Friends's Ross and Rachel Weren't Originally Supposed to Go on a 'Break'

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The one where we're feeling mixed emotions ...

A ​new Friends secret about Ross and Rachel's relationship has just been revealed by executive producer and director Kevin S. Bright​, and we're not sure how to feel about it.

You remember the infamous "break" that Ross and Rachel took, which ultimately led to them breaking up? Well apparently, that initial "break" wasn't even supposed to happen.

Recently, Bright sat down for an interview with Metro, where he revealed that in the initial writing of Friends, that part of Ross and ​Rachel's relationship wasn't supposed to go down.

"When Ross and Rachel was planned it wasn’t planned that way, that came a little bit later," Bright said of the storyline. "It allowed us to have fun with the show and give people something to root for."

According to Mashable, the show's creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, decided to just rip the bandage off along with the hearts of millions of viewers when they added Ross and Rachel's split because they felt their relationship needed some tension.

"I thought what Marta and David did which was such a brilliant and brave move with their relationship," Bright said. "As soon as everyone got their wish, the wish was taken away. It made it so much better when they did get together."

"Brilliant" isn't exactly the word we'd use to describe the sadness we all experienced during Ross and Rachel's breakup, Bright, but let's agree to disagree.

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


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The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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