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Plus, the logic of another coupling was starting to grow stronger, at least in the eyes of some of the writers.
"The thinking was, if the show's going to be entertaining for years to come, it can't simply rest on this one [Ross and Rachel] relationship," Silveri says.
The idea had been "kicking around" since before Silveri and Goldberg-Meehan joined the show in season three, he remembers, with his predecessors taking note of the chemistry between the two characters as early as the season-two episode "The One Where Ross Finds Out." That plot had Monica acting as a trainer for Chandler as he tried to shed a few excess pounds, and "there was a real fun dynamic between the two of them," Silveri says.And so with Monica and Chandler, we decided to roll out in a way that was a reaction to the last big relationship [the show] had." Specifically, they wanted to keep things low-key."With Ross and Rachel, it was so public, it was experienced by the group," Silveri says.We'd ridden that bus as far as we cared to." So the mandate was to introduce Monica/Chandler in a way that "would be not too heavy, not too soap opera, but also something surprising." What the writers came up with was definitely a shocker.Yes, some Friends fans probably saw hints of a relationship coming for a while; the first episode of season four had the twosome cutely bonding over a jellyfish sting.Their different approach mirrored how people often approach new romantic relationships, "which are often reactions to the last relationship you had," he says."If someone's too high drama, you look for someone stable.And nobody wanted it to become the 'Get Together and Break-up' show." But after season three, with Ross and Rachel well into their legendary "break," the timing objections started to melt away."We weren't so immersed in relationships," Silveri says."People got excited about the idea," he says, including himself among that group.Goldberg-Meehan, however, thought it was simply too soon in the show's life to introduce another couple.