OTP Spotlight: Chandler and Monica

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Show: Friends
Network: NBC
Actors: Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry

The friends turned lovers, solid relationship of the show. As much as I did love the Ross and Rachel storyline, if you were to ask me to choose between that storyline and these two, I chose Mondler. I loved their storyline the most, and as much as I love the early seasons, it's when these two get together is when the show was at it's best, in my opinion. 

Season 1; Not much happens romatically for these two in the first season. They are just really good friends at this point in the series. Only one instance happened when Ross' ex-wife goes into labour with his son, Ben. While in the waiting room, Monica is upset that she may never have babies. Chandler offers that when they are 40, if they are both single that they will have a baby together. Monica then gets offended that there will be a chance that she'll still be single at 40, and that ended that conversation. Other than that, they share nothing but friendship moments in this season.

Season 2; Another season of platonic friendship between these two. There's many cute scenes between them throughout the whole season, but nothing that really stands out that hints at a potential future romance between them. But I love their friendship, and it's what makes when they do get together that much more exciting because they are such good friends and we get to see it for the first few seasons.

Season 3; During this season they are still just friends. Chandler dates Janice, and Rachel's boss, Joanna. Monica spends the first half trying to get over Richard, and towards the end of the season dates Pete. When Janice asks the group if any of them almost, they have a flashback episode. During that episode, Chandler comforts Monica after she finds out that Phoebe moved out. During that scene, when Monica wonders if she's too tense to be around and that's why she doesn't have a boyfriend, Chandler tells he's not sure why she doesn't have a boyfriend, stating “You are one of my favourite people and the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known in real life”. During the episode of Joey's birthday, Chandler gets so drunk that he finds out he "stuck his tongue down [Monica's] throat". He sincerely apologizes to her, and then finds out that he also did it to Rachel, Phoebe and Ross. While they are just friends this season, they are constantly touching and always mention each other throughout the whole season. 

In the season finale, when Monica worries she’ll be alone forever after breaking up with Pete, Chandler offers to be her boyfriend “if worse comes to worse”. Monica laughs it off, but Chandler is completely serious and gets a little offended. When asked if he wasn’t boyfriend material, she says “no, you’re Chandler” indicating she only sees him as her friend. Chandler then wonders what she would think if they weren’t friends, but he doesn’t get an honest answer out of her before their interrupted. Throughout the whole episode, Chandler keeps asking her why he couldn’t be her boyfriend and Monica eventually says that she likes guys who are more mature, which Chandler take offence. They finish off the episode with him pretending to be blind dates coming to the door for Monica, and she plays along.

Season 4; First episode back, Chandler is still on about how Monica doesn’t see him as boyfriend material. Throughout the episode he makes jokes about it, and also asks if there was nuclear holocaust and he was the last man on Earth, if she would then go out with him, which she still laughs off. Shortly after that, Monica gets stung by a jellyfish, and it turns out that even though Joey tried, Chandler ended up being the one who pees on her to help relieve the pain. At the end of the episode, he brings it up one more time and Monica finally tells him that she thinks he’s great, sweet and smart but he’ll always be the guy who peed on her and that settled that.

Throughout this season Chandler falls in love with Joey's girlfriend, Kathy. Kathy is played by Paget Brewster who's in a new show I'm watching called Grandfathered. Anyways, while Chandler has his storyline with Kathy, Monica is single through most of the season. She dates a couple guys, but no-one serious. There was one nice Mondler moment, when Chandler was jealous of Joey/Kathy and had to get away from them for a night, he went over to Monica's and asked to sleep on her couch. She brings him and comforts him as they make their way to the couch. It's a little moment, but it was very sweet. Eventually Chandler and Kathy do date, but he gets jealous when she has to be intimate with a co-worker for a play she's in. She ends up cheating on him with that co-worker, which of course ends their relationship.

In the season finale, they are travelling to London for Ross and Emily's wedding. Monica is her usual overexcited self, and Chandler says "6 hour flight to London, that's a whole lot of Monica". It's just interesting to see how they start off this trip knowing how they finish it. When some drunk guy insinuates that Monica is Ross’ mother, Monica gets drunk and Chandler comforts her. When Monica says that her mother’s right and she’s never going to get married, Chandler asks her who wouldn’t want her. The next day, Ross comes in Chandler’s room shouting his excitement about getting married, when he leaves Monica pops up from under the covers wondering if Ross knew she was there. At the wedding when they are walking down the aisle together, they talk about how stupid it was for them to sleep together, but then talk about how Chandler would be coming over after the reception.

This is the beginning of Monica and Chandler’s relationship and it’s so exciting!!

Season 5; This is a big season for them, so this section is going to be long.

Monica and Chandler worry about what them sleeping together will do to their friendship. So they decide that it’s okay for them to keeping seeing each other as long as they are in London because it doesn’t count. So for most of the first episode they keep trying to find places to be together, but continue to get interrupted every chance they get. When they get home, even though they know they can’t be together, they talk about how much that night meant to the both of them. Then Chandler leaves to go unpack, but quickly comes back and says he’s still on “London time” which Monica quickly agrees and they both kiss. They continue their affair behind their friends back. 

