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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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Unofficially also known as "The one with Phoebe at Merrill Lynch: Part One" See more »


When Ross bumps into Rachel in front of the news-stand, a large number of the magazines on display are actual publications featuring "Friends" cast members on the cover. See more »


Monica: Phoebe, having a heart attack is nature's way of telling you to slow down
Chandler Bing: I always thought having a heart attack is nature's way of telling you to die.
[to Phoebe]
Chandler Bing: But you're not gonna die. Well, you are gonna die. But you're not gonna die today. I wish I was dead.
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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 Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »


Nocturne in E Flat, Opus 9, Number 2
By Frédéric Chopin
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How the Friends would be in other situations?
8 June 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Barry and Mindy are going to divorce. Mindy discovered that Barry had affairs with other person while they were married. Rachel stays happy to know that and starts to imagine how her life would be if she was married to Barry. The entire episode shows how the Friends ' life would be if different things happened:

Ross still is married to Carol, doing Karate and extremely tense without any sex life; Rachel still would be a rich spoiled woman, married to Barry and wanting Joey, since she loves Soap Operas; Joey would be a celebrity, very rich, going out with a lots of women and working in the Soap Opera as one of the main stars; Monica would be a fat, virgin woman, who dates only annoying guys; Phoebe would work with actions and would be stressed,serious and a heavily smoker (eventually having a heart attack); and Chandler would be a poor comedian writer, without any money and asking Joey to help him with his bills.

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