fans are still awaiting the arrival of a reunion special that they were
promised. While that reunion is indefinitely postponed, fans can still watch
the famed series on HBO
Max. During your next rewatch, pay close attention to Rachel Green’s
pregnancy storyline in season 8. There are some serious inconsistencies in the
timeline, and fans can no longer ignore the fact that Rachel’s pregnancy seemed
to last a lot longer than the average, real-life pregnancy.
When did Rachel find out she was pregnant?
Rachel officially revealed her pregnancy to Monica Geller and
Pheobe Buffay shortly before Monica walked down the aisle to marry Chandler
Bing. While there are some inconsistencies when it comes to Monica and Chandler’s
wedding date, it’s generally accepted that they were married in May of 2001.
According to Cosmopolitan,
Monica told a sales associate that she was getting married on May 15, 2001, but
that date was a Tuesday. Monica and Chandler’s wedding was held on a Saturday.
It’s impossible that their wedding date was May 15, so presumably, they got
married on either May 13, 2001, or May 19, 2001. Either way, it doesn’t make
much of a difference when it comes to Rachel’s pregnancy.
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It is assumed Rachel conceived sometime in early April,
based on the videotaped evidence. In the tape, Rachel was freaking out because she
failed to mail out Monica and Chandler’s wedding invitation. According to The
Knot, wedding invitations are mailed out between six and eight weeks before
the big day. Assuming Rachel noticed her error a couple of weeks after they
were supposed to go out, it can be safely assumed she and Ross hooked up about
five weeks before the wedding. That means the hookup happened between April 6
and April 13.
When did Rachel finally give birth?
Friends writers never told fans what Emma’s
official date of birth was, but viewers can make some educated guesses. The
episode featuring Emma’s birth aired on May 16, 2002. That doesn’t mean it was
the date of her birth, though. Some fans believe Emma was born on April 4,
2002, while others argue her birthdate was closer to Memorial Day, which was
celebrated on May 27 in 2002.
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The Memorial Day weekend birthdate makes sense when you look
at what was happening in the lives of the friends at that time. Joey Tribbiani’s
movie premiere was supposed to happen on Memorial Day, and Rachel lamented being
a week overdue when Joey was trying to figure out who to take to his premier. Presumably,
that means Rachel’s due date was sometime in the middle of May, with her giving
birth closer to the end of the month. While the date fits in with the events of
the series, it also means Rachel was pregnant for a lot longer than the average
The timeframe doesn’t make any sense
The average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. If Ross
and Rachel conceived in April 2001, they should have welcomed their
daughter in January of 2002. That didn’t happen, though. Instead, Rachel was
pregnant for at least an additional three months, but more likely an additional
four months. In short, Rachel’s pregnancy lasted for an entire year. No wonder
she was cranky by the end of it.
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Monica and Rachel’s Apartment Number Makes No Sense
Friends may have been a wildly popular show in its
day, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t without problems. There were several major
plotholes in the series, and fans have had a blast pointing them out over the
years. The biggest issue fans have with the series is Monica
and Rachel’s ability to afford their apartment. Simply put, they couldn’t. Viewers
have also noticed that there are issues with the gang’s birthdays, and
apartment numbers, too.