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'Friends' Co-Creator Marta Kauffman Reveals Two Episodes She Regrets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13:  (L-R) Executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane attend"Friends" 25th Anniversary during 2019 Tribeca TV Festival at Regal Battery Park Cinemas on September 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)
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This Sept. 22 marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved TV series Friends, and with the celebration has come many opportunities for the showrunners and actors to reminisce about their time spent around the big orange couch.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, along with producer Kevin Bright, spoke in front of a full theater after the viewing of two fan-favorite episodes from the series, “The One With the Embryos” and “The One Where Everybody Finds Out,” this week at the Tribeca TV Festival.

At one point, Kauffman, Crane revealed if they had any regrets about the show. Kauffman admitted there were two episodes that she wishes were slightly different, and both involve the character of Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow.

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Kauffman stated that she was unhappy with the Season 3 episode “The One With The Jam,” in which Phoebe starts dating her twin sister Ursula's stalker, played by David Arquette, the then-husband of Courteney Cox. The co-creator explained, “We did a lot of rewriting on that to make it work.”

The second episode was from Season 2, titled “The One With The Chicken Pox.” In the episode, Phoebe and her then-love interest, played by Charlie Sheen, endure a chickenpox outbreak during their romantic weekend together.

Kauffman might not be pleased with episodes now, but she is likely on her own. I think most diehard fans would agree that Phoebe and Ryan scratching each other with oven mitts is an iconic scene from the series.

This article also appears on Mental Floss.