I’ve often said that the reason Friends was such a successful show is that it accentuates things that can, and do, happen in real life. Comedy, after all, is primarily funny because it pokes us in areas where we can relate.
Yesterday I had a very Friends moment after work. We were in the car, in the rain, on the way to the gym, on a Monday. Kelly was pretty damp after getting caught while walking (in the rain) to meet me at my office.Let’s get this straight: I didn’t want to go to the gym.
Me: “Hey, babe. You’re pretty wet! I’m sorry you got caught in the rain. Just tell me if you’d rather go home than to the gym. It’s no big deal.”
2 miles later
Me: “Remember, you just have to say ‘Home’ or ‘Gym’ and I’ll steer the car appropriately.”
1 mile later
Kelly: “I’m still deciding between home and gym.”
Me: “We’re getting close. You’ll have to decide soon.”
On the access road to the gym
Kelly: “I might have decided to go home, why are we driving towards the gym?”
Me: “When no decision is made, you go to the default plan – which is to go to the gym.”
Kelly: “Who made that the default plan?”
Me: “It’s not too late to tell me that you’d rather go home.”
Parking at the gym
Kelly: “Well, I guess we’re going to the gym.”
Me: “I didn’t want to go to the gym!”
Kelly: “Then why did you drive here?”
Me: “You were supposed to know that I didn’t want to come. Didn’t you learn anything during the marriage conference this weekend?”
Kelly: “They didn’t offer a class on mind reading. Why didn’t you want to go to the gym? You live for the gym!”
Me: “I don’t live for the gym! I hate the gym! I want to quit the gym!!“Ah – there you have it. Yet another moment of life that reflects a Friends episode. And just like Chandler, my Ross (Kelly) is of absolutely no help in my efforts to avoid the gym.What’s your favorite “Life Meets Friends” moment?