Perfectly rewrapping a present is very on brand for Monica in Friends (Picture: NBC)Collectively we must have watched every Friends episode millions of times, so how on Earth do we keep missing these huge gaffes?
The latest continuity error to be spotted comes from episode two of season eight, The One With The Red Sweater. Fans will remember this is the episode Monica (Courteney Cox) loses control and opens all her wedding gifts before Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) home to join her.
One eagle-eyed viewer has noticed one major flaw in the scene concerning one of the spoiled surprises – a box that keeps unwrapping and then wrapping itself back up again. While it’s so on-brand for Monica to have a present that can perfectly re-wrap itself, it’s not exactly realistic.
This isn’t the only mistake to be found in the beloved sitcom. Viewers recently found a cameraman, complete with wires hanging down from his utility belt, hiding behind Monica’s sofa.
Now it’s wrapped… (Picture: NBC)
…and now it isn’t. Magic (Picture: NBC)Others noticed Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) run faster than Usain Bolt in the pilot episode when she zips over to the sofa approximately 0.1 seconds after we see her talking in the kitchen.
Not only is it is a wonder the show-runners got away with such glaring errors, but also that it’s taken us at least 10 years to notice them.
Maybe we haven’t realised just how many mistakes are made because we’re all so chilled out while we’re watching our six favourite people drink coffee. A psychologist told Metro.co.uk that sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory can help with anxiety because of their repetitive nature: ‘Complex problems are made the focus of each episode, and then they are resolved within the relationships which are the essence of the shows. It is pure escapism, excellent, bring it on.’
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That’s some science we can get behind.
Also, maybe we shouldn’t hold the makers of Friends up to the high standards we have of TV today. After all, social media and Reddit didn’t exist while Friends was on air the first time around, so the pressure to be perfect may not have been as intense.
Just imagine the sort of backlash there would be if we could see a key grip stood in the corner of Game Of Thrones… and rightly so.
Friends is available to stream on Netflix, Comedy Central plays it on loop and now it’s gradually taking over Channel 5.
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