Followers have lengthy theorized that maybe, behind the scenes, Joey and Phoebe had been hooking up all through the complete run of “Pals.” Actually, Phoebe at one level reveals that she and Joey actually have a “marriage pact” to get married by 40 if they do not discover different companions (“The One With The Proposal, half II”), although this does not essentially imply they had been concerned up to now.
Actually, this concept nearly made it onto the present. When each Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc had been interviewed by Leisure Weekly in 2016, LeBlanc let it slip that the actors had pitched a associates with advantages subplot for the pair. “In the direction of the tip we really pitched the concept that Joey and Phoebe had been having informal intercourse the complete time,” he stated. “We might return and shoot all of the historic scenes and simply earlier than a second that everybody acknowledges, there’s Joey and Phoebe popping out of a brush closet collectively.”
Think about it like this: reenactments of when Rachel first entered Central Perk, or when Rachel and Ross received married in Vegas, starting with Phoebe rearranging her garments and Joey fixing his hair post-coitally.
The writers did not go for it. “[T]hey had been like ‘Nah,'” stated LeBlanc.
In consequence, this concept remained simply that — a concept — and can by no means be confirmed definitively. It is price noting that this precise twist later made it onto one other sitcom, “Group” in Season 2. Through the bottle episode “Cooperative Calligraphy,” Abed figures out that Britta and Jeff had been hooking up for months, which was as huge a shock to the group because it was for viewers.
Maybe “Pals” dodged a bullet. Individuals had been mad sufficient about Joey and Rachel.