11 Important Firsts From The First Ever Friends Episode

22 years ago today Chandler made his first joke and Phoebe did her first... Phoebe.

EXACTLY 22 years ago today, six 20-somethings sat around a coffee table in New York and the world changed forever (watch the first ever Friends scene above!).

Some dude called Chandler told his first dumb one-liner, a moody guy called Ross made eyes at a spoiled princess called Rachel, and a kooky blonde called Phoebe said some stuff we still don't understand, if we're quite honest. Here's 11 Friends firsts we'll never forget:

1. The gang's first visit to Central Perk

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RACHEL: (WALKS UP WITH A POT OF COFFEE) Would anybody like more coffee?
CHANDLER: Did you make it, or are you just serving it?
RACHEL: I'm just serving it.
ALL: Yeah. Yeah, I'll have a cup of coffee.

The episode begins and ends in a run-of-the-mill coffee house, on what became the most famous orange sofa in the world


2. Chandler's first joke (and then a ton more)

MONICA: "Okay, everybody relax. This is not even a date. It's just two people going out to dinner and - not having sex."
CHANDLER: "Sounds like a date to me."

He guessed that Monica's new guy had a hump and a hair piece, too


3. Ross' first sad 'hiiiiii'

JOEY: This guy says hello, I wanna kill myself.
MONICA: Are you okay, sweetie?
ROSS: I just feel like someone reached down my throat, grabbed my small intestine, pulled it out of my mouth and tied it around my neck...

He'd go on to say that 'hiiiiiiiiii' thousands of times to come, but this was his most pathetic (he'd just found out his wife was a lesbian, to be fair).


4. Which led to Joey's first... Joey

JOEY: Alright Ross, look. You're feeling a lot of pain right now. You're angry. You're hurting. Can I tell you what the answer is?
JOEY: Strip joint! C'mon, you're single! Have some hormones!

*Sigh*. He was a sexist pig, and yet, somehow adorable. 


5. And Phoebe's first... Phoebe

ROSS: No, no don't! Stop cleansing my aura!

This and her chalk-eating boyfriend Carl established that Phoebe was a little... different to the others.


6. Chandler's first neurotic moment

CHANDLER: Then I look down, and I realise there's a phone... there.
JOEY: Instead of...?
CHANDLER: That's right.
JOEY: Never had that dream.
CHANDLER: All of a sudden, the phone starts to ring. And it turns out it's my mother, which is very weird, because - she never calls me!

Chandler was hopeless, awkward and desperate for love - and they made that clear from the very start.


7. Rachel's first princess moment

RACHEL: Look Daddy, it's my life. Well maybe I'll just stay here with Monica. 
RACHEL: Well, maybe that's my decision. Well, maybe I don't need your money. Wait!! Wait, I said maybe!!

This established her rock-solid friendship with Monica. She eventually got one of those 'job things' and made it on her own, but not before we heard about her pony, boat, ski holidays in Vail, and more...


8. Monica's first dating disaster

MONICA: You mean you know Paul like I know Paul?
FRANNIE: Are you kidding? I take credit for Paul. Y'know before me, there was no snap in his turtle for two years.
[Later] MONICA: Is it me? Is it like I have some sort of beacon that only dogs and men with severe emotional problems can hear?

Poor Monica had to date Lothario Julio, 'icky' Ethan, alcoholic fun Bobby, far-too-mature Richard, son-of-Richard Timothy, no-spark Alan and Ultimate Fighting Champion Pete before she started seeing Chandler in a different way.


9. Ross' first sexist comment

ROSS: (CLUTCHING A BEER CAN AND SNIFFING) This was Carol's favourite beer. She always drank it out of the can, I should have known.

The first of many. Many, many, MANY awkward comments. God, Ross was a dick.


10. The first time we hear about Chandler's job

CHANDLER: All right, kids, I gotta get to work. If I don't input those numbers... it doesn't make much of a difference... 

Maybe if he'd mentioned it in the first episode, we'd be able to remember what he actually *did* all those years.


11. Ross asks Rachel out for the first time

ROSS: You know you probably didn't know this, but back in high school, I had a, um, major crush on you.
RACHEL: I knew.
ROSS: You did! Oh.... I always figured you just thought I was Monica's geeky older brother.
RACHEL: I did.
ROSS: Oh. Listen, do you think - and try not to let my intense vulnerability become any kind of a factor here- but do you think it would be okay if I asked you out? Sometime? Maybe?
RACHEL: Yeah, maybe...
ROSS: Okay... okay, maybe I will...
RACHEL: Goodnight.
ROSS: Goodnight.

It took them UNTIL THE LAST GODDAMN SERIES 12 GODDAMN YEARS LATER, but they got together in the end. Nothing like delayed gratification, eh guys?

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