Breaking News, the Friends Reunion Taught Us What the Cast Ate for Lunch Every Day
Last night during NBC's tribute to prolific sitcom director James Burrows, the much-hyped Friends reunion aired. Except it wasn't really a reunion because Matthew Perry wasn't there and instead introduced the rest of the cast via video. What ensued was underwhelming to say the least. Some headlines have even gone so far as to call it a “total bust” and a “car crash.” If you ask me, it was just boring.
There were a few problems. First of all, Andy Cohen was not the best moderator. Maybe when he's not breaking up Real Housewife fights or getting celebrities to reveal who they've hooked up with, he just doesn't know what to do. The questions he asked were either about things that have already been discussed in previous interviews or didn't offer much room for discussion. For instance, when he mentioned Ross and Rachel's drunken wedding to Jennifer Aniston and she didn't know what she was supposed to say about it.
We did, however, hear about what lunch was like on set, according to Courteney Cox:
“The three girls, we had lunch together every single day for ten years. And we ate the same food. Jennifer salad.”
So what was in a Jennifer salad that made it so good the ladies wanted to eat it every single day for a decade? They don't say. All we know is that, according to a self-effacing Jennifer, she just “tossed it,” and according to Courteney, “she has a way with it.” Wow. Thrilling stuff.
The most interesting (but not by much) anecdotes the actors share are either things already shown in previews of the special or stories about James Burrows on set. As nice as that is, and as much as Burrows might deserve a tribute, most of us at home don't know anything about him beyond a name in the credits, so telling us charming stories doesn't really mean much to us.
So why did NBC have to televise this event in the first place? Well, to lure in viewers with a Friends reunion, of course. But then they alienated those viewers by not appealing to them. It's a paradox.