Ross and Rachel are such an iconic part of Friends that no one questions whether or not they’re a good fit. The sitcom spent ten years finding ways to keep them apart, which only made viewers want them together more. But because of the way Ross and Rachel act around each other, they don’t hold much appeal beyond their will they/won’t they dynamic.
Joey and Rachel’s romance was meant to be an obstacle in Ross and Rachel’s love story but it ended up being the catalyst of Joey’s character development. While the plotline was meant to show that Rachel belonged with her ex-boyfriend, all it did was highlight how toxic their relationship was. Although their romance was written off as awkward as a means to discredit it, there are several reasons why Joey and Rachel were actually a perfect match.
Rachel Crushed On Joey Before She Dated Ross
The main argument against Rachel and Joey is a lack of chemistry, yet the series purposely portrayed them that way. Before Friends needed a reason to break them up, there were plenty of stolen moments that showcased their potential.
They Had The Same Sense Of Humor
Rachel had much more fun with Joey than she ever did with Ross, which was made even more apparent during their Barbados trip. While he could be considered the most comedic character in Friends, it’s a result of the sticky situations Ross ends up in, rather than Ross’s sense of humor.
Joey’s Pros And Cons List
Ross has done a lot of horrible things to Rachel, but his pros and cons list is a stand-out. He came up with degrading reasons not to date her and said that she was “just a waitress” and “ditzy.” It was already a poor reflection on Ross, but Joey managed to make him look even worse.
Rachel Changed Joey For The Better
Compared to the other “womanizing” characters that were once a staple of sitcoms, Joey didn’t quite fit the stereotype. He’s definitely guilty of making mistakes, but his friends painted him out to be much worse than he was. Several of the comments they made contradicted his actions, as Joey was respectful of the women he was with.
They Gave Each Other The Support They Needed
Despite making the least amount of money when the show started, Rachel and Joey both had a strong work ethic. They cared about doing what they loved, even if it meant they couldn’t live within the same means as their friends.
Ross’s Speech Describes Rachel’s Relationship With Joey
Before Rachel and Ross were ever a couple, Ross gave her a pep talk. He told Rachel that she deserves someone who appreciates her and wakes up every morning thinking, “Oh my God! I’m with Rachel!”
They Enjoyed Living Together
Although Rachel has lived with almost every character in the friend group, she and Joey clicked perfectly as roommates. Monica may be Rachel’s best friend, but they had extremely different household habits.
They Shared A Similar Mindset
The root of Ross and Rachel’s issues stemmed from their opposite mindsets. They had wildly different outlooks on life, and it affected the way they interacted with each other and raised their child. Rachel had managed to find the perfect nanny for Emma, but Ross fires him because he’s uncomfortable with a guy being so sensitive. Not only is this one of many Ross quotes that haven’t aged well in Friends, but it highlights his misogynism.