When Phoebe’s having the triplets, Rachel sets Monica and herself up on dates with male nurses unbeknownst to her that Chandler and Monica are together. Trying to hide their relationship, Monica reluctantly agrees. When Chandler hears about it, he tries to play it off and tells Monica it’s fine since they were just goofing around. Monica gets upset since she was going to try and get out of it, and decides to really go for it with the male nurse. After Chandler tells Monica that his definition of goofing around is "two friends who care a lot about each other and have amazing sex and want to spend more time together". That settles their disagreement, and Monica goes to break it off with the male nurse.

They go away together to Atlantic City to have alone time with no interruptions, but they end up fighting. Chandler thinks that it's the end of their relationship, but Monica quickly reassures them that it was just a fight and that's what couples do, so they make up. While they were on their trip they have some of the same stories, and Monica forgets her eyelash curler which Joey knows about because he received the call from the hotel. So when Monica asks to borrow Rachel's eyelash curler, Joey puts two and two together and freaks out, but is quickly happy for them when he finds out it's serious. Joey being the first Friend that finds out about them spends a couple episodes covering for them.

When they all reveal their worst Thanksgivings, it’s revealed that Chandler called Monica fat and that’s why she lost all the weight, he also told her she should be a chef. When she was trying to get back at him for calling her fat, she accidentally cuts off the tip of his pinkie toe. Chandler gets upset, and then Monica makes up for it by putting a turkey on her head like Joey did one year. Chandler is so amused by her that he tells her he loves her, which he freaks out and before they can really talk about it, Joey comes home and gets scared by Monica.

Rachel is the next of the Friends to find out about them. During New Year's, Rachel's resolution is to not gossip, but then she comes home one day and overhears a phone conversation between Monica and Chandler talking about being together. Rachel then tries to tell Joey but he won't let her because she's not allowed to gossip. So later she tricks Joey into finding out that she now knows about Monica and Chandler as well.

When Ugly Naked Guy from across the street is moving, they go over there to check out the apartment for Ross, and while Ross is filling out an application and Rachel's in the bathroom, Phoebe sees Monica and Chandler from across the street start having sex. Now that Phoebe knows, Rachel and herself play games with them to try and catch them in a lie, they make Joey play along even though all he wants to do is tell everyone. By the end of the episode, Chandler can't keep up the charade and confesses that he's in love with Monica and she tells him that she loves him too. The only one who doesn't know is Ross, and he finds out same way Phoebe does and freaks out at first but is happy for them once he realizes that his sister and best friend are in love.

Now that everyone knows, they all assume that Chandler and Monica are going to get married and have babies which freaks Chandler out. This leads to a fight with Monica who thinks Chandler needs to learn how to be in an adult relationship on his own. To solve it Chandler proposes to Monica in front of everyone which Monica tells him that is crazy and that on second thought, Chandler should learn from her on how to be in a relationship. For the rest of the season, they are the happy couple of the show.

In the season finale, they go to Vegas to celebrate their 1 year anniversary. It gets ruined because Monica went to lunch with Richard and doesn't tell Chandler about it. He finds out accidentally from Phoebe, and gets upset. They make up when Monica tells Chandler that he's the love of her life. While they are gambling at the roulette table, Chandler tells Monica that if she rolls an 8 then they are getting married that night. When one of the dice rolls off the table, it's Chandlers call if that dice equals an 8 or 9, and he says it's an 8. So they set out to get married, but when they get to the chapel, Ross and Rachel stumble out drunk and newly married and that's how the season ends.

Season 6; After seeing Ross and Rachel get married, both Monica and Chandler feel like it’s too soon to get married, but they don’t know how to tell each other so they decide to leave it up to fate. Only problem is fate is on their side and there’s signs everywhere that they should get married. In the end they decide instead of getting married, they decide to move in together. They then have to adjust to living together, and fight about what to do with Rachel's old room, but they work it out and remain to be the happy couple with cute moments throughout the season. 

In the episode of what could have happened, Monica and Chandler think about what would’ve happened if Monica was still fat and Chandler had quit his job to be a writer. In this alternate universe, Monica is still a virgin, and Chandler is broke and works for Joey to make money. Monica and Chandler are close friends, and when she tells him she’s still a virgin, he comforts her. They end up sleeping together. When Monica is still with her boyfriend afterwards, Chandler gets jealous and tells Monica that they should be together which Monica happily agrees and they end up together even in an alternate universe.

When the girls go to a museum, Monica puts her and Chandler down for a reservation to get married for fun since there’s a 2 year wait. But when the museum calls to see if they want to move up their wedding, Chandler overhears. He freaks out in front of Monica, but confides in Phoebe that he went to see the place and it’s revealed that he’s going to ask Monica to marry him. 

