A new FRIENDS theory has the Internet in a frenzy as fans talk about why Monica and Ross were written into the script as siblings. According to the theory, the entire reason why the gang went one way in Ross and Carol’s divorce was because Monica and Ross were siblings.
If one thinks about it, it is kind of strange to have your brother in your closest group of friends, given that this bunch did a whole lot of crazy stuff together. According to one FRIENDS fan, though, this particular relationship had to be written into the script to make the gang stay friends in the first place. If it weren’t, everyone would have picked Carol in the divorce.
Emily Heller took to Twitter to say, “Just realised they HAD to make Monica & Ross brother and sister otherwise all the F•R•I•E•N•D•S would have stuck with Carol in the divorce.”
It was this one tweet that sparked a debate that nearly took over Twitter!
Exactly! nobody wants to hang out with the sad guy who owns a monkey. Ross sucks.
— Jake Lewis (@hereisjake) May 12, 2018
I've always felt like Ross wasn't a 'real' friend. Not sure any of them would have hung out with him if he wasn't Monica's brother.
— Svenjamin (@Roook) May 12, 2018
Many fans believed this could actually be the case; right after the divorce, Carol was the one who had it together and Ross was the whiny, sad one that bummed everyone out. One fan even pointed out that despite the show starting with her leaving Ross behind, the fact that she did so to pursue her true self was something people related to. She was also generally smarter, nicer and more amicable.
Several flooded Twitter to share their thoughts.
Could this be any more true? pic.twitter.com/jPaLec6xaY
— Marie Langley (@mlbookworm) May 12, 2018
there's a bunch of deleted scenes where they all keep in touch with carol and love and support her behind ross's back
— d o m (@lawandorderPCP) May 12, 2018
Phoebe would stick with Monica who would’ve stuck with Carol. Joey would stick with Phoebe, and to be honest, Chandler and Joey were much closer than Ross was with Chandler. Rachel would go with Carol because in this universe, she would’ve met Carol and Susan instead of Ross.
— me (@Mardarins) May 13, 2018
However, others pointed out that the gang would have stayed with Ross regardless of his relationship with Monica; he was Chandler’s old college roommate, and Chandler lived across from Monica and was Joey’s best friend. Plus, Ross introduced Carol to the gang so it was unlikely that they would have left him for his ex-wife.
Others also pointed out that Ross was written into the show for bits such as the midnight mystery kisser, the brother-sister dance and the time when we found out Monica and Ross weren’t allowed to play football. The premise of many episodes depended upon Ross and Monica having grown up in the same house, which, according to most people, is why they were written in as siblings.
The disagreements were seen across Twitter.
— Elainer (@elaine_7777) May 13, 2018
Disagree. FOR THIS!! pic.twitter.com/MkUuQRwxGa
— Leigh Ann? (@DoMoreDisney) May 13, 2018
— Jack The Bodiless (@Desincarne) May 13, 2018
Why would Joey or chandler have stuck with Carol in the divorce?? Or Rachel she didn’t even know Carol…
— Elainer (@elaine_7777) May 13, 2018
They would never even be a group if Ross and Monica weren’t siblings. The only reason Monica knows Chandler is through Ross and the same goes for Ross and Phoebe knowing each other because of being Monica’s roommate
— YoungTut (@DioRando1) May 13, 2018
Fans piled on several moments that were in FRIENDS solely because Ross and Monica were siblings.
FRIENDS aired in 1994 and lasted for ten seasons, till 2004. The show won 62 Emmy’s during its run. Despite the show being decades old now, it still commands a massive audience that is willing to come up with new theories as to its premise and argue them out.