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theory to do the rounds, one fan of the show has shared an extremely extensive and convincing argument for why Rachel and Joey should have ended up together–and why Ross was actually the worst character.
detailed the argument, titled "1/ In Defense of Rachel and Joey: A Thread."
Prepare to question everything you have ever thought to be true.
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6/ ARGUMENT #1: Ross Never Saw Rachel As a Friend, But Joey Did.
7/ From the moment the Friends first meet Rachel, Ross immediately sees her as a romantic prospect. He\'s never gotten over his crush on her
11/ But Joey\'s relationship with Rachel is platonic almost right away. They have a genuine friendship.
12/ He frequently gives her dating advice. (Sometimes questionable af, but, you know. Well-intentioned.)
13/ He sets her up on dates with men he thinks she\'ll like. He lets her crash the set when he\'s filming and flirt with soap actors.
17/ Okay, now contrast this with Ross, who from minute one has labeled Rachel as "his."
19/ He had a crush on her in high school, so he "claimed" her first, and long after they\'ve broken up he resents every man in her life.
20/ He hides messages from men who call her when they\'re living together. He\'s endlessly threatened by the men she dates.
21/ He outright sabotages her career WE\'LL BE COMING BACK TO THIS POINT because he can\'t get over his Mark thing.
24/ Joey is the person who most often tells Ross "dude she\'s not interested" when she\'s clearly not. The one who notices what RACHEL wants.
25/ He doesn\'t have all this "but he\'s loved her FOREVER" false nostalgia that makes them all feel like Ross has EARNED Rachel by waiting.
27/ Joey\'s feelings for Rachel were born out of genuine friendship. They were roommates. SHE WAS PREGNANT.
28/ We honestly don\'t talk enough about how big a deal it is that Joey, the "shallow" one, falls in love with Rachel while she\'s pregnant.
36/ ARGUMENT #2: Rachel Deserved Someone Who Understood Why Her Career Was Important to Her.
37/ Y\'all. Y\'all. It was 13 fucking years ago and I am still furious AT LEAST WEEKLY that Rachel got off that goddamn plane.
38/ Ross sabotaged her career at every turn. He was "tired of having a relationship with her answering machine."
48/ Hey does anyone remember who gives Rachel her first big break to get out of Central Perk and into the fashion industry? JOEY DID
49/ Joey knows what it feels like to be grasping for your big break. But name ONE THING Ross ever did to unselfishly help Rachel\'s career.
53/ No one in the FUCKING WORLD loves Rachel Green more than Monica Geller and yet Monica still wanted her to get on that plane for Paris.
58/ AM I SUPPOSED TO THINK IT\'S ROMANTIC THAT ROSS WENT BEHIND RACHEL\'S BACK TO HER BOSS TO MAKE HIM TAKE HER BACK BECAUSE I FUCKING DON\'T
62/ " ...why is Joey specifically a better romantic prospect?"
63/ ARGUMENT #3: Joey and Rachel Make Each Other Better, Ross and Rachel Make Each Other Worse
69/ He happily lets Rachel and Emma move back in with him, despite how much having a baby around disrupts his lifestyle.
75/ And he\'s good for Rachel, too. Circa-Joey\'s-roommate Rachel is my favorite iteration of all the Rachels.
76/ SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT HOW GREAT SHE IS. Short hair, playing the drums, eating spaghetti off the floor, watching "Cujo." What an angel.
78/ Meanwhile, let\'s discuss how few moments exist in the "Friends" canon where Ross and Rachel are EVER that chill and cute together.
79/ Everything is ALWAYS fraught. Fighting, jealousy, possessiveness, drama. Their relationship looks EXHAUSTING.
89/ Ross has ALWAYS treated her like she\'s intellectually beneath him, which is why "just a waitress" cuts so deep on that S2 list.
93/ The bottom line is, the Rachel Ross fell in love with was a teenage fantasy he never outgrew that may have been an illusion all along.
95/ Whereas Joey fell in love with a bright, funny, competent single mother he\'d been friends with for 7 years and knew inside-out already.
100/ Anyway, thank you for your time. I\'m going to go watch the Barbados 2-parter again now and cry over what could have been. END RANT.
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