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Creators of 'Friends' Reveal The One Episode They Regret, 25 Years Later

"Monica", "Rachel", "Phoebe", "Chandler", "Ross" and "Joey" in Friends

September 17, 2019 - 11:30 / Philip Faukland-Pollard

Marta Kauffman, one of the creators of Friends said she regrets one episode of Friends in particular, wishing it had never been made because of the time it took, the strain on a certain actress and all the rewriting involved to make the episode work well. 

The 1996 episode titled "The One with the Jam" saw David Arquette’s character "Malcolm" stalking "Phoebe" (Lisa Kudrow) because he mistook her for her twin sister "Ursula". Although she corrected him early on, "Phoebe" ends up justifying "Malcolm’s" behavior and falling for him, and invites "Malcolm" to stalk her instead of "Ursula". The creators revealed it was hard for Kudrow to play in episodes with a double

Executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane attend"Friends" 25th Anniversary during 2019 Tribeca TV Festival at Regal Battery Park Cinemas on September 13, 2019 in New York City

A second episode that Kauffman would rather never existed

Kauffman also added that she "wasn’t sure that chickenpox worked either," referring to an episode in which "Phoebe" gave the illness to a Navy sailor (Charlie Sheen) whom she dated when he was in town. She revealed that these episodes took a lot of time to film and a lot of rewriting to make the episodes work.