Matthew Perry Once Got This Controversial ‘Friends’ Storyline Nixed from the Script

Thank goodness

Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox.
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Chandler and Monica are easily one of the most iconic couples in TV history. Played by Matthew Perry, who tragically passed away on October 28 of this year, and Courteney Cox, these two Friends characters start a surprise romance in season four with an unexpected fling, and their relationship only gets better throughout the rest of the classic sitcom. However, it turns out that the writers had a major bump in the road planned for the fictional lovebirds.

Lisa Cash, an actress who played a supporting character in an episode of Friends, recently revealed to TMZ that there was a plan to have Chandler cheat on Monica at the end of season five. However, Perry told the writers that he didn't think it would be a good idea.

“The scene was Chandler and Monica were arguing in Vegas about Monica having lunch with Richard,” Lisa relayed to TMZ. “Initially, in our script, Chandler goes up to the hotel room, orders room service, and I bring it up as a hotel worker, and we end up talking and laughing and connecting, and Chandler ends up cheating on Monica with my character.”

But while this might have been the original plan, Perry was hesitant to go through with it. “We had rehearsed it and everything, and then the day before we were shooting in front of the live audience, I was told that [Matthew] went to the writers and said the audience will never forgive him for cheating on Monica,” Cash explained. “He was probably right. That would have changed possibly the course of the show, and his character.”

As dedicated fans of the show might remember, what actually ends up happening is that Chandler plans to return home after arguing with Monica, but then Monica professes her love to him, leading to the two *almost* eloping. (But when they see a drunk Rachel and Ross getting married first, they change their minds.)

And while Cash's original role was nixed, she still got to play a part on the series. In those same “Vegas” episodes, the actress ended up portraying the flight attendant on the plane that Rachel and Ross take to get to Sin City.

Meanwhile, she raved about her experience working with Perry, saying he made her feel “so comfortable” on set. “He was really likable and welcoming and just made me feel at ease,” Cash said. “I had fun, it was just really fun doing the scene with him, and it was easy doing the scene with him, too.”

Boy are we glad that Perry was able to change the writers' minds.

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