BREAKING: Friends Writer Reveals The Origins Of 'Smelly Cat'

The real-life smelly cat wasn't a cat at all.


You know a song is timeless when you can still recall the words 21 years later (yeah, you read that right. You're old), even more so when painfully current singers like Taylor Swift are happy to sing it live during their sell-out world tours.

The simple melody, hilarious lyrics and Lisa Kudrow's strained warbling combined to make one of the most iconic tunes of the 90s - but a Friends writer has revealed the song was almost completely different. 

Betsy Borns, who co-wrote the 1995 episode 'The One With The Baby On The Bus', has spoken about how aspects of her personal life at the time shaped the song. The main one being a really effing stinky dog.

Speaking to Refinery29, Borns revealed that the song she originally penned was about a 'Smelly Dog’, in her pet's honour. The pooch ponged so bad, she'd already named him accordingly:

"My dog was so smelly his name was Gouda, because he smelled like bad cheese," she explained.

But Gouda's time in the spotlight was short-lived, as script edits led to the creation of a smelly cat, THE Smelly Cat, instead.

"It was determined that “cat” was funnier", she went on.

Lisa Kudrow came up with the tune with a little help from Chrissie Hynde, who was guest starring in the episode. Borns talked about how else she inserted details of her life into the show - her sister’s name is Stephanie, so she named Chrissie Hynde’s character (Phoebe's mortal enemy), after her.

Chandler and Joey suggest going for a drink with the ladies they meet on the bus (where they lose Ben) at a bar called Markel's, which was named after her then-boyfriend’s father.

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