There were plenty of outlandish storylines that came out of the famed NBC series Friends throughout its ten-season history. Although the beloved characters endured some unbelievable experiences, there was one specific storyline star Matthew Perry deemed too peculiar for the comedy series.
While speaking to Andy Cohen on his Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live!, Cohen asked him if there was a particular storyline that made him think “is this really happening?” Perry wasted no time in revealing an intriguing concept involving Chandler frequenting a male strip club. However, the reason for his regular visits were different from what you might expect:
“There was a storyline on Friends where Chandler went to a male strip joint because he really liked the sandwiches. And I called up and said, ‘let’s not do this one.'”
As all Friends fans will know, we’ve never seen this idea executed in the series. Although Chandler may not have been as big of a fan of food as his best friend Joey (Matt LeBlanc), nourishment was typically important for the IT procurement manager – particularly when a cheesecake is involved. It truly would have been hilarious to see Chandler maneuver his way around a male strip club to acquire that unbelievably delicious sandwich. A man’s gotta eat!
The Friends’ Fondness For Food
What’s interesting about this cancelled episode is that it might have joined the long list of food-centered Friends episodes, some of which gave us the show’s funniest moments. There have been a myriad of food-centric moments throughout the series that will make you crack up regardless how many times you watch them. If there is one life lesson we can take away from the ten year stint Friends had on the air, it’s that:
Many of the funniest episodes include some type of hijinks that ensue when food is involved. As we’ll never get to see Chandler’s strip club sandwich obsession, here are a few of the best food moments from the series.
“The One Where Ross Got High”: Trifle Time
Rachel creates a trifle to end all trifles. Her unique version of the dessert is created when her cookbook featured missing pages, which ultimately led to a half-trifle, half-shepherd’s pie monstrosity.
Rachel’s excited explanation of her “traditional English” dessert is the cherry on top of this hilarious Friends moment:
“First there’s a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top.”
“The One With Ross’s Sandwich”: “… MY SANDWICH?!”
Never come between a friend and their sandwich.
When Ross dejectedly enters the Central Perk and announces that someone ate his delectable ‘moist maker’ sandwich at work, I’m certain many audience members could relate to such a blatant expression of betrayal. The extra slice of gravy-soaked bread in the middle is what gives the Moist Maker its name, and witnessing his reaction to his coworker who not only ate the sandwich but also threw it away is hilarious.
As time goes by, more and more curious minds attempt to create the moist maker every Thanksgiving. Buzzfeed and the brilliant YouTube cooking channel Binging With Babish are just a few examples of cookery shows that have stepped up to the challenge. However, thoughts on the actual tastiness of these sandwiches have been rather mixed.
“The One Where Joey Speaks French”: Joey Drinks A Gallon Of Milk In 10 Seconds
Phoebe wants to help Joey by removing all the lies featured in his acting résumé, which includes horseback riding, tap dancing and archery. From the long list of fibs, a specific claim pops up that involves drinking a gallon of milk in 10 seconds.
The brief end credits moment shows some fantastic physical comedy from Matt LeBlanc, as he manages to down the entire gallon. It is brilliantly disgusting to watch, and Phoebe’s jubilation at the end should emulate everyone’s reaction.
Clearly, the friends were not afraid to get down and dirty with their favorite foods. Seeing how much they adored a certain dessert or Thanksgiving special is something virtually everyone can relate to, which is most likely why these gags worked. Whether the episode featuring Chandler’s strip club specials would have gone down in Friends history as an awesome food moment or a throwaway idea is a prospect only the TV Gods know.
Would you have wanted to see “The One Where Chandler Loves Strip Club Sandwiches”? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Tess: You know what your problem is? Danny: … I only have one?
Steven Soderbergh’s remake of Ocean’s Eleven is easily one of the best movie remakes of all time. Many are actually unaware of the 1960’s Ocean 11 that starred the Rat Pack of the day including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
The Chemistry Between The Cast Is Infallible
Every single person cast in Ocean’s Eleven is essentially a perfect fit. The titular Danny Ocean is portrayed by the embodiment of charisma itself, George Clooney. His right-hand man Rusty Ryan needed to have the same amount of charm, if not more, and Brad Pitt manages to excel in his role. My husband in my dreams, Matt Damon, portrays the perpetually nervous Linus Caldwall with enough humour and appeal that causes the viewer to feel sympathy for him while also wanting to shake the hesitation out of him.
Every other character that makes up the eleven of Ocean’s crew is cast wonderfully, you truly feel the connection between them and the various histories shared between certain characters… You know, I could’ve done with Julia Roberts but that’s just a personal preference because I’m not exactly the biggest Julia Roberts fan.
“Does He Make You Laugh?”
Regardless of my feelings for Julia Roberts, the one scene she shares with Danny when he is released from prison is one of my favourites of the entire film (the whole trilogy, really).
It is obviously intriguing to see two A-list stars interact with each other, however the subtext shared between Tess and Danny is why I love the scene as much as I do. The tension is felt immediately when Danny touches her shoulder and as they execute that quick dialogue you’re left wondering about their marital life prior to the film. Not to mention, the absolute gorgeous lighting is just ridiculously enjoyable to watch.
Check Out The Scene Below:
I highly recommend watching this film if you are looking for an incredibly well-acted and sharp comedy. They ultimately are criminals who are looking to steal millions of dollars and yet, I still find myself rooting for them.
The Nitty Gritty
Release Year: 2001. Director: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Syriana, Magic Mike). Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Andy García and Julia Roberts. Run-Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes.
HBO has provided premium original programming for decades. The network has excelled in virtually every genre of the television realm that range from their hysterical comedies including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Da Ali G Show to informative documentaries. The golden child of HBO, however, are the dramatic shows the network has developed throughout the years.
The same network that brought audiences Game of Thrones, Westworld and Rome also created Big Love, Oz, True Blood, Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Sex And The City, Carnivàle (just to name a few) and the series many look up to that paved the way for the complexity and intricacies of many anti-heroes we see on television today, The Sopranos.
With various streaming services allowing viewers to binge on their favorite shows, binging culture has become the norm for many. During a time when watching every episode of a show was not so readily available, even with the advent of the DVD as a media format, countless brilliant programs did not receive the wider audience they may have deserved – specifically if it aired on a pay channel like HBO.
HBO recently re-cut three of their most critically acclaimed and beloved shows and having personally watched all of them, I am definitely overdue for a rewatch. Hopefully these newer trailers appeal to viewers that may not have originally given them a chance and are looking for another HBO series to binge through.
Check out all three trailers below!
‘The Wire’ (2002-2008)
Number Of Episodes: 60
The re-cut trailer highlights the characters at the heart of the series including Idris Elba‘s Stringer Bell and Michael K. Williams‘ iconic Omar Little that all embody complex character traits which makes them such compelling beings to watch.
Set in Baltimore with five seasons all tackling a respective industry, the exploration of these industries and the individuals that inhabit them is why The Wire is constantly mentioned when discussing the greatest shows of all time. This heart pumping trailer concludes with Omar’s trademark, “you come at the king, you best not miss.” We are all not worthy.
Number Of Episodes: 36
Set in the 1870s with all the graphic violence and profanity your heart could desire, Deadwood provides viewers with a riveting watch that details the growth of Deadwood, South Dakota. The series’ format is an interesting one as it portrays two weeks in the life of the town, with each episode representing one day. Deadwood is filled with colorful characters and themes that focus on the incredible highs and immense lows involved with the progression of a society.
The re-cut trailer highlights the spectacular violence and concludes with the aptly named Al Swearengen proclaiming, “welcome to fucking Deadwood!”
‘Six Feet Under’ (2001-2005)
Number Of Episodes: 63
Highly regarded as having one of the best series finales of all time, Six Feet Under is my personal favorite TV show of all time. The series follows the experiences of the Fisher family, who run a funeral home in Los Angeles, and features flawless performances by virtually every single actor – particularly with the aforementioned Fishers consisting of Frances Conroy, Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause and Lauren Ambrose.
It truly embodies the notion of a “slow burning” series as it focuses (and succeeds) heavily on its characters. The re-cut trailer highlights the humorous components sprinkled throughout the darker themes of the series and concludes with an intriguing conversation between Nathaniel (Richard Jenkins) and son, Nate (Krause).
The programming on HBO will perpetually be a go-to when looking for a series whose world you want to be captivated by. Whether the series features a world of fantastical elements or depicts the struggles of an inner city, if you’re free for a weekend and want to feel enthralled by a TV show, chances are you can rely on HBO to satisfy that craving. These re-cut trailers allow potential viewers to delve into a few minutes of these incredible worlds that they may not have been too familiar with prior to.
HBO also thankfully recycles many of the talented actors from their shows. The giddy feeling you have when you see Brutus suddenly appear as Edmure Tully or Littlefinger campaigning to become mayor will never cease.