The One with the Writing Errors

In this time of economic struggle, I have taken to staying at home and watching ooogles and ooogles of TV. I had to make up the word, ‘ooogles,’ because, to my knowledge, there is no word that can possibly come close to describing how much TV I am watching (I am actually super busy working full time and going to school, so I don’t really know how this happens. Mad time management skills?).

I recently decided to work my way through the ever popular series, “Friends.” I am on episode 5, and have come across a few plot holes. Which is awesome. Why? You’ll see.

Episode 4: ‘The One with George Stephanopoulos’

In this episode, Rachel tells friends from her old life of privilege that she now does her own laundry.

Cut to episode 5: ‘The One with the East German Laundry Detergent’

Rachel and Ross do laundry together on a Saturday night. Rachel calls herself a ‘laundry virgin,’ claiming it is her first time.

Episode 4 again, Ross is upset because it is the anniversary of losing his virginity to his wife – who has just left him for another woman. His sister, Monica, expresses sympathy before he even says what he is upset about. The audience sees that she knows the importance of the date, October 10th, to Ross.

Episode 5 again, Monica has a line of dialog stating, “My brother didn’t even tell me when he lost his virginity.”

This makes me feel so much better as a writer! If some of the most successful television writers can make errors like this, then we can all feel much better about just getting stuff down on paper, particularly when we are first starting with a project. Barf it all out and see where it leads.

Thank you, “Friends” writers! (No, I mean it. For real, thank you. I don’t mean any of this in a negative way at all, but in a this-is-just-what-happens-in-writing-life-sometimes kind of way. Just in case any “Friends” writers happen to stop by here and read this. Not that that would ever happen. Like, ever.)

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