Real fans, though, know that the answer is much more nuanced than simply whether or not the TV couple was on a break. They were, of course, but Ross slept with Chloe faster than she could make a Xerox copy, and the Ugly-Naked-Guy truth is that he was dead-wrong for that; the pain is so universal that Olivia Rodrigo made an entire hit album about exes moving on too fast.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way: If you’re that kind who still flips people off by knocking your fists together and knows all the steps to "The Routine," then you can finally take your Friends obsession somewhere other than the quiz section at Buzzfeed.
Just in time for Friendsgiving, there’s a pop-up for Friends stans that opened on Nov. 4 and runs until Jan. 17 at the Shops of Willow Bend mall in Plano, in a space located next to Dillard’s on the lower floor.
The Friends Experience has 12 interactive rooms where visitors can play trivia games on a screen, take photos in replicas of the sitcom’s iconic sets and learn about the show’s lesser-known production stories.
The part selfie factory, part museum “experience” comes, fittingly, from New York. At least according to one staff member, all the props on display in Plano are replicas of items that appeared on the show except for the scripts signed by the cast. This is somehow disappointing, as if we really needed to see the real turkey-with-sunglasses Monica wore as a mask to apologize to Chandler.
The set replicas are not quite exact, but make for a fun photo op, especially the setup of Joey’s famous revenge outfit, where he wore ALL of Chandler’s clothes while going "commando." You can also play foosball at the boys’ apartment, where you can pose on matching recliners, and can take a seat at Central Perk, which includes the mugs that, like “Rog” said, “Might as well have nipples on them.”
There’s also a gallery of wigs delineating the timeline of Rachel’s hairdos and those interested can learn the contents of her 18-page letter, “front and back.”
For those still reeling from the recently aired Friends reunion on HBO, lots of facts will not be, as Phoebe said, “Brand new information!” but there are museum-like timelines with info about the characters' wardrobe and from the artist responsible for the Central Perk art.
We found it a bit overpriced, but it's a fun, big, inside joke of a group-date for those who want to take their lobster, hand twin, their Ms. Chanandler Bong or that person you want to tell the story about backpacking in Europe.
We have to say the staff lives up to the theme of Friend-liness, and is good about taking pictures of the groups posing from as many angles as it takes. The merch also isn’t cheap, and includes "life- sized" Hugsy penguins, bags that say "Crap Bag" and Friends-themed board games. The big white dog statue is, disappointingly, not for sale.