One great Friends episode proved its single biggest missed opportunity. Friends lasted 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004, which led to plenty of memorable episodes and great character dynamics. There are quite a few friendships on the show that are adored, such as Rachel and Monica or Joey and Chandler. However, there is one particular episode of the sitcom that shows a wasted opportunity that would've made Friends even better.
The Friends season 7 episode "The One With All The Cheesecakes" is iconic and well-regarded. In this episode, Chandler is mistakenly delivered a cheesecake and falls in love after tasting it. After he gives a bite to Rachel, she also loves it. Friends' Chandler and Rachel become obsessed with the cheesecake to the point where they travel to Chicago to visit the restaurant where the cheesecakes are made. After a squabble back at the apartment, the storyline ends with Rachel and Chandler eating their neighbor's stolen cheesecake on the floor, with Joey joining in.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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"The One With All The Cheesecakes" proved a huge missed opportunity regarding the friendship of Rachel and Chandler. The two of them have a fun and great dynamic that isn't typically seen in Friends. The cheesecake plot is ridiculous and hilarious, and probably could've worked with any pairing, but it's great that Chandler and Rachel were the ones who became addicted to the cheesecake. Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston have great comedic timing, but they're especially hilarious when they get to bounce off of each other. "The One With All The Cheesecakes" is also great because of the Joey and Phoebe moments, but it's Rachel and Chandler who are the highlight of the episode.
Despite how great the Chandler and Rachel duo is in "The One With All The Cheesecakes," they're actually the least-used character pairing in the series. According to a study run by Slate (via Digital Spy), Rachel and Chandler were only on screen together 0.7% of the time without the other four main characters of Friends. That's a shame, as there was potential to involve Chandler and Rachel in more storylines as a duo. It would've been nice to see more scenes of Rachel and Chandler bonding and less of Friends' inexplicable Joey and Rachel romance.
"The One With All The Cheesecakes" is proof that it was a mistake to not give Rachel and Chandler more stories together on Friends. The pair did have other wonderful comedic moments; there's the Friends season 4 episode "The One With The 'Cuffs," where Rachel's boss, Joanna, ends up leaving Chandler half-naked and handcuffed to an office chair, and Rachel hilariously tries to free her friend. However, Rachel and Chandler also prove to be genuinely great friends with each other. Chandler heartwarmingly consoles Rachel after her parents' divorce in "The One With The Two Parties," and Rachel is there for Chandler when he's sad about Joey getting his own place in "The One Where Joey Moves Out." There are quite a few moments that show Rachel and Chandler's hilarious and sweet friendship, but this pairing deserved more time to shine together.
Rachel and Chandler had the potential for plenty of storylines together, whether comedic or heartwarming. However, Friends missed out on the opportunity to involve the two characters in more plots together without the other main characters. "The One With All The Cheesecakes" is a great example of how entertaining Chandler and Rachel could be as a duo.