7. The One That Could Have Been
The producers of Friends like toying with the ideas of “what ifs” and flashbacks to the past, and the best example of this is this two part special from series 6.
In this scenario, Ross is still married to Carol; Monica is still fat (and not with Chandler); Chandler is a broke comic book illustrator; Phoebe has a high-powered job on the stock market; Joey is still a major celebrity in Days of Our Lives; and Rachel is separate from the group, married to Barry.
It’s hilarious to see the characters we know and love in such different situations – including Phoebe, chain-smoking in her hospital bed after a massive heart attack, and Rachel being infatuated with celebrity Joey, who she’s never met before!