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The One That Could Have Been: Part 1 

When Rachel hears Barry and Mindy are getting divorced, the gang wonder how different their lives could have been.



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Dr. Wesley
Mitchell Whitfield ...
Barry Farber (credit only)
Ben Geller (as Cole Mitchell Sprouse)
Cacey Riggan ...
The Nurse


After Rachel finds our that Barry (her ex-fiancé) & Mindy (her ex-best friend) were getting divorced, the friends imagine what life would be like if: *Ross was still married to Carol, *Rachel had married Barry. *Phoebe had taken a job offer at 'Meryl Lynch' *Chandler had quit his job & wrote stories for 'The Newyorker'. *Joey was still on 'Days of our lives' & *Monica was still fat. ... Written by Phoebe_Friends_Fan

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 February 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance by Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller. See more »


When Joey is talking to Chandler about giving him money, Chandler in first shot sitting with his legs open, then when the camera cuts back he has his feet up on the table, then when it cuts again his legs are back to their original position. See more »


Joey: So, Monica. Still going out with Doctor Boring?
Monica: He's not boring. He's just low key.
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The title songs have all characters in their "could have been" avatar, even during the dance-in-fountain sequence. See more »


References As the World Turns (1956) See more »


Nocturne in E Flat, Opus 9, Number 2
By Frédéric Chopin
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The One That Could Have Been: Part 1
18 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty interesting idea. They are showing us what would have happened if everyone of the friends went a different way during a major life decision

Most of them have the same personality, I only saw a real difference in Phoebe and Monica. And I must say I prefer the real Phoebe while I would always take the fat Monica over the one we got.

I love Ross's story. How he does karate to end his sexual frustrations. And his conversation with Carol where he suggests all the sex things they can do

I also liked the story of Joey and Chandler, and the fact that they did get along at the end.

It was also funny that Monicastill had her "flower" and that Rachel was so into Joey

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