’s going to be fantastic.
2. They might clear up (or at least discuss) some of the biggest questions from the show’s 236-episode run.
Do Rachel and Ross ever get married again? Were they on a break? Whatever happened to Phoebe’s birth mom?
One of the reasons that fans (including myself) are so pumped for a reunion is to hopefully get answers to some of the show’s biggest head-scratching questions and confusing storylines (like Chandler and Rachel’s history prior to the first episode, Chandler’s off-and-on ability to cry, and why Ross’s son Ben wasn’t present for his wedding to Emily).
With the cast reuniting all together on the iconic orange couch to reminisce, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were to shed some light on these plot holes or give us some insight. (How had Monica never even seen a picture of Richard’s son before she met him at the eye doctor? Why did Rachel, Ross, AND Phoebe all say different dates for their respective birthdays so many times? And why wasn’t Monica even invited to Rachel’s wedding to Barry?).
Even if they don’t answer our burning (albeit nit-picky) questions, we can still hope (and expect) discussions about some of the most heavily-debated topics on the show. I personally would love to hear if Lisa Kudrow herself is Team David or Team Mike!
3. The group might share some behind-the-scenes memories and little-known facts about filming the original series.
As much as we’d love to see a continuation of the last episodes of the show, it’s going to be just as exciting to hear some “brand new information!” about their lives behind the scenes.
In hindsight, there has been no shortage of interesting facts about the show to emerge in the years since, such as the fact that the cast consistently did pizza nights together after filming, Aniston was originally intimidated by LeBlanc, and Chandler’s character was based on the personality and speech of Perry himself.
While reminiscing during the special, the actors and actresses are probably going to bring up old bloopers, funny stories, and more interesting tidbits about the show’s run. In short, get ready for plenty of entertaining stories that’ll make you see your favorite episodes (and characters) in a whole new way. It’s a lofty aspiration, but I’d like to hear about which of the actors had crushes on each other, which guest stars they most enjoyed working with, and which episodes and scenes they’re each most proud of.
4. There’s a chance the core six will be joined by some of the show’s most iconic guest stars.
During the show’s decade on the air, Friends saw its fair share of big name cameos—like Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and SO many more. While HBO has only confirmed that Cox, Aniston, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer will be making an appearance during the segment, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of some of the series’ guest stars joining them.
The most likely one is Reese Witherspoon, who played Aniston’s sister Jill Green. The Legally Blonde actress (who is friends in real life with Aniston) recently starred alongside her in The Morning Show, and the pair re-enacted one of their Friends scene just last October. Again, no promises,but it would be fun to see some celeb cameos along with our favorite group. The real dream would be to see our beloved Brad Pitt return to Stage 24—but that feels about as likely as the idea of Joey settling down or Phoebe quitting her singing career.
5. One thing’s for certain: with everyone on Instagram, we can all follow closely for BTS.
Considering the original Friends crew is now all on Instagram and they all originally announced the news of the reunion with matching posts on the social media platform, I wouldn’t be surprised if they choose to break the internet with a photo (or five) from their hangout at their original haunts.
They’ve already had some practice, so I have pretty high expectations for this one.