Few onscreen couples are as widely beloved in the world of TV fandom as Ross Geller and Rachel Green from the long-running series Friends. Their seasons-long flirtation and on-again, off-again relationship kept fans in the throes of suspense throughout the show's 10-year run. While both characters had plenty of other relationships in the time they weren't together - Ross was married and divorced twice outside of his relationship with Rachel - no relationship contrived by the show was met with more animosity than that of Rachel and Joey Tribbiani.
It wasn't just that, on Friends, Rachel and Joey were part of the same friend group, it was that their short-lived relationship came deep into the show in Seasons 9 and 10. By then, fans were deeply invested in seeing Ross and Rachel as the endgame. But there are some who disagree that Rachel ended up with the right guy. And no one makes a better case for why Joey and Rachel were actually the better relationship of the two than Claire Willett, AKA @kaneandgriffin. The writer and TV enthusiast laid out her 100-point reason for why Rachel and Joey should have stayed together in an epic Twitter thread.
And she's worth hearing out. Willet's well-laid out argument has some very good points that may have even the most ride-or-die #RossAndRachel4Life fan rethinking whether the show really ended the way it should have.
From the very start of her thread, Willett expresses that she was never a fan of Ross and thus not supportive of Ross and Rachel's friendship. Not a popularly held opinion, but there are plenty of viewers who dislike Ross but still like the idea of him with Rachel.
I'm formulating an epic tweetstorm in defense of Joey & Rachel you guysThere's a word doc outline with bullet points— Skaiplana (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
1/ In Defense of Rachel and Joey: A Thread— ��Skaiplana�� (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
3/ I am on record as being absolutely ride-or-die anti-Ross Geller, who is for my money one of television's all-time worst human men.— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
4/ And her brief thing with Joey was obviously intended by the writers to artificially draw out Rachel's will they/won't they with Ross.— Skaiplana (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
5/ A lot of people think it was weird or that it came out of nowhere, BUT I AM HERE TO TELL YOU WHY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENDGAME— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
Willet's first of three main points highlighting Joey and Rachel's compatibility is that, from the moment Rachel appears on the show, Ross only has ever known her as his high school crush and then current crush. He never actually befriends her without underlying feelings, whereas Joey was her friend first, lover later. This makes all the difference in how each man views Rachel.
6/ ARGUMENT #1: Ross Never Saw Rachel As a Friend, But Joey Did.— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
7/ From the moment the Friends first meet Rachel, Ross immediately sees her as a romantic prospect. He's never gotten over his crush on her— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
11/ But Joey's relationship with Rachel is platonic almost right away. They have a genuine friendship.— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
14/ Joey has a lot of problems but his supportive, protective relationship with the women friends is one of his best qualities.— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
17/ Okay, now contrast this with Ross, who from minute one has labeled Rachel as "his."— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
18/ We're always told that Ross/Rachel was a "friends to lovers" ship but WHAT IS THAT BASED ON??? WHAT FUCKING FRIENDSHIP??— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017
19/ He had a crush on her in high school, so he "claimed" her first, and long after they've broken up he resents every man in her life.— kaneandgriffin (@kaneandgriffin) August 8, 2017