20 Times Friends Justified Our Bad Behavior

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For 10 glorious years, we watched Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Ross, and Rachel navigate their twenties and thirties. As a result, we’ll admit we’ve used their situational comedy on more than one occasion to justify whatever we want to do at the time. We say things like, "Rachel quit her job and she was fine," or "If Joey can eat only pizza and sandwiches, so can I.” See how this can quickly become a rabbit hole of bad calls? The truth is, Friends is chock full of things we shouldn’t really do. But, since our fictional BFFs did them, it somehow all becomes acceptable behavior. Ahead, 20 lessons we’re running with because we saw them happen on Friends.
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Root Through Your Date’s Medicine Cabinet
It’s not invasive. Think of it as more of a background check. Also, what if you need baby powder or something?
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Impersonating An Officer Will Get You A Date
Sure, you’ll break up after you move in together and you realize he kills birds. But, at least you’ll definitely get a date.
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All Is Fair In Love & Laundromats
“No suds, no save?” More like, “Hey lady, I’m coming for you in this laundromat basket-on-wheels and you better move your laundry and your weird hat away from my machine HARUMPH.”
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Never, Ever Hire Movers
Instead, ask your friends to help you move. And don’t forget to PIVOT! PIV-OT!
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Out Your Friends’ Secrets, But Only If Everyone’s Doing It
If your parents are going to find out you smoked weed in college, you better believe all of your friends are getting dragged down with you. Rachel’s trifle is wrong. Monica broke the porch swing. It’s all coming out.
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Good Neighbors Poke Each Other To Make Sure They’re Alive
Ugly Naked Guy may as well have been friend number six in this group. The gang all felt totally comfortable to not only spy on this stranger, but to fashion a poking device made of chopsticks and utensils to make sure he was just sleeping and not dead.
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If A Coworker Eats Your Lunch, You Have License To Freak Out
That was Ross’ turkey leftover sandwich. And this guy didn’t even eat the whole thing. What is THAT?
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When A Breakup Conversation Gets Too Overwhelming, Just Order A Pizza
Rachel and Ross’ breakup taught us one major thing: If the “we should end things” conversation gets too emotionally exhausting, you should just order a pizza. Take a few minutes to reflect over a slice or seven.
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It’s Okay To Show Up At A Wedding, Even Though You RSVP’d No
Bonus points if you’re also leaving your pregnant friend behind and this is your ex’s ceremony.
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If A Friend You Haven’t Spoken To In Years Asks To Move In, Just Say Yes
Oh, a soggy bride walked into the coffee shop? And she used to be your best friend? And she didn’t invite you to her wedding? Cut her a key, because she’s your new roommate.
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Stealing Your Neighbor's Mail Isn't A Felony
Especially if that mail is cheesecake. So wrong, but so right, Rachel and Chandler taught us the difference between bad and worse: Stealing your neighbor's cheesecake isn't as evil as, say, leaving it to expire in the hallways of your apartment building.
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You Can Drink More Coffee Than Water And Not Suffer From Organ Failure
Though we pretty much start every day with a cup of coffee, there are times when we need, oh, a casual four cups. Sometimes, this number turns into nine cups of coffee. But fear not, because if the caffeine habits of the Friends cast are any indication, we're not too worried about the health implications that tenth cup might have.
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If It Becomes Necessary, Pee On Your Friends, And Take It To The Grave
The hallmark of a true friend is that he/she will do just about anything for you, no questions asked. So, if you get stung by a jellyfish on the beach, it's totally acceptable to release your stream on the site of the wound. You should never tell anyone about this incident, but, if you do, do not accept their negative judgements.
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It's Okay To Live Above Your Means, Even If You're A Struggling Actor
In fact, why don't you go ahead and rent a 2,000-square-foot apartment. You may have to take modeling jobs for weird Japanese denim commercials, but it will all work out in the end.
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Have Roommates 'Til You're 30
Long gone are the expectations that you will have your own place right after college — especially if you want to live in New York. Times are tough and you can't find a roommate? It's totally fine to move in with your ex, on-again, off-again partner.
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You Can Have A Tragic Past, As Long As You're Cool Today
Whether or not your past defines you certainly depends on the person, unless you want to adopt the attitudes the group had towards Phoebe, in which all incidents of your previous life as a menace of the streets are dismissed. Yes, even if you may have personally robbed a friend of yours 15 years ago. Forgive and forget.
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It's Okay To Manipulate Other People When You Want Your Boyfriend Back
You see your ex-boyfriend with his new lady love, and you feel a bit jealous. Jealousy is a completely adult, rational emotion, and you should act on it. Feeling like you want that beau of yours back? Manipulate whomever you must to achieve your ideal relationship status. Didn't work out the way you hoped? Dump him within 48 hours of securing. Your happiness is all that matters. Wait a second, this doesn't sound right...
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Keep An Exotic Pet In New York City
Actualize your childhood dreams! Go ahead and get that monkey as a pet! It'll be totally chill about it. After all, biologists were never really specific about "jungle" as the monkey's habitat. A concrete jungle is probably just as suitable.
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If Your Cat Has An Odor Problem, Don't Investigate It
Just write a song about it. Just don't get all Hollywood and use your cat's odor problem to make money off a jingle. Remember, the beauty of "Smelly Cat" is that it has no "from the top."
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Drink In Wedding Dresses Even Though You're Not Engaged. Or In A Relationship.
This is New York. We have Kleinfeld. And sample sales. And lots and lots of pretty dresses to buy. So if you feel like you just want to buy a wedding dress, do it. Forget everything society told you about wedding wear. You definitely won't feel depressed. This is a healthy exercise.
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