My “Friends” Outrage

If you don’t already know, I’m obsessed with Friends. I think in Friends references. I will always watch it when I get I chance, and I fully accept that it’s a ridiculous show with flaws.

But I love it with its flaws.

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on my friend’s couch, and we were watching “The One with the Embryos” for, oh, the zillionth time.  It might be my absolutely favorite episode, though a few others come close to it. But when I have only time to watch just one episode, I’m always drawn to this one.

Anyway, so we’re sitting there, watching the episode and also kind of chatting when the scene with Phoebe at the doctor’s office comes on.

The doctor says: “We do five [embryos] because that gives you a 25% chance that at least one will stick.”

Now, I’ve seen this episode countless times and I always knew something about it bugged me.

For some reason, the other night, it clicked. Maybe because I was tired, but mid-convo with my friend, I yelled at the TV.


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I got outraged about a mathematical inaccuracy in a Friends episode from January 15, 1998. Not only did I feel the outrage, I explained it. Loudly. At my friend’s TV, with him just kind of sitting there, unsure of whether to laugh or kick me out.

Of course, he’s also the one who has had to endure me saying the lines before the actors do whenever we watch the show.

My love affair with Friends will never end, even if they don’t know how to do math.

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