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With the help of this book, easily whip up a “Friends”-themed dinner while you rewatch the beloved sitcom yet again. This cookbook includes over 150 recipes taken from the show, including Just For Joey Fries and Rachel’s infamous Lobster With a Side of Lobster Roll.

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This episode's famous scene of Monica dancing with a turkey on her head has been commemorated through everything from T-shirts to GIFs. But let's not forget why she broke out the poultry millinery: It was to cheer up Chandler. He lost a toe many Thanksgivings ago when he was a bone-headed college student who took an interest in her after she lost weight and the two are now secretly dating. (He also apologized for the body shaming).

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Sometimes it's hard to know for certain if your partner is over an ex. At the end of Season 5, Chandler is put in just this spot when he learns Monica met up with ex-boyfriend Richard (Tom Selleck) — even if the encounter left her with no romantic notions.

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Secret hook-ups in a friend group are common, but it's time to come clean when it's clear that things are serious. Chandler and Monica use this episode to finally admit their commitment to each other, but not before Phoebe attempts to break him by turning on the charm offensive.

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Not everyone is fortunate enough to easily get pregnant every time it's convenient for them. Monica and Chandler's issues with infertility are addressed quite a bit in the show's final seasons, be it the Season 9 episodes "The One with the Fertility Test" — where they learn that neither of them can conceive — or "The One with the Donor," when they hunt for a sperm donor. They eventually opt for adoption and connect with Erica (Anna Faris), the birth mother of their eventual twins, in Season 10.

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Several "Friends" episodes discuss grown children's issues with their parents (both Monica and Chandler are routinely frustrated with theirs). In this episode, Phoebe — who, it is increasingly revealed throughout the series, comes from a very non-traditional family — feels hurt and betrayed that her birth mother never tracked her down when she needed her most.

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The first episode sets up the premise for this sextet of singletons and their co-dependency. Paleontologist Ross (David Schwimmer) is depressed because of his recent divorce while his chef sister, Monica (Courteney Cox) falls for a guy she meets through her restaurant who is lying about his own past relationships. Ross's college roommate, Chandler (Matthew Perry), works in data processing and is insecure, so he makes self-deprecating jokes as a defense mechanism. Massage therapist and part-time singer Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is quirky and struggling actor Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is emotionally immature. Rachel (Aniston) thought marrying rich would make her happy — and realized that it wouldn't. These are all personality traits and life events that could be relatable or aspirational for anyone looking to join their peer group.

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A sense of loneliness and isolation can outwardly manifest in various ways, particularly in a city as crowded as New York. When Rachel and Monica's downstairs neighbor (played by guest star Larry Hankin) suddenly dies, Chandler questions his own life choices and worries about ending up alone and cranky.

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This episode may resonate with any woman who has ever considered being a surrogate, as Phoebe is asked to do for her brother and his wife (played by Giovanni Ribisi and Debra Jo Rupp, respectively). But it's also another "Friends" episode that deals with class, as Joey takes a job at Ross's museum and learns that there's a divide between doctors and staff. To others, it's best remembered as the one where Monica teaches Chandler (and maybe some watching from home) about female erogenous zones.

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Wage inequality in the workplace is a headline-grabbing topic. Among your personal peer group? Maybe not so much. This episode lets Phoebe, Rachel and Joey actually talk about how much of a struggle it is to keep up when their friends make so much more money than them. It also ends with Monica losing her job at a restaurant, thus reminding that not all paychecks come with a lifetime guarantee.

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Scott E. Baker passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 15, 2019 due to complications of Type I diabetes. He was born April 14, 1959 to Har…

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Hildegard Zech, aged 92, died peacefully on December 25, 2017 at her home in Arizona. Hildegard was born September 19, 1925, in Wurzburg, Germ…

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Everything began the moment the jump ended. Inside the net, Luke Aikins, the Shelton man who skydived without a parachute last summer, screame…

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Darron Mark Smith, 53, of Flagstaff, died Feb. 24, 2011. He was born March 23, 1957 in Jacksonville, Fla.

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