A new fan theory about how a Joey & Rachel relationship may have played out on the hit TV show 'Friends' has gone viral online with thousands of shares.
The writer, @kaneandgriffin has clearly spent a lot of time chewing this over since the show ended in 2004 - which just goes to show people's passion for the sitcom is still alive and well!
You can read an abridged version of her theory below...
Joey has a lot of problems but his supportive, protective relationship with the women friends is one of his best qualities.
Okay, now contrast this with Ross, who from minute one has labeled Rachel as "his." He hides messages from men who call her when they're living together. He's endlessly threatened by the men she dates.
The forced cop-out ending where they (Rachel & Joey) get together & suddenly all the chemistry evaporates was NONSENSE.
Ross sabotaged her career at every turn. He was "tired of having a relationship with her answering machine." He was jealous of all her male colleagues. He FELL ASLEEP at a work event he demanded she take him to.
Hey does anyone remember who gives Rachel her first big break to get out of Central Perk and into the fashion industry? JOEY DID!
The bottom line is, the Rachel Ross fell in love with was a teenage fantasy he never outgrew that may have been an illusion all along. Whereas Joey fell in love with a bright, funny, competent single mother he'd been friends with for 7 years and knew inside-out already.
But a S10 surprise twist where Rachel and Joey end up realizing THEY were each other's lobster all along WOULD HAVE CHANGED SITCOM TV.
We'll have to wait with our fingers crossed for a Friends movie or reboot to know what will happen for sure.
You can reed the full fan theory here.