On the night he plans to propose, they bump into Richard so he ends up not going through with it. After that to throw Monica off he pretends he doesn’t ever want to get married. Only problem is Richard tells Monica that he stills loves her and wants to marry her. When Monica tells Joey about Richard, he panics and ends up telling Monica about the proposal but plays it off to Chandler so that Chandler is the one who’s surprised. They end the episode with the proposal, and it still makes me cry every time I watch it.

Season 7; Monica and Chandler spend most of the season planning their wedding. When Monica is going through her wedding book, Chandler feels left out from not being able to voice his opinions for the wedding. They later find out that Monica’s parents spent all the money they saved for her wedding on a beach house so Chandler shows Monica what he has saved up, and it’s enough for her dream wedding if they spend it all. Chandler doesn’t want to do that because he planned to spend some of it on their future and not just for what he calls a “party". Monica gets upset about that because it’s meant to be the biggest day of their lives. Later, Chandler explains what he envisioned for their future but agrees that if she wants to spend the money on their wedding day then they will, but Monica loves what Chandler had planned for them that she agrees to spend some on the wedding and save the rest for their future.

When they choose Joey to be their minister, they tell the story of how they got together. Monica reveals that she actually went looking for Joey instead which upsets Chandler. Monica tries to reassure him how glad she is that it was him, but he says he needs to take a walk. Joey goes to find Chandler and explains to him that it doesn't matter that Monica wanted to be with him for half an hour one night, she wants to be with Chandler for the rest of her life which makes Chandler feel better.

The night before the wedding, Chandler gets major anxiety about it and ends up leaving. Ross and Phoebe go looking for him while Rachel distract Monica. They end up finding him, and Ross gets him through everything one step at time. Everything seems to be going well until Chandler overhears Monica's pregnant from Phoebe. Just when you think he freaked out again, he shows up with a baby onesie and is ready to start his future with Monica. He tells Monica he knows about the baby, and she tells him she's not pregnant which we then find out the cliffhanger of the season that they aren't having a baby, Rachel is.

Season 8; Monica and Chandler spend most of this season as newlyweds. After the reception, Chandler offers to get the disposable cameras developed only to discover that he forgot to ask Ross to collect them. So while he spends the day taking new pictures, Monica opens all their wedding gifts. In the pictures Chandler took, he kissed a bride to make it seem like it was Monica and they decided to call it even to avoid their first fight as a married couple. (delete this??)

When Rachel goes into labour, Monica and Chandler make the decision to start trying to have a baby.

Season 9; When Chandler falls asleep in a meeting, he agrees to move to Tulsa without realizing what he’s agreeing to. Monica is set to leave with Chandler until she gets a better job offer that she can't turn down. So while she stays in New York, Chandler works in Tulsa for 4 days out of the week, making them have go through a bit of a long distance phase.

At Christmas, Chandler is stuck in Tulsa and his co-worker comes on to him. He immediately rejects her because he loves Monica so much. His co-worker asks him why he's spending Christmas with her instead of with Monica, and it makes Chandler decide to quit his job because he can't stand being away from her for so long all for a job that he hates. He decides to start a career in advertising, and after realizing he has to start at the bottom which is unpaid internship, he doesn't think it's time for them to have a baby, but Monica reassures that no time will ever feel right, but it won't matter once the baby comes. So they keep trying to have a baby.

Chandler and Monica go to a fertility doctor to make sure everything is okay when they can't get pregnant after months of trying. It turns out there is something wrong with both of them, and that while they can keep trying, it's very unlucky that they will ever be able to get pregnant. They start looking into getting a sperm donor, but Monica realizes that if she can't get pregnant with Chandler than she doesn't want to get pregnant at all. So they make the decision that they're going to start looking into adoption.

Season 10; This season they start the adoption process. They talk to people who have adopted kids, they get Joey to write them a recommendation letter. They have a home study with their adoption service worker which almost goes badly since Joey slept with her and never called her again, but it works out and she gives them a great recommendation. At Thanksgiving, they get the call that someone picked them to adopt their baby.

When they go to met the woman potentially carrying their baby for an adoption interview, they find out that the adoption agency called the wrong people, so they decide to lie and pretend they are the people that the girl, Erica, picked, but it backfires and Erica changes her mind. Chandler goes to talk to her, and convinces her that they are fit to be her baby's parents. He says one of the sweetest things about Monica; "She's a mother without a baby". 

Chandler gets seen getting into a car with a beautiful woman by Phoebe and Rachel, they think he's cheating on Monica, but it turns out the woman is a real estate agent and the couple are looking for houses outside of the city which they end up getting. After Rachel's goodbye party, Erica visits them and they find out she's going into labour so Monica and Chandler rush her to the hospital. She ends up having twins which they name Jack after Monica's dad, and Erica after the birth mother. 

Why I love them:

Like I said that the start of this post, if you were to ask me my favourite Friends couple, it was these two. It's so special to watch two characters who were good friends and watch them fall in love with each other. They were just one of those couples that once they got together, they just fit so perfectly that nothing could really shake them. It was wonderful to all of their defining moments throughout the series. 

Are you a Mondler fan? What were some of your favourite moments between them?